Hello once again, yes I am indeed still alive! Don't stop sending the nonexistent checks in the mail! Been a bit busy, so I haven't updated for a while. I went to NYC Comic Con and had a blast last month, and yes, I will be uploading pictures after I get through fiddling with some things on them. I got so wrapped up at work with preparing for the holiday season and then fixing everything that got fouled up while I was on vacation that I forgot to update Tea-Time and Tension a second time last month. Oh noes! ... I'll do three this month, don't worry, all you two readers out there.
Life with Pricks is still infrequently updated, but I'll most likely be uploading a few holiday recipes there this month and next for the holiday seasons. FARAD is going well, I revamped the ability creation system (though it needs a better graphical representation later) and am working on some of The Atlas of Avende stuff, as well as other details such as refining the item crafting system a little further thanks to some feedback during playtesting, adding more to the lore, and adding THREE
new playable species: The Gargoyles (stronger than the Draconis Dragon-Kin but only able to glide instead of fly, very durable, and generally not that intelligent), The Gnomes (smaller than Gitwerg or Goblins, but very skillful diggers and builders, as well as being attuned to nature more), and The Reynix (a trickster humanoid fox species with bonuses to magic or psionic abilities primarily). At this present moment the core system mechanics are all in place (though many are being refined), though not all uploaded to the blog. Posts will continue until it is ready for Kickstarter at a pace of one per week, but even that is only a fraction of what the finished result will be. If you want to help contribute in any way to Cracked Sky Game's work on the project, or any other project, feel free to drop me a line! We need as many individuals as are interested as possible to make FARAD and other projects as incredible as we intend and yes, we do plan to share monetary gains proportional to assistance given.
If you didn't know already, my 3 blogs are are as follows:m-r-maloney.blogspot.com
<-- Tea-Time and Tension, my general writing blog, where I discuss tropes, upload some samples of my work, discuss various writing professions and the market, and talk about such things as inspirations and the writing process. The most recent post is "Tropes: The MiniBoss", in which I talk about an obvious subject which is very useful in fiction, especially in 'The Hero's Journey' sort of works... lifewithpricks.blogspot.com
<-- Life with Pricks, where I write about my life, both dealing with my diabetes and other concerns. This is the one Ignorance and Insanity is merging into. The most recent post is "Sugars, Substitutes and Baking", which deals with some of the concerns for those wanting to make 'diabetic' or 'low-carb' friendly baked goods, and the potential downsides of various sugar substitutes beyond just taste.faradsystem.blogspot.com/
<-- The FARAD System dev blog, where I upload my progress on the RPG System Cracked Sky Studios and I am working on. The most recent post is about how the ability creation system works presently. Give it a read, but you might want to start at the beginning to get a feel for the scope of the project. In case you do read it and are interested, yes, I am the only person currently working on it regularly (with some occasional input from friends playtesting it) and yes, I would love to have more people on the project if you'd like to offer aid in discussion, writing (mostly more flora, fauna, various items, various abilities, or proposals for new mechanics) for the system itself, writing stories built around the system, illustrative concepts, and more!
Aside from that, expect more Bloodstone Manor scripts to keep popping up in my galleries, more favorites of pieces of those and other story characters that I've requested or commissioned of others, and perhaps other works. All of them, and my blog posts, I would love to have any comments or critiques on, either on the pieces themselves or via notes.
As some may know, I had entered the
"I Am..." contest a while back, and though I didn't win anything, I did offer some prizes to the winners, and did have a lot of fun regardless. That said... Winners! Your names and prize levels are listed here! 1st Place
With 17 votes...MisDmeanor
nothing absurd, or obscure,
silent and distant sure,
but never a trace in the blur..
Thriving in depths of the mind
Energized by the comfort
that only silence finds..
Not "shy" or antisocial,
lonesome or woeful..
In tune with my emotions,
I don't lack sociality,
nor live in depravity..
Devotion that never deviates,
an unquestioning Zen state,
that alone I satiate..
Recharging in my quiet place,
to gain strength for the next
...Face to Face...
Truly, there are not words
for just how much that takes..
Some call me strange,
still I pick my battles,
the way some pick their stage..
Life is a journey, not a game
and at the end of the day
we all get there in our own way
Don't mistake my absent nature,
for pain, or disdain
...I'm not insane...
Introversion is simply who I am
Excellent job! There's a lot of great imagery and subtly shifting pace here that really sets the mood, as well as choice use of hard and soft rhymes without sacrificing the flow. It doesn't become too tied up in one rhyme scheme or another partway and failing to follow through, but instead gives hints, teases, soft whispers of wispy structure without detracting from the emotion. In addition to the prizes from everyone else, from me you get: A llama, journal feature, one critique and a short request of their choosing (set within my RPG System (The FARAD System)
to be included on the system dev blog, my dA page, and eventually in the core book set and potential computer game if that ends up happening later down the road).
Llama and Journal Feature are sent! Contact me to claim your other prizes! 2nd Place
With 14 votes...momoVSworld
with I am...
Superb job! You capture the spirit of the contest wonderfully, sharing your 'adorkable' side (as some might call it) and all those nuances which make one person unique and special. It flows well and hints at more than what is presented. From me you get a llama, journal feature and one critique of your choosing. Llama and Journal Feature are sent! Contact me to claim your critique! 3rd Place
With 9 votes...Milk-and-Pie
with Endless Tales
Wonderful job! A good mix of metaphors and details that allude to more than simple symbolic cliché
, the poet truly works beyond labels to share a sample of who they are. Another wonderful piece by the same author is here: Don't Fall In Love With A Writer
. Read it and you'll see why it got a Daily Deviation! From me you get a llama, journal feature and one critique of your choosing. Llama and Journal Feature are sent! Contact me to claim your critique! 4th Place
With 7 votes...xXI-Feel-InfiniteXx
with Cognito ergo sum
Great job! This superb piece ties to the theme greatly, with the title "Cognito ergo sum", Latin for "I think, therefor I am", really coming across strongly as the poet weaves various thoughts together in a simple but elegant structure I've rarely seen utilized effectively in dA. From me you get a llama, journal feature, both of which are sent! 5th Place
With 6 votes...kmills95
with i am.
i am.i am a fragile frame,
shards of a being pieced together
by countless cups of coffee and innumerable secrets.
i am a tragedy,
a disaster in the making.
a beauty, a writer, musician,
i am an empath,
a broken soul behind a mask:
a laugh or a smile,
bracelets, long sleeves,
cigarettes and eyeliner.
i am broken,
stitched together by scars and flaws.
sharpie drawings and words thrust onto a page.
bleeding just to feel alive,
tearing apart at the seams.
i am alive,
tortured, screaming, real and raw.
a self-destructive teenager
searching for the light.
i am a ghost,
haunting my own life.
a lost soul
wandering throughout the halls,
invisible, unheard, and alone.
i am a lover,
a fighter, a dreamer.
a soldier in the fight against myself.
a monster and a freak.
i am a fragile frame,
shards of a being pieced together
by countless cups of coffee and innumerable secrets.
Good job! This piece really speaks to the frailty of the poet and of human life in general through metaphors and structure that echos throughout the piece, and throughout the reader's mind. From me you get a llama, journal feature, both of which are sent!First Taste Double-Theme Art Contest!!
I've joined the First Taste group and it looks like fun! Also, it is running a contest currently! Details on the contest are linked above!
I'm also joining the Secret Santa 2014 initiative! Check out the group for more details!
Additionally, for those that didn't read my last journal and still didn't yet know: I got a promotion at the end of August, a raise from that, my yearly raise, and now an additional raise unique to our particular store due to how well our store is specifically doing and incentive for me and others in several brackets to stay at our store in particular. Yay! Between the three raises (even if I didn't get a yearly raise next year as well, no overtime, and got none of the potential quarterly bonuses) I expect to be able to get a home mortgage in about a year and a half to two years without having to trim back on my 401k or other savings plans, if nothing untoward occurs. Fingers crossed, but I'm feeling good about the future in general.
Well, that's all my news for now, so until later, catch you all on the flipside!