Cruel Exchange

When the week began, I looked at all the projects jumbled about in my mind and a smile slipped onto my face. Most of the time since I resumed blogging, I’ve handled my posts in a very ad hoc manner. At the beginning of the year, my wife introduced me to YNAB, and it immediately changed my life. I know that’s a cliche, but they exist because they’re true. As I embraced the budgeting application, another aspect of my mind raced to the forefront, organizing my tasks. I have tried using a to-do list before, but it failed fantastically, so I was not expecting much from it. However, having embraced YNAB, I discovered different results with the to-do app.

It kept me ahead of schedule for January...

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Initial Acts

On the heels of Caitlin’s success with founding the Federation, the other leaders return to their homes. Promptly Caitlin and Quinn start working on their initial decrees. Upon completing the first, they send a copy to the other leaders, including Olyver...

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Art Roundup, week of January 17th

I’m excited about the artwork I’m posting this week. Among the images I created, there are four different liquified textures that are always relaxing to create. Besides the product of that simple fun, I am bringing a couple doodles to my blog. Tri-Point and Dissolving Wall are both early attempts in another process that I’m thoroughly enjoying. And to round up the artwork for the week, I wanted to learn how to draw cosmic scenes and so I turned to Google, and before I knew it, there was a plethora of guides on the subject. So armed with that barrage of videos, I turned my attention to my initial slice of the night sky, Wide Nebula...

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Arrogance

Fresh off of writing Hidden Truths, I turned my attention to this month’s Fantasy tale. While I’m eager to explore Darren’s life, I’ve gotten a little burnt out with the character. That said, I’m eager to stay in Darren’s world, so I flipped through past stories and smiled when I remembered the story about Tiatha. Siphoning the Stone was the last story that dealt with her, but it presented me with an opportunity to explore focus on another aspect of Darren’s world. During that tale, Tiatha easily bests the Hunter who tries to stop her from stealing a stone...

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Conspiring

With Lia at Darren’s side, he’s able to convince Leodar that he requires his own room. Though it comes with a price, Leodar demands that Darren become Lia’s mentor. With the added responsibilities, Darren finds himself unable to head into the city as often as he would prefer. As a result, Randall surprises his friend with a visit. One of Randall’s visits coincides with a required study session. Eager to start her studies, Lia asks Maxwell to collect Darren. But as he approaches Darren’s room, Maxwell overhears part of the conversation...

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Art Roundup, week of January 10th

While I haven’t posted a roundup post of my recent art so far this new year, I’ve been busy pushing my current limitations as an artist. And while I continue to push forward with my ultimate goal, I’m still making too many mistakes to feel comfortable publishing any of my attempts at drawing Harrison (one of the chief characters from Crossroads). From the moment he emerged from the depths of my mind, I have wanted to capture that manic grin of my mad scientist (given the setting, he’s more of an alchemist). Despite inching closer to my lofty aim, I invite you to enjoy a collection of my doodles, liquified textures, and name plaques. I originally published these pieces during the week of January 3rd for my patrons. But after seven days of exclusivity, I reposted them in my DeviantArt gallery, and now I am bringing them to my blog. Sit back and enjoy the artwork below. As always, click on any image below to get a better look at the picture...

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Hidden Truths

While I’ve written a handful of Dramas, I’ve found that the storylines are difficult to uncover. As with any blanket statement, there are exceptions such as Second Chance and Simple Pleasures. But I’m always game for a challenge, so last Saturday I started trying to work through a storyline, but after many false starts I went to NYC Midnight and searched for a prompt for the Drama narrative that refused to start...

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Release

When last we left Rylan and Annabelle, she was ecstatic that her husband woke up from the coma gripping him. Despite Annabelle’s concern regarding his desire to nap, Rylan got some sleep before the doctors pushed him into therapy and the detective came to take his statement. Over the course of a couple weeks, Rylan dedicated himself to his recovery. And all the hard work pays off as he walks out of the hospital, though he ignores his doctor’s advice concerning a severe cough...

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Return

Despite the long trek across unfamiliar terrain, Fenton and his squadron discovered the crash site of their ancestors. Upon gathering all the intelligence they could from the ruins, Fenton leads his team away from the failed colonization attempt. Weary from their long journey and investigation, the soldiers’ unease from the absence of wildlife continues to mount...

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New Beginnings

Fresh off his conversation with Marcus and Talia, Nathaniel dispatched them to collect Bret. While they took a train north, Nathaniel hopped on a southbound one to visit with Natali. Nathaniel convinced her to travel west and extend Kethra the same invitation to meet with all the regional leaders with great effort. When all four leaders arrive at the capital building’s burnt-out remains, Nathaniel proposes an alternative plan for survival...

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