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CRAW BOB LIVES



BEHOLD THE HORRID GLORY OF CRAW-BOB THE LAWN CRAYFISH HE LIVES HE HUNGERS HE IS ABOUT THREE AND A HALF INCHES LONG THEY SAID I WAS MAD WHEN I SPOKE OF LAWN CRAYFISH BUT WHO IS LAUGHING NOW!?

(ahem)

Hound went out in a rainstorm and poked something, which poked her back, and this sequence ended in me balancing a phone and a flashlight. I took a gazillion photos, of which two came out.

Look at him! Look at his glory! Look at the proof that he exists and I'm not hallucinating lobsters in the flowerbed! AAAAAAAHHH

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Random Quote



Well, I could.

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Sunspot Journal



Sort of in recharge mode, I think, after all the travel recently.

The Sheep game is a weird little visual novel game I started to learn the Ren’Py engine so I could do Cryptic Stitching, and now I switch back and forth and as I learn something on one, I have to go apply it to the other one. Nameless Sheep will probably be done sooner, though, as it’s much, much shorter.

They both feature Sheep Shamans, though. Apparently I have a theme.

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The First Church of Mulch



It is a faith of small, consistent miracles, damp soil, and hard work.

Also worms. Worms are in there somehow. We haven't worked all the details out yet.

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Back Home Journal


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Fledgling



So I was pulling weeds and flinging handfuls into the uncultivated chunk of garden under the trees, and I winged in a handful of chickweed and looked up just in time to see it land on top of this guy. (He is a Carolina Chickadee.)

I ran in and immediately excavated him. He was fine, but as he is a fledgling, still not a very good flier and couldn’t get out of the way. He sat and looked angrily at me while I took his photo. When I returned, he had scuttled off into the undergrowth.

(If you find a bird like this, eyes open and fully feathered, that is not injured, or not in immediate danger of being mauled by a cat or something, leave it alone. This is a normal stage of bird development and the parents are still feeding it while it wanders around and tests its wings. They know where it is.)

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Sentimentality

I make a big deal about the ruthlessness of gardening and all, how I am a mighty slayer of weeds and bane of invasives, but the truth is that I just transplanted a plant that wasn't doing well, and when I lifted it out, an earthworm was left behind in the hole.

So then I had to go back and get the plant's worm for it because I was afraid that they might be friends.

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Perfect Normal Journal



I gotta finish Cryptic Stitching before I start some weirdass tale of wading birds. Gotta finish Cryptic. Gotta finish Cryptic. Gotta at least finish Act One of Cryptic.


*sob*

(On the bright side, I've got most of the visuals done for Cryptic and now am just plugging away at transferring quest lines...)

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Cryptic Title Page Mock-up (or "How I Spent My Spring Break")

User interface design is hard. I went back to work on it for Cryptic to get it nailed down before I get too much farther--I had to work out the skill system, and that involved figuring out what displays to the user, so then I had to work on the UI to figure that out, and...yeah.

This is hard. I mean, it's a whole bunch of skillsets and I can totally see how there are people who are really really good at designing this sort of thing, and if anybody ever tells you that "art" is superior to mere "design," call me and I will come and kick them in the shins, because I am an artist and this makes my brain hurt.



So I spent the weekend playing horrible brain games like "How do I make a UI that looks soft and fuzzy and sewn together?" and "how do I fit this stuff here?" and "How exactly does one make a floppy disk icon look soft and fuzzy, anyway?" and anyway this is where I am so far. (I will show no one the UI for some time, because I anticipate much fiddling and perhaps sobbing.)

I still don't promise a time frame, but stuff is coming along at a good clip, probably because I am so miserably busy on so many other projects that working on this feels very much like getting away with something.

(Also, if anybody has links to, like, game design interface tutorials, I would LOVE LOVE LOVE to see them.)

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Cat Toilet Training Journal



Since people keep asking, no, he didn't flush.

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