I already announced this via vote incentive, but here’s the scoop in a less roundabout fashion. I did manage to sketch the next Eryl page directly on the computer in Manga Studio. It was a long, messy, angsty process which I am not at all comfortable with, but at least it got done. I have inked it and am laying flats now. Expect the finished page in a day or two! I still am pining for a driver for my scanner, but at least I know I can resort to digital sketching when desperate. As much as I wished this meant a return to regular updates, I am still going to have to post pages sporadically. This might actually mean more pages at times since I’ll be putting them up as I finish them instead of waiting for Tuesdays.
Well, I do most of my writing on my iPad now using the Pages app so I can easily sync it with Pages on my macbook. With iOS 7 out, the Pages app updated and told me I needed to update Pages on my macbook if I was to continue swapping files between them. Well, okay, then I found I need to upgrade to OSX Maverick to update the application on my desktop. Half a day later, Maverick finally installed. All was well until I scanned an illustration for my new novel project… and the file wouldn’t save because the driver didn’t work right on Maverick. I have had this HP Scanjet for about 7 or 8 years and it used to give me grief but has worked perfectly since I got a new macbook and installed the Lion-compatible driver. Evidently that driver is not good for Maverick and I’m crossing my fingers that HP will release a new driver for my model soon and not drop support for it. It’s an ageing scanner, but still works great and I’ve no desire to have to replace it. I can still write and sketch… I just can’t do the computer end of the art process so I won’t have anything to show online until this all gets sorted. :/ And unfortunately I am crap at sketching digitally, so that’s not really a viable option.
Okay, GEEK OUT TIME for Pokémon Y. It is a pretty impressive game (though I still much prefer Black and White). I thought Mega Evolution was pretty cheesy and tacked on, but that’s just my own opinion. Other than that, I found it very good. I was pleased to see the return of in-game berry fields and loved the trade-anywhere features (I also think I might be addicted to wonder trades). I’m not so good at battling (as in, suck so bad it’s hilarious for my opponents), so I was releived at how easy it is to level up your pokémon (srsly, I was lvl 80 by the time I finished and the Champion was a pushover), especially with the new Exp. Share mechanic.
I was KINDA pleased to see the pokéradar come back. I’d never used it before because I hated D/P/Pt, but I knew it was a method for obtaining shiny pokémon. I’ve been using it the past few days without much luck (highest chain after hours and hours of using it was 16. Blech). And I was using it again a short while ago, getting a chain of about 10 duckletts (now that’s a high chain for me, usually I don’t get past 4 or 5) and WHOA a croagunk jumps out and breaks my chain. But as you’ll see below, I was thrilled about it.
SO NOW TO DA POINT- I’m LOOKIN’ FOR 3DS FRIENDS.
This is mostly (okay, completely) because I need more friends for the friend safari. You don’t actually need to play Pokémon X or Y for it to work. Every friend code registered on my 3DS will show up in my friend safari so I can find rare ‘mon. So if you have a 3DS and feel like swappin’ codes, please comment below! My own code is: 1977-0484-7209
So that page before my nieces came didn’t happen. We had too much to do to prepare for their visit, and now with them here I don’t have time to work. I’ll be trying to get some pages done soon. Give me… 2 weeks maybe? I don’t know yet if the next update will be for Ashes or Eryl, but keep your eyes peeled!