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Well, for one thing, I've been spending a large amount of time working on THIS with the great Wanderer D. It's a collaboration we've had in the works for a while now, and it's really cool to see part one of it up. I know it's not an update, but it's pretty close since the events in the story are canon to the BTtM universe, taking place in the large chunk of time where the castle was being worked on.
Now, as to the updates for BTtM directly, most of that time has been going into looking for a job. To say it's slim pickings is to put it lightly, especially with an art degree and no experience. I confess, I sank into a slump of depression for over three months and didn't work on any projects at all, just worked on finding a job, to no avail. Now, however (partially because of the collaboration I was involved in) I've sort of gotten back into the rhythm of writing, and I might actually get a job editing (of all things). So, given that, I should be working on updates more soonishly.
ALSO, I went to BABScon most recently, and had the joy of meeting and getting a shirt signed by Tara Strong. I also met Pen Stroke in line, by chance, and I completely refrained (I think) from mentioning that Past Sins (which he was holding a hardcover of) was one of the stories that started me writing pony fan-fiction. I heard there was a lot of drama around BABScon, but honestly I had a wonderful time and none of it managed to find me, not even in the room parties with open bars. It really helped me reconnect with the community, which was something I was really lacking, living as far out from civilization (relatively speaking) as I do. Sadly, I didn't get much time to draw or write, as the whole con was pretty crammed together, timing wise, but I really enjoyed myself all the same.
But now that I'm back, I'm getting back into the swing of updates, working on stuff, gettin' applications out, and other such things. Definitely check out the collaboration, Wanderer D and I spent a lot of time on it, along with all the editors and proofreaders that helped keep things beautifully consistent.
Oh yeah, side-note: I'm actually in the footage of the Read it and Weep panel from BABScon, at the 1:17:03 mark, but the whole thing's really cool and a lot of fun. And yes, as you may have guessed from my wobbling I might have been drinking a bit, and the sound quality is kind of poor due to the chest-vibrating bass rumbling from the dance across the hall.
50w, 2dSo about them updates...4 comments · 229 views
No, I'm not dead, and neither is Backwards Through the Mirror. However, some very troubling things have happened of late, and I've had little time or energy to work on writing.
Most notably, my fiancee's grandfather died. He was 91, a WW2 veteran and Pearl Harbor Survivor, but he was still important to her life and I've taken some time off to make sure she was alright. He was a good man, and it's been a week or so since the funeral, but shortly after he died, my cat was diagnosed with cancer.
Yes, cancer. More particularly a Spindle Cell Tumor, which sends insidious, invisible roots out into surrounding cells to convert them quietly to its deadly cause. It tends to cause an infected lesion over the tumor site, and it's also very resilient against drugs and radiation, so the only answer, sadly, is amputation. Fortunately cats adapt well to being a tripod, but making sure she eats and drinks and is as happy as she can be with a Cone of Shame about her head is taking up all of my time.
Still, later today she'll be a leg short, and it's been very hard all around as everyone in my house deals with the reality of the situation. So I apologize for being late on updates, but it's been a dark, trying time, and I beg your patience as I work on updating and beginning the descent into the final arc of the story.
73w, 4dGraduated!10 comments · 212 views
As of May 25th, 2013, I have officially graduated with my BA: Art, Concentration in Studio Practice, Preparation for Teaching. It's been seven years in the making, and a great deal has altered in my life since I first arrived on my campus. I met my first boyfriend there, my first girlfriend, established an unsavory reputation and then rose above it. I met the girl I'm going to marry there, and friends I will have for a lifetime, but most importantly I discovered my love for teaching in my time at the university. That love, along with the love of my beautiful fiancée and my love of creation, has become my driving force, and they will continue to propel me onward in life, well beyond college and into the so-called 'real world'.
Given that it's Sunday at the moment, I have only just stopped partying, and I shall be working on updating as soon as possible now that finals are a non-issue. I want to thank everypony who's been so patient with Backwards Through the Mirror, and I want to tell you all that not only will I continue writing updates and new stories, but I intend to start on a novel at some point in the future, and who knows! I might even be published!
89w, 5dGuess who's a silly pony.4 comments · 280 views
So you know that next chapter of BTtM I kept promising? Well, I went and convinced myself I'd posted it five days ago, and I was all bummed that no one was commenting. Then I went and looked at my page, to poke at it and check for any comments I may have missed, or stray up-votes... And lo and behold, I went and forgot to post the silly thing!
So it's gotten a bit longer, and I've reworked it a fair bit, but the new chapter should be posted sometime this weekend. And it should have slightly better grammar as a result of my ridiculousness.
Probably not Saturday though, since it's my birthday today, and I should have a party this weekend. :3
Oh and for those of you who kept up with this before: My mother's brain surgery went very well. She's sporting the 'stapled skull' look, but is cheerful in between headaches. Gods willing, she'll have it properly calibrated next week and her Parkinson's Disease will be well under control for a few years.
92w, 5dSo I just noticed...3 comments · 214 views
The bulk of the referrals for BTtM (thank you whoever started using that acronym), come from facebook, but I've got no idea why. I don't have a facebook page, so it's next to impossible for me to figure out which page they came from, but like over 100 of them are from some facebook page.
I don't mind of course, but I'm maddeningly curious as to who was so successfully plugging my story over facebook. The other referrals, of course, are Google and Yahoo, but it's been bothering my curiosity.