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Ellalah by FadedDreams5
Ellalah
They have this digital swap thing for Camp NaNoWriMo, and the idea was to send your partner stuff for writing, like maybe a playlist of songs or motivational quotes or whatever. Which I still plan on doing, but since I do art, I decided it would be cool to draw one of my swap buddy's characters and include that, so this is what I came up with. This was more of an experimental speed-paint than anything else. I tried to 1) work quickly, 2) not be afraid of color and contrast, and 3) not blend the shizzle out of everything like I usually do. I actually kind of like the result. The hair was a challenge and it could be better, but overall, I consider this a highly successful exercise. I would love to do more work like this in the future.
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So I'm just going to leave this here: 



Fallout 4, guys! I haven't been this excited about a game in years! This exactly the excuse I needed to justify buying an XBox One. The gameplay videos look even better. It's going to be so awesome. Of course, watching this made me want to play the old Fallout games. We have Fallout 3 and New Vegas, but I really don't have time for both of them. I really shouldn't have time for even one of them, but I couldn't resist starting a new playthrough of New Vegas, and that's just been making me even more excited for the new one to come out. :P Seriously guys--if you are looking for something to play, you should check these out. I typically don't even like first-person shooter games, but I do like these. The world is just so intriguing, with all of the different factions and stuff. It's got kind of a dark humor to it a lot of times and I love that. It looks like your player character actually has a real voice in the new game, too, so I'm excited about that. And the graphics are way better. My husband is just as excited as I am, so yes...I think we are finally going to cave in and buy a new console sometime in the next few months. Ours has kind of been on it's last legs for a while now, anyways, so it's time.

I also saw the new Mass Effect game trailer, which looks awesome. It will be a little weird without Shepard, but I think it still looks like a decent game.  My brother-in-law has an XBox One and bought the remastered Halo games. They look a lot better (not that they were ever bad to begin with), and I definitely wouldn't mind playing through that series again. It's been a long time, and I hardly remember it, but I do remember that it had a good storyline.

In other entertainment excitement, the American Gods TV adaptation finally got the green light so I am super excited about that. Apparently they are asking for fan input with casting, which is cool. I don't really care who they cast, as long as they can act and as long as they don't whitewash the whole thing. Especially with Shadow. He's easily one of my favorite literary characters and I don't want them to screw him up. His race was pretty ambiguous in the book but he was most definitely not white. I don't think they've announced when it will air or anything yet, but I'm still excited about it.

I just got my first rejection for that science fiction story I sent out. It was Asimov's, which is one of the bigger speculative fiction lit magazines out there, so I really wasn't expecting anything. Except that when I opened the file to look over it before I sent it out to someone else, I saw that I had made a few minor mistakes with my formatting. I don't know how I didn't catch them before, and now I'm going to forever agonize over the fact that maybe I got rejected just because of that. I fixed them and sent it out again, this time to an anthology. Hopefully I get a response soon because if they don't want it, there's this other place I want to send it that only has a short window of time for accepting submissions. I also sent out a flash piece, which, according to The Submission Grinder's average response times, I should be hearing back about any day now.

In other writing news, I've decided to do Camp NaNoWriMo in July. I'm all signed up and have a cabin and everything. They all seem to be pretty good, dedicated writers. We're all writing a YA novel for camp, with a variety of subgenres (mine is fantasy) and experience levels. It should be fun. I've been working on a plot outline for that and I've run into a few hiccups that I'm still trying to sort out, but I'm making good progress and probably have about 2/3 of it figured out.  I'm aiming for 70,000 words, and honestly I don't know if I can manage that since I have work and we will be moving at the end of July. That's over 2,000 words a day. But I'm going to try! And I'll be thrilled if I can even get close to that.

Mostly because of all these writing things (NaNo and attempting to publish), I also decided to try out Twitter. It's something I've been kind of contemplating for a while, since I hear it's a good place for writers to connect and talk about writing and everything. And it's been around forever and I've always meant to try it, but just haven't. I signed up yesterday and haven't done much with it yet, but considering how little time I've spent on it, I actually like it quite a bit and think it will work out well. I'm @ta_hernandez5 over there. I was trying for a shorter username but still wanted to use the T. A. Hernandez (simply because that's the name I'll be using if I ever publish anything). Unfortunately, Hernandez is a very common last name. Heck, I even tried my first name (Tanni) because I've never heard of anyone else with my name and it's usually available, but someone else had already taken it. Weird. Anyways, I may already be following some of you, but if any of you are on there, or if you know of any good writing twitter stuff, please let me know.

And now....back to Fallout.
Immortals by FadedDreams5
Immortals
They say we are what we are
But we don't have to be.
I'm bad behavior but I do it in the best way.
I'll be the watcher of the eternal flame.
I'll be the guard dog of all your fever dreams.

I am the sand in the bottom half of the hourglass

I try to picture me without you but I can't
'Cause we could be immortals,
Just not for long, for long.
--Fallout Boy--

Yay! More art of the new characters from my YA fantasy. This was mostly done because I decided to officially participate in Camp NaNoWriMo in July, and there's a spot on the webpage for a cover, so I wanted to make something to put in that spot. It's a really small spot, so I decided to go for a more anime-style and use cell-shading instead of soft shading because I figured that would show up better. Also, I thought that would be faster (it wasn't, mostly because I don't know what I'm doing). I was originally going to do all seven of the major characters, including the antagonists, but then I got lazy and decided I didn't want to draw the three non-humans, and then I didn't really want to throw Tyrus in there by himself with the protagonists, so I was like, "eh...no." So yeah--these three already got a picture recently, but I wasn't terribly thrilled with it, so I decided to try again. I think I nailed down Kesari and Amar much better this time. Especially Amar (the guy on the bottom right). His body looks a little weird but I'm happy with his face. And I'm happy that Kesari (the one in blue) ended up looking younger than the other two, because she is by a couple years, so that's good, even if it wasn't on purpose :P And Saya probably looks the best out of the three of them (again) because for some reason, she's just easier for me to draw. Don't ask me what's going on with her legs though. I honestly don't know. Background was kind of thrown together, but whatever. It works.

Anyways. Now that this is finished, I should probably get back to working on my plot outline, which I've been procrastinating for days. I've only got 13 more days.
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The semester officially ended for me almost two weeks ago, and I got final grades posted and everything. I did manage to get As in all my classes (even statistics what?!), so I'm hopeful that means my GPA has gone up enough that I can get that full tuition scholarship at USU next year, assuming I don't screw anything up between now and then. I have to send them my transcript and then wait and see how that calculates with them. Since school is out now, I've gone back to work full time at the care center. It was more of an adjustment than I thought it would be. I've only been part-time for over a year now (aside from a few weeks during winter break), so it was kind of a challenge to get back into he swing of things. I always tell people that I never realized how much that job was stressing me out until I went part time and didn't have to be there every day. I mean, school was stressful, too, but in a much different and more manageable way. Now that I've gone back to work full time, I can feel the opposite happening. My stress level is on the rise. :P Especially these past two weeks. I just felt annoyed and aggravated every time I set foot in that building. I think I'm finally over the worst of it, but I am still counting down the days until I can quit. Don't get me wrong: I'm grateful to have the job and I love my residents. I'm going to miss them tremendously when I leave. What I'm not going to miss is all the stupid management BS and policy decisions that are stupid and make no sense. My husband and I figured out what our last day will be there (July 23), so I've got less than two months left, and I'm trying to just make the best of it. It really helps to have a light at the end of the tunnel. I've dreamed of getting out of here for years, and now, it's finally going to happen. The July 23rd end date works out perfectly, too, because my little brother comes back from Ghana that week, so I'll be able to go down and see him and everything, which will be awesome.

In other news, I think I mentioned before that I've kind of shelved Zira's story for now.  It's frustrating, but I'm sure I will go back to it eventually. I just can't deal with it right now. Every time I think about it, I get aggravated, and that's no fun. That's not why I started writing. So instead, I've been working on a plot outline for a new novel. It's been kind of slow, mostly because I want to be careful with the outline and do it right (or mostly right) the first time so that hopefully the first draft is better for it in the end. This morning, though, I woke up a little early with the sudden urge to start writing it. I almost think it was the urge to write that woke me up in the first place. It was the weirdest thing. I'd been having a hard time deciding where and how to begin the story (beginnings are always the part I struggle with most), and all of the sudden, it was just there, so I started writing. That's not to say I won't hate it and want to start from scratch in a few weeks, but it was awesome to feel so enthusiastic about a story again, and to be starting over from scratch without a clear idea of what's going to happen. Scary, for sure, but invigorating.

In the midst of all this, I also decided to start taking my own advice when it comes to writing. Back when I was active on Yahoo Answers (fun fact: that's actually where theant4 and I met, a few years ago. Good old B&A. Ah, fun times), and also Wattpad, I used to always advise people struggling with their novels to maybe try writing short stories instead. Why? Because doing so forces you to get through an entire story, beginning, middle, and end. It's faster than a novel, and you can go back and rewrite and revise it in much less time than you can with a novel. Basically, it takes you through the whole writing process, so it's good practice for when you want to go write something much longer, like a novel. Also, the shorter word count forces you to cut your story down to only the most important parts. You have to tell a great story and make readers care about your characters in less than 10,000 words, and that's challenging, but it can be done. As much as I love short stories and see the value in them, I've only ever written maybe half a dozen of them, many many years ago, before I really started getting into Zira's story. So yes, I finally decided to take my own advice and write some short stories. Which leads me to my newest source of anxiety: publishing.

I think every writer entertains the idea of having their work published at one point or another. I mean, sure, we write for ourselves, and that's all fine and dandy, but how awesome would it be to see your work in print, with your name on the cover and people reading it and everything? I've thought about publishing since the day I started writing. Is that my primary objective in writing? No. I write because I love it. But I'm getting to the point where I really want to publish something. Not so much because I want to see my work in print and have a wider audience read it (though that would be amazing), but because I want to push myself. I really want to get to a point where my writing is good enough to be published. I honestly don't know if I'm there yet, but I feel like I'm getting close enough to start trying. So, as of last week, one of my short stories is currently sitting in the electronic slush pile over at Asimov's Science Fiction magazine, waiting to be rejected. And I am trying my hardest not to go crazy checking my email multiple times a day, hoping that their rejection has come in. Even though I know their average response time is something like five weeks, and it hasn't even been half that long. And then I've got a whole list of other places to send the story once it does get rejected, so that it can get rejected again, multiple times. Hooray! But maybe, just maybe, someone will want it, or maybe I'll get a personalized rejection with specific feedback that will help me improve the story, and even that would be a victory at this point. In the meantime, I'm working on polishing up a few other short stories. I have some flash fiction ideas I want to get down on paper, too. That should be a fun experiment since I've never written flash fiction before. The idea, you see, is to get a few stories on some kind of rotation of submitting, waiting for a response, getting rejected, and submitting again. That way, I could maybe get rejection letters, say, once or twice a week, maybe? But right now I just have the one, and it's the one that I think has the most potential, so I'm kind of agonizing over it.

On second thought, it's probably a good thing that I have work to keep me busy and keep my mind occupied. ;)
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  • Listening to: Bastille
So I'm just going to leave this here: 



Fallout 4, guys! I haven't been this excited about a game in years! This exactly the excuse I needed to justify buying an XBox One. The gameplay videos look even better. It's going to be so awesome. Of course, watching this made me want to play the old Fallout games. We have Fallout 3 and New Vegas, but I really don't have time for both of them. I really shouldn't have time for even one of them, but I couldn't resist starting a new playthrough of New Vegas, and that's just been making me even more excited for the new one to come out. :P Seriously guys--if you are looking for something to play, you should check these out. I typically don't even like first-person shooter games, but I do like these. The world is just so intriguing, with all of the different factions and stuff. It's got kind of a dark humor to it a lot of times and I love that. It looks like your player character actually has a real voice in the new game, too, so I'm excited about that. And the graphics are way better. My husband is just as excited as I am, so yes...I think we are finally going to cave in and buy a new console sometime in the next few months. Ours has kind of been on it's last legs for a while now, anyways, so it's time.

I also saw the new Mass Effect game trailer, which looks awesome. It will be a little weird without Shepard, but I think it still looks like a decent game.  My brother-in-law has an XBox One and bought the remastered Halo games. They look a lot better (not that they were ever bad to begin with), and I definitely wouldn't mind playing through that series again. It's been a long time, and I hardly remember it, but I do remember that it had a good storyline.

In other entertainment excitement, the American Gods TV adaptation finally got the green light so I am super excited about that. Apparently they are asking for fan input with casting, which is cool. I don't really care who they cast, as long as they can act and as long as they don't whitewash the whole thing. Especially with Shadow. He's easily one of my favorite literary characters and I don't want them to screw him up. His race was pretty ambiguous in the book but he was most definitely not white. I don't think they've announced when it will air or anything yet, but I'm still excited about it.

I just got my first rejection for that science fiction story I sent out. It was Asimov's, which is one of the bigger speculative fiction lit magazines out there, so I really wasn't expecting anything. Except that when I opened the file to look over it before I sent it out to someone else, I saw that I had made a few minor mistakes with my formatting. I don't know how I didn't catch them before, and now I'm going to forever agonize over the fact that maybe I got rejected just because of that. I fixed them and sent it out again, this time to an anthology. Hopefully I get a response soon because if they don't want it, there's this other place I want to send it that only has a short window of time for accepting submissions. I also sent out a flash piece, which, according to The Submission Grinder's average response times, I should be hearing back about any day now.

In other writing news, I've decided to do Camp NaNoWriMo in July. I'm all signed up and have a cabin and everything. They all seem to be pretty good, dedicated writers. We're all writing a YA novel for camp, with a variety of subgenres (mine is fantasy) and experience levels. It should be fun. I've been working on a plot outline for that and I've run into a few hiccups that I'm still trying to sort out, but I'm making good progress and probably have about 2/3 of it figured out.  I'm aiming for 70,000 words, and honestly I don't know if I can manage that since I have work and we will be moving at the end of July. That's over 2,000 words a day. But I'm going to try! And I'll be thrilled if I can even get close to that.

Mostly because of all these writing things (NaNo and attempting to publish), I also decided to try out Twitter. It's something I've been kind of contemplating for a while, since I hear it's a good place for writers to connect and talk about writing and everything. And it's been around forever and I've always meant to try it, but just haven't. I signed up yesterday and haven't done much with it yet, but considering how little time I've spent on it, I actually like it quite a bit and think it will work out well. I'm @ta_hernandez5 over there. I was trying for a shorter username but still wanted to use the T. A. Hernandez (simply because that's the name I'll be using if I ever publish anything). Unfortunately, Hernandez is a very common last name. Heck, I even tried my first name (Tanni) because I've never heard of anyone else with my name and it's usually available, but someone else had already taken it. Weird. Anyways, I may already be following some of you, but if any of you are on there, or if you know of any good writing twitter stuff, please let me know.

And now....back to Fallout.

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Just a 22-year-old artist/writer living in the middle of nowhere with my husband, our daughter, and a doberman. I love comments, feedback, chatting, and meeting other artists/writers, so drop me a not anytime! :)
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ppgrainbow Featured By Owner Nov 3, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Thank you so much for joining my Secret-Santa-2014 group and featuring your journal! :hug:

It would always be good to submit your Secret Santa wishlist too as a favour!
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FadedDreams5 Featured By Owner Nov 3, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Yeah, will do as soon as I get it made.  Thanks for all the faves
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ppgrainbow Featured By Owner Nov 3, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
That sounds fair enough.

Sorry for not responding sooner or enough, but my network connection is becoming increasingly unreliable recently. :(

Your entire gallery is wonderful! I'll be looking through your older stuff on your page, btw. :hug:
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SabiNoir Featured By Owner Jul 26, 2014
Thanks for the fav! Meow :3 
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Arkiniano Featured By Owner Jul 18, 2014
Nice gallery! and thanks a lot for all the support ;)
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