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Hey everyone! I'm going to an anime convention! :D Super last minute thanks to a really awesome opportunity popping up. I have a friend here at school who is going as an Artist Alley vendor, and she needed some extra help with her table. So I'm going to help her out, AND, I got permission to sell some of my stuff there too!

I'm going to be selling copies of the first NuzRooke black and white volume, handing out free mini prints from Dragontry, doing sketch commissions, and possibly selling printed copies of the first chapter of Dragontry or a completed Dear Dragon, if I can get it done in time! *fingers crossed* :)

I'm super excited! If any of you are in the Boise, Idaho area, come to the convention and hit me up, I'd love to meet you all!
This time, with our favorite rambunctious author.



Describe yourself in one sentence. 

Bullet; Green In one sentence, eh? "The undeniable and never liable Tedric Kohlhepp, keeper of history and soon to be remembered by it!"


What do you think is your best quality?

Bullet; Green My best quality? Just one? My wit is definitely a star player in this contest - but so are my brains. I suppose I'd have to tie them together with my unflappable attitude!"


If you were able to change any of your traits, what would it be?

Bullet; Green Kaiti would have more recommendations to this than I would, to be honest...oh wait! I'd love to have red hair, like a Kalrob! Just bright flaming hair! How great would that be? Hair like that says "Hey, you! Look at this guy - this guy is somebody!"


Now describe your teammate(s) in one sentence each.

Bullet; Green Well, I haven't gotten to know them terribly well at this point. Rozali seems nice! Quiet, kinda shy and odd, but surprisingly forceful when she wants to be. Kind of a quiet forcefulness. Like a dam holding back a river. Or Toby telling the kids to go to bed. Her big dragon, Farol? Woo, don't tell her this, but he kinda gives me the willies sometimes. He's just so - big. And teeth. Long teeth. She says he's a vegetarian but somehow I doubt that? And he gives me looks sometimes. Like...not like normal animal looks. Like he's thinking something at me. Sometimes I swear he's laughing at me. But he's just an animal!
The little guy is nice though. The one Rozali gave me. He seems real sweet. And acts more like a puppy than thinking. 


Do you think you make friends easily?

Bullet; Green They may not want to be my friends but I make'em come around! I call it the "Ted effect" - a fine mix of enthusiasm and dogged persistence. 


Are you content with your life in general?

Bullet; Green I - well - not really, actually. I mean, I love life and every minute! But there's so much more I wish I could be doing...or could have already done...sometimes I look at my age, and think of how my father already started his trading business by the time he was 18. And here I am, only barely starting a book I feel could really be something big. I mean, I've been at university, but still...there's so much to do, and so little time to do it. Sometimes it's overwhelming.


What are your feelings about your family?

Bullet; Green I love'em to bits! Literal bits! Kaiti says I need to stop sprinkling crumbs in their hair when I make that joke. I don't put crumbs in my Dad's hair though. He wouldn't stand for that.

How were you educated?

Bullet; Green I grew up with a governess tutoring me whenever I was at home with Mum and Kaiti, but a lot of my childhood was spent on the road with Dad. So he'd teach me as we rode in the wagons. I like to think my sums and literature I learned at home, but when Dad and I went on trading trips, I learned about business, networking, and the world. It was a wonderful way to go to school. When I got older and decided I wanted to be a scholar, rather than inherit Dad's trading company, a friend of my father arranged for my acceptance at the University of Saren Kla, in Kalrobak City. My father was always supportive of my education there, where I studied to become a historian. It's only recently that I moved back to Alehman to work on my thesis book about the history of the empire. And now I'm here, apprenticing to Rozali to learn about the Dragontrians! So education never ceases. ^^


What is your favorite hobby?

Bullet; Green Ok, my sister thinks this is a little silly, but I love to juggle. It's all the rage in Kalrobak - I saw all sorts of street performers. One even juggled fire! I haven't worked my way up to that. Oh man, I should have packed my juggling sticks when I left with Rozali! Darn it. My other hobbies include riding - it takes me back to my father showing me how to lead the wagon horses - and I sometimes knit. Kaiti taught me that one. She's still a lot better than I but I have fun making my weirdly shaped scarves!


What career do you hope to pursue in the future?

Bullet; Green Historian and writer! My dream is to be a court historian one day - directly beneath the Emperor, chronicling the events from one end of the Crescent to the other, sitting in on meetings of empiric importance...wow. I'd witness things that so few have ever witnessed, hear words of history as they are being spoken!


What sort of religion do you belong to, if any?

Bullet; Green You know, I don't really ascribe to any one religion. In Alehman there hasn't been a state religion in a long while - in Kalrobak they believe in their goddesses - and of course I'm learning that the Dragontrians believe something different altogether - I suppose I believe that there's something out there, but I wouldn't know who is right or wrong on what they're like.

How good is your sense of direction?

Bullet; Green Absolutely terrible, haha! I could get lost in a bag of potatoes. I did, once, actually, when I was four. Perhaps that's where the difficulty began.


As of now, what do you think is your greatest regret?

Bullet; Green You know, I don't have many regrets - I like how my life has gone. But I suppose if I could go back, I'd spend more time with Kaiti when we were kids. And with Mum, before she passed. 


Describe the strangest dream you’ve ever had.

Bullet; Green Oh man, it was a doozy! One night I ate too much spicy meat. I dreamt that I was a reindeer, like the one Father Solstice rides for Solstinight to deliver presents! And I think I was escorting a fairy to a party? But we had to fly there, and when we got really high I could see my house, the Emperor's palace in Kalrobak, the university, and I pointed them all out - but then I realized the fairy wasn't a fairy, it was an apple? And I was like, oh right my lunch! But when I ate the apple I realized I was actually not a reindeer, but I had this huge beard and no legs? I mean, I still had the apple so that was nice. But then I smelled cheese and I was like why didn't I get cheese to go with my apple? And then I woke up, and realized that Danny and Stefany were sitting on my legs and stacking food on my face to see how much they could stack when I woke up.


What is something you do that others may consider odd?

Bullet; Green My boundless enthusiasm might be considered odd! Or actually - more like the fact that I have any interest in the Dragontrians would be what seems odd.


How often have you seen your grandparents?

Bullet; Green My father was an orphan and my mother's parents passed away during a sickness before I was born, so I never had grandparents.


What are some of your pet peeves?

Bullet; Green Loud chewing annoys me - people doubting my inevitable greatness, or really just doubting that greatness is achievable at all...and when that big dragon gives me those funny looks. Yeesh.


In battle, would you be willing to take a hit for any of your teammates?

Bullet; Green Battle? Haha, what? I seriously doubt I'll ever be in a battle. I'm a scholar for crying out loud. I write about battles, not fight 'em!


Do you think any of your teammates would take a hit for you?

Bullet; Green Heh, in the extremely impossible situation that that would be necessary, I doubt it. I mean, they don't owe me anything.


What physical weaknesses do you believe you have?

Bullet; Green Well, the sense of direction is an issue. I'm also really not that athletic? I couldn't run a few miles without seriously dying. Plus I'm afraid of heights!


Do you consider yourself to be a risk-taker?

Bullet; Green YES! Whole-heartedly! The best things in life come after risk!


Have you ever killed or come close to killing anyone else?

Bullet; Green Nooo no no no hahaha no. Seriously, who do you people think I am? The closest I've ever gotten to killing something is shooting a rabbit with my Dad for dinner on the road.

What is your earliest memory?

Bullet; Green Earliest memory, earliest memory... I'd say around 2, and I'm on my Dad's shoulders. His hair is really scratchy. I think he was giving me a horsey ride.


Share a favorite moment from your childhood.

Bullet; Green My favorite moment was probably when I was seven, and I went on my first trip with my father to Kalrobak. Golly, I felt like a real man. I got to sit up front on the lead wagon with him, he showed me how to guide the horses...and when we stopped to trade, he'd always introduce me as "Master Tedric Kohlhepp, my son." And then all the merchants and traders called me "Master Kohlhepp", like my Dad. I felt so big on that trip, like I was already king of the world. And I got to see all the sites - the great deserts of black rock, the Red Cities of Kalrobak...I think we even passed by Lake Under, although I'm not sure because I don't recall seeing the island of Dragontry above it. It was probably just another lake.


Can you cook?

Bullet; Green I'd say yes! Kaiti would disagree. I say that "burnt" is just a mean word for "finely crisp!"


What qualities would you look for in a potential mate?

Bullet; Green Beautiful, of course. Intelligent. Supportive of my career. Open to travel? I mean, some folks in Alehman are still not too keen on Kalrobak, and I don't think I could be with someone so close-minded.


Do you think you work well under pressure?

Bullet; Green I think so! I mean, I might not think so while I'm under pressure, but I always get things done!


Do you prefer to interact with large groups of people or small?

Bullet; Green Either or! I love a good party or large gathering. But I also enjoy little groups of people too!


What does it take to get you smiling?

Bullet; Green I never stop smiling! And if I do it's not for long, so a better question would be "what does it take to stop you smiling?"

When was the last time you cried?

Bullet; Green Aw, phew, I don't know...I'm really not much of a crier. Men don't cry, as my father would say. Men just "feel deeply", in the soul, without getting all watery.


Who do you think has been the most inspirational person in your life?

Bullet; Green Probably the first Kalrob Emperor! I mean, I don't know much about him, but it really inspired me that he was able to change the world the way he did, by uniting Alehman and Kalrobak. A lot of infrastructure came to the Crescent when he did - jobs were created - I saw a lot of the good. Seeing all that change happen in such a short time inspired me, because it meant that great change can happen - and for good. Makes me want to change the world and make it better myself! Haha!


What do you think you might be doing ten years from now?

Bullet; Green Relaxing in my study at the Empiric Palace, chronicling the latest news of the Empire. Probably with a nice long row of books on my shelf that I've written, the first one being my tome of the Dragontrians. My time here as a "rider apprentice" will be a fond memory then, I think! Maybe Rozali and the little guy will visit me there!


If you had to choose who to marry right here and now, who would it be?

Bullet; Green Sama. I mean, if I had to choose someone right now. She was one of my friends from university. I mean, we went on a few dates. It didn't go anywhere, but I bet we wouldn't kill each other if we were married. Plus she's the only girl I really know well, so there you go. ^^ But I wouldn't recommend choosing someone to marry in thirty seconds.


What is one motto that you think you live your life by?

Bullet; Green "Moments become history, when we choose to make history-making moments." That's a quote from Artim of Owlberd, a great Alish philosopher! One of my favorites. I love his writings.
Felt like doing a character meme since it's late but I feel sick, and thus doubt my ability to fall asleep. Not the greatest choice since I have a final very early tomorrow morning, but you know what I'll be just fine. Plus, I wanted to get to know my characters a little better tonight. ^^ This might pose some minor spoilers for Dragontry, but hey, nothing mind-blowing. 

The original meme is found here:  .: Blank Interview Meme :.:bulletgreen: [Character #1's name and species here] :bulletred: [Character #2's name and species here]
Describe yourself in one sentence.
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:bulletred:
What do you think is your best quality?
:bulletgreen:
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If you were able to change any of your traits, what would it be?
:bulletgreen:
:bulletred:
Now describe your teammate(s) in one sentence each.
:bulletgreen:
:bulletred:
Do you think you make friends easily?
[Bullet; Green]
[Bullet; Red]
Are you content with your life in general?
[Bullet; Green]
[Bullet; Red]
What are your feelings about your family?
[Bullet; Green]
[Bullet; Red]
How were you educated?
[Bullet; Green]
[Bullet; Red]
What is your favorite hobby?
[Bullet; Green]
[Bullet; Red]
What career do you hope to pursue in the future?
[Bullet; Green]
[Bullet; Red]
What sort of religion do you belong to, if any?
[Bullet; Green]
[Bullet; Red]
How good is your sense of direction?
[Bullet; Green]


So let's start with...Rozali! Rozali's a bit of an interesting one, since she's very reluctant to open up about herself to just anyone. So we'll assume that her interviewer is someone she'd feel comfortable talking to. Maybe Ted, as time goes on.


Describe yourself in one sentence. 

Bullet; Green Oh, uh - hm. This is a hard one. I suppose - "Dragontrian minstrel, traveller and rider." Does that count as a sentence...? Oh well, I'm sure it's good enough.



What do you think is your best quality?

Bullet; Green My best quality...well, I remember the stories and songs well. I suppose that's what I value the most about myself, especially nowadays, since playing, singing and telling stories is how I keep Farol and me fed.


If you were able to change any of your traits, what would it be?

Bullet; Green Um...well, I'd like to be more assertive. But at the same time, I don't think I'd be able to handle that kind of energy output all the time? Wait, I could change that, couldn't I? So I guess I'd rather change it so that I don't get so tired out by being around people. That would be nice.


Now describe your teammate(s) in one sentence each.

Bullet; Green Farol is my best friend, my greatest confidant, and an insufferable goofball when he feels the need. Ted is - um - loud? Wait, that's too short of a sentence. Ted is loud, very, um, excitable, and...blonde. Yeah.


Do you think you make friends easily?

Bullet; Green No...I really only have Farol. I tend to freeze up, inside, when faced with people...and then I leave.


Are you content with your life in general?

Bullet; Green In many moments, when the sun is warm and there's food in my belly and Farol by my side as always...yes, I am content. At other moments, though, I remember. And the contentment leaves.


What are your feelings about your family?

Bullet; Green It's...complicated. I love my family very, very much...I just...don't feel like they all love me. I mean, I'm sure they do, just...not like they used to. Not since I left.


How were you educated?

Bullet; Green Dragontrians don't really have "schools" like Alish folks do...I learned everything I know from my mother and father, or my neighbors, or any other Dragontrian. Everyone learns and everyone teaches.


What is your favorite hobby?

Bullet; Green A hobby? It used to be playing my cello or telling the stories, but now that seems to be my job so it's not a hobby. The only other thing I enjoy doing is playing games with Farol...or maybe swimming. Swimming is nice.


What career do you hope to pursue in the future?

Bullet; Green ...I'd like to be a healer like my mother, one day. But I don't think I can be.


What sort of religion do you belong to, if any?

Bullet; Green We Dragontrians worship King Subir, Lord of Creation, and his son the Prince of Blackberries, Prince Loor. Um...really it's all wrapped up in being a Dragontrian at all. All our stories, the dragons, our heritage...it's bound inseparably to Subir and Loor, and all that they created. It's hard for me to think of it as a "religion" because it was my whole world. It was just the way things were.

How good is your sense of direction?

Bullet; Green Not as good as Farol's - being a dragon, he knows directions inherently, like most flying animals - but I still have a fine sense of direction.


As of now, what do you think is your greatest regret?

Bullet; Green ...Not...being there...for my brother. And everything that came from that.


Describe the strangest dream you’ve ever had.

Bullet; Green Huh? Oh, um - I don't remember my dreams that often? But I think I once dreamt that my father became king of the lands below and we had to live on the roof of a castle? Like, not even inside the castle...we had to sleep and eat meals and everything on the roof, and even though the dragons were there we didn't seem to need to fly off. That was pretty strange.


What is something you do that others may consider odd?

Bullet; Green I get the feeling that everything I do is considered odd. But maybe that's just because of the cultural difference.


How often have you seen your grandparents?

Bullet; Green Not for a long, long time. My grandparents on my father's side passed away when I was very small, and my other remaining grandfather was very old the last I saw him...it was around two, maybe three years ago? It's been long.


What are some of your pet peeves?

Bullet; Green Forcefulness. Superiority. Unjustly wielding power. Talking too much. Insulting the dragons...I know that some people call them wolfsnakes. I hate that so much.


In battle, would you be willing to take a hit for any of your teammates?

Bullet; Green I don't know if I would for Ted - thankfully nothing has happened yet to test that - but I know that I would die for Farol if need be.


Do you think any of your teammates would take a hit for you?

Bullet; Green I know Farol would. I doubt that Ted would.


What physical weaknesses do you believe you have?

Bullet; Green I don't have terribly good stamina, even though I travel so much. Flying is rather low-energy.


Do you consider yourself to be a risk-taker?

Bullet; Green No.


Have you ever killed or come close to killing anyone else?

Bullet; Green I...no. I might have...but no one would consider it "close to killing someone."

What is your earliest memory?

Bullet; Green ...Let's see...I was three years old. I just remember sitting by my mother's feet, playing. The floor was dirt...her boots were a lighter brown leather...and I was playing with a piece of wood, I think. I just remember the feeling of sitting there. It felt so small and safe.


Share a favorite moment from your childhood.

Bullet; Green A favorite moment...? There were so many, haha. Here's one...I remember when I was nine or so. Farol was still pretty small then. We decided to play "hide-and-seek" with some of the other children. We were just running around the orchards, going wild...I went to hide by the wall around the mother tree. But the doors were open that day. Usually they keep the gates closed, or at least someone is there to make sure that none of the children run in there and are disrespectful. But I was so curious, and I promised Farol that I'd be really quiet. So we snuck past the gates. The mother tree stood above us, so immense that you could lie on your back and still not see all of it...the air was so still, and so peaceful. It was always so peaceful there. It just took my breath away. We sat there in the grass, between the roots of the tree, and just basked in that peace for a little while... after that, I would get permission from mother or any of the adults to go spend time there. I really treasure those memories...


Can you cook?

Bullet; Green Well, yes, but not a lot. Farol and I have to eat, but we eat simply.


What qualities would you look for in a potential mate?

Bullet; Green I don't know - I haven't given that a lot of thought in a long time. Someone Dragontrian, at least. I'd need someone who understood my culture and believed the same things as me...it would be too hard and strange otherwise.


Do you think you work well under pressure?

Bullet; Green ...No.


Do you prefer to interact with large groups of people or small?

Bullet; Green Small. Small. Definitely small.


What does it take to get you smiling?

Bullet; Green ...Farol doing something goofy...a happy memory...a song that goes well...a favorite story...a beautiful sunrise...I suppose it doesn't take too much for me to smile.

When was the last time you cried?

Bullet; Green Recently, when I found the baby dragon's new rider but he flat-out refused and left. I felt like a big failure...it took a little while for me to stop crying.


Who do you think has been the most inspirational person in your life?

Bullet; Green Both of my parents, really...probably more my mother in many ways. 


What do you think you might be doing ten years from now?

Bullet; Green I honestly have no idea. Anything can happen...anything can change.


If you had to choose who to marry right here and now, who would it be?

Bullet; Green Oh gosh, if I had to choose right now, I'd choose no one and just live my life without a husband. It's not unheard of.


What is one motto that you think you live your life by?

Bullet; Green One that I am trying to live by could be said... "Remember the past, live in the present, and Rise to the future." I don't think I'm doing it very well, though.
EDIT: Thank you for the overwhelmingly positive response! Seriously you all are the greatest. Thank you for your advice, your offers of assistance, and everything else. :) Right now, tentatively, I'm thinking that I'll start a group for NuzRooke Sun and those who join the production team will be a part of that group. I think what I'd like, is for it to be an opportunity for a group project, rather than just my own. I would actually really love to do that - so that anyone who'd like to try working on a comic can get the experience, or show off their artwork, or even just try new things without repercussions in their own work. I think if that becomes NuzRooke Sun's focus, it'll become more than just a sequel to NuzRooke, but become something more meaningful. ^u^
For now, I think that starting the comic will wait until after I finish doing Dear Dragon, so that I'm working on two comics at a time. Dear Dragon won't take too much longer, since it's so simple to draw and I work at a relatively fast clip with it. But once that's finished, I'll gather everyone I talked to here, and we can make a gameplan to make an awesome comic.
Together. :)



This is just sending out a call in case anyone is interested.

So - I've been planning, for a while, to do a NuzRooke sequel of some sort. I recently finished a playthrough of Sun that I believe will become the story of the sequel. I had plenty of great characters who I loved in the game, so I'm excited to start the project eventually.

One of the reasons why I haven't started it yet...I don't know. I love NuzRooke a lot, and sometime I wonder if a sequel would be superfluous. Like, I love the ending of NuzRooke, I love the story in its completion. It doesn't need a sequel. Really, the main reason I even considered doing a sequel was because I knew you guys would like it. XD

Another thing is time. I'm working on Dragontry as my main comic project, Dear Dragon helps me bounce between it and feel productive, and then I have a handful of commission pieces I'm working on at any time. Add that to my endless stream of art projects for my university classes, and art wise, I really don't have much creative juice or creative time to spare.

And then, a bit of a silly worry, but one that strikes home to me as a storyteller, is I worry that doing the sequel would put myself further in NuzRooke's shadow. I mean...the story that I truly love and want to share the most, the one that means something to me, is Dragontry. So I want people to love it just as much as I do. And I fear that if I start doing NuzRooke's sequel, then people will love it more than Dragontry, and Dragontry and myself as an original storyteller will end up in NuzRooke's shadow. And I don't want that. I want Dragontry to shine as its own, unique thing. ^^

These are some things I've been wondering about.

Now, because I'm doing NuzRooke Sun for your sake - I wonder - if any of you would like to help me make it happen?

When I did NuzRooke the first time, due to extenuating circumstances in my life, I sent out the call for the help of colorists and background artists, who then made NuzRooke so much better than I ever imagined it would be. There is no time crunch this time, like before, but I'd like to send out the same call, if only if it will help make NuzRooke Sun that much more likely to happen.

I'd like to invite anyone who might be interested in helping me create NuzRooke Sun, and be a part of Team NuzRooke? We'd all work together on the pages, you'd get early access to the story, and you'd help with either coloring characters or painting backgrounds. Those that join Team NuzRooke will also get their artwork showcased and advertised - I could even start a new account that we could all share to make NuzRooke Sun it's own thing. :) Is there any of you would be interested in such a team endeavor?

Tl;dr  In order to make NuzRooke Sun the comic more likely to happen, would anyone like to join a team of artists to color and do backgrounds for it?
Hey y'all! Just wanted to take a second to say you are all AWESOME, and I'm so glad to have met you all. ^^ Have a marvelous day!
Everything...everything is on hiatus until I get well again. I have never been so sick in my life . Ohhhh...
Hey everyone! I want to wish everyone a Happy New Year in 2017! I myself am starting it in my new apartment (great new start) while being horribly ill (not so great XD).

Here are some of my goals for the New Year, as far as my artwork goes.

1. Continue strongly in Dragontry!
   
As the year progresses I want to release lots of new pages of Dragontry for you all to enjoy. :) This year put me at finishing around 80 pages, which isn't bad. But considering my early projections of the comic are that it'll be somewhere between 700-1000 pages, then that means I'll be working on Dragontry for 7 or more years at this rate. XD Which I totally will! But I'd certainly love to reach the climax earlier than that!

2. Get the NuzRooke Anthology printed!
   
 I think I've decided to print NuzRooke in two volumes, Act 1 and Act 2, so I'll get to work editing those and painting covers for them. I might still do a Kickstarter and get it printed by itself though. I'll see what the future brings. But in deciding that, I was digging through my files and re-discovered all the work I had done on The Art of NuzRooke - an extra book that included extra artwork, all the early sketches, and my own commentary on the story. I started working on it December of 2015, and I actually got a lot done. So as well as Act 1 and 2 of NuzRooke, I'd love to get the Art of NuzRooke printed as a companion book. :)
Originally I wanted to include with it ALL the lovely fanart that was made for NuzRooke. But that'll take a lot of time too...unless I get some help on that again. Oh well, we'll see what the future brings!

3. Begin a NuzRooke sequel~ ;)
   
This one is in the works, and I hope to get started on it soon as a side project to Dragontry. ;)


So that's all the goals I can think of while I'm feeling so icky and sick. So I'm going to go curl up on my bed and watch anime until I feel better. See y'all!
-Rooke
Hey guys! So I've been working on getting the NuzRooke Colored Anthology printed. It's going to be beautiful - it includes the full comic, including all Q&A's and extra strips, as well as the extra artwork and even the fan comics that became relevant to the story! (See LadyKindle and Patilee. :))

The problem is...I went to get it printed on Lulu.com, which is the place I used to print the first anthology. BUT because I included all the extra strips and Q&A's, it bumped the page count to 867 which is...about 100 pages more than Lulu can print, apparently, as I discovered when I went to do it. XD

So here are my thoughts, and I'd like to hear yours and your suggestions.


1. So, does anyone know any websites similar to Lulu.com? As in, that will allow me to self-publish the book and have it for sale online so y'all can actually order them?

2. Ok so if you don't know that, then what are your thoughts on my doing a Kickstarter to get the book printed myself? I can find a printer locally or elsewhere, I'm sure (if you've ever had books printed and have reccomendations, let me know) so that's a valid option. But to PAY for a whole printed run of books would be a heck of a lot more than I can afford. (Especially since it's COLORED. Yowza.) That's when I'd turn to Kickstarter, so that you all can help me fund the project so you all can get the book! :)

3. The third option would be to SPLIT the Anthology into two books. I don't like this option because there isn't really a good place in the story to split it into Book 1 and Book 2, so to speak, but if we did that I can get it printed nicely on Lulu. It would be more work for me since I'd have to edit it again, but it's possible.


So what do you all think? I, personally, would love to have a beautiful colored edition of NuzRooke on my shelf, but this is less about me and about what YOU all would like the most. Comment and tell me your thoughts and suggestions!
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Come keep me company while I work on a pony painting. And if I can get it done in a reasonable amount of time, I might have time to work on sketching the NuzRooke Anthology covers! :D
Hey all! I was hoping to have begun posting Dragontry's third chapter to Deviantart and elsewhere by now, but it hasn't happened. Why? Well, for one thing, I've been working on building a buffer of pages that will, hopefully, allow me to continue updating at a regular pace even though soon I'll be heading back out to college again. That means that I'm going to be working on Dragontry in between classes and homework. I'll still devote a ton of time to it, but it's going to be slower, even slower than now! So I wanted to have a nice big buffer of pages so that you guys can enjoy it regularly. :)

Although, if you'd like to see pages AS I finish them, you can always go chuck a dollar in my bucket over on Patreon. And that would be a huge help to me too!

Anyway, another reason for the wait is because I'm actively working on getting a website set up for Dragontry! So that's taking my time and effort right now as well, since I want it to be just as lovely as the comic. I'll continue to update the comic here on Deviantart, but I'll be posting them to Dragontry's website earlier than here. So the order will go Patreon - then Dragontry's website - then here. Why? Because reading the comic here is free for you, and free for me. But once I have ad revenue set up, reading the comic on its website will STILL be free for you, but also help me out financially! Win win!

And the third reason why Dragontry hasn't come out yet, as a few of you have seen, is that I'm working on other artwork for the story, planning out Chapter 4, doing my paintings with the musician Garrison Ulrich (4everfreebrony on Youtube), re-cutting the pages of NuzRooke for a color printing, and a host of other little side projects just for fun and to de-stress. :) Add on top of that my preparations for Christmas AND moving, all in one...I'm blessed that in all that I do, I'm still comfortably less stressed. Lots to do, but I'm not wearing myself out, which is grand. A wonderful place to be in life, and I am doing my best to make the most of it! Even so, it means that what has ended up being a long wait for you guys hasn't felt so long to me, but will hopefully end with lots for both of us. :)

Anyhow, carry on, Happy November, and I love you all! :D
I have a great deal of trouble staying in bed. What I mean is, that when it's late and I want to sleep and I go upstairs and lie down, inevitably, I'll get ideas about things to do or say. In the past, I told myself, "I'll write that down in the morning."
Naturally I forget by morning. It's happened enough that I've given in, and when those inspirations strike, I roll out of bed, go downstairs to my computer, and write down what I feel like saying or doing. Or I just scribble a note into my phone - but those aren't nearly as legible.

This is one of those things I've been thinking about lately. I've been reading a fantastic trilogy of books called The Meditations Trilogy, by James A. Owen, who is probably my biggest creative inspiration (and who I had the great pleasure in meeting this past summer.) In these books, he shares his personal "mythology" - the experiences in his life, good and bad, and what he has learned from them. The path that has led him to be a successful novelist, comic book artist, and studio owner. And beyond that, the personal stories that have taught him how to live a truly extraordinary, mythic, fulfilling life.

So yes, I've been quite inspired of late. XD But at one point, he shares in his books a thought that resonated deeply with me, due to my own experiences. While going through a particularly dark, awful experience in his life, his hope and his will to persevere were kept afloat by a story. A family legend about the search for a legendary piece of artwork. It was this story that he clung to, that helped him hang on when he wanted to let go, because it reminded him of his own great destiny that was still forthcoming.

It was that idea, though, that spoke to me. A story saved him. Stories that save.

I've been saved by stories before.

Many of us have, I think, especially if we go into a creative field like writing or comics. It's probably because at some point in our life, we read or watched or experienced a story that resonated with us, deep in our being, told us something we needed to hear or validated something that we felt. That's often how we find our favorite stories. The ones we love, where we identify with the story.

I had had those experiences before, but it wasn't until my recent life that a story saved me...and it was a story that was my own.
As a matter of fact, it was Dragontry.

One day, probably when Dragontry is complete, I will share the complete story of how Dragontry saved me. A lot I can't divulge right now - as it would spoil certain lovely plot points still forthcoming - but I can share this much. The story of how Dragontry came to be; the idea for the story, that is; began while I was on my mission. I was far from home, working hard sharing with others the things that had brought me the most joy and hope and light in my life. It's hard to describe the kinds of emotions one goes through, while being a missionary...it's something one can only experience. But it was while I was a missionary that I first had the mental image of a great city of dragon riders in the sky, a tree of immense proportions at its center, and a war that left this kingdom destroyed. At the time, it was just another one of many story ideas, that I scribbled happily in my notebook whenever I had a spare moment.

Then things took a turn in my life during the mission. Things got...a lot harder. I was struggling. I didn't know what to do, and I felt like I was a failure; even though I knew I wasn't, at some level, the feeling of it was too strong. It was in this time of deep darkness that, out of nowhere, from a place beyond myself alone, a light was shone. That light came from an aspect of the story of Dragontry - something I had decided on ages before - in how the dragons fly. A magic of hope and light. And in this one pure moment, I realized that that magic could exist in the real world for me, and that it would help me get out of this darkness. And it did. Things changed. It didn't get easier, but my changed perspective made it feel easier, and feel lighter, and feel better - and then it did get better, truly. I never forgot the lessons I learned from the story of Dragontry, and those lessons became even more deeply entwined in its story. I wanted to share that revelation with everyone! And that, among other things, was part of my feeling of urgency in telling the story of Dragontry to all of you as quickly as I could.

Because it was a story that saved me.

The stories that save us have a great deal of power. And when we are the ones that come up with a story that then turns around and saves its creator...then that power is tenfold. And the thing is, if you let it, if you pursue it...it keeps saving.

Dragontry didn't save me just once. It continues to save me.

In the time since that wonderful moment of light, when Dragontry saved me the first time, I've had a multitude of experiences. I continued to develop Dragontry's story more. It's easy to see, from the character and situation of Rozali, that loss is going to be a big part of the story. Dealing with loss. That's no big spoiler, since the story opens with Rozi's loss of her home, the kingdom of Dragontry. I knew this long ago. But it hit home when this past spring my fiance and best friend of ten years left me. That's a loss that still echoes today, even though I've healed considerably from it. But one of the big things that helped me heal was Dragontry and its story. It saved me again. Lessons that I had already written into the story - lessons that Rozali would learn about loss - turned around and became true and confirming lessons to me in my own time of loss. Before they had been words alone, but now they were real in a way I would never have expected. I learned from the story that I had written myself.

That is something that continues to amaze me, and that I continue to express deep gratitude for. I don't know what your personal beliefs are, if you believe in deity, the universe, by any name or any form, what-have-you. But as for me and my beliefs, what I do know with absolute certainty is that the stories come from somewhere beyond me. I couldn't have just...come up with Dragontry, the way that it is, because it taught me lessons that I didn't know. Lessons I had no idea I would need. Lessons that would save me.

I hope, with Dragontry, I dearly hope that I will be able to help those lessons come across to all of you; because they have helped me deeply, and I think there are some folks out there who would be helped by them too. Even if it comes to pass that I am the only one who truly sees the lessons and feels that story, then that's alright. It's still saving me, even now.

But if you're in a place in life, in your creative work or just in everything...where you don't know what you should be doing...then think of this. If you don't know what story to tell, then remember the stories that saved you. And then turn around, and tell a Story that Saves. It might save someone else, but more than likely, when you put your heart and soul into a saving story, it will turn around and save you. And it'll do it again, and again, as long as you need it to. And the glorious thing about a story that's told, is that it's there for all to see, for all to hear and read and watch...so that no matter how many generations may pass, someone might still find the story that saved you, and in turn be saved themselves.

So tell the Stories that Save. Live those stories. And if you find yourself having trouble being saved, well...I'm here. Others are here too. And I believe, with every bit of my heart, that you'll find the story that saves you - whether from me, or from them, or from yourself when the time comes. Just keep looking. Keep hoping. And keep listening.

If you listen...the Stories are already being told.
I've been making a bunch of t-shirt designs lately - mostly for fun, and for Steven Universe, because I love that show so dearly. But all the designs I create ARE available for you guys too, if you want them.

On that note, is there any piece of artwork of mine, recent or old, that you in particular would love to see on a t-shirt?

If so, comment below with a link to it! I'll see which ones I can make into shirts as well! :)
Hey all! So, I've been doing a great deal of thinking. (generally not a good sign, but it's been good thinking. XD)

Mostly about NuzRooke X and the feasability of the project. It still won't be soon...I have my hands full with Dragontry right now, and I need to get back into my comfortable groove with that before I'll add on a second project.

But I'm not abandoning the idea! I'm still committed to doing a NuzRooke sequel in the semi-near future (as in, hopefully within this next year. XD) But I've been thinking a lot on the nature of the story.

The original idea, NuzRooke X, was a playthrough of X version that I still haven't finished. It had some great characters who I love, some good moments, and I was planning on doing the whole story in mystery dungeon style. It would be playing off of, and fulfilling, a major theme of the original NuzRooke - the theme of Rooke going to different worlds, and to some degree, trying to find a way home. In that way, I really liked it as a sequel.

But as time has gone on, a lot hasn't sat well with me. For one thing, the choice to do it mystery dungeon style - which is something I've been wanting to do with a nuzlocke for ages - was a fun idea. But it really didn't match the original...heart and soul of NuzRooke. For one thing, Rooke's motivations were similar but honestly different, and being a Shinx was starting to turn her into a different character. My heavy influence on adapting the plot of X version into a nuzlocke yielded interesting parallels sometimes, but more often felt kind of forced...I was trying to cram too much into it, and the story was coming out complicated. All of this was compounded by the fact that, as I was playing the game...I got...bored. I got bored with the nuzlocke. I liked the characters but I didn't connect them truly to the Pokemon in the game for me to authentically care about them, since the story I was crafting was so different than the literal game I was playing. That's why I haven't finished playing the game. I got to the point of training for the E4 and just...lost interest. I'll finish it, eventually, if I decide to go forward with it as the sequel. There is still a lot going for that story, and that may still be the sequel I create with NuzRooke. It'll take some more gentle tweaking.

What I've recently been considering, though,  is doing a story with a different game...with a concept much simpler, and much more focus on character relationships, like I did with the original NuzRooke. So it'd hopefully have that same vibe. Same old set up - Rooke, off on a pokemon adventure, meeting new friends and seeing new sights, and possibly saving the world. Only in this version of a sequel, I'd do it with Rooke as an adult. :) Gratefully my style has evolved to the point where I could draw her as an adult, since the style of NuzRooke would have made her look still 10 like the rest of the characters. XD

Now which game was still in question...and of course, the reasoning as to why Rooke would go on another adventure, if she didn't want to risk anyone's life. That latter problem isn't too hard to solve, and will probably yield some interesting character development on Rooke's part. But I still needed to decide.

I was debating between waiting, and doing a playthrough of Sun version for a NuzRooke sequel, or getting OmegaRuby and doing a playthrough of that for a sequel. In the end, I bought OmegaRuby anyway, and am fully committed to getting Sun version anyway. XD I'm doing a nuzlocke of OR and taking notes for it as if it'll be a sequel to NuzRooke. (So far, it's created some AWESOME characters I'd love to share with you all!) It's been a lot of fun to play.

What it's come down to, is that I'm not sure which story I'll tell in the sequel - Rooke as a Shinx in X version, Rooke in Hoenn, or Rooke in Alola. A lot depends on if I like the storyline of Sun version. So I won't know, for sure, what story I'll be telling until I've finished this OR nuzlocke and played Sun as well. And then I'll decide between the three. 

So that's the current news on the NuzRooke sequel :) We'll see what story gets told! If I decide to use the OmegaRuby game or Sun version story, I'll probably write up a summary of what my plans were for NuzRooke X, so y'all can hear about Rooke's mystery dungeon adventure in a parallel universe. XD


TL:DR - NuzRooke's sequel IS coming in the future, but not until I decide whether I'll really use my X version playthrough story, or if I'll switch gears and use a playthrough of OmegaRuby or of Sun version. We'll see!
Reasons I would like to get Core:
- Be able to reorganize my messy gallery into subfolders like Fanart, Nuzlockes, and Original Works
- That is literally it

Reasons I won't get Core:
- Money
- Eeyup
I've been thinking a lot about Risingheart lately...the old Warriors RP site I started. That was over 5 years ago...so much has changed.
But I've been remembering all my old friends there, friends who I've sadly lost contact with. I still remember you all and cherish those memories.

So, are any of you out there? I'm going to post this on Facebook too later. Anyone out there remember Risingheart?

xoxSakuraxox?
Brookepaw?
Cranefeather157?
Horse2648?
Hawkpaw030?
XxBrokenWhisperxx?
Embercloud?
Cherry_squared?

And anyone else whose names I've forgotten? Nightheart, Guardianguru, Fendor, I know where you guys are but we haven't talked in ages...I'll message you later. And TheThornShadow, I found you here already too. We should catch up too :)
...Or to anyone looking for free artwork from me!

So...this is going to be a bit of an interesting venture. My little brother is living in Finland right now, being a missionary (like I was almost a year ago :)). His birthday is coming up in November so my mom and I are trying to plan early so that we can be sure we can get something to him for his birthday. Unfortunately, it's really expensive/difficult to get packages into Finland, at least from the United States we've found...so we're worried about getting something to him.

This is where my question comes in. :) The main office of his mission is in Espoo in Helsinki, Finland - it's the best place that things can be delivered to, where they will for sure be able to reach him (since as a missionary his address can change frequently as he travels.)

Are any of you from near Espoo in Helsinki Finland, and would be willing to team up with me to give my brother a happy birthday? :)

What I'm asking is that anyone who lives near there, if you're willing, to go get a cake or pastries or candy, some sort of delicious treat, and take it to the main mission office as a delivery for Vahnin Sellers. If anyone's interested, I'll message you the address. If at least one person could do this, it would seriously brighten my brother's day.

And in exchange...since I'd be asking you to spend money and time on this...you'd get free artwork from me. :) Depending on how much you spend on the gift for my brother, I'd offer you the same amount in return, in the form of fully painted pieces of artwork per your request. So you get my brother a cake, I get you some paintings!

Granted, if anyone outside of Finland would be happy to help...if anyone out there would like to MAIL my brother a package with the hopes that it gets to him, mailing is expensive but I will ALSO pay you with free artwork. And if this works, I'm hoping we can give my brother a happy birthday full of surprise gifts!

so TL;DR - I will pay anyone free artwork in exchange for them sending birthday treats to my brother in Finland.
Help me finish this page of Dragontry! Aaaand if there's time I wanna have some fun with fanart. XD

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I just wanted to thank everyone who wished me a happy birthday the other day :) I'm sorry I couldn't respond personally to everyone, but I read each one and I appreciate you all so much! :D
:iconlydia-the-hobo: Is a fantastic artist, seriously. Check out this piece she did of Rozali!

Commission- Rozali by lydia-the-hobo
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I'll be working on Dragontry, come hang out!