Progress should be increasing now, as we have an additional contributor to the writing! We also have an opportunity available to include yourself or a character you design in the demo
. The poll indicated that people were most interested in this option, I'd let you all know about it.
We will need designs for one to three random townspeople who will be interviewed in the Investigation segment of the demo. They will have minimal dialogue, estimated 1 - 5 lines, but will have full portrait art with 1 - 2 expressions. We would like to offer the opportunity to include you or a character you design as one of these townspeople for a donation of $50.
This is half of what we plan to charge in the Kickstarter, because you will not be receiving all of the planned Kickstarter rewards along with it. However, you WILL be granted beta access to Chapter 1
and your name will be listed in the credits.
If you are interested, please send me a note or a message on the Leading Scientists Games Facebook page
and we will work out the details. Spaces will be granted on a first paid, first served basis. If you wish to be included as a more important character, please wait for the Kickstarter.
We plan to offer these sorts of roles, as well as more important ones, like family members of the main character, major villain, and Emperor/Empress, ranging from $100 to $1000 (buying an Empire ain't cheap!). Prices subject to change, of course.
For the past several months, I've pretty much talked about nothing but Hearts Under Blades. It's a real labor of love for all of us working on it, and it means a lot to me that it succeed (at least enough to break even). I've also gotten into that awkward territory where, once I start linking my account with the company, I'm not sure if it's appropriate to post personal stuff anymore. But, this *is* my personal account, so here's a personal update.
After two years uninsured, I finally have health insurance again! This is good and bad. It's good because I'm finally getting a lot of my issues dealt with. And that's awesome. I'm on some meds for anxiety and meds to deal with some digestive issues my two abdominal surgeries left me with. The bad news is that I've had to take a lot of time away from things to adjust to these medications. I had some pretty bad side effects on the first anxiety med I was on, so now I'm on another, which is going MUCH better. But I lost a good 2-3 weeks where I suffered from extreme fatigue and depression, which hadn't been an issue until the medication. I've come out of the worst of it now, so I'm optimistic about the current med. The other down side: insurance is EXPENSIVE.
Along with the insurance, my most recent student loan came due. I've been applying for jobs, literally dozens of them, since my graduation last May, but haven't had any luck. I've had very few replies, all of them rejections. I guess nobody is looking for somebody 30+ with an art degree who hasn't been employed in 4 years. :\ I'm not being picky, either. I started looking for desk jobs, but quickly realized I had to take what I could get, retail, whatever. But still, no luck.
I'm holding together okay, for the most part. I have enough savings that I should be okay through most of the year, but the pressure is on to find a job, or to actually start making money with art. I get some pretty big logo commissions now and then, but they're few and far between, and nothing I can rely on.
In the meantime, I have some items on Society6, if anyone is interested. Right now you can get $5 off and free shipping on any items in my shop. ArtistMeli on Society6
If there are any pieces from DA you'd like to see in my shop, please let me know and I'll do my best to add them!