MOD: This is more or less to explain some of the mechanics, to make sure everything is clear.
First, there are 3 realms that will be dealt with: Not-Earth, Equestria, and Fallen.
Not-Earth is my way of saying it’s the closest thing to Earth without being Earth, i.e. I’m free to alter the world, though it will be fundamentally the same. Veil, Widgets, and Bits live here.
Equestria is Equestria. Vigil lives here. It should be self-explanatory.
Fallen is the world of fantasy, where Vigil and the Lich live.
I’m taking a minimalist approach to the writing- I want to avoid narration, and leave it to the reader to make logical inferences. That’s why it’s never stated exactly what Veil is doing, but it can be reasonably assumed that he is something similar to a reporter, performing research on a particular law in order to prevent its passage. Especially in the introductory phase, much, like the main cast’s relationships with the side characters, won’t be overtly stated (I’ll do my best to drop hints). Only when it would be logical to explain something will they explain something, in a situation like when the characters are introducing themselves. So, if it seems probable, that’s likely what I intended, and don’t be afraid to take it as correct, until it’s contradicted, of course.
Just because I’ve started Provenance doesn’t mean I’ll stop experimenting. In Widgets’ arc, I want to pay more attention to the subtleties, esp. in the backgrounds and speech of the characters. It’s also going to be at least one segment longer than Veil’s.
I’m splitting up the panels into separate images since it’s easier to fit things in, and there will probably still be art experimentation.
One last note, there will probably be breaks between these short arcs to answer questions or whatever else would fill the gap.
Here, I will post about life and other modly things.
If you ever want to talk specifically to me, go ahead! I’ll answer questions, I’ll finally start reblogging things, especially things I should’ve been reblogging from the beginning, offer a few musings, maybe review a few things, a bit of behind the scenes, WIPs, news, etc. I could even give advice, and if I can’t answer it, I could refer you to someone who can.
I don’t expect it to be a significant thing, but hey, that’s the nature of mod blogs.
A Mormon missionary- usually clean cut young men, walking or biking about. Frequently seen going door to door. Often found to be annoying.
Why would I want to talk about them? Simply this: they represent the fulfillment of my very paradigm and beliefs.
As an explanation, here is what each one does: they leave wherever they live for two years, to which they devote to teaching people about the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints (the proper name of the Mormon Church). Many have the extra burden of learning an entirely new language within 8 weeks, as well as memorizing over 100 pages of text in said language (far less time if they are speaking their native language).
It comes down to 2 years of service- abandoning personal wishes for the betterment of others, not because it’s convenient, not because it’s lucrative, but because they wish to share knowledge, their beliefs. Many give up scholarships, leave girlfriends. Most pay for it out of their own pocket. Some have even sacrificed multimillion dollar contracts, just to serve people they don’t even know.
That is the pinnacle of charity, of selfless service. It does not matter if you hold the same beliefs as they- the principle holds that they are so beholden of knowledge, they will fling themselves to wild corners of the Earth for the chance to share it. (Wild doesn’t begin to describe it- drunks have an infamous obsession with missionaries, many live through hurricanes, earthquakes, and other such disasters, and there is the whole problem of moving from a first world nation to a 3rd world country, with the political ugliness and poverty thus associated). Knowledge is a valuable asset, and its spread in any form is a pearl of great price.
So, if a Mormon missionary comes to your doorstep, before getting irritable and slamming the door in their face, just remember what it means for them to be their at all.
In other news, I’m almost finished with the Veil introductory arc of Provenance (it’s amazing what you can do in a day with minimal procrastination). I need to do a bit more revision, and the 3rd one needs a bit more to be actually complete. I can make the 4th one fairly quickly, and the Provenance introduction will be complete. And truth be told, I actually think the art is looking pretty good. Expect release to begin tomorrow.
Since Aellos, my brother, is moving out Thursday, my own capacity to provide tablet art is going to be questionable. One reason- we’ll all be out of the house, so I likely won’t have access to a computer with the tablet driver installed. Second, I’m switching to a new computer as the primary target, so while it’s getting set up, it might be a tad shaky.
I’ll use the time to practice sketching. Hopefully I’ll be able to scan still and get some new sketches out.
Probably going to do a stream later today, if nothing gets in the way. Something like a doodle-request stream thing. Since school ended, I haven’t had any assignments to draw on.
Also, thanks for all the support, all y’all are fantastic!
And thanks to my 9 new followers! I’ll do another follower post in 10 or so, depending on the dy/dx (or for non-calculus nerds, how fast it changes). (Though it probably won’t be so long and thereby dashboard eating).
For those who are newly following, because I know that this blog is confusing at the moment (emphasis for the key points):
First, there are 6 cast members, who have one definitive association:
I also doodle sometimes, especially for followers, and write opinions.
But beyond the basics:
The crux of the problem, with the massive disorganization, is that, for the past few weeks, I have been in the depths of finals (and before that enough extracurricular classes to consume my time). I haven’t been able to establish linearity in the blog yet- the characters are loosely established, but there relationships and the mutual world where pony, stickman, and sorcerer meet (I’m honestly surprised no one has mentioned the oddity of that, yet). I’ve avoided reblogging and whatnot to avoid exacerbating the randomness.
So, the important point is- I should be able to build a coherent blog from here, or at least within the next few weeks. At the very least, I’ll start using tags to greater effect, to differentiate the different points. That is, if I choose to stick to one blog, as is probable.
Sorry for the inconvenience of the past few weeks, and the fact that it is pretty difficult to keep straight at the moment. Thank you for sticking with me, followers, and I hope I’ll make it up to you by making this blog what it should properly be.
So I’ve been thinking. Would it be advantageous to create separate blogs for the cast? So that people can pick and choose the parts they care about? One for Peponi, one for Lich, I’d probably put Widgets and Vigil together, as well as Bits and Veil, and this blog would be the focal point, for interactions between blogs. I’d try to keep up the daily post thing, but you’d only see that if they were all followed. It could help me focus on developing each character individually, instead of having the whole cast to deal with.
Logistically, it seems good, but it seems a rigmarole, and I hardly want to bother my followers by forcing them to follow a gaggle of new blogs. At default, the system will run as is.