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!
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!
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!
Everyone, I type here today with a bit of heavy heart. I wouldn’t like to get into specifics but there was a tragedy in my family over the weekend. I need to put writing on hold for a week to help those affected deal with some things. So the planned update on the 2nd of March is being postponed to next week. I’m sorry but I know you all understand.
Please remember that there are all sorts of resources out there to help you deal with any mental health issues you may have. Sometimes it’s hard to see the bright spots in your life because, well, that’s what darkness does: it makes things hard to see. Just remember to take solace in the little things in life. If you can read this message, you live an in incredible time where information flies freely around the world. You can connect with friends and family from virtually anywhere through devices that are basically the tricorders from Star Trek. The ways to entertain ourselves are unparalleled in the history of the world. The fact that we even HAVE time to entertain ourselves is a luxury that is the exception in history rather than the rule. It truly is an amazing time to be alive!
If you feel like you’re in darkness yourself, do what you can to not be alone. Reach out. Help others. You can’t help but brighten your own mood when you’re helping brighten the lives of those around you. It doesn’t have to be big. Clean up their dishes and don’t worry about the fact they didn’t. Make their bed. Clean a toilet. Shovel some snow. Something. If you focus on others you’ll find you can’t help but be standing somewhere with a little more light.
It’s not all right, but it will be all right,
PS: Patrons, I still need questions for the March Q&A. I’ll post the poll for the March pin-up later this week.
I know some of you still haven’t read the latest chapter of MGP but I’ve been hard at work and Episode 2 of Villain-in-Distressem> has now been posted on Patreon for all my $2 and up patrons. If you haven’t sampled it yet, I put up an intro Episode for free so you can decide if you like the tone of it or not. Hopefully you enjoy it.
Regardless, I’m looking forward to hearing all ya’ll’s comments on both Chapter 43 of MGP and Episode 2 of ViD!
Thanks for your support!
Congrats to Zexand for accurately predicting that I was waiting until Valentines Day to post the pin-up art for this month. The $5 and up patrons voted and Robynne preparing for a hot date was the winner so here is Grimay’s art portraying that:
Now, who is Robynne prepping for a date with? Well, I leave decisions like that to fanfic writers. Though friend-of-the-story Kamizite, who is running me through a “What if” MGP-RP saw the picture and had another commission from Grimay of Robynne going on that date with her boyfriend from that RP. You can see the picture here
. If you’re interested to know what his What-If scenario is you can read about it on this thread in the forums
But that isn’t the main story. THIS is the main story! Chapter 43 for your reading pleasure! We get to see Robynne analyze a situation and get ready to tackle it! Plus I was able to put a few other details in I think you all might find interesting. I look forward to hearing your comments and theories!
Okay, so, upcoming events. First, Chapter 2 of Villain-in-Distress, my $2 monthly patron reward goes up tomorrow. Probably on that same day I’ll be putting up the poll for the March pin-up picture and the request for questions for the March Q&A. Then the next chapter comes out on March 2nd. The one thing I’m unsure of is the February cannon image… the image I’m asking him to draw is actually form Chapter 44 so, to avoid spoilers, I kind of want to wait until March 2nd to post it. But that means February is missed. I feel that’s okay for the purpose to avoid spoilers as long as we do two in March. Sorry for the disappointment. Robynne getting ready for her imaginary date will have to tide you over.
Lastly, for those of you who missed it, here is the February Q&A link. We talked about a lot, including the tech level of the Ardent Empire and the world of Villain-in-Distress! Also discussed was how there should be a new stretch goal posted soon to get some artwork for Villain-in-Distress so that should be fun. Regardless, thanks for continuing to be the greatest fans an author could ask for.
Villain-in-Distress is officially up on my Patreon! As promised, the introduction is free of charge for anyone to read so head on over and check it out with handy link I’m giving you! I am kind of proud of my crappy Villain-in-Distress logo I made. I worked hard to make the font look like something on an old 1960’s silver age comic book… harder than I should have. Look, I haven’t done real art in a long time! I’m wayyy out of arting shape! Regardless. It’s made and you can go read the Introduction. Please be aware that the actual story is a downloadable PDF so you’ll have to click on the pdf attachement to the post. I hope I don’t see anyone asking me where the story is! I’ll know who didn’t read my post XD
Some of this will be a repeat of what you’ll read on the Patreon post, but unlike future installments of Villain-in-Distress, the Introduction is free. Future installments will take the place of my MGP Vignettes as my $2 Patron incentive. Why do one free chapter? Well, with MGP I have all of the MGP storyline to give a reader a feel of what an MGP Vignette might be about. So I didn’t feel I need to have some sort of preview for a viewer to decide if the Vignettes were worth their two bucks.
However, Villain-In-Distress is a completely new story that you all have no idea if you’d enjoy. I felt I should give you all a sample of what it’d be about before you’d decide if you wanted to do the $2 a month donation. I’d hate for someone to be kind enough to get all excited to read a new Taralynn story only to start reading and find out they hate the tone of it! Don’t get me wrong, I’m confident in my work and really am enjoying writing it. And yes, I know a lot of you who are already patrons would say, “Hey! I’m just giving you $2 because I love your work! Anything I get out of it is a bonus!” and trust me you have no idea how warm that makes me feel. But I know there are a few people who’d only pay the $2 to see the new story so I want to make sure those people don’t feel duped into a story they wouldn’t like. Either way, I appreciate your time and consideration.
I swear this won’t affect MGP’s release schedule. I made my goal of 20 MGP chapters in 2017 and I’m sticking to that goal! Now that I’ve gotten a better handle on my time management, I’m confident in my ability to get this accomplished! I have a rough schedule release for the year on my phone and everything! It’s going to be awesome! So for those of you who are totally here for Magical Girl Policy alone, don’t worry, you’ll be getting just as much content as last year and then some! But for those of you who also want a bonus TG story involving superheroes and supervillains… well Villain-In-Distress is perfect for you!
The first chapter (is it Issue?) of Villain-in-Distress will go around the 14th of each month, except for this month, when it goes up on the 15th. I need an extra day to finish the first chapter… or issue. I’m having a real debate on whether I should stick with calling these chapters or, because it’s got a comic book feel, if I should get a little dorky and call them issues. I made a StrawPoll that you can vote on! Enjoy!
Thank you all for your continued support and I look forward to hearing from ya’ll. You are the best fans a person could ask for!
Starting 2017 on the right foot!
Okay guys, Grimay may have just turned in his best picture ever!
Isn’t it absolutely glorious! The Spirit Guard Serenity pic on the right is basically like a still taken from Sailor Moon if you ask me! I can’t get over how good this looks! I may squee. So many little details! The ripples in the water, that confident smirk! I know I say this a lot but… Grimay just keeps topping himself! This is my favorite commission ever!
I also completed the January Q&A over on my Patreon. You may need to be a patron to ask the questions but anyone can read my answers so go on over there and give it a read if it amuses you.
I should have Villain-In-Distress- Chapter 0 posted here on Thursday so, see you all soon 🙂
Wow, I know I’m a little late on these images. But they are now done and I have the time to post them! Okay, first up, the cannon image of Grimay’s portrayal of Robynne and Lily’s conversation down the steps of SAU campus!
I’m running out of things to say about Grimay’s. It’s gorgeous as ever. Look at all the detail he put on the steps! Did he have to? No! Did he? Yes! And Lily looks exactly like I imagined! And she’s enjoying grilling Robynne way too much! So perfect!
But what month is complete without the pin-up image? Once again I’d like to thank my patrons for hitting the goal that lets us have the pin-up image! Badgertastic took a stab (get it) on the winner of the pin-up poll, Christmas Ninja Noriko! Let’s see what she did with that prompt!
All right. First of all, I didn’t give Badgertastic that much guidance. I just said “Christmas-y weapons and ninja outfit” and let her run with it. Candy cane wakizashi? Fudging holly throwing stars (complete with FWIP!)? How is this not awesome! Plus Noriko is smiling! … kind of… well she’s more smirking but you don’t know how hard it was to get her to pose for this picture! Or get emotion! This is the flirtiest smile we could find! You wanted Noriko pin-up and we got the most emotive Noriko ever! Drink it in fanboys!
We’re still voting on which pro-cheerleader outfit which MGP cheerleader will wear so hop on over to my Patreon if you’re one of my $5 or up patrons and vote!
I’ll have more to come in the following days so be on the lookout!
Happy New Year!
Okay, this update is gonna be short because I have parties to get to but… I DID IT! Chapter 42 is up!
Also, for the record, because a bit of a debate has sprouted up in the comments about it… but I haven’t actually ever read Douglas Adams. I know that’s basically nerd heresy but it is true. Just thought I’d throw that in to blow your collective minds. But I do know a lot of the references because of the inherent nerd osmosis that occurs in our society.
Quick heads up, there will be a delay in the usual drops of artwork. Honestly, focusing on story and family has caused me to delay those. They will come though. I promise.
But yeah. More to come later but I did it! Two in December, my busiest month for work AND family interaction! I have a great feeling about 2017! 2016 was really good to me with you wonderful fans being patient, me holding down my job for a full year and getting stable, finally attending Blizzcon, and getting a more ergonomic workspace put together! Next year comes with new goals: 20 chapters! A new project for my patrons to read! Quitting my soda habit (though I’m allowing it on weekends and other days off… I love Diet Dr Pepper too much). Losing 15 pounds! It’s going to be great and I have a feeling it will be great for you too!
Have a happy new year!
Yes! Chapter 41! It’s posted! Wooo! I’m excited for this chapter and don’t have too much to say. Go read it!
Oh, and I’m told we’re close on getting the December images. I’ll post them when I get them both. Oh! And the December Q&A was posted for all to read on Patreon! I repeat, it’s open to all! There were some interesting questions this month and I had a blast answering them!
So before I go, I found a playlist for the holiday season I thought people might like. It’s a mix of video game winter songs. I like having it on in the background when I’m working and I thought you all might like it as well 🙂
See you later in the month!