Wednesday, May 11, 2022


I've been in a little bit (okay, a lot) of an artistic slump lately, but today I managed to get myself to follow a painting tutorial on the Corel Painter YouTube channel. (And by "follow", I of course mean "observe the instructor's brushes and techniques and use them to create something entirely different".)

My painting is pretty rusty, but I feel like maybe this didn't turn out completely horribly. And I learned some very useful digital painting techniques so that's nice.

Monday, May 9, 2022

Hi all,

Just wanted to give another update. I'm still feeling under the weather and trying to work my way back to getting the stamina for creating. In the meantime I've been giving myself plenty of TLC by watching lots of vintage episodes of The Sky at Night and re-playing Pokemon Super Mystery Dungeon. I can't be the only one who feels like a Pokemon Mystery Dungeon mobile game would be awesome. I love that series. Also, after playing games on the Nintendo Switch for so long, playing the (regular, non-XL) 3DS with its 3.5-inch screen feels like I'm squinting at legal fine print. How did we ever think those were good graphics?! (Remember when Pong was good graphics?!)

Okay, that's enough gamer ranting. Just wanted to check in and let everybody know that I may be off the radar for a bit as I regain my health. I am definitely still planning on uploading more Neopets fanfic someday, just not sure when.

But for now, video games.

Monday, May 2, 2022

Wise words from J.R.R. Tolkien concerning other people's opinions of The Lord of the Rings, which I think all writers should take to heart and remember in the face of critical reviews, publisher rejections, etc. (from the foreword to LotR):

"As a guide I had only my own feelings for what is appealing or moving, and for many the guide was inevitably often at fault. Some who have read the book, or at any rate have reviewed it, have found it boring, absurd, or contemptible; and I have no cause to complain, since I have similar opinions of their works, or of the kinds of writing that they evidently prefer. 

But even from the point of view of many who have enjoyed my story there is much that fails to please. It is perhaps not possible in a long tale to please everybody at all points, or to displease everybody at the same points; for I find from the letters that I have received that the passages or chapters that are to some a blemish are all by others specially approved.

The most critical reader of all, myself, now finds many defects, minor and major, but being fortunately under no obligation either to review the book or to write it again, he will pass over these in silence."

A word from myself to readers: writing a novel is hard. It is a grind. I like to compare it to running a marathon: long, grueling, and at the end you kinda feel like either throwing up or passing out. (That being said, it is also incredibly fun and exhilarating and when it's over you're glad you did it.) And any author, no matter how intelligent or experienced, will make mistakes that will not be caught by even several rounds of editing. So I hope that you passionate, observant readers will cut us authors a little slack and forgive us our minor lapses, inconsistencies, and logistical holes. We are only mortal--to write a perfect book is simply beyond our current capacity. That you enjoy the overall experience of the book is what ultimately matters more to us than producing a 100% error-free product. (Believe me, we're good enough at beating ourselves up about mistakes we never noticed until after publication.)

Also, I want to take the opportunity to apologize for things being so quiet lately. I've been dealing with a bout of ill health and some general life craziness that hasn't left any time or energy for creative endeavors. I'm on the mend now, and hoping to get another Neopets fic up soon. Take care, everybody.