Sona Sunday – Dec. 18, 2016

Someone on Furry Amino proposed #SonaSunday as an alternative for those who can’t do #FursuitFriday. It’s basically a way for furries to show off their fursonas in whatever way they choose, be it a small gallery of art of their sona, a story, a Q&A, or whatever they like. I decided to use my favorite commission (which I admit I share around way too much) and cleaned up a quick write-up I did where I expressed my frustrations with writing. I think I wrote it a number of months ago (I mention Wolfletech being my boyfriend), but I like it; it’s a good day-in-the-life type of scene for Ricky.

I don’t consider this something I’d put in my writing portfolio/gallery/whatever you want to call it. My intention behind Ricky is for me to portray myself in the furry fandom as true to myself as possible, flaws and all. He has the same personality, goals, dreams, habits, vices, and background as me, though I admit to taking some creative liberties when I wrote his bio.

Anyway, hope you enjoy this small window into a beginning writer’s life. Continue reading

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Gods With Fur story reviews #2

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“Contract Negotiations” by Field T. Mouse

I really enjoyed this “trickster tale” of sorts, even if Ratatoskr’s goal was a humbling one. Usually, with trickster tales, the main intention of the “trickster” is to cause mischief and come out on top (they usually don’t). These also tend to be humorous stories as well. In Norse mythology, while Ratatoskr is more of a messenger than a trickster figure, he does tend to spread gossip or lies–be it for the hell of it or out of anger. (This information is based on the short introduction that gave some context on the characters and how they fit within their culture’s mythos). The author integrated this well.

I don’t claim to know much about Norse mythology aside from the few major gods or worlds, such as Thor, Odin, Loki, Valhalla, Midgard, Odin’s ravens, the giant tree Yggdrasil, and the Nidhogg. (The latter two are included in this story). Thankfully, you don’t need to know much about Norse mythology to enjoy the characters. I liked Nidhogg’s clueless, and might I say adorable, character, despite being a scaling, soul-eating, feral dragon. I liked how the unnamed Eagle was puffed-up, stoic, egotistical, yet at the end of the story, you get a sense that he has a heart. Again, I’m not mythology buff, but I wouldn’t be surprised if these portrayals of these gods aren’t too far off from their original counterparts.

This was an enjoyable story overall. It was funny, sweet, had relatable characters, has a simple yet semi-familiar setting, and integrated a cool mythology.

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Gods With Fur story reviews #1

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I decided to check out this book as I’m currently writing a story which features a minor, animal-like god. Perhaps I can gain a little nudge at some inspiration for it. I may review this anthology differently this time, however. This is the largest collection I’ve read so far (23 stories) and I’ve been itching to read this one for quite some time now.

With how large this is, I’ve decided to write short reviews of each of the stories as I read them. These won’t be posted in my review on Goodreads, but I feel like I wouldn’t do this anthology justice if I only did an overall review. Again, this is a decently-sized collection that features a lot of different furry authors and has an interesting theme (see title).

Read on for the review of the first story in this collection! Continue reading

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Midwest Furfest 2016

To start with, this won’t be a play-by-play journal of all that I did at MFF. A lot of this will share what I felt during the con as it progressed and some highlights from the weekend. Of course, at the end, I will post a photo gallery of the pictures I took and what I got. Continue reading

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2017 May Be a Good Year for Me

Yes, you’ve read that right. Yes, it’s not December yet. Yes, I’m calling it early. After last weekend (as of writing this) I realized a new chapter in my life is about to begin, and it’s a big change that’s overall positive. Continue reading

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Nov. 7, 2016

It seems to have been a while since I wrote a general life update; the earliest I could find was back in August. Yes, it’s been over a month, but quite a lot can happen in that time. Well, for me, only a couple things, though both big changes. Continue reading

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Koa of the Drowned Kingdom by Ryan Campbell

I may start sharing my book reviews on here. I don’t read much, but I try to make sure I review every book I’ve read, if only for the author’s sake. Just to let you know, I tend to read a lot of anthropomorphic fiction, which is a very niche market.

And now, on to the review. Continue reading

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The One Thing Christians Should Stop Saying

I don’t mind sharing my faith on this blog, nor anything that prompts internal discussion among fellow siblings in Christ. I may have read something like this before on the topic of what it means to “be blessed,” but it’s interesting none the less.

The Accidental Missionary

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I was on the phone with a good friend the other day.  After covering important topics, like disparaging each other’s mothers and retelling semi-factual tales from our college days, our conversation turned to the mundane.

“So, how’s work going?” he asked.

For those of you who don’t know, I make money by teaching leadership skills and helping people learn to get along in corporate America.  My wife says it’s all a clever disguise so I can get up in front of large groups and tell stories.

I plead the fifth.

I answered my buddy’s question with,

“Definitely feeling blessed.  Last year was the best year yet for my business.  And it looks like this year will be just as busy.”

The words rolled off my tongue without a second thought.  Like reciting the Pledge of Allegiance or placing my usual lunch order at McDonald’s.

But it was a lie.

Now…

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Regarding my last blog post

I’ve been feeling better and have gotten a chance to relax a little bit at work today; I pretty much had nothing to do all day, thankfully.

I’ve talked with my mom a little bit about everything too. She says she acknowledges that me and my boyfriend are in a relationship but still doesn’t approve of it; I’m fine with this, so long as she doesn’t harass me about it. I explained to her that I’ve been stressed about how my life is right now and that I feel stuck and have no purpose. She says she understands this. Continue reading

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Too much going on lately, plus a brief life story

I pretty much copy/pasted this from my journal entries from a few art sites I’m on. I just really needed to get this all out; there’s so much that’s been going on with me lately. Continue reading

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