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Minor little update (EDIT – … NOT!)

Posted in Uncategorized with tags , , , , , , on June 5, 2012 by Dena

Been meaning to record a vlog, but I never seem to think of it at the right time, so this should do for now.

The short version is that I’m cutting back on video production, and spending more time on art and such.

I’ve gotten to a point where I need to focus on things that will make money–Lee and I will be forced to move sometime in spring of next year (we knew it was coming, we just didn’t have a specific time frame until recently) and right now we make just enough to get by and have very little saved up. Frankly, my videos do not get many views, and with Blip not paying out much lately … I’m just not making enough money on my videos to justify trying to do them on a regular basis.

Clearly, I’m never going to be able to make videos full time and be able to live off that–most people who are able to pull that off have either found a great niche where there’s a big audience for it, or they’re still living at home so they can get away with doing a part-time job, or maybe they’re in school, and they have more free time. Anyway, what I’m trying to get at is that making videos is really not going to get me anywhere–there’s nothing to work towards in this area.

Now, this does not mean that I’m going to stop making videos. I like doing it, and I think I can honestly say I’m good at it and I’m usually proud of the end result … plus I’ve made many awesome friends through making videos (hey, I became friends with a voice actor from one of my favorite games–how awesome is THAT?), so I certainly don’t consider it a waste of time. I will continue doing it, but only on a monthly basis or so (which isn’t too different from what I’ve been doing lately, but I guess now I’m making it “official”).

October will still be “Silent Hill month” for the Game Den, so don’t worry about that, and I plan on trying to get “Transformers month” out sometime this year (Facebook friends might remember that–I threw together an opening sequence in January of last year and posted it there), and I have a Film Den episode I started before my hiatus last year that I can finish and put out at some point. But it’s going to be a relatively uneventful year for my videos overall. Other than that, I’ll still be doing HorrorCast episodes and commentary videos in between those few big things I have planned.

So what DO I plan on doing this year? Two things, basically: My Little Pony and Cyborcats. I’m sure that got a laugh out of some people, but let me explain =P

Since I’ve pretty much become a Brony/Pegasister, and there’s a big market for MLP plushies (they can go from anywhere between $50 and $1000), AND I’m generally good at sewing, I plan on making those and selling them on ebay. Currently working on the first one (it’ll be Twilight Sparkle–I’ve posted in-progress pics on Facebook). Also, I’ve been really enjoying doing MLP fan art lately, so I’ll be hopefully selling prints of those at conventions (and possibly online–I’ll have to look into that) … AND, I MAY EVEN START TAKING COMMISSIONS (I’ll go into that more when/if I make a concrete decision about it) … but only on MLP fan art, just because I’ve come to love drawing ponies so much, I figure I may as well try to make some money off of it =P

As for Cyborcats … hopefully I can finish those character sheets and get working on the comic book again. I just feel I’ve been putting them on the back burner for far too long. This is obviously not something that’ll make any money in the near future, but this one is more about working towards a goal. Cyborcats may only ever be something I do on the side, but I really need to make it happen in some form.

Wow, I really didn’t mean to go on for so long–figured this’d be a quick little entry. I guess I’ll probably still record that vlog, but I think I pretty much covered it here o.O

(PS: I plan on cross-posting this everywhere, so sorry if you end up seeing it multiple times =P)

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An UPDATE? OMG!!!

Posted in Uncategorized with tags , , , , , , on July 27, 2011 by Dena

Yeah … I don’t know what happened. Might be my getting more into Facebook so I’ve been posting stuff over there more. But Facebook does have it’s limits, so it’s good to have a more … well, bloglike setting to post more lengthy thoughts.

Not that there has been much to say anyway. Work was hell for a long time and when I wasn’t at work, I had stuff to do at home. Don’t wanna bore people with my personal life, but I had so little free time already that I basically had no choice but to cancel the two videos I was working on and go on official hiatus for about three months so I could at least have a little personal time.

I spent that time drawing, which I haven’t done seriously in a very long time–I forgot how much I can enjoy it–it’s a nice mix of relaxing and productive. For those who don’t know, I’ve got a concept for a comic book series that I’ve been picking away at for YEARS and it was nice revisiting it for awhile. I hope to make some real headway on it by next year, but we’ll see. More on that some other time, maybe.

But things have improved. Work is less busy, home is less busy, and I’m getting bitten by the video producing bug again. I’m letting it be a gradual process, though. I am off of hiatus so I am at least posting monthly videos (that’s the bare minimum allowed for Channel Awesome producers who haven’t arranged for time off) but I hope to work back up to at least bi-weekly, if not weekly. Again, we’ll see.

In the mean time, horror fans should check out my new podcast that I’m doing with Tony Helms from Random Odds, where we chat about horror movies and horror games for around 30 minutes: HorrorCast.

For now, I’ve picked up one of the videos I had to put on hold and I’ve made a LOT of progress on it–I don’t want to make any promises I can’t keep, but hopefully it should at least be done before October (since we know what happens in October, don’t we? ^.~). All I’ll say is that it is a horror movie.

Anyway, better wrap this up. I will try to not neglect this place in the future.

Laterz!