So many arts! Chapter 48! it’s a Christmas Miracle!

My friends, it truly is a Christmas miracle because I’m posting Chapter 48 of MGP! Woo! In addition, I’m posting a lot of art! This is everything for the year minus one pinup image I have yet to receive (but probably will in the next few days). I’ll be posting all these on my patreon page with full descriptions but for now I’m just posting it here for your enjoyment. Let me know what you thought of the chapter!

Merry Christmas,

December Pin-up by Pip

It’s going to be a… wait for it… flurry of activity this December and first up on that flurry is the ol’ landlord of Taralynn’s Desk, Pip! He did our December Pin-up! Also, wow! I’m getting an image up in the month it should have gone up! What a shocker!

I’ve said the best thing about pin-up images is that I don’t have to really explain how characters got into those outfits. So Vivian dressed up in some overly elaborate elf attire? That’s fine… but also slightly believable. Fretribution in an ugly sweater with a snowman playing guitar… or is that Dale!? BUM BUM BUMMMMMM! But either way, very believeable. Robynne in a very cute Christmas dress… or attending a social function instead of playing Aspect Realms? Yeah, no one is buying that in the actual story! But they don’t have to because it’s the pin-up image. All anyone knows is that it’s Christmas and you need to watch out for imps like Vivian pulling mistletoe shenanigans.

Working hard!

Catching up on art

So, it’s been a while. I haven’t been posting all the art we’ve had but here it comes! Get ready to have your minds blown! I’m going to go in order of the month they are assigned to.

This first piece of artwork, despite being assigned to the gap I had for April 2017’s canon commission, is actually the newest. I commissioned Railgun04 to do a transformation sequence that is sort of supposed to represent how Robert feels his first week of college went. The result, if I may wax a bit hyperbolic, was breathtaking.

This… is amazing. The little details in this really make it come together so I highly recommend you click on the image and see the full sized image. First of all, what he did with Robynne’s scarlette hair sort of pushing out of the scalp? Awesome! The wave-design on the skirt sort of bubbling into existence? Creative! The box transforming into pompoms? Masterful! Plus I got to watch him make it live on his Pictaro channel. Never have done that before. TONS of fun.

Next up was the official artist of MGP, Grimay, offering up his take on the fight against Polygal.

First of all, what can I say about Grimay that I haven’t already said? The guy is a master. The background perfect. His expressions on both Polygal’s and Tenacity’s faces expertly show their emotions at that stage in the fight. He NAILS the foreshortening of the tickets and Tenacity’s sword. And Polygal’s design was spot on. I don’t know who edits the wiki, but I think you have your reference picture for her article 🙂

Next we have Dizzyornot’s July pin-up image of Robynne getting some much needed sun and going for a walk on the beach.

Great thing about pin-up images is that they don’t need to make sense canon-wise. In what world would Robynne ever wear a bikini? Better question, in what world would she ever wear THIS bikini (as drawn by Amenoosa)?

Yup, I definitely shoved a lot of cheesecake onto Robynne’s schedule this summer as a way to make up for missing deadlines. That’s the great thing about characters: they are contractually obligated to comply! You should look into getting your own characters who can’t disobey you. It’s really keen

But it wasn’t ALL cheesecake this summer. For example, Grimay gave us another cute date scene to follow up the Eli & Kara DDR date. As our July canon image, we had Cory and Vivian have a cute date laughing at some schlocky film of some kind.

First off, I love how he captured Cory’s lanky form. And Vivian’s entire outfit and posture is adorable. Sneaking more junk food and having more fun seeing that he’s enjoying himself. I think that describes Vivian perfectly.

Dizzyornot did the next image which we have in October. Obviously October is the month of spoooks and scares so I went with a Halloween story of Angela’s past. She had spent all day promoting and rushed to the cheerleader Halloween party without really having time to get a costume together. Regardless, when she got there she was shocked to see Cammy and Tanya dressed as *ahem* creative interpretations of Spirit Guards Valor and Tenacity. Not only did this throw Angela for a bit of a loop, the fact that they tried to get her to “loosen up” and drink a little really put her off. This was the first moment where it dawned on Angela they may be a little bit of the mean alpha biscuits we all know and despise today.

The last of the images that I currently have and have yet to post is our October Pin-up image. We did something different and a bit fun and called it “Babes of Bad Endings”. I posted 5 different prompts that were bad endings from MGP and Crew Shift. To my happy surprise, the prompt from Crew shift won! The title of that bad prompt was “Customized Space Vixen for Sale”. Here for your minor reading pleasure was the prompt followed by the image as drawn by one of my favorite artists on Deviantart, AnyaUribe:

The heroines of Crew Shift defeated the turncoat Capt. Irium but what if the crew of the Sabine had failed? Someone who turned out as sexy as Capt. Fawkes couldn't be wasted in the casinos or strip clubs. No, a girl as sexy as her could fetch quite a price. She fetched quite the price on the open market as a custom-ordered build-a-bride. Such customized consorts didn't come cheap but many a shady socialites were willing to pay. After all, to have the psychotherapists, behaviorists, psychologists, neurologists and nanotechs employed by the kingpins on Artes II domesticate a tailored maiden was a unique opportunity. Now fully broken and expertly housetrained, the captain has surrendered herself to her new life as Mrs. Brandi Vixen as she is mailed across the stars with a new mission: to be the perfect wife and make sure she meets every term of the satisfaction guarantee she came with.

I love how the artwork turned out in this. I had this idea of a futuristic wedding dress that I wasn’t sure how to describe but Anya made it come out beautifully. Really, it looks like something straight out of the Jetsons! And though it’s horrifying what she’s being shipped off to do, I have to at least admire how adorable Captain Fawkes’s hair is done up… and this is why I’m going to Hell.

So, what art does that leave for the rest of the year to be revealed?

  • August Canon image- SG Serenity vs Day LaMode by Grimay
  • September Canon image- Kunapipi has Robert reach into the stone by Amenoosa
  • September Pin-up image- Fallacious Fantasy Football Robynne by Grimay
  • November Canon image- Rising Spirit! by Badgertastic
  • November Pin-up image- Monsterous Thanksgiving Dinner by Grimay (voting on which monster for $5 and up patrons valid until end of the night tonight!)
  • December Canon image- Villain-in-Distress Issue #1 cover by undecided artist (waiting to hear back)
  • December Pin-up image- Don’t let Vivian get ahold of mistletoe by Pip

WHEW! That’s a lot of work hunting down all that but now that it’s here it’s a huge load off my shoulders. Again, big thanks to Stephanie for helping me get all this organized so I could get it all done. I’ll have the invites to $3 and up patrons to edit Fan Reel #11 by the end of the day. I look forward to a lot of posting here soo as more artwork comes in! Until then, I hope your’e enjoying your holiday season and continue to do so. Now, I must get more work done as I listen to the wonders of this Electro-swing Christmas mix!


2017 year in review

(this is a cross post from my Patreon page. Some of this information won’t be as applicable to general fans but I thought it good to share with everyone so you can know my plans going forward)

I just wanted to say thank you to what has been a tumultuous 2017 for me. Overall, a good year for me professionally but a tough one emotionally. As you may be aware, I lost some people close to me as the year went by and it did cause me to go into a shell at times.

I don’t want to make this a “woe is me” post because life happens and I’m a believer in positivity. But sometimes I think that positivity may get me to overstep my capabilities at times. When I get sad, I draw into myself and get a bit lazy even though, in my experience, creating content is one of the fastest ways to cheer me up! Then again we don’t behave rationally when we are feeling down.

This is one of the reasons I hired Stephanie to help me keep my sugar together and on schedule. In addition to Stephanie, I’ve been using my Audible account to get self-help books that have helped motivate me and see areas where I’m making mistakes. As a full result, 2018 is shaping up to be a good year as a result of my better handle of myself and Stephanie keeping me on an actual schedule.

One of the things the self-help books have helped me to understand is I’m a creature of momentum. If I want to succeed, I have to keep moving every day. To this end, I have started to wake up half-an-hour earlier than I would normally each weekday to get some sort of writing or website upkeep done. You’re about to see a flood of commissions come rolling in as a result.

One of the other effects of the self-help books is helping me realize where I’m maybe making promises that don’t push my “brand” in a direction. While I’m not as big on the buzzword of “brand”, it did make me realize something…

I was spending more time worried, avoiding, and writing in the Q&A than I should. The Q&A was a good idea I think but with the limited writing and bookkeeping I already do, it added to the pile in a way it shouldn’t. In addition, there wasn’t the interest in reading it that I had thought there might be. A lot of that was likely due to my own inconsistency but the more I thought about it, the more I figured, “They patronize me for my writing, not for my insight.” Plus, if I’m honest, I found myself over-analyzing how I answered questions and inadvertently caused myself some weird stress where I was happy someone would ask a question but agonize over how to best answer it. So for that reason, 2018 will not include Q&A as something I’m doing. Come 2019, I may revisit the idea.

What 2018 WILL be including is a healthy dose of MGP Fan Reels. I love the Fan Reels as I’m a huge fan of sarcastic, peanut gallery-style commentary… I mean, I write Cory & Eli into my story and that’s basically their job. Stephanie is a big fan of them as well and so we’re planning on posting one once every 2 weeks. That’s, I think, a slow enough pace that those at the Fan Reel level of rewards will have enough time to add their comments if they want to. Once every two weeks is NOT a schedule I would promise if it weren’t for Stephanie’s involvement.

Right now, we have 10 chapters of MGP Fan Reel up. I’m going to get this started up next week. By our count, that puts us at Chapter 38 at the end of 2018. I think that’s getting us a fair bit caught up! We’ll slow down in 2019 so we don’t overtake actual chapters (and I think it’s healthy to always be a few chapters behind anyway on snide commentary) so this is going to be good. It’s going to be good isn’t it Stephanie?

Stephanie gave me a thumbs up. So it’ll be good.

The last thing is I, frankly, am starting to run out of ideas for canon images and especially pin-up images. I want to get more community feedback to help me do that. I’m going to host some regular discussions (maybe once every 3-4 months) for people to proffer up ideas for both. This will be something I add to the $3 rewards in addition to access to commenting on the Fan Reels. I figure if you’re passionate enough to offer up snarky commentary you probably are willing to throw a few ideas out there.

So, the new rewards levels will be as such:
$1- Access to the MGP Vignettes
$2-Access to Villain-in-Distress 6 months before it goes public
$3-Access to the MGP Fan Reel and the Commission Brainstorming Meetings
$5-Become a member of the Pin-up Planning Committee (aka: Vote for which pin-ups go up, and occasionally which canon image we do)
$10- MGP Early Access- gain access to the Google-doc I use to write MGP

Okay, before I close up this post, here is the plan for this month. Normally this month would be a nightmare for me to write BUT it turns out my family isn’t coming up here for Christmas. Normally this would be a big sad face from me but I see it as a sign that I can get a lot done this month!

This is the plan. Not only are we getting two Fan Reels posted this month, but I will get one more chapter of MGP up before the year is done. Then, I’m going to try to tear through Villain-in-Distress. There were supposed to be 12 Villain-in-Distress chapters this year. There have been 6. By my count, Villain-in-Distress averages 2-3 pages. That comes out to around 15 pages I need to write there. MGP chapters are as long or as short as I feel they need to be. But that means I need to get somewhere between, likely, 20-30 pages written before the year is up. That is doable in a month that I’m planning and staying super engaged.

Now, I won’t commit to all 6 getting done. I already stated at the start of this post how I sometimes get overeager due to my positive nature. I will promise, however, to try my best and get multiple ViD’s out along with an MGP chapter. But whatever I don’t get done I’m going to chaulk up to being a “dead” month for ViD and just going to start over with a clean slate come 2018 so I don’t spend all my time playing catch-up the whole year. That big of a block of writing steals from MGP and while I’m comfortable doing that for a single month where I wasn’t expecting to write as much, I’m not willing to do that any further than this month.

In the effort of spacing things out better, coming 2018 I’ll be on a regular posting schedule for all this patreon stuff. My schedule has shifted in that Wednesday is now the best day for me to do stuff for the website. So this will be the schedule each month for Patreon stuff:

1st Wednesday- Post Pin-up picture
2nd Wednesday- Pin-up voting
3rd Wednesday- Canon image
4th Wednesday- Villain-in-Distress

That means I need to get some pin-up voting options up fast 🙂

Regardless, thanks for reading all this. You guys have seriously been amazing fans all year and incredibly patient with me thorugh the hard times. That patience is getting rewarding and why I’m now paying Stephanie to be my taskmaster XD. 2018 is going to be the best year for Taralynn’s Desk and more productive than ever before. Keep me in your prayers or whatever you do to get positive vibes from the universe to keep me on task this month so I can hit the ramp that is 2018 with lots of speed!

You’re the best!