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  1. Submitted by Fred Patten, Furry’s favorite historian and reviewer.

    61uE4Na2ptL._SX331_BO1204203200_.jpg?resThe Wrath of Trees, by Bard Bloom. Illustrated, maps by Tod Wills.
    Seattle, WA, CreateSpace, December 2011, trade paperback $16.95 (268 pages), Kindle $2.99.

    “The lakku philosopher wagged her tails as she hammered nails into my trunk. Not pleasant, companionable wagging, but wagging them so that they cross each other: the gloating of a victorious predator. I was small at the time, and three of the nails poked out of my bark on the opposite side. They ached, of course, but a plant does not feel her body as acutely as an animal would. Nothing had eaten my fruit, so I had no way to resist her, or even complain.” (p. 14)

    Thus the opening paragraph of the story. If anyone wonders why the story begins as late as page 14, the preceding pages are filled with three maps of the world of Kono and the island of Naoth, and a seven-page “prependix” of the characters, language and vocabulary to be encountered.

    How to summarize the summary? The lakku, the main characters of Kono, “are generally humanoid, but with some aspects of dogs and birds” (p. 9) with two tails and fur, so they’re furry. Naoth has several social/political factions. Pyzot, the nail-driving philosopher in the opening paragraph, is a member of the Rorojro faction which has recently lost its Great Faction status. She intends to use questionable and illegal methods to regain that status, which will also advance herself in Rorojro’s hierarchy. She has obtained two offworld maraleni trees, which look like regular Kono trees but are sentient and can mentally control weak minds that eat their berries. Bringing any offworld plants to Kono is a capital offense, so Pyzot, her husband Saet, and Rorojro’s kotanay (leader) Utsusei are playing a risky game. Pyzot is brutal, as shown by hammering the nails into Melylunnu (Melyl), the tree, who is the book’s narrator. Melyl hates Pyzot, but what can a speechless tree do? especially when, if she is discovered by anyone else, she will be uprooted and burnt?

    “‘The method is this [Pyzot said]. maraleni are intelligent trees. Whatever eats their berries is thereafter subject to the maraleni’s observation and influence, through subtle currents. […] By ‘influence’ I include mental control – of small animals of only minor intellect and will. […]

    Saet continued for her, wagging his tails in parallel. ‘In short words, we feed our enemies some maraleni berries. Then the maraleni can look and listen in on our enemies from afar.’

    […]

    ‘I see [Utsusei said] the traditional Pyzot cleverness at work here! Or perhaps the traditional Pyzot insidiousness. How do we get reports, though? Can the trees talk?’

    ‘Again, there are many variations. A bird can be compelled to peck at a board of letters and words to spell out a message. Or I shall eat a berry myself, and endure direct mental contact with the maraleni.’” (p. 17)

    It is clear that Pyzot, Saet, and Utsusei do not consider Melyl as an individual but as a tool to be used. This is their first mistake. They decide that it is too risky for Pyzot to eat a berry to get into mental contact with Melyl; who knows where the division between a weak mind and a strong mind is? Instead they need a fourth lakku, but one who they can be sure is under their control. They pick Ffip, a young olpi (lakku slave) who is used to being ordered around.

    “Ffip was not particularly impressive – not that I had seen more than a half-dozen lakku men. He was no more than five and a half feet tall, and a bit chubby. He was still a foot and a half taller than most women, and not nearly as plump, but he did look distinctly effeminate. Most men are at least six feet, and wiry. He had only two crests, which is not a rare thing of itself; Utsusei also has only two. But one was trimmed short and the other trimmed shorter yet, and he looked lopsided and perpetually confused. His fur, at least, was a respectable reddish-purple, with thin purple stripes on his shoulders and legs, just like Saet’s patterns.” (p. 24)

    Ffip is extremely nervous about being put in mental contact with Melyl:

    “His tails were flat in dread; he clearly had a very good idea what was going to be asked of him.

    ‘I need someone to serve as my liaison to Melyl,’ said Pyzot. I can’t be running out to Letse [where Melyl is planted for spying] every time I want something investigated, and I can’t carry on a decent conversation with someone who talks only by commanding a bird to scribble in the sand.’

    I suppose I could have seized that moment to volunteer that I had other ways of talking. I can create illusions of sound at an immara [something in mental communication with a maraleni], and I was sure that with some practice I could make spoken words. […] In any case, I chose to keep my powers secret.” (p. 25)

    Melyl is already planning to escape Pyzot’s control:

    “‘Nothing or next to nothing. My best instruments can barely sense a thing! This is excellent, Utsusei. A few cleverly-placed berries nd we can spy on the other factions,’ said Pyzot at last. ‘Now, try to compel Ffip to, oh, write ‘yes’ in the sand.’

    This seemed an excellent time to seem as weak and unintimidating as possible, and an excellent time to betray Pyzot. It would not be the last. I knew that even my best direct control would not work, rather in the same way that a lakku knows without trying that he can pick up a chair with some effort, but not a full bookcase. Still, I used my weakest spell of compulsion rather than my strongest, sufficient perhaps to persuade a beetle to eat one treat rather than another. The spells I used on the songbird were stronger. ‘I think I felt something,’ said Ffip.” (p. 27)

    Melyl slowly enlarges her knowledge of Letse, and of Naoth, as songbirds and mice eat her berries, become her immara, and she sends them out to explore for her. When Pyzot’s adolescent daughter Etefi and her best friend Nyzhi become immara, Melyl doesn’t dare try to compel them to do anything; she uses them to eavesdrop only and learn about lakku social life.

    The Wrath of Trees gradually turns into a picture of lakku society, its politics and religion, and finally of Naothian warfare against the rival island of Kepez. Melyl at first merely observes:

    “‘The maraleni experiment runs the risk of getting us all lynched if it is discovered. What risks do the others run?’ asked Saet.

    ‘Various risks, all small. Ffip might end up mindless if one of them works badly. Another might turn our fur into ice needles. The other experiments are all fairly noticeable though: anyone with a Pesamimaan Butterfly will know that something is up. The thing that pleases me most about the maraleni is that she’s unnoticeable.’ I unnoticeably worried that Pyzot would realize that I was listening to her as she decided whether or not to kill me. At least, Ffip didn’t notice it.” (p. 76)

    Then she tries to silently influence things. Things get complicated, on Naoth and beyond. The Wrath of Trees is truly unique in its planet, the physiology of its furries, and its rooted, thorny heroine; but the reader is drawn smoothly into it all. It’s a very Different but nevertheless enjoyable read.

    The cover by Tod Wills shows Saet (holding the birdcage) and Pyzot standing below Melyl.

    Fred Patten

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  2. Ok, I'll be honest: I'm never going to get around to uploading those vacation photos and writing out the rest of it.

    Moving on!

    The young cousin we met last year on vacation is coming to America to visit! The plan is right around the same time last year. My father is quite excited and has found a festival to go to with him and then were going to show him around the Midwest. The catch is, the tail-end of the visit overlaps with my plans to attend Anthrocon. While it's becoming increasingly difficult to obscure where I'm going to be, I think it'll work out.

    There's just 3 days where my folks won't be available, before I'll be off to AC. Since it doesn't make sense to work 3 days in between two vacations, I've taken them off as well (leaving me with only 4 more in my time bank! eek!) But, since I'll be available, I'll be expected to entertain my cousin for some of those 3 days.

    Hmmm, well there's a Bowling Alley nearby...

  3. Remember when I said I would try to sketch a couple times a week and then only made two blog posts ever? Hahaha... ha. ._."

    I've been sketching more now so I might as well dump stuff here. Been working on faces.

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    So my presence will be lacking over the next week or so. Quite a few coworkers have taken vacation all at the same fucking time so I'm left to pick up the slack since I have no life. Imagine that.

    Also, there was a massive brush fire nearby my home that started Sunday afternoon, and went straight to hell the next day. So when I'm not working I've been on fire watch due to the still smoldering ashes after the blaze was finally "contained". That hopefully shouldn't last another day if it rains. My neighborhood and my house smells like a campfire right now.

    Catch ya later if I don't burn out.

  6. Modern Country Music all sounds the same!  The seamless shifting between these six Top-40 Country Music hits is proof!

    :V

  7. It happened to Lake Peigneur in Louisiana on November 20, 1980.

    "The drilling crew, who had wisely abandoned the tilting rig, watched in amazement from ashore as their 150-foot derrick disappeared into a lake that was less than ten feet deep."

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    Last Sunday I went to a different zoo than the one I usually visit. They opened their new lemur enclosure for the first time and I had to be there.

    Before the enclosure was opened at 11am I went to see their Barbary macaque enclosure though. It is open as well, so you can go in there to hang out with some stinking, disgusting and slightly dangerous monkeys.

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    There was a sign at the entrance that said that they know how to get into bags and backpacks and that they are known to steal stuff from visitors. You are adviced to take off your hat and glasses and to keep everything closed. So I put everything away, put my bottle of Coke where I usually keep my camera (I had it hanging from my shoulder so that place was free) and tied the two zippers of my backpack together.

    Spoiler alert: That wasn't enough. Obviously.

    At first everything went well enough. One of the monkeys had an eye on my backpack and kept coming over to look at it, but he didn't really dare to come close enough to open it.
    When I sat down with my backpack on my back to take the photo I posted above I suddenly felt that one of the monkeys jumped onto my backpack. I gently tried to get him off by poking him a little and by shaking my backpack a little. I really wanted to get him off quickly, I didn't want them to shit on my head...

    Then I suddenly heard a zipper opening... And when I turned around a saw a monkey running up a tree with my food. Yay. At least he didn't take my tablet which I had in there.

    Their new lemur enclosure was great though. Besides a group of ring-tailed lemurs they also have crowned lemurs, which I have never shot before.

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    Female:

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    Male:

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    Their ring-tailed lemurs are adorable as well:

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    It's an all male group of 11 animals. They are all still very young so they play around a lot, it was great :)

  8. I sometimes find myself sad or frustrated because I find it difficult to relate to anyone I know. I don't mean anything super serious; I just wish I had friends I could get excited about things with. There's plenty of people online who I find make for great conversation, but not so much so in real life. I want a friend to get excited about video games with. Someone who knows and likes a lot of the things I do. People who I would have fun with and want to spend time playing with and talking to.

    Currently, most of my IRL friends are...honestly really boring. Or rather, I find it difficult to enjoy spending time with them a lot of the time. Dont get me wrong; they're awesome friends and really cool people. But its little things that irk me. I spend most of my free time playing video games or watching various animated works. Most of my friends...Well, all they do is play TF2, Heroes of the Storm, and League of Legends. I can't get into MOBAs or most Western games, and I don't really like multiplayer oriented games most of the time (its hard for me to get into something that doesn't have a story or doesn't have an ending). But the few times I do find something I like, none of them want to bother with it. No one wants to pay for a subscription to Final Fantasy XIV: A Realm Reborn. No one wants to download Phantasy Star Online 2 since its a Japanese only game and looks, in their words, "too Square Enix-y" (even though its a SEGA game). No one cares about the upcoming release of God Eater 2. When I suggested one try playing Resident Evil 5 with me, he said he doesn't like games that have a huge number of games in the same series (this same person plays and enjoys Metal Gear Solid V). So multiplayer games don't really work out between us. So one would think there'd be singleplayer games, right? Well the thing is, when I say TF2, HotS, and LoL are all they play, I mean it. All day every day they play the game together and I have to hear my friends talk for hours and hours using in-game terms with each other over voice chat on Discord, relaying strategies and such between each other. It often feels like I'm listening to them say the same things over and over all the time. I can't enjoy those games or get into them. And then they complain about how I'm not in the Discord chat enough to talk with them and be in on conversations. How could they expect me to do that? 

    So that's unfortunate. And yet, when trying to talk about the most basic of singleplayer games, they act confused. One of them thought that all the Final Fantasy games took place in the same universe and used pre-existing characters from previous entries. When I get excited about something and am like "Check out this cool stuff!" in the hopes of having someone to get excited about something, I'm ignored. Actually, most of the things I say and suggest are ignored. I often feel alone, despite having my friends around all the time.

    The thing is, is that I'm in deep in most of the things I like. I'm the type of person who gets excited for games like htol#NiQ: The Firefly Diary and gets excited for obscure Spanish films like Psiconautas. How could I eve relate to someone who doesn't even know the most basic of things in these sorts of mediums I enjoy?

    Perhaps its because I'm far too shallow; that I essentially surround myself and make my life mostly revolved around video games and animation. That maybe I need to expand my horizons. I just want someone to get excited about things for and be able to talk about the things I'm interested in with. Someone I could relate to and say "Hey, check out this cool new thing" and they be like "Yeah, I saw that. It looks awesome!" and then we get excited together and talk for a while and play games together and watch tv together. I just feel kind of alone sometimes.

    Anyways, I needed to get this out since I just felt kind of sad right now that there wasn't anyone I knew IRL who I could talk with about things. 

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    Ah Devo, one of my favorite bands. I love the false optimism of the song. I know false optimism is not an original concept in music, but this has to be the catchiest song to use it.

     

    I love hard psych rock like this. Especially love the guitar riffs. Not much I have to say about this.

     

    I'm not a huge fan of 80's pop, personally. However, if I had to name my favorite pop band of the 80's, it'd be Tears for Fears. I've had this song stuck in my head for the past couple days. What I like most about it is the song's piano (I don't know the correct terminology for this) and it's lyrics.

     

    I have an obsession for songs like this, but I don't know what they're called. The nice swinging bassline. The rockabilly-esque singing. I call it Greaser-core since it reminds me of 50's Greasers. This is the type of music bikers would listen to while beating each other up. Also, how could you hate a song with a random toilet flushing sound effect.

     

    Another song I've had stuck in my head for a while. I like it's choice of samples. Who would have known computer startup soundeffects would have made for a good song.

  9. Good day, all you wonderful people! Today, there's absolutely nothing to talk about in regards to the FFVII Remake, or FFXV.  I've already said my two cents on them.  If I were to talk about them right now, I'd just be all: "YAAAAAAAAAAASSSSS!" and start foaming at the mouth.  So, instead of Final Fantasy, I want to talk about a franchise that I've played for quite some time: The Legend of Zelda.  I've only played a few games from this series: Four Sword AdventuresOcarina of TimeMajora's MaskZelda IZelda II: The Adventure of Link, my personal favorite Twilight Princess, and Wind Waker; in that order.  Four Sword Adventures was my first Zelda game.  However, I never completed it; like five others on the list. As for the four games after that: My brother and I had a collector's edition disk for our Gamecube, which is how I got to play those. Like Four Sword, I never finished them; Even the 3DS versions of OoT and MM are incomplete. Zelda I and Zelda II are my least favorite bay far; I got lost so many times that I just rage quit.

    See, guys, I actually found the fifth temple;which was pitch dark. Turns out I needed a candle.  So, I wander about for a bit until I come across an old lady in a random cave. Lo and behold: She's selling candles for 200 Rupees (Or less. I can't remember).  I stared at the screen, and then I reset and played the Wind Waker demo. That was the last time I ever even attempted Zelda I.  As for Zelda II...Well let's just say that the battles were a tad too jarring for my taste; I quit after running into five battles.

    Twilight Princess; one of my all-time favorite games ever.  I could go on for ages about it.  However, I'll show some restraint here; if I don't throw caution to the wind first.  What is it about this game that I absolutely adore?  For starters, the wolf mechanic was pretty damn cool in my opinion. I loved changing into Wolf Link and running around Hyrule Field.  Also: Running around the Castle Town and scaring the shit out of everyone is fucking fun.  That had to be said.  Besides the wolf stuff, the moves that the Hero's Shade teaches you are absolutely glorious!  Especially the Finishing Blow and the Hurricane Spin; I used those all the damn time.  The main characters were great, the story was great, and even some of the dungeons were great. Some of them.  The Snow Peak Ruins and the City in the Sky were absolute hell. No, Yetto, I will not give you shit for your soup.  The Ruins have virtually no redeeming qualities  Unless you count the FFVII-inspired snowboarding mini-game that takes you there.  The City in the Sky, however, has a fucking dragon for a boss; that is the only redeeming quality for that dungeon.  This game is amazing.  However, I will admit one thing: It hasn't aged all that well.  The textures are all muddy and gross-looking, the models are borderline low-poly, and the bloom effect that Nintendo did for the Twilight Realm is too much.  Thankfully, there's a remaster to play.  To be honest though, I don't think I'll be getting it. Because one: I don't have a Wii U, and two: They've remastered the Gamecube version of the game; which I've played, and finished, eight times.  Besides that, I want a PS4 with the passion of a thousand suns.

    Unlike Twilight Princess, The Wind Waker was something new for me.  Everything in it was cute, brightly-colored, and highly atmospheric with some cartoonish comedy sprinkled in.  It's cell-shaded art style was quite amazing to behold; especially after staring at TP's muddy colors for several months.  Back when it first came out, everyone tried roasting this game because of how it looked.  Honestly though, I really like it. Granted, I never finished it because I got stuck.  The King of Red Lions kept telling me to "Seek knowlege from the people of the sea!", and that still makes no sense to me.  Back when my brother and I still had the Gamecube (He sold it without asking first....Asshole.), I didn't have a laptop to search for walkthroughs.  So, as I previusly stated, I never finished the game.

    Well, guys, that's about it for me today!  I hope you enjoyed this long-winded ramble about Zelda games.  I'll catch you guys and gals later!

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    Ok, I'm gonna list my personal top 5 albums of all time.

    Note that I said personal; as in this is my personal opinion. It's not meant to be the definitive list to take on the world.

    Anyway, here we go:

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    Blonde on Blonde -Bob Dylan
    Bob Dylan. My personal favorite artist ever, and the single most influential songwriter of our generation. He reintroduced the world to the idea that songs can be something more; that they can be a kind of poetry. He has a lot of good albums, but this one finds him at the top of his game. The songwriting ranges from melancholy and cryptic, to boisterous and tounge-in-cheek. And the sound--that sound!!--is wonderful. Or, as he himself put it, it's got that "thin, wild mercury sound".
    Picks: "Visions of Johanna", "I Want You", "Sad-Eyed Lady of the Lowlands"

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    Abbey Road -The Beatles
    And then there's Beatles, the other hugely influential band. These guys were incredibly important to shaping what music was to become; they showed people that 'popular music" can be a real form of art, and pioneered many of the modern recording techniques that we still use today. But why didn't I choose Sgt, Pepper? The one everybody chooses?? The one that rocked the music industry to its core??? Well, here's why: It may have been a bold and incredible album in '67, but it just doesn't hold up all that well today. Frankly it just sounds like silly fluff. Not that there aren't some fantastic songs on there, mind you, but overall it just doesn't have the same effect that it did then. So I chose my personal favorite instead, Abbey Road. It's their best album in my opinion. It's got fun songs, good production, a great vibe; hell, even the cover is stunning!! Yes, this one has some silly songs too but I think they hold up much better here. The medley section on the 2nd half is fantastic. And with this being the final album they recorded before their breakup, who could ask for a better closer than "The End"?? This album is just plain beautiful.
    Picks: "Come Together", "Something", "Here Comes the Sun", "She Came in Through the Bathroom Window"

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    The Dark Side of the Moon -Pink Floyd
    Well this one's a no-brainer. Pink Floyd, after a fair few albums of stumbling around trying to find their niche, really came unto their own on this one with a masterfully-crafted concept album about the stress and seeming futility of life. It struck a chord with millions, and became one of the highest-regarded and best-selling albums of all time. If you haven't listened to it yet, you really should--preferably in a quiet, dark room. It's like a beautiful depression. 
    Picks:....you better just listen straight through. It'll be obvious.

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    The Joshua Tree -U2
    Here's an awesome aural experience!! U2 does America. This one's great for taking long walks outdoors. Every song is of the highest quality. You can feel the air and wide, open spaces.
    Picks: "Where the Streets Have No Name", "With or Without You", "Bullet the Blue Sky", oh godammit I want to list all of them..... 

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    OK Computer -Radiohead
    A modern gem right here, made for the claustrophobia of the modern age. Radiohead are some of the most masterful, intelligent musicians of our time, and they can carve out a great album like nobody's business. This is their masterwork. Written and composed during a time of great stress, the band just coming off a tough tour, this is an album about fear: fear of travel, fear of technology, fear of others, fear of death. Every song is perfection. I'd recommend grabbing a lyric sheet your first time around.
    Picks: "Airbag", "Paranoid Android", "Karma Police"

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

    Yay you read it what do you want a cookie or something go home geez

  11. It's also 3 in the morning and I'm shitposting on the internet while pretending to look for a job.

    The American Dream...god bless.

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    A friend of mine suggested that I try it on a whim and I did since we discussed classic sodas like rootbeer and ginger beers coming back in popularity.

    The 7-11 across the street from my apartment carries it, and I was in the mood for something Boozy...and not Mike's Harder Lemonade.

    Henry's Hard Soda made it around the market with the Ginger ale, which is okay. I've been spoiled on Scottish and Jamaican Ginger Beers, so I have to say that it was "meh" in comparison to Not your dad's ginger ale. It was missing the bite that a lot of the more popular ones, like Crabbes, were missing. I guess it was trying to mimic the soda you'd find in your convenient  store fridge. *shrug*

     

    Anyways, the orange variety is fizzy like a soda and a clean sweet in comparison to Mike's hard (Which has a heavy syrup aftertaste). As for the orange soda flavor...it's not as strong as if I were to drink a regular Fanta orange or Sunkist with a little vodka or everclear. It reminds me more of cheap malt liquor, sadly. The ABV is 4.2%, so it is good as something good to drink without the excessive alcohol.

    My rating a 3/5. Not the best thing, but it's okay. It's a good chaser or something to sip on if you are looking for a fruity drink that isn't that strong. 

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    I adopted a cat recently. I was meant to pick her up on the 22nd, but there were complications during surgery (apparently the surgical incision was a bit too large and they wanted to ensure it healed properly) and they changed the pick-up date to today, the 24th.
    I picked her up and she's just a sweet little baby, she's so happy to finally be able to walk around, stretch out, and lay on the couch instead of being cooped up in a kennel/cage. I saw her a while back and knew I had to adopt her; she looks just like my current cat, Mink. I asked for more details on my new cat (who I've named Tizzy) and was told that she was found in the south of my city as a stray and is about 4 years old. Mink was sold to me by a breeder in the south of the city and is 4 years old as well. Their similarities in appearance, location, and age all said to me that they may be long-lost siblings.
    Upon meeting Tizzy, I noticed that she has the same short-ish legs as Mink, the same silky fur and long tail hair, and exhibits the same quirky behaviour as Mink. I adopted her and I have her in my roommate's room for a week or so while I slowly introduce the two cats.

    I originally had Moose (my sister's cat, who she left at my dad's house because she felt he was bored all alone at her house, and who I took with me to be with Mink for company), but my dad missed him so I gave him back. I miss him, but I know he's happier there where he can see my other two cats (Timmy and Red) and be able to roam around without competition from Mink. (Moose and Mink got along well, but Moose likes to play rough and Mink doesn't. This way Moose can see the older cats but also won't be able to smack Mink when he gets excited).

    Anyways, I have two cats now, here's pics of both of them. New cat (Tizzy) is wearing the Cone of Shame, obviously.

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  12. Just because I took a bunch of screens in the process of making this paint.
    This took around 18 - 20 hours, start to finish.


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  13. I'm not angry enough to lash out; especially with my fists.
    I'm not sad enough to cry and shed tears.
    I'm not happy enough to smile.

    Yet, I do it anyway.

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    Smile...that is.

  14. I'm going to buy so much underwear. RIP wallet

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    Well, I finally got to do some more sculpting, however my trial licence had expired by today and using a 2nd e-mail address to get another key wasn't working, so I decided to give Mudbox a try.

    Best decision ever, I'm used to working with Maya and 3DsMax so I got the hang of it in no time, still have some stuff to fix but I think the base mesh is getting close to finished :D

    WIP pics:

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  16. the link is in the writer's bloc. Let me know what you think. The next chapter might take a while since I need to think of stuff to put in it.

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    It has been a few months since I got PERMANENTLY BANNED (yes, caps are important :V) from FA over the #FATransparency drama (for violating something I didn't even sign)  and things have been coming along ok I guess.

    It does indeed suck that the traffic on Weasyl and SoFurry is significantly down on numbers than that of FA. That was always a given. I'd be lying if I said I wasn't annoyed by that fact though, I am. I've lost pretty much half of my watchers if we compare my weasyl watchers to my FA ones and I find that it's just pretty quiet here in general. A lot of artists I used to follow either aren't on here or just have account and don't post all that often. Again, not unexpected, but very frustrating nonetheless.

    Frustrating not only because I now can't follow some amazing artists as regularly as I used to, but a lot of my friends are from FA and quite a few of them haven't made the transition yet, hence resulting in less community participation over here than I was used to.

    It's a vicious cycle. People don't want to join less popular sites because they believe it's not worth their time for the very small amount of exposure they'll get, but this very behaviour results in there being a small audience on the site in the first place.... so people don't make a point to make themselves active here.... and on goes the cycle. It's the exact same thing as with YouTube. Everyone at every opportunity shits on YouTube (quite rightly a lot of the time, same with FA) and there are better alternatives, but  very few content creators want to commit fully to them because they'll take a hit to their audience and hence income. Staying where the audience is, I understand, makes a lot of sense and I guess to a lot of creators is worth more than what features a site has, how it's run or how it looks.

    Creators: - I often make the case that you should put your work in as many places you can post it. I do so with my music for example. I post it to FA (well, used to), weasyl, SoFurry, YouTube, Soundcloud, Bandcamp, etc.... It's simple marketing. Get your stuff EVERYWHERE to gain maximum exposure. People see this as too much work to maintain stuff on all those sites, however, there are definite benefits as shown by decades of..... well, just look at advertising today. It's doing the exact same thing. Getting the product EVERYWHERE so people can see it. If they don't see it, they won't engage with or buy it. Think of the content you create as that product. You will reap the rewards eventually.

    However, as a start this journal is a GREAT guide on how to increase your watcher's activity on your accounts that aren't FA. It can apply to any site. - https://www.weasyl.com/journal/69579/faster-better-cheaper-traffic-funneling-for-content-creators

    Another idea in a journal I found (which is being a pain to find again) is to make site-specific offers or deals. Offer for example a YCH on one site that you want to direct traffic to and not the others, and advertise it on other sites. Open site-exclusive commissions. Maybe you can do what I've seen some artists do and offer a higher quality/full version pictures on the sites that you like and link them. This is a more extreme option and you'll have to be careful of your userbase's reaction (perhaps ask for feedback beforehand!), but it's an option.

    Work at it and you'll reap the rewards.

    To both creators and watchers: - INTERACT and use the site that you like the most. If the artists you love are 'struggling' on your site, then help them out with interaction. Be supportive. Comment on and fav stuff, watch new artists. Make it 'worth the effort' for them to continue posting there and they'll definitely be more tempted to.

    I have rambled on a bit, but this is a topic I'm quite passionate about and I'd love to see better, more efficiently run sites rise up and reach the popularity they should have. In my opinion, FA should not get all the glory and traffic, it does not deserve it. It has neglected this community's for too long and as long as the current leadership are in power, it'll be very hard for me to support them unless a miracle happens. This is the only overly opinionated part of this journal, but it's something I felt I needed to say after interacting with FA's leadership for so long.

    Thanks for reading my long, rambly journal. I hope you have at least gained something from it. Feel free to share it with your friends, creators or not.

    - Kalmor Isvaeng