Gaming, Life, Ubuntu Adventures

Ever want to feel like a hacker? Just add Ubuntu!

Apparently, my hard drive with my windows install (and all my school files) decided it wanted to die last week. While I can still get it to spin up (sometimes), I’m holding off on recovering my files (and some programs) until I can get a new hard drive to replace it. In the meantime, I have a lovely little system on my other drive that allows me to get stuff done: Ubuntu.

Tux <3
(From Wikimedia)

[begin: meandering life story]
I’ve actually been using various flavors of Linux for a long time, starting sometime in the early ’00s. It started with I think Red Hat (I just knew it was some kind of Linux) on the “family” computer. I don’t remember why we switched, but I do remember Tux. We switched back to Windows XP before too long, but I was reintroduced a few years later. It started with Ubuntu Studio for me specifically, since I was already using open-source creative software on my windows PC. My step-dad installed the distro and set up a dual boot, so I could switch between studio space and Windows (98/ME, it was a weak system) for my games. I went between Ubuntu and Mint for a while in high school and the few years following.

While I was in the military, I had a thumb-drive that had Linux-to-Go (Ubuntu, of course) for when I needed a break from Windows or needed to do file recovery off the drive. I had plenty of practice using the various commands before setting up dual boot on my current machine. While I didn’t use Ubuntu much in the time leading up to the hard drive almost-failure, it was always an option for me.
[end: meandering life story]

With the dual boot on my storage drive, I was able to switch immediately. I’ll have to recover my school files and other important documents sometime soon. Thankfully, a lot of my personal work, photos, and (most importantly) games are still available to me.

Ubuntu 20.04: Focal Fossa

It does feel weird to be back on Linux again after so much time on Windows, even with a GUI. (Graphical User Interface) While I can use the GUI the same way as I would on Windows, sometimes I need the terminal. In these moments, I feel like a badass hacker, especially if I need to run some sort of script and the window keeps going after I type in the command. It feels like I’m hacking into a secret government server and getting past the firewall. Not really, of course, but it’s the little things that make using Linux/Ubuntu fun. [:

While I won’t make guarantees about the comic(s), I’ll try to get some work done soon. I’m doing summer classes now, but in the next two semesters I’ll have a mix of art and English classes. I’ll have more mental resources to dedicate to working on creating rather than processing information.

Life

Whelp. So much for working on ANY comics.

So, I’m now in my next semester of school. And I may have fried my tablet. So, I won’t be able to draw for a while until I can get a replacement. RIP Wacom Bamboo, 2013-2020. ]’:

In the meantime, I’ll be posting stories and maybe some paper sketches. Most of the stories will be shorter, but I might post longer ones later once I get back into the swing of writing again. Outside of world building and character creation that I have been doing for my projects and adapting the Grimm’s stories, I really haven’t written stories of my own recently. I’m looking forward to writing again. I hope that I will be able to share some of these non-project stories here.

Life

Another FINALS essays update

I have completed all of my big essays. I still need to write quite a few smaller essays (2-3 pages), but most of these will be easier to finish since they don’t require as much research or analysis as the others. They are more interpretation and discussion papers.

I’m hoping to have these final essays done by tomorrow night. Wish me luck getting a couple of naps squeezed into the next 24 hours. Once I finish these essays, I will officially be done with the semester! 😀

I plan to continue working on my stories on Monday, so I at least have some semblance of a rest day after marathoning essays.

Life, Modern Grimm

FINALS are here

This week is my finals week for the semester: I have 3/4 large assignments (2 at ~4-6 pages that are the final for one class, and 2 at ~8-12 pages, one of those being a group paper) to work on, and a lot of smaller assignments I need to complete (~2-4 pages each) by Friday midnight.

HOWEVER.

That means that after Friday, I am free to do my own thing until the start of the next semester. I do plan on finishing the Frog Prince and getting that posted, then I’ll see where I go from there. Until then, SO. MANY. ESSAYS.

Life, Modern Grimm, Uncategorized

Midterms are done!

Now, just for some short essays and finals in the next three weeks, and I’ll be done for the semester! 😀

Since I have no classes over winter break (about 4 weeks/a month), I’ll be working on the comic then I think. I also might scrap Modern Grimm after I finish the Frog Prince or make it an occasional project (a chapter or two a year, with simpler art) so I can work more on The Gauntlet or Briarwood Magic Club. Either way, stuff is coming soon!

Life

MIDTERMS

[dramatic chords]

So, as any college student knows, it’s currently the most lovely time of the semester — MIDTERMS. [dramatic chords]

It’s not too bad — I have several essays to write, but I can usually complete them in a few hours once I have the idea(s) formed. However, I have a lot of reading to do to write these essays: I have three lit classes (that all fall on the same day!), as well as one additional class that requires extra reading, compared to some of the other classes I’ve already taken.

Once my MIDTERMS [dramatic chords] are done, I’ll have a better schedule to begin working on the comic. I’ll try to update this weekend, and once a week after, to keep you updated on comic progress.

Good luck, if you too are in the midst of MIDTERMS. [dramatic chords]

………

MIDTERMS. [dramatic chords]

Art, Life, Modern Grimm, Video

I LIVE.

Barely.

I’m actually just getting over a nasty headcold that I managed to catch last weekend. It’s been a while since I’ve gotten really sick, but I’m getting back to normal now. Also, of course, my computer is back up and better than ever with TWO monitors to work and play on. [:

I have started posting the Modern Grimm to http://moderngrimm.abriarrose.com/, ideally to be updated weekly on Fridays. Still need to pretty up the site some from the template I’m using. I’ll work on it eventually. Anyway, I would like to update twice a week, but it depends on my course workload throughout the semester. If I am able to update more often, keep an eye on the Modern Grimm twitter for new page alerts.

To tide you over until I can post more pages, here is the process video for the cover of The Frog Prince — Enjoy!

Life, Modern Grimm, Sketches, Writing

The End of Summer

Well, my vacation is pretty much over and school is set to start up again after next week. Overall, the summer break was nice and relaxing — maybe a bit too much, since I didn’t really get to finish any of my projects. -__-;

I have completed the thumbnailing for The Frog Prince and plan to start making the story pages this upcoming week. Also, the next story (Cat and Mouse in Partnership) has been written up and is ready for thumbnailing.

Additionally, I have completed the “cover” art of The Frog Prince and recorded a process video for that (sketch to finished render), which will be posted once I actually start posting up the comic. I have a few changes I want to make, mostly just color adjustments as well as text overlay for the chapter title and byline. For now, here is a WIP image composed of all the steps of the process — 3 sketches, ink, background, color and lighting, and a bit of the foreground leaves (Transparency levels are adjusted to show aspects of each step). Considering I usually don’t do location art, I really like how this background came out with the fountain stones and grass texture.

To kiss, or not to kiss — that is the question…

Since this rendering took just under 3 hours of actual work time, with the pages planned to have much less detail, I expect to have my buffer done pretty quick, or at least the line art aspects with a quick slap of color added just before posting. Here’s hoping that I can stay on task this week! 😀