In a real book with a real ISBN and everything, no less. 🙂

There was a national short story contest this summer that Polar Expressions Publishing put on, and while I’ve always been rusty at writing short fiction, I figured I’d give it a try and see if I couldn’t shake some of that rust off. With a 750 word count limit, it was a real tight challenge. That’s so short that it’s just about postcard fiction, and a heck of a squeeze for fitting ideas into. All the same, I just got notification that I can, in fact, occasionally keep things short and still have some measure of success! Final voting isn’t until December, but I’ve passed the first round, which means I’m in the top third of submissions, and so my story Outlast is going to make it into The Sun Shall Rise, the printed book for this year. Considering my goal was simply to test my mettle, that’s good enough for me, just as-is. =D

So huzzah and hurrah! For the first time ever, I’m going to have some words in a book. What a nifty feeling. 🙂

The last you guys heard of me, I was moving. Now I’m almost all moved in, thank goodness. I’m still juggling my day job and now the daily unpacking of boxes and rearranging of the things (also introducing two cats to one another, which is always a joy but never simple), but it’s getting easier and faster. I even got a comic done for this week! I was actually completely out of comic pages that were done ahead of time, so I had to put this one together in a matter of hours just today. I apologize if there are a few more typos than usual. ^^;

I’ll also be working on getting back to responding to comments like I used to. I miss that. It still might be a week or so before I’ve got my life and home sorted, so bear with me if it takes some time between responses, but now I can at least consider conversation as a possibility. I’ve missed you guys. 🙂

There were a few glitches on the site that popped up while I was away. Sorry about those. I think I’ve fixed them for now, although if I haven’t or something else is wrong, let me know. I appreciate it. =D

Just a quick note I want to make. If you’ve noticed lately that I’ve been a bit slow at responses, there is an explanation: I’ve been attempting to find a new apartment in my city with a barely-above-1% vacancy rate, and finally, oh finally, I have succeeded. Over the next few weeks I’ll be packing up, cleaning up, and setting up in a much nicer new place. As you can imagine, I might get even more scarce for a while. There’s lots and lots to do. I’ve built up a buffer of comic-story pages already, so there shouldn’t be a noticeable difference to the progression of the story, but I myself will be just about missing.

I’ll mention here when it’s all over and I can get back to normal. We’ll be about three-quarters of the way through the story of Eika and Koro by then, I do believe. I’m glad that it seems well received so far. =)

My birthday came and went, and among the presents I received was one I can share with the rest of you: wallpaper worthy art, commissioned by J.N. Squire and drawn by the talented Andalar. 🙂 It’s only on DeviantArt for now, but I’ll get it onto the site in the Wallpapers section as soon as I can. Check the description for the extra goodies: There’s a story to go along with the art, and you can download the wallpaper-sized version from DeviantArt for the moment.

Enjoy!

Kirie's Discovery by Andalar

All right, even I’m too young to remember that jingle from anything but a Simpsons reference. I’ll drop it.

Summer’s here! In fact, it’s Canada Day where I am, and there are fireworks to celebrate the start of long, lovely summer days.

Well, except for me, actually.

Ever since I turned into one of those creatures called Adults, I’ve had to contend with a job that has its busiest season during July and August. Sometimes I have to take at least a brief hiatus from comic work just to stay sane, and sometimes (usually) I trudge through the whole thing and forego sleep. It all depends on my mood. This year I actually have more on my plate than just a busy day job, and forcing myself to go on was looking to be nigh on impossible. I was planning to go on hiatus, and probably for a month.

But! I have changed my mind. I’ll soldier through this time.

It’s because I’ve reached this particular part of Prophecy of the Circle, The Story of Eika and Koro. I honestly didn’t see it coming until it was here. I’ve always been a bit of a near-sighted writer, in that I know what events are on the horizon, but until they’re right up close I’m not really looking at them clearly. I didn’t realize, at first, that this part of the story would be coming up exactly at the beginning of summer. Now that I’m working on it, I realize that I don’t need to take a break. Summer this year is just going to be a sort of intermission (a tangent if you will, hurr hurr) from Jahrd’s story so that we can learn some key history. The tale works best as a short story rather than a comic, so it’s a bit of a change of pace both for you guys and for me. It’s also quicker for me to create these pages than it is to draw up a whole comic page, hence why the hiatus is no longer necessary.

I’m glad! I hate making you guys wait for me. I’d rather always have something to show on Mondays. This way I can, even if it’s not the main plot-line for a little while.

I hope you enjoy it. 🙂

There are a couple of new ways to follow ProtC for those of you who wield them smart (so they say) portable devices like iPhones and iPads and Androids. Someday I’ll get in on that myself, but until then, there’s no reason why you guys can’t benefit.

I published the RSS feed of both ProtC’s archives and the ProtC art section of deviantArt to its own little eMagazine on the Google Currents app.

Prophecy of the Circle is also mirrored on Tapastic.com! They’re a particularly supportive webcomic collective/app for them smart doodads and it’s kind of nifty, in my opinion. I’ve already been made to feel at home thanks to their wonderful staff and community. If it’s handy to you to check the comic out at either of those locations, by all means, they are yours for the using. :) At the least, browse Tapastic. They have some interesting series to offer.

Blah blah technology blah blah this stuff makes me feel old and I’m not even thirty. Technology advancements: STAAAHP. XD

I’m trying to have some foresight for once in my life. I’m always so good at screwing that up and burning myself out. Not this time! I’mma gonna be smart. S-M-R-T.

Basically, next week is going to be a bit hellish for me, and trying to tackle the comic would probably result in sleep-deprived rambling where I intended to put a story. There are certain important times of year at my day job where a lot of work has to be done in a very short time period, and next week is one of those times. I’ve got a lot more responsibility this time, too, so I’m going to be kept hopping. And then when I get home I’m going to be all hopped out and exhausted. It’s best for everyone if I just give it a break for a week.

I’ll still attempt to toss some filler art up here if I can when next Monday rolls around. Drawing takes a lot less of my brain than writing, after all. =P

So there you go! The comic will continue on April 8th! Thanks for understanding, guys.

There’s a neat new app for iPhone (and hopefully, if enough attention is gathered, Android) that really caters to webcomic readers and artists alike. It looks pretty exciting, and they’re calling it Comic Chameleon! I’ll let you check out the site for the full details, because they do a great job of presenting how it’s going to work, but you should. It would be great if something like this took off. 🙂

On that note, I put in my application for Prophecy of the Circle on there, but I could use some audience participation if you can spare it. To any of you who have Twitter or Google+, it really helps if you let the creators know that this story has fans: They make it super easy to do, too!

Now, speaking of comics, I’d better get cracking on mine for next week. It’s time to park my butt for a few hours and throw paint around. ;P

Housekeeping to start! You guys have kept me hopping lately. =P There’s been some new fan art sent in lately, and I also finished adding extra bits (like the mini story written by Foldo) to the previous A Mysterious Light piece. I also added a few more sizes and options for the wallpaper version of the same image.

On that note, I’ve gotta say… Man, I’m kind of blown away by the kindness you guys are showing me. I want to start off by saying thanks for all the words of encouragement and appreciation I’ve gotten lately. You’re all fantastic. 😀

And then I want to get a bit dopey and misty-eyed because this, today, is the anniversary of ProtC’s beginning. See, when I made that decision nearly three years ago to get brave and put my story where others could see it, I actually went into the project with pretty low expectations. It’s a big, big internet and I’m but one small, shy Canadian with a head full of weird ideas. There are actually plenty out there just like me, and I never expected to find so many who get a kick and some fun out of this little universe in my head. But you do! You really do. It’s just got me full of appreciation. I’m glad you’re all here.

My corner of the internet here. It is small. It is small but it is cozy, and that is because you guys are really cool. 🙂

Hey guys. Since there was no comic this week… well, I’m loathe to let this place go without some kind of an update. I thought a few of you, at least, would be curious to see how the comic comes together. I was feeling up to pencilling the next page, so I got that done today and put up a few images for you at the Tumblr. 🙂

Special Sneak Peek: Rough Comic Pencils at Magpie’s Gold