So many images… oh! And more PGM!

I went on a blitz trying to get caught up on all our missing images and… whew! Exhausting but it’s done! We are one November pin-up image away from being completely caught up on art! “So, what art was posted?” you may ask. Well, hypothetical question-asker, let me tell you!

Whew! That’s a lot of art!

But even better than art, Kamizite has another chapter of Peppy Goddess Mandate for you all to read! I personally am really enjoying his story and think you should too!

In other news I am officially out of my writer’s block. Or… well I guess once I post something I’ll officially be out but, rest assured, I am feeling wonderful and even though we ARE entering the busiest time of the year for me in my business, I feel ready for this challenge in a way I haven’t before. You should see something in the next few weeks. In any case, those of you stateside I hope you have a happy Thansksgiving. Everyone else, I hope the step into the holiday season treats you well and that I should be leaving presents under your proverbial tree very soon!

Ho-ho-holy sugar I need to get back to work!
Taralynn

Introducing “Peppy Goddess Mandate”

This is an awesome day for me. Not only have I been very productive the last few days but I’ve had the good pleasure of working with a friend of mine whom you’re familiar with, Kamizite. My buddy Kami is the artist behind my shortlived collaberation of Villains Union of America. As I think about it, that was sort of my precursor in some ways to Villain-in-Distress… but I digress. At any rate, Kami and I have had on-again, off-again RP sessions. Most of them tend to involve my MGP characters thrown into various hilarious circumstances. Most of them Robynne doesn’t like. But one stuck for a very long time. It was an interesting concept that Kamizite has decided to turn into an actual AU Fanfic of MGP. I can’t begin to tell you how excited I am to bring this to you myself.

So, without further adieu… Peppy Goddess Mandate: Chapter 1. I hope you all will enjoy his story as much as I do.

In other news, I’m almost caught up on commissions and getting Villain-in-Distress for last month ready to go. I also feel like I’m about to break my writer’s block on MGP. I’ve been keeping up with my 50 words per day promise (which is, as I hoped, turning into a LOT more than 50 words per day but keeping me in a writer’s headspace).

You all are much better fans than I deserve,
Taralynn

Time for an apology

I’ve kind of done a piss-poor job of keeping you all in the loop. For that I’m sorry. And a lot of other things. But mostly I’m sorry for not being honest with you all because you A) deserve it and B) have shown nothing but respect for me and my various issues. I couldn’t ask for a better, more patient fanbase.

In all honesty I’ve been struggling with writing. While September was a very challenging month for me with my internet going out, getting horribly sick towards the end of the month, and my workload at my day job increasing, none of these should have derailed my writing schedule. No. What’s derailed my writing schedule is horrible, terrible writing block.

I don’t have the issue some writer’s have of Imposter Syndrome. I am, thanks to your kind words, very confident in my writing ability. No, my problem is how far I’ve fallen behind. I suffer from a condition called “shame” and the further I fall behind, the more guilty I feel. Because of that guilt (which, I might add, I don’t like feeling. It’s a troublesome emotion XD) I then put off writing. When I do start writing, because of my writer’s block, I get frustrated and then find any excuse to not actually write.

Unfortunately this has extended to almost everything including lining up commissions and such. I just didn’t want to deal with it because it made me feel guilt for not following through. In all honesty, my biggest issue with content creation is the singular fact that I am a hare, not a tortoise. I have huge bursts of creative production followed by lulls of nothing. That kills writing. Every podcast and piece of advice that talks about writing will tell you this. And yet, I have failed to heed the warnings.

But I’m also a believer in the wisdom given to us by the one-hit wonder band Chumbawumba, “I get knocked down, but I get back up again.” I wouldn’t be writing this if I didn’t believe it was necessary to apologize for the trust I have betrayed by my inactivity and if I hadn’t taken steps to fix it. I have set up for myself an accountability coach when it comes to my content production. They have access to my to-do lists and follow up with me and now we have consequences for me not following through. What is the big goal I have set for myself?

50 words a day.

It’s not a big goal. But 50 is WAY better than 0. Mathematically speaking, you could argue infinitely better. There is a famous Reddit post that I loved even though I’ve been bad at following called “No More Zero Days” and that’s what I’m aiming for. Now, there are exception days of course. I’m leaving vacations free and holidays. But otherwise, I need to be willing to give this at least a little bit of time a day, no matter how bad the writer’s block. I also firmly believe the best way to fix a writer’s block is to write. I just… haven’t followed through on my own beliefs because work is hard.

In the end, I think that’s true of most things in life. We KNOW the solution to them but also know the solution takes hard work, dedication, and willpower and it’s easier to avoid those things. So, that’s why I have now paid someone to be my accountability coach when it comes to writing. Because you’re worth it.And frankly, I believe I’m worth it too. Don’t you worry about ol’ Taralynn. She’s not moping in self-pity. Just grumbling at confronting my shortcomings. It’s not fun. It’s easier to just play the new Spider-man game (because seriously it’s amazing) and avoid problems.

Well, with that bit out of the way let me tell you what I’ve done today. With the help of my accountability coach I’ve arranged for 3 new commissions so that we can catch up and remove a huge source of guilt from my shoulders (being behind). I have posted two polls for the pin-up images in October and November. The October one is a repeat of last year’s Babes of Bad Endings idea. Same options as last year except the winner of last year was removed. The November poll is based on the idea that some girls are just a little too high and might and need to take a walk on the nerdy side. If you’re a $5 and up patron please vote for the pin-ups so we can get started on getting those commissioned out as well.

So, the writing priority is going to be me finishing September’s Issue of Villains-in-Distress (it’s about half done) then getting October’s done, then… tackle this beast of a writer’s block on MGP. Attack it with… um.. fury! And vigor! And vim! Have you ever heard the word vim used by itself? I know I haven’t… that sounds like something Cory might observe. I’m going to file that one away as a possible line later.

Anywho, I have two more announcements. First, an old name you all may recognize, Kamizite, and I are teaming up once more. For those who don’t know, Kamizite and I teamed up to write Villains Union of America before we had to abandon that project because we got too busy in real life. Well… I know you all are thinking, “Taralynn! You just told us you are having problem with what’s on your plate RIGHT NOW! You can’t possibly add…”

Okay. Okay. Calm down. I hear you. This isn’t anything like that. Kamizite has just expressed an interest in publishing a story of his on the site. So, I’m going to be offering him a space. He hasn’t decided on a subject yet but I think, of the projects he has outlines, you’ll like whichever one he chooses. This will give us another item that can be psoted on teh site for your reading pleasure without loading more work on ol’ Taralynn. Don’t you worry. I just wanted to let you know somethign is coming and we’ll let you know more when it’s time.

Last announcement is I am totally psyched for the new Super Smash Bros. coming out in December. As such, I want to do something special. Something I’ve never done before. It will be related to the pin-up image in December. I don’t want to spoil things so let me just say… stay tuned.

Thanks again for your patience and well wishes. Now, just give me all your positive energy, vibes, prayers, and mojo to help me achieve my 50 words per day goal!

You all are the best fanbase a girl could ask for!
Taralynn

MGPFFL is back, commissions posted, and Villain-in-Distress updates!

Okay, first of all, I want to thank you all for your patience. I mentioned this on Patreon but I recently had a change to my shifts. I’m now on four-days a week, ten hours a day. While the hours are the same, how my week is structured is very different. I’m still adjusting and needing to be better at fighting through the fatigue I feel after a 10 hour day. In theory with my extra day off I should be more productive but… well time will tell on that one.

Regardless, this isn’t a woe-is-me post but rather a triumphant post showing that I’m catching up!

First, I want everyone to consider joining season two of the Magical Gridiron Posse Fantasy Football League (MGPFFL). I am the defending champ and have written up an entire post on how you can join over on Patreon. I also explain how you can draft cheerleaders to root for your team. Don’t you want the chance to have the likes of Robynne, Vytri, Cali Fawx, or even Rule 63 Cory and Eli to cheer for your team? See, this is simply just true and you should look this up.

With that out of the way, the biggest announcement is I’ve caught up on Villain-in-Distress! Issue 7 and Issue 8 have gone public! And, for those who are $2+ patrons on my Patreon, Issue 14 is live! Thanks so much for being patient with me in getting those up! I look forward to reading what you all have to say about the Issue.

Lastly, the most recent commissions have also been posted on my Patreon. I don’t have the time to upload them here but you can easily access them here. All commissions, pin-up or canon, are public to see. We have several pin-ups from the summer of crossover series along with some canon images like Vytri’s alleyway waltz.

I’d like to talk more but, sadly, I am actually in a bit of a rush! You will hear again from me soon as I should have another chapter of MGP ready in the next week or two! I just hope I can get caught up on my commissions in the next month or so.

Regardless, glad to be posting again,
Taralynn

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