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These are the folks (your name may be on this list!) that have entered into my amateurish drawing.  A winner from each pool will be posted momentarily.

Status:
Honey Mead - Complete
VulpesOpaca - Complete
ImperialDreamer- Complete

DeviantArt
1. Blue-Thrush
2. CosmicObserver
3. ImperialDreamer
4. KeinZantezuken
5. VulpesOpaca
6. ArcCahlon
7. tn-scotsman

FimFiction
1. maskedferret
2. elmagnifico
3. Ether Echoes
4. Akouma
5. Autumn Wind
6. Spectrumancer
7. Honey Mead
8. Mr. Bitey
9. Georg
10. BlankFlankBrony
11. lordelliott

Edit: Livestream of the drawing - livestre.am/4qCed Congratulations, Imperial!
Did you think this blog post would be about writing?  Well, then, psyche!  It isn't.

What it is is a chance to win a piece of pony art, to be completed sometime between the end of this month and the heat death of the universe (probably sooner than later), unfortunately by me.

It could be cover art, it could be your OC, it could be a mock cover of OC Weekly.  The only stipulation is that it have a 'simple' background, no more than three characters, and that it not be gore, porn, or gorn.  Pores might be acceptable, although I'm not sure why you'd want a drawing of one.

To enter, all you need do is respond to this blog post (with an account at least four days old) and express your interest in entering, some time between now and 11:59 PM Pacific Standard Time on Friday, April 19th.  You'll then be entered into a drawing, which is a slightly more official-sounding way of saying that I'll be using random.org to draw a number.

Good luck!
For those not in the know (I doubt there are many that'd be reading this journal), there was a release of the current design iteration for the Equestria Girls property:

Equestria Girls, look at dem hips

Regarding Equestria Girls, one could say that reactions have been mixed, and I suppose this would be spot on if you considered a mixed reaction akin to, say, baking soda and vinegar, or, more likely, rubidium and water (YouTube it if you have the chance, it's quite entertaining).

Folks have exploded over them.

A lot of folks don't like them, feeling that these designs lack the charm of the ponies we're used to.  Others worry about the story directions that may be taken with them, though I don't know anything about this and cannot comment.  Some folks are optimistic, wanting to see what kind of show may be developed with them.  Some folks are apathetic.  These are all opinions, and everyone is entitled to one. Plus I'm about to give my own, so it'd be hypocritical of me not to afford others my respect.

I do not like these designs.

It is not because of their skin tones, their lack of skin tones, their wings, their lack of horns, although these do seem to come up in argument quite a bit.  No, what I hate is their waistlines.

One of the nice things about Friendship is Magic, a show for little girls et al., is that the problems and questions addressed in the show relate very well to the human experience without needing to address the human body type and all of the shapes that it comes in.  There is no idealization, intended or inadvertent, of a particular body type, because all of the show's story lines are handled with colorful, quadruped creatures (terms like allegory and parable ring at the periphery of my locution).

Then we're shown Equestria Girls, where all of the characters have a uniform, stick-thin body type with waists that taper in like an Otter Pop with a rubber band twisted around it, looking almost, but not quite human.  I think this is insidious.

Here are some facts from sources far more knowledgeable on the subject than me:

The Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality found that in the age group of children 12 and under, hospitalizations for eating disorders jumped by 119 percent between 1999 and 2006.

Researchers at Arizona State University (Stice and Shaw, 1994) related the thin-ideal in the media to an increase in bulimia symptomology.

Field et al. in a 2001 paper reported that media influences are linked to an increase in body image and weight concerns.

I don't imagine this surprises many folks.  So why do we keep doing this?  Why do promote this (quite frankly impossible) body type to such an impressionable age group with no celebration of alternatives?

As has been said and is worth echoing:  "There's more than one way to be a girl."

Why don't we act like it?
Hey, ever heard of ponywallpapers.com?  Apparently they allow their users to submit others' content (signatures removed, edits made) as their own, and they find this acceptable because 'Hey, it's not like they're the ones doing it.'  I recently discovered this: www.ponywallpapers.com/princes… (an edit of fav.me/d3g2wku)

They have all kinds of links for submitting copyright complaints and well gosh, would you believe it: none of 'em work!

So, I'm thinking of perhaps making a weekend project of letting other artists know that their work is being taken without citation.  Spread the word if you're keen on doing so.
There is a great deal of dissatisfaction to being a dilettante, a dabbler. The things that I do, that I approach seriously, are manifold (art, writing, research, fitness, the list goes on) and it is rare to find overlap between them. The completion of work in one is entirely divorced from progress in the others, and time spent is time lost, depending on one's perspective. And I hate this.

Take the first item in the parenthesis above, art, since given the venue of this posting it's what anyone reading this will recognize as a pursuit of mine. To anyone who recognizes me first as an artist, I appear as someone who uploads something intermittently with no discernible regularity, because, well, that's what I do. Those who see me as a writer no doubt see me as a guy that takes a month between chapter updates. These are different faces for different places that each seem a bit spotty when viewed alone.

In society and in communities, it seems that specialization is prized and output even more so. I can only speak from my own personal observations, but it seems that people love someone that produces a lot. This can prove true even in the cases where the quality of the work suffers for the speed by which it is produced.

I can't pin down what prompted this journal, other than a sentiment which has been growing for quite some time now. I don't think the world is interested in someone that can't decide on what they want to do.
quilltastic.deviantart.com/art…

Around the time that I finished the story 'In Her Majesty's Royal Service', a fellow by the name of Quilltastic came into contact with me through DA.  He can correct me if I'm wrong, but at that time he was new to digital art; however, he was eager to learn all about it, and wondered if I'd be willing to chat with him about it from time to time.  I said, 'Sure,' and from there we began our correspondence.

From that first note, I must say that the amount of progress he has made over the months astounds me.  When introduced to a a new technique, he works to integrate it into his style; when he receives feedback, he internalizes it.  He is committed to self-improvement, which many may claim yet fewer will demonstrate.  I can only imagine him getting better.

I want people to see him.  I want people to encourage him.  I want people to damn well know he exists.  In this fandom full of big names, cliques, whatever, it's easy for folks to go unnoticed.

Quill, I'm bloody well glad to have met you, and I'm looking forward to seeing just how far you go.
You know, it's pretty cool knowing that there are folks out there that pay attention to the things that I create, both in terms of drawings and writings.

So to those of you that do: thank you.
Wow, so there we have it folks: Tori Spelling confirmed for Equestria.

Let's see those SpikexSpelling ships!
In art and in writing, I've found that I'm more productive if I scrawl my thoughts regarding a project on a piece of scratch paper.  These scribbles could be a sketch, a scene outline, a piece of dialogue, or anything else.  In doing this, I find that I can get out of my head just a bit, as I'm one to fret about details to the point of paralysis otherwise.  This habit extends to my scientific work as well.  Often I'll grab any piece of paper that is at hand and just start filling it out, going from there; however, I don't always check what I'm writing on.  Tonight I was drafting my thoughts regarding a potential light-based method of deep brain stimulation, and I noticed that it was on the back of the sketch for that muscle pony picture I posted some weeks back (I've heard 'Horse Power' and 'Snowflake' among others as names, though I do like the latter).  

Whoops.

Anyways, unrelated to all of that, I've thrown some designs at the We Love Fine contest from earlier work in my gallery.  I think it'd be kinda cool to see my DJ Pon-3 tag on a shirt, but that's just me.

Vinyl

The Biggest Pegasus
A friend of mine is drawing pony, and I'd love it if more folks would check out her art.

Look out this cute: Zecora!

Go on, show her some love!  I'll like, draw Fluttershy or something if you do!
Eh, what the hey, why not?  Contains spoiler material from today's episode.  livestream.com/sagebrush
t and jeez what a hassle.

Rules:

1. You must post these rules. (VERY IMPORTANT!)
2. Each person must post 10 things about themselves on their journal.
3. Answer the questions the tagger set for you in their post, & create ten new questions for the people you tag to answer.
4. You have to choose 10 people to tag & post their icons on your journal.
5. Go to their pages & tell them you have tagged her/him.
6. No tag backs.
7. No shiz in the tagging section about "you are tagged if you're reading this." You honestly have to tag 10 people

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10 things about me

1) I am a fitness freak and work out avidly.

2) I lived in Japan for a year.  It was interesting; I liked the food and fashion.

3) I cannot keep glassware in one piece.

4) I love to show off my physical strengths, and I tend to be a braggart among close friends.

5) My eyesight is absolutely terrible.

6) I love to read, but I tend to do it somewhat slowly.  I look up every single word I don't know, and make notes on rhetoric that strikes me.

7) I don't drink, so on my 21st birthday I went to see a movie with friends.  During the showing, some drunks sitting behind me vomited on me, and I menaced them out of the theatre.  Most people are horrified by this story, and I suppose I was as well at the time, but it has strangely become one of my fondest memories.

8) I know nothing about sports.

9) Regarding social situations, no matter where I am or how many strangers there are, if there's at least one close friend with me, I am very outgoing.  If I'm alone, I get overcome with shyness.

10) I once did a gig where I stood around topless with a bow-tie, serving out chocolates and champagne.

10 Questions

1. What got you into anime?
I don't watch anime.

2.What are your Top 5 Favorite Anime's or Manga's or Cartoon's .
Hmm, MLP and Adventure Time for recent stuff.  Just about anything Warner Bros. could take up those last three spots.

3. Do you prefer English dubs or Japanease with subs.
どちでもいいよ。

4. Who is your favorite voice actor?
Microsoft Sam.

5. What is your favorite pokemon game and favorite pokemon?
I don't have one.

6. If "Where's Waldo" and "Carmen Sandiego" had a kid, how hard will it be to find him?
'If', you say?

7. What's your favorite type of  muffin?
English.

8. pirates vs ninjas who would win?
Depends on if its Battleship or Shogi.

9.Can you taste the difference between Pepsi and Coke?
I don't drink soda.

10. Batman or Superman?
Superman, by two letters.

Now answer the questions!

1. What are you reading currently?
2. What is one of your proudest moments?
3. What is the most embarrassing moment that you are willing to share?
4. Have you ever been in love?
5. If you could visit anywhere in the world, where would it be?
6. If you could visit anywhere in the universe, where would it be?
7. If you could have any super power, what would it be?  (Nothing along the lines of 'The power to have more/all powers!')
8. Was your answer to 3 your most embarrassing moment, period?
9. Are you an early bird, a night owl, or some horrible, feathered amalgam of the two?
10. What is the answer to the question you wish was on this list?

These people have been tagged

1. :icongrayscalerain:
2. :iconendlessnostalgia:
3. :iconquilltastic:
4. :iconrobcakeran53:
5. :iconsamutoka:
6. :iconzekaire-aquanimus:
7. :iconardite:
8. :icontripleagent3:
9. :iconballman64:
10. :iconexranion:
Edit:  Nevermind.

Alright, in commemoration of hitting 7162 page views, I figured I test the waters and do something I've been thought about, I've been asked about, but I've never actually attempted: taking a commission (note the singular).

I've drawn art based on recommendations I've thought were interesting, but I'd like to offer this slot to someone I haven't worked with before.

What I'd like to offer is a single character, colored, with a simple background (simple color combinations, skies, no giant castles or complex friezes) for $25 USD.

Reply order to this journal will be the primary determining factor for this, I suppose.  Anyways, I'm off to the lab.

Restrictions:
-Nothing pornographic
-No OC Alicorns
Until more votes say otherwise, around 8 p.m. U.S. Central time on Saturday seems to be the most popular time to have a stream.

Again, my channel can be found here.
So I've written the first chapter of something, the beginning of a sequel of sorts to that guard pony story.  I wouldn't mind getting a few extra thoughts on it though (i.e. flow, characterization, etc.); if you liked that story and are interested, let me know.
A bit short notice, but I'm drawing right now and figured I could stream it.  If it's of interest to you, feel free to drop by, though no guarantees on how long it'll go or how good it'll be.

Sage's Stream
I bet that's not an uncommon journal title.  Anyways!

Those of you that have it, what do you think of it?  What are the perks, and are they worthwhile?  I realize all of this information is probably squirreled away in some FAQ, and a drop down gonfalone is advertising a free trial; a good chance to learn firsthand if I ever saw one.

Regardless, I'd like to know what y'all think.
Mess around with style, get a load of 'Long legs' comment variants.

Duly noted.
Day:  January 15th, Sunday
Time: 3 P.M. Pacific, 6 P.M. EST North America
Sagebrush Livestream



I plan on drawing Rarity, with a bit of a move away from the show style that I've been doing previously.  Be there or be elsewhere.