March's Supporter Rewards are Here!

March’s Supporter rewards are now on Ko-fi! I added a small extra image this month just because, but I’ll leave that as a surprise. I’m posting these a bit early this month, too, but no one is going to complain about that, right? 😉

Collect yours, here!

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Twitter Art Raffle

Click Here to Enter!


I’m running an art raffle on Twitter, with the draw on April 25th!

Three (3) people will win a free coloured sketch from me, of a character of their choice.
Anyone can enter! ❤

Art will be in a similar style to the image in the original post (see above). Character can be your original, an avatar from a game, or one from your favourite show or even book. Make sure to have a visual reference if you win! ✨

To Enter
⭐ Follow me on Twitter, and
⭐ Retweet this post

The Draw
⭐ April 25th 2020 at 1:00pm PDT

Winners will be chosen randomly. 
Check it out on Twitter!

To those not on Twitter: Sorry! If there’s enough interest I may hold another either on ko-fi or through my blog. Let me know if you’re interested in that, or have any questions. 🙂


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Trials in Creative Productivity

Trying to make sense of all these pieces.
Doodle, March 2020.

It’s hard to be creative and productive when the worry and anxiety are so overwhelming. But I don’t need to really need to say it when so many of us are feeling it, do I?

How do we not not focus on the awfulness coming up from this virus, like the panic and greed causing toilet paper shortages? My family didn’t stock up weeks ago, aiming to be reasonable about purchasing and leaving enough for others. But, unfortunately, that means we’re now running out.

Of toilet paper. Of all things.

Clearly, not everyone else thought the way we did.


Before this all started, I was working on my own projects while searching for a job. I’ve been doing small freelance jobs and commissions, but a steady full-time job is preferable. While I have been applying, I have had little feedback or response. I’m trying not to get discouraged, since I also know that there are a number of people getting laid off now and also looking for work. It’s a difficult time and the demand for work is high. It will like be some time before I find a job, especially one that’s full time.

I’m not going to stop looking, though.

At the end of February I went to visit my parents in Toronto for my mom’s birthday. More information was coming out about the virus after my arrival, and the seriousness of what was happening in China and Italy was coming to the forefront. Luckily, I was able to get back to California before a pandemic was declared. All the while being careful not to touch my face and to wash my hands and to wash my hands and to wash my hands.

It has been nearly two weeks since my return and everything feels like it’s all different, all over again. And it is such a change that I need to relearn how to work within it. To learn how to be able to focus despite these stresses looming overhead. These last few weeks have been rough and creatively empty for me. This last Tuesday I tried to draw, but it was a real struggle to maintain any semblance of focus.

I’m unused to dealing with these kinds of feelings when it’s not depression. It feels so strange to say it like that, too. I don’t want to treat it like depression, either, but it’s so close. But maybe that feeling is coming from a worry that, by doing so, I’ll let Real Depression in and have to deal with that, too.


Wednesday (the 18th) I tried to work on writing for an hour, and fared a little better. (An hour seemed like a small but reachable goal.) The urge to check email, news, Twitter, etc, was unbelievably strong. I had to repeatedly interrupt my actions with directions and reminders.

“The news will be there when you’re done.”
“There’s nothing on Twitter that can’t wait another half hour.”
“You’re doing this for your own sanity. Relax.”

Oof.


I’m still working on taking care of myself, and redirecting my focus from following the news too closely. Remembering to take a nap if I’m overwhelmed or read more books that I enjoy. (Evidence of this is the recent influx of book reviews on the blog.) It’s far too easy to get caught up in the influx of information everywhere. One can’t check Facebook, Twitter, or Instagram without being flooded with news.

It’s time for a break from social media. Not completely, as I do need to be informed, but limits need to be in place for my own sanity. Resorting to checking social media less, maybe just 2-3 times a day, then leaving it for a few hours to allow myself to relax.

Thursday, I was doing better putting this social media moratorium into practice. It’s a start.

And then my husband got laid off from his job.


I know I’m not the only one going through issues like this. (Dealing with the effects of the pandemic, metal health stuff, etc.) A lot of us are. And a lot of us are worse off than I am right now. The world is a scary place these days, and I wish I had some good advice or insight to offer, but I really don’t. This is new for everyone. And we can only try to do our best, even if that’s not good enough for now.

All I can think of is: Stay safe out there, and try to be strong. I’m trying, too.


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Review: The Armored Saint by Myke Cole

Loved it! 😍

The Armored Saint is a fast-paced and compelling fantasy. Myke Cole knows just where to hit for the biggest impact and keeps hold right to the end. Fantastic work!

The Armored Saint
by Myke Cole

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

In a world where any act of magic could open a portal to hell, the Order insures that no wizard will live to summon devils, and will kill as many innocent people as they must to prevent that greater horror. After witnessing a horrendous slaughter, the village girl Heloise opposes the Order, and risks bringing their wrath down on herself, her family, and her village.

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Review; Immortal Defiance by Laura Maybrooke

Loved it! 😍

A refreshing fantasy full of betrayal, intrigue and an Elven enchantress waging war for her people’s freedom. But it’s never that simple…

Immortal Defiance
by Laura Maybrooke

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Some things never die. Hope. Heroes. Defiance.

Things take a strange turn for Dulcea, the elven enchantress turned war heroine and Dragonmistress, when a countryman’s betrayal lands her in enemy hands.

As she awaits her execution, a stranger with mysterious powers offers her another chance at life. Will she die here or risk what sinister fate he has in store for her?

Can Dulcea reclaim her rightful place and lead her army once more? Or does Krath, the man who travels the Realm of the Dead as one of its own, prove to be the obstacle that fells her rebellion?

… Or will this immortal vampire warrior turn out to be the best chance she has of defying the ancient evil arising in the west?

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Review; Assassin’s Choice by Monique Singleton

Exciting news! I’m now a Reviewer on Reedsy Discovery. If you’re interested in becoming a reviewer, too, and want to benefit us both you should use this link. When you post your first review using it, we both get paid for it!

For those unaware, Reedsy Discovery gives reviewers access to a pool of ARCs to read for free in exchange for an honest review. At this point, “free” and “books” are really all it takes to get my attention.

My first review for the site is below. Check it out on Reedsy Discovery, too!


Assassin’s Choice is a quick and snappy urban fantasy romance focusing on shapeshifters in a world full of paranormal beings.


Assassin’s Choice
by Monique Singleton

My rating: 2 of 5 stars

If they realise who I am… I’m dead. To the Council, I’m their top assassin. I terminate paranormals that step out of line. I’ll head off the hit list if they ever find out who I really am.

I’m close to finding out who’s responsible for my mother’s death, when the Council sends me on a mission,: kill two clan leaders who threaten to expose the paranormal world. Simple, Right?

Then I meet them…and everything goes to hell.

Throw in my overheated libido, not one, but two soul-mate claims, a mysterious age-old shaman who throws me slap-bang into the centre of an ancient prophecy, and things really heat up.

My next decision will send my life in a new direction… or kill me in the process. Which will it be? Personal revenge… or save the world?

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Talizmyn’s February Art Update

February!

I’m sharing the February Art Update earlier this month, since I’m travelling back to Canada(!) on the 27th to celebrate my mom’s birthday on the 28th. I haven’t seen my parents in the year-and-a-half since I moved to California, so to say that I’m excited for this trip is an understatement.

Any art-stuff I complete during the next few days will just be bumped to March’s Update, though anyone following me on social media (or Ko-fi) will get to see anything I share.

I’m not promising that I’ll be posting much during the trip, though. There will be parents to bug, dogs to hang-out with, and newborn puppies to care for. (The tiniest of sub-woofers, just born on the 23rd.)

February 01

Over the end of January and beginning of February, I took on a couple commissions. At the same time, I had a few larger/long-term projects of my own. This was planned, but it left me wanting to do something else after a long week of working.

The result was a 20-30 minute sketch done entirely on the tablet, using ArtFlow. There was nothing in mind when I started other than “draw an elf”. For a sketch, it turned out fairly well. I made a note to come back to it eventually because, while I like it the result, it doesn’t capture quite what I wanted.

Something wasn’t perfect. But it would have to do, for now.

Elf. Digital Art. February 02, 2020.
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Going For The (Ko-fi) Gold

We’re live!

The upgrade to Ko-fi Gold was a success. Now, by upgrading, I’m supporting the development of Ko-fi and the community, as well as enabling a tonne of cool features for those who want to support my work with follows, views, comments, or monetary means like donations or commissions. I appreciate everyone, and Ko-fi Gold should make it easier for all of us.

I’m excited.

The Rundown

Here’s what to expect from me when using Ko-fi.

  • Supporter-only Posts: Certain content will be available only for supporters/subscribers.
  • Exclusive Content: Such content would include works in progress, timelapses of drawings, Q&A’s, or gifts such as coloring pages or artwork turned into backgrounds for use on PC/Laptop/mobile.
  • Commissions: Commissions are now available through Ko-fi. There are limited slots as time permits, so please check back if commissions are closed.
  • Credit Cards and Subscriptions: People are now able to subscribe to my ko-fi page in additions to one-off donations, and may send monthly payments. PayPal and Stripe are both available!

Supporter-Only Content

Every month, I will be sharing something for supporters into my Ko-fi gallery. There’s a new album created just for supporters, called Supporter Downloads. Only people who have supported (either one-off or monthly) will have access to the high-res downloads in this folder.

Supporter Information and Clarification

One-off supporters are those who have supported and have not chosen to subscribe. These supporters will have access to these types of post for a 30 day period from their last donation.

Subscribers are supporters that have chosen to send payments on a monthly basis. These supporters will have access to all posts that one-off subscribers see, for as long as they are subscribed. This “tier” can have access to additional content as well in the future, though the both are identical at this point in time.

Which leads into the next section…

What Do you Want to See?

I want to offer more for those supporters who wish to subscribe. At this point, because I’m still setting up and my fan-base is small, I don’t know what to offer that would make that tier enticing. I need your help!

These questions are for everyone:

  • What features are you most excited for? Why?
  • Which features are you least interested in? Why?
  • What do other creators offer that you want to see from me too?
  • Are you interested in Q&A’s, polls for voting on sketches for me to finish up, etc?
  • What would add value to the subscription option, for you? What would make you want to subscribe?
  • Would you subscribe to have access to progress work, sketches, and/or to see finished content before everyone else gets to?

I would love to know what people want to see more of, and if there are certain things I’m not considering that would be beneficial for supporters. Let me know in the comments!

Commissions are open!

That’s right, commissions are now available through Ko-fi! I have more information on that, here.

But What of WordPress and the Portfolio?

I use my WordPress blog for a bit of everything, from art posts to book reviews. The blog on my portfolio site, talizmyn.com, features only art-related posts and goes live the same time as Talizmyn’s Trinkets. For those concerned that they won’t be able to view my work at all, because they don’t want to sign up for ko-fi to follow or are simply not interested… there’s no reason to be.

There will be some changes, such as progress work going to ko-fi , but final pieces will always be posted here as well. I still plan to do monthly art wrap ups, going over what happened that month creatively (or not), and sharing that on social media as well.

You won’t be missing out on everything, and updates will still happen here.

Supporter-Only Content is up on ko-fi!

This month’s supporter-only content is up on Ko-fi! The Supporter Downloads album has two new images available for download. A colouring page and a mobile background, featuring my Sailor Moon artwork from last December.

Subscribe or donate on Ko-fi to get access to the album.

Thank you, sincerely. Your support means so much to me. ❤


I hope you’ll join me on ko-fi. There’s a lot of good things to come and I can’t wait to share them!

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January Art Update

January has been a busy month. Between being a new year, starting new projects, spending a couple days recovering from a maybe-cold, and preparing my page on ko-fi (details on that, here), there has been a fair bit going on. Aside from the random-maybe-illness, it’s been full of many good things!

First Things First

While technically just before year-end, and therefore not completed in January, I noticed that I hadn’t shared my final digital work of 2019! Major oversight.

Fanart of Naoko Takeuchi’s Sailor Moon. Digital. December 31, 2019.
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