Villain-in-Distress Issue 12 is up and art update

Hey guys, short post here but, yes, indeed, Villain-in-Distress issue 12 is available for all $2 and up patrons on my Patreon right now and will go public in December. I had an interesting time writing it and I hope you enjoy reading it.

In other news (though decidedly worse news) is that the art for this month got delayed. My pin-up artist had to cancel and my canon artist is telling me their schedule may prevent them from getting it done before the month is over. So, glass half-empty, there may not be any art presented in June. Glass half-full, that could mean four pieces of art going up in July! So… yay? Oh, and the voting for July’s pin-up picture is now live for $5 and up patrons to go vote on. The topic, in continuing with the summer of crossovers is which MGP characters cross over into the Villain-in-Distress universe.

Hope you enjoy this issue of ViD,
Taralynn

MGP 50 is up! May Canon image up too!

Exactly what it says in the title! We hit the bit five-oh! Oh my goodness I cannot tell you all how awesome this is to me. This was a very difficult chapter to write that required me to reread a lot of stuff. Special thanks to my editor Shellshocker and, of course, Stephanie for helping me get this thing ready. So yeah, enjoy the chapter because it was a harder one to write. I’m afraid going into why it was hard gives away stuff so I’ll just let you get to reading.

In other news, we also got the canon image for May done. Pianno-ribbon did this one again and it’s actually art for THIS chapter because I actually thought ahead this time 😛

In the last bit before I go and rest my addled mind, Villain-in-Distress Issue 11 goes up tomorrow so those of you who are $2 and up patrons have that to look forward to. If you’re not, that’s okay as it will get published publicly in 6 months time!

Halfway to 100,
Taralynn

An update on updates (so meta!)

Hey gang! Just wanted to give everyone a formal update on where thigns are since apparently I have issues with multiple platforms.

If you look at my thread here you’d think I haven’t done anything since getting back. However, if you follow me on Patreon I’ve had 6 updated posts in that time frame (with one today of the NSFW May Pin-up image). What gives?

If I’m 100% honest, I find updating to multiple platforms to be tedious. It’s a definite barrier to me mentally even though conceptually speaking it isn’t that big of a deal. But understand there are some severe limitations to posting on my main website for smaller updates. Patreon is a platform I can upload from everywhere including work. To do things like posting images on my website I have to have access to my FTP to upload an image, resize it for the website, etc. You can see why I’d say posting images is easier.

“So Taralynn, why have the website at all?” Well, to be honest I still like having my corner of the web for a couple of reasons. First off, I find the reading experience of an actual story better on my website rather than posting the story straight to patreon. I wouldn’t be posting things like MGP to Patreon anytime soon. But, to be honest, smaller things like the monthly images are going to pretty much exclusively be posted on Patreon from here on out. It’s just so much easier for me because I don’t get caught up in the tedium of resizing images and posting. I know it isn’t a big deal to post it here too but mentally, for me, it is because if feels like bookkeeping and I’m just not good at that.

There is also the issue I just feel, as a fan of creators, Patreon is easier to follow someone than a random website. It’s also easier for me as a creator because I can organize posts with tags. However, my fanbase started here on my website so I won’t be abandoning it or anything. But for smaller updates like artwork, I probably won’t be posting here. I can update Patreon during my lunch break in ways I can’t do with the website that makes it super convenient for things like this. Obviously when big announcements come, website is still a place I’ll post it (and clearly where I’ll be posting Magical Girl Policy). But if you want to stay up to date the place to follow me is www.patreon.com/taralynn. Now, I may look into some apps that can help solve my problem and publish in multiple places at once but I don’t want to do that until I get MGP 50 up. I want my focus to be on writing and not bookkeeping.

All that said, Wednesday, Issue 6 of Villain-in-Distress goes public so those of who can’t do $2 patronage right now but still enjoy a good story of heroes, villains, and flipping genders will have that soon.

Sorry for the confusion,
Taralynn

I’m back!

Got back from my grandmother’s funeral and it was truly beautiful. Thanks so much for all the outpouring of support I got from all of you. Seriously, you all are amazing as usual and I just want to say thanks for what you’ve given!

So, before the end of the month I intend to post an issue of Villain-In-Distress. I want to be sure I make good on that content within the month since it’s kind of the main reason most of you patron (other than the kindness of your hearts that is 😉 ) Shouldn’t be too hard for me to get out before April Fools’ Day.

The cannon image is another story as that process did not get started when it should have due to delays. Don’t worry, it still will get created but it will be done on a make-good basis once openings show up from certain artists. Since we’ll have some time, would you prefer to see MGP or ViD canon image? Just post your vote in comments as I don’t really want to create a poll at the moment as I’m doing this on a break from work.

I should be able to also post the pin-up art for this month before it’s over as I just have to make some edits to the pic Grimay already made. If things break right I may even have it done today but I don’t want to promise that.

Also, if you’re part of the Chapter 13 of MGP Fan Reel please start getting your commentary in. I’d like to post it in the next week or two.

Thanks again so much for all your support friends. Through times of loss it makes me very grateful to have as awesome a fanbase as you guys to help me get through it.

Thanks for all the huggles,
Taralynn

Sad news

Hey friends. Just wanted to let you know my work will be delayed some for the next week or two. I just got the sad news that my grandmother has passed. I know you guys are awesome people and so you’re likely to send a bunch of support my way but believe me when I say I’m actually in a very good spot for this.

My grandmother had some dementia issues and last year, when my grandfather died, it got way worse. Watching them age together was actually very heart-warming and romantic in a sad sort of way. My grandfather’s body broke down to the point he couldn’t do much (he had several heart incidences over his life so we felt fortunate to have him as long as we did… not many people can claim having survived FOUR heart attacks).

As his body started to break down, her mind started to go. It was very cute to see them work together to make up for what the other one lacked. It was a pure kind of love that comes after over 50 years of being married. They had weathered every storm together, raised kids in four states and two countries. That type of pure, simple love is something truly inspiring.

I don’t know what my schedule will be like in the next few weeks as at some point I’ll have to fly out so she can be buried next to my grandfather (she moved out closer to family near me so she could have people to care for her). I don’t know how much of my help the family will need either. I know I don’t have to ask you to be patient because I know how awesome and understanding you guys are.

Honestly, I really am good myself though. Her passing is a blessing. She can now be with my grandfather she loved so much. It’s been hard watching the woman you loved slowly slip away, leaving a person who wasn’t sure where she was and, at the end, weren’t sure who we were. It was a kindness we had been praying for, to let her body catch up to her mind so she can finally let go.

So, I don’t need anything. I have all the support I need with my family. If you want to do something for me, call your grandparents or parents or just some friend you haven’t talked to in a while and let them know what they mean to you. Our connections are what make life worth it.

Who’s chopping those darn onions?
Taralynn

BIG milestone for me- Chapter 49 is up!

That’s right fans and friends! Chapter 49 of Magical Girl Policy has been posted and, let me tell you, this is a big one. It’s not readily apparent why this chapter is such a big deal but let me tell you why this is such a big deal to me. There are now officially more chapters of MGP than there were episodes of MGP-Alpha. Yes! That’s right!

Now, it shouldn’t seem like such a big deal. I mean, for one, the Alpha version of MGP got further plot-wise than this incarnation of MGP has. But that one had so many dangling plot threads and problems with it that it made me get so frustrated with the project that I went on a hiatus that lasted two years. This story, though it’s taken me longer to get to Chapter 49, makes me happy and excited with where it’s going. Most importantly, you guys make me excited to go on the journey. It’s been a bumpy road but I’ve been updating MGP for 7 years now. I’ve never stuck with something that long. Thanks so much for your patience and helping me get there. Seriously, without you guys leaving your comments this wouldn’t happen. Your feedback is the fuel in my creative engine. 🙂

But speaking of helping me out, one fan in particular has really helped out Shellsh0cker7 has proven not only to have EXCELLENT taste in books and podcasts (a fellow Brandon Sanderson/Writing Excuses fan) but to be a very good editor. I felt bad as Stephanie has been helping me out with that but Stephanie’s talents lie in poking me with sticks to keep me moving, not editing. Shellsh0cker7 however is an awesome dude and amazing at editing. I haven’t had an editor this thorough since college… and that’s becoming longer and longer ago than I like.

With all that said, we aren’t done with today’s announcements! That’s right! More! First of all, if you’re a $5 and up patron, there is a new Pin-up Poll over at my Patreon I need you to vote on. The theme is “May Showers” and you’re voting on who the “camera” is trying to sneak a look at in the showers: Vytri, Robynne, or Cpt. Fawkes. SO be sure to vote if you’re a $5 and up patron.


Also! I have just posted the MGP Fan Reel for Chapter 12! Some hilarious, snarky commentary by the fans so I suggest you check it out in either docx or odt format, whichever works best for you. I have also sent out the invitations for the Chapter 13 Fan Reel. If you are a $3 and up patron and I forgot to send you an invite, please email me or message me at Patreon and I’ll get that fixed.

Man, good times today! Thanks so much you all for helping me get to this milestone with MGP! I love you all so much. Thanks for continually grabbing a snack and pulling up a chair!

Huggles,
Taralynn

February canon image

Tad bit late but Grimay got it done and it looks as awesome as ever. I’m beginning to think this guys is pretty talented.

This is one where I highly recommend you viewing the full image. Grimay but a ton of detail in the background and gives us the best view of SAU campus ever. So verdant and green! Like the cheer uniforms! Surely that can’t be a coincidence!

In all honesty this is one of the more challenging issues with commissioning outside drawings. The background ends up taking up more than the inside. Frankly it’s the reason for the lateness of the image, I didn’t know how difficult of a picture I was asking of Grimay by having these buildings and grass and trees and everything But Grimay nailed it really. Go Grim. Also we got our first look at Jodi! … okay yeah so she’s just… well she’s an attractive blonde cheerleader. It’s something we’ve seen a lot of, sure, but I’m still glad we got her.

Robynne finding the SFEERS booth and Cami & Jodi finding Robynne is a fun scene. I think it was the first time I got to really dive into the Cheer Squad drama in the story and I am not sure why I like that plotline so much. Maybe because the Absurdly Powerful Student Council and Alpha Biscuit are some of my favorite tropes to complain about being super unrealistic. I guess I just like the comedy of using them myself and trying to justify it. I don’t know. I’m weird.
I’m also glad we got to use Robynne’s outfit form Tolin’s old fanart of Robynne meeting Nick. Come to think of it, I think Nick is one of the few characters Grimay hasn’t drawn yet. I’m trying to think of characters Grimay hasn’t taken a crack at yet. Other than Tanya, Kunapipi, and Nick… Noriko… can you guys help me create a list of characters Grimay hasn’t drawn yet? I’m wanting to be sure to let him draw everyone since, you know, he’s the officially-unofficial artist of MGP. XD

See you all again soon,
Taralynn

February Pin-up: 2017 Magical Gridiron Posse Fantasy Football Champion poster!

Some of you may remember (and even participated) in the Magical Gridiron Posse Fantasy Football League starting back in… I think August? Regardless, while most leagues have you starting out with a draft of NFL players we also did a draft of my characters to cheer for your teams. At the end of the season, I’d commission an image of the winning team’s cheerleaders, in their uniforms cheering for the champion.

And the winner of the season was… ME! Part of me feels guilty because this turned into, “Hey, everyone, let’s do this really fun thing I can win.” On the other hand my team went on a tear for a magical postseason run and if it weren’t for a magical Monday night performance by the Philadelphia Eagles Defense in week 16 my dramatic comeback would never have happened! In short, rather than be humble about this, I think the league will be more fun if I’m insufferable about it and become the villain of the MGPFFL going forward.

Thus begins the thousand year reign of Taralynn! MUWAHAHAHAHAHA!

In all honesty though, I think the league was fun and the addition of the cheerleader draft really spiced things up. I was super pleased with my trio of cheerleaders and love the art pianno-ribbon did for me. I love how Lt. Moden looks like she doesn’t know what she’s doing here. Rylie (aka: Rule 63 Robert) isn’t sure how she ended up on this psycho’s cheer team, and Tanya looks ready too murder someone for forcing her to do something she doesn’t want.
If you are curious, we came very close to seeing Joni’s trio of cheerleaders instead of mine. Her trio would have been Noriko, Mallory, and Robynne cheering on the Sunflowers. But my unstoppable juggernaut of a team (disclaimer: My team wasn’t a juggernaut. I’m just playing the villain role) could not be beat! I AM INVINCIBLE! I ROBBED YOU ALL OF MORE ROBYNNE PIN-UP ART! I AM CLEARLY EVIL!

I can’t wait to do this again next year with you guys. Seriously, it added a lot of fun to the NFL season for me. When we do it again, we will again do a cheerleader draft and make February 2019’s pin-up image another image for the champion of the League… which will be me of course because I am so amazing. When we do it again, I’ll allow teams that return from last season to keep one of their cheerleaders. The other two go back into the cheerleader pool.

Special thanks to Kamizite for running the league. He’s a Saint for helping me out. Until next season ladies and gentlemen, I am the champ and shall never be dethroned 😉

Your Fantasy Football Overlady,
Taralynn Andrews

PS: if you’d like a version of this pic without all the text, I included that as well

The Fate of the FanReel hangs in the balance!

okay, that title is a TAD overdramatic XD

So the nice, clean way to get Fan Reel to work… it didn’t work. I had to go back to a format where you all will have to download the chapters. This makes me sad but GoogleDocs doesn’t seem to have a way where I can make the comments universally scene without making it so EVERYONE can comment. This saddens me. BUT you can now download the FanReels in either .docx or .odt file types.

Now, I know there is a dedicated base of people who’d prefer .epub or .pdf file types for obvious reasons but no matter how I tortured the files I couldn’t get .epub or .pdf to work in such a way that preserved the comments made in GoogleDocs. If you know of a way to make it work, let me know (or better yet, show me. I already wasted three hours trying to get this to work and if I’m honest kind of at my wits end with it).

On the plus side, I’ve broken through a slight writer’s block on chapter 49 and am making good progress. On the downside they are changing things at my workplace at a rate that’s so fast my head is spinning. If you guys by chance know any wealthy financiers who love TG Fiction let them know I can be had cheaply. 😛 All jokes aside, thanks so much to all of you who throw a few bucks at me each month. You guys help me so I don’t have to do as much overtime and do something I like in writing. Without you I’d have no motivation to write and have to work more hours. You guys are the wind beneath my wings!

Now to reward myself with a nice soothing night of listening to music and getting the next round of pics commissioned!
Taralynn