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  • Mood: Neutral
  • Listening to: Hunger Games soundtrack
  • Watching: Sword Art Online
  • Drinking: Black Tea

It comes back to me sometimes: a young guy at an anime/scifi/comics convention peddling his self-published book. It's a scary thing to do and nobody's paying him much attention, so I stop for a moment and flip through a copy, because right now I don't know any better. It was this sort of fantasy world where all the characters were anthropomorphic animals. It followed the usual algorithm for young adult adventure novels. I read the first or second chapter and put it back down.

"A lot of action in that first chapter." I pick up a business card, to be nice.

"Do you... want to buy one?"

"I'll have to think about it."

And I quickly scuttle away, because I'm no good at these awkward confrontations. Would I have done that guy a favor by sticking around--the snobby English major to tell him that she didn't like the cliches and repetitive speaker tags? Maybe I should have asked him questions about his audience. Who he wanted to market to. His goals. Where he came from. Where he saw himself going. What HE thought of his book and whether he was collaborating with anyone on it. He could have told me a bit about the story. It might actually be a decent story, as far as teen fiction goes. My prime gripe was that the writing style wasn't engaging. I could have offered some advice on that. I could have had this whole conversation, for better or for worse, but instead I got out of there as fast as I could.

I thought this was the sensible thing to do, because I wouldn't have bought his book either way. Me? You can tell me anything you want about my book as long as you buy a copy. I mean, I could probably have the conversation regardless, but it's a show of good faith if you at least buy a book. I have this ideal scenario where someone comes up to my booth, reads my graphic novel, has tons of problems with but packages it in a civil review, and actually buys the book in the end because they think my next few books will be better. I wasn't about to have a development session with some teen start-up author without at least buying one of his books; some show of faith in his future as a self-publishing teen anthro fantasy writer. It wasn't necessarily because I didn't have any faith... I just didn't have any money.

  • Mood: Anguish
  • Listening to: Hunger Games soundtrack
  • Reading: books on grant writing
  • Watching: Sword Art Online / Law and Order: Criminal Intent
  • Playing: Pokemon X
  • Eating: rice dressing and cereal
  • Drinking: cranberry-grape juice
[edit: sorry if this appears multiple times i am interface challenged on dA @.@]

Midterm life update.

I have been doing a lot of writing for Visions of Ragnarok [working title] lately. It's been seven years in the making and I'm very eager to work on it and share my progress. There is concept art to do, scripts to write, and storyboards to draw... but I'm excited that years of doodles and scribbles and a fascination with Chaucer and Tolkien have finally culminated into something that might actually be worth writing. Youngsfield Academy has been shaping up, too.

I racked up some debt with my two-con circuit last summer. I was dreadfully under-prepared. The coming year has the potential to be much better; I have a friend who does printing and t-shirts, and we had a few good ideas for designs. I just hope that I will have the time and space to actually take that opportunity. It would be very interesting to design merchandise. I want to have more prints, too. I have a few months to make up my mind about doing artist alley next summer, but my course load is very discouraging.

That said, I hate college. I'm tired of having life put on hold. I just want to work, pay off my debt, and spend some time reading books, refining art, and working on scripts. I want to work on my programming certifications. I want to make my comics. But, it appears that I'm stuck in the rut until next May. Now that I nearly at the end, I feel like the past 5 years of my life have been a waste; I changed my major three times and never found a comfortable fit. I strongly feel that I should have taken that associate in general studies and left much sooner. The only benefit I can see right now is that I had decent healthcare while I was a student. I'm only glad that I decided not to go to an expensive college and won't have much money to pay back, but I can't help but feel I could have been fine just teaching myself, or even taking self-guided courses online.

I'm weighed down with medical bills right now. I'm so impatient to pay them off, but I just can't work enough hours to pay them and be at peace because I need to finish school. It's very frustrating. I have a few commissions on the back burner as well, which is also frustrating.


In lighter news, I've become addicted to crime drama in the past few months. They are always playing on the TV at work and I watch them on my break. It's hard to work when I know there is a Law & Order marathon playing on ION television... my obsession with Criminal Intent has pretty much become part of my identity. My friends will find me to show me when L&O comes up in a comedian routine or if they find a funny meme.

Friend: "Hi, I had something I wanted to tell you, but I forgot what it was."
Me: "Did it have something to do with Law & Order?"
Friend: "Yes, actually. How did you guess?"
It's always about Law & Order... :XD:

:iconlawandorderplz:
DUN DUN.

I really want to watch Law & Order now... but Netflix removed Criminal Intent this month. ;__;
Criminal Minds is online this month--which is really exciting and all, but I REALLY wanted to watch Criminal Intent while I was on fall break. I was so disappointed that I just did assignments instead.
Yellow Moon by K3LL-3
Yellow Moon
Another relief print from a couple years ago. This was inspired by time spent with my mother when I was a little girl. That probably doesn't make much sense. I mean, it's just some yellow clouds and moon! It reminds me of my childhood, though. My mom actually hung out with me in the studio while I was churning these out. :)

Lino printing is very time consuming, but I kind of miss it. Maybe if I'm making enough money after graduation, I'll buy myself a little press. I was hoping to hear back from some guys at Mechacon X about some linoblock commissions for a book, but I guess they lost my business card. :(

I'll upload a nicer photo when I can get one.
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Kelli S.
Artist | Hobbyist | Varied
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University Student studying Technical/Professional Writing. Drawing, writing, and comicking are my hobbies. I'm a casual fan of books, MMO games, manga and Japanese animation.

Mechacon IX Art Contest Winner 2013 | Guest Artist Mechacon X

This page is CRITIQUE FRIENDLY :)

"My Uncle Moris, the famous diabetic from Brooklyn, used to say... If you hate yourself, then you hate your work." Broadway Danny Rose (1984)
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  • Mood: Neutral
  • Listening to: Hunger Games soundtrack
  • Watching: Sword Art Online
  • Drinking: Black Tea

It comes back to me sometimes: a young guy at an anime/scifi/comics convention peddling his self-published book. It's a scary thing to do and nobody's paying him much attention, so I stop for a moment and flip through a copy, because right now I don't know any better. It was this sort of fantasy world where all the characters were anthropomorphic animals. It followed the usual algorithm for young adult adventure novels. I read the first or second chapter and put it back down.

"A lot of action in that first chapter." I pick up a business card, to be nice.

"Do you... want to buy one?"

"I'll have to think about it."

And I quickly scuttle away, because I'm no good at these awkward confrontations. Would I have done that guy a favor by sticking around--the snobby English major to tell him that she didn't like the cliches and repetitive speaker tags? Maybe I should have asked him questions about his audience. Who he wanted to market to. His goals. Where he came from. Where he saw himself going. What HE thought of his book and whether he was collaborating with anyone on it. He could have told me a bit about the story. It might actually be a decent story, as far as teen fiction goes. My prime gripe was that the writing style wasn't engaging. I could have offered some advice on that. I could have had this whole conversation, for better or for worse, but instead I got out of there as fast as I could.

I thought this was the sensible thing to do, because I wouldn't have bought his book either way. Me? You can tell me anything you want about my book as long as you buy a copy. I mean, I could probably have the conversation regardless, but it's a show of good faith if you at least buy a book. I have this ideal scenario where someone comes up to my booth, reads my graphic novel, has tons of problems with but packages it in a civil review, and actually buys the book in the end because they think my next few books will be better. I wasn't about to have a development session with some teen start-up author without at least buying one of his books; some show of faith in his future as a self-publishing teen anthro fantasy writer. It wasn't necessarily because I didn't have any faith... I just didn't have any money.

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"My Uncle Moris, the famous diabetic from Brooklyn, used to say... If you hate yourself, then you hate your work."
Broadway Danny Rose (1984)


"It's alright. When the answer eludes you, working with your hands is the best thing you can do. You can sit at home thinking all day, talk to everyone you know... when it's out of reach, it's out of reach. Funnily enough, though, if you work with your hands and become completely absorbed in what you're doing... often enough, you'll find the answer sitting right there on top of the hundredth plate you made."
Honey and Clover by Chica Umino


O Time, thou must untangle this, not I.
It is too hard a knot for me t' untie.
Twelfth Night, or What You Will by William Shakespeare


The art of crafting things fatigues one's spirit.
When the spirit is healed, the desire to make something returns.
It is such a wondrous cycle.
Pokemon Platinum Temple NPC


Please forgive this living contradiction that I am.
~ Casshern Sins ~

"Sometimes, it pays to stay in bed on Monday, rather than spending the rest of the week debugging Monday's code."
Christopher Thompson

"The thing that is really hard, and really amazing, is giving up on being perfect and beginning the work of becoming yourself. " ~Anna Quindlen

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Lord-Naraku Featured By Owner Aug 5, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thanks for the :+devwatch: 

I noticed that you were a guest artist for Mechacon X! I just got back from Mechacon, so much fun.
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K3LL-3 Featured By Owner Aug 5, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Yup yup. :D

I'm glad everyone seemed to enjoy the con. I was stuck at the table for most of it and missed a lot. Hopefully in the future I'll have more prints than commissions and can just leave a minion to man my table every now and then. :)
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Lord-Naraku Featured By Owner Aug 6, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
That's one downside to working artist alley. I'm friends with Jennifer that owns Kitty's Kreations. She has the same problems. I'm going to be looking into running some kind of rpg game in the gaming area next year. Here's to a bigger and more awesome next year!
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DamaiMikaz Featured By Owner Jun 16, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thanks for adding ANIMA - Imprisoned to your favorites. I'm glad you like my art :)
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K3LL-3 Featured By Owner Edited Jun 16, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
NP. It's gorgeous. Thanks for fave on FO-BE portrait. :D
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Lighry Featured By Owner May 14, 2014  Hobbyist Photographer
Hey there~
Thank you for adding my black forest cake to your collection :)
Hope to see you around again.

Cheers :)
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natalianinomiya Featured By Owner Mar 20, 2014
Thank you very much for the fav :3
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K3LL-3 Featured By Owner Mar 20, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
you're very welcome :D
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Pajunen Featured By Owner Jan 26, 2014  Hobbyist Photographer
Thanks for the :+fav:s
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