Well you may have noticed that there’s a couple new DSi paintings in the ‘latest artwork’ section, and now I’m getting back to sculpture too. I can only do little ones right now and I haven’t the energy to paint them yet, but it’s a start! My latest health challenge is ear infections because of my impacted wisdom teeth. I currently hunting down a competent oral surgeon.
It’s been quite a long time since I wrote any inspirational blogs. Mostly because not a whole lot of good things has happened to me lately. But I have decided to share with you a little story from my childhood that still moves me even to this day.
When I was about 7 or 8 I attended a summer camp for children with visual impairments. We were doing a craft one day in small groups, colouring paper feathers with crayons to make Indian headbands. One child in our group was completely blind and would ask about each crayon as he picked it up. ‘What colour is this?’ he would ask. ‘That is purple,’ someone would reply. ‘Oh, he would say, ‘is it a colour of beauty?’ ‘Of course,’ someone would always answer. ‘That’s good,’ he would say as he would begin contentedly colouring by feel, ‘I want it to be beautiful.’
Hey all (if any of you are left), it seems that the hiatus for the comics is going to last a while longer. It’s been nearly 4 months since surgery and I’m still incapacitated. I had hoped to get the comics updating months ago and I am extremely frustrated. The problem? A new medication that I’m taking that was supposed to help with something that was triggering the spinal headaches. Well, the cure is worse than the ailment. I have been EXTREMELY dizzy for 3 months now. And it’s not a medication I can just stop. In fact, it won’t wear off ’til late September. I found that anti-biotics for some weird reason help the dizziness, but my doctor is understandably reluctant to put me on them for so long in case I build a tolerance to them, making them ineffective against any infections I might get. Sooooo, as you can imagine I am feeling very frustrated and angry. I want more than anything to work on the comics and my sculpture, but it’s just not happening. Rest assured they WILL eventually return; I want them to update more than anyone.
Believe it or not, but this spring marks the 10th anniversary of the Fawna’s Quest/ Ashes story. I came up with it in high school when I was 14. The old old original was done all by hand in coloured pencil in a ‘Sunday comic’ format. Though it had a continuous storyline, each chapter was its own little arc with a punchline in every strip. I actually managed to dig up one of the old chapters I scanned years ago (chapter 12, I believe). It’s one of the more bizarre arcs, covering the vindictive vixen Narcissus (yeah… her name is spelled wrong in the comic :P) as she seeks out her sister Kayla in order to exact revenge on her. As you can see, it’s completely awful. XD This old version was simply a silly story about Fawna, Flowerlark, and Russell seeking to prevent their forest from being destroyed by construction workers and all the inane adventures they had along the way. There was no solid plot, no daemons (no humans at all, actually), and no point to it other than I was having tonnes of fun working on it. The second incarnation of the story is more familiar, and started in 2006 in a graphic novel format. We see the villains appear, the daemons, the two worlds, and an actual plot. However, it was still quite awful. It got better as it went along until it was actually pretty good both art and writing wise in 2009, but the beginning was so poorly done that I felt compelled to redo it. At that point I had organised the story better and formed a much more solid and complex plot. Therefore, the entire thing needed to be redone in order to reflect both my current skill and the new plot. It was retitled ‘Ashes,’ as ‘Fawna’s Quest’ really didn’t fit the story anymore. This third (and hopefully final) incarnation is the one that’s updating now.