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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Stay for a Coffee, and Maybe Buy Me One Too

Why fit in when you were born to stand out?

Dr. Seuss

Over the last few months I have been considering Patreon and Ko-fi as options to give fans of my work more access to me as a creator. It has taken some consideration, and I have decided to go with… Ko-fi!

Maybe this isn’t a surprise as my page has been accessible since October, but the current plan I’m using is Free. The change will be that I’m moving to Ko-fi Gold, a subscription to both support Ko-fi’s development and to give me access to a number of features that I can put to good use for those following and supporting my work.

I am aiming to be ready to go early February.

As a note, this does not mean my blog and portfolio won’t be updated anymore. However, how I update will change. Ko-fi will be updated first with work in progress and final images, and have some exclusive content. I’m still working out the exact changes, and feedback is not just welcome but heavily encouraged.

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Review; Gender Queer by Maia Kobabe

Gender Queer
Maia Kobabe (Goodreads Author) (Author, Illustrator), Phoebe Kobabe (Goodreads Author) (Colorist)

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Summary from Goodreads:

In 2014, Maia Kobabe, who uses e/em/eir pronouns, thought that a comic of reading statistics would be the last autobiographical comic e would ever write. At the time, it was the only thing e felt comfortable with strangers knowing about em. Now, Gender Queer is here. Maia’s intensely cathartic autobiography charts eir journey of self-identity, which includes the mortification and confusion of adolescent crushes, grappling with how to come out to family and society, bonding with friends over erotic gay fanfiction, and facing the trauma and fundamental violation of pap smears. Started as a way to explain to eir family what it means to be nonbinary and asexual, Gender Queer is more than a personal story: it is a useful and touching guide on gender identity-what it means.

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I have never come across a book that so closely captured the feeling of dysphoria that I felt growing up. Mine was caused by different things, but much of how I dealt with it is mirrored in portions of this graphic novel.

I invented and named a lost male twin who had always felt like he should be a girl. If I could just find him we would both finally feel like whole complete people.

Gender Queer, Maia Kobabe

This book is an amazing read and so honest and open. I didn’t know it, but I needed to read it. I picked it up out of curiosity, thinking I may learn something. I didn’t expect to get so much out of it, though.

The Difference of a Decade

Time is an illusion.

Albert Einstein

There’s a trend going on these days, which I have seen on Twitter specifically, of artists sharing the difference in their work after a decade. Seeing so many people do this, and to see such drastic improvements over time, is inspiring. I didn’t want to just share a couple of images in a tweet, though. That couldn’t quite cover the time in a way that’s acceptable to me.

I haven’t looked at much of my artwork over the last ten years. Before reviewing it, I knew that not much would be there compared to others. I knew it wouldn’t be high in quality and that I would be embarrassed by how bad it all will be. But I also knew that I shouldn’t be comparing myself, or my artwork, to others in this way.

It turns out, though, only one of those things is true. There’s not much of it. However, the quality isn’t bad and it certainly doesn’t embarrass me. I tried to create and succeeded in making new things. Some are more complete than others, and I did my best. That much is evident.

I had, and have, room to improve. And overall, it looks like I managed to do it. I fell down a few times, took a couple stumbling steps back, but in the end my skill in digital art is moving forward again.

Let’s take a look, shall we?

Something New

Ten years ago, in the spring of 2009, I was finishing up a course at Sheridan College in Oakville, Ontario. It was a two-semester course called Performing Arts Preparation, that I took out of personal interest. I wanted to practice acting, singing, and hoped to become more confident. I did manage these things, and while the year was stressful I do value what I learned and the people I met.

During that time, my health was extremely poor. I wasn’t sleeping and I was always exhausted, depressed, anxious, and spent most of my mental space focusing on staying conscious.

It took a few more years before I got myself into a better place.

I did a lot of drawing during this time. Sketches on paper and only sometimes colouring on the PC with Photoshop. It was intended as a distraction but it was a start.

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