03 January 2011 @ 02:30 pm

After losing her parents at a young age, Nikaya was adopted by her mother's people and raised in ignorance of her past. Now, on the cusp of adulthood, her world is tossed asunder when she and her "twin" sister, Nefertiri, are sent to a far away tribe as a part of their schooling. There, the two become embroiled the midst of a land war when the other half of Nikaya's heritage comes to claim what they feel is rightfully theirs.


Yes, I finally got this up and thought--Hey! Why not spam my f-list with it? XD Srsly, though, I'm not going to do this every week, I promise.  I have an LJ comm for that ;D.  This is the reason why I've dropped off the face of the planet, though, and why I may not be back for awhile. XD I need something more interesting to blog about.

Careful! Clicking the banner goes to the website.


18 October 2010 @ 09:45 am
I have never in my life had any more problems with a webhost than I have had with Network Solutions. It bothers me that they go out of their way to make their back end as confusing as possible for anyone who doesn't want to use their "build it with us" javascript tool of bullshittery. I know how to write valid markup, thank you. I understand DNS configurations, and website troubleshooting, and even some basic code. I do not need someone to walk my hand through the set up and maintenance of a site.

So tell me why, then, have I had to contact your customer service three times in as many days about various issues with your service? A tiny little website like ours should not be getting 405, 403, and 404 errors every five minutes. And I haven't even mentioned the hellstorm I had to go through to get a properly re-writable wordpress installed. GoDaddy doesn't do this, and they've hosted our other sites for years. Dreamhost, my personal choice, has NEVER done this to me in the two and a half years I've been with them. Hell, I have never even seen Yahoo!Geocities do this, back when it was still running.

This is pathetic, Network Solutions, and I will never recommend you to anyone.


OK, ranting over with. In other news, I have started yet another project. Yes, yes, I know, please don't kill me. XD; This one will update sporadically and, quite frankly, has no script. I do have an idea where I'm going with it, though. It's more or less an experiment, at this point, in both style and writing. I'm wondering if I can just do this, pulling a story out of my arse, without over worrying myself about the tiny little details. Will it still be interesting?
The project is called Endangered, and it's about a trio of "magics" (that is, otherworldly magical creatures) attempting to survive in a world dead set on exterminating them. In a way, it's a reactionary peace to all of the "child finds out he/she is a part of a magical subculture" kids books which have been popular here lately, in that one of the main characters is an eleven-year-old orphan named Annie (yes, on purpose), who is just finding about what she was born into. But in this world, things are not sunshine and happiness, and good magical times at the expense of those silly, unwitting, and totally helpless "mundanes." Showing your ass to a regular human will get you killed, or severely maimed... as Annie will learn soon enough.

Probably not the most original thing on the planet, but hell--I'm having fun with it. Eventually I might even get to the conversation that sparked it all. XD If I ever get up to ten or so pages, I might make a SmackJeeves for it or something.

07 October 2010 @ 09:46 am
After much debating with myself, I realized that I really do need to open commissions again... and in a much less confusing manner. Since I've begun Job #2 my drawing has been picking up in speed again, so I don't think there's any more risk of delays. Anyway, I'll be taking commissions in a queue of five -- if/when the slots fill up, I'll close, and then open them again when I'm done with all five. If everything goes according to plan, I should be able to knock out that much over a weekend.

Some Examples:

Links go to my deviantArt page

Pricing Info )

1.  Rose
2.  Lincard

Questions? Comments? Post away!


10 September 2010 @ 08:37 pm
So, just canceled my auto renew subscription over at LJ.  It's kind of a big step, and very strange since I've had it so long.  What clinched that decision was that I realized DW is actually cheaper when it comes to features I'd been paying for.  Yes, I know my LJ f-List is probably sick of hearing about this shit now--but it is.  Only by a dollar less, but cheaper is still cheaper. Now I gotta start resorting my icon collection...


09 September 2010 @ 01:56 pm

This week has been blessedly short. There's something about a Monday off which always seems to make the week go by faster, no matter what it brings otherwise. On life's agenda for this week: customers who can't pay their bills, teenagers who party all too frequently for my old-lady tastes, my father's inability to deal with artistic nudity (which leads me to wonder how he would feel about my art, were to ever show him a meaningful example of it), another bout of insomnia, and nightmares about Sarah Palin.

The first thing is far too common to really go into, but I will make a note that I find it humorous, annoying, and generally unsettling the amount of people who seemingly cannot process the concept of "we cannot sell you further products until you pay for that which you've already 'bought.'"

Despite my fetus-status (in-joke nickname from a group I belong to, for those who just friended me), I often find myself reminded of just how much an "old lady" I am in thought; nothing does this more than the (mis)adventures of the Kid. (As a short recap for the new people on my f-list(s), I currently rent living space from my second-cousin, J, who is my mother's age. J has two children of her own, L (a college student only three years my younger), and the Kid, who is a fifteen-year-old pest hell-bent on driving us all bonkers. )

In which I rant about those damn kids on my lawn. )

In which my dad is a four-year-old. )

In the end it was a pleasant few hours, and then they left and I spent the rest of the day hermiting as always. Good times, good times. In fact, I got so much sleep on Monday night that it almost makes up for the two days of insomnia that followed. What I didn't expect, though, was to dream about Sarah Palin.

Really, brain? Sometimes I think you hate me. Involved in the dream, what I can remember of it, was a margarita machine my company was installing in her house (which actually is what our company does, just not in Alaska), my delivering her cake and ice cream, and her being a generally nice, wholesome person, wherein "wholesome" is not a veiled insult for "fundy." The entire time, the back of my mind was screaming that it was a trap.

Which it probably was, but I thankfully woke up before she either turned me into stone or shoved me into an oven.

26 August 2010 @ 11:46 am
I'm so embarrassed by how long it took me to accurately complete this: http://www.rethinkingschools.org/just_fun/games/mapgame.html ; it's a fun and awesome learning tool, though, for the geographically challenged. XD
This week, I have actually been sleeping.  Yes, that is strange for me. 

Rambling about sleeping schedules and Wacom tablets )

I'm still pressing for a December/January release of the comic... though a part of me is screaming that that's going to fly by sooner than I think.  We'll see, brain. We'll see.

Also, thank you to D for linking me this song. It is appropriate:


Mixed feelings have made it hard to know how to handle this situation. Part of you is ready to overlook the problem, and the rest of you thinks that you need to do something about it. It’s not clear what actually needs to happen, but it appears as if it’s one of those things that will resolve itself better if you stop trying to correct it. Some things work themselves out. This situation is not anything you can control. If the idea of doing something about it is more appealing to you, the best you can do is keep abreast of your own issues and make sure you’re on top of yourself.
~Cal Garrison

28 July 2010 @ 09:47 am
Two days in a row. Fun.

The Kid has been throwing parties again. 

This time, his mother knows about them. Which is, I suppose, an improvement of sorts.  It does not stop the fact that she's allowing him to throw these backyard "raves" on weeknights.  Nor does it negate that she's allowing her fourteen-year-old to have over twenty-something-year-old "friends" with alcohol involved.  I suppose I can understand the  "he's going to do it anyway, it may as well go on under my roof" philosophy. Except that that philosophy should be tempered with "under supervision," of which there was none.  Save the drunk twenty-somethings. Because they're good examples.

Apparently, I am also the only person in the house who has a problem with this.  I wouldn't, actually, if they didn't sit outside my bedroom door yammering at two-thirty in the gorram morning.  Once was a simple mistake. This time, I said something.  When I get home from work, I'm taking it up with him and his mother again, in a more reasonable fashion.

I really don't mind this going on during the weekends, but good gods, I have to work during the week. =.=


The things that make you unique have more to do with the way you respond to life than they do with whatever you’re doing outwardly. You may not realize it but it’s your feelings and your ability to care that generates every bit of goodness that comes to you. Knowing this may make it easier for you to understand that you will only feel qualified for what you’re about to take on when you erase any thought that says you might not be good enough. The extent to which you are able to recognize and value your self will be what determines how things go from here.
~Cal Garrison

...and we're back to creepily reassuring. o.O
01 May 2010 @ 11:43 am

As I kinda dropped the ball on the comic updates (one later tonight, i swears) here's a bit of scribble spam.

Past vs Present - Nikaya by =subomouse on deviantART

Past vs Present - Nefertiri by =subomouse on deviantART

Icon Meme )