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January 9, 2012


hello everyone,

hope you all had a good holiday season and happy new year~
since my birthday is over as well, i can safely retreat back to my inner sanctum of seclusion~ even work has been letting me completely avoid people for the next week~

all i can say is that i am relieved.  i truly am an introvert.  not one of those stereotypically awkward types, (though i can be awkward during the right moments) no no my mind goes spinning a mile a minute when i'm thrusted into socializing and i manage to put a good performance of being out going, friendly, confident ect... it's a relief to hole up again and start back into spinning my stories instead.

i notice that illustrations tend to get more views/comments then comic pages on deviantart in general.
i guess the pages don't look as flashy overall?  i want to try and share my story telling more in the future so i think i'm going to be doing less illustrations unless i'm particularly inspired.    

speaking of which, now that all three renascence stories are up (the normal one, threads, hungry) what do you think? which did you enjoy the best and why?  or perhaps you didn't particularly enjoy any of them, maybe you can share that opinion as well.
  • Listening to: videogame remix!!
  • Reading: secret~~!
  • Watching: my life fly by
  • Playing: nothing this week
  • Eating: chocolate chip pancakes
  • Drinking: instant coffee
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kargath64 Featured By Owner Mar 12, 2012
The trouble with comics on DA is that there's no interface to say "go to the start of a series".

With the multiple short stories you write, I'd recommend using a customised ComixPress installation on your own server - otherwise you'll lose a stack of readers every time you finish a story and move onto a new Smackjeeves(etc) site for a new short story! Just have a feed for each comic and a superfeed that combines all those feeds.
wulfmune Featured By Owner Mar 13, 2012
i've re-read this comment a few times but i'm super behind and retarded at networking T_T can you clarify please?
kargath64 Featured By Owner Mar 15, 2012
Oh I forgot to link to the plugin sites:
kargath64 Featured By Owner Mar 15, 2012
I'll try and make that clearer (and add a few points)

DA's interface is terrible for comics because there's no obvious entry point for new readers. It doesn't flow.

You as a creator need a single place for people to go to when they want to see your stuff. A person should be able to search for "Jennifer Quick" and get a one-stop-shop where they can find all your things. (wulfmune dot com seems available)
Right now your creator presence is fragmented. You have DA, your tumblr, your old site with the marker CPF drawings (can't remember the name), and multiple individual webcomic sites (including multiple sites for a single comic)!

In addition to this, you have the trouble that many people will follow your comics via RSS feed. That means that when you finish up a series and move to a new one, you'll lose all the readers who were just following the comics via that RSS feed and aren't subscribed to your blog etc (assuming you start a new Drunkduck page for each comic series)
Even worse is the comic mirroring you're doing - Google *punishes* sites that it detects have duplicate content - your sites can even vanish entirely from its index!

Going with a package like Comicpress (spelled it wrong before) or Webcomic and customising it a bit helps get rid of the multiple sites problem. Both are Wordpress components that let you set up a combination blog/comic site. With a little work you can set up streams for multiple series at once.

You'll need to do a bit of work, but it's worth getting it right *now* rather than after you've got a lot of people linking to and reading your fragments strewn about the place.
blwhere Featured By Owner Jan 12, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
ugh, don't make me choose... D: Loved all 3, and wished all 3 were longer. ESPECIALLY hungry, I looove the characters, and I would enjoy
seeing those 2 guys get into more mischief, you really didn't see what the dark haired guy is truly capable of. :D

I like it when you're secluded, you come up with more stuff for us to enjoy!!! <--- Sounds bad, I'm sorry. I want you to have a life of course,
but I like your art too much for you stop for, what, a few years? :D
wulfmune Featured By Owner Jan 14, 2012
i would like to go back and revisit all these stories ^_^;; aah but i also have other ideas i haven't touched yet. aah. i've been sick lately and i need to get better darn it!
blwhere Featured By Owner Jan 15, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
if i were you, i would make all my new stories first, then start doing the older stories.
That way you have the basics down for them, and you can always come back to it later.
I also hope you get better! No need for rushing!
five-pm Featured By Owner Jan 12, 2012
I loved all 3 stories very much! Each of them is unique, with its own atmosphere.
Each story is complete, perfectly fine as a stand-alone, but also seems to be a part of something bigger, like a glimpse into other world or the characters` life. Everything and everyone in the stories have this depth; one gets the feeling that there is so much more to them and wants to learn about it. (I'd love to read sequels of all the 3 stories)
One of the things I like the most about 'Off*beat' is that the characters are so real, so alive, you can really relate to them. I`ve hardly ever felt this way towards fictional characters (to tell the truth, perhaps the only other time was Lynn Flewelling`s novels). But now I know that it's not just 'Off*beat', this is true for all of your stories.
These 3 are short stories, so the reader can't possibly have enough time to really get to know the characters, but in spite of that they feel like real people, one can see that they have consistent personalities, even though we are only shown a small part of them. It's a mystery to me how you can portray your characters like that in short stories.
Well, it's actually a mystery to me how it is possible to create characters like that at all. It's like magic.
What I am trying to say is: I can't help but really care about your characters.

Thank you so much for sharing these wonderful stories with us on deviantart!
I'm looking forward to reading more stories from you in the future =^__^=

(P.S. Excuse me if there are any mistakes, please. English is not my first language.)
wulfmune Featured By Owner Jan 14, 2012
i'm really happy to read that you were able to become interested in their characters in such a short format.

i read a few of lynn flewellings books. from what i read, i liked her characters also. dashing and a bit flawed :)

i think i spend all my focus on my characters and not usually enough on the plot itself. but i really like to spend all my down time thinking about getting in their heads.
keiiii Featured By Owner Jan 10, 2012
I enjoyed them all. When you were adding the pages, I was looking forward to seeing new ones and finding out how the story unfolds. :heart:

I was sad to see the Normal One end because it seemed like such a perfect setup for a neverending source of amusing situations. I would've loved to get to know Terry's family better!

Threads is... Soul Union AU? It was awesome to see those characters again. I liked the ending here in particular. It wraps up the short story perfectly, yet it lingers the way a good bittersweet ending does.

Hungry is probably my favorite. I wish I could explain why, but I can't. D: As with The Normal One, I would love to learn more about the characters, their past and whatever adventures await those two.
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