Archive for July, 2011

The sputtering engine of creation

Monday, July 25th, 2011

So yeah, it’s been a while. Ever since I moved to the USA in 1998, I think I’ve had more weeks in which I’ve had to work 50 hours or more, than weeks in which I’ve worked 40 or less. I don’t know where people get the time to raise families.

For the last two weeks I’ve been working overtime. Two major registration events had our development and support staff traveling out of state while the people still in the office worked extra hours to fix bugs and monitor databases. And while I thought the worst was over at the end of last week when we had a celebration lunch at Pecos Pit and our lead developer took a one-month vacation, the work hasn’t stopped coming.

And in my spare time I’m freaking out at being unable to go anywhere with either Lotus Cobra is Evil or Fairy Ring.

You would think that with the whole banning of Jace the Mind Sculptor I would have some good ideas for comics. You would also think that with some conflict shaping up in Fairy Ring that I would at least be able to hammer something out as I go along. I may be busy, but I still have some free time because I don’t have to go to school right now.

But I can’t get anything done.

Fairy Lake, Montana – my real world reference for Gensokyo’s Misty Lake

The best stories are born from the author’s own experience. In Magic I’ve been trying out Birthing Pod decks of various flavors and have been getting wrecked by pretty much everything. Maybe the card just isn’t any good. And in Toho I have been unable to beat Fairy Wars because the lack of practice mode keeps me from being able to memorize stage 3 easily. My failing at comics is mirrored by my failing at games. Should I make a story about working too much and failing at life? It would be like Dilbert, except less funny.

I’ve been experimenting with fixing the problems with Fairy Ring. Maybe I can’t continue the current story because it has plot points that cannot be reconciled. You can find my most recent attempt here. It’s not very good, but then neither is the current Fairy Ring.

I’ve been sketching out more Lotus Cobra. There’s nothing worth showing. I have a picture of Primeval Titan and Aleksi watching TV.

Maybe I just need a break. I could read a book that has nothing to do with anything I normally write about. Or I could go outside and draw things I see in the park on the weekend.

Yeah, I think I’ll do that.

I’ll see you guys in September.

Girls are listening (15 hours) – COMPLETE

Saturday, July 2nd, 2011

Congratulations to Christopher Long for winning the Lunasa Project Award (2 of 2)!

800 px wide here

Sorry it took like four months.

Thank you for playing.