Friday, January 8, 2010

New Design, New Direction

Well, I don't know if it's entirely a new direction, just a sort of different mindset, a different approach to things. I hope you'll enjoy it!

I'm keeping this blog to keep you all appraised of what's going on in my life, and I'll hopefully keep it pertinent to comics and other pro stuff. I'm sure other things will slip in from time to time though.

I'm really happy with the new design of my website, and I'm thinking it will stay that way for a long time indeed! I always get put-out eventually with my site designs, but this one is one that really pleases me for its smooth look.

As you may have seen, a new comic is coming called Masquerose. I don't know when it's going to start; that depends on how soon I can get it to a comfortable point and get everything else sorted out. Finishing the redesign was a huge step, though, so that'll make it much sooner that Masquerose will arrive. I hope you'll enjoy it when it does!

As promised, and as I've kept pretty secret for a while now, I am also going to be starting up Midnight Down again, but this time it will be an illustrated serial novel. I found it worked much, much better in that format, and I'm also much more satisfied with the outcome so far. I'll be linking that in on the site, of course, when it's ready!

Okay, so maybe a little personal stuff won't be unwelcome...I've been learning piano, which is something I've wanted to do for years and years, and I'm so excited/nervous about my lesson tomorrow. I've been working for the past three weeks on holiday assignments, such as learning new scales and chord progressions, and I've also been working on some classic Celtic tunes, 'The Earl of Moray' and 'The Blue Bells of Scotland'. I've pretty much got 'The Earl of Moray' presentable, although 'The Blue Bells of Scotland' is less smooth but still all right.

The reason why it amuses me so much is because 'The Earl of Moray' is the very song that lends its name to the term meaning 'misheard lyrics', 'mondegreens'. The book 'Scuse Me While I Kiss This Guy, a book of misheard lyrics from popular music, explored the concept of mondegreens extensively, as did its two popular sequels. The term 'mondegreen' comes from the pronunciation of a line in the song, 'they have slain the Earl of Moray / and laid him on the green', which was misheard as 'and Lady Mondegreen'. If you listen to a native singer performing it, it's probably easy to confuse. But it completely cracks me up nonetheless to be playing this song.

Anyway, I expect that's probably enough for one update. Keep checking back for more!

And keep reading my comics!


  1. I tried learning piano before, and it is something I'm considering trying again! Congratulations on taking the plunge and beginning lessons! I'm so jealous. XD I do look forward to more blog entries and can't wait to see the site grow. The look of it is very beautiful, relaxing even, so I agree you should keep it for quite some time! And I find it silly you should ask to keep reading your comics - as if I would ever stop! <3

  2. Thanks. :) That means a lot to me.