“Base to O’Shea. How’s it lookin’ out there?” The radio on her belt crackled, prompting her to pause and pull the thing off her belt.
Dragons Like Jelly Tarts too
Did a bit of a test stream and just doodled today, getting myself back into the habit and rolling out content instead of spending weeks debating it. Doing it all for me again will take some work but I am determined to make this work.
The Dragon - Flash Fiction
“Jason! Come on, where are you?” Hector hissed, trying to keep his voice down while also calling out from his partner. The floorboards creaked and groaned under each of his heavy steps. The mansion was dark and old, but well-kept by whomever occupied it. Jason had been confident that this job would be easy; robbing an old rich man who had more wealth then he’d ever use.
Things were going well until Hector had lost track of Jason.
He heard something up on the second floor, hoping it was Jason. The carpeting on the stairs muffled the footfalls of his boots. Upon arrival, Hector found himself looking down an ominous dark hallway, one of the doors on the far right slightly ajar. Swallowing nervously, he cautiously crept down to the door and listened, hearing clumsy movement inside. The rusted hinges squeezed as Hector nudged the door open wider, alerting whoever was inside the room. To his relief, it was Jason.
“Jesus man! You scared me!” Jason snapped at him angrily, fumbling with the object he had in his hands; a large porcelain vase. “Dude, this geezer is loaded! Best score yet!”
“Keep your voice down!” Hector retorted in a hasty whisper, glancing back at the door he had just come through. “C’mon, we’re supposed to be grabbing cash and jewels, not… pottery.”
Jason put the vase back where he found it and they both left the room, as it was only filled with valuable and old pottery and statues, stuff they couldn’t carry easily back to the van waiting outside. There was no system to their search but their quest finally led them to the master bedroom.
“Ain’t no one here.” Jason whispered after peeking inside.
“You sure?” Hector replied nervously.
Together, they slipped inside the master bedroom and found exactly what they were looking for. Jason let out an excited low whistle as he grabbed fistfulls of jewelry from a display box, the lid not even locked.
“It’s not even locked or alarmed dude! Told you this was an easy score!” Jason said excitedly, his voice no longer at a whisper.
“Keep it down you idiot!” Hector chastised him with a sharp hiss between his teeth. “Just grab what you can and lets get out of here.”
Stuffing their pockets and bag with whatever jewelry and cash they found lying around in the room, Hector and Jason slipped back out and headed for the stairs. Their exit was was the way they had come in; a window they had forced open in the kitchen. However, they saw a light in the kitchen, a shadow crossing over the threshold belonging to a young woman draped in a silken dress.
There was a brief moment of silence as they stared at each other and then she screamed in alarm, dropping the bottle of wine and pair of glasses she had in hand. A beastial roar shook the house and in terror, the pair of home invaders fled, shoving the woman aside and breaking the window they had slipped through in their haste. The engine of their escape car roared and the wheels spun in the dirt before finding traction and taking off down the pitch-black road. Hector had his foot on the gas, face as pale as a sheet while Jason was clinging tightly his chair, sweating.
“That was clos--” Jason started to laugh and then the world suddenly spun as the van was suddenly launched off the road by a massive impact to the driver side. Consciousness returned to Hector slowly, the world upside down and heat licking at his cheeks from the flames surrounding him. Fear and adrenaline kicked in at the same time and the moment he moved, sharp pain laced up his right leg. Hector realized he was trapped in the car and that it had flipped and crumpled, a massive piece of metal pierced straight through his femur. Jason was gone from the driver seat and the flames were growing. He shouted desperately for salvation, forgetting they were out in the middle of nowhere, dozens of miles from the nearest town, from help.
Suddenly, the wreckage was ripped apart and Hector was dragged out onto the dirt, blood gushing from around the shrapnel lodged in his leg. Panting in agony, he looks up to thank his captor, only to be met with the sight of a naked man. His hair and beard were trimmed neatly and peppered with grey and white hairs yet he had the body of an athletic twenty year-old. “T-thank you sir!” Hector choked, the pain agonizing as he tried not to move, choking on the thick smoke billowing from the wrecked vehicle.
A nictitating eyelid flashed over the man’s smoldering eyes and all Hector saw in the next moments was flames
So I've given it some thought and I realize I should really just be putting stuff out there. The flash fictions and Steel Against Scales will be fully public releases and there are just some smaller benefit to being a supporter for the moment. I'll increase the perks as things roll forward.
Weekly Flash Fictions - Super short stories (no more than 2,000 words). These will be available on pretty much every platform I can think of.
Steel Against Scales - Erotica comic. Currently reworking, so keep an eye out for WIP posts. Those will be supporter exclusive by the comic will be public. Supports will have access to a higher rez version of the comic.
My focus, for the time being, is just getting stuff done, putting stuff out there, and having fun again.
I know I've been gone for awhile. Last week, my computer died and I just recently got back my new, upgraded rig. I also have been really struggling with my depression and anxiety and just not been making myself do work but now that I have a reliable station back and with certain personal things becoming more important, I realize I really need to get back on this.
So a few projects I am currently working on, much smaller scale then most of the things I have attempted thus far.
Flash Fictions [Supporter Exclusive] - Weekly, I'll be putting out a new flash fiction (short story, no more than 2000 words) for you guys to read. The first one is available in the rewards folder already but I'll also be posting them here and Patreon.
Erotica Comic: Steel Against Scales [Supporter Exclusive] - I've gone back to the drawing board with this project, including an entire rewrite of the script. There will be more steady progress updates
Streaming - I'll be back to doing art streams, about once a week. I will make an announcement a few hours before it starts, as my schedule is very erratic so I, currently, can't have a set day. Am working on it though.
Subscriber Rewards [Supporter Exclusive] - Reward badges are finally coming, as my supports deserve some actual content that I haven't been making
Not Doing So Good
I apologize for my long absence and lack of content the past few months. I haven't been doing so well physically and mentally. My doctor has modified my anti-anxiety medication and adjusting to that but I'm still having difficulties functioning most days when I'm not at work (i have a different mentality when I go to my day job). I also don't have much energy because of said job as we've gotten busier so I'm working a lot more.
I plan to have something soon, as I have been shuffling ideas around that are easier and faster to put out without bogging myself down with massive projects.
I still haven't been doing great but am trying to stay in practice. My figure work leaves a lot to be desired so working on fixing that. You'll see more of these posts pop up every few days... I am trying to do these daily.
I am trying to organize myself to push content out again. Anxiety is just... eating at my will right now.
The vacation was a much needed break and I'm also back on my anti-depressant/anxiety meds finally so... things are looking a bit more hopeful. I worked out some new short-term and long term plans because I haven't really produced content with any kind of consistency and I need to try harder to change that.
The supporter badges for Patreon & SubscribeStar will be drafted and available over the next week, as it's a promised reward for you guys that I've been slacking on. I'll also have badges for my social media accounts as well once they are released.
The first batch of my Quetzal adoptables will be available starting March 9th. I'm finishing the template tomorrow.
YCH (Your Character Here) Templates for tabletop games like D&D, Pathfinder, and Starfinder. They'll be based on various classes.
I've also gone back to working on my fan-fiction stuff to get through my writers block. I have been in the process of refining my Mass Effect retelling, which subscribers will find in the reward repository. You guys will also start seeing drafts and WIP for the first 5 pages and new cover for the Steel Against Scales reboot.
As of today, I am on vacation. I did finish the subscriber exclusive and it is available to the appropriate tiers on Patreon & SubscribeStar (if you wanna see the full thing, consider supporting me on of these platforms. I still have living expenses to cover)
Once vacation is over, there will be some content coming out to look forward to.
It's several days late but it's now available to all my subscribers; the Lucky Boar celebrating the Lunar New Year with all those that celebrate the date.
$5+ tiers, you'll find the piece under the 'Art' section of the rewards repository... and if you're not a subscriber or not up in the qualified tiers, consider contributing so you get access to more content like this!
Just wrapped up streaming this piece and it's now available for all to enjoy. Subscribers in the $5+ tiers will find the larger, non-watermarked version in the rewards repository, under the 'Art' category.
Online streaming a new illustration project. Also, if you’d like to lend a hand and assure I can keep making content, I am trying to accumulate funds to upgrade my computer before my core components completely fail on me.
My depression/anxiety is back, even worse, as I’ve been off my medication for about two weeks now. I likely won’t see a doctor for another month so… things are tough to be honest.
I am attempting to get started on my comic project as well as my first Patreon/Subscribstar exclusive for the year. I’ll keep you guys posted and be back to streaming starting Monday.
Still pretty sick with this really bad cough. Hoping I'll be well enough to stream tomorrow, as I took the day off from work to have some extra healing time.
VG Theatre - New content idea
This idea is inspired by a friend of mine's attempts at recording his playthrough of The Last of Us and converting into a long-form movie for his family to enjoy the game without having to play it. It was quite well done but it recently came back to mind and I want to attempt going a step further and cutting the footage within the parameters of an actual feature-length film (no longer than 3 hours) while still presenting the game the way it was developed to the audience.
The first 'movie' is going to be The Order: 1886... a rather under-appreciated Santa Monica Studios game I really enjoyed and hope they do more with. Keep an eye out for progress shots if you're one of my subscribers.
Table-top Homebrew Content
A relatively new thing I'll be offering for my subscribers, in collaboration with my friend Jay Borman. I started working on homebrews for D&D 5e and Warhammer: Age of Sigmar table top and... eventually I expand my ideas.
Currently, these two projects are just side things I do when having artist block but I'll be adding them to my list of Patron & Subscribe Star exclusive content.
SPARKED - A D&D 5e & Magic the Gathering conversion. Will be drafted in various supplements for each known plane in the MtG story-verse and I'll keep updating it. It will vary quite a bit from the current Ravnica supplement and previous Planechase supplements.
SEASON OF WAR: SOULSTORM - A Warhammer: Age of Sigmar campaign homebrew, improving upon the Path to Glory & Skirmish rulesets (cause they honestly suck). It's designed to be a ladder campaign and have a variety of flexible options for Game Masters to bend to their own ideas.
Dip a toe and see what I'm up to!
Dive a bit further.
All 'Just the Shallows' rewards
Patron-only content repository (Hi-res images, PSDs, & exclusive content)
Iinvite into a Patron-only Discord server
Dive even further and find more treasures in the depths.
All 'Beneath the Surface' & 'Just the Shallows' rewards
Name credited to some projects & content