Over the Hump Day (from my Patreon page)

 

Back to work riding the hump, … of a bull that is.  Finally getting back to work on my project titled “Rodeo”, which will be a combination of my artwork and a very short story.  Once I get everything settled with the painting, I will copy the story and place it into the image.  I look forward to reaching that point since this was the intention originally but my physical painting never did the idea justice so it languished until I thought about doing a digital painting.  So far, I am happy with the results.

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New $1 Reward Added – Dragon Dreams: Currents of the World Chapter 6 (from my Patreon page)

I have added another chapter from the Dragon Dreams saga to my Patreon page .   We are nearing the end of the Currents of the World section of the story and I wanted to let you know about my method of assigning chapters.  If you have been following, instead of starting the chapter numbers over again for each subsection of the over all arc, I decided to just continue numbering as if they were all one story.  Yes, this convention could cause confusion but I think it is unique and different, which if you have spent any time at this blog, I most assuredly am.  Believe me, this will become evidently apparent in the final part of the series, Embers in the Sky.   Here is the discription from my page:

 

“This week’s reward is the sixth chapter of the Dragon Dreams saga.  Jason and the crew of The Pillar of the Sky have survived the attack of ancient powerful sand creatures but not without some changes in perspective for all involved.  Jason is pleasantly surprised by his new close relationship to Saimath, his fellow wizard.  Also, the crew, which may have once dismissed him even with the prophecy, now revere and befriend him, believing their prospects to be much better.  Unfortunately, they are given little time to enjoy these changes as the Blue Dragon reappears, dragging a massive sandstorm to obliterate any traces of The Pillar of the Sky.  Will they survive?  Can Jason manage another miracle?  Subscribe to my Patreon page to find out.”

Amber Waves Revisited

As I said, when I posted “Amber Waves”, I planned to expand on the story with my reason for writing it.  The truth of the matter is that I am very much against scientist/businesses/man playing with genetics.  Why?

Politics, Greed, Hubris, Asbestos, Radioactive Paint for Illuminated Watch Dials, Wallstreet meltdown of 2008,  S&L Bailout, financial bubbles, the great depression, World War II, World War I, Hitler, the Holocaust, Inquisitions, Salem Witch Hunts, Enron, Tyco, torture, radical religions, Catholic Priest molestation and cover up, Three Mile Island, Chernobyl, Fukushima Daiichi, racism, poverty, gap between rich and poor, gun violence, mass murders, cults, nuclear waste, pollution, endangered species, kings and queens, fossil fuels, corporate theft, Thomas Edison (thief of movies), slavery, economic slavery, sweat shops, nuclear weapons, weapons of mass destruction, chemical weapons, napalm, agent orange, American Civil War, hunger, healthcare for profit, food recalls in time and not, corporate news, money equals speech, police arrest quotas, drug war, drug addiction, pedophiles, abusers, alcoholics, bribery, corruption, murder, saber rattling, Vietnam, Afghanistan, Iraq, 9/11/2001, terrorism, imperialism, colonialism, Apartheid, gulags, Communism, Stalin, Pol Pot, Flint Michigan, Love Canal, Tennessee Water Authority, insider trading, lobbyists, Cuban Missile Crisis, President Reagan, President G.W. Bush, President Bill Clinton, Senator Hillary Clinton, President Trump, Newt Gingrich, Iran-Contra Affair, White Water, Watergate, McCarthyism, black listing, blackmail, hate crimes, oppression, company stores, trash, elitism, oligarchy, robber barons, rape, incest, over population, genocide, world domination, dictators, short term thinking, etc.

I could go on and on but the facts boil down to one undeniable truth, man is nowhere near wise enough to comprehend all the possible outcomes of manipulating the complex workings of DNA.  When we discovered materials that were radioactive, we thought they were safe. Ask the women that painted watch dials with radioactive paint so they would glow in the dark if it was safe.  We thought Asbestos was a wonder product, ask those that died from the cancer it produced if they think we are wise.  If we know so much about our bodies that we feel messing with our DNA is wise, how come we have such a thing as an Opioid epidemic? Why don’t we truly understand cancer and aids?  The truth is that we still do not understand the basics completely enough to play with DNA, let alone chaos theory and its wide reaching tendrils into the workings of our universe.  Then add to all this our continued failings as moral beings.  This is why I believe we should not mess with Genetics, Nuclear Fusion, or Artificial Intelligence.  Not because any of these are inherently evil but that we have shown neither the capacity or the will to tackle these sciences with the care that is needed, just look at our history of repeating mistakes.

New $1 Reward – Dragon Dreams: Currents of the World Chapter 5 (from my Patreon page)

Here is what I wrote for this week’s reward from my Patreon page:

 

“Jason and the crew of the Pillar of the Sky face a danger from the depths of the sand ocean.  A danger that could end their voyage.  Unfortunately, the wizard Saimath has been injured and the fate of the ship and crew are left in Jason’s unreliable hands.  His solution leaves many shocked and breathless.  Join Jason as he struggles on through his quest to fulfill prophecy in a place he shouldn’t be.”

My New Introduction Video (from my Patreon page)

 

Here it is, I finally found some music I liked and decided to finish this video off even though the quality is not as good as I would like. However, it is much better at explaining the site than the old one was.  This shows the art that is at the core of my Patreon page.  The music is a creative commons track from the Free Music Archive under soundtracks Borrtex __-__5 Sky.

New Introduction (from my Patreon page)

Here is my new introduction on my Patreon page.

 

“Breath.  That is what creating is for me, breath.  It is the only thing that gives meaning to my life and is the impetus behind what you see here.  From an early age I was a creator, whether in clay, Legos, or sticks and stones.

I spent hours building creatures, houses, towns, and worlds.  Then I saw something my mother drew and was hooked.  Drawing allowed my ideas to branch out and take on new shapes, becoming more substantial with each year.  However, the path has not been easy for me to follow, disappearing several times in my life but always coming back.  For decades I followed the artistic path only.  I was focused on drawing and painting with sculpture sparkling through on occasion.

Then after a rough period of family issues, I found I needed another outlet for my ideas and feelings.  At this time I found SFFworld.com where I interacted with kind and open people that were willing to listen to my thoughts.  I lurked for a time, watching the discussions and writing contests until I finally decided to try my hand at story telling. Several years on, I am still at it, nearing the completion of my first collection of short stories.

This is where you come in.  I need help to continue this journey.  As I have said, this has been a hard journey for me with little support and large hurdles.  I had a job that, while unsatisfying, was paying most of the bills.  However, it was taking a toll on me creatively and leaving me more and more in debt.  In an attempt to change this course, I decided to make this Patreon page to share my art and stories with people willing to support their creation by becoming patrons.

For a small monthly fee you will gain access to downloadable versions of my stories and artwork.  I also hope to eventually create physical copies that will be available for sale.  Your patronage will help me to continue creating the unique artwork displayed on this page, as well as, the fantastical stories that bubble out of my mind.  Please consider joining me on this wild and crazy ride that propels me ever forward toward the stars and beyond.” 

Art Updates (from my Patreon page)

So, I have all this extra time on my hands now.  I haven’t gotten too crazy looking for a job yet because I am cleaning up a lot of stuff that was getting pushed aside by all the stress from my former job.  Hell, I am spending all my time at the dentist.  I have been there for four visits and now have to go for a fifth because another front tooth chipped.  Damn!  However, the first application fell through but I am not overly surprised because I was not centered in the geographic area of the route.  Big thing with these kind of companies these days.  At least my resume is on file for when and if the expansions occur in the five companies that will be allowed to work in the chain my old company was in.  In addition, I may check out another company that works in this chain that is commission based.  I have my reservations, but I am not totally sure I want to go back to what I did.  I may even try for a pure merchandising job with someone like Pepsi or Coke.

Anyway, with all this extra time, I have decided to push on some of the backlog of projects and explore some new ideas.  First off, I am almost finished with the “Quiet Strength – Silent Vulnerability” coloring page reward and hope to have it posted early tomorrow.  This took longer than I wanted because the image was made years ago with no thought at all of using it as anything other than a reference.  Cleaning up the sections that where shaded was difficult because of what the scanner chose to consider dark and light.  All in all though, I think I got it licked, just some final lines to clean up.  Second, I have been itching to get back at the Termanicz image and thinking about drawing a background the will be more concrete than trying to do it from scratch on the computer.  I am not quite comfortable with that yet.  Finally, I have been looking into how to do a print project on my Patreon page.  It looks like I will be making a separate page just for that and will be working out the details of what to include in the reward, how many I will print, and how much it will cost.  I hope to have the first one ready soon so watch for updates.

P.S. I wanted to know if anyone thinks my flash fiction entry “A Word in the Hand is Worth Two in the Bush” should be added to the stories I already have slated for “Mystics and Misfits”?