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As the title says, I want to have a core membership again but I can't because PayPal states that rebilling isn't allowed in my country. It's really strange because I have other subscriptions that get billed through PayPal every month or year as well. Does anyone else have the same issue? How did you solve it? I already tried to gift myself a membership with points but DA won't let me. :XD:
Why can't you gift yourself a membership? I don't understand that either. Aren't we allowed to make little gifts to ourselves every now and then? :P
Anyway, please let me know how I can solve this problem if you have an idea.
I don't have a credit card myself.

Lovely regards!


I have received so many wonderful comments and personal e-mails from readers who received Myre. Every single one delights my heart and encourages me so much to keep going, no matter how challenging and time consuming such a project can be. After two years of nonstop work at my lonesome desk, receiving those encouraging words by happy or curious readers gave me so much more strength and inspiration. I will definitely not let you down. :)
And now, thoughts and opinions can be made public and collective at the GoodReads platform. Ratings and comments support the project further. Even if you feel like opening up for discussions and critique, you can do so there.

Those who read the pilot of the series and want to share their thoughts and opinion can do so now on GoodReads. If you have the time and want to support Myre further, please don't hesitate to share your opinion. Here is the link:
www.goodreads.com/book/show/34…

Thank you so much for the love and support!
Back to the drawing desk! :D


...Haunter of Dreams just around the corner!

About a month ago when I made the last update, the first big batches of Myre went out to the founders and orders from my store. Not too long after, I received tons of messages with pictures of copies arriving and messages with immensely great feedback regarding the art and story. Thank you all for the wonderful support and for letting me know when your copy arrived. For everyone who is still considering getting a copy for themselves, I ship every week around the same time. Sometimes, I hit the post office more often to make sure your order arrives quickly. :)
You can still acquire your own copy at: www.yriachronicles.com - If you'd like to have your copy signed for yourself or someone else, drop me a message in the check out process!

Thank you for all the great feedback and critique on the story and art! I'm really happy that you enjoy the first volume of Myre and thank you for the patience for the continuation of the epic! :)

Now that I've gotten a good portion of rest, I'm happy to announce that I will begin working on the storyboard for the spinoff comic, "Haunter of Dreams" next Monday! Just in time for Easter, in a very coincidental manner, I'm beginning to make concepts of our little bunny main character. :) Everyone who supported my crowdfunding campaign of Myre and HoD will get to see the completed pages first. I have received numerous questions regarding opening a Patreon where I could provide supporters with the making of scenes, concepts and pages. All I can say is that I'm not entirely sure whether or not a Patreon would be the right thing for me to do. As usual, I tend to take a lot of time for a page so that I can fully focus on the story's full potential in detailing and narrative. I'm very happy about the great patience everyone brought forward during the making of Myre. Letting people wait long stretches of time isn't what I like to do. And rushing artwork is something I wouldn't even want to consider. What are your thoughts on that? Let me know in the comments below. :)

Since quite a few people learned about a certain dynamics between Myre and Varug, I also wanted to ask if you were interested seeing a couple more strips between the two. I currently planned for two more and would like to continue coming up with a few more strips inbetween bigger projects.  Those would explain their quirky but friendly relationship to each other and hopefully put a smile on your faces. :)
For the fans of Lutz, I might as well try and come up with a couple of strips of him just...eh...lutzing around. xD

That's it for now! Ask me any questions if you have some, and I'll see you around! :)
Or send me an e-mail to: alectorfencer[at]googlemail.com or drop me a question on Twitter: twitter.com/alectorfencer

Much love!

 


Finally, after battling with the printers who are responsible for the collectible cards and extra perks for my campaign founders, they finally got fire under their butts and promised to deliver the prints within the next three days. I've received the proof prints today and they're looking *good*! :)
Today, we shipped off the first 148 books! There are a whole lot more coming really soon. What is it like to ship off several hundred of books? Literally a ton of work! ;D
In a way though, sticking all address labels and stamping the post marks together with my amazingly helpful friends is really relaxing and always opens up for fun chatters. I'm so happy to have them.
Once the biggest loads of all Indiegogo perks and the shop orders were shipped, I can manage to handle everything on my own again. The logistics behind Myre is going really well! I'm feeling like running a mini-factory here. Soon, you will all have your books!

THANK YOU SO MUCH FOR ORDERING MYRE!!! =D
You're totally amazing! I still can't believe the reception of this project. I will definitely keep it running.
Sometime earlier this week, I told everyone that I might close the shop to get some free time, but then thought it unneccessary. The shop will stay open and you can always order your copy whenever you please. In case you don't know the address, you can order Myre here:
www.yriachronicles.com/

By the end of next week, I planned to have all perks and shop orders shipped out.
Indiegogo campaign founders will have their books shipped throughout this week and early next week.

While you're reading the first volume of Myre, I will be already buzzing around my second graphic novel project, the mini side story "Haunter of Dreams" which plays in the same universe of Yria!
Thank you all again for all the patience, trust, support and love!

Have any questions? Send me an e-mail to: or drop me a question on Twitter: twitter.com/alectorfencer
I check it more regularly than my notes here. Those ways are therefore more reliable. Thank you for understanding and see you around! :) <3

- Alector
This is normally something I would keep in my personal thoughts because I love this page and this community for it has always been around me and helped me come to where I am now. But I've been somewhat oblivious to the changes due to my graphic novel project and my absence.

Whenever I stumble across the front pages of DeviantArt, I'm being slammed in the face by pictures that have a quality of MySpace selfies and free porn websites and sometimes stolen artwork squeezed inbetween all of that mess. Deviants' usage behaviour seemed to have changed as well in a way. The page, to me, appear desolate or ebbing off.
I remember the time when I took a glimpse on DA's browsing pages and saw amazing pieces of artwork battling themselves across the rankings on the site. It was an astonishing conglomerate of highly inspiring and vastly coloured original art. And this isn't only the popular section I am talking about here now. I mean everything from forums to newly submitted works too. People who looked upon the pictures seemed to invest more time and dedication to the pieces as well. The page was sparking with life! It has a momentum that was remarkable for this page and I felt proud and happy to have been a part of it all.

Now my question here is, since I don't want to judge any of the people who upload certain images, if I am wrong about this. How do you feel? Has the quality of the page changed or has it even become too cumbersome for users? Has DeviantArt changed in a way that makes people go somewhere else or has the interest in art shifted? Naturally, things trend and come to an end sometimes. And many people rely on quicker and easier to access ways for social communication and art sharing.

It's difficult to open up for such a dialogue without appearing judgmental.
I personally feel happy about being here and seeing you around, commenting on my pictures and giving me so much joy and courage to keep on going. I will also continue sharing my art with you here and so should you to keep this page alive and going, should my concerns be of some truth.

Anyway, stay awesome and be creative! :)
Yes!
It must seem surreal that I suddenly pop up to announce that Myre is finally ready for print! :D

I'm trying to keep this as concise as possible so you won't be overhelmed with a massive amount of text. During all the time I've been gone, inbetween the scarce updates I made here, I've been working fully and tirelessly on the graphic novel. The making of the book has been a journey in itself. Since I decided to go the path of self publishing, I had to face everything that this process encompasses. Not only is this the very first graphic novel I completed, it's also the very first proper book product that I will bring out to you. And, at last, I can give you more information on what the first volume of Myre will look like.
Right after I completed the very last page inside the book, I had the chance to work together with my amazing and dedicated beta-readers who focused on pointing out continuity bloopers and helped refine the legibility and style of the fonts for speech and onomatopoeia. Sometimes, by own personal choice, I discarded whole colour concepts or entire pages to replace them with some that match the flow and story better than their previous ones. The steps I took after finalising the page art took me another three weeks to pound through. After I was given green light on the art and font editing process, I sat down to work on the front cover. Right after I completed the front picture for the cover, I called my friend, CruzRobin, to come over to my place to finalise all files for print. I wanted to make sure that I have someone else who will help with with the prepress and the colour checkup to make sure everything fits and sits perfectly. Both of us have been working through the week, every day until early in the mornings, until we came to the conclusion that everything gets green light for the print production. In spite the amount of work, I never lost my joy of making this project happen.
Today, I was given notice by the printer along with their quote, which I accepted!
I was in touch with the printer to get some more of my questions answered today as well. I requested a press proof date for which I want to be around to check on quality and colour for the final print production. The press proof will take place sometime around December. We're expecting one to two weeks from now. The print company is currently running wild due to Christmas business. They said that Myre "...is an incredible book for which we want to dedicate more time! We absolutely don't want to rush that!". So after I checked on the proof print in the following next weeks and got green light, the print production will take place.

Since it's such a large run of two different book types (Hardcover and Softcover), offset print and stitched binding instead of glueing, the production will go into January. The stitching progress for the run of both products can take up to two weeks. Myre won't make it under the Christmas tree, unfortunately, but this production is going to be hand tailored to ensure the best stability that will last for a very long time. I presume that shipping will take place around the end of January but I will be able to make a full update on the proper date when the production is running. I'm really happy that they want to take their time and focus on making the books and they don't want to rush Myre. They're looking forward to the project itself and sounded really excited about Myre as well, which is something that makes me even happier. It builds a connection and trust between me and the people who will turn Myre into a book.

As for the print products themselves, I decided to go for a large custom format of 33 x 21 cm (13 x 8 inch), 172 pages, full bleed offset with a matte finish. I didn't realise how large the book will be in its physical form until I held something else of similar format in my hands. Needless to say that I'm now rather overwhelmed and even more excited! Prepare for a large book series! :)

As you know by now, Myre - Chronicles of Yria is going to be a long series of which the first book marks its pilot. The story and its events for the following episodes have already been written. This part is something that has been worked on inbetween the making of the pilot graphic novel. This ensures a seamless transition from project to project for myself.
Never did I believe that one day, I will make this very announcement. Hard work, passion and dedication can make dreams come true. Never give up on them and always believe in yourself!
I'm really looking forward to sharing the story with you soon!
Thank you so much for the support throughout the years. You are some incredible people!

I will keep you updated about the print progress around here and on my social media accounts such as Twitter and Instagram

If you have questions, don't hesitate to ask. I'm still very busy at the moment but I will make sure to read all comments and respond to all of your questions.
To make things easier for you, here are some FAQs regarding Myre:

Q: When and where can I purchase a copy?
A: Myre is in queue for the print production. The book is expected to be released by mid- January in 2017. I will open for orders as soon as copies have been shipped to my Indiegogo campaign supporters.
As soon as I open for online orders, I will provide you with a link to my online store.

Q: Do you ship worldwide?
A: I certainly ship worldwide! There is nothing that will hold me off from delivering the lores of Yria to your front door. :)

Q: How much will a book be?
A: I haven't yet estimated the final price for a copy of "Myre" but I will make sure to update you on that as soon as I open for (pre-) orders!

Q: How do you even pronounce "Myre"?
A: The Yrian language pronunciation is a blend between German and English. Phonetically, Myre is being pronounced [ Mɥː ɹ 'ə ] (English: "Meer-uh")


That's it for now! :D
See you soon!
Founders of Myre going to AnthroCon!

Dear friends,

I will be attending AnthroCon in Pittsburgh to get a chance to catch up with supporters of "Myre".
There will be no Myre presentation in the convention programming like last year.
Instead, I would like to invite you to a personal Myre meet and hangout in my hotel room with 2 Gryphon, the editor!
There, we can all sit together in a more homely environment, talk about and see more of the ongoing project of the first volume, get updates on the follow up stories and have a chance to give feedback and critique.
To make sure none of us gets hungry, there will be pizza and drinks too.

The little hangout is planned for Saturday, July 11, 21:00. It will be in the Doubletree, four blocks south of the David L.
Lawrence Convention Center.


Please send an e-mail to: alectorfencer@googlemail.com to confirm that you're coming and I will give you the hotel's adress and room number. :)

Looking forward to meeting you there!

All the love,
Alector

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I did a little shoutout with the last of my submissions, but here it is once to make sure more people will get the message:

Spreaders:
Those who helped spread the word for "Myre- The Journey Begins" yet couldn't pledge on perks, please give me your e-mail adress. You can do this by sending me a note or leaving your mail adress here in the comments!

Founders:
Make sure to check the blog for updates. If you can't see new blog entries every week or maximum of two weeks, refresh the page with Ctrl + F5 (if you happen to be one of those who re-use old tabs from old sessions, of course).

On a side note: Despite my current absence, I'm constantly drawing these days. Well, I always am but nowadays, my hand won't even stop doing the drawing movement at night when I sleep. ;)

Love,
Alector




I know I've said that a hundred times now, but I seriously have no words left other than thank you for being a part of this wondrous journey of Myre, thank you for helping me realise this dream and thank you for simply being absolutely amazing!
What moves me most of all is that you didn't lose faith in me all over the years, and that you always made me move forward with art.
Your support means the world to me and I can't thank you enough for everything.

A very special thank you goes to my wonderfully creative team, who is very dedicated and devoted to the story of Myre!
Without you, I would have never dared myself to make this step forward. I'm so proud of you all! :)

For everyone waiting on new updates, the founders blog will open its doors to you very soon and you will get the first items, such as the high resolution wallpapers, delivered to you as well! The entire crowd who funded will be moved from the campaign page to the blog. That way, I can easily contact you about things and if you have a comment, I don't have to look up your emails and names in the long list to reply!
Hopefully you don't mind that I will dump all my sketches and concept paintings in there (heavy spoilers excluded). ;)

Thank you also for all the comments on the short comic strip about Myre in her desperate action to light her rollie. For those who were griefing about the critter, it's not a dragon. It's a fire lizard - and those are nasty! ;D
More is yet to come.

Fasten your belts and saddles, we're going to take a ride!

All the love,
Alector




Only 8 hours to go until the Myre campaign on Indiegogo - (igg.me/at/MYRE ) closes for contributions. But seriously, you really left me speechless! I have no words to describe my gratitude.
I can express it better with art and this is what keeps me going and what you made happen here.

This will be a sleepless night for me, in a good way. I haven't abraded so many pencils in such a short time before. :)

All the love,
Alector
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You did it!
With your help and support, the campaign "Myre - The Beginning of a Journey", has reached 100% today!!!
Thank you so much! You are truly making dreams come true!

Since I keep receiving questions about how it will go on, as there are still 48 days left:
Yes! You can still claim all perks enlisted in the campaign. You can get your hands on exclusive and limited perks
such as "Wings of Myre" and "The Dragon Rider" and of course all other perks to claim your personal rewards.
You can still become a part of this amazing project and have your name printed in the books!

Check out the campaign here: igg.me/at/MYRE

Q. Will the items of your perks be available in your online shop afterwards?

No, all items included in this campaign, except for the graphic novel series of Myre, won't be available in my shop.
All prints, add ons, cards and special editions of the comics are available only through Indiegogo.

Q. Do I have to worry about shipping now?

Not at all; You can claim your perk and proceed with the amount you chose. Shipping payments will be made after
the campaign has ended and the items are ready to be shipped.


We will be also adding stretch goals with nifty rewards to you in the next couple of days!
Do you have more questions? Don't hesitate to ask!

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For more than a year, I have been planning to give my dream a go but real life tied my hands,
then some months ago, I starterd working to go towards realising this particular dream
and for the past three weeks, I have been working day and night to share it with you.

Three days ago, when my crowdfunding campaign to help support me focus on the creation of my
graphic novel project, called "Myre", was launched, it reached over 60% within less than
24 hours! I hoped that the perks I offered would be well received but this was truly one of
the most amazing experiences I have ever made. You give me the feeling that you believe
in me and like what I create. In spite all the years it took for me to set the final step to make
this happen, you never stopped rooting and hoping for me.

I wanted to walk, but you gave me wings to fly.

If you haven't seen the crowdfunding page of "Myre" yet, please take a look here:

igg.me/at/MYRE

I don't know how to express my gratitude towards you but all I can say for now is, you guys totally rock!
You make large dreams come true and you never cease to mezmerise the world.
Every little support, whether it is financial by claiming perks or sharing and spreading the word about this,
means the world to me. I am also so happy to announce my wonderful team of editors, who help me
make this story of "Myre" become real. If you have some minutes and you feel curious, read
the information on the crowdfunding page. You will find some exclusive perks that won't be available
after the campaign has ended.

You will be able to be the first to hold the first edition of the graphic novel in your hands and have
your name printed in the books. Get some rare collectors' items, cards and be a part of a fun radio show
hosted by 2, The Ranting Gryphon.
You are a part of this dream and I will do everything to make you happy as your happiness makes me
feel accomplished.

If you are watching the campaign and you want immediate updates about its progress, perks and
future stretch goals, make sure you follow me on Twitter:

twitter.com/AlectorFencer/

For those who are not in the position to
fund the campaign financially, you can help me spread the word by liking, sharing and RT a link to
your social media channels. If you use the direct Indiegogo share tools, I will be able to see who helped
and have some amazing goodies to reward your support! :)
I will keep you updated on regular basis here as well now. The past few weeks have involved quite
a ton of work. But what wouldn't you do to take your ideas out of your mind to share them with the
world? :)

Thank you for being amazing. Thank you for helping me realise this dream!
All the love!






Hey my lovelies!

For everyone going to Anthrocon, I wanted to let you know that I will be there with some amazing things to share with you!
It's almost the time to make the big announcement and give you the release of the full promo video for my upcoming crowdfunding project that will help me realise my big graphic novel "Myre" and give you the chance to grab some great perks.

Since the beginning of this year I have been working tirelessly on writing and drawing out the story and the characters, resulting in a big collection of stories, scripts and tons of paintings/sketches and drawings.
Over the past years I have collected many paintings of characters of the storyline, including Myre and her dragon mount Varug. Despite all the planning, there were many things coming inbetween and dragging me away from this very big and heartfelt dream of mine. The dream of sharing a world with you which had been captured in my head for so long.
This year, nothing else will come inbetween and my art engines are enlivened, my pencils are ready and the paper fills up quicker than I ever expected!

EZwolf and I have been working hard over the course of the past two months to make this video in time and to finally get the ball rolling.

The full video will have its debut at my Panel on next Friday at 2:00 pm in DLCC 319 - 321 with three of my amazing team members,   2_gryphon and the creator of the video,   ezwolf and   foxamoore! I will talk about the idea behind the comic, reveal some unseen character drawings and answer any question you will shoot at me. :)

Please take a look at the short preview of the movie:



I'm looking forward to seeing you there and will warmly welcome and share a dream together with you.

Of course you will also find my art at the Art Show and at my table in the Dealers Den. Come by, have a chatter and poke me about sketches. :)

Please follow me on :icontwitterplz: : twitter.com/AlectorFencer or :iconfbplz:: www.facebook.com/AlectorFencer to get immediate updates about the project.


Thank you so much for taking time and a look. <3
See you at Anthrocon! <3




Those who follow me on Twitter and FaceBook have already seen the news about that I travelled to the Netherlands to see two of my friends, EZwolf and Shay, who I feel honoured to have in my tiny team to realise this huge graphic novel project!
Both belong to the most creative and talented people I have ever worked with. Whilst EZ is an ultra skilled and experienced film maker and photographer, Shay finds himself with the art of writing and telling.

Early this week I took a plane to visit both to realise a short inspiring film for the graphic novel Myre!

Since the beginning of this year I have been working tirelessly on writing and drawing out the story and the characters, resulting in a big collection of stories, scripts and tons of paintings/sketches and drawings.
Over the past years I have collected many paintings of characters of the storyline, including Myre and her dragon mount Varug. Despite all the planning, there were many things coming inbetween and dragging me away from this very big and heartfelt dream of mine. The dream of sharing a world with you which had been captured in my head for so long.
This year, nothing else will come inbetween and my art engines are enlivened, my pencils are ready and the paper fills up quicker than I ever expected!

The plan is, and there will be a lot more about this project very soon, a kickstarter that will help me to sustain this project and to keep it flowy and running from its start to the very end. Of course it will benefit everyone, who decides to be a part of the kickstarter project! There will be many interesting and awesome perks to claim which will give you direct insight, wonderful and exclusive art wrapped in books or as prints, and even make you become a real part of the whole story!

Now before I reveal too much about everything that is yet to come, a few words about the experiences that I made whilst being in Holland.
First of all, I want to express my deepest gratitude to EZ and Shay for taking their time to dedicate to this project to help me make Myre truly come alive!

Due to an indigestion I felt really sick a day before the journey to Holland began. The plane took off very early in the morning, so there was almost no time to recover fully before that. I really took every chance and minute of time to recover and regain my vitality. Luckily, in Amsterdam, another friend of mine took himself time before work and picked me up from the airport to have a great chat, a refreshing drink and some good laughs. This all helped me recover so quickly and made me ready for the train ride.
Holland is such a cute and pretty country somehow. The architecture and the Dutch language kept me awake in curiosity to pick up every detail I could get a glimpse of. :)
After my arrival at EZ's vastly unique and otherworldly place, Shay, him and I had tea and then headed out to see the locations for the film shoot.
EZ knows where to find tranquil and beautiful places which carry one's mind far to a world that is home to an artist's inspiration. Every piece of stone or root he would twist for a picture or a frame of a film creates a composition of unique and seldom seen quality.
Shay constantly comes up with wonderful ideas and words to describe them. He also introduced me to some voice acting, which is something I would have never managed without him. :)

Filming was amazing and stretching over two days since the weather played a big role on the first day. The setting for the shoot is extremely beautiful! I loved it there so much that I had difficulties to leave. Also the great company, inspiring talks and food was something I enjoyed more than anything else.

Recovery from my little stomach issue was complete within hours after arrival and now I can't wait to share this little journey with you. :)

Stay tuned for more updates and art about Myre!
It is a very large project which I take all my free time for to work on to keep the stone rolling.

As a tiiiny sneak peak, take a look at a photo I made of a couple of character designs. ;D

dl.dropboxusercontent.com/u/94…


Myre Sketches



Thank you for your support and for reading. <3

~ Alector

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Here is a little explanation to my days of absence! I have been traveling to Australia a couple of days ago! It is my very first time to be in that country and I always wanted to be since I was a little kid. Thanks to my dear friends Pete and Gary who live in Melbourne, who made all of this possible for me and who are being my wonderful hosts throughout the time I am staying here.

Another news is, I have attended a convention called 
Confurgence. It was one of the best conventions I have ever been to! There I made great new friends such as 2 Gryphon and could meet and talk to :iconscrewbald: and :icondarknatasha: who have always been a very great inspiration to me. I am so thankful for everyone being so lovely and supportive and who always believed in me. 

There is still so much to tell, announce and share to you. All the great news will come as soon as I returned to Germany! 

Little question: Are there any Australian Deviants in Melbourne? I have been here since the 16th of December and will leave very soon. Maybe we can meet up and hang out. :)

Thank you so much for reading and keep tuned!

BTW, check out my Twitter account and my Facebook for the most recent updates and little surprises. :)



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My lovelies!

It's this time of the year...

...when you think of making someone you love a Christmas gift or treat yourself for the hard work that you have done throughought the year.

I can finally bring you Christmas offers from my shop! The entire shop is packed with offers. Two new items were added, there is 10% off on all prints, Free shipping on calendars and banners, and the best part of it all, three types of print bundles that come with sketch commission vouchers, too!
If you purchase a print bundle, you will also receive a bag of handmade pralinés (chocolates/truffels) by me. All recipes are thought out carefully and I will create them freshly for you!

Everything will also get wrapped up in Christmas paper and bows.!

One example what you get if you purchase the Print Bundle Deluxe:


1x Voucher for a sketch commission by me!
11x large A3 prints (matte sturdy paper)
1x A4 print
5x huge banners
13x bookmarks (handcrafted)
2x Rare Anthro Calendar (2014 & 2013)
-Christmas Gift wrapping
PLUS
lovely handmade chocolates by me! :D


Please take a look at my shop for more information!

Alector's Big Christmas Sale!
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Print Bundle Deluxe

There are as well smaller print bundles! :D

You can as well find two new items in my shop! The Rare Anthro Calendar 2014 and the strongly reduced Anthro Calendar 2013!


Print Bundle Deluxe


Print Bundle Deluxe


:bulletgreen::bulletred::bulletgreen: Please take a look at my shop and see, if you can find something lovely for Christmas!

Alector's Big Christmas Sale!
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Thank you so much for all the help and the support - I will give my best to put a smile on your face!



- your Alector
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My lovelies!

Thank you ever so much for all the love and recognition on In Quietness ~<3
Before colouring the picture I was pondering about it whilst rolling over my squishable that I have at home. I thought that I need more plushies of this kind and went to their main page - if you don't know what a Squishable is, check it out here -> www.squishable.com/
I saw that one can submit custom designs to their page for customers to vote on before they are being made into real plushies 8>

I wanted to make a Plant Spirit Squishable design and submit it. If you like it, would you vote? I would so love to have one for myself and a little green planty wolf would be fun to squeeze! =D
Maybe in some days or even this evening, depending on how fast I am with work, I will submit the design here on Deviantart. Stay tunded! :blowkiss:





German only ~

Liebe Freunde! Habt ihr Lust einen einzigartigen Fantasy-Roman zu lesen und meiner guten und super talentierten Freundin :iconakeyla: damit zu helfen? �

Aufruf für Beta-Leser:
Therdeban – Du gehörst nicht in diese Welt
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Ich suche zwecks Überarbeiten meines Romans „Therdeban“  Betaleser ab 15 Jahren, die den Text nach inhaltlichen Fehlern (nicht nach Rechtschreibung) überlesen und später bereit sind in ein paar Sätzen ihre Meinung zu geben. Ich gedenke ca. wöchentlich die überarbeiteten Kapitel zu versenden. Jedes Kapitel umfasst etwa  dreissig Normseiten.
Kurze Hintergrundsinfo: Therdeban ist als Manuskript abgeschlossen und in der dritten Überarbeitungsrunde. Mir selber fehlt mittlerweile die Distanz um „etwas zu sehen“, weswegen ich mich über jedes frische paar Augen freue.


 
KURZFASSUNG DES GESAMMTEN MANUSKRIPTES:
„„Therdeban - Du gehörst nicht in diese Welt“ führt den Leser zusammen mit der jungen Protagonistin Francesca in das Reich der Keilan, der menschenfressenden Katzenwesen.
Auf deren Markt wird sie als Lebendware verkauft und gezwungen, für ihren Besitzer Haushaltsdienste zu verrichten. Die Kultur der Keilan ist fremd, ihre Sitten sind rau. Francesca, die für die Katzenwesen den Wert eines Stück Fleisches hat, muss lernen sich zu behaupten. Aus dem einst hilflosen Mädchen wird eine junge Frau, die weiß, was sie will. Sie gewinnt den Respekt ihres Besitzers und adoptiert ein Keilan Kind. So lange sie im Heim ihres Besitzers bleibt, ist sie sicher vor den anderen, die ihr Fleisch wollen. Doch sie ist immer noch ein Mensch unter den Katzenwesen – Francesca will nichts sehnlicher als Heim zu kehren. Aber der Weg führt durch die unbekannte Wildnis, mitten durch das Reich der vergessenen Gottheiten. So atemberaubend die Welt der Keilan ist, sie birgt auch fürchterliche und hungrige Wesen, die der jungen Frau schaden wollen und sich jene holen, die ihr lieb geworden sind. Gerade, als ein mächtiger Weltenbauer Francesca als Beweis seiner Liebe einen Weg zurück in ihre Welt ermöglichen will, gerät Francescas adoptiertes Keilan Kind in die Fänge der parasitären Seelenfessler. In „Therdeban“ ist der größte Feind die Resignation. Francesca lernt, dass nichts eine Selbstverständlichkeit ist. Sie kämpft für die, die sie liebt - wenn es sein muss, mit bloßen Händen und ohne Rücksicht auf sich selbst.“
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Das Beta Lesen bezieht sich auf das erste Drittel des Buches, von Kapitel 1- ca.10. Gerne kann ab dann auch weiter gelesen werden:

KURZFASSUNG DES ZU LESENDEN STÜCKES:
Eindringlinge im Haus, ein Alptraum für die allein daheim gebliebene fünfzehnjährige Francesca. Als sie die Polizei benachrichtigen will stellt sie fest, dass die Fremden keine Menschen sind, es sind Mischwesen, grosse Männer mit Schwänzen und Fell am Körper.
Es sind Keilan, - Katzenwesen die Menschen fressen. Ausgerechnet von einem Keilan, dem gutmütigen Antralis, wird Francesca gerettet. Durch ihn erfährt sie mehr über die jagenden Keilan sowie über die Kriegergarde der Therdeban.
Doch die Menschenfresser sind radikal im Spuren löschen, sie spüren Francesca auf und nehmen sie samt ihrem Retter mit in die Welt der Katzenmenschen, nach Kelderan. Beim Überqueren eines gewaltigen Sees werden sie in den Gesternwald gespült, der Ort an dem die alten Gottheiten ihr Unwesen treiben. Als messerüberwucherte Baummonster über sie herfallen, spielt es keine Rolle mehr, wer Gefangener oder Jäger ist. Der eigensinnige Keilan namens Safran, eigentlich einer der Gegner, hilft ihnen schließlich aus der Klemme.
Wobei fraglich bleibt, ob er nicht plant Antralis an den Rat auszuliefern und Francesca als Fleisch zu verkaufen. Die Überlebenden machen sich auf den Weg in die Stadt der Keilan, wo sie Waffen und Nahrung zu finden versuchen um für den gefährlichen Heimweg in die Menschenwelt gerüstet zu sein. Sie haben die Rechnung jedoch ohne die Therdeban gemacht. Antralis und Safran werden gefangen genommen und Francesca endet als Lebendgut auf dem Fleischmarkt.
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VIELEN DANK FÜR EURE HILFE


Wenn Ihr euch als Betaleser für Therdeban interessiert, schreibt bitte an ~ akeyla@gmx.ch ~ denkt daran, für's lesen gibt's auch Geschenke! ;D




I finally made a fan art of Princess Mononoke! Princess Mononoke by AlectorFencer
It might be silly putting up a journal solely on a piece of fan art, but if you are a freelance artist, or you are an artist with little time and you have been working on a piece of art that means actually quite a lot to you, the process of completion can sometimes release diverse and multiple emotions. I have been working on this picture piece by piece over many months and felt torn away whenever something else came inbetween that had higher priorities. When I reached the brink of completion, I had the feeling that this somehow feels too short, or that it could need more.

Is it already done?

Can't there be more?

When I finished the painting and laid down the pen, I felt relieved and awkward at the same time. Now I feel happy that I actually *could* take the time off to work on personal pictures such as this one.
I believe that you can as well. If you have an idea, just do it!
Even if it takes you a long time and you get the feeling that you will never finish it, just paint. One day soon you will find the idea you have been wanting to realise, finished and completed.

It brings you to a totally new level of self esteem and hope. ~<3




One of the very first things I heard and read of many years before I entered the furry fandom was Anthrocon. At that time I imagined what it would be like to be at conventions like that and asked myself what people do there, and found so many brilliant big artists and names through it. The world around that name built up for me and I got inspired in so many ways.

Now, this year, due to a crazy spontaneous decision, and the immense help from FrLynx I am going to be at Anthrocon myself! I will have my artwork hanging at the artshow as well as having a table at the dealers den where you can stop by and say hello, and if you like, grab large prints or even a sketch from me. I have never been at such a big convention before and I feel absolutely excited to meet new people and hopefully make new friends there as well. :D
I will have paper and pencils with me and offer rare commission slots which I will be doing at the convention. Feel free to ask me about it.

I also know that there will be so many artists that I admire going to Anthrocon and hopefully I can meet them all and hang out with them for a while too!

Did I mention that this will be my very first time going to America? I will fly on my own and have no idea what expects me. All I know is that I feel curiosity as well as excitement. Luckily I will get picked up by FrLynx, who will be waiting for me in New York togetehr with N.Z, J.C and Fox Amoore. One chance I definitely don't want to miss is finding great motifs to get more experienced in street photography. Equipped with a tiny Rollei and film, I will shoot what I find interesting to capture. If anyone can suggest a good shop in New York where I can buy Arista Premium film, let me know! :D

After Anthrocon I will stay in America for a little longer and travel to California to meet the wonderful WanderingPariah, whom I can stress with my camera and pencils all the time then! 8D If there is time, maybe there are some people in California who would feel interested to meet up with us and hang out for a bit as well. :D

If you don't know what I look like, I have dreads and often wear green Plant Spirit badges. Most of the time I smile but if it happens that I look stressed, a cool beer can cheer me up. ;B

Honk if you are going too!
See you at Anthrocon! ~<3





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Seriously... just read!

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This might sound very random and sudden, but I was thinking a lot about my gallery here on DeviantArt lately, and also about how many people know it for the artwork I do.
I wanted to say how precious and meaningful every single comment and favourite is to me. Even when I seemed very quiet and seclusive for the past two years, you never gave up faith or hope in me and showed me to keep on going and never give up. I kept up uploading artworks here but most of the time, I didn't have the time to update my journals or to keep you updated about my artsy stuff and life. This really is something I want to change here, despite my come-back being slow, I gradually want to get more involved in the community of DA again and also help other artists to be pushed more into the light.

I've been a member of DA for 8 years, yet I became more active a while after making this account, and I gradually grew together with you, made beautiful friends. You helped me share my artwork with the world and never ceased to appreciate it. I *so* wanted to thank you for everything you do for me to keep me going. My love towards this community has grown, and with every step I make, I want to take you along. The past two years were so filled with negative and emotional stress that I neglected most of the communication with my fans such as comments as well as notes. I will be gradually working on replying to all of them <3 Thank you for your patience. <3

I have many dreams of realising my comic "Myre", to get out into the world together with my friends, make movies, travel a lot and most of all, do more artwork and improve!
Since many years, I have been trying to submit artwork to Ballisticpublishing EXPOS╔ but never made it in. Last year, one of my paintings "The Forgotten" made it into the shortlist, yet got booted out at the final judging round. Despite never making it in, I never gave up hope and tried to improve my painting skills and depictions of my visions. This year, I submitted new paintings to ExposÚ and received a message that one of my pieces got shortlisted! Then just some days ago, another painting got shortlisted too! So it's now two of my pieces being in the final judging round! It's so exciting!!! It's a sign to hope, to never lose faith and to stay strong against all waves coming towards you in life. I know you can make it, if you wish for it, and if you keep on working on your dreams and hopes!
Thank you so much for all the love, words and immense support you give me throughout this community!!! :blowkiss:

FINGERS CROSSED TOO!! XDD
Hopefully I can re-open my monthly artist feature Newspaper again, too! I will definitely keep you updated about it, as it has always been something small I could give back to you. <3

Also, as a sign of my appreciation, I will make a point raffle in the coming days! :D
Keep your ears perked and your eyes open for it! It will contain a little Plant Spirit as well! =D

Your Alector!

Also, you cann follow me on Twitter to be always up to date with me and my artwork. You can get as well in touch with me a lot quicker over there (yay for mobile devices!)
If you have it, poke me over there too! ~> AlectorFencer on Twitter

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On a side note: SPRING IS FINALLY HERE!