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...I got better.

That being said, here's my schedule for the next week:

Sunday: Church day! After that, I will be gaming with my brothers. But after Sunday, I'm promising myself no more video games until next week! I have quite a bit to do, and the gaming session takes a lot of time out.

Monday: Chore day- Midst my household duties I will also be starting work on VHV. Given my track record thus far, I haven't been able to get very far in making the comic on Mondays. We'll see though.
No promises for any side projects, but I'm sure I'll come up with one if I get exhausted from working on VHV on a particular day.

Tuesday: Comic Slam day- My track record shows most of my work gets done today. Let's see if I can get the whole page finished by the end of Tuesday!

Wednesday: Panic day- IF something should go awry and I cannot get one of the above tasks done, Wednesday will be when I slam together a final result.

Saturday: VHV goes live at 8:00 AM! Go visit the site to see it then, or stick around here on Deviant Art!
  • Listening to: My computer hum
  • Reading: This journal over again for the umpteenth time
  • Watching: The time dissappear as I drift in sleepy haze
  • Drinking: Sunny Delight
Yep, I had it this Saturday, thanks to a day off from work! It was delicious.

I also saw Captain Marvel, which was pretty par for the course for Marvel movies.
That being said, here's my schedule for the next week:

Sunday: Church day! After that, I will tackle a picture for one of my many senpais. I have a silly idea, so I think you guys will like it.

Monday: Chore day- Midst my household duties I will also be working on VHV and attempting to get it done quickly. Should the impossible happen, I will start pursuing a side project for VHV!
Here's a hint: Embis really need some concrete lore, so I aim to rectify that.

Tuesday: Makeup day- Should the need arise, I will finish this week's page of VHV. Otherwise, I will be working on the previously mentioned side project!

Wednesday: Panic day- IF something should go awry and I cannot get one of the above tasks done, Wednesday will be when I slam together a final result.

Saturday: VHV goes live at 8:00 AM! Go visit the site to see it then, or stick around here on Deviant Art!
  • Listening to: My computer hum
  • Reading: This journal over again for the umpteenth time
  • Watching: The time dissappear as I drift in sleepy haze
  • Drinking: Sunny Delight
Seeing friends of mine post schedules and the like, I decided I kind of want in on that too... Maybe it'll keep me trying to do what I say I'm going to do?
That being said, here's my schedule for the next week:

Sunday: Church day! After that, possibility of drawing something, and at least 1 picture for A Secret Place will be made and put on Twitter.

Monday: Chore day- Midst my household duties I will also be working on VHV and attempting to get it done quickly. Should the impossible happen, I will be working on art for others!

Tuesday: Makeup day- Should the need arise, I will finish this week's page of VHV. Otherwise, I will be working on art for others!

Wednesday: Panic day- IF something should go awry and I cannot get one of the above tasks done, Wednesday will be when I slam together a final result.

Saturday: VHV goes live at 8:00 AM! Go visit the site to see it then, or stick around here on Deviant Art!


Provided I've gotten my main tasks done, I will have a couple practical polls here for future content of my schedule, so keep an eye on that!
SDG, everyone.

  • Listening to: My computer hum
  • Reading: This journal over again for the umpteenth time
  • Watching: The time dissappear as I drift in sleepy haze
  • Drinking: Sunny Delight
VHV is officially on pause until I can figure out what direction to take to improve the story.

Don't worry though! Nothing is so broken that I'd be willing to throw it all away. Heck, even Arc 2 as a whole is perfectly fine. No changes necessarily needed there.
But the love for my story has lessened somewhat and I want to figure out how to recapture that best.
VHV will not be updating this week, but don't worry, it's for a good cause!
More information in the address below.
vhv.thewebcomic.com/comics/275…
Due to a change of plans, I've decided to start posting VHV on my other sites once more.
Unfortunately, this means uploading my entire backlog to at least this site and one other.

Normal uploading will resume after this!
Sorry about the VHV link! The current page is up now!
I forgot to tell the comic-faeries to post it at 8:00 AM and not 8:00 PM. Silly me.

VHV's underused blog has an update! If you're into theological discussion, this may be up your alley.
Click the picture to view it!
I was tagged by FalloutFoxDraws, who wanted eight facts about my squirrel kiddos.


(Ardo on the right, Emmi on the left, and their mom Mia in the middle)

But I won't just do them as a single set of eight. That would be unfair. Let's have two sets.


Ardo

1. Ardo is a very intelligent, quiet, possibly shy boy who deeply loves his mother.
He's not so big on new things, but with a little effort he can haul out enough courage
to try them when he needs to.

2. He likes doing quieter things like drawing or reading, or perhaps sitting outside in
that little patch of forest inside The Civil Speck's walls, just listening to the birds and
other docile wildlife that makes its home there.

3. Often dragged into cuddle piles with girls who find his cuteness very.
For this reason as well as his shyness(?) and timidity(??), his friends are primarily girls.

4. He almost becomes a different person when he draws his sword and raises his shield.
No concern for self, only others, and a boldness to command whatever is needed from not
only his sister, but even other adults!

5. A mama's boy if there ever was one, but that's because he knows she would move heaven
and earth for him. Also, she's got super nice, soft fur and will give him as many hugs and kisses
as he likes. :)

6. If placed outside the colony and told to survive a week, he'd come back looking only slightly
scuffed up and maybe a bit stinky, but otherwise fine.
Not that he'd ever want that.

7. Despite how Emmi pushes him, Ardo is definitely the boss of the set of twins. #4 is why.

8. Born on Beta-4 with the Red Magus, he and Emmi were quite young, perhaps as young as two,
when they lost their parents and Mia adopted them when they were six, after finding them adorable.
She grew to deeply love them after spending a day with them just playing and hanging out.



Emmi

1. A fraternal twin with Ardo. She's not quite as intelligent, but has a strange amount of cleverness and
spunk to make up for it, and pretends to be neutral on having Mia as her mom, but is fooling nobody and
loves Mia just as much as her brother.

2. She deeply cares for Ardo and will often play big sister whenever he's upset, confused or just lonely.

3. Recreation wise, she is the total opposite of her brother. She's into roughhousing, tickle fights, and loves
to crash around outside and inside alike, often managing to get her brother into these games herself
(though he may just do it because he knows she won't hurt him). There are always cool things out there
for her to find, and she wants to find them all!

4. At the end of the day, though her learned skill with magic may make her quite relied upon by her brother,
she will ultimately depend on him to get her out of the really bad situations. They are a team, and she knows it.

5. A true prankster, she sometimes does practical jokes that get her into trouble. Still, it's Mia that's her mom,
so she's probably able to get away with a lot more than others would be able to- Being told "clean up this mess"
often rather than "go to your room".

6. Not so trusting of strangers as her brother, she can sense motives very quickly.

7. A fairly skilled mage, she knows healing magic of many types, but specializes in offensive magic that gets up in
her opponent's face- And then she kicks them below the belt.

8. She's capable of being a sweet girl whenever someone needs it, but otherwise cares nothing for miss manners,
belching and farting wherever she pleases unless mom pulls out her serious face.


Now I'm going to tag...
My cattle. It's good to make sure people know whose cows those are if they break through the fence.
If you like VHV enough to vote for it on Top Web Comics (link here), you will
get first access to a webcomic written by Mia! She doesn't have any fancy digital art
programs like many other artists, but she doesn't need them for
what she's trying to make.

I being the one to document her and her friends, will later make a mirror site on
Smackjeeves for this comic, but she insists that nothing goes up on it until it's had
some time in the voting gate, so if you want to see the very latest she drew, you can
always head back and vote again whenever the mirror site updates.
Circumstances prevented me from telling anyone earlier, but last night, my Grandpa passed away in his sleep.
There are many stories I could tell about him, but the one important one is that he was always a follower of God, and an example to me through my parents.
He wasn't doing so well later in his life, but he's better now, and I know we will meet again.

If you're the praying type, you may pray for me, but my family, my parents and my aunt need it more. I never knew him well enough to even feel much
when I heard the news, but I wish I could have.

If you've lost anyone, remember your father in heaven lives forever, that you have family waiting patiently for you, and to do them proud while you're here visiting on earth.
If you would like one, message me and we can discuss the subject and a price. :)

Family issues have come up at home. I may not have the motivation for this week's page. I will not divulge further until given permission.
Sorry for the inconvenience. I may doodle something this weekend for you as apology.

With chapter 1 of VHV done with, let me talk to you about it.

    This comic is a behemoth of an undertaking, let me tell you. I first invented VHV around three years ago back in 2014. THREE YEARS! And you aren't even seeing everything of it (unless you dig around in my Deviant Art gallery)!

    My entire online artistic career was filled with aimless experimentation and attempted projects that died quickly, whether they were webcomics, fan fiction, or philosophical writing, or even whatever suited my fancy.
    I was always just hoping and wishing strongly that something would just once stick. I had tried everything I was even remotely interested in- every tone of story, every subject matter, every format I could manage, and while I would not take away any of it for any reason, it was a lot of learning and very little stuck.

    So one night in the summer of 2014, I resorted to prayer. Nothing was working. Nothing was sticking. I couldn't keep at anything and I wasn't strong enough. Only God could give me the strength I had to get this far, and believe me, I begged him with tears in my eyes and shaky breath. Nobody else in the house was awake to hear me, nor would they because my desperate plea was silent.

    (Sorry about the purple prose. I'm not saying I didn't feel this way, just that I am a very dramatic person)

    God answered my prayer that night. As I laid down in bed and drifted off, I saw four strange little marsupial-type creatures trekking an ancient temple. Looking for treasure, I supposed, but they couldn't find what they were looking for because a giant purple lizard started chasing them. It ended once I went to sleep, but that next day, I went and drew the first ever page of VHV.
It wasn't exactly well formatted or beautiful, but the passion and drive was there, and once I posted it, I knew this project was going to be the one I truly tried to stick to for as long as possible, because the first idea, though only just a touch of inspiration and a nudge in the right direction, did not come from me.

    Here it is if you want to see it: daaberlicious.deviantart.com/a…

    You can already see the basics developing slowly, and some of the designs are definitely there, although perhaps the detail in the image itself is way too complex, or I did not have the skill to work with it at the time. Whatever it is, it's a start.

    Fun fact: Early on in the comic's creation, My twin brother told me that motivation would still be a problem for me, so I made a sort of one-sided bet- If I ever quit VHV for any reason other than A. I die while it's running, or B. I decide the story is finished and does not need anything more, I will give him $200.
That's not a lot to own, but it's a large enough amount that I'd be quite uncomfortable with losing. In some ways, this little bet I made helps me pick myself off the ground after a month of not doing anything with VHV.


    I sort of knew that VHV was a serious thing for me at the time, but I didn't truly become aware of it in my gut until early 2015. I had been drawing VHV over on Deviant Art for a while and was quite proud of it until I asked someone very near and dear what she thought of the story as a whole (Thank you, Aunt Lyn!)

    She told me it was a little bit of a mess. Things went too fast and she couldn't keep track of what was going on or who was who. This was obviously a problem.

    Now while I could have just made up for my past mistakes by writing smarter as time went on, I instead was struck with a special sort of insanity: I needed to re-write all of VHV and do it better.

    Now, I was dramatic, but dramatic me would have just quit and let my brother have that $200 while he started something new without much thought for what he was doing, but INSANE me said I had to fix it, that this story was my thing, my big thing in fact, and it deserves to do better.

    I scrapped everything and thought long and hard. My interpretations of my own characters had changed- they had grown more developed, more real, so I wrote those ideas in. My setting had gotten more detailed and more precise, so I filled that in with the prelude you see on VHV's website now.
The story now moved slower, characters took a little bit of time to talk to each other, and exposition was even a touch more subtle (save for the first few pages, nobody talks about anything in the setting that is not relevant to them).

    But the depth of this seriousness would not come to me until I realized a little less than a year ago that I had to throw away a character I really, REALLY liked.

    Andrew Chance had electric powers, was the father of Ardo and Emmi, the spouse of Mia, and an extremely good fighter- the best of the team, in fact.
But Andrew Chance does not exist in the main cast of VHV. Andrew Chance isn't even named Andrew Chance. I don't know what his name is, but he can't have family on Beta-4 because he doesn't live there.
He was great. Admirable in his gentle ways and his strong sense of justice. A good father and a good spouse. But he was too strong. He was in fact, the most important character in the story, and that would not do- It's about a team of adventurers, not one guy and his entorage.

    So I had to do something that was even harder to make work- I had to cut out existing pages and replace them with better writing that did not include him, and I had to alter dialogue to not even mention him, and I had to do that gracefully.

    It seriously pained me, but I had to make it work, and I'd like to believe I did.



    And now we're here. Three years of hard work (and when I was not working, three years of hard thought), Three years of both things just flowing out of my pen and struggling to use any method I possibly could to avoid distraction, and let's not forget how much of that time was spent fighting to pace any scene that had characters talking or, heaven forbid, explaining things.

    But now we're here, and to what few who pay attention to my things, be it family, friends, online people whose faces I may never see, or that one fellow on Fur Affinity or Deviant Art who always favorites any picture I put out, or even the occasional person who I respect and admire for what good artistic things they do decides to leave a favorite, or a like, or even follows me...



    Thank you.

    Thank you for joining me in this private little corner of the internet, where some dude with a graphics tablet decides to draw furries for fun, still hoping that something sparks and dreaming of a day that he could start doing this for a living.

    Thank you for your support, be it in your quiet presence in a little number in my followers, or a simple like or a favorite, or even when you decide to call something I made cute.

    I would like to become big- The next huge webcomic that everyone is theorizing about, talking about, producing cute or uncomfortable romantic pairings over, but I know that at the very least, if I keep working and keep having the passion, I can make this private little corner of the internet work for me.

    And even if nothing big comes of it, I'll still do it-



    God gave me the nudge. Why would I not continue?

    (...Besides, I would lose out on $200. That's a lot of money.)
Been a while. Not like anyone reads these, but I wouldn't cry if you didn't.
Hence:

Update Time!

The I Just Bought A Core Membership On Impulse So I Could Change My Username and Also Other Things To Know Edition!


    First off, why would I do such a thing? What does it mean to be Daaberlicious? Are you Daaberlicious? Is this an adjective or a name? Don't you just love question marks?

    I'm really only going to answer one of those questions as I don't have all day. I did this whole username change because I needed a uniform internet identity, and "Electroshock70" just screams "I'm 13 years old", of which I'm obviously not... Whereas "Daaberlicious" is genius hidden under several layers of obscurity, and I like to think I am a cleaver man. You see, I'm very active on three sites right now, two of which have this name proudly displayed in all it's glorious gibberish nature, and as I've been on Deviant Art for four freaking years and love drawing stuff online almost as much as I love my dearest mother, the fact that "Electroshock70" was still sitting at the top left like a most unpleasant dookie was a sin that had to be undone.

    The name "Daaberlicious", like many things I do, came about first as a bizarre impulse and then stuck with me. I played a lot of flash games when I was a wee lad, and for one particular game (I don't remember what the heck it was), it requested a username from me. No password, just a username. So at the time, I had no internet accounts to even speak of, so the only thing that occurred to me was to use my real name "Dan"... Except I knew at the time that this was a bad idea. Easy fix- Take the "a" and stretch it out, then take the "n" and subject it to horrible mutagens to make it into a "b". "Daab".
    It was simple and elegant and just a touch strange. I liked it and used it as a throwaway name.

    Fast forward to about now-ish. I was registering with Smackjeeves and needed a name, but as an official username "Daab" seemed to lack punch. I took my odd-creature name and observed how it went about its business, and then I threw the whole thing back into my mutagen chamber and improved on it. Bigger, stronger, more fun to say, and most importantly- considerably weirder.

    There's the story! It's not that glorious, but at least I can say something about how it came to be other than "Well I just sorta diddled with the keyboard and came up with this".



    Other things to know other than my riveting origin story!

    VHV is slowing down because I am dissatisfied with the current art direction I'm taking. Sure, I always considered much of it the bee's knees, but instead of whining about how I wish things could be better when I draw them, I'm taking time off rather suddenly to make it so. I may be a "Drama King", but if I truly am a king, it necessarily goes to say that I should be doing things for my "people", you guys, instead of just whining.

    Of course, if you're not super critical of my works as I am, you probably don't get what the problem is. To such people I say: "Feh! Everything!"
But seriously, not everything.
What I'm really wanting to improve upon are methods by which I can make my characters more alive and more consistent at the same time. Realism? I'm good on that! It's been my strong point for almost all of my drawing career! In fact, I probably need to STOP gripping on to realism so tightly so my characters can be more alive and much less uncanny! My bro has liveliness in the bag, and I very much want to inject the energy of his stuff into mine... Hmm... Maybe I should ask him for help.

    Well, that's about it! With my new core membership, you can expect me to abuse the privileges that come with it, such as dumb polls.
Somebody was daring enough to show me, a notorious nit-picker, their comic and ask what I thought of it.

I do not yet enjoy it, but it's still early in production and one of you might like it more than I.

That being said, for your viewing pleasure/mild interest...

Legends of Candralar!
Not sure if there's going to be a VHV page this week- I am visiting with family and away from my fancy drawing tablet, so when I do get back to it, I might have only a day to work on a page.

Simply put, that might not be enough.
My apologies, and stay awesome!
Finally, brothers and sisters, whatever is true, whatever is noble,
whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable—
if anything is excellent or praiseworthy—think about such things.

                                                                                         Philippians 4:8

I'll be back with a new page of VHV very soon! For now, bed.
Sorry guys! While I have started on the next page, I don't have the gumption to finish it off today, so it will be a little later than you're used to.

I'm getting to the first (and so far biggest (although that doesn't say much)) segment of my story. It's all written out in my head and ready to roll, but refuses to stop being difficult about getting onto my canvas.

Who knows? I might have it up today, but I'm just thinking it'll be unlikely.

Take care, y'all!