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It's been forever since I made an update here (eyeballs deep in my self-publishing venture), but I'm glad to say that I'm running an Amazon Giveaway for three (3) free copies of Uncertain Heirs.

giveaway.amazon.com/p/3d130e56…

It's a Fantasy/Steampunk novel. Please check it out and feel free to share my giveaway link outside of deviantART :)

Fredderick is a Wappenrock - one of the gentry who can wear the skin of animals. He is also the heir apparent of Kaiserreich, a peaceful state on the eastern coast of North America where titles of nobility are not merely inherited, but sold along with their entailed estates.

And now his legacy is in doubt. When he discovers his family is in the debt of a man who would be Kaiser, Fredderick must consent to an arranged marriage or risk losing his family's titles. Unwilling to accept this fate, Fredderick agrees to take a bride.

But with just one year and one day to lay claim to the throne, he soon finds politics, tradition, and a failing harvest keep getting in the way. Only time will tell if he survives the season, let alone the assassins . . ..
Thanks, everyone! <3
  • Listening to: Judas Priest
  • Reading: My next manuscript
  • Watching: Sabrina
  • Eating: Leftover pizza
  • Drinking: Cherry Coke Zero
My fourth published short story, Comeuppance, has been out for a week now on Amazon ( www.amazon.com/gp/product/B01B… ) and Smashwords ( www.smashwords.com/books/view/… ). And it already has TWO 5-star reviews! OMG. This excites me so much -- I feel like my writing career is actually going somewhere, as this has been my best-selling story to date (for its release, I mean).

So if you're looking for a horror/drama ghost story, give Comeuppance a shot. Whether you hate it, like it, or love it, please consider leaving a review :)

Thank you!
  • Listening to: Tragedy of Ice playlist
  • Reading: An Honest Puck
  • Watching: Hemlock Grove, season 3
  • Playing: Pokemon: Mystery Dungeon
  • Eating: Fruit by the Foot
  • Drinking: Orange Juice
Just dropping in to say that my third short story, "No Signal", is appearing in the indie-published Bowman's Inn Autumn anthology. www.amazon.com/dp/B016TKP2LQ/ Please check it out, read the entire work, review :) And check out the Spring (marked down to $1.99) and Summer ($2.99) anthologies, too!

One day I will get my art muse back, and finish all my outstanding kiribans, I promise! (Look for something after February 2016, as that seems to be the clearest my calendar's been in . . . forever.)

Thanks all! See you soon :)
  • Listening to: Tragedy of Ice playlist
  • Reading: The Bowman's Inn: Autumn anthology
  • Watching: Arrow, Season 1
  • Playing: Transformers Animated: The Game
  • Eating: Ham, egg, and cheese sandwich
  • Drinking: Coke Zero
All the cool kids are doing it, so why not... :) So here's my #DeviantArtistQuestionnaire 

  1. How long have you been on DeviantArt? 11 years. I think I lurked before that.

  2. What does your username mean? Joshin-Yasha = "Goddess Demon"

  3. Describe yourself in three words. Artist, writer, creator

  4. Are you left or right handed? Right handed. Occasionally I'll try things with my left hand. Not pretty.

  5. What was your first deviation? Harry Potter fan art, but I think I've long since removed it?

  6. What is your favourite type of art to create? Any and everything.

  7. If you could instantly master a different art style, what would it be? Digital art. My skills are passable, but I would love to do better.

  8. What was your first favourite? The same Harry Potter fanart that is no longer here.

  9. What type of art do you tend to favourite the most? Digital art.

  10. Who is your all-time favourite deviant artist? gold-seven.deviantart.com/

  11. If you could meet anyone on DeviantArt in person, who would it be? Mythspinner, and a few others (if they're still around)

  12. How has a fellow deviant impacted your life? I have a muse who encourages me to finish my writing and art. She knows who she is ;)

  13. What are your preferred tools to create art? Keyboard, mouse, Intuos tablet

  14. What is the most inspirational place for you to create art? Anywhere, really. The mood will strike me as it strikes me.

  15. What is your favourite DeviantArt memory? The first time I had a deviation exceed 100 favs. :)

  • Listening to: Tragedy of Ice playlist
  • Reading: The Bowman's Inn: Spring anthology
  • Watching: True Blood, season 5
  • Playing: Portal
  • Eating: Bacon, egg, and cheese sandwich
  • Drinking: Water
I haven't done much art lately. I know there are still several kiriban prizes that I owe folks, so please don't think I've forgotten you. I will get them to you, no matter how long it takes me.

I've been focusing on my original writing, trying to get set up to make the leap from standard day job to full-time writer. I've still got a way to go, but I've got a promising 120,000+ word manuscript that I'm in the process of revising before sending it off to query some agents and publishers. I've been pitching it to friends as "Pride and Prejudice IN SPACE w/mechsuits". If that sounds like something that interests you, then you can follow my progress with it over at www.ashlitton.com or follow me on twitter @joshinyasha

I'll try to update here when I can, but you can expect more frequent updates on my website or through my twitter page.

Hope you all've been doing well! I look forward to hearing from you :)
  • Listening to: Tragedy of Ice playlist
  • Reading: Several things
  • Watching: Legend of Korra, Book 4
  • Playing: Majora's Mask for 3DS
  • Eating: Beef hunan style
  • Drinking: Cherry Coke
We lost another great man today. Live Long And Prosper, Mr. Nimoy, 'Til All Are One.

www.bbc.co.uk/news/entertainme…
When LeVar Burton asks for help, people deliver. Their goal to restart Reading Rainbow is to reach $1,000,000, and fans have already delivered with pledges of $800,000+. I think it's time for the TF fans to step up, don't you think? :) Let's get our pledge on, folks!

www.kickstarter.com/projects/r…
  • Listening to: "Lucy" by Shutterdown
  • Reading: The Amber Spyglass by Philip Pullman
  • Watching: Glee, Season 5
  • Playing: writer
  • Eating: spaghetti
  • Drinking: water
Even though my art muse may be on vacation doesn't mean that I can't get other things accomplished in the meanwhile. I present to you my first original published work, a "rural" fantasy short story called Thoroughbred. You can buy it for Amazon Kindle for $1.49 USD (you can sample the first page or so before you buy). If you like it and want to keep apprised of my future upcoming works, please check out my blog for regular updates.

Thanks for listening :)
  • Listening to: "Cities in Dust" by Everlove
  • Reading: Night Watch by Sergei Lukyanenko
  • Watching: 666 Park Avenue
  • Eating: Peanut butter sandwich
  • Drinking: Skim milk
Yeah, as some of you know, I'm in WV, and yes, I was one of those lucky 300,000 people to have their water contaminated by a chemical spill. If none of you have been keeping up with the news, that (sarcasm) wonderful (/sarcasm) company Freedom Industries had a chemical leak of *squints as she reads the lable* 4-methylcyclohexane methanol. Huh. Guess it was a good idea to get a camping shower bag so I can shower using rain water/bottled water. Yeeaaaaah, I'm not going to be touching my tap water for a long time, if ever again. 

Now, aside from a very stinky last week, I'm sad to say that I'm in a horrible, horrible art funk. I have some great ideas for poses for the kiribans I owe people, but I can't get anything out onto paper. I'm sorry to those folks that are waiting, but I promise I'll get your kiribans to you as soon as my muse comes back.

In the meanwhile, I'mma go catch some more rainwater/snow.
  • Listening to: "Wasteland" by 10 Years
  • Reading: Night Watch by Sergei Lukyanenko
  • Watching: Glee, Season 2
  • Eating: Tacos
  • Drinking: Dr. Pepper
Still on hiatus but I wanted to bring everyone a small update. I'm on the third draft of my novel, and am currently brainstorming ideas on how to rewrite the beginning to make it more interesting. I've got craft commissions out the wazoo that I'm trying to finish for the upcoming holiday season. Also, I'm trying to catch up on my reading (that's what an hour lunch is for at work). Speaking of work, I *finally* got a new, full-time job with benefits and the whole shebang. I'm so incredibly happy, because it means I can take my time with the novel now and make a quality piece.

Other than that, I want to again congratulation :iconlady-of-ice-chaos: who got 18K and 19K, and :iconjaggid-edge: got the grand prize for 20K! I'll hopefully be out of my art hiatus status soon and back on track to get those to you guys :)

Rules:

Be one of the first 14 people commenting on this journal entry, and I will add you to the Featured List!

For each of the 14 first people answering this journal I will put his/her avatar and the three deviations I like most from his/her gallery on the list.

IMPORTANT: If you answer, you'll have to do the same in your journal, putting me on the first place, completing the list with 15 other people. The idea of this is not to get a free feature, it is to spread art around for everyone.


1: :iconlonemaximal: Snooglies by lonemaximal Hellboy Coloured by lonemaximal FFX Ifrit by lonemaximal
2: :iconjack104:
3: :iconlady-of-ice-chaos: It's all about the whiskers by Lady-Of-Ice-Chaos Dance the Deadly Dance by Lady-Of-Ice-Chaos TFA DOGPILE by Lady-Of-Ice-Chaos
4: :iconatron: BW- Lets dance by atron Beamer and Atron by atron four mechs and a femme by atron
5: :iconcartoonfan18: <da:thumb id="193086020"/> <da:thumb id="172787559"/> OC: AJ Mechs by CartoonFan18
6: :iconzephra85: DA ID 003 by Zephra85 Fenrir and Lanx Sleeping by Zephra85 Sora and Kairi - Embrace by Zephra85
7: :iconcartoonfan18: Stupid Irken Boys by CartoonFan18 <da:thumb id="287929487"/> Siblings for Life by CartoonFan18
8: :iconlady-of-ice-chaos: TRADE: Fires Within"Hmmm..." The half rumble, half soft growl as the mech crossed his arms for a minute only to uncross them again. Instead the Musha Gundam rested his hands on the hilts of the two swords that were at his hips, this was just a more comfortable of a rest pose when in full armor.
The Musha was about the average size for a Gundam of his world, about six without his helm and the cresting antler like horns adorning it. He was as broad in the shoulders and chest as any of the former members of his warrior clan, his bloodline having always produced mechs for the front lines in any war or smaller battles.
His armor was that of his clan colors as well, mostly crimson and white colors with highlights of gold such as his antlers; and undertones of a gray-ish black under the main armor.
Bakunetsumaru sighed, sifting his weight from one foot to the other a few times before settling back into his semi-relaxed pose as he continued to scan for danger. It was his turn at sentry duty, and of course he got
RT Oh slag    ART TRADE by Lady-Of-Ice-Chaos Baby WIP by Lady-Of-Ice-Chaos
9: :iconcartoonfan18: Pervy Psyduck by CartoonFan18 <da:thumb id="279630954"/> Jack Skellington Cake 2 by CartoonFan18
10: :iconleathurkatt-tftiggy: Hypnotic Glance by Leathurkatt-TFTiggy Cordelia,jewelofthesea-colors by Leathurkatt-TFTiggy Infinite Fire of Life by Leathurkatt-TFTiggy
11: :iconladyseeker: Hey Ladies! by LadySeeker Prowl's room by LadySeeker Rafael by LadySeeker
12: :iconjaggid-edge: Stargate SG-D by Jaggid-Edge TFA Diamond Nine vs Soundwave by Jaggid-Edge Naveen by Jaggid-Edge

13: :iconladyseeker: HPDC: Mediziner by LadySeeker Contest by LadySeeker <da:thumb id="251661817"/>
14:
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Art Trade:
:iconjack104: Completed!
:iconwishmasterinrlyeh: Completed!
:iconmaeve104:

Requests/Gifts:
:iconjzlobo: Completed!

Collaborations:
:iconxenotechnophile:

Commissions:
From :iconcrimson-nemesis:
Though I may still be on hiatus, my Kiribans are still up for grabs! We're 4 views from the 20,000 grand prize!. Remember to screencap it and send it to me with your request :D
  • Listening to: &quot;Wytches Brew&quot; by Omnia
  • Reading: Affliction by Laurell K Hamilton
  • Watching: The Office
  • Playing: the role of an editor
  • Eating: pasta toss
  • Drinking: Cherry Dr. Pepper
Still on hiatus while I work on my novel, but wanted to give everyone something else to look at. Updated features, for the sixth time. Kiriban is still on.

Rules:

Be one of the first 14 people commenting on this journal entry, and I will add you to the Featured List!

For each of the 14 first people answering this journal I will put his/her avatar and the three deviations I like most from his/her gallery on the list.

IMPORTANT: If you answer, you'll have to do the same in your journal, putting me on the first place, completing the list with 15 other people. The idea of this is not to get a free feature, it is to spread art around for everyone.


1: :iconlonemaximal: Snooglies by lonemaximal Hellboy Coloured by lonemaximal FFX Ifrit by lonemaximal
2: :iconjack104:
3: :iconlady-of-ice-chaos: It's all about the whiskers by Lady-Of-Ice-Chaos Dance the Deadly Dance by Lady-Of-Ice-Chaos TFA DOGPILE by Lady-Of-Ice-Chaos
4: :iconatron: BW- Lets dance by atron Beamer and Atron by atron four mechs and a femme by atron
5: :iconcartoonfan18: :thumb193086020: :thumb172787559: OC: AJ Mechs by CartoonFan18
6: :iconzephra85: DA ID 003 by Zephra85 Fenrir and Lanx Sleeping by Zephra85 Sora and Kairi - Embrace by Zephra85
7: :iconcartoonfan18: Stupid Irken Boys by CartoonFan18 :thumb287929487: Siblings for Life by CartoonFan18
8: :iconlady-of-ice-chaos: TRADE: Fires Within"Hmmm..." The half rumble, half soft growl as the mech crossed his arms for a minute only to uncross them again. Instead the Musha Gundam rested his hands on the hilts of the two swords that were at his hips, this was just a more comfortable of a rest pose when in full armor.
The Musha was about the average size for a Gundam of his world, about six without his helm and the cresting antler like horns adorning it. He was as broad in the shoulders and chest as any of the former members of his warrior clan, his bloodline having always produced mechs for the front lines in any war or smaller battles.
His armor was that of his clan colors as well, mostly crimson and white colors with highlights of gold such as his antlers; and undertones of a gray-ish black under the main armor.
Bakunetsumaru sighed, sifting his weight from one foot to the other a few times before settling back into his semi-relaxed pose as he continued to scan for danger. It was his turn at sentry duty, and of course he got
RT Oh slag    ART TRADE by Lady-Of-Ice-Chaos Baby WIP by Lady-Of-Ice-Chaos
9: :iconcartoonfan18: Pervy Psyduck by CartoonFan18 :thumb279630954: Jack Skellington Cake 2 by CartoonFan18
10: :iconleathurkatt-tftiggy: Hypnotic Glance by Leathurkatt-TFTiggy Cordelia,jewelofthesea-colors by Leathurkatt-TFTiggy Infinite Fire of Life by Leathurkatt-TFTiggy
11: :iconladyseeker: Hey Ladies! by LadySeeker Prowl's room by LadySeeker Rafael by LadySeeker
12:
13:
14:
15:


Art Trade:
:iconjack104: Completed!
:iconwishmasterinrlyeh: Completed!
:iconmaeve104:

Requests/Gifts:
:iconjzlobo: Completed!

Collaborations:
:iconxenotechnophile:

Commissions:
From :iconcrimson-nemesis:
  • Listening to: &quot;Unda&quot; by Faun
  • Reading: through my novel
  • Watching: Kitchen Nightmares (US)
  • Playing: the role of an editor
  • Eating: Pepperoni pizza
  • Drinking: Cherry Dr. Pepper
Edit: The 19K Kiriban has been claimed. There's still the 20K Kiriban to come :)

Some of you may have noticed, others may have not, but I have been on a hiatus since last November. The reason? I did NaNoWriMo, and turns out I had an original story that I've been rolling strong with since then. It's been at the forefront of my mind that I haven't thought of anything else. I've even taken the serious step of getting my work critiqued by fellow writers over at Scribophile (If you haven't heard of it, I suggest you check it out if any of you are thinking to pursuing your own original stories).

I'm shooting for July to return to my Transformers fanworks, but that is only a tentative date at the moment. I will continue my Kiriban offerings, and will work on those with priority alongside my novel. For now, though, if anyone's interested in keeping up with my progress, you can track me over at my official author blog.

:D :D Check out my author blog >>>>>>>>> ashlitton.blogspot.com/ <<<<<<<<< Check out my author blog :D :D
  • Listening to: &quot;Rabbit Heart (Raise It Up)&quot;-Florence+Th
  • Reading: My novel
  • Watching: my attention narrow to my novel
  • Playing: with ideas for my novel
  • Eating: scraps of paper
  • Drinking: inkjet cartridges
Just announced, courtesy of David Sobolov:

"I have the REAL premiere date for Transformers Prime Season 3... March 22nd at 730pm on The Hub. Shockwave's first episode this season airs the week following - March 29th."
  • Listening to: &quot;DLZ&quot; by TV on the Radio
  • Reading: Game of Thrones
  • Watching: Lexx, season 1
  • Playing: the role of a very busy woman
  • Eating: Country Fried Steak
  • Drinking: Cherry Coke
For anyone who missed it, the latest TFP: Beast Hunters promo www.youtube.com/watch?v=Nd-NSy…
  • Listening to: &quot;DLZ&quot; by TV on the Radio
  • Reading: Game of Thrones
  • Watching: Lexx, season 1
  • Playing: the role of a very busy woman
  • Eating: Country Fried Steak
  • Drinking: Cherry Coke
Edit: Got home from work a little bit ago to check this. As of 4:45PM EST, it appears no one was able to catch the exact 18K screenshot. However, :iconlady-of-ice-chaos: was able to catch 18,013. I hereby declare her the winner of the 18K Kiriban. Note: In the future, if the exact number is missed, I will set a backup number to be declared at the time of the Kiriban. Anyway, congratulations to Icy for winning this round! :)

Oooh, less than 100 views until someone can claim the 18K Kiriban . . . I guess that's probably why my pageviews have lit up the past week. Good luck to whoever catches it!

Reminder of the rules:
For the next series of 1K pageviews (16K, 17K, 18K, 19K, and 20K), I'm offering up a prize of any Canon character (so long as there are enough reference pictures) of the individual winners' choosing. Note that this spans across any animated series: Transformers, Thundercats, MLP, random Japanese anime, whatever -- it's all up for grabs!

Prizes of black and white sketches will be awarded for kiribans 16K through 19K. But in the case of the 20K Kiriban, the winner will be rewarded with a completed lineart, with his or her choice of Photoshop colours or traditional pencils!


Don't forget to take a snapshot of the pageview in order to claim your prize :)
  • Listening to: &quot;DLZ&quot; by TV on the Radio
  • Reading: Game of Thrones
  • Watching: Lexx, season 1
  • Playing: the role of a very busy woman
  • Eating: Country Fried Steak
  • Drinking: Cherry Coke
Did a picture of mine get featured somewhere I'm not aware of? I've had two straight days of out-of-the-ordinary pageviews. I'm not complaining, but it's one of those random outliers that perks my interest :D
  • Listening to: &quot;Say it Right&quot; by Nelly Furtado
  • Reading: Game of Thrones
  • Watching: Lost Girl, Season 3
  • Playing: the role of a very busy woman
  • Eating: Hamburger
  • Drinking: Birch Beer
This time I was tagged by Leathurkatt. Hope these all show up, since I don't have a premium membership at the moment.

Rules:

Be one of the first 14 people commenting on this journal entry, and I will add you to the Featured List!

For each of the 14 first people answering this journal I will put his/her avatar and the three deviations I like most from his/her gallery on the list.

IMPORTANT: If you answer, you'll have to do the same in your journal, putting me on the first place, completing the list with 15 other people. The idea of this is not to get a free feature, it is to spread art around for everyone.


1: :iconlonemaximal: Snooglies by lonemaximal Hellboy Coloured by lonemaximal FFX Ifrit by lonemaximal
2: :iconjack104:
3: :iconlady-of-ice-chaos: It's all about the whiskers by Lady-Of-Ice-Chaos Dance the Deadly Dance by Lady-Of-Ice-Chaos TFA DOGPILE by Lady-Of-Ice-Chaos
4: :iconatron: BW- Lets dance by atron Beamer and Atron by atron four mechs and a femme by atron
5: :iconcartoonfan18: :thumb193086020: :thumb172787559: OC: AJ Mechs by CartoonFan18
6: :iconzephra85: DA ID 003 by Zephra85 Fenrir and Lanx Sleeping by Zephra85 Sora and Kairi - Embrace by Zephra85
7: :iconcartoonfan18: Stupid Irken Boys by CartoonFan18 :thumb287929487: Siblings for Life by CartoonFan18
8: :iconlady-of-ice-chaos: TRADE: Fires Within"Hmmm..." The half rumble, half soft growl as the mech crossed his arms for a minute only to uncross them again. Instead the Musha Gundam rested his hands on the hilts of the two swords that were at his hips, this was just a more comfortable of a rest pose when in full armor.
The Musha was about the average size for a Gundam of his world, about six without his helm and the cresting antler like horns adorning it. He was as broad in the shoulders and chest as any of the former members of his warrior clan, his bloodline having always produced mechs for the front lines in any war or smaller battles.
His armor was that of his clan colors as well, mostly crimson and white colors with highlights of gold such as his antlers; and undertones of a gray-ish black under the main armor.
Bakunetsumaru sighed, sifting his weight from one foot to the other a few times before settling back into his semi-relaxed pose as he continued to scan for danger. It was his turn at sentry duty, and of course he got
RT Oh slag    ART TRADE by Lady-Of-Ice-Chaos Baby WIP by Lady-Of-Ice-Chaos
9: :iconcartoonfan18: Pervy Psyduck by CartoonFan18 :thumb279630954: Jack Skellington Cake 2 by CartoonFan18
10: :iconleathurkatt-tftiggy: Hypnotic Glance by Leathurkatt-TFTiggy Cordelia,jewelofthesea-colors by Leathurkatt-TFTiggy Infinite Fire of Life by Leathurkatt-TFTiggy
11:
12:
13:
14:
15:


Art Trade:
:iconjack104: Completed!
:iconwishmasterinrlyeh: Completed!
:iconmaeve104:

Requests/Gifts:
:iconjzlobo: Completed!

Collaborations:
:iconxenotechnophile:

Commissions:
From :iconcrimson-nemesis:
  • Listening to: &quot;Monolithic Baby&quot; by Monster Magnet
  • Reading: Game of Thrones
  • Watching: Tsubasa: Resevoire Chronicle
  • Playing: the role of a very busy woman
  • Eating: Toasted ham and swiss sandwich
  • Drinking: Skim milk
I've been considering opening up sketch commissions (these would be unfinished, uncleaned sketches) for 5-point commissions. I know some people like to have their OCs drawn, so I'm checking if anyone is interested? If I get enough feedback for this, I'll open it up for 5-10 slots for sketches. :)
  • Listening to: &quot;Cold, Cold Night&quot; by The White Stripes
  • Reading: Game of Thrones
  • Watching: Psych, season 2
  • Playing: the role of a very busy woman
  • Eating: Kaleidoscope cookies
  • Drinking: Christmas punch
Taking a short break from the very hectic month of December to which everyone a wonderful holiday season! I hope you all are doing well, and if anyone has snow that doesn't want it, feel free to send it my way ;)
  • Listening to: &quot;Cold, Cold Night&quot; by The White Stripes
  • Reading: Game of Thrones
  • Watching: Psych, season 2
  • Playing: the role of a very busy woman
  • Eating: Kaleidoscope cookies
  • Drinking: Christmas punch