The march towards making up all the missing art is on!

We have twooooo images ready for your viewing pleasure! The first is a canon image drawn by the immensely talented (and basically official artist of MGP at this point) Grimay! It’s Eli and Kara out on a date at the arcade as they have a dance together… Eli and Kara style! I can totally see these dopes dressing up a bit for a nice dinner then slumming it at an arcade after. I don’t know if this will be written into the actual story (in other words, the pic may turn out to be a bit of a spoiler) but in my mind it definitely will happen at some point.

First of all, as usual, he puts amazing detail into the background that I can’t believe is there. Second of all, PLEEEEASE click on the image and see the high-res version of this image. He puts some awesome small shades into Kara’s top to give it a nice, soft texture. That’s just incredible to me! He’s so amazing and talented and working on the next canon image as we speak. I’m excited for the next one too!

Next image is the pinup for June. All the $5 and up Patrons voted on some options of characters drawn as their in-game Aspect Realms avatars. Your choices were Robynne dressed as her Seraphim Rippleblade named Waveförm, Angela as her Seraphim Starsentry named Convictiön, or Robert dressed as his Deviling Windwhisper named Blustery. I guess Rule 63 ruled the day because Blustery won a VERY close vote (3 to 3 to 4!). For something this creative I went to Badgertastic to get the image done and… donut.

First of all. She didn’t have much to work with on Robert. I have, like, maybe one picture of him. But she was able to extrapolate that picture out into this. And I love the demonic-looking wind effects around her. And the BLADE WORK! Mmmmm… those are some straight menacing looking daggers Blustery is sporting. Badgertastic is amazing and these are the exact type of pieces of art I love using her for.

I have several more irons in the fire artistically speaking so expect more art in the future. In the writing front expect at least a Q&A and ViD 5 to be posted this weekend with work gettind done on the next MGP. Sorry to post and run but I need the sleeps.

Night,
Taralynn

PS: discovered this Electo-swing song and love it. I want to share

And the make-up pics are starting to come! Also, MGPFF update!

My friends, we now have, thanks to the amazing artist Amenoosa, have our May Pin-up of 1950’s Housewife Stacy Ambrose! Behold! Isn’t she totes adorbs?

So that’s the first of many makeup pictures. I got a lot of irons in the fire right now when it comes to commissions so these may be popping up all around the place here soon.


In other news we are up to 5 teams in the Magical Gridiron Posse! Let’s welcome AmandaButterfly’s team, the Persistent Pixies, to the mix! Also my personal assistant/slave driver Stephanie Tippet has joined with a team appropriately named “The Taskmasters”. And someone joined with the team name Death but we don’t have their info yet. Looking forward to it. I also have set up a separate page for the Magical Gridiron Posse with a list of all the teams, slots available, and (most importantly) a list of the available cheerleaders for you to draft to respresent the team on one page with LINKS to help us keep track of who looks like who! It’s the most comprehensive list of characters and art I’ve ever made so maybe you want to check that out regardless of if you’re participating or not. but you should participate because it will be, as the kids say, dope. Plus you get to draft 3 cheerleaders with a chance of getting them drawn for you? Who else gives you that? No one I say! No one!

Hope you join!
Taralynn

Further update… and THE MGP FANTASY FOOTBALL LEAGUE!?

Okay everyone, slight update. I still need a LOT of questions on the Q&A so if you have one, I’d greatly appreciate it. Can’t make the Q&A work if I don’t get questions 😛 Click here for asking me a question.

Also urgent, we need more votes for a few of the pin-up polls as votes are either really close or tied. Biggest votes I need the $5 and up patrons to clear out is breaking the 3-way tie for the June Pin-up: Ravishing Pin-up Gamers vote.

  • Robynne as Waveförm (Seraphim Rippleblade)- 3 votes
  • Angela as Convictiön (Seraphim Starsentry)- 3 votes
  • Genderbent Robert as Blustery (Deviling Windwhisper)

So if you’re a $5 and up patron, please get on that and break the tie!

We are also really close on the September Pin-up Voting! Fallacious Fantasy Football! with Robynne in Cowboys colors having 4 votes to Stacy in New York Jets colors at 3 votes and Cammy in Saints colors and Lily in Broncos colors at 2 votes. If your vote will make a difference, please jump in on that one too.

The other one that is really close is the October Pin-up Voting! Babes of Bad Endings! but that one doesn’t close until halfway through September so there is time for that one to resolve itself. I wrote up little, poorly formatted vignettes for the 5 options that I’ll post for everyone to read (but not to vote on) over the weekend. I’m proud of them and put in too much work for something that won’t have 4 out of 5 optiosn worked on. But here were the quick options for Babes of Bad Endings (or if you wanted to vote super bad maybe patron me this one month ;P)

  • Customized Space Vixen for Sale: Captain Fawkes becomes a mail-ordered space-bride, customized and shipped to the highest bidder (2 votes)
  • Captain Cammy’s Convert: Freshman Angela succumbs to Cammy’s aura (1 vote)
  • Game Over for Charity: Polygal never lets Kara leave Loose Change (1 vote)
  • Mon Dieu! Glowy Boy’s Monstrous Makeover: Day LaMode captures Robert Dreese for Platicore (2 votes)
  • An Infusion of School Spirit: Robynne becomes Cammy’s protégé (1 vote)
  • Serenity the Texting Slave- Cell-cellia turns Robynne into her pawn (0 votes)

Okay, with all that done, here is what I feel is the coolest announcement of the day… WE ARE LAUNCHING A FANTASY FOOTBALL LEAGUE FOR YOU THE GOOD READER! WITH A PRIZE FOR THE WINNER!!! Did that get your attention? Let’s get some more information for you. Friend of the site, Kamizite was kind enough to launch the league using the Yahoo Fantasy Football platform. It will be called the Magical Gridiron Posse… complete with logo!

Yup. It has a logo. So that makes it official. You do not need to be a football master to play with us. We’re just trying to have a fun time and put something cool on the line. You just need to be able to attend the draft on Wednesday, September 6th, at 7pm PDT. It costs no money to join. Right now we have room for only 10 players but if there is more who want to join, we might expand to 12.
But we are NOT just drafting players! Before the season starts we will have another draft. A draft for YOUR TEAM CHEERLEADER! What do I mean by that? We will have a random order and people can draft from a list of girls from my various canons to be the official team cheerleader! Right now the list includes Robynne, Angela, Kara, Mallory, Vivian, Noriko, Rule 63 Eli, Rule 63 Cory, Rule 63 Robert, Rule 63 Siekert twins (they come together of course), Cammy, Lily, Tanya, Stacy, Jodi, Captain Fawkes from Crew Shift, the rest of the crew of the TSF Sabine, Celeste Edenview from my abandoned VUA project, Aurora & Marina from the abandoned Bunny Shell project, Vytri & Lanci from Villain-in-Distress, and even Leslie from my first story Mother Raven!

“But wait Taralynn, why does it matter who my cheerleader is?” I’m glad you asked. Because the winner of the league will get a picture of their cheerleader in YOUR fantasy football teams’s cheer uniform! A FULLY COMMISSIONED PICTURE! Doesn’t that sound fun? I think it does. I think it does a lot.
So if you want to join the Magical Gridiron Posse, just click this link and sign up! Be sure to let me know what your team name is, what your team colors will be, and what cheerteam your uniforms are based on. Feel free to pick any NFL or college cheer team. I’ll create a page on the site where we can keep up with the standings and who is who. Right now, the league looks like this:

Team Name Team Owner Team colors Cheer uniform design
The Angelcakekickers Taralynn Yellow & Orange Arizona Cardinals
Prytania Blue Boxers Kamizite Tardis blue & gray New Orleans Saints
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It will be first come first serve. JUST MAKE SURE YOU CAN MAKE THE DRAFT TIME! We don’t care if you know a football from a foosball. We just want to have fun! Hope you all decide to join!

Are you ready for some fantasy football!?
Taralynn

Villain-in-Distress: Issue 4 is now up on Patreon!

Allll right! Settle in because this is a LONG post that asks for a lot of interaction from my patrons so please sit tight. Starting the work of catching up on Villain-in-Distress for you Patrons of $2 or more, ViD Issue 04 has now been posted! You can download it in pdf, docx, or epub form so hopefully one of those works for you.

I have to say, Villain-in-Distress is getting a lot of fun to right. I mean, in all seriousness trying to come up with 1950’s slang is a hoot. I’ve been looking up terms on various slang websites for help on that. I’m learning that cars were very big in 1950’s America culture. I think my favorite euphemisms I came up with were “adjusting his antenna” and “greasing her engine” for… um… certain things ^_^;; This is why I’m going to Hell.

But in all seriousness though, it’s a world I’m proud of. I can’t wait to share more details of it. The plan for now is for me to alternate between MGP chapters and ViD issues so I can make sure to catch up on ViD as I am supposed to be releasing that monthly. By the way, if you were a patron back in April (when Issue 4 should have been posted) and you have since cancelled your patronage, don’t worry. I’m going back and making sure all my patrons from back then will receive a copy of the Issue that was owed to them! I will do the same for May, June, July, & August and any other months in the future that I miss posting on time as I try to catch up!

Speaking of catching up, we have pin-up image votes that patrons need to vote on too. Last we left off, the vote for May had passed with Stacy Ambrose dressed as a 1950’s style housewife. Right now I’m getting that commissioned but I have other votes and commissions that need to happen. I’m posting a list here that I will update with the pertinent links for those who can vote if a vote is needed. These will be less tied to the monthly theme than I have in the past but we’ll see what I can come up with. Also there is a list of other commissions I’m sending out here so you know what images are coming down the pike.

  • April Pin-up: Bunnygirl Vivian (Artist: Grimay)- Status: Complete!
  • May Pin-up: 1950’s housewife Stacy (Artist: Amenoosa)- Status: In process
  • June Pin-up- Robynne, Angela, or Robert dressed as their Aspect Realms avatars (Artist: Badgertastic)- poll closes September 1st
  • July Pin-up- Fun-in-the-Daystar Robynne! (Artist: Amenoosa)- poll closes September 1st
  • August Pin-up- Swimsuit Robynne (no poll. I’m forcing Robynne to do this as a makeup for getting out of it for a few months :P)(Artist: Amenoosa)
  • September Pin-up- Fallacious Fantasy Football (Artist: TBD) – poll closes September 1st
  • October Pin-up- Babes of Bad Endings– characters receive various bad endings that could have happened in my story (Artist: TBD) – poll closes September 15th
  • March Canon image- Chaco-phagial Therapy (Artist: Amenoosa)- Status: Complete! (Artist)
  • April Canon image- Robert to Cheerleader Robynne process image (Artist: Rezuban)- Status- In Progress
  • May Canon image- Hop Dance Mania Eli & Kara (Artist: Grimay)- Status- In Progress
  • June Canon image- Cinema Snuggling Cory & Vivian (Artist: Grimay)- Status- Commissioned
  • July Canon image- Polygal Powers Up! (Artist: Grimay)- Status- Commissioned
  • August Canon image- Day LaMode Strikes a Pose! (Artist: Grimay)- Status- Commissioned
  • September Canon image- Robert tosses Kunapipi back the Spirit Stick (Artist: Grimay)- Status- Commissioned
  • October Canon image- Freshman Angela at Cheerleader Halloween Party (Artist: TBD)
  • Villain-in-Distress Comic Cover (Artist: TBA)
  • Double Secret Taralynn-related commission (Artist: Pip)- Status: To be commissioned
  • As you can see, not all the commissions are just MGP related. Also I had the April pin-up and March canon image done a long time ago but I don’t see official posts on them so I’m officially posting it here for the first time I think. Here are the two images I haven’t posted before. First up is the Chaco-phagial therapy session between Vivian and Robynne right after her transformation and fight with Day LaMode. I love how comfortabl Vivian looks on Noriko’s bed! And even more Vivian with the March pin-up image of Bunnygirl Vivian. Easter is the perfect season for our energy-infused woman of science!

    Some of these topics I’m super excited to see drawn. In particular I’m looking forward to getting Robert finally drawn by Grimay for the September image and I’m jazzed to see what people want to see for Bad Endings October.

    Now, for my patrons I also had a question I needed them to answer so if you’re a patron of mine, please go to this post and let me know what you think.

    EVEN MORE IMPORTANT I’m getting back to the Q&A. But as I’m doing this rather late in the month I sort of am putting everyone in a bad spot as far as submissions go. So though I normally make it patrons only who get to ask questions I’m opening it up to everyone. If you want to submit questions for the Q&A, go here and submit them! I’ve had super fun with this in the past and I hope to continue!

    Last bit of news before I sign off and get all these polls up. I have super fallen behind on the MGP Fan Reel. Last time I updated that… uhhhhh…. the Cubs hadn’t won the World Series yet and the Cavs weren’t even a month removed from winning the first championship in Cleveland in forever. Sooooo… it’s been a while. So, if you’re a $3 and up patron expect an email here soon inviting you to do so!

    Lastly, before anyone worries about me overextending myself, I just want to say you have no idea how good I feel right now. How productive. How happy. I’ve never felt more engaged and now is the perfect time for me to tackle this much work. Stephanie Tippet, my new assistant/conscience/whip-cracker has helped me so much. You can thank for this burst of Taralynn’s productivity. If it weren’t for her I’d be avoiding allllll kinds of work. So kudos to Steph!

    Next writing project I’m tackling is MGP 47. Hope to have that done in 2 weeks!

    Clock is ticking,
    Taralynn

In time

Chapter 46 is now up! I warn you, it’s a tad short but I kind of prefer that in my action chapters. I think it makes them feel more fast paced when you actually read them back-to-back. Pacing is something I’m working on in my writing style. We’ll see how it pans out.

Next up on the to-do list is pay my Jiminy Cricket, get the commissions situation figured out, then get to work on catching up on some Villain-In-Distress. As a side question, does anyone know an artist I can commission that does comic book-like cover commissions? I feel I need one for the mountain of commissions to follow up on but my brief search turned up nothing. But I learned a long time ago you people tend to be more internet savvy than I am so I’m trying to mobilize my fanbase for aid! 🙂

Also, I don’t want to spoil anything but I’d like for some people to comment on something I tried in the most recent chapter. I was worried it may be a bit… gimmicky. But because of the nature of it please comment on it WITHIN THE CHAPTER. I sort of want to see if that was fun or annoying. Just know that I AM looking for feedback on that.

Going to be seeking more feedback in the near future,
Taralynn

Grrrrg! Bad Taralynn!

Okay, so… I’ve been avoiding writing and I’m annoyed by myself for it. You all have been wonderfully patient and, frankly, more supportive than I feel I deserve. I don’t mean that in a self-pitying kind of way. I frankly think you all are spoiling me by being too awesome of fans. 😛 In all seriousness the problem is I don’t force myself to write enough. Writing got hard and work was fulfilling so I turned myself to other projects instead of writing. Now, those other projects are going well (room has never been cleaner and I’m healthier than ever) but it doesn’t make up for, what I feel, to be me letting my fans down.

Truth be told, part of the problem is I dig myself these holes and avoid the problem. I had these grand ideas about a big commission to make it up to everyone that have, so far, sort of fallen through do to complications in my artist’s life (though I’m confident it is still coming). I sort of had a mentality of “when I get that image” and used it as an excuse to sort of let things sit for a while. I started having a lot of “zero” days as a result where I did nothing. I let my writing slip. I let other commissions slip. I let my “zero” days pile up and become a mountain of mediocrity. A monument to my dithering.

This ends.

I have officially hired a friend I trust to be my Jiminy Cricket. I don’t know if she wants me to release her name but just know that, for now, I’m paying her to poke me into productivity. I don’t want any more zero days to stack up. She also is helping me with catching up on commissions. Because I’m so far behind on those I may have to double up, at least on the cannon ones and just do a more expensive cannon image that can count as two months-worth of images because of how difficult it is. We’re talking it out.

The newest chapter of MGP WILL be posted by 11:59pm my time (Pacific) on Sunday. I need to start pushing myself to catch up. I know you all worry about me burning myself out but, frankly, my best work has been when I pushed myself, in my opinion anyway. So I’m doing it here. Then I will catch up on two issues of Villain-in-Distress. Then another MGP chapter. Then two more issues of ViD until I’m all caught up.

I love this plan. I’m excited to be a part of it. Let’s do it!
Taralynn

And back! Chapter 45 posted!

*Taralynn enters by kicking double doors open with this music playing in the background. Let’s assume I’m wearing sunglasses as well because that feels correct*

That’s right! Taralynn’s now back, biscuits! And a (shorter) chapter 45 has been posted! I wanted to write more but I felt it more important to get something up so I can get caught up and get the progress of actually posting something up. I hope it’s something you’ll enjoy regardless of it’s shortness.

I’m also trying to get caught up on images and Villain-in-Distress. Lot of work ahead of me but it’s totally doable! Also, I posted this entire thing while walking! What an improvement to life this desk treadmill has been. I’m slowly working my way up to being able to walk for longer periods. Hopefully, by the end of the year, I’ll be able to do a half-work day from this position. I think it’s going to help me be a lot more healthy (and productive). It was a significant investment but I think it was worth it.

Welp, I hope you all have a wonderful weekend!
Taralynn

So where has Taralynn been?

All right everyone. Here is the promised post to let you know what’s been going on. First of all, I just want to thank everyone for their patience in me dealing with what has been a hectic, yet wonderful, yet harrowing, yet joyous period of my life.

I work in the financial sector and as stated in a different post, I had a job opportunity come up that would not normally come up. This lead to me working a lot of overtime but it’s furthered my career and been great. That said, it did mean I’d get home and just didn’t have the creative energy to write so I just played games instead. It wasn’t the mature decision but it’s what I was doing. I think it’s important for me to be honest with everyone. Also, becasue it seems peopel were curious about it, it wasn’t Breath of the Wild. I don’t own that game (though my roommate has played the absolute HONEY out of that game so I assume it must be good).

However, right as that opportunity started wrapping up and I anticipated having more time another death struck my family. This time it wasn’t the tragedy that my cousin had but it still required a lot of work. My grandfather passed away. Now, this would normally be a shocking and depressing time but my grandfather has had heart issues for 20 years. Frankly, he should have died, literally, five times before this. Even at the end, he was supposed to pass, my entire family went out to see him… and he didn’t pass away. He took another week to finally give out. He was lucid throughout and went very peacefully. It was an amazing experience that brought our family so much closer together and it’s really impossible for me to feel sad about it because we had so much extra time with him that we never should have had. How can I feel sad when we feel incredibly blessed to have all the etra time he gave us?

That did, however, have some harsh realities that came along with it. My grandmother has advanced dementia. So his passing meant, for all intents and purposes, their lives were both over as she couldn’t realistically live alone in their house. That began the arduous task of trying to get her into a memory care home and the even longer process of clearing out the house that they’ve lived in for the past 40 years. When you live in a house that long… yeah. Let’s just say they were sort of settled in. And, as one of the oldest grandchildren, a lot of that work fell on me. While that task was a bit more morose at times (I felt like I was constantly invading my grandparents’ privacy even though I conciously knew that wasn’t the case) it also was an amazing experience. To see their life laid out in all these little things… amazing. It wasn’t easy but it was an incredible experience I wouldn’t trade for anything.

Plus, on a more superficial level, it meant I got to take their old Game Boy and Super Nintendo that they bought for the grandkids to play on as we grew up visiting their house every summer. The bonus of being the one who goes through the stuff first is you get to decide who gets the coolest stuff >:) Muwahahahaha!

So yeah, I own an old, brick sized Game Boy again. So I have that going for me. Which is nice.

So now I’m back at work but, if I’m honest, I’m still a bit emotionally drained from all this. I’ve been avoiding writing because I just don’t have my creative capacitors stored up at all. I need some help with that. Comments from you guys about the story really help get the creative juices flowing for me. So, maybe, if you could take 3-5 minutes to just leave a comment (or email at taralynnand@gmail.com) and maybe just list maybe something about MGP that really hooked you, an interaction you thought was funny or well written, and/or what you’re really looking forward to seeing, I think that will help get my batteries recharged. You guys being excited tends to have a feedback effect on me.

In the mean time, we did get a lore commission done by a new artist named Amenoosa who was recommended to be by a reader. We went back a bit and did an image of the Chaco-phagial therapy session with Vivian and Robynne. I hope you enjoy it.

To make up for the long absence, I’ve got a bigger commission coming from Rezuban i hope you all enjoy. I don’t know when it will be done but when it is, I’m sure you’ll love it!

Looking forward to getting back to work!
Taralynn

PS: I’m sure a bunch of you will like to give me your condolances for my grandpa and such but there really is no need for that. Seriously, we as a family have completely mourned him already and thinking about it sort of stunts my recharging. I’d rather focus on getting me back to work, but thanks anyways for the condolances 🙂

Good news for me… resulting in delay for you guys

Sorry I’ve been quiet. Work has been an absolute bear recently. Normally in these situations I’d like to complain about what a stress work is but… um… well actually it’s just the tax season and I’ve been pulled onto a project that has been really exciting! I mean, for me. For you guys it’s resulted in a delay in the chapter and I apologize for that. Luckily things go back to normal on Thursday. In the mean time, if you’re a $5+ patron, please go to my Patreon page and vote on which girl should be pin-upped this month. The subject of the pin-up? Bunny-girls!

Later taters!
Taralynn

An update on me, the story, and images!

First off, before I get to the items of the actual website, I’d like to address my last post. Now that I’ve moved on I feel more comfortable discussing things. Long story short, as a few of you guessed in emails to me, a member of my extended family committed suicide. It was a real tragedy for my family as they had been doing really well and getting their life together. However, this person was taking medication for both depression and seizures. The seizure medication can sometimes have some mood-swingy side effects so it had to be balanced very carefully with his depression meds. Well… unbeknownst to our family or his doctors, my cousin had been altering his own doses. This lead to one day where he crashed and made a decision we all know that, had he been in his right mind, he wouldn’t have made. While truly a senseless tragedy, there is always a silver lining in every cloud. The whole ordeal brought our family closer together than ever before. Family members that had basically stopped talking to one another over this drama or that drama, could see what was important and moved past old grudges. Bittersweet that it took something like this for that to happen, but that doesn’t remove the sweet.

In helping get things in order for his funeral and such I was able to take some inventory of my own life. It was a nice chance at reflection and helped me to rededicate myself to some goals I’ve had for a while. All and all, I actually have to say I’m feeling great. Some of it’s due to family support but a large chunk of it is also due to you, the wonderful reader. I received and outpouring of support and love from you all and it truly helped. Thank you so much for being so supportive and understanding. I couldn’t ask for better readers. You opened me up to your own worlds, tragedies, and feelings and it let me know that, though we have never actually met, we are truly a community.

Now, onto the actual website, Chapter 44 is posted! Sorry to leave you all on such a cliffhanger last time! Now, I know the chapter is shorter than usual but I felt it was appropriate for a more action-oriented segment. It shouldn’t be long between chapters. I’m expecting two weeks right now. Got to make up for lost time if I’m going to be posting 20 chapters this year! Oh! And great news, I finally figured out how to get comments on pages again so you all can comment directly on chapters again! Yay! Also, accompanying the chapter is a picture from Grimay. This is actually the February image for those of you scoring at home but it goes with this chapter. I also posted it at the bottom of the chapter itself. I’d like to go back and do similar things for images that correspond to other chapters but I’d need some help doing that. If you’re interested, let me know. But, regardless, this is one of Grimay’s more awesome pieces. I love how he opted to show both a close-up of Cell-celia and Serenity but also zoom out so we get a feel for the battlefield. Please check out the hi-rez version to get a full appreciation for how beautiful it is!


craaaaaazy eyes

One last item before I head out, I’ve noticed our MGP TVTropes page has been rather active as of late. I don’t know who has been updating it but I just wanted to give a shout out! It’s looking great everyone! Woo! Got TVTropes! As I’ve said before, I know I’ve made it because someone took the time to make a TVTropes page for the story XD. I know it’s silly but that’s how I view things.

See you when I post the next Villain-in-Distress issue!
Taralynn