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Well...it's been a while, hasn't it?

 

...I often tend to make catching up on DA my New Year's resolution, because I don't particularly care about my looks and it feels like something that's attainable. Last year I hadn't actually been gone for too long in January, but this year...

 

...I'm sorry everyone, I just needed some time to myself. It was...not a great year for a variety of reasons. I wasn't simply avoiding DA, though, I wasn't really getting much in the way of other projects done either, as evidenced by the lack of art to post heralding my return. I haven't really been able to work on anything except the comics - even work on Conscripted has ground to a halt. -_-

 

I have to confess, not posting for the better part of a year had left me with FAR too many messages to ever catch up with...so I didn't try to. All messages - excepting a handful of comments - were deleted sight unseen. There were several hundred of them, it was too much to go through. I didn't pick anybody out, I just deleted everything without looking at it. We're starting up fresh this year.

 

So with that being said, let's catch up a bit:

 

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Firefly Cross, my first webcomic, is winding down to a close. It will end with chapter 50, and 50 will largely be exposition/epilogue so the action will go through 49. I have an idea for a sequel to it, but currently I'm not planning to follow through. I just don't have as much fun working on that comic as I once did and with everything else going on it's too much to try to keep up with. Even as it is, I'm sure the ending feels a bit rushed. Don't get me wrong, it's going as the story was always intended to, but it's probably happening in far fewer chapters than it should and I acknowledge that. At least it will get an ending, unlike so many webcomics out there, and I feel like it will be a somewhat more satisfying one - rush job and all - than the ending of the original Twisted Mirrors.

 

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Speaking of Twisted Mirrors, working on THAT has actually been the one continuous bright spot on an otherwise dismal year. The subject matter may be pretty dour, but working on the pages themselves rarely is. Unlike FFC where I'm losing the passion, TM seems to only be gaining steam and I'm so excited for what's coming next.

 

I just wrapped up posting chapter 2 of the comic, which ends what I consider to be the story's introduction. Back when I was starting the sequel, I mentioned that I wished I had the strength to wait and post a lot of the beginning all in once chunk since I thought it would read better that way. Well...this is the spot I was referring to, and now you can see why I didn't have the patience to wait the better part of a year to post it. ^^; Up until this point we've largely been following one character, but starting in chapter 3 and continuing in chapter 4, more of the cast and the world and the story will be fleshed out and I can't wait to show it!

 

I've been assembling some songs that remind me of the story - a thing I'm sure pretty much everyone does, so not particularly noteworthy - but it amuses me how many songs that are clearly (though arguably not explicitly) meant to be romantic that really fit a decidedly not-romantic relationship. Also one of the songs is such a spoiler I can never share it. I mean, even the goddamn title is a spoiler. XD

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There's some other projects in the works that I wonder if they'll ever get done, because I started them over the holiday break when I had a lot of downtime and was largely cut off from...everything. Now that the new year is in full swing, I'm not sure I'll be able to keep up the momentum.

I guess we'll have to see.

Happy New Year and stuff I guess. ^^;

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Ra-ooo Featured By Owner Feb 1, 2018  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Gosh I'm sorry things were so rough on you the past year. Seems like it was a particularly crappy one for a lot of people. I hope that now things are looking more optimistic for you.
I'm glad that TM stuff has been keeping you feeling all right. I've been loving it so far, and am already feeling very invested haha. I'm so curious to see where this all goes. And likewise for FC, man I can't believe it's coming to an end now. It's been something I've kept up with for so many years, it's gonna be weird for it to be gone! Good luck with it though, with both your comics and your other projects too! I hope you can find a good balance for it all.
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dragonsong12 Featured By Owner Feb 5, 2018  Hobbyist General Artist
Thank you so much for all your kind words! It really means a lot to me!
And I'm glad you're enjoying where the current comic story is going. I hope it'll pick up a bit now that Rasque has finally arrived on the scene, haha!
I'm hoping to make some changes in my life this year that'll help a bit, but you never know until you get there, right? Regardless, I hope your 2018 shapes up to be a good one as well! :hug:
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Ra-ooo Featured By Owner Feb 9, 2018  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Ahh definitely! I'm glad!
Yes! After the original TM, I'm so eager to see where this one will go. Already the world is so fascinating, seeing how it's changed between the first story and this one.
Yea, good, I hope these changes will set things better for you. As long as you're working toward that and keeping optimistic about it, that's all you can do. Thanks though, I really hope it'll be a good year, we could all really use one ha :,D
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ZoeStead Featured By Owner Jan 18, 2018  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Glad you're coming back - really missed seeing your additional work to the comics. I must say I love it when I get a song that fits in perfectly with something you're writing, it really helps spur you on and sometimes just brings in a few new ideas. I hope 2018 is better for you and that everything goes well. Seriously though - 50 chapters of FFC - you're amazing, girl! I quit EB when things got tough in life but you - you've just kept going and that's something to be really super proud of. So keep at everything you've got planned and who knows what  the new year will bring :) Huge hugs xxx
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dragonsong12 Featured By Owner Jan 18, 2018  Hobbyist General Artist
Thank you! I hope I can stick around a bit. Last year was difficult and I'm not going to expect that flipping a calendar page will change anything, but hey, here's hoping!
At least I have some stuff started so that may help. I hate not finishing things. ^^;

Thank you for the kind words. It makes me want to jump right back into it all! :D
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bhudicae Featured By Owner Jan 16, 2018  Hobbyist General Artist
Glad to see you back, although I've been following TM so much and see your comments there :D
I'll have to check into FFC (now that its ending, pfft, lol) I can share my TM loyalty! I can't help it if I'm particularly fond of the Boetheris! :P
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dragonsong12 Featured By Owner Jan 18, 2018  Hobbyist General Artist
Haha, well I'm not so sure I recommend that. ^^; I started FFC years before Twisted Mirrors and it definitely shows. The early chapters are pretty terrible and it'd take some effort to get through. If you're curious, it's there, but I won't feel bad if you just stick to the boetheri. I am. :XD:
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