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The Reveal

So, a few weeks ago, I cryptically mentioned an art project that I was working on. This is the first batch of that.

So, I am LDS, as is most of my family. I currently have a little brother serving a full-time mission in Brazil. He absolutely loves it. But he does miss playing games with all of us back in Seward’s Folly. So… my husband got the idea to make him a custom card game. Since he’s down in Brazil, we wanted him to be able to play it with his friends as well, so Portuguese is a must. It’s kind of like Munchkin meets Seven Wonders with a Mormon twist. (Because who doesn’t like to poke gentle fun at Mormon culture?) Husband designed the game, I’m doing the art, and dear brother-in-law Rick is doing the graphic design to put it all together. We’ve also got a couple of friends from church who also served in Brazil and are doing the translations into Portuguese. We’re having it printed professionally and hope to have it all done and down to him by his birthday in July. We’ve been playing a mock-up with all our friends for the last few months and I recently finished all the sketching while Robert just finished the inking day before yesterday. He’s cleaned up the art a little more in Illustrator and is about a third done with that. After that, it’s off to Rick for the final put together before printing! We’re excited.

But don’t tell Spence. It’s a surprise.

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Hrm. It seems I’ve been neglecting you, Susurations.

So. I’ve been gussying up this blog a bit over the last month or two in an effort to look more like a professional writer. Unfortunately, that puts Timmy and such non-writerly things on a back burner. (Although Dear Husband insists that Timmy and the other comics should live on because they’re well-written. I’m still considering this.) Also, I’ve had in-laws visiting for the last couple weeks, which really hasn’t much helped my getting things like this done. I LOVE when family comes to visit. It’s great to see them and catch up, and it’s great to have extra hands on deck around here. It’s not great for writing webcomics. Or doodling elves, for that matter. I did get a little writing done, but not of the nature that I can post online just yet. More on that later. Also, I have a large art project that I’ll be starting on soon that I also can’t talk about yet either. More on that later, too.

Susurations is dying, I’m afraid. I came to the conclusion that, in order to improve my writing platform, I needed a cleaner, more searchable blog that focused more on my writing, which is really my main creative love right now. But what to do with Susurations? I was thinking that, perhaps, I’d keep updating comics and art over here, and writing over there, and then just link back and forth a lot. It seems like kind of a pain. Robert thinks I should port everything over, even the art, into my writing blog. I don’t like that idea so much. I very much want this new blog to be clean and to-the-point; if it’s not about writing, it doesn’t belong there. So… I’m not sure what I’ll do just yet. For the short run, Dead Timmy and Art will continue to live here, updated at a rate I’m not completely prepared to commit to just yet. The new blog will exist elsewhere and will update at least weekly. Again, I’m not sure what I can commit to. Feel free to check on both of them. I’ll probably let people know back and forth when there’s updates on either site, but that will probably stop eventually once I’ve decided what to do with my life.

But now some good news: Here is a Dead Timmy update.

Furthermore, I wrote a fun jaunt about Husband and I’s adventures in the wilderness over at the new blog, www.jillmarcotte.wordpress.com that is titled Bushwhackin’ and I think you’ll enjoy it.

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Happy Valentine’s Day

… and sorry about the delay. I don’t know if it’s my computer, my internet, or my scanner who’s dying (possibly all three), but someone in this three-ring circus is SERIOUSLY not happy.

So, I actually had something that I was going to put up last week, had I not spent my time beautifying the blog. So I’ll put that up as well, making this my first double posting in a VERY long time. 🙂 My first offering is a portrait of the rather severe looking main character in my current writing project, Nahldria (some of you who have been here a long time may still think of her as Celedria- get with the times). I haven’t updated the art folder in years, so I figured it was about time, plus it was a good shading exercise. Maybe some day I’ll even shade some Dead Timmy pages! My second offering is a wish that you have a very happy and very fulfilling Valentine’s Day. Who do you love? Your spouse? Your mom? Your pet rock? Your child who is currently screaming because his older brother dared to sit in a seat he had been sitting on within the last hour? Oh, no wait, that one’s mine. To honor love of all ages and stages, here’s my Four Stages of Romance, with a little bonus stage at the very end. Enjoy!

Robert and I are currently in the midst of our sixth year of marital paradise. We were fifteen when we first met, nearly half our lives ago, and we’re still silly in love with each other. Robert, I love you, darling. Thanks for making my life fabulous!

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Aaron turned three months old yesterday.  My little man’s getting so old!  It’s strange.  On the one hand, it feels like it really hasn’t been that long, but, on the other, it seems like he’s been around forever.  What would I do without my Peanut?  Seriously, marrying Robert was probably the best decision I ever made.  Having Aaron was next best.

But you probably don’t care!  You want to know about the comic!  And the decision that I have reached is that, yes, sadly, Stephanie v. Copy Machine has come to an end.  Thanks to all the loyal readers.  (Maybe we’re up to three by now!)  I hope you’ve enjoyed the comic as much as I have.  Thanks especially to the KBML staff who let me make fun of them on the world wide web and still spoke to me come Monday!  Maybe I’ll pick the comic up again later and do another chapter or something, but, for the time being, we will move on to bigger and dumber things.  So, Robert and I will now take two weeks to scheme, meditate and otherwise prepare for our hostile takeover of the world the new comic.  In the meantime, if anyone is interested in doing guest comics, creative writing, or art, feel free to shoot me an email with the tasteful, G-rated goodness.  (Like I’m always tasteful and G-rated.)  If nobody bites, I will nonetheless do my best to continue to entertain you with doodles and whatnot on Tuesdays and Thursdays by 11 a.m. Alaska time.  Such as this fine piece, incomplete with internet-choppy-halfness.  Enjoy!

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Je suis Jill.

I’m sleepy today.  Maybe because it’s gotten all cloudy.  It’s still warm, though, and I actually slept through most of the night, so it’s not so bad at all.  Plus, I get to go visit my family for Padre’s Day.  It may be the last time I’m down there before they move.  Waaaah!

I have many important duties here at the Library.  I shelve things.  I log things.  I show people where things are shelved.  It’s important work I do.  And I also write many, many important messages on sticky notes.  Yep, important work I do.

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Sorry I’m late (again).  There was a bit of a mix-up at home this morning and so I was late to work, and then I had to take care of something before I could get this up.

Anywho, Monday’s, Tuesday’s and today’s stuff.  I know most of you probably only check in once a week at most (probably more like once a month or once a year… once  a lifetime) and so this makes no difference to you whatsoever, but I feel better.  Which is a little silly since it’s not like this is some binding obligation I’ve sworn to for the rest of my life.  But anyway.  Enjoy!

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Sled Dogs

… are beautiful.  I just really like them.  So I drew one this morning for you to enjoy.  For those of you who don’t already live here, it would be worth your time to come up to Alaska (or pretty much anywhere northerly) just to play with these dogs.  ‘Cause they’re awesome.

Since I’m really good at these early warnings, I will now tell you that I’m going to be out of town visiting family in Kodiak next week.  So… today’s the last post until the 25th.  I kept forgetting to tell you.  ‘Cause I’m awesome.  Oops.

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