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1) finish Hero's Dilemma.
There is no reason it should take me a year to finish the last bit of a chapter I started a long time ago.
I need to finish it this year.

2) improve drawing skills.
I'm currently working on a simpler drawing method, and I'm trying to figure out if I should continue Outcast Kingdom, or start making a comics version of Hero's Dilemma (including some scenes and continued stories not in the written story)

3) get Outcast Kingdom on track.
Well that went quite exactly as I had expected. But I may be able to continue it (see No. 2)

4) 1 new short story every month.
This, too, went as expected.

5) get a job.
I did get a job, so there's one decisive success.

6) feel accomplished.
No, not really.

7) kickstart something
Not yet, but I've made progress.

8) (insert obligatory improve health resolution here)
Things are going pretty well in this field as well.

So the final score is 2/8. That sounds bad, but I don't think resolutions should be about numbers, but progress. In fact, I think I've gotten more out of some of the failed resolutions than some of the successes.

But I have hope for 2017. I think good things will happen this year.



and as always, Don't Forget To Be Awesome! \(^▽^)/
  • Listening to: Critical Role (D&D show on Geek & Sundry)
  • Reading: (and editing) Hero's Dilemma
  • Playing: Minecraft
  • Eating: Cereal
1) finish Hero's Dilemma.
Well, I have started uploading the final chapter, but it's not quite done yet. But it's coming along.

2) improve drawing skills.
I think my art has been improving, yeah? If nothing else, I am finding myself more satisfied with what I have been drawing lately.
I've been doing quite a bit of character art recently (Hero's Dilemma, mostly), and that's always nice. (In fact, I'm currently drawing a group picture of Paragon's former team, The Super Seven. They've only been mentioned once so far, and only briefly, but now that I'm drawing them, I'm really diggin this team you guys! I'll have to write about them too, one of these days.)

3) get Outcast Kingdom on track.
Sadly, I'm not sure I'll ever really get OK back on track. I'm just not any good at the comics format. Something about it just doesn't go well with how I draw. Hopefully I'll be able to tell the story in some way some day, but I don't know how or when.

4) 1 new short story every month.
HAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaahhh! Well, I got one, and I'm still trying (on occasion) to finish what I started with #2. But mostly I'm trying to finish HD.

5) get a job.
I seem to have forgotten to check in on resolutions 5 through 8 last time, so I'll mention them now. Starting with the fact that I got a job!!! I landed a janitorial position in an office building. I know it doesn't sound like a very glamorous occupation, but for a number of reasons, it's actually kind of an ideal job for me. Mostly since, as it is entirely physical work, my mind is free to develop ideas, work on stories, etc.

6) feel accomplished.
A bit of a hit-and-miss with this one. I feel like I'm making progress in some areas, but in others I feel... down. I better not dwell. Think positive.

7) kickstart something
I've been working on a tabletop role playing game that is almost playable. If it goes well, I'd like to run a kickstarter for it. I have some big plans that I think could work. We'll see.

8) (insert obligatory improve health resolution here)
I haven't been working out, per se, but I have been eating pretty well. And my job has me on my feet almost the whole day, so that's good. I've been avoiding excessive bad stuff (a little bit now and then is okay) and eating more of the good stuff. I've been buying food from a organic/natural/local/hippie/etc grocery when possible. And it's actually not so expensive if you shop smart. I'm no health nut, but even small changes matter. And I feel healthier, too. In fact, physically speaking, I feel pretty good.

Over all, 2016 has been... okay. There's still a lot that I wish was not how it is, but I'm gonna focus on the small victories. I'm gonna think positive and not get bogged down by what I haven't fixed yet. Naive optimism, don't fail me now!



and as always, Don't Forget To Be Awesome! \(^▽^)/
  • Listening to: Right Back Where We Started From
  • Reading: (and editing) Hero's Dilemma
  • Watching: Steven Universe
  • Eating: Quesadilla
  • Drinking: Water
I'm still trying to finish up the last chapter of HD, but I need YOUR opinion on the matter.

I'm going back and re-editing the previous episodes (both to get me in the right mood or mindset to continue writing it, and because certain parts of episodes I feel are, let's face it-- sub par. Plus the little things here and there.

What I need to know from you is this-- should I edit the current uploads I already have up, just replacing the old texts with the new, edited versions, or should I post the new versions as new uploads?
What do you think, and why?

If I could get your opinion on the issue, I'd greatly appreciate it.

Thank you
Well, it's been four months. Now's a good time to check in on my resolutions.

1) finish Hero's Dilemma.
Not done yet, but I'm working on it. Gradually. I do plan to finish it before the end of the year, but I can't make any promises.

2) improve drawing skills.
This is one of those tricky goals that aren't a definable destination, but a path or direction. It's also extra-vague (because that's how I roll). But I feel okay about my recent work, so I'm gonna say it's a thumbs up so far.

3) get Outcast Kingdom on track.
Yeah, it's been a while since the last update... but the next page is almost done, and the one after that is already partly inked, so I'm making decent time at the moment.

So far, I think I'm doing alright.

4) 1 new short story every month.
Well, so much for that.
I got one short story done on time, and nothing else since. This is why it's a good idea to stick with New Year's resolutions that can't be "failed" along the way. Goals should be a direction or a guide line for improvement, not something that can be messed up and then abandoned. "Whoops. I messed up. Better stop trying since I already can't make the goal".

People often ditch their resolutions shortly after the new year. But improving yourself and accomplishing your ambitions is a year-round endeavor. It's not something that should be associated with a specific season or day, because great things rarely happen in one day. They take time and effort. If they didn't, they wouldn't be great, now would they?
  • Reading: (and editing) a story I should've finished in Feb.
  • Playing: Nuclear Throne
  • Eating: Pasta Bake
  • Drinking: Lemonade
Happy new year, everyone!

So, I guess it's time that I post some kind of new year resolution list. I know it's kind of a thing that no one ever sees these through, but making lists is actually beneficial in reaching long term goals. So... (in no particular order...)

1) finish Hero's Dilemma.
Like Neil Gaiman said, something you finish-- no matter how "unsuccessful"-- is worth more than something you never complete. I need to stop worrying and just do it.

2) improve drawing skills.
I think I can draw decently well if I put enough time into it, but I need to learn how to draw acceptably well more quickly. If I'm going to continue Outcast Kingdom, I can't keep taking 30+ days to do a single page. Not only do I want my art to look better, I want to be able to produce it at a reasonable rate.
Speaking of OK...

3) get Outcast Kingdom on track.
I've been struggling a lot with it lately, and I've been using the holidays as an excuse to put it on hold. Now it's time to really get things going. Developing my art style should help me with this. I may also be changing the over-all format at some point, too.

4) 1 new short story every month.
As mentioned before, I haven't been writing much lately. And no one ever became a successful novelist by not writing.
I will try to post them here, but the 1-month deadline does not necessarily entail editing, so they may not always go up on time. But that's not the point. The point is writing and finishing.

5) get a job.
I know it's not a fun goal, but it's important. Let's just hope it doesn't take all year to accomplish! (nervous laughter)

6) feel accomplished.
I have a long history of not going anywhere, and disappointing myself. (Way to spread holiday cheer.) This year, whatever I do, I want to do something right. Do something significant. Do something and see it through. I want to feel like I've achieved something. You know what I mean?
Okay, that probably sounded worse than I meant it to. Let's move on to something more pleasant.

7) kickstart something
I've been working on tabletop game design without any focus or real plan for a long time now. It's about time I put all this stuff to good use. If I'm going to spend time on all this, it might as well benefit me, and be enjoyed by others.
(If I don't kickstart a game... well, something at least. Maybe a short story collection, or something like that)

8) (insert obligatory improve health resolution here)
Like... work out more or something? That's probably good. Yeah. I'll do that.

Have a happy new year, everyone! I hope you all have a great year, smile and make others smile, do something meaningful, and accomplish what you strive for.
Take care, and best wishes! Clap La la la la Hug
  • Listening to: Welcome to Night Vale
  • Reading: The Lion, The Witch, and the Wardrobe
  • Watching: Steven Universe
  • Playing: Elder Sign
  • Eating: Oatmeal
  • Drinking: Water
So, things have been slow, I know. Between the holidays and trying to get a new job, I've been busy. And when I'm not busy, I'm trying to de-stress.
But I've got some stuff cooking. The first serving is coming to a simmer, and it'll be ready to serve very soon.
Okay, the cooking analogy was a bit weak, BUT BEAR WITH ME, OKAY?

 Bullet; Red Hero's Dilemma
I'm working on the last chapter now, and I'll start posting ASAP. Ideally, the story will conclude before Christmas. But since when has the "ideal" scenario worked out with me and schedules?
But I hope I do finish it by then, because... well, we'll talk about 2016 in a minute.

  Bullet; Orange Tablet art
I may have neglected to mention it here, but in order to practice drawing on my tablet, I am taking sketch requests. They can be your own characters, the stars of popular (or obscure) fandoms, whatever. Single characters, group pictures (maybe), whatever.
However, I can't take every request, and there are some things I won't or might not draw. And those I do draw, I do in no particular order. But feel free to make requests. If you don't, that's fine. I do have a few requests to do from Tapastic (but if I think yours would be more fun, I'd probably do it first).

  Bullet; Yellow Outcast Kingdom
Unfortunately, OK is going to be on hiatus for a bit. I hate to do this, but there are a lot of real life issues I'm having to deal with right now, and drawing a comic-- as much as I like it-- is kind of stressful for me. I can draw some sketches and write some stories, but comic art takes a lot more focus and effort, which I can't really do right now. I'll try to make some progress on it when and where I can, but it'll be a while.

  Bullet; Green 2016
Because I haven't been writing much lately, I've come up with a plan. Starting in January, I am going to write a new (unpublished) short story every month. Some of them will be ideas I've had for a while. Others will be things I made up on the spot. And others will be re-writings of stories I had started on but never really finished before. But which ever stories they are, you haven't read them yet. I'll probably post them here too, once they're done.

Well that's it for now. I'll let you know if anything else comes up.

Take care!
  • Listening to: September - Earth Wind and Fire
  • Reading: The Lion, The Witch, and the Wardrobe
  • Watching: Steven Universe
  • Playing: Transistor
  • Eating: Nothing (kind of hungry)
  • Drinking: Water
Whoops ha ha ha! I totally forgot to post this here after uploading it to Tapastic! My bad!



So without further adieu: The Monster Zodiac! (part 1 of 2)

Note: This is not meant to represent any sort of canonical astrology in the world of Outcast Kingdom, nor is it meant to necessarily represent how those monsters act. It's just a re-imagining of our horoscope signs but with the sorts of creatures found in Outcast Kingdom instead of the classic signs. Just for fun.

(if you want to know which one corresponds to you, either pick which ever sounds like you, or find the one of the matching element / modality to your real-life sign.)

WITCH
Element: Water
Modality: Cardinal
Pros: Caring, adaptable, responsive, wise, intuitive
Cons: Clingy, secretive, obsessive, manipulative
Those born under the sign of the witch have an affinity for nature and the spiritual, and avoid excessive materialism. They value knowledge over wealth, pets over possessions, and family over business. They tend to be kind and compassionate, and wise beyond their years. However, they tend to keep secrets-- even from family and loved ones. If you are not part of something they are interested in, they are unlikely to share it with you. If you know someone of this sign that you are not on good terms with, be weary of any gifts they may give you-- that kindness may be a trick, as they can be cunning and spiteful when at their worst.

HORSEMAN
Element: Fire
Modality: Fixed
Pros: Loyal, confident, ambitious, encouraging, strong-willed
Cons: Over zealous, pretentious, stubborn
Those born under the sign of the horseman are pro-active and disciplined. They are focused, trustworthy, and determined. However, they tend to solve everything they can by head strong physical force. They are fiercely loyal, even when it may be a good idea to question that loyalty. They also can have trouble expressing themselves sometimes, so if you have a friend of this sign, you may need to be patient with them.

ZOMBIE
Element: Earth
Modality: Mutable
Pros: Patient, serving, uncomplicated, cooperative,
Cons: Unthinking, cold, tactless, unobservant
Those born under the sign of the zombie tend to be the “slow and steady” type, and will usually take a long time to do well a job that others would do in haste. They tend to work together well with others of like-minded behavior, working in groups for maximum effect. They rarely consider themselves too good for a job, and are content to work simple jobs. However, they don't often think things through, and will likely keep trying to push a stuck door open instead of considering the possibility that it may need to be pulled.

VAMPIRE
Element: Air
Modality: Cardinal
Pros: Diplomatic, graceful, social, charismatic, passionate
Cons: Unforgiving, indulgent, manipulative, egocentric, proud
Those born under the sign of the vampire are born leaders. They have the grace and social prowess to impress business contacts and win favors from friends. They tend to be clever, charming, and wise. However they can be self-centered, and take unfair advantage of their friendships. If you have a friend of this sign, you may have to learn to say no to him-- no matter how hard that may be. But do not bruise his ego, for they can be proud, and do not forgive easily.

GHOST
Element: Water
Modality: Fixed
Pros: Empathetic, wise, graceful,
Cons: Emotional, dramatic, cold, prone to depression.
Those born under the sign of the ghost often seem mature for their age-- for better and worse. They can be calm, cool, and wise. They are patient, though somewhat introverted. Though rarely cheerful, they are happy just to be at peace in a quiet room. Perhaps reading an old book. However, they can be cold, overly dramatic, and tend to play the martyr. They can be extremely nostalgic, becoming attached to a thing or place-- always holding onto the object, or refusing to leave the place they are obsessed with. They can become racked with guilt, needing help from friends to forgive themselves.

HUMAN
Element: Fire
Modality: Mutable
Pros: Generous, idealistic, hard-working, inventive, progressive, cooperative
Cons: Careless, irresponsible, superficial, reckless, self-righteous, judgmental
Those born under the sign of the human are industrious and hard working. They dream big and strive to achieve those dreams at any cost. They form strong bonds of friendship with anyone they have common grounds with-- be it family ties, a shared interest, or sharing a home town. However, they can be careless in their pursuits, unaware of consequences. They can also be judgmental of others, and exhibit a 'holier-than-thou' attitude, and want to be recognized for any good that they do.



Real world → OK translation (based on element/modality)
Cancer → Witch
Leo → Horseman
Virgo → Zombie
Libra → Vampire
Scorpio → Ghost
Sagittarius → Human



Where do you fit in all this? Does your equivalent sign sound like you? Does another one? If your sign isn't up yet, I'll post the other six within a couple of days... once I think of a good one for the air/mutable (Gemini equivalent).

As an Aquarius, mine isn't up yet either. Though I can be a bit of a Ghost sometimes. Just a bit.

I was saving this for a late-comic day, but I thought I'd do a little hobbit-style birthday* and give you all a little something just to say Thank You.
: )

  • Listening to: Music from before I was born.
  • Reading: Oh nothing... Just a book I'm writing (wink)
  • Watching: Steven Universe
  • Playing: Terraria
  • Eating: Breakfast. YOU CAN'T STOP ME!
  • Drinking: Water
Tomorrow, August 22nd, Outcast Kingdom turns 1 year old!
In celebration I will do... nothing. Or maybe... something.
Anyways, this kind of came up out of nowhere a couple of days ago, and I couldn't think of anything to do that I could finish in time.

Well, I have a little something I was saving for a late-comic day... it's not much but maybe this is as good a time as any.

Anyways, something will happen. What? Only time will tell.
  • Listening to: Ideas bouncing around in my head
  • Reading: My own stories, hoping to get something written
  • Watching: Words being typed ever so slowly on to my screen
  • Playing: with various ideas for future story arcs
  • Eating: Comments and feedback. They are my sole sustenance
  • Drinking: The pale glow of my computer screen
I can't just keep doing nothing... but I'm so obsessed with making everything perfect that I never get anything done (not that it's ever even perfect anyways).

So I've got to just get stuff done. Starting with Hero's Dilemma.

Soon, I'm going to start uploading the next chapter and hopefully the next one shortly thereafter. I don't know exactly when, but soon.
I'm not going to worry myself into inaction anymore. It may be imperfect, it may be flawed, but to quote Neil Gaiman, "Finish things. Just whatever it takes to finish, finish, and then get on to the next one. You will learn more from a glorious failure than you ever will from something that you never finished."

ALSO. Outcast Kingdom. No, I haven't given up on it. But there was a mix up in the pages so everything's been delayed until I get it sorted out... But it's being fixed. And it shouldn't be too long. I hope.

anyways, I'll be sure to post SOMETHING soon, whatever it might be.

Take care!

EDIT: Probably won't post any more Hero's Dilemma, after all. I don't know. After reading over it again... I'm just not sure I want to post the next chapter at all. I don't know. Maybe? Whatever. Anyways, I'm just going to focus on Outcast Kingdom for now. I do want to post more written stories, but we'll just have to wait and see.
  • Listening to: Ideas bouncing around in my head
  • Reading: My own stories, hoping to get something written
  • Watching: Words being typed ever so slowly on to my screen
  • Playing: with various ideas for future story arcs
  • Eating: Comments and feedback. They are my sole sustenance
  • Drinking: The pale glow of my computer screen
I have the next page of OK ready to scan, but I seldom have access to a scanner. So that's on hold (though I'm taking this time to get the following page done sooner).

In other news, there's an issue I noticed shortly after starting the comic. And that is language.
If the monsters hate humans so much, they probably would speak a different language and, more over, have different names.
Hilda. Gunther. Ivan. These are human names, and monsters would almost certainly have their own.
However, it's a bit too late to change their names, as we've probably gotten too attached to the ones they have (I have, at any rate). But I may want to change the spelling of their names. That way I can say that they just happen to sound similar, despite being technically different names.
I just think it'd be weird if they went around with human names if they have such a strong grudge against humans.

I'm thinking Hyldta, Eiven, and Khunther for the main characters. (Olwyn is obscure enough for me to get away with using). They are all pronounced nearly identically to their original spellings (Hyldta has a T in it though it isn't emphasized so much, Eiven is basically the same, Khunther has a K, but it almost sounds like a G if that makes sense). Though I'm really not so sure about Eiven. I may change it.

Anyways, what do you think? Any thoughts or suggestions?
  • Listening to: Welcome to Night Vale podcasts
  • Reading: Skin Deep (by Kory Bing)
  • Eating: Dinnerses, preciousss...!
  • Drinking: Water

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Outcast Kingdom main protagonists by Willdabeast-0305
Ivan, Hilda, Gunther, and Olwyn of Outcast Kingdom.

 



1. Introduce Yourselves

Ivan: I am Ivan Ruthven. [Ivan is a vampire]
Hilda:
Hilda. [Hilda is a promethean-- a made-up word for Outcast Kingdom for what Frankenstein's monster was]
Olwyn: Hi! I'm Olwyn Coille! [Olwyn is a witch]
Gunther: ...
[Gunther is a headless horseman-- generally referred to simply as "horsemen" in Outcast Kingdom)
Olwyn: He can't talk, but his name is Gunther.
Me: I'm William Bowles, also known as "Willdabeast" in certain circles. [William is a human]

2. What is your favorite food?

Ivan: When one is as financially unprivileged as myself, one cannot be picky about food.
Hilda: A good roast of some kind.
Olwyn: Okay, I know it's hard to come by, but definitely honey crystal! Have you ever had one? Oh. My. Gaia!
Gunther: ...
Olwyn: Ha ha! Gunther doesn't eat! He has no head!
Me: I'm a big fan of breakfast foods. So that or pizza.

3. What is your favorite drink?

Ivan: I do not wish to answer this question.
Hilda: A hardy beer. Or mead, if it's not too sweet.
Olwyn: Bush Wine! Mmm~! It's sweet and it's made from berries!
Gunther: ...
Olwyn: He doesn't drink either, of course!
Me: Um... probably some kind of smoothie or milkshake...? Do those count?

3. Do you have a favorite book?

Ivan: Have you ever read "The Last Days of Lord Nicolescu"? It is a good book.
Hilda: My people are proud warriors and alchemists. We have little need for fairy tales and the like.
Olwyn: Probably "Green Oak's Fables".

Ivan: It is a book for common children, unsuited for intelligent adults.
Olwyn: No! It's a good book with good lessons for people of all ages.
Gunther: ...
Olwyn: The only thing I ever saw him read were some old books on military tactics or something like that. Probably not a big reader. As far as we know.

Me: Maybe the Narnia books. Maybe not my absolute favorite in technical terms, but I was read them as a child, and that's probably what got me into writing in the first place.

4. Are you single or taken?

Ivan: At the moment? Single.
Hilda: What? Do I look like the romantic type? Single, thank you.
Olwyn: Uh, single...
Gunther: ...

Olwyn: He's single, too. I guess we're all just a bunch of single people...
Hilda: So?
Ivan: Again, at the moment.
Me: Single...

5. What is your favorite thing or person?

Ivan: Out of all things and persons? That is a great many things to chose from. I chose not to answer. Perhaps it is such freedom that I value.
Hilda: Does it have to be a physical object, or can it be a concept, like strength, independence, or integrity?
Olwyn: Um... magic? I mean, without magic I'd basically just be a human.

Hilda: Gross.
Gunther:
*gestures towards Ivan, Hilda, and Olwyn*
Hilda: Right... I meant besides each other.

6. What is your least favorite thing or person?

Ivan: Hm. I am not a fan of poverty. Particularly my own.
Hilda: Humans and cowards. Though there is a lot of overlap between the two.
Olwyn: What do I like least? Well that's not something I think about often. I don't know if I can give you a good answer.
Gunther: ...
Olwyn: I'm not entirely sure Gunther is capable of hate.
Me: I'd say apathy. If people were more empathetic, there'd be a lot less wrong in the world.

7. Do you have a favorite animal?

Ivan: I am a vampire. I will let you figure it out.
Hilda: Favorite animal? What are you, five?
Olwyn: I like cats! I have a cat familiar.
Gunther: ...
Olwyn:
Well he's a horseman, so maybe a horse?
Me: Octopuses. Those things are crazy! They can change color and texture, and solve puzzles, and fit through tiny spaces. Did you hear about the octopus at that one zoo they put it in the tank with the sharks, and...

8. Do you have a favorite game?
Ivan: No, I am too busy trying to keep my head just above the cold, dark waters of poverty, thank you very much.
Hilda: My favorite traditional promethean games are probably the log cut and ball throw. (In one, participants attempt to cut a log in half, and in the other they throw an iron ball as far as they can. Promethean games generally revolve around feats of strength and unimaginative naming.)
Olwyn: Oh, there are many witch games. But most of them involve spell casting, and I'm no good at promethean games, so we usually just entertain ourselves with things made up on the spot with whatever we have on hand.
Gunther: ...
Olwyn: Gunther is decently good at the promethean games. He can't throw the ball as far as Hilda, but he can always win at the log cut. Again, we usually just make things up as we go.
Me: I'm a big fan of retro and indie games. It's hard to pick one, but if we're at an arcade, I do love me some Galaga. Though I really prefer tabletop games to video games, for the social aspects if nothing else
Olwyn: (What is he even talking about?)

9. What do you consider your greatest skill?

Ivan: Naturally, I am skilled in infiltration and covert operations. We nosferatu-- vampires-- are lords of the night. Our subtlety is unparalleled.
Hilda: I'm a natural leader. Give me a team and a goal, and we'll reach it-- and you can quote me on that.
Olwyn: You do have a team, Hilda!
Hilda: I have the best team there ever was! You can quote me on that, too.
Me: How about you, Olwyn?
Olwyn: Me? Well, I'd say my magic. I'm pretty good at care-taking and medical magic.
Gunther: ...
Hilda:
Gunther is the greatest swordsman I've ever known. I don't know if that's what he wanted to say, but I'm saying it.
Me: Huh. I don't consider myself a particularly "skillful" person, but I'm going to go with creativity. Can I do that? Does that count?

10. Ignore number 10!

Ivan: ...
Hilda: Done.
Olwyn: Okay...
Gunther: ...

Me: Um, alright...?

11. Say something to someone else in the Meme!

Ivan: This is becoming increasingly pointless.
Hilda: I agree, Ivan.
Olwyn: You guys are no fun.
Gunther: ...

Me: *too nervous to start a conversation*

12. Where is your favorite place to go?

Ivan: I would go to Bezna Valcea. It is the capital city of my people.
Hilda: I'd go to Eisenstadt-- the capital city of my people.
Olwyn: Is that what we're doing now? Just naming our own capitals? Well I wouldn't want to go to Realtacuan, because you guys wouldn't like it much and it's no fun to be the only one enjoying a place.
Gunther: ...
Olwyn:
Where are you even from, Gunther?
Me: No where in particular, but I did get to travel across Europe before, and it was amazing! So I'm going to say Europe (in general).

13. Do you have friends?

Ivan: *rolls eyes, trying to suppress a smile* (he knows what's about to happen)
Hilda: Why, these little bastards right here! *puts her arms around the others' shoulders* They're just the best.
Olwyn: Well, yeah. We're like family. I mean, we're all different, but it's like... something in here *points to heart*. But also I have a cousin who lives here in Threshold. She helps us out a lot.
Gunther: ...

Me: I have friends. I have lots of friends. Loads. Tons. So... so many... like... you wouldn't even believe. ... ... ...

14. *glares*

Ivan: *glares back* (Note: no one out-glares a vampire)
Hilda: You looking for trouble? *stands up* Try it!
Olwyn: Why are you looking at me like that? Did I say something wrong?
Gunther: ...

Me: Why is this even here?

15. SAY SOMETHING RANDOM!

Ivan: Language exists to convey thoughts and ideas. Saying something random and without meaning would be less than useless.
Hilda: ...What?
Olwyn: Gunther doesn't have to answer this one for obvious reasons (and that was very insensitive of you to tell him to do).
Gunther: ...

Me: "Ur" is not short hand for "you are", it's an ancient Mesopotamian city so shut up and learn to spell! *angry face*

16. Your obsession?

Ivan: Mostly feeling nostalgic for a time that had ended long before I was born. *sigh*
Hilda: Planning for future jobs and missions, though it's not an obsession, it's just what I do as the leader.
Olwyn: I like practicing magic. Especially in the woods. Also, I like wine. But it's not an obsession!
Gunther: ...
Olwyn:
Does Gunther even need to be here? I mean, it's not like he can answer anything himself. And most of the questions you've asked were the sorts of things we don't know about him.
Me: My stories.

17. What kind of question is number 17?
Ivan: It is a pointless question one asks in a weak attempt to appear clever.
Hilda:
Boring. Next.
Olwyn: It kind of just explains itself...?
Gunther: ...
Me: I'm going to agree with Ivan on this one, but in a less condescending way.

18. Free chat!

Ivan: What's the plan, Hilda?
Hilda: Well, we've got a couple of job options at the moment, so (blah blah blah business stuff)
Olwyn: You guys! Let's go to The Pink Familiar after this, okay?
Gunther:
*gestures in agreement*
Me: *reluctant to interrupt*

19. Characters, Do you want to hurt your owner for making you do this? Owner, What do you think of your characters response?

Ivan: It has been a waste of time for the most part, but not one that merits violence. Olwyn seemed to enjoy it, so I suppose it was alright.
Hilda: Well, humans start out with a negative score on my list to begin with. Then take a few more for making me sit through this...
Me: *hides*
Olwyn: Hurt him? Why would I want to hurt him? I had fun!
Gunther: *waves a hand dismissively* [this means no]
Me:
*still hiding*

20. Characters what do you think of your owner? Owner, what do you think of your characters?
Ivan: He is human, which makes him detestable in my eyes. But he has also given me these fine friends and allies. So I can forgive him his humanity for that.
Hilda: He looks weak. And human. And he's probably a coward, too. I don't like him much at all.
Olwyn: Oh, leave him alone, Hilda. Not everyone is a big strong warrior.
Gunther: ...
Me:
I really like them. I think they all have strengths and weaknesses, as well as personal qualities that make each likable in a different way. I think they make a good team.




I tag: All who chose to participate may consider themselves tagged. (But give me a link to it in the comments so I can see it)
Hi guys! William here, and I have something important to share with you. There's good news and bad news. Which should I tell you first?
You can't actually answer that because I've already written the whole thing ahead of time.

The bad news is Outcast Kingdom will be on temporary hiatus.
[pft like thats anything new lol]
Go away self-doubt. You're not helping. Also, your punctuation is atrocious.
Anyways, the thing is that I haven't been satisfied with my art, and that should never be the case. You should always enjoy creating art and telling stories. Those are labors of love, and should never leave you feeling so unfulfilled.
Also, the way I draw takes way too long-- made longer by the aforementioned dissatisfaction.
And I can't go on like this, creating art that I am dissatisfied with.
Something has to change.
I think what I need is an evolution in my drawing style.

The good news?
Well, let me introduce you to Olwyn. Say hi to the nice people.
"♫Hello! I'm Olwyn. Nice to meet you!"
Isn't she something?
So Olwyn's agreed to help me on this journey of discovery.
Basically, it's going to go something like this: Instead of forcing myself to upload art that I feel is sub-par, I'm going draw Olwyn in the styles of various artists, illustrators, and cartoonists I like and post the results here. Hopefully, I will learn from all this and eventually develop a new style of drawing that A) is simple enough to draw and upload comic pages more frequently, and B) I can actually share without feeling unsatisfied with what I've made.

Sorry for rambling, but it had to be said.

So if that's the journey on which I find myself. And if you come with me, maybe you'll learn something, too.
I posted a topic in the forums about it*. I'll be taking requests for what styles I will draw in (but no promises that any particular suggestions will be taken). And if you want to do something similar, feel free to post your results there as well.

Well, I think that about wraps it up. Thanks for listening.

"Hey, do you need anything else from me?"
Not yet. We'll probably start within a few days. I just need to finish up a previous picture I was working on and come up with what art style I should try first.
"Okay! Just let me know when I can help."
I will. Thanks again.
"No problem!"

Well that's all, folks.
Take care!
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  • Playing: Risk of Rain


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Ten facts about me
1. I have a terrible sense of smell (probably because of my allergies). However, I can smell food cooking from several rooms away.
2. I have a very hard time picking favorites. Songs, books, movies... if you ask me "what's your favorite (blank)", I'll probably say something vague, indecisive, or pick an 'at the moment' favorite. There's probably a “what's your favorite ____” question in this, isn't there?
3. I'm a big fan or role playing games. You know, D&D and the like.
4. I am really into game design. I'm no good at programming, so I do tabletop games instead. Plus tabletop games are more social than video games. I am currently working on a game of my own design. If it works out, I may run a kickstarter for it. We'll see how things go.
5. related to numbers 3 and 4, I once worked on a modded version of the Pathfinder RPG system (basically an unofficial D&D 3.5 mod, itself) in which the standard classes and races were replaced with classic monster movie monsters. While the game was never completed, I loved the concept and world so much I decided to use it for a story. And that's where Outcast Kingdom came from.
If you don't know what Outcast Kingdom is, it's the webcomic I do. You can check it out here at Deviant Art or at Tapastic.
6. I was home schooled most of my childhood, which had its ups and downs. The good thing about it was that I could learn better due to the positive environment and one-on-one education. Plus I was able to learn things that I valued, like art and literature. The problem was that I never really learned how to take standardized tests, which is suuuuch a valuable skill...
7. One of my short stories, Otto, was published in a local magazine, as well as self-published digitally through kindle in the collection “An Introduction of Sorts”. Otto also won first place in a local college competition.
8. I was born in Bangkok, Thailand. No, I'm not Thai. I am an ordinary US citizen, and white.
9. I am very mild mannered and almost never use profanity out loud. However, I am totally okay with using strong language in my stories (in some of them, anyways. Some are meant to be more 'for all ages', and have little or not strong language). I also rarely get mad at people, but I get mad at inanimate objects, and sometimes swear at them.
10. I'm something of a religious minority. I'm more or less Christian, but some of my beliefs are a bit unconventional.


Questions from :iconeuphreana:

1. How old do people think you look?
Most people think I'm younger than I am. I'm not sure if it's because of how I look, or how I act... but it's probably both.

2. Do you have a favorite movie?
I knew it! I knew there'd be a “favorite” question! Well in that case, no. I don't have just one, singular favorite movie, and I really don't want try pick a sort-of favorite.

3. What is your favorite food?
Another one? Hm... Well pizza's up there for sure. I'm also a big fan of breakfast foods-- no matter what time of day. But there are a lot of foods I like.

4. What was your favorite subject in high school?
Literature. That's about the most straight-forward, non-evasive answer you'll get out of me.

5. What is your favorite musical genre?
I like a little bit of many genres, but I guess mostly classic rock and the like(?). But more than a specific genre, I like music that genuinely conveys an emotion, idea, or scenario. I get a lot of my story ideas from music.

6. French fries are...
...best curly or waffle cut, thin and crispy, and seasoned but not spicy.

7. Do you have a favorite book/series?
More favorites? Well, The Lord of the Rings is up there-- not only for how good it is, but for basically creating the Fantasy genre as we know it. I'm a fan of Isaac Asimov, namely his short stories. Also Neil Gaiman, Terry Pratchett (R.I.P.), and others... but I couldn't possibly pick one series over the others.

8. What has been your favorite video game? (Old favorites or new favorites.)
Mostly story-based games (especially RPGs, like Final Fantasy) or multi-player games you can play with friends. Creative games are good, too. I also like games that you can learn from. Not necessarily “educational” games, but ones that integrate learning into the fun without sacrificing one for the other. Two of my favorite examples of this are Civilization V, and Medieval 2 Total War.

9. Along the lines of the previous question, what game have you sunk the most hours into?
I'm not sure how many hours I put into Final Fantasy 7, but the in-game timer stops at 99 hours, 59 minutes, and 59 seconds. I'd guess 120-is hours, but probably more. I've probably put more time into others, but they don't have funny stories to them.

10. If you had one wish, how would you spend it? (No cheating by wishing for more wishes!)
That's a tough question. I'd want to wish for something that'd make the world better in some way, but not something that'd take away people's free will. When peace is forced upon people, it's basically just subjugation, right? I mean, if I wished for world peace, exactly how would it happen? Seems like the kind of open-ended wish that a genie would get a laugh out of granting with an insufferably ironic twist.



My questions:

1. What is something you believe in? (Religion, personal philosophy, or just something that makes your beliefs yours. However you chose to interpret the question.)

2. What is something that you like to do and is important to you? (something other than art.)

3. What super/magic power would you want to have, and why? (No, having money and gadgets does not count as a power.)

4. If you had to live in any time and place in history (lets say 1900 or earlier), when and where would you want to live? (And lets say that learning the local customs and language, as well as life expectancy, aren't an issue.)

5. If you had to live in any fictional setting/world, what would it be? (Even if it's a fictionalized/alternate version of our world) (For example, the world a book or video game is set in, or the setting of a mythology)

6. What job do you most want do for a living? By which I mean a job that you have some kind of plan or goal of reaching and is conceivably possible to achieve.

7. What is your dream job? This time I mean if you could have any (real) job that you could in any way imagine yourself doing.

8. What is your fantasy job? This time I mean any sort of occupation that could conceivably be a job, even in some kind of alternate reality or fictional universe. Even if you'd have to be an alternate-universe version of yourself to be able to do the job.

9. If you could meet any one historical person, who would it be, and why? (And what would you want to talk to them about?)

10. How about, what fictional character would you like to meet? (And what would you want to talk about?)



And I tag...
:icondream-piper: (If you're not too busy.)
:iconnoxsatukeir: (If you ever still use DA.)
:iconrainbow-acey: (No if's like they got. You just have to.)
:iconstormspectrum: (If you want to.)
:iconquoth-the-raven15: (In case you ever come back to DA.)

If anyone else reads this and wants to join in, feel free to ask or just consider yourself tag as you see fit.

  • Reading: Tumblr posts (what have I become?)
  • Playing: Munchkin
  • Eating: Pizza
  • Drinking: Water
I don't think I've ever gotten a DD before. No, I think I'd remember getting this kind of feedback avalanche.
I didn't even know they still did Daily Deviations.
I certainly never expected a humble story like Otto to get featured. (Not that I'm not incredibly proud of my little story!)

Anyways, I want to say Thank You to everyone who has read it! I really appreciate your feedback, encouraging words, and the time you spent & the chance you gave to my little story!
More importantly, I'm so happy that you enjoyed it. It really makes my day whenever I find out that something I created brought joy to someone else. And the constant out-pouring of thank-yous and congratulations is a bit overwhelming!

Thank you everyone!

Now I'm getting hyped up and want to finish up some of my unposted short stories and upload them, too!
I've been in a bit of a rut recently, and have lacked the motivation to write much. I think this is just what I needed.

Thanks again! You guys are the best!
  • Listening to: Moonage Daydream - David Bowie
  • Reading: Comments. There are a lot of them.
  • Watching: Tabletop on Youtube (Geek & Sundry)
At present, Outcast Kingdom is scheduled to update once a month. That's not a lot. Most web comics update weekly. Some more often than that. Why? Well, there are a few reasons.

First of all, and this is kind of a major factor, I am not very good at this. I've been drawing for most of my life, but drawing in a comic format is very different than drawing a single picture. Most of all it can be very repetitive, having to draw the same characters numerous times in a row (especially during dialog scenes). There are more rules and less freedom. Not to mention it involved drawing a lot more than I did back when it was a thing that I did just whenever I wanted to.

Secondly, It's difficult to stay motivated some times. Especially since (as mentioned above) it's a lot different than normal drawing, which means it doesn't always turn out as well as I'd like it to. And not being satisfied with your work can make you feel like you're cutting corners, which sucks a lot. It's like, "I know I can draw better than this, but I have to send it in now because reasons and now I've created something that is not up to par and has my name on it even though it embarrasses me. I feel like a sell out."
Then again, I'm probably making it sound worse than it is. I don't know. It's not that bad. Just... some of it is definitely not as good as it could have been. So I guess I have regrets...?

Thirdly (and maybe most of all), I've got a few big projects that I'm trying to do at the same time.
1: Outcast Kingdom. Of course.
2: Hero's Dilemma (or rather, I'm supposed to be, but I haven't been able to get anything done on it in a while).
2b: Other short stories, also that should have been done long ago.
3: (and this is maybe what I'm most excited about) I am designing a tabletop game. Some friends and family said they'd try it when it's test playable, but it's not quite there yet. It's kind of a hybrid board game / role-playing game. (More complex than the former, but simpler than the latter). If it goes well, I may even try to do a kickstarter for it! I'll also try to post some pictures of the test play when we get to do that.
4: Work related stuff. I won't bore you with the details.
5: I may be moving out of town to stay with friends/family for a while. But this involves planning, communication, planning, talking to people, and communication. Oh, also planning.
6: Fun stuff. Because sometimes you need a break, even if you have the most enriching, fascinating, and fulfilling job in the world (I don't. That was just an example). Sometimes, I just need to play video games.

Well, that's it for now.
Take care, people!
  • Listening to: myself think.
  • Reading: Neil Gaiman interview
  • Playing: Legend of Dungeon
  • Eating: Breakfast burrito. For luch. Got a problem?
There may be a slight delay in posting the next page (what else is new?) of Outcast Kingdom because I'm doing a sort of art-trade-thing over at Tapastic (I'll maybe post the results here, too).

Speaking of which, I'm totally up for doing art trades or those double OC art memes or whatever. I met one of my best DA friends doing one of those.

Peace out and take care, people : )
  • Listening to: Rolling in the Deep
  • Reading: Skin Deep (by Kory Bing)
Outcast Kingdom will return within a few days. It's one of those slightly-longer-than-normal episodes, and several cousins and siblings were visiting for the first couple weeks of January, so it's taking a little longer than I had hoped. Still, I should be able to finish and upload within three to five days.
It's taking a little longer than I was expecting, but it's still faster than my old method. And not to brag, but I think it looks better, too.

Also, I'm still trying to find a job. When that happens, I will have less free time, but I'll feel a lot better not living on the verge of being broke.
  • Listening to: "Transistor" Soundtrack
  • Reading: Snow Crash
  • Watching: TV? Aint nobody got time for that!
I decided to go ahead and post page 2, because I wanted to unveil the main characters.

Before reading further, go check out page 2: tapastic.com/series/outcastkin…
Read that first, then come back and continue.
Don't worry, this journal entry will still be here when you get back.

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So...? What did you think?

Also, you may recall that I've been pretending that I was all sneaky and clever or something ever since I started talking about this. Along the way, I dropped some hints and clues like I thought I was being smart or something. I dunno. But anyways, in case you have been following my various posts, I'll reveal them now:

In the Secret Poject Teaser I mentioned that one of the silhouettes was knowingly altered just to deceive you.
Looking at the picture, you can see now that it is that Gunther (far right) was drawn with a head, despite the fact that (as a headless horseman) he does not have one.
There are also a couple of unintentional differences and things I had altered since then, such as Ivan having a cape in the comic but not in the picture (I added that later), and also that they have equipment that has not yet been seen in the comic yet (such as Gunther's armor (shoulder pads are visible) and Hilda's sword).

Then in the journal update Hero's Dilemma finale coming soon, I mentioned a secret clue. The clue was in the "quick acknowledgement" to my "friends" "Abe, Mary, and 'Wash'".
The secret? Those three "friends"? I never met them in my entire life. In fact, they were dead the whole time!! 'Abe' is Abraham "Bram" Stoker, author of Dracula; Mary is Mary Shelley, author of Frankenstein*; and "Wash" is Washington Irving, author of Sleepy Hallow (you know, the one with the headless horseman).
*Which was also called "The Modern Prometheus", which is why I called their race Prometheans.
These three, of course, chosen because of Ivan (a vampire, like Dracula), Hilda (a promethean, like Frankenstein's monster (who is NEVER reffered to as "Frankenstein", BTW), and Gunther (a headless horseman, like the Hessian). I didn't mention one for Olwyn, because unlike the other three, witches don't have one singular, distinct origin or origin in popularity (Dracula wasn't the first vampire, but he was the first one to make a real, lasting impact).

...wait. Is that it? Really? I thought I did a lot more of that tricksy sneaky stuff. Huh. I guess I'm not clever after all.
Well, better go throw away all of my material belongings and become an impoverished Buddhist monk.

EDIT: Oh right. I also put up a poll that one time when everyone got free premium for a day or something, where I asked people what their favorite classic movie monster was. That was back when I was still trying to come up with characters for Outcast Kingdom, and I didn't have a set group. I was going to use the feedback to make the main characters, but I had forgotten that at most three or four people ever even visit my page, so that wasn't much help. Oh well.
It's alive! IT'S ALIVE!

I just now uploaded episode 1 of Outcast Kingdom (formerly known as "secret poject") is up on Tapastic! Check it out!
tapastic.com/series/outcastkin…

I will post each episode here, as well, but probably a few days after, since I want Tapastic to be my main site for comics, while DA will be my art and non-OK stuff headquarters.

I plan on updating weekly, but for now, we'll just have to go with a 'whenever I can' basis. At least until I can get the hang of this.

I'm just excited right now! Gonna go spread the word on all the other social media things!
Laters!
Within one week's time, the ending begins.

I'm going to have to quit Camp NaNo early in order to start editing and wrap up the last parts of HD. I'm none too keen on dropping out of NaNoWriMo, but I think it's the only way to get things wrapped up on time. Besides, the purpose of NaNoWriMo is to write and create, not to reach some arbitrary numerical goal-- especially if the pursuit of that goal hinders the story it is supposed to produce.
Once the ending ends, I will unveil my Secret Poject... and then the beginning begins.

A quick acknowledgement: I could not have even come up with the idea-- much less actually make a comic of it-- if it hadn't been for my friends Abe, Mary, and "Wash".

Sorry for another nigh-pointless journal entry, but I'm really looking forward to this comic. I can only hope and pray that you, and others (hopefully very many others), will enjoy it as much as I.

Also, I simply can't help but tease my (admittedly few) followers. Yes, more of this >: )
There is another clue in this journal entry, blah blah blah, you're not going to try to find it. And that's alright. Because then, after the big reveal, I can point back at all these and say "Look at that! I gave it all away from the very beginning and nobody figured it out! I'm so clever, aren't I?"
Then you can pat me on the back and say "Yes, of course. You got us good," the way one might to a child who thinks himself remarkably witty for having told someone to 'look over there'.

This whole thing had better work out, or I'm going to have looked like a massive idiot.

Thanks for humoring me and reading all this.
Best wishes.