So, as I type this, there’s about a week left until I run out of pre-made comics. The last finished page is scheduled for October 27th. As I’m sure you remember, the move has left me in temporary lodgings for the forseeable future and without my art supplies, for they are trapped in storage, and I can only do finished art with Photoshop at the moment. I didn’t want to continue the current story with a totally different artistic style because that would just feel really disjointed and awful, so instead, this is what I’m going to do:

Pause the current storyline, first of all. For the week beginning with Halloween, there’ll be two filler art posts instead of comics.

After that, I’m starting a new, entirely digital art side story for a while that’ll follow Renn’tekk around. Because I don’t know how long it’ll have to be, I’ll have to stay resourceful with my storytelling. It might stay as more of an exploration of the tekk way of life, or, if things go on longer than expected, I might have more than one side story (fortunately, I have plenty of ideas). Either way, I’m getting ready to post it. I have the first page completely done already and the first ten or so weeks scripted. That story will be posted on Mondays, and Thursdays will be filler art.

When I do eventually get a new home and/or a way to unpack my possessions from storage, I’ll get the hiatus stor(ies) to a good ending, compile it all into a downloadable file that I’ll make available to everyone, and remove it from the archives so that it’s not in the way of a normal read-through in the future. Then I’ll continue the current storyline as if nothing ever happened (as long as one is willing to ignore the gap in time stamps). That way everyone gets exciting new content, I get to keep my skills updated, and the actual plot doesn’t get messed up in the long run.

Again, I’m sorry for all the kerfuffle. I hope this rings as a good solution to a weird situation. I’m looking forward to showing you a different side of the world of the tekk and tikedi, myself. 🙂

…now we’re entering into the Great Big Settling Down.

I’m in Victoria! I have been for a little over a week now. Not quite two weeks. I’m unpacked – or at least my suitcases are – and I’m in temporary lodging, looking for a real home and a real job. There is more (or will be more) about that over here, at the blog I’ve started keeping:

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It’s a way to keep friends and family back home updated about my life and my progress, but I think you guys might get a kick out of it, too. If you’re curious about my life, take a look. Feel free to ask me questions. It’ll make me feel more connected to normalcy. 🙂

As for comic stuff, I’m pondering how to handle things, given the situation. I still have enough comics in the buffer and enough goodies for Patreon to last until nearly the end of October, but I actually have my doubts that I’ll have a real home with solid internet in time to avoid having to go on hiatus after that. I packed my belongings into a BigSteelBox for the move and I get to go take a look at it tomorrow, however, so I might be able to get some pieces of my desktop computer out. All except for my monitor and a few unnecessary bits, I think. I can probably use my ancient 8 year old laptop for a monitor in the meanwhile… It might work. I won’t be able to get my art supplies back – those are buried at the back of the box – but I might soon have Photoshop and my Intuos tablet again, even if I don’t have my paints.

So… I’m thinking that if I have time, and I definitely have time right now, I could maybe do some comics that aren’t watercolored? Maybe I could take a pseudo hiatus in order to tell a side story and do the art in Photoshop so I’m not wrecking continuity with a different art style all of a sudden, but I can still provide all of you with content to check out.

It’s an idea.

Orrrrr I just properly go on hiatus. I’m really allergic to going on hiatus. It makes me itchy.

Comments welcome!

You’ve possibly noticed already that I’ve gotten a bit quieter than usual. There was also a period where I fell behind a bit in updating some of the categories on Patreon. I mentioned a while back that I’ll be moving to Victoria, BC in September, and the beginnings of the moving process kind of sneaked up on me and swallowed a lot more time than anticipated. First of all, sorry for that. I like to keep things rolling as best as I’m able, but it all got away on me for a while. ._.

The good news is that that shouldn’t happen from here on in. Here, I have enough comics loaded into the queue to last until nearly the end of October,  and on Patreon I have enough sketchbook pages and side story updates to last the same amount of time. A good chunk of what I’ve uploaded is automated, so even if I’m not around, you’ll still get pages.  The story of Prophecy of the Circle should continue unhindered while I myself am all discombobulated. 🙂

I will still be a lot quieter. I’m going to spend the next day or two trying to catch up on comments and messages that’ve piled up while I’ve been busy so far, and then after that I’ll probably be doing responses maybe once a week  until I get settled and established on the other side.

I won’t be able to edit or fix any of the pages in the queue.  Not for a while, anyway. There’s one or two of you who tend to seek out my typos. You can totally still go ahead and make a note of them in the comments, but just know that it’s going to be several weeks and possibly over a month (maybe as long as two months, depending on if I can get my desktop suitably set up or not) until I can fix anything. All I’m going to have for a while is my phone, my tablet, and an eight year old laptop that can’t handle Photoshop.

Storenvy and Commissions are currently closed. My Redbubble shop will stay open, though, since I don’t actually handle anything besides designing products there. 🙂

When I get a handle on all of this, Twitter is where I update the most about the state of my life. It’s gone quiet as well while I scramble to stay on top of this huge event but it should light up again with chatter from me soon. Follow me there if you’re curious. 🙂

I’m really, really allergic to going on hiatus, apparently.

Thanks for understanding! Hope to get things back to normal around here soon. 😀

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Tarsin bond-necklace inspired jewellery. It exists! This is just the first batch. I’m hoping to create more over time, and I have some in-the-works Tieke City inspired necklaces as well that’ll pop up as they’re completed. For now, you can enjoy these (hopefully) fine offerings.

These are all one-of-a-kind, although some are similar to one another. Still, no two will ever be the same. They range in price from $25 USD to $35 USD, depending on the length, mostly.

There are more details available in the shop at Storenvy.

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I also have two new pieces in the fanart gallery from last month, both from DeviantArt. The first is a Tarsin alongside a Kilm from Shades of Gray (a comic I need to give a read-through, yet), drawn by chuckyzoopa.

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The second features Jahrd and Shan’rekk and it was part of a trade with Sarah Sellers, the creator of another webcomic Dragontry.

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Sorry that I got kind of quieter than even my usual for a while there. My boyfriend,TimmCosplay came out to visit me for most of the month of May. Our first anniversary was on the 25th, and he’d never been out to see my home province and meet my family before. It was a delight to have him around, especially for so long and with so many long stretches where we could just be with each other and have no one else around. We learned a lot about each other, I think, and it just made things even better than they already are. :)

We also talked a lot about future plans and while it was already pretty sure before, it’s an absolute certainty now: I’m moving to Victoria, BC in September. There’s a lot to establish and sort out and I have no idea if I can get a job before I get there or if it has to wait until after I move (I’m trying everything right now) so I’m still saving my pennies to account for the possibility of hard times at the beginning of the journey. It’s scary and I admit that I largely don’t know what I’m doing. There’s been a lot of research involved. All the same, I’m excited! Once the initial bumpiness is past, I know it’s going to be a change for the better. Tim’s been the best thing that happened to me in a long time. He’s supportive and sweet and inspiring and he gives me energy that I didn’t know I could have. He makes me feel like I can totally do the things I never believed I had a chance at.

In between job hunting and apartment hunting and packing and sorting, I’m still planning on doing what I can to make some spare cash. I’m currently making a batch of bond necklaces for sale, I’ll be opening commissions shortly (look for a post about that a little later this weekend) and there’s a new design up in the shop, in three colors: black, light blue (and other colors for shirts), and sandy brown.

lltk_trioI’ll keep you guys posted as things progress. 🙂

Sort of! It’s terrible, but it’ll improve!

Yes!

To explain, I have successfully completed this amazing feat on Patreon! Annen’s Story, which here you would have last heard about many months ago,  has a completed rough draft now, and so there’s a public post that babbles a bit about my process and what’s to come, if that’s something that strikes your curiosity.

As I mention in the post, I’ve only ever finished one story ever in my life, and it was half my lifetime ago, back in those awkward, awful teenage years, and so no one outside of my immediate family member is allowed to read that drivel. I have the chance now to break that truly lousy record!

This is kind of exciting! 😀

I’ve made a bit of a change to Patreon. I went in and created a little archive on the main page that categorizes all the sketches I’ve ever posted, and it also lists all of the short stories I’ve written so far. If you need an easy way to go back and look at some of the things I’ve posted, or if you want a glance at how much of each type of bonus material is already in existence, then it’s now easier than ever to do!

And now, for a bit of fun, I had an old friend from days gone by find some long buried ancient artwork of mine. High school art. If you’re in need of a laugh, I guide you this way…

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Yes. That is what you think it is.

Among other things. Um.

Enjoy!

If that’s the word for it.

It’s been a little while since it happened, and I think I was waiting both to get my head around the new situation and to figure out if I even need to say anything. If you guys know me at all by now, it’s because you don’t really know me too well. I’m not very good at talking about my personal life outside of a circle of close friends. Actually I’m awful at it.

Still, I think this kind of needs to be said because it might affect the comic in the long run. The next year has a chance of being very, very topsy turvy, depending on how things go.

The short of it is that I was recently laid off from the day job I’ve held for a good eight years. I found out about the impending doom early last month and worked my last day a little over a week ago. The good news is that I had a good union, and the job loss was due to cutbacks and not anything personal against me, so financially I’ll be fine for a good long time. Months. But I do need to find another job sometime in the near future, just because I have no intention of running off that cliff when the money runs out. So it means that my schedule is wide open right now… and yet I have no idea what it’ll look like as the next year goes on. Paying rent and bills and putting food on the table is always first and foremost, for I am primarily a living creature and only partly made up of paint and pencil shavings at this point, and with the job market being what it is, I’m kind of in a beggars-can’t-be-choosers situation. I have very little leeway if I wanna stay fed and warm for the long future.

I wish I could say more about what to expect, but the truth is that I have no idea. For the immediate future, it’s actually kind of good for the comic, in that I’m trying to take advantage of the inevitable free time for a short while and get a bunch of things completed that I’ve been wanting to. Right now I’m looking at building a comic buffer. Also revising how Patreon works (*cough* and here’s a small reminder of the existence of that thing *coughcough*). I want to make it a little nicer to navigate the previously added rewards and add some extra patrons-only one-time goodies there. I’m also entertaining the idea of finally maybe being able to put in the time to get some merchandise designs done. Thinking strongly about it! I only wish I’d had more time before Christmas. That would have been perfect.

But Christmas is more about giving that it is about consumerism, isn’t it? Ideally, anyway. I like ideals. They’re shiny. I’m thinking instead I’ll probably make something for you guys. A treat.

Speaking of treats, and on a more pleasant note, the fluffy wonderful boyfriend Tim has gently reminded me that I keep forgetting something, so here’s a bit of glitter to cover up the weirdness of this post. Glitter never comes off anything, after all, and makes a fantastic, if permanent, cover up. Back in the summer, he actually made plushie number two in a series of awesomeness. Witness! The glee that is Shanka-fluff!

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Bonus picture of both of us holding Jahrd and Shanka from the end of August, when I got to fly west to visit Tim for a few days. <3

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There. I like to put a cherry on top. That is the cherry for the top. Hopefully things just turn out smooth for the rest of everything. I like to prepare for the worst and hope for the best. One can hope! You’ve got my thanks in advance for the patience that this is probably going to require. I’ll try not to be too much of an annoyance while I wrangle this thing. The comic matters to me. You guys matter to me. A lot.