Technical problems seem to be the plague of the day. Due to some software issues our composer has had, we've had to push back things a bit on our upcoming trailer. That said, our premier date is now set for May 1st. We're very excited about this and hope you are, too. There will be great music, great art, and great acting. Whee!
If technical problems are our #1 plague, real plagues come a close second. A very nasty bout of strep throat is ravaging our household. Literally everyone is on antibiotics and it's like an infirmary in here. But, we're pushing forward, just with a lot of coughing and sneezing. So, continued apologies for any and all delays, and thanks for the understanding.
My unanswered comments and notes list grows. I will get to them, I swear, I promise. Really....eventually.
20 (Art) Facts About Me
Since I've seen this going around again, as I needed a small break from Relativity and sickies madness, I decided to jump on the bandwagon again and do the 20 Facts About Me. I have done the 20 things a few times. Since I like to mix it up, I'm doing to do 20 art-related things about me. That said, I've done the 20-art-theme before, too, so I'll try to list some more obscure facts.
1. My sister is a "natural" artist and could draw amazing stuff when she was like 5 years old. I wanted to draw but struggled and was always in her shadow. Now, 30 years later, I am actively arting and she rarely picks up a pencil.
2. The first "official" story I ever worked on was called "The Last Star of Ardonia." The name was totally a rip-off from the movie title, "The Last Starfighter" even the stories have almost nothing in common.
3. Ardonia was a fictional half sci-fi/half fantasy world. There was a forest near my home growing up, and me and my friends would go there and pretend it was Ardonia and act out scenes from the book. To this day, whenever I drive by there, I still refer to it as "Ardonia."
4. Despite my love for Ardonia and the story, it was written when I as 13 and it READ like it. I abandoned the idea years later and had no plans to resurrect it. However, recently I told the story overview to my kids and they loved it, and they are now urging me to make a YA book out of it. I have no idea if I will or won't.
5. In my teens, I also came up with a story idea called "The Perimeter." It was really cool, but there were problems with the overall concept and I finally abandoned it. Years later, I would learn that the idea was almost identical to Stephen King's "Under the Dome." I also learned that he almost gave it up due to problems with the overall concept.
6. I began creating smileys because I wanted very specific smilies/icons for a family-related website I ran. I was in my thirties when I pushed my first pixel. I literally cried, too. I couldn't figure out the art program and my pixels looked awful. I almost gave it up, but thankfully didn't.
7. My smiley inspirations were Mazeguy, Fool, and Gomotes
. Once I started getting more into creating them, I joined a few forum communities which specialized in smileys. However, in those communities I was actually a youngster (most members were in their 40s and 50s). I later found dA through my daughter (and learned they were called emoticons here) and the rest is history.
8. I had always loved dolling and wanted to do it for years, but never felt I had the talent. Many of the big names in dolling I knew/know well through lurking--of course they never knew of me. It wasn't until I started Relativity and wanted to create art of my characters that I started to doll.
9. Delilah Quord is my bad-ass space bounty hunter whom I hope to write a series of pulp novels for in the future. Her weapon of choice is a large white and red blaster rifle. That rifle was heavily modelled after a Laser Tag rifle I owned around the time I created her.
10. The first story I ever wrote with Sara Wolff was a fan-fic inside the Batman universe. It was a story told from both her and Bruce Wayne's POV. I had a typewritten page with a line down the middle, telling her version on the left, his on the right. At that time she was meant as a love interest for Bruce, but that changed as I realized it wouldn't work long-term. Similarly, the same thing happened when I considered Sara as a love interest for Michael Bruce in Relativity.
11. My biggest inspiration in writing when growing up were the short stories of Ray Bradbury (oddly enough, I never got into his later science-fiction). Not only did he influence my style, but there are many "easter-egg" elements in my works, including Relativity, which were inspired by his tales.
12. At one point in my life, I wanted to be a professional writer and actively sent out stuff for publication and came close to getting an agent. But life kinda blind-sided me and eventually dropped off. I do wonder "what if" sometimes.
13. As much as it would have been nice to have been writing all of these years, I am secretly happy that I took a hiatus in writing to raise my family. Life experience has been invaluable and there is no way I could have written Relativity 20 years ago. I think it's a much better series now than it would have been.
14. I am a daydream writer, meaning I think about writing all the time. It's how I manage to write so much. I pretty much think out everything during the day and then sit down and put it on paper later. There are so many times someone will come up to me and say, "what's wrong, you have such a serious expression" and it's simply because I'm thinking out a tense writing scene!
15. The vast majority of my heroines have red hair simply because I love red hair. And, I have passed that love on to my daughter. She is writer and her main heroines all have red hair, too. ^u^
16. I have done the preliminary plotting of the Relativity stories to the end of the series. At this current course, we're estimating 17 books/anthologies from beginning to end. We also have the tentative titles for all of the books.
17. I would love to act, however after I appeared in a minor role in one of the plays I wrote, I was told I couldn't act!
Even though it hurt my feelings, I stepped behind the scenes and stayed there and haven't acted again
18. I have a brain that is hardwired for coffee. Or at least it appears to be. In the morning, most of the time I physically cannot work on formal writing until I have my first sip of joe.
19. I love pure silence when I art. I rarely have music or any kind of noise on. I am only now starting to listen to ebooks while pixelling, but I still prefer silence. And when I'm working on writing, the quieter, the better.
20. Creatively, my one regret is that my webcomic (Bitmap World) has not been regularly updated in a few years. Life is so busy now, but it is one the creative endeavors I'm most proud of and I am determined to re-start it seriously someday...hopefully soon.
As a thank-you for reading all that, have an uber-cute gif of a kitty-lion.