Thursday, Friday, Donate Donate Donate!!!
Oh no! Action, dramah, suspense! And that's it for this week! And did you catch the reference in panel 4?
Depending on how things are looking, I may extend the donation drive to next week. As some of you know, I already had to take Heavenly Bride down for the time being. (I'll address that later.) I was pretty serious about the world being turned upside down over here and Akashik needing that life boat of community support.
I managed to find a neat little widget that tracks the donation goal vs. donations. It took me a long time to find it, and I'm not completely satisfied with this one but it will do for now. It's that little thermometer in the upper right hand corner. If you click it, it will open up a donation dialogue. At least, I hope it will. I'm not a coding expert.
As you can see, my donation goal is $600. I have to tell you that's about 1/3 of my husband's paycut (no, I'm not kidding)... but there's only so much I can ask of you guys.
To reiterate: In exchange for a small donation, you get:
1. Extra pages (provided there are enough donations)!!
2. Our donation incentive wallpaper and desktop theme!!!
3. I'm taking away the Wall Of Fame idea (where your name appears in a print issue). For starters, I have a print bill for Issue 4 that I can't pay at this time. So I'm not sure when I'll be able to set things up for another print issue. It was a silly idea anyway. Someone, kick my friend for suggesting it to me.
4. If you donate $10 or more, you'll get the nifty Taus with Wings pin. So you know the amount I have ordered is about 15. I have 9 left. I can't order more unless I have the funds to pay for it. And we're back to the beginning of the circle.
Oh, and I might be having an extra update next week! No promises yet. I'm prepared for it if you are, though.
And now I'll address the issue of Heavenly Bride.
Putting it on hiatus was very hard to do. To delve into the realm of TMI, I had tears in my eyes when I did it. However! A silver lining: people responded. I never knew it had regular readers - or at least I wasn't too sure. But you guys spoke up by emailing me and posting here.
I took a full year to write the script to Heavenly Bride, but the story has been in my mind since I was a very small child. Well, the entire story of Taus has always been in my mind as if placed there by... some... unknown... force (cue Star Trek music). I'm burning with the fever to finish this and tell many many more stories, segments and fish.
I was always worried about Heavenly Bride as a story. In the writing world, romance is the most difficult to write (contrary to popular belief). Unless you're taking the high school drama route, it's harder to put tension in there that is believable and yet not too cliche. HB is my first strict romance. I was so happy to find out that people out there really do like it. I guess it's not a complete failure.
Here's what I'm hoping will happen:
Akashik's current chapter is about to come to a close. If the donations keep coming, that might be less than a month. (I'll have to count.) If not, it will be when it will be.
I have been planning for a very long time to pull a Foglio at that time and put in a filler story. The purpose would be to buy me (and Conquest) the time we need to do more artwork and get ahead of ourselves in case of emergency.
Now if only I could get the coding for the website fixed so that it would update itself.
The filler story in question was created by War as part of the original first chapter print of Akashik. She has a very different art style from mine, but her wit and humor are too great to be missed. (Which is why we keep her.) It's a very short one, and I'm considering just posting it twice a week with an extra page on Saturday should we get enough donations. It will be over before you know it, and I'll be scrambling, "Where's my paper! YAAA!"
Anyway, that would be when I'm planning to pick HB back up again (if not sooner). By then I'll know if the electricity is staying on or not, among other things.... even though my deadline to pay things is the 15th.
Now that I know there are HB fans out there, I added a wallpaper to the donation page. From now on I'll do my best to have a wallpaper offering for HB as well as Akashik. =^-^= I don't mind coloring the little guys. It's nice to see Lhung and Taus in color once in a while, don't you think?
And with that I'm running out of news. One last thought (repeated): if you haven't donated, please consider doing so. I don't want to have to leave the art world (and my house).
If you have donated, then a good way to continue to help out would be to spread the word of Akashik to your friends, buddies, and enemies! The more the merrier, so they say....
Posted by Death
at 12:01 AM CDT
Updated: 7 August 2009 11:16 AM CDT