If you’ve noticed that I’ve been away from the blog for a few days, I have a couple of things to say to you:
- You must be my readership.¬† Tell me who you are so I can cater to you.
- There are two reasons why this has happened:
- A repeated failure of my Writer’s Quest
- Working on a few sporadic projects.
I think in life I draw inspiration from what other people around me are doing.¬† If you are ever down in the dumps about a project of some description, find some people that are doing the same sort of thing and find out what they’re working on.¬† I know that whenever I’ve been to the UK Web and Mini Comix thing that’s held each year, I come back geared up to work on comics after seeing all the weird and wonderful (and sometimes poor, but still inspiring) things that people have created in their spare time.
I recently represented myself as somebody who likes making things.¬† I don’t think this is strictly accurate.¬† I’m somebody who likes the feeling of having made something.¬† The actual process I find frustrating, but I’m willing to go through it if I see someone else doing something that I think I’d enjoy doing too.¬† Some might say this displays a lack of imagination, but I prefer to think of it as a short attention span.
The project that I have finally got around to starting is something that’s been stuck in my head for several months.¬† Allow me to introduce you to Snakral.
Snakral is the protagonist of a comic that I’m working on called “Paladin”, about a young adult goblin who wants to rebel against the tradition of his species and train to be a knight protector of the realm, despite being rather weedy even by goblin standards.
Once I’ve finished a substantial amount, I’ll make it available in some way.
A friend of mine offered me some advice with this, namely to “not make it like Warcraft”, which was never the intention, despite my desire to start a comic about goblins and paladins whilst in the throes of online-game-addiction, but I am taking a page from the book of Warcraft developers Blizzard by saying this will be done when it’s done.¬† In other words, don’t hold your breath for new comics (which I hope nobody has done for my comics in the past anyway: I just wouldn’t want that on my conscience) as I have no idea how long this will take me to fully flesh out.¬† I’ve decided to take a much more ordered approach to this comic than my previous efforts with the Student Squad, which is very much a “ready, fire, aim” approach, without so much of the aim part, or if I’m being honest, the ready part.
Is it a bad sign that I really struggled to spell conscience?
To the top right, in the button marked with an X is the emergency exit.¬† Beneath that, to the right, past the various archive and category gubbins, you will notice a selection of links to some other sites.¬† Just so these don’t look utterly random or pointless, let me point out the more important ones.
Run by a good friend of mine and his business partner, Cathelius Games is the website of an independent game development studio.¬† They also run Red Tower Games and Rosamund’s Bower, a flash game portal and a patience game portal respectively.¬† It’s an odd quirk of the modern age that computer gaming has become so ridiculously advanced as to broach close to realism at times, yet the most addictive time sinks appear to be arcade-like games and digital patience.
This is the incredibly-readable-science blog of another one of my friends that I strongly recommend.¬† Some how the posts are constructed in a way that is accessible, technical, solid and non-patronizing.¬† The blogger is also a highly talented artist to the point that it makes me go quietly green with envy (not that green is a particularly noisy colour).
This is one of my other sites that I’ve been updating on and off for the last…*counts fingers*…four years.¬† There is nowhere near enough content to support the theory that it’s been going for that long, and the site has taken on many different guises over the years.¬† It is currently undergoing a new transformation and a new site is somewhat under construction.¬† As way of warning, these comics are purely a hobby and as such have no strict updating policy.
This little WordPress experiment ate a morning and spat some of it back out again in the process.
What we have learnt today:
The Chaotic Tortoise does not like widgets.
The Chaotic Tortoise is somewhat undecided on plugins.
The Chaotic Tortoise feasts on time.