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Sat Mar 24, 2018, 3:37 PM
Soo, I took a tumble today. Nothing is broken but my dominant wrist is, according to the ER, 'severely strained'. 

All I know is that I cannot type quickly. Pain is too intense. The ER said take ibuprofen for pain. Yeah, sure. Doesn't work. FML.

I'll be back in a few days.

  • Listening to: Diablo III
  • Playing: Diablo III
  • Eating: Burritos
  • Drinking: Coke Zero

Real Life

Mon Mar 19, 2018, 7:30 AM
Some admission here..

I've been down on myself lately because I have been unable to get into shape. My frame should not support much over a buck 75. For much of my life, I've been closer to 300, averaged at 250. I've tried working out, walking, running, dieting. One step forward, five backward.

Lately, been doing lifestyle changes instead of focusing on that 'goal' weight by watching my junk food by not buying it, switching to water instead of soda, if I have to snack do it on veggies (ugh). 

Pleased to say, I broke the 200 mark. I can walk without being winded and I can climb stairs without feeling like passing out.

Not sure what the goal is as far as a number but I'm feeling a whole lot better. Healthier both mentally and physically. Hope to keep it up.

And for those who also struggle, little changes over a lot of time do have positive benefits. Don't try to climb the mountain. Just go for one of the little hills first. It's less daunting.

  • Listening to: Diablo III
  • Playing: Diablo III
  • Eating: Burritos
  • Drinking: Coke Zero

One Month Later

Thu Mar 8, 2018, 5:21 PM
I've slowed down on the mad path of trying to get everything reinstalled. Along the way, I've enjoyed talking with different people about different products.

I may start over because DAZ Studio decided to install some of my stuff on my C Drive instead of where I wanted it. I ordered a new external drive (not a backup .. a real desktop external hard drive .. 8TB .. I'll be in my bunk!). When it comes, I am going to attempt a new install of DAZ on that. I'll see if I can avoid the mistakes I made with this last one.

In the mean time, the current install will be my base of operations for learning new things. I'm very excited to learn about textures and shaders from I appreciate her taking the time to share information with me. If you have a minute, take a walk through her gallery. She's a neat lady.

Well, it's late for me. I should hop into bed. Yah yah, I know. It's only 8ish PM. Let me tell you, 4AM comes way too freakin' early.

  • Listening to: Diablo III
  • Playing: Diablo III
  • Eating: Burritos
  • Drinking: Coke Zero

12 Hours Later

Thu Feb 8, 2018, 3:02 PM
So after I finished with work, I decided to poke around at my art. Figured it would be a good idea to back up everything I've done so far. Started that process and .. well, not sure what happened but it's gone.

DAZ Studio install, Poser Install .. crashed or corrupt, the lot of it.

So that's the bad news.

So, now is the time I guess to clear out the clutter, start over with a fresh install on a new external location and pick up the pieces. At least most of my content is from DAZ so we're not talking lost content. We're just talking lost images. 

After I get done mourning and pounding my head against my desk, I'll get on to the activity of installing stuff again. 

Suggestions on where to start? :) I'm thinking I need to start with a stout glass of liquor. I'll probably end up with a stout glass of water though. Blech.

  • Listening to: Diablo III
  • Playing: Diablo III
  • Eating: Burritos
  • Drinking: Coke Zero


Thu Feb 8, 2018, 3:18 AM
I have found some inspiration. In looking through the DAZ3D store, I was studying an option for sale and actually took the time to read everything about the product. It included a short introduction about the creator. Then I re-read the item again and realized, 'Hey, maybe I can do that, won't know until I try'. 

Thank you to SickleYield.

I have always been intimidated by the idea of creating content but your product makes it sound like something I could actually do and maybe even do well. So, with my happy purchase in hand (How to Create a New Custom Daz Studio Character) I am going to dive into the world of learning about creating content. I felt/feel encouraged and enabled.

I love doing my artwork but sometimes I get something to where it is almost what I want. I figure with this extra knowledge, I might actually manage to get exactly what I want. :)

  • Listening to: Diablo III
  • Playing: Diablo III
  • Eating: Burritos
  • Drinking: Coke Zero

I think I misplaced January

Wed Jan 24, 2018, 5:01 AM
I had a wonderful birthday recently. Thank you to all my Deviant friends and followers for your kind well wishes. I only wonder, where did January go? I thought we just celebrated the new year? Ugh!

I have so many things I want to do lately. My move is almost complete and I can get back to my artwork. So many fun things have been recently publishes, I have so many toys to play with. YAY!

To those who are feeling down or depressed or like their art is not important to others, keep your chin up. If YOU are happy with what you do, kudos to you. You are the only audience you need to worry about. You are your own worst critic. Let the favorites, comments and love you receive from others be the confirmation.

Blessings to you all.

  • Listening to: Diablo III
  • Playing: Diablo III
  • Eating: Burritos
  • Drinking: Coke Zero

Welcome 2018

Mon Jan 1, 2018, 1:47 PM
So, I start the year broke. A lot of us do, don't we? I am moving which costs cash, and then there's the evil DAZ. Ugh. I am so money poor and content rich!

I can't wait to dig into this stuff.


Oh wait, I have to work tomorrow. Aww man!

  • Listening to: Diablo III
  • Playing: Diablo III
  • Eating: Burritos
  • Drinking: Coke Zero

New Year, New Digs

Sun Dec 17, 2017, 1:59 PM
I may be absent some during the next couple of weeks. I'm moving and will be between internet connections, trying to pack, trying to get stuff from old location to new location, working at the normal job, and god knows what else....

Please be patient. I'll get things posted as soon as I can get something new done.

I really appreciate all who view my pages, favorite my work and watch my postings. You are each important to me. Thank you.

If I can't get online before the end of the year, please enjoy the last bits of 2017 and all the joy it can bring.

  • Listening to: Diablo III
  • Playing: Diablo III
  • Eating: Burritos
  • Drinking: Coke Zero

December Again

Sun Dec 3, 2017, 6:47 AM
Wow, time flies. Here we are at the end of another year. I look back and wonder, what did I do all year? Of course, that comes back to what did I not do this year.

So, after those thoughts, I decided to try something new, something I've never really been very good at but felt the need to try again. I have a favorite actor and, when I write for a particular story, I use him as reference because he has a great look. I've never really found the right digital representation of him so I couldn't really get very creative in representing moments of the story like I'd wanted to do so many times. Last night, I set out to try again.

There are still some tweaks I feel are necessary but the response by my writing partner was very positive. She knew who it was the moment she saw him. This makes me happy.

So, I'm going to tweak a little here and there, get real happy with the results and then you may see it pop up in my gallery.

  • Listening to: Diablo III
  • Playing: Diablo III
  • Eating: Burritos
  • Drinking: Coke Zero
Thanksgiving was great this year. I planned on visiting my parents and staying a few days. Unfortunately, I forgot critical medications (but I did remember the Honey Baked Ham).  So I was forced to cancel my plans and get back to my place the same day. I was bummed but I still had vacation time (Good Friday) and friends online to chat with. I hunkered down in my apartment and enjoyed the day in (since there was no way in hell I was going to leave my cozy haven during Black Friday). In spite of the change of plans, Thanksgiving was nice.

Then I woke up today and thought, "I still have some time off, my boss said I could work from home on Monday. What's keeping me from going back to my parents for a couple of days?" At this point, I'd not remembered I have an early morning eye appointment on Monday. So I bundled up my stuff (medication included), got my work computer and my art rig packed up and even brought a load of laundry (Mom likes to see me with my laundry).

So now here I am, in my parent's basement. No, I never lived in my parent's basement growing up or as an adult (I used the attic back then). And really this is like no basement anyone has seen. It's cement floors but it's set up as my mother's sewing haven. I've been granted tenancy in a small corner. It's sweet to look across the basement and see my mother doing something related to sewing and quilting, focused on her task, sometimes looking up to have a conversation with me. She's the greatest woman in my life and I love her more than anyone. And then there's dad. My dad is somewhere watching something on the television. It's probably something on Netflix. It's a quiet country night with a quiet country family .. and me, the city mouse.

I'm used to running to the store at all hours to get things I impulsively want. Out here, no such thing is even available. Nearest all night store is over 45 minutes away. ACK! But I do love my family and I enjoy hearing the stories (for the third, fourth or fiftieth time).

Well, it's time to poke around my runtime and see what comes to mind. The quiet may help or it may drive me insane. Not sure yet.

Good night, fellow Deviants. Good night.

  • Listening to: Diablo III
  • Playing: Diablo III
  • Eating: Burritos
  • Drinking: Coke Zero


Sun Nov 19, 2017, 6:06 PM
Okay, so I have something rendering. It may take a while.

In the meantime I'm looking at my past art. Wow. I shudder at the quality I used to produce. To me it's horrible but it shows how far I have matured in my detail and posting .. etc. My first love is sci-fi and I prefer to work with male characters instead of female characters. I'm still blown away by how many people have favorited Drow Priestess.

I remember when I got excited when I had 1000 page views. I checked back every hour to see if it made it to that (to me) huge milestone. Now I have over 14,000 views. I'm grateful everyday that I see more views out there. I do this because I like it and it really is cool that other people like what I do too.

I have goals. I want more to have more diversity in my renders .. male, female, dark skinned, light skinned, weird skinned, human, alien, animal, landscape... I've achieved some but I'm not done yet.

I've probably rambled on enough for one night. My render still has not even completely 1 percent. I'm glad it can work while I sleep.

We'll see how it turns out in the morning.

  • Listening to: Diablo III
  • Playing: Diablo III
  • Eating: Burritos
  • Drinking: Coke Zero

I knew it was coming...

Sat Nov 18, 2017, 7:16 AM
DAZ is having a sale and I was going through buying things today, some in small spurts due to requirements to get the special pricing, and finally my card went 'Declined'. Now, I knew it wasn't due to insufficient funds. I appreciate my credit union looking out for me. Took me about five minutes to straighten it all out.

Made my last purchase.


If you don't hear from me anytime soon, assume I'm lost in my DAZ Studio content library.

  • Listening to: Diablo III
  • Playing: Diablo III
  • Eating: Burritos
  • Drinking: Coke Zero

Since May...

Thu Nov 16, 2017, 6:43 PM
This was my worst year yet but it is turning out to be ending as my best year yet.

That aside, I've been able to grow in my artwork and learn more about DAZ Studio. I've made friends offline and I've made several friends online. Each and every follower I have is precious to me and I hope to never disappoint.

I'm focusing more on a place I call the Verse. It's a vast setting for storytelling of the sci-fi/western and many things in between. I've made some characters and sprinkled them in and among the other images I produce. It thrills me that so many seem to enjoy them as much as myself and my writing partner.

I haven't forgotten the fantasy or fantastical. That's just on the back burner for a while.

Your feedback is important to me and I'd love to hear your opinions on what you'd like to see me try my hand at creating.

Thank you for watching. Thank you for taking the time to favorite my artwork. And most of all, thank you for just being there.

  • Listening to: Diablo III
  • Playing: Diablo III
  • Eating: Burritos
  • Drinking: Coke Zero

Diablo III: Necromancer

Sat Jul 1, 2017, 4:16 PM
I love playing Diablo. Started on a PC way back when. More recently, when D3 came out, been playing on either my PS3 or XBox360. It was fun. Had a great time running around, looting, killing and generally escaping from the anxiety of my normal life. Well, I heard the Necromancer class was coming and decided I needed it. I remember playing the Necromancer before and was elated!

Then I discovered no information about it for my platforms. This made me sad. So I gathered up everything I had, marched myself off to GameStop and came home with a shiny used Xbox 1 S. And D3: Ultimate Evil

I got the Necromancer the day it came out.

Unfortunately, I couldn't play at first due to some real life crap.

Now, I've made up for that lag. I'm not a very high level yet but I've finished 2 of the 5 acts with my precious Necromancer and I am having a BLAST! So far, no dying. This is awesome. The game has been quite generous with gifts (got 2 Legendary drops as gifts for one of my XBox 1 buddies) and cool drops for me too!

Life is good.

I'd love to share stories, hints, etc. .. if you feel like talking, let me know.

For now .. it's time to raise the dead a little more.

  • Listening to: Diablo III
  • Playing: Diablo III
  • Eating: Burritos
  • Drinking: Coke Zero

Why the Struggle?

Journal Entry: Sat Jun 17, 2017, 8:45 AM

It grieves me to see the polarization of views in the LGBT Flag thread. I don't typically post things about politics or current events but my heart is broken by the way people treat/judge people. Nobody is better than anyone else. We each have endured struggles since birth, some greater than others.

There is no black and white, all or nothing, correct answer to anything.

I truly believe that if you simply have respect (and demonstrate it), compassion, and a sincere love for an individual regardless of the circumstances surrounding the individual then our world would be so better than it is today.

True love has no conditions, no but's, no if's. Love simply IS.

It's scary but it's so worth it.

  • Listening to: Imagine Dragons
  • Drinking: Coffee


Journal Entry: Sun Jun 4, 2017, 2:27 PM

Note to self .. do not go to WalMart to get your prints quick. They will harass you about not having a release form (Dude, I'm the artist) and basically call you an art thief.

I have got to get my printer fixed.

  • Listening to: Silence
  • Reading: Nothing
  • Watching: Nothing
  • Playing: Nothing
  • Eating: Nothing
  • Drinking: Nothing

Looking Up

Journal Entry: Sun May 7, 2017, 4:53 PM

To say I've been dealing with challenges recently would be incorrect. I've been dealing with challenges for a long while and finally reached the breaking point where I had to admit that, for my health, I had to take a step back from things. I hope in this downtime to be able to recoup from years of draining circumstances and more recent stressors that tipped the barrel.

On the up side, I look forward to this quiet rebirth and hope to discover some new joys and rekindle old ones. To that end, I will be now focusing on my artwork more studiously.

Thank you to everyone who has visited my page and who watches my art. It is a joy knowing that there are those out there who enjoy my work.

  • Listening to: Tutorials

Where to Next?

Journal Entry: Sun Apr 30, 2017, 7:02 AM

I'm curious .. what do YOU want to see me attempt to create?

Suggestion 1 was a suggestion for me to make a half man/half something else. Siucar, I offer this: Name Unknown.
He was fun to work with and presented some challenges in the area of keeping the ground and him playing nicely. The setting is from Stonemason (DAZ3D) and I am definitely going to use it again soon.

Does anyone else have a suggestion on what to create next?

  • Listening to: Tutorials

Lighting Tutorials

Journal Entry: Fri Apr 7, 2017, 3:57 PM

On my search to unlock the mysteries of DAZ Studio 4.9 lighting, I've seen a lot of tutorials both written and youtube. I am going to keep record on this post which I found the most helpful.

Starting off

The video in question was titled "Creating And Lighting A Scene With Iray In DAZ Studio"
It was for DAZ Studio 4.8 (beta) and although a few things changed between 4.8 and 4.9, pop ups during the video noted these. I found the instructions throughout the video, no pun intended (well, maybe a little) illuminating. I can't begin to catalog everything I learned but I can say I've watched this multiple times and always come away with some new little trick. I have since subscribed to SickleYield's channel on YouTube.

  • Listening to: Tutorials

The Virtual Light

Journal Entry: Thu Apr 6, 2017, 7:57 PM

Ugh .. still working on that lighting thing. I have found a number of helpful tutorials but my light work is still reliant on other packages. I want to be able to do it myself. I've figured out the spot lights and how to place them right. But my environment in the background is still too bright for my liking and I haven't figured out the magic button/dial/setting to make my background appear in shadows.

Several days off here. My goal is to figure this out during my time off. It's my main focus.

Thank you to everyone who has been friending me and sending me llama's and adding my art to their favorites. I really appreciate the support.


PS .. I am accepting suggestions for how to make DAZ Studio 4.9 bend to my lighting desires. Tutorials, comments, instructions .. Thanks!

  • Listening to: Tutorials