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Journal Entry: Thu Aug 21, 2008, 8:35 PM



My stylus has gone missing (again). It makes digital inking a much more tedious and time-consuming process for me without it, since I'm so accustomed to using the tablet instead of the mouse. Mind you, I can ink with my mouse, but the strain on my wrist is much greater. It got to the point where I had to stop for breaks much more often until I ended up quitting for the day much sooner than usual. I would probably have finished inking this by now if I had my stylus. Hopefully I merely misplaced it and won't have to go through the trouble of ordering a new one.

Of course, a commission or two could fund a replacement, or even help me on the road to an Intuos, and that will make me even more productive. ;) In fact, even if you don't want something drawn for you, don't forget that I'm cool with inking and/or coloring your art as well...
Synapse - ink commission by Dualmask Drawn by :icondawidfrederik:, inked by me.
Ebony-Chan's Nicodemus - done by Dualmask Drawn by :iconebony-chan:, inked and colored by me.

UPDATE: I found my stylus! I cleaned out my backpack and I found it. Apparently, my wife found it lying on the floor one day and just tossed it in there without telling me. See, I'm a highly organized kind of guy, so when something is out of place, I start to go a little crazy. So when my stylus was not in its little slot on my tablet or in my art box where I usually keep it, my immediate assumption was that it was lost/stolen/used as a drumstick/used as a toothpick/etc. Turns out it was just in a different part of my bag.

Don't let that stop you from considering me for commission work though. ;)

In other news, I'm thinking of selling my Wii. Not because I don't like it. I just had a nearly four-hour Okami marathon the other day, and played plenty of Mario Kart Wii before that. But I also play a lot of Soul Calibur 4, Bionic Commando Rearmed, Skate and other PS3 games, along with all the other things I do with my PS3, and I'm getting to the point in my life where I really want to start simplifying things. As a games console, I have more fun with Wii, but as far as how useful the console itself is in my home, the PS3 takes the top prize. I could use the money and I'm not sure if I really need to be a two-console person anymore, especially since I have both major handhelds on top of my PS3. Even my wife and daughter get more use out of my PS3 than my Wii (they love the fact that I can store movies on the hard drive for easy watching and my five-year-old really likes playing Toy Home).

My adapted novel's plot is coming together, but I'm having some trouble smoothing out some key events in the middle of the story. I know how it begins, and I know how it ends, but tying things together in the middle section is getting hard. I fear I might need another brain to help me clarify how things should go, but I've always had a problem working with others. My fear is that, instead of someone helping me to straighten out the details of my story, I'll get someone who will be trying to tell me how they think it should go, and that, I can't tolerate. Fact is, I have come to terms with what characters are still in the story, what events take place and which don't, and stuff like that, so I can start creating character sheets and everything. I could even do the first chapter if I really wanted to, but I want to make sure everything is as close to complete as possible before I start anything.

PLEASE READ: I'm going to put up a forum post, asking for your Nia Black story suggestions. See, I'm way too caught up in the story I wrote, and my mind can't let it go. Hence, I'm finding it really difficult to come up with a simpler story. I've never really been able to write anything short and concise...almost every story I ever created has grown into something of Final Fantasy proportions. You can give me absolutely anything, and I'll find a way to use it if I'm inspired by it. So if you have time, and ideas, no matter how simple, complex, serious, funny or risque, I'm listening.

Finally, for those who I haven't gotten to in my "Want to know what I think about you?" journal, I will. I have just been taking my time, thinking very carefully about the answers I'm going to give. However I will say this--that journal's closed now. :iconbelafantasy: is the last one I will be answering.

P.S.: I've kind of let my devwatch get out of control and I'm going to clear it out rather than try to comment on everything that's there. If there's anything you REALLY want me to take a look at, let me know and I'll do so.

JP

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Art Trades: Not at this time
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Just sayin'.

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:iconhendryroesly:
HendryRoesly Featured By Owner Aug 25, 2008  Professional Digital Artist
since i also do digital coloring w/ my mouse.. i can understand PERFECTLY about the wrist pain... damn..
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:icondualmask:
Dualmask Featured By Owner Aug 26, 2008  Professional Digital Artist
Fortunately I did find my stylus, so no repetitive stress injuries for me this time. :D
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:iconhendryroesly:
HendryRoesly Featured By Owner Aug 26, 2008  Professional Digital Artist
unfortunately, i still haven't bought a tablet.. so, more repetitive wrists stress injuries for me :D
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:iconncweber:
NCWeber Featured By Owner Aug 21, 2008  Hobbyist Digital Artist
You need to get Low-Jack for that thing. :D Hmm, commission thing, huh. I'll have to see. :nod:
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:icondualmask:
Dualmask Featured By Owner Aug 21, 2008  Professional Digital Artist
I'm going to start hanging it from my key chain or something. I can't keep jeopardizing my productivity over something so small.

Any help you can give would be greatly appreciated. :)
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:iconpoisonremedy:
PoisonRemedy Featured By Owner Aug 20, 2008
Like I said earlier this month man, you've got anything you want to throw my way I'll happily sit down and go through it with you. I wouldn't dream of telling you how to tell your own story, but if I can help you streamline it any I'd be happy to.

I'm also still game for covers/colours etc, but I sense we're not quite at that point yet.

Like I say anyhow, you need a 2nd brain to pick, I'm happy to crack open my noggin for picking :)
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:icondualmask:
Dualmask Featured By Owner Aug 21, 2008  Professional Digital Artist
I might just have to make it an open forum. I have to remind myself that even in the vastness of DeviantART, this is still a small corner of the world (and indeed, the world wide web) and revealing details here doesn't necessarily mean I'm exposing the story to the whole world.

It's just that so many people can offer so many different points of view.
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DarkmasterN Featured By Owner Aug 20, 2008  Professional Digital Artist
Good luck finding that thing, lol, if you're anything like me you'll look for it forever, knowing as soon as you buy a new one you'll find the old one, XD.
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:icondualmask:
Dualmask Featured By Owner Aug 21, 2008  Professional Digital Artist
Yeah, that's what I'm afraid of. I've looked everywhere but I haven't found it yet. I'm thinking I put it away somewhere before my little trip last week (went to Ocean City, MD for four days) and I can't remember where I stored it. It hasn't made an appearance yet, so I'm ruling out my kids as suspects. My daughter would tell me if she knew where it was and my son would continue to play with it if he ever grabbed it.
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:icondarkmastern:
DarkmasterN Featured By Owner Aug 24, 2008  Professional Digital Artist
ahh, I hear ya, same thing happened to me with my Metroid Prime Pinball game, I lost it one day and still can't find it.. It's been a while so I'm thinking about buying a new copy... but if I find it afterwards.. XD.
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:icondualmask:
Dualmask Featured By Owner Aug 24, 2008  Professional Digital Artist
Same thing happened with my copy of Sonic Advance 3 and ZOIDS Legacy for GBA...but that was like three years ago, heh. =p
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DarkmasterN Featured By Owner Aug 29, 2008  Professional Digital Artist
XD, yeah.
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:iconmr-marcus-81:
Mr-Marcus-81 Featured By Owner Aug 19, 2008  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Dang...again?!!? That sucks! Do you think that your kid made off with it again?

Quick question (It's kinda a dumb one too) about the stylus...the "lead" in mine is starting to wear away and is leaving uneven strokes when I use it. I've bee trying to get it out and replace it, but it's not coming out and I'm scared to yank it out and do irrepairable (I know I butchered the spelling) damage to it. How do I change the lead?
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:iconjuggertha:
Juggertha Featured By Owner Aug 20, 2008
Use twaesers... you won't hurt it.

I replace my nibs every few months.
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:iconmr-marcus-81:
Mr-Marcus-81 Featured By Owner Aug 20, 2008  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thanks for the tip! (No pun intended!) :D
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:icondualmask:
Dualmask Featured By Owner Aug 20, 2008  Professional Digital Artist
Whenever I leave it lying around, I can generally count on one of my kids grabbing it. My son in particular likes anything he can use as a drum stick.

The closest I ever came to a problem like that was the nib falling out and getting lost. Wacom sent me replacements for free. All I had to do was just stick a new one inside the head of the stylus, problem solved. Your issue is more complicated than that, it seems. In light of your problem of the lead (nib) being stuck inside, I'm afraid your only choice might be to contact the company directly and see what they tell you. Worst case scenario, you'll have to buy a new stylus (which you can buy separately from the tablet as a replacement).
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:iconmr-marcus-81:
Mr-Marcus-81 Featured By Owner Aug 20, 2008  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I thought that there might have been a trick or something to replace the nib...mine has never been loose. I have a little baggie of replacements that came with the tablet, all I need to do is get the old one out so that I can put a new one in. Someone else recommended using tweasers, I'll give that a try. Thanks for the tips! (No pun intended!) :D
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:icondualmask:
Dualmask Featured By Owner Aug 21, 2008  Professional Digital Artist
Yeah, Juggertha's solution should work too. ;) Smarter than my idea, at any rate.
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:iconmr-marcus-81:
Mr-Marcus-81 Featured By Owner Aug 21, 2008  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Hey, why not? It's worth a try!
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:iconjuggertha:
Juggertha Featured By Owner Aug 19, 2008
Where do you think it went?
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:icondualmask:
Dualmask Featured By Owner Aug 20, 2008  Professional Digital Artist
Well, the last time I saw it, it was in the house, so I'm thinking I left it lying around somewhere and one of my kids got to it. I usually put it away in my backpack when I'm done, but sometimes I forget--that's usually when it goes missing. It usually turns up after a while in that case.

However, at one point it got lost and when I found it, it was in pieces, which forced me to buy a new one. I'm hoping that's not the case now.
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