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  JANUARY 2014
 
DATE: 2014/01/01 JESSEN:
     "Hello there and Happy New Year; I hope you are in for a marvellous 2014! I have high hopes for this year but I think it's wise for me to just take things one day at a time. As I mentioned, due to having shattered the thumb of my right hand - my drawing hand - I am unable to do any artwork at the moment. It certainly is a challenge as, already, I think this is the longest I've gone without drawing - and I still have at least five more weeks to go... I did, however, prepare a number of both new and old pieces prior to my holidays (and injury) so updates here will no see an interruption! This week I have another 'Winter Wonders' update for you: a new character profile - and alternate costume - for the character Mary! Now, I've been doing my best to do some gaming (utilizing my index finger in lieu of my thumb) and have been able to (very slowly) play bits and pieces of 'The Last of Us' and 'Assassin's Creed III' (though I've mostly been watching my brother play the latter). I'm digging 'Assassin's Creed III' more than I was expecting to and I like that they've balanced the American history with British history and some nice focus on Native Americans. As well, the tree-based free running is actually quite well executed (I had my doubts prior to release) and I love the newly-introduced sailing aspect! However, I'm not crazy about how they 'streamlined' the controls... I like the buttons being connected to actions of different parts of the body; this feels like an oversimplification. Ah well, I'm really eager now to see what 'Assassin's Creed IV' has in store! Well, I hope your year is off to a grand start and I will be back again on Wednesday! Until then, cheers!"
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DATE: 2014/01/08 JESSEN:
     "Hello again, how fares thee? I hope you are doing well! I'm still pretty rough as a result of my injuries but I am, indeed, getting better! I'm quite eager to get back to drawing as I have been feeling rather creative as of late. Thanks to my iPhone, I have been able to make a copious amount of notes without the need to write and I really do hope to get down to some story recording at some point soon - just need to start feeling a little bit better before exerting too much energy. On the note of content, though, I do have another 'Winter Wonders' character update for you today: feel free to check out Leo and his alternate winter costume! Gaming, like everything else, has been a little slow-going these days but I have been able to get in a little here and there. 'Assassin's Creed III' continues to be an enjoyable experience though it does seem a little rough around some edges: the pacing seems a little off at times (as though they were trying to cram the length of the 'Assassin's Creed II' trilogy into a single game) and there are points in which it seems that the writers assume you have a great understanding on American history (especially when it comes to the characterization of certain foes) which is something I don't imagine a fair amount of the fanbase does not have (and something not really seen in the other entries of the series). Most notably, however, it seems to be the most glitchy of the series with a large number of bugs cropping up during conversation and combat. Overall, though, it still is quite an enjoyable game and I am eager to set sail in 'Assassin's Creed IV' soon. Anyways, have a grand week and see you again next Wednesday, cheers!"
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DATE: 2014/01/15 JESSEN:
     "Hello there, how's it going? I've been having a bit of a rough week health-wise but I'm continuing to do my best to rest up and recover. I have another pair of character profile for you from 'Winter Wonders' - this time the character Jamie and her alternate costume - as well as a small update to 'Winter Wonders' in general. As you may have already noticed, the designs and style used in 'Winter Wonders' are very similar to those of 'Owl and Fish-man' and that is on purpose as 'Winter Wonders' actually takes place in the same world; the world of Gaia. So I figured I would make it official and just place 'Winter Wonders' in the GAIA CHRONICLES section, where you can now find it. I've been doing a little story concept work and, as such, decided to also shuffle a few other stories but they were behind-the-scenes changes so no other big stories shifts that you may notice. I haven't had much time or energy to do any gaming these days but 'Assassin's Creed III' is winding to a close so hopefully it will end on a high note. I hope you have a great week and I will see you again next Wednesday! Until then, cheers!"
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DATE: 2014/01/22 JESSEN:
     "Hello again, how're things? I'm certainly on the mend and am feeling much more myself these days. With any luck, my hand will be mended enough soon for me to at least get some sketching in. However, until such a time that I can return to drawing, I have been biding my time typing up some story outlines and getting prepared to do some new story content! It may still be a ways off but please stay tuned for any communiqué on the matter. As for today, I have some more concept artwork for you from 'Saigo Yume I' so feel free to check that out! I'll likely have a few more 'Saigo Yume I' pieces over the next couple of weeks followed by either some character profiles from the GAIA CHRONICES or some concept artwork from the CITY STORIES; we'll just see how things go. On the gaming side of things, I'm finished with 'Assassin's Creed III' and I have very mixed feelings about the experience. I enjoyed it far more than I was expecting to and for different reasons than I thought but things I figured would be solid were... lacking. They game felt unpolished, very buggy and, at time, the story felt forced or strangely paced. Overall, I suppose it just felt rushed - as though they wanted to finish up the stories of Desmond, Vidic and... the sun... in a hurry, before the end of 2012. It feels a shame though, as this was to be the grand finale of Desmond's trilogy and we're left with something that comes off as kind of hollow and unrefined. Ah well, I've got 'Assassin's Creed IV' waiting here for me but I've opted to play through 'Final Fantasy XIII' and 'Final Fantasy XIII-2' before 'Lightning Returns' arrives; should be fun! Until next Wednesday, cheers!"
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DATE: 2014/01/29 JESSEN:
     "Hey, how're you today? I'm slowly on the mend and my thumb - while still stiff and sore - seems to be doing much better, so sketching may just be on the horizon again soon! I've been a little tired out these past few days, though, as I am preparing to move. It may not be the most opportune time (thanks to the blizzards, my injuries and my workload) but it has been something I've needed to do for a while. Thought it has been taking a lot of time and energy to get things ready for the move (and to find a new place), I won't be moving too far away from where I am now and I'm quite excited overall! Rest assured, though, that there shouldn't be any interruptions to my updates unless I am without internet on a coming Wednesday (in which case I'll do my best to update early or update twice when I return). Anyways, as for today I have another piece of 'Saigo Yume I' content for you today - some alternate costumes for the character Ryan - so feel free to take a look at that! I've been playing a bit of 'Final Fantasy XIII' but there hasn't been a lot of free time to go around so I may be delayed on starting in on 'Lightning Returns' when it arrives. Ah well, my backlog is still giant and I'm sure adding another game to it won't make a huge difference. I hope you have a grand week this week, a fantastic weekend and I look forward to dropping in again next Wednesday! Happy Lunar New Year, cheers!"
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  FEBRUARY 2014
 
DATE: 2014/02/05 JESSEN:
     "Hello there, how're you? I'm doing fairly well, thanks! I'm a little on the tired side but continually on the mend and my thumb is almost ready to get back to doing my art! Almost, of course, being the key word in my prior sentence. I've been doing my best most days to write down some ideas for stories, characters and the like and I'm really eager to get down to some story work soon. All will coming in time, though. I do have some more 'Saigo Yume I' concept art for you today, however, so do feel free to take a look at a more in-depth character concept sheet for one of the other main characters, Sarah. I've had a little time here and there to play some more 'Final Fantasy XIII' (and, when my thumb hasn't been up to the task of controller-based gaming, I've been finishing up - and loving - 'Final Fantasy: Dimensions') but I'm definitely going to be late on starting in on 'Lightning Returns'. Might I add that the situation may be future exacerbated by the coming of 'Bravely Default'? Yes, yes I might just add that. Anyways, I hope you are in for a grand week and I will see you again next Wednesday, cheers!"
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DATE: 2014/02/12 JESSEN:
     "Hello there, I hope you are well. I must apologize as I will be super brief this week. I've come down with a very nasty sinus infection and have been sort of out-of-commission. Super bad timing what with moving, work picking up again and all these super awesome games dropping, but it can't really be helped. So lots of rest and fluids for me (and I hope you are in better health)! I have some alternate costume work for the 'Saigo Yume I' character Sarah for you today, so feel free to check that out. I managed to do some new story concept work (both writing and sketching) prior to becoming ill so I'm excited to get well again and get back to my art! Still eager to crack into 'Bravely Default' and 'Lightning Returns' as well but it may be a while yet before my concentration is back. So, I'm off to get some more rest. Do take care and see you again next Wednesday, cheers!"
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DATE: 2014/02/19 JESSEN:
     "Hey there, how's it going? I'm finally recovering from my nasty sinus infection though preparing to move at the end of the month has been keeping things hectic - especially since I'm trying to make up for lost time. While I may not be feeling the most energetic, I am getting some things done (and I've even had some time to draw while winding down at night)! I have another older piece for you today from 'Saigo Yume I' so feel free to check out the character concept sheet for Samantha! I have just a few more of these for you which should give me the chance to heal up and get moved into my new apartment before posting some brand new work (likely from the FUTURE TEXTS or from the HISTORY TOMES) as I'd like to have you take a look at what I've been working on. Sadly, outside of packing, resting and drawing, I really have not had the chance to do any gaming. But soon enough I should be able to start back in on my 'Final Fantasy XIII' series playthrough which I'm excited about. I know the trilogy gets a lot of mixed reviews and, while it may not be a traditional 'Final Fantasy' I still really dig the characters, the storytelling, the lore and the gameplay. I really enjoyed the trilogy and am beside myself with anticipation for 'Final Fantasy XV' - an excitement which has carried over (and built on) since it was first announced as 'Final Fantasy XIII: Versus'. I think it looks fantastic and I'm really eager to see what this new entry will be like and what can be done when the PS4 meets Square Enix. Anyways, have a grand day, a wondrous weekend and I'll see you again come next Wednesday, cheers!"
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DATE: 2014/02/26 JESSEN:
     "Hello again, how're things? I'm pretty exhausted as I'm right down to the end of preparing to move (I'll be settling into my new place at the end of this week) and I have not been sleeping too soundly. All-in-all though, I'm doing alright and I should be getting some more rest (and some more time to draw) once I'm settled into my new place. As I mentioned before, there hopefully won't be any interruptions in my updates but, if there are, I will be sure to post as soon as I am able. This week, I have for you another character concept page from 'Saigo Yume I', this time focusing on the character of Bruce - feel free to check it out! Outside of packing, I really haven't had time to do much gaming but I did get a chance to crash on the couch and catch the 2002 film version of 'Solaris' last night and I quite enjoyed it. I've wanted to read the original novel for some time but have not had the chance; maybe once I'm settled I'll look into picking it up. Anyways, I do hope you have a grand week and I look forward to popping back in come next Wednesday (or the soonest time after). Hope to see you then, cheers!"
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  MARCH 2014
 
DATE: 2014/03/14 JESSEN:
     "Greetings and welcome to a surprise Friday update from my new apartment! It ended up being a bit of a stressful move but I am officially settled into my new home. I apologize that my update is extremely late; due to some issues moving, everything ended up getting a quite delayed - especially my internet hook-up. After some time in an internet black hole, I'm finally all set up and updates will continue as usual! On that note: I have a few pieces of content for you to make up for lost time. First, I have for you one last piece of 'Saigo Yume I' character concept artwork so feel free to check out Dr. Zackari Hawkeye! Next, I have for you a new cast illustration from the FUTURE TEXTS story, 'Wildcard: Tainted'. Additionally, as a little bonus for you, I have done variant coloring for the previous 'Wildcard: Tainted' cast illustrations (and I plan to bring you more variants in the coming weeks)! In what little free time I have had, I finished up the wonderful 'Final Fantasy: Dimensions' (finally) which was just such a retro treat from start to finish! Following that, I started in on 'Final Fantasy: 4 Heroes of Light' which is just fantastic! It feels almost as though they re-imagined 'Final Fantasy I' with nods to the past but reinvented for the modern gamer. The graphics are beautiful and artistic and the scenery is immersive. I'm even more eager now to start in on 'Bravely Default' but I figured '4 Heroes of Light' was the best place to start as the former is a spiritual successor to the latter. I'll be sure and let you know what I think as I play. Anyways, have a grand weekend and I look forward to being back next Wednesday as per usual! Until then, cheers!"
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DATE: 2014/03/19 JESSEN:
     "Hello again, how're you today? I'm quite happy to be back and, in case you missed it, I returned Friday with a few content updates to make up for my absence. My internet is finally up-and-rubbing again though so updates will be back to normal from here on out. On Friday, I posted the last piece of 'Saigo Yume I' concept art for a while and followed it up with a new character illustration from 'Wildcard: Tainted' (as well as variants of all the previous pieces as a bonus since I was away for so long). Today, I have another cast illustration piece for you so feel free to check that out! As well, I plan to drop by again this Friday with another variant piece - this time from 'Wildcard: Flock' so feel free to check back for that! I've been doing a fair bit of sketching lately so expect a lot of new content coming soon! I've also been loving playing through 'Final Fantasy: Four Heroes of Light' and I am even more eager for 'Bravely Default' now! I'm still working through 'Final Fantasy XIII' as well when I have some time and I just picked up 'Final Fantasy X/X-2 HD Remaster' so it looks like I'll be spending a lot of time with 'Final Fantasy' over the next little while (a fact I am certainly not upset about)! This year has had quite a few releases I'm looking forward to cracking into; I've got 'Dark Souls II' sitting here staring at me, I'll be picking up 'inFAMOUS: Second Son' on Friday and I still need to grab my copy of 'Castlevania: Lords of Shadow 2'. So much to play, so little time! Anyways, have a grand day and I hope to see you again come Friday, cheers!"
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DATE: 2014/03/21 JESSEN:
     "Hey there, happy Friday! I hope you've had a grand week this week and are in for a fantastic weekend! I think I'm in for a lot of drawing and gaming if I have my way. Today, I just wanted to pop in a show you a variant colouration for the first 'Wildcard: Flock' cast illustration as a little bonus since I was absent for so long. I really like dropping by multiple times in the week to show you various things I'm working on so I hope to make this a trend in the near future. Who knows, maybe I'll make it back again next Friday? I'll see how things go and keep you posted! I'll definitely be back again next Wednesday with another cast illustration from 'Wildcard: Tainted', that's for sure. I've been spending more time with 'Final Fantasy: Four Heroes of Light' - which is still a delight to play - but I interrupted my 'Final Fantasy XIII' playthrough in order to finally check out 'The Last of Us: Left Behind' and was blown away! 'The Last of Us' is one of the most beautiful games I have played and the DLC really lived up to that. I really respect Naughty Dog as they didn't try to cram in something that didn't fit; 'Left Behind' is a true side story that both lends extra story to the peripheral of the game and adds to the existing story without interrupting the flow of the base game (you play it separate, from the main menu). The story is beautiful, enjoyable, honest and sad with lovely new musical compositions, new environments and it truly compliments the base game without feeling tacked on. I am so glad I picked it up, I highly recommend it! Well, have a grand weekend and see you again come next Wednesday, cheers!"
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DATE: 2014/03/26 JESSEN:
     "Good day to you, how have you been? I hope you had a great weekend! I had a much more restful one myself and I even got a chance to spend some time sketching and colouring! I'm doing my best to prepare some missing content here on TIME FOR SLEEP so, with any luck, some of that should be cropping up soon. Once that stuff has begun to be uploaded then it's on to audio story work, which I am quite eager to get started on! For today, though, I have another cast illustration from 'Wildcard: Tainted' so feel free to check this new character out! Also, in case I missed you on Friday, I did swing by and post another piece of variant content. I'm really enjoying getting back to twice-weekly updates so I'm going to try and drop by again this Friday with some more variant pieces for you from 'Wildcard: Driven'. I hope to start increasing the number of times I deliver content to you over the next little while so I'll keep you posted on that. Outside of my artwork, I've mostly just been getting some work done for my day job, around the house and the like. I have had some time here and there for gaming which was spent mostly on 'Final Fantasy: 4 Heroes of Light'. I'm really loving the game as it has a real storybook feel to it and it's a nice game to play just to unwind a bit after a hectic day. I also played a little more 'Final Fantasy XIII' and am starting on on Chapter 8; getting close to finishing things off which will be promptly followed by a dive headlong into 'Final Fantasy XIII-2'! Well, I'd best get some more artwork done so have a grand week and hope to see you again come Friday! Have a good one, cheers!"
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DATE: 2014/03/28 JESSEN:
     "Hello there, I hope today finds you well! It is, in fact, my Birthday today but - as I always prefer giving more than receiving - I wanted to pop by and drop off a set of three variant illustration for you to take a look at! Each are from 'Wildcard: Driven' and done in the new colouring technique I will be using for my stories. I've been working pretty steadily on the FUTURE TEXTS lately and I'm really looking forward to posting some stories soon. First, though, I want to get some more sections unlocked around the site (such as the Bestiary sections) so I've been doing my best to get my illustrations finished up for that before diving into the characters and story content. Well, I plan to have a pretty relaxing day and week so I expect to do some gaming, maybe catch a movie and grab myself a sushi lunch with some friends over the weekend. But fear not! Drawing is always on the agenda so expect some more new content next Wednesday and another variant day next Friday to boot! It's always a pleasure so do have yourself a great weekend and I'll see you again next Wednesday, cheers!"
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  APRIL 2014
 
DATE: 2014/04/02 JESSEN:
     "Hello again, how're you today? I hope you had a great weekend; mine was quite relaxing interspersed with Birthday celebrations which was downright grand! I'm feeling a little worn out this week, however, but I've been doing my best to keep on top of my heavy artwork and day job workloads. I have for you another new cast illustration from 'Wildcard: Tainted' today so feel free to check that out! I'm really enjoying updating twice a week again so count on me being here Wednesdays and Fridays unless otherwise specified. With any luck, I might be able to make it in on Mondays too in the near future - but I'll have to work on that for a time so don't expect anything just yet. Amidst my Birthday celebrations over the weekend I managed to finally take in '300: Rise of an Empire' which I quite liked! It didn't feel like a re-hash of the original '300' or a popularity cash-in; it really felt like they made the film because there was another story to tell - one that had it's own themes, unique feel and visual style. On the gaming front, I've taken another break from 'Final Fantasy XIII' as my schedule has become slightly more hectic over the past few days. As such, I opted to dive into 'inFAMOUS' as I'm quite eager to play 'Second Son' and it has a much more relaxed feel - something that I can just jump in, mess around and have fun with - that I can just pick up a play for little bits at a time. I expect it won't take me too long before I move on to 'inFAMOUS 2' and, when my schedule lets up some, I may even be able to pick 'Final Fantasy XIII' back up and play it at the same time! Anyways, take care and see you on Friday, cheers!"
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DATE: 2014/04/04 JESSEN:
     "Hey there, happy Friday! I hope your week winds down nicely and I hope you are in for an awesome weekend! I'm hoping for a bit of a relaxing weekend as this week has been a bit of a hectic one for me but we'll see how things go. I have some more variant illustrations for you today from 'Wildcard: Driven' so please take a look. The second of the three (Hansel) is the most significant of the variants as he needed to be completely re-illustrated seeing as the B-Type Platforms have been redesigned for all entries in the FUTURE TEXTS. Speaking of, I know I've been bringing you a lot of illustrations from the FUTURE TEXTS lately but, once these variant pieces are finished up, I'd like to start posting content from a different category each day. The current thought for right now is that Wednesdays will see updates to the FUTURE TEXTS and Fridays I will be posting content from the HISTORY TOMES (as I have been working fairly steadily on both sections as of late). So stay tuned for some upcoming HISTORY TOMES content! I've been plugging away at 'inFAMOUS' this week and am about a third-to-a-half of the way through the story. I'm quite enjoying this playthrough and am growing more and more eager to dive into 'Second Son'. My understanding was that 'inFAMOUS' and 'inFAMOUS 2' both took place in fictional locations while 'Second Son' takes place in Seattle, a very really location. Perhaps the advent of the PS4 gave the the chance to try something new (that they seemed to want to do with 'inFAMOUS 2' what with the original re-design of Cole)? Well, time shall tell! Have a grand weekend and see you Wednesday, cheers!"
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DATE: 2014/04/09 JESSEN:
     "G'day to you, how goes it? I had a bit of a busier weekend/start to my week than I was anticipating but all-in-all I've had quite a good few days so far. I haven't quite had as much time to draw this week as I would have liked but I'm hoping to change that as the week progresses. I still have managed to get a fair bit of work for TIME FOR SLEEP here which should start popping up around here soon. Today, I have another 'Wildcard: Tainted' cast illustration for you to check out if you so desire! I dig the cast from this tale and their dynamics and I am looking forward to really fleshing out their story. Speaking of stories, I finished up my playthrough of 'inFAMOUS' and forgot how much I really enjoyed the comic book feel of the experience. I started in on 'inFAMOUS 2' as well and really am impressed by the huge leaps they made in terms of the graphics all while maintaining the same feel to the story and gameplay. I hadn't remembered what a stark contrast it was graphically between the first and second game though. And on the topic of sequels, I took in 'Captain America: The Winter Soldier' over the weekend and absolutely loved it! I'm really impressed with the constant quality of the Marvel films and and really eager to see what they have in mind for 'Avengers: Age of Ultron'. I'm also really looking forward to the upcoming 'Guardians of the Galaxy' and Netflix series entries. Plus, with 'X-Men: Days of Future Past' and 'The Amazing Spider-man 2' on the horizon, it looks like I'll be spending a lot more time in theatres over the next little while. Well, have a great day and see you again on Friday, cheers!"
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DATE: 2014/04/11 JESSEN:
     "Hey, how's your Friday going? I hope your day has been a grand one an that you are in for an exceptional weekend! I'm planning to try and get in both a little rest (feeling pretty worn out after a busy week) and a little work (feeling mighty creative and really itching to get some ideas down on paper) so here's hoping it all pans out. I have for you three more variant illustrations today from 'Wildcard: Driven' which brings us well over the halfway mark of these pieces so check them out! I really love designing characters and it really puts the story in perspective when I've fleshed out the cast. I've still been plugging away at 'inFAMOUS 2' with a little 'Final Fantasy: 4 Heroes of Light' on the side which is keeping me quite entertained in my off hours. I really love the dialogue coupled with the facial motion captures in 'inFAMOUS 2' and I've always loved the interplay and dynamic between Cole and Zeke. It's a treat to replay and it is certainly meeting my superhero-thunder-god quota. I also really dig the fact that they didn't 'Mega Man' his powers from the first one; y'know, just having them discarded for seeming no reason at the start of the second (maybe Mega Man was just out of hard drive storage?). It's nice having all his former powers intact then just building on them. Well, all this talk of art and games has got me itching for a little of both so I'd best sign off and get moving! Thanks for stopping by; have a grand weekend and see you again come Wednesday, cheers!"
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DATE: 2014/04/16 JESSEN:
     "Hey there, how're things? I've had a pretty decent week so far albeit a bit of a busy one. I'm getting pretty close to being able to unlock the Bestiaries here on TIME FOR SLEEP so expect some - rather large, section-wide - content updates in the coming weeks. For today, I have another cast illustration from 'Wildcard: Tainted' for you so feel free to check out Welling. As I mentioned last week, I'm going to be diversifying a bit soon by bringing you content from a different story each day that I update. Look forward to updates to the HISTORY TOMES soon on Wednesdays and the FUTURE TEXTS continuing on Fridays. With any luck, I'll be able to start updating on Mondays again as well, but more news to come on that idea later. In my free time, I've been nearing the end of 'Final Fantasy: 4 Heroes of Light' which is still delightful. I dig the wide variety of jobs included in their crown system and I like being able to upgrade not only weapons and armour but the crowns themselves. Later in the game, you revisit some previous dungeons and, while they are filled with new enemies and bosses, it might have been nice to see new treasures added or even to have some of their layouts altered. Still, a real treasure of a game and I hope to dive into 'Bravely Default' soon. As well, I've been plugging away at 'inFAMOUS 2' though, admittedly, my progress has been a little slow as I'm attempting a good karma and evil karma playthrough simultaneously. We'll see how things go. Quick aside, have you heard any of Caro Emerald's music? That woman makes for one dapper listening experience! See you Friday, cheers!"
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DATE: 2014/04/18 JESSEN:
     "Hello and Happy Egg Day/Weekend! If you happen to be celebrating Easter in some capacity - and even if you are not - I hope you are in for a fun weekend! I'm looking at a pretty relaxing weekend though I also hope to get a fair amount of drawing in. Getting ever closer now to some site-wide content updates but there is still a fair bit of work to be done. Today - as with the past few Fridays - I come bearing variant cast illustrations from 'Wildcard: Driven' so feel free to check out the three new-ish pieces! I haven't had much free time since Wednesday so I've only made a little gaming progress in 'Final Fantasy: 4 Heroes of Light' but I am nearing the end. Time for some challenge dungeons I suppose! Well, I'd best get started on some of that sketching I have planned so have yourself a grand weekend and I'll see you again come next Wednesday! Until then, cheers!"
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DATE: 2014/04/23 JESSEN:
     "Hey there, how've you been? I hope you had a grand (and hopefully long) weekend and that your week has been progressing smoothly so far! I'm feeling a little tired and a little stiff due to a small back injury but it's nothing too severe and I should be just fine again soon. I haven't had too much time to do any sketching lately but I have managed to get in a fair bit of colouring for some pieces I have been working on so I'm feeling good about some upcoming content I am preparing. I hope to get moving on some more writing and sketching over the next few days so I'll keep you posted on my progress. Today, though, I do have some new content for you: a new cast illustration from 'Wildcard: Tainted'! We are almost through the cast of 'Tainted' and I'm hoping to get some full character profiles up for each character soon as I'm considering adding a little something extra to each character profile but I'm going to have to do some trials and see how it works overall. I've managed some time here and there to do some gaming and I'm nearing the halfway point of 'inFAMOUS 2' so, provided I have enough free time, I should be finishing it up sometime soon. I really dig how they refined Cole's powers in the sequel and I'm eager to see how the powers work in 'Second Son' so I'm really itching to start in on that. All in due time I suppose. Anyways, I'll be back again on Friday as we're also nearing the end of my variant artwork for 'Wildcard: Driven' so feel free to pop by then! Hope to see you come weeks end, cheers!"
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DATE: 2014/04/25 JESSEN:
     "Hello, how's it going? I must say, after a rather hectic week (and a nasty migraine yesterday) I'm feeling pretty exhausted. But I have managed to get in a lot of sketching this week and I hope to get some inking in over the weekend, so I'm happy about that. I have for you today the last set of 'Wildcard: Driven' cast illustration variants; I updated four this week as the Mala-Hush twins are quite similar so I thought I'd sneak them both in at once for you. I do have one last FUTURE TEXTS variant illustration to bring you next Friday and then I will be switching over to the new content schedule which will see updates to the HISTORY TOMES on Wednesdays and the FUTURE TEXTS on Fridays! I'll be starting off with a fair amount of cast illustrations which I hope to follow with some Bestiary updates as well as character profiles for you to check out. Once everything is on a roll, look forward to some story content soon as well! I've been playing little bits of 'inFAMOUS 2' over the week and I forgot how much I really dig the musical score. It's been fun to replay though I'm coming close to the end. With any luck, I'll be finishing up both 'inFAMOUS 2' and 'Final Fantasy: 4 Heroes of Light' over the next little while. I'm also looking forward to getting in some rest and gaming over the weekend to recover a bit before a busy week next week. And on that note, I shall be off! Have a grand weekend and see you next Wednesday, cheers!"
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DATE: 2014/04/30 JESSEN:
     "Hey there, how're you? I hope you've been well since last you popped by! I've had a rather busy week and it looks to continue well into next week but things are going well. I've been steadily preparing new content for you and I'm slowly getting in gear to start writing up more story scripts. Today, I have the second-to-last cast illustration for 'Wildcard: Tainted' and, this Friday, I have one more variant illustration for you. Starting next Wednesday - and each Wednesday to follow - I will be bringing you some HISTORY TOMES illustrations followed by more FUTURE TEXTS content on Fridays. I hope you'll drop by again to check out these content updates! Over the weekend I managed to get some illustrating done but, due to my recent back injury, I decided to take things fairly easy and ended up finishing not only my 'inFAMOUS 2' good and evil karmic playthroughs but I even played the entirety of 'inFAMOUS 2: Festival of Blood' and started in on 'inFAMOUS: Second Son'. I thoroughly enjoyed my revisit of 'inFAMOUS 2' and 'Festival of Blood' was such a delightful stand-alone tale with a real Halloween flair. I really dug the new power mechanics, the narrative framework and execution and the overall tale from start to finish! Having now jumped into 'Second Son' I am blown away! This is my first real chance to sit down with my PS4 (moving and work had kind of delayed me) and the beauty of the scenery, facial modelling and overall graphics is astounding! Not to mention the movement, gameplay and voice acting are top-notch. I think I'll be enjoying my time the D.U.P.-occupied Seattle for some time. See you Friday, cheers!"
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  MAY 2014
 
DATE: 2014/05/02 JESSEN:
     "Greetings, how're things going? I have had one exhausting week thanks to my crazy-hectic schedule but the weekend has arrived so I have myself a little time to relax (finally). I still have a bit of a crazy week next week but I've been making some decent headway with both my day job and my artwork so all is good in the end. Speaking of, I have a variant illustration for you today from 'Moons Opera' so feel free to check out this re-colouring! Now, as I've been mentioning, this is the last variant illustration I have at the moment and next week will see a change to my update schedule. Come next Wednesday, I'll be posting content from the HISTORY TOMES (starting with some cast illustrations from 'FireWorks') followed by FUTURE TEXTS updates on Fridays; so please come on by and check out what I've been working on lately! I haven't had too much time to get in any gaming over the past few days but I have been checking in with 'inFAMOUS: Second Son' (I'm loving the musical score in this title as well) and I've been working my way through the first challenge dungeon in 'Final Fantasy: 4 Heroes of Light' (taking a little more damage here and there than I was expecting but my progress is steady). I hope to get in some more game time over the weekend and maybe some more sketching if I have the energy. Anyways, have a marvellous weekend and I look forward to popping in again next Wednesday with some brand new content! Hope to see you then, cheers!"
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DATE: 2014/05/07 JESSEN:
     "Hey there, how's it going? I'm feeling pretty exhausted at present but my busy week is nearly over and things should be back to normal again come next week. Despite my hectic month so far, I have been keep up a steady pace of preparing content for you and today is the first day of my new update schedule! I have for you a new cast illustration but, this time, it is from the HISTORY TOMES story 'FireWorks' so please do take a look! I'm going to be sticking with this new update schedule of HISTORY TOMES updates on Wednesdays and FUTURE TEXTS updates on Fridays for the next little while (until I add Monday updates into the mix, which I am hoping to do in the near future so stay tuned for more info). My progress has been slow on the gaming front but I have had a little time to progress in the story of 'inFAMOUS: Second Son' which is still a blast and I, again, really love the writing - especially when coupled with the facial motion capture. I also started their special Paper Trial missions which, while I dig the concept, I can't help but feel that sometime in the near future, this feature just won't function anymore. I keep calling to mind the player's guide for 'Final Fantasy IX' and it's links to the now-ancient version of the PlayOnline site which no longer hosts any of the 'Final Fantasy IX' details. It's not nearly as major (as the 'Final Fantasy IX' guide is almost useless now) but I do always feel leery about these kind of online tie-in elements. Another another note, am I the only one who'd love an 'X-Men'-like 'inFAMOUS' superhero team up? It'd be pretty rad, just saying. Have a good one and see you Friday, cheers!"
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DATE: 2014/05/09 JESSEN:
     "Hey, how're you? I apologize as I may be a bit brief today as I've been feeling pretty worn out and utterly exhausted after my crazy week. But I do have some new artwork for you today; this is that last cast illustration from 'Wildcard: Tainted' so feel free to check out Riggs! Next Wednesday I will be posting another HISTORY TOMES piece and I will be bringing you some new cast illustrations from another FUTURE TEXTS story come next Friday. I'm gearing up to bring you some more new features here on TIME FOR SLEEP: I previously mentioned preparing to unlock the Bestiary sections and I'm also working on something to accompany the upcoming character profile pages... so I'll continue to keep you posted on the development of each. I'm hoping to get in some relaxation time this weekend with some more gaming and, perhaps, some sketching as well. I'm eager to continue with my 'inFAMOUS: Second Son' playthrough so hopefully I'll now have some more time for that. I hope you're in for a grand weekend and I hope to see you come next Wednesday, cheers!"
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DATE: 2014/05/14 JESSEN:
     "Hello again, it's great to see you! I'm afraid I'm still running low on energy as my hectic schedule has carried through to this week. Thankfully, I am getting quite a bit done and I'm on track for things to be all finished up and back to normal come tomorrow. Provided I'm able, I'd like to start on a new project next week for you to take a look at, but I'll keep you posted on my progress for that. Today, I have another new cast illustration from 'FireWorks' so take a look at the updated look of Mellow! Though my schedule has been hectic still, I did manage to get in some gaming time and finished up 'inFAMOUS: Second Son'! It was a fantastic game and the story was really solid as was the gameplay, voice acting and graphics. I had heard it said that this didn't feel like a typical 'launch title' and I can certainly agree with that. I'm really eager to see where they take the series next as they seem to be eager to try new things with great success. As well, to unwind I decided to jump into 'Saints Row IV' (finally) and I am so thoroughly enjoying it as well! They've amped up the ridiculousness of it as well as brought back some of the elements from earlier titles to broaden to format established with 'Saints Row: The Third'. It is quite genuinely funny with numerous parodies and, strangely, is another excellent example of a superhero game. I've heard that this was to be a big send-off to the series (what with the financial troubles Volition was having at the time and the subsequent acquisition by Deep Silver) but there is now talk of continuing the series - albeit in a slightly different direction. Have yourself a grand day and see you Friday, cheers!"
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DATE: 2014/05/16 JESSEN:
     "Hey, happy Friday! I'm utterly worn-out but my physically, mentally and emotionally exhausting few weeks have finally come to an end and the big projects I have been working on are all finished up! I'm looking forward to a nice, relaxing (long) weekend. Today I have for you a cast illustration from 'Moons Opera' so feel free to check out the final design of the main character, Rome! After I've rested up next over the weekend, I'm going to be looking into starting a small, story-related project for you but I'm still working out the timing and details on that... here's hoping! I haven't really had much of a chance to do any serious gaming over the past couple of days but I look to be playing a lot of 'Saints Row IV' over the weekend and maybe even some 'Final Fantasy XIV' if I can manage it. I'm ever-impressed with the quality of 'Final Fantasy XIV' and do my best to play at least once a week. Looks like they're planning to introduce chocobo breeding and raising soon so I'm all kinds of down for that! Anyways, I'm off to finish up a little work before crashing out for the weekend. Have a good one and see you next Wednesday, cheers!"
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DATE: 2014/05/21 JESSEN:
     "Good day, how are you? I had a rather relaxing long weekend full of movies, music and gaming - though probably not as much sleep and drawing as I may have liked. However, I'm looking forward to a fairly productive week this week and I hope to get moving on even more new content for you to check out! Today, I have another cast illustration from 'FireWorks' for you to see so please check it out! This illustration is of the swordsman Verdai who features in the first chapter of 'FireWorks' - a chapter that I had nearly completed illustrating and posting nearly ten years ago now. No need to worry though, I hope to get that chapter (and the whole story) re-illustrated and online for you to enjoy once I start rolling out my audio story content in the future. That still may be a little ways off, though, so hang tight. I've been progressing steadily through 'Saints Row IV' and so thoroughly loving it! The story is solid as are the interwoven parodies and the segments of old-school videogame throwbacks are fantastic! They really pulled out all the stops for this game and it is a genuine pleasure to play. I hope to finish it up this week and then I may dive back into 'Final Fantasy XIII' but I'll have to see how my schedule works out. Anyways, enough rambling from me; I hope you have a grand day and I hope to see you again come Friday, cheers!"
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DATE: 2014/05/23 JESSEN:
     "Hello there, how's it going? My week has been sort of all over the place so I'm looking forward to some time to just sit and relax/draw over the weekend. I hope your week has been grand and I have a new cast illustration for you today! This is the other main character from 'Moons Opera' so feel free to check out her finalized design. There are a number of other characters from 'Moons Opera' but I may switch over to another story next Friday. We'll see how things go. I haven't had much of an opportunity to play any 'Saints Row IV' though I played a very minor amount of 'Final Fantasy: 4 Heroes of Light' and am ever nearing the end. Almost through those challenge towers! Well, I'd best be off to try and get some work done before the weekend is upon us but before I go, have you seen all the new characters they're adding to 'Persona 4: Arena Ultimax'? I am so unbelievably eager to play it so here's hoping it gets localized soon! So, have yourself a grand weekend and I look forward to dropping by again next Wednesday, cheers!"
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DATE: 2014/05/28 JESSEN:
     "Hey there, how's your week been going? I've been feeling a little tired this week but the sudden spike in the temperature here might have something to do with that. I've been managing to get some more artwork done, though, and I'm trying to get some work in on a small project I've been planning but it has been extremely slow going. Regardless, I have a new cast illustration for you today from 'FireWorks' so feel free to check that out! I finished up with 'Saints Row IV' over the weekend and loved how it turned out. It was an extremely enjoyable game and, with my thirst for the ridiculous not yet sated, I went and picked up the DLC for it. I've yet to get much time with it though but I hope that will change come the end of the week. As well, I'm hoping to get to the theatre sometime soon as with 'The Amazing Spider-man 2', 'X-Men: Days of Future Past' and 'Godzilla' all now playing, I really need to do some catching up! Anyways, have a great day and see you again come Friday, cheers!"
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DATE: 2014/05/30 JESSEN:
     "Hello and happy Friday! I had been feeling little under-the-weather thanks to, well, the weather actually... We had 30 degree temperatures at the start of the week which dropped to 14 degree temperatures over the course of one evening so my body (and the fact that I left all my windows open) life me a little prone to illness. But I seem to be on the mend already and am looking forward to the weekend; I hope you're in for a grand one too! I have a new cast illustration for you today that comes from 'Stray Night' as I'd been wanting to post my work on some of the cast for you here. I'm piecing together a lot of different stories all at once these days so you can likely expect to see some variety in the content being posted. I finished up with the 'Saints Row IV' DLC over the week and was really quite impressed - and amused - with the content that they added and I felt that the added content was well-worth the purchase. I'm likely going to be jumping back into 'Final Fantasy XIII' over the weekend - with some 'Final Fantasy XIV' and 'Final Fantasy: 4 Heroes of Light' to round things out - so it's looking like I'm preparing for some more 'Final Fantasy' overload. I do hope you have yourself a grand weekend and I look forward to dropping by again next Wednesday! Until then, cheers!"
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  JUNE 2014
 
DATE: 2014/06/04 JESSEN:
     "Hey there, how're you today? I apologize if I am a bit brief today as, while my health has improved since last week, I'm still not feeling 100% and I have not been sleeping well so I'm feeling pretty exhausted. Regardless, I do have a new cast illustration for you today from 'FireWorks' so I do hope you will take a look at Dr. Redmoon's design. He is a rather important character in the tale but I've never really shared his design before. I will be back again this Friday as well as I have prepared another cast illustration for you from 'Stray Night'. I haven't really been feeling up to doing much gaming over the past few days but I did play a modicum of 'Final Fantasy XIII' and finished up the 'inFAMOUS: Second Son' interactive Paper Trail missions. It was interesting the way they handled Paper Trail though I wish there were a little more to it... The story really came together at the end but then seemed to end in a very abrupt, anti-climatic manner. Additionally, while the interactive online element was fun and interesting, there was very little actual in-game gameplay to balance things out; what little there was mostly amounted to very short fetch and chase quests. I guess I'm just left with mixed feelings about the experience. Anyways, have a great day and I will see you again on Friday, cheers!"
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DATE: 2014/06/06 JESSEN:
     "Hello there, how's your week been? I hope it has been a good one and that you're in for an even better weekend! I'm feeling a fair bit better than I was feeling earlier in the week and I hope to have a bit more time to rest and do some drawing over the weekend. Today I have another 'Stray Night' cast illustration for you so take a look at Charlie's finalized design! As I mentioned before, I've been working on a fair variety of different illustrations across a number of stories so I hope to be adding some diversity to what I am posting over the next little while. Additionally, I am still working on a small project for you to take a look at soon and am also still assessing the viability of Monday updates as well. Lots of new ideas on the horizon so keep on checking in to see how things pan out! I still haven't had much gaming time but I keep popping into 'Final Fantasy XIII' when I get a few minutes here and there and am growing ever-closer to completing the story. I don't know if I have the drive to do all the extras again but we'll see how I feel about that once I've finished the main story. Anyways, I'd best be off to try and get some more work done before the weekend is upon us so have a great day, a fantastic weekend and see you again come Wednesday, cheers!"
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DATE: 2014/06/11 JESSEN:
     "Hey there, how've things been going? I've still been feeling a little rough-around-the-edges but I hope things will start to even out around here over the next little while. I've been trying to work into a more regular routine with my artwork but things have been so hectic as of late that I've yet to be able to. Nonetheless, I have got a fair bit of drawing done and I have for you another cast illustration from 'FireWorks' today! I've had little bits to game here and there but have ended up spending most of it playing 'Mortal Kombat' and 'Injustice: Gods Among Us' (thanks Steam sale). I've been digging both games as 'Mortal Kombat' has really a nostalgic experience and 'Injustice' is really scratching my superhero itch. Speaking of, I managed to take in 'The Amazing Spider-Man 2' and really quite enjoyed it! I still love Emma Stone as Gwen Stacey and Andrew Garfield's portrayal of both Peter Parker and Spider-Man (especially the way he moves and looks in the suit). Otherwise, I'm doing my best to finish up what I started with 'Final Fantasy: 4 Heroes of Light' and 'Final Fantasy XIII' - especially since E3 has been bring news of some great things on the horizon! Can't even wait for 'LittleBigPlanet 3', the new 'Legend of Zelda' for the Wii U and (finally) 'Final Fantasy: Type-0' especially as it will be a Playstation 4/XBOX One HD port. I really need to start clearing out my gaming backlog and soon... Well, have yourself a grand one and I hope to see you here again come Friday, cheers!"
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DATE: 2014/06/13 JESSEN:
     "Hello and happy Friday! I hope you have had a good week so far and that your weekend is look bright, fun and relaxing! I'm starting to feel a bit better these days and have been doing my best to rest up amidst my hectic schedule. I've been sketching up a bunch of ideas this week and I wanted to bring you one more cast illustration from 'Stray Night' before moving on to another story in the FUTURE TEXTS archive. I'm currently trying to decide which story to lavish my attention on at present as there are a number of strong contenders and I'm really itching to get some story content to you soon. I promise to make a decision soon and get things on the move. I've had little time to do much gaming this week still but I hope to finally finish up 'Final Fantasy: 4 Heroes of Light' soon as well as get some more playtime in on 'Final Fantasy XIII' and 'Injustice'. I did manage to take in the new 'Godzilla' though (movie outings have been quite regular for me as of late) and thoroughly enjoyed it! I really felt it has the same feel to it as some of the older 'Godzilla' films and loved a lot of the camera work and atmosphere the made use of. Really quite a great film and worth checking out! Anyways, I'm off to try and get some work finished up then start in on my sketching for the day. Have a grand weekend and I hope to see you back here come Wednesday, cheers!"
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DATE: 2014/06/18 JESSEN:
     "G'day to you, how're things? I've been a little under-the-weather since the weekend but I am starting to feel a little bit better now and I'm hoping to catch up on some rest as the week goes on. I have still been able to get in some drawing time and have been preparing some brand new content for you which should start showing up around here next week. Today, I have another new cast illustration for you from 'FireWorks' so take a look at one of the supporting cast members, Oak! I've had some downtime as of late so I've managed to get in some gaming. I finished up with 'Injustice: Gods Among Us' which was quite well done! I've heard murmurs that there may be a sequel in the works so I'm definitely down for that. As well, I've managed to log a little time with 'Final Fantasy XIII' and I'm nearly finished everything I've wanted to accomplish with 'Final Fantasy: 4 Heroes of Light'. My gaming progress has been a tad sluggish these days thanks to my health, sleeping schedule and workload but I've been enjoying everything I've spent time with so I'm certainly not disappointed. Anyways, as I'm feeling a little ill, I'm going to head off now and get some rest. Be well and I'll be back again come Friday, cheers!"
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DATE: 2014/06/20 JESSEN:
     "Hello there, how're you this fine Friday? I'm feeling much healthier today though I'm pretty tired out thanks to a rather odd sleeping schedule as of late. But we've come to the end of this week so I hope to catch up on some nice rest over the weekend. Today, I have for you a bit of a bigger content post than usual as I wanted to bring you two pieces of concept art! The first is another variant of Ellie from 'Wildcard: Flock' as I had finalized her design and wanted to post the updated colour changes and such. However, as this was not a big change (and it wasn't originally what I had planned to post today), I decided to just go ahead and post what I had originally intended for you - a concept illustration of one of the newer 'Wildcard: Flock' characters that also served to set the mood and colorations of the Trent's interior. I hope you get a kick out of these pieces and look forward to some more cast illustrations from 'Wildcard: Flock' in the coming weeks! I don't really have many updates on the gaming front as I've mostly been spending my time drawing and watching terrible horror movies on Netflix so I plan to dig into some of my gaming backlog over the weekend. So, on that note, I shall be off! I hope you're in for a grand weekend and I'll be back again next Wednesday with some more concept art from 'FireWorks'! Hope to see you then, cheers!"
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DATE: 2014/06/25 JESSEN:
     "Hey, how's it going? I hope you've been well and that you are having a grand week so far! I've got a few days off so I hope to get in plenty of drawing time with a side of gaming. I've got some new content for you today in the form of another 'FireWorks' cast illustration so check out Saulmon! I'm doing my best to prepare a little something extra for you (that small project I mentioned I was working on) so check back next Wednesday for more on that. I must say, I was hoping to have more story content up for you to see by this point but the past year has been a little up-and-down. But, fear not, as I am quite eager to tell my stories so I hope to have something for you to see (and hear) in the near future! What with feeling ill, sleeping strange hours and working around both, I haven't really had much gaming time. However, I'm on to the last challenge tower in 'Final Fantasy: 4 Heroes of Light' so I hope to finish that up soon. Speaking of 'Final Fantasy', have you seen anything for 'Final Fantasy: Explorers' just yet? It's only been officially confirmed for Japanese release so far (though trademarks have been filed in Europe and America) but it looks almost like an awesome throwback to the days of old much like '4 Heroes of Light' and 'Bravely Default' with a health mix of 'Crystal Chronicles' thrown in. I loved the multiplayer in the original 'Crystal Chronicles' and I'm hoping this will have at least a similar feel to it. Anyways, enough rambling from me! Have a grand week and I'll be back again come Friday, cheers!"
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DATE: 2014/06/27 JESSEN:
     "Hello again, what have you been up to? I've been working pretty steadily on a small story-related project for you to take a look at and it's going to be taking over TIME FOR SLEEP next week! It is a HISTORY TOMES short comic and the plan is that I will be posting two comic pages next Monday, two comic pages next Wednesday and another two pages next Friday. After that, the schedule will return to normal with HISTORY TOMES updates on Wednesday (when I will post the final two pages) and FUTURE TEXTS updates resuming on Friday; I hope you'll drop by to check it out! For today, though, I have a fresh, new cast illustration from 'Wildcard: Flock' so take a look at the ship's mechanic, Persimmons! I'm having a lot of fun doing these cast illustrations and they are extremely helpful for me when doing my character and story design work and being able to show the the cast of my various stories is a real delight for me! Additionally, posting these also affords me some extra time to work on some story content and I hope to get some audio stories up-and-running very soon. So thanks for coming by and I hope you like what you see! I've had some sporadic gaming time here and there and I'm nearly finished the final challenge dungeon in 'Final Fantasy: 4 Heroes of Light' so I hope to finish up my playthrough over the next few days. It's quite a delight to play and, while I'd love to dive straight into 'Bravely Default' once I'm finished, I'll have to see what my schedule allows. Well, I hope you have a fantastic weekend and I will be back again on Monday with some story content for you! Hope to see you then, cheers!"
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DATE: 2014/06/30 JESSEN:
     "Hey there, welcome to a special Monday update here at TIME FOR SLEEP! I hope you had yourself a fantastic weekend; mine was pretty refreshing and I look forward to having a little extra time off thanks to the Canada Day holiday (happy Canada Day if you are celebrating)! Speaking of Canada Day, I'm not sure if you know or remember this but ten years ago on Canada Day was when I posted the first pages of 'FireWorks'. I did up what would become the prologue chapter of the tale as a short story that I posted on the Canada Day holiday and the 4th of July holiday back in 2004. So, in honour of that, I spent the last little while working on a small project - a complete update and re-illustration of the original prologue chapter which I have posted the first two pages for you to take a look at today! I plan to post two pages at a time continuing this Wednesday and Friday then concluding next Wednesday, after which updates will resume as normal. I really enjoyed working on this project and it was a great way of getting me back into the swing of things in terms of story content. I hope to post the original pages here at some point (likely as concept artwork) but for now, take a look at the fresh, new pages! I'm hoping to begin my audio story content soon too and it is very likely that I will use the as-yet-unaired first chapter of 'FireWorks' as my starting point; re-illustrating it and accompanying the pages with vocal narration. But, as I don't have any progress done on that just yet, you'll have to wait for some more concrete news. Anyways, I hope you like this tale and I will see you again on Wednesday for the next two pages, cheers!"
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  JULY 2014
 
DATE: 2014/07/02 JESSEN:
     "Hi there, how're you today? I'm a little more worn out then I was expecting but I think the high heat and humidity these days have been a contributing factor to that (I don't deal well in the heat). But my work progress has been pretty steady even though my gaming and relaxing progress have not been... Speaking of, though, I do have the next two pages of the 'FireWorks' prologue for you so please do check them out! This project was a real blast to revisit and I am very excited about getting rolling on even more story content for you soon! Now, as I mention before, I will be posting another two pages of this story come Friday so there won't be any FUTURE TEXTS concept artwork being posted this week. Things will be back to normal again next week, though, as you'll see the last two pages of the 'FireWorks' prologue posted next Wednesday and then another new cast illustration from 'Wildcard: Flock" cropping up next Friday. I've nearly completed 'Final Fantasy: 4 Heroes of Light' which has taken way longer than I expected. What with my recent health issues and the severe climate changes and my odd work schedule, it has left me little leisure time. But It's quite a fun game to dive into for little bits at a time and I look forward to seeing how things wrap up in the end! Anyways, I'll be back again on Friday so have a great week and hope to see you then, cheers!"
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DATE: 2014/07/04 JESSEN:
     "Hello again and happy Friday! How has your week been going? I certainly hope it has been a good one and that your weekend will be even more grand! I have two more pages of the 'FireWorks' prologue for you today and I actually redid a little of the colouring on the previous pages to make things flow a little better - the changes were minor but please feel free to check them out along with today's new pages! It has been a lot of fun popping by three times this week and I hope to make that the norm in the future. But, for now, I'm going to be switching back to the Wednesday/Friday update schedule until I've caught up on some work and rest. I promise to keep you posted on when I can start dropping by more frequently and when I have some more story content for you! I'm really excited about getting to work on some more stories for you to read, look at and listen to so definitely stay tuned as I hope more stories will be uploaded very soon. So, as I mentioned previously, next week will see the last two pages of the prologue updated on Wednesday and I will be posting more FUTURE TEXTS concept work next Friday. This weekend I hope to catch up on some gaming (and hopefully finish off 'Final Fantasy: 4 Heroes of Light'). So, have yourself a great weekend and I look forward to dropping by again next Wednesday! Until then, cheers!"
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DATE: 2014/07/09 JESSEN:
     "Hey there, what's up? I hope you had a great weekend; mine was a little more exhausting than I had anticipated but I did manage to get a fair amount of work done. Speaking of, today I have for you the last two pages of the 'FireWorks' prologue chapter so please do check them out! I'm really happy with how this all turned out and it was so much fun revisiting this story and getting to work on some story content (finally)! I've actually even started on preparing some (very small) audio story content that you should be seeing here around next week! As well, my update schedule returns to normal this week so also expect to see some more FUTURE TEXTS content this Friday. Though my weekend was hectic, I did manage to finish up with 'Final Fantasy: 4 Heroes of Light' which was a real delight start to finish. I really found it captured that nostalgic feel while being very easy to pick up and put down when I had the opportunity to play. I'm really eager to play some 'Bravely Default' now but I would like - if possible - to finish up with my 'Final Fantasy XIII' playthrough and, with my leisure time limited these days, I think that may be all I have time for at the moment. Anyways, I hope you have a grand week and I look forward to dropping by this Friday with some 'Wildcard: Flock' concept art for you! Hope to see you then, cheers!"
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DATE: 2014/07/11 JESSEN:
     "G'day, how has your week been? I hope you're in for a great day today and that your weekend is quite refreshing! I'm feeling rather refreshed myself after some good rest the past couple of nights. I'm hoping to get plenty of drawing time over the weekend as I'm starting in on a couple of new projects that I hope you'll enjoy so expect to hear more news about that in the coming weeks. For today, though, we're back to my regular update schedule so I'm posting another cast illustration from 'Wildcard: Flock' for you! This is another of my race call the Cu'Lratii and was actually the first character from said race that I created. I have a few more cast illustrations from the FUTURE TEXTS and the HISTORY TOMES to post over the next few weeks so keep on checking back for some peeks at new characters for some upcoming stories! I haven't really had much of a chance to crack back into 'Final Fantasy XIII' just yet but I'm well over the halfway mark so it's not too long of a stretch until the end and until I crack into 'Final Fantasy XIII-2'. So, have yourself a grand weekend and I'll be back again come next Wednesday! Until then, cheers!"
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DATE: 2014/07/16 JESSEN:
     "Hello there, how fares you? I must apologize about my Friday content update! The update didn't quite materialize properly and it took a bit of time to get it sorted out over the weekend. So sorry about that but everything is working smoothly now! Anyways, enough of that, today is a pretty exciting day as I have for you the very first piece of audio story content! It's nothing big - think of it more as a taste of what is to come - as this isn't a story chapter or anything. This first piece accompanies the new character page format I'll be rolling out; each character profile page will now be a short audio story about the character (and fun little equipment icons that I really just get a kick out of doing). These character stories are something I wanted to put together for you as there are lots of details about the characters that I create that don't always end up in the stories proper but are still relevant to the characters and their pasts. Rather than let these stories go to waste, I opted to attach them to their profiles (and I will likely be including multiple other stories that will accompany character variants such as costume changes and the like). As well, these short little stories gave me a great chance to test out the first stages of the full audio story chapters I am planning and I'm quite happy with the results so far! I promised last year that I would get some audio story content up for you in the year to come and, while we're right down to the wire, I always intend to make good on my promises! So please do check out Mellow's character profile page from 'FireWorks' and I'll be back again with more FUTURE TEXTS concept art this Friday! Hope to see you then, cheers!"
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DATE: 2014/07/18 JESSEN:
     "Hello again, how're things with you? I'm still fairly under-the-weather but I'm starting to feel a bit stronger. Regardless, I do have some new content for you today in the form of a new cast illustration from 'Wildcard: Flock'! Many of the FUTURE TEXTS stories tend to include at least one drone platform character and, while they may each look similar, they are all quite unique in their own way (and I don't just mean their nickname and model number). Now, I also wanted to let you know that I will be dropping by again come next Monday as it is the TIME FOR SLEEP Anniversary! While I won't be doing a total site rework or anything quite like that this year, I will be doing a few small modifications here and there to streamline things a little more. Additionally, I plan to add a fairly sizable site-wide update that will likely also include a small piece of audio story content (though you'll have to pop by on Monday to check out the specifics on that). I'm quite happy to be posting reliably these past few years (not like in when I first started TIME FOR SLEEP) and I have no plans to decrease my current updates - in fact, I'm still looking into update three times a week (though it's not quite viable just yet). Anyways, have yourself a grand weekend and I hope you'll drop on by and help me celebrate eleven years of TIME FOR SLEEP on Monday! Until then, cheers!"
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DATE: 2014/07/21 JESSEN:
     "Hey, how's it going? Thanks for coming by today for a special Monday/Eleventh Anniversary update! I try to tune up TIME FOR SLEEP a little bit every year and this year is no exception. There aren't any major flashy, eye-catching changes this year really - mostly just behind-the-scenes work - however, I have re-arranged each of the Artwork sections to make things flow a little more naturally. Now the Artwork of each story section is arranged not by posting date but, instead, by completion date. The result of this change is that each section now reflects a better picture of the progression of my art, my style and the development of the stories themselves over time. Additionally, I have finally unlocked the Bestiary section of all the current FUTURE TEXTS stories! At the moment, each story in the FUTURE TEXTS now has one Bestiary entry (complete with a small audio story) with more to come soon. Additionally, I plan to unlock another Bestiary section each Monday until all of the current stories have theses sections available; so expect to see me back next Monday with an unlock to the HISTORY TOMES Bestiaries. Now, all-in-all, everything should be running fairly smoothly though there may be a few links that are not quite functioning right or missing content here and there. I'll be doing my best to fix any oddities I come across and, should you come across something that isn't working right, just let me know and I'll have it fixed soon (with any luck). Well, I've got some work to do in order to prepare for Wednesday so have a grand day and hope to see you again then! Cheers!"
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DATE: 2014/07/23 JESSEN:
     "Hello again! How're you today? Okay, so if you dropped by on Monday then you may have noticed that the Anniversary update was a little slow getting pushed through (especially in terms of the Bestiary unlocks). I ran into some coding errors here and there that I needed to smooth out and it ended up taking way longer than I had anticipated. However, as of yesterday (Tuesday) the Hyrin Bestiary entries are now displaying correctly for all FUTURE TEXTS entries (and even one TWIST TALES entry) and the audio files (which I couldn't get up-and-running until Tuesday itself) are even functioning as well! For the next few Mondays, I plan to drop by with new Bestiary unlocks for the remaining sections (next week will be the HISTORY TOMES) though I promise these should go up a little more smoothly and the audio files will be available as soon as the pages are (barring any unforeseen incidents, mind you). And speaking of audio stories, I have another 'FireWorks' character profile for you today which is also complete with audio accompaniment should you wish to have have me tell you a story today (or you can simply read the transcript of the story at the bottom of said pages, either way). I'm really having a lot of fun doing these audio entries and I'm looking forward to doing my first full audio story chapter which will be posted here in the near future I would think. As well, I hope you get a kick out of the newly-unlocked Bestiary sections; they're nothing special just yet as I'm only starting by posting Hyrins (which are basically human analogues) but look forward to new species, creatures and character classes coming soon. Well, see you again on Friday, cheers!"
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DATE: 2014/07/25 JESSEN:
     "Hello, happy Friday! How has your week been? I've had a bit of a busy one but things seem to be getting back to normal now and I'm feeling much more well-rested than I have in quite some time. I'm still keeping busy, though, as I'm preparing more Bestiary entries for you to check out as well as colouring some more new concept work for both the HISTORY TOMES and the FUTURE TEXTS that I'll be sure to post here for you to see! Now, regarding those Bestiary entries: I was planning to drop by next Monday to post some more Bestiary pages but I may be making some adjustments to the pages and the layout of the Bestiary sections as a whole since I'm not quite happy with the look just yet. So I'm postponing my Monday update and I'll keep you apprised of the Bestiary situation as I get some more time to rework things - but I promise to have more Bestiary entries soon and the regular content will keep on coming as per usual so don't worry about that. Speaking of, today I have another cast illustration for you from 'Wildcard: Flock' so please take a look at Dr. Qazi! I haven't had much gaming time recently so I'll be doing my best to catch up a bit over the weekend and I'd better get moving on 'Final Fantasy XIII' as the HD release of 'The Last of Us' is coming next week. Additionally, there are a rather hefty number of games dropping this fall that I will have to check out (including 'Dragon Age: Inquisition') so my leisure time will be filling up fast. Well, I'm off to get in a little more work before the end of the day so have a grand weekend and see you next Wednesday for some more new concept art! Until then, cheers!"
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DATE: 2014/07/30 JESSEN:
     "Hey, how's it going? I hope you've been enjoying the summer weather as of late! It's been quite cool and stormy in my area and, even though storms do tend to bring on migraines for me, I've been enjoying the cooler temperatures (and the loudest thunderstorms I have ever heard). My focus has been split between a number of different projects over the past few days so I'm working on trying to finish a couple of the smaller ones so that I can focus my efforts just on one or two of the bigger projects; two of these projects, though, are slight reworks of the Bestiary sections and some new story content! For the next few weeks, though, I will just be posting some new concept art for you to take a look at as I prepare some bigger content updates for you. I'll keep you posted when some of that will be incoming! Today, I have another new cast illustration for you from 'FireWorks' so please check out Kolins! I've been doing my best to lounge some more in my off hours - mainly for the good of my health and wellbeing - so I have been playing some 'Dragon's Crown' which is just beautiful. Vanillaware do some amazing things graphically and this game is no exception. I know there were a lot of people who took issue with the art style and over-the-top proportions but I feel it's just a play on the typical, older fantasy character types used in works such as 'Conan' or older 'Dungeons and Dragons'. Regardless of what you may think of the character designs, the gameplay is solid and the environments are beautiful. I'm really digging finally getting to play this one (even if it is postponing my 'Final Fantasy XIII' and 'Last of Us' replays). See you Friday, cheers!"
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  AUGUST 2014
 
DATE: 2014/08/01 JESSEN:
     "Hey, happy Friday and happy August! I hope you are well today; I'm a little exhausted after a rather busy week but things are still relatively slower than they were so everything is good overall! Just a short post for you today to let you know I have another cast illustration from 'Wildcard: Flock' for you to check out, if you are so inclined. I'm hoping to get some more Bestiary entries to you soon - especially for these alien species - but I still have some work to do on that front so I'll keep you posted as things develop. On the gaming front, I've spent a little more time with 'Dragon's Crown' which is still just beautiful and a total blast to play. As well, I may or may not have decided to crack into the HD port of 'The Last of Us' which is just gorgeous as well. I'm really excited to hear more about the coming 'The Last of Us' movie especially since Neil Druckmann is not only writing the first draft of the script, but also has final say on future re-writes and casting. Plus, with Sam Raimi attached to direct (and encouraging the movie to use as much of the original game as possible including transferring entire sequences entirely) and them courting Maisie Williams (Arya Stark on 'Game of Thrones') to play Ellie, I think this has a chance to be really fantastic. Anyways, I hope you have a grand weekend, all the best to you and yours, and I hope you'll drop by again next Wednesday! Until then, cheers!"
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DATE: 2014/08/06 JESSEN:
     "Hey, how's it going? I hope your weekend was a grand one! I ended up having a bit of a hectic weekend as I spent much of it getting my computer in working order again. I made the mistake of trying to upgrade my video card thinking that would be a simple procedure... However, my much more heavily modified machine is now in working order again and it's back to business as usual. I have a new cast illustration from 'FireWorks' for you today so please do check out Gruda if the mood strikes you! I haven't had much time to spend with my art since last week but now I should be able to get rolling on some more colour work I have been planning to do. Amidst my install-heavy weekend activities, I did manage to play some more of the beautifully-remastered 'The Last of Us' and I've opted to play it on Grounded mode - a decision which is making for a real survival-focused challenge. It's all about hiding in the shadows and counting bullets at this point; very old-school survival-horror! Speaking of, did you see they are remastering the first 'Resident Evil' (the GameCube remake to be specific) for current consoles? I'm thrilled! Also over the weekend, I caught 'Guardians of the Galaxy' and was extremely delighted with it! The writing (especially the balance between action, drama and humour) was exceptional and the visuals and environments - much like 'Thor' and its sequel - were beautiful. I definitely recommend taking it in, even if you aren't familiar with the 'Guardians of the Galaxy' or aren't sure what to think about the trailers. Anyways, I'm off to get some work done (hopefully) so I will be back again come Friday, cheers!"
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DATE: 2014/08/08 JESSEN:
     "Hey, how has your week been? I hope you have been well and I hope you have something fun and/or relaxing planned for the weekend! I'm hoping to catch up on some rest and some sketching over the weekend (plus a little gaming if I can manage it) so it should be good. Today I have for you a new cast illustration from 'Wildcard: Flock' so please check out Audry, she's pretty rad! I'm hoping to move into some new story content in the coming weeks as I'm really geared up to start telling you more about some of these characters and the worlds they live in. Definitely stay tuned as I hope to have some story-related news for you soon! I'm still plugging away at 'The Last of Us' and enjoying every beautiful minute of it. I really do wish the Trophies were compatible across both copies of the game though as some of those (especially the multiplayer ones) can be a bit of a hassle to pin down. I had heard that they separated them as they made some aspects easier to get in the remastered version but I'm not entirely certain to what they were referring just yet... Besides, couldn't one theoretically make the Trophies trip with different requirements in the new version and still maintain a connected Trophy base? I'm not exactly a Trophy hunter but I do dig the motivation to try accomplishing things that I might not normally do on a playthrough of a game and it does, in some ways, certainly extend replayability. Well, that's enough from me and my rambling; I hope you have a grand weekend and I'll be back again next Wednesday! All the best, cheers!"
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DATE: 2014/08/13 JESSEN:
     "Hi there, how're things? Thanks for stopping by today! I hope your week is going well so far; I've been getting back to my regular schedule, thankfully, so I'm feeling pretty good overall. I have for you today a new cast illustration from 'FireWorks' so feel free to check out Basilik! I've managed to get in a bit of sketching the past few days and I'm really getting excited to bring you some new story content! I've got a number of ideas I'm playing with at the moment so I should be able to start in on some of the prep-work soon. I'm still expecting to start off with the first chapter of 'FireWorks' but I'm looking to follow that up with some FUTURE TEXTS or CITY STORIES content. Definitely stay tuned for more details! I've been playing little bits of 'The Last of Us' when I get the opportunity and am still really enjoying it! I would really love to play a new story set in this beautifully-ruined world though, as I may have mentioned, I would quite happy to leave Joel and Ellie's tale where it ends and jump into someone else's life. Regardless, I'm sure whatever Naughty Dog cooks up next will be well worth it! Have a grand week and I hope to see you back here again on Friday, cheers!"
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DATE: 2014/08/15 JESSEN:
     "Hey there, how's it going? I must say I'm feeling quite exhausted after a rather busy week but I should be in for a bit of a lighter weekend so that should be nice. I hope you are well and I hope you are in for a grand weekend yourself! To send you off to the weekend, I have for you a cast illustration of one of my favourite characters from 'Wildcard: Flock'; please feel free to check out the pilot Wind! I had a chance to try out some new colouring techniques this week (one of which I may end up using for 'Owl and Fish-man' at some point) and got some new concept art done that will be cropping up around here soon. There are some more sketches and story prep-work I hope to get done over the weekend so hopefully I'll have even more new stuff to show you soon! I've almost finished my Grounded playthrough of 'The Last of Us' and have been loving it. It's just such a beautiful game and, if you haven't played it yet, definitely do so! Also, check out that 'P.T.' teaser if you can. The prospect of a new 'Silent Hill' is always appealing to me and the fact that Hideo Kojima (who did such a wonderful job bringing a fresh, fun and immersive experience to 'Castlevania') and Guillermo del Toro (who brings such beauty to the occult and is such a compelling storyteller as well) are working in tandem to create this excites me to no end! And the idea that the lead character is being 'played by' Norman Reedus (Daryl Dixon on 'The Walking Dead') is such a nice fit - I can't wait to see what comes of 'Silent Hills'! Have yourself a grand weekend, cheers!"
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DATE: 2014/08/20 JESSEN:
     "Hey, how's it going? I hope you had a great weekend and that your week is of to a wonderful start! I'm a little under-the-weather myself but I've been getting a fair amount of drawing done so I feel pretty good on that front at least. Today, I have another cast illustration to share with you from 'FireWorks' so please check out Clara! I just can't seem to stop thinking about the 'Silent Hills' playable teaser; it's just such a great proof-of-concept while being a sold game and teaser all at once. I love the atmosphere of the whole experience and I really am looking forward to what comes next! And speaking of what comes next, I was really irritated to hear about the 'Rise of the Tomb Raider' XBOX exclusivity as well as the physical items being added to only the XBOX One version of 'The Witcher III' special edition. I know a lot of this is likely a reaction by Microsoft to the poor sales of the XBOX One but exclusives, I wouldn't think, are the way to endear yourself to gamers. In this day and age, would should be seeing (and often are seeing via Steam and digital distribution as a whole) games being made more accessible to gamers, not cutting out portions of one's fanbase/picking-and-choose who gets the best version of the game. At least the deal with 'Tomb Raider' is a timed exclusive so we'll likely be seeing it crop up at least on PC post release. Ah well, more time to work through my backlog I suppose! Have a grand day and hope to see you here Friday, cheers!"
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DATE: 2014/08/22 JESSEN:
     "Hello there, how're you today? I hope your week is ending on a high-note and that you're in for a fun weekend! I'm feeling a little under-the-weather still but my condition does seem to be improving. I have for you a fresh, new cast illustration from 'Wildcard: Flock' today so please check out Eddie and her pretty rad tattoos (they were fun to colour)! I've been doing some minor character and story work this week and I hope to ramp that up next week so that I'll have even more new content for you soon! I'm really eager to get into a regular story update schedule so here's hoping that will be sooner rather than later. As I've been playing through 'The Last of Us' again (woo Grounded+) and post 'P.T.' playthough, I've been in a bit of a 'Resident Evil' mood again. I was thinking of finishing up with my Raid Mode progress in 'Resident Evil: Revelations' when I came across an interesting rumour indicating they may be working on a direct sequel. I really loved 'Revelations' - as I've mentioned before - as it really captures some of that old-school survival horror atmosphere combined with a lot of what the new games bring to the table. Plus, Jill is still my favourite 'Resident Evil' character so I'm always down for some her of particular brand of horror heroics. With the original 'Resident Evil' getting a current-gen console HD port (of the beautifully-remade GameCube version no less) I'm hoping to see even more of that classic 'Resident Evil' feel and I would love to see a follow up to 'Revelations' so here's hoping the rumours prove true! Anyways, have a grand weekend and I'll be back around come next Wednesday, cheers!"
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DATE: 2014/08/27 JESSEN:
     "Hey there, how're you doing? I've been pretty worn-out this week so my productivity (outside of my day job) hasn't been quite as... productive as I might have liked. However, I have been able to get in a fair bit of sketching the past few days here and there and I've got some new story, site, and miscellaneous content ideas that I'd like to get in the works as soon as I can. As for today, I have for you another new cast illustration from 'FireWorks' so take a look at a rather fun and interesting character, Hexes Tess! My free time these days has mostly been spent finishing up with 'The Last of Us' (which I am still so in love with) and catching up on the show 'Archer' (which is just delightfully inappropriate; Pam is the best!) so I'm trying to figure out what to do next. I still need to finish up with my 'Final Fantasy XIII' playthrough as well as replay 'Dragon Age' before 'Inquisition' comes out (not to mention my still-sizable PS3 gaming backlog and my ever-growing Steam library) so I am saddled only by the burden of choice. Well, I've rambled myself out of energy so I hope you have a grand week and I hope to see you back here on Friday, cheers!"
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DATE: 2014/08/29 JESSEN:
     "Hello there, how is your week wrapping up? I'm feeling much better (finally) and am hoping to have a relaxing-yet-productive weekend with any luck! I have for you another new cast illustration from 'Wildcard: Flock' today which also provides a sneak-peak at one of the other galactic species. With that said, feel free to check out Fredita, a member of the Plantling species! Speaking of, I do hope to get the Bestiary sections up-and-running in a more streamlined fashion soon as, at present, I'm not 100% satisfied with how they look/function. But stay tuned on that front as I do promise Bestiary entries to be rolling out with some regularity in the future. My off hours are still a little short and I'm still to be found entrenched in the post-apocalyptic-yet-strikingly-beautiful world that is 'The Last of Us'. I'm getting in a little time with the multiplayer at the moment though my skills are a bit rusty. I'm sure I will be venturing into another world again soon but, as I mentioned on Wednesday, I'm a little overwhelmed by choice at the moment so I'll pick something else as soon as the mood strikes me. Anyways, enough out of me! I hope you're in for a grand weekend and I'll be back again come next Wednesday. I hope to see you then, cheers!"
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  SEPTEMBER 2014
 
DATE: 2014/09/03 JESSEN:
     "Hello there, how're you doing? Just a quick post today as it seems I'm not quite well again just yet. I have another new cast illustration for you from 'FireWorks' today so please do check out Mellow's sister, Bell! I'm working hard to bring you some story content soon though I may try a few different methods of bringing you said stories. More on that soon, I promise. I've been playing little bits of 'The Last of Us' here and there (mostly the multiplayer, damn you Trophies!) but have yet to crack into anything new. I hope you're in for a grand remainder to your week and I'll see you again this Friday, cheers!"
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DATE: 2014/09/05 JESSEN:
     "Hey, how're you today? I'm finally starting to feel a better and am looking forward to getting in some more rest over the weekend. I hope you're in for a grand weekend; I plan to spend mine playing videogames and drawing personally. I have another cast illustration for you today from 'Wildcard: Flock' so do check out Lori! As I mention on Wednesday, I'm going to be doing my best to get to the story content soon and my be experimenting with a few different formats. I apologize that I have been delayed in bringing more story content to you but I'm hoping, when it arrives, it will be worth the wait - it is certainly the most ambitious artwork I've done to date. I haven't had much gaming time lately so I've mostly just been popping into 'Final Fantasy XIV' and 'The Last of Us' when I have some spare time here and there but I hope to play something else over the weekend (either something old like 'Dragon Age: Origins' or something new like 'inFAMOUS: First Light'). I hope you're in for a fun and relaxing weekend yourself and I'll be sure to pop by with some new concept art next Wednesday! Until then, cheers!"
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DATE: 2014/09/10 JESSEN:
     "Hello there, how have you been? I'm running myself a little ragged these day but I'm doing my best to slow down and get in some good rest when I need it. I've fallen a bit behind in my illustrations but I'm hoping to do a little catching up once things settle out a bit. Fear not, though, as I have another cast illustration for you today from 'FireWorks'! I'm going to see what Friday brings in terms of a content update as I have a little bit of flexibility this week and a few options in terms of what I may post... We'll see what happens. I've been trying to wind down here and there by spending some time with 'Final Fantasy XIV: A Realm Reborn' - which is sort of just an ongoing thing for me, I just sometimes spend more time with it than others - and I am always impressed with the quality of the experience, the gameplay, the store, the lore, and the music. The overall experience is just delightful and has strong influences from the rest of the 'Final Fantasy' series. Not only that, but 'Final Fantasy XIV' also draws a lot of inspiration from some of the spin-off titles - namely 'Final Fantasy Tactics - likely due to the beautiful artistic work of Akihito Yoshida. It's definitely worth trying out, at the very least, if you haven't done so already. Speaking of, I'd really like to try out 'Wildstar' at some point though my time (and my wallet) are a little stretched at the moment so I suppose that will have to wait for another time. For now, I'm content to roam Eorzea and await news of the coming expansion (and the coming of the TGS now that I think about it)! Have a grand week and see you again come Friday, cheers!"
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DATE: 2014/09/12 JESSEN:
     "Hey again, how're things? I'm still feeling a little exhausted after a rather hectic week but I'm feeling pretty accomplished so it's not all bad! I'm looking to bring you some new character profiles (complete with short character stories) in the coming weeks but, before we get to that, I wanted to show you some of the various equipment designs I have been sitting on for some time now. Since I originally did these illustrations, I have settled on a less time-intensive colouring method for the stories and also have since altered some of the core designs. However, I've been wanting to show you these for a while as I like how they turned out all the same! So today, feel free to check out the Knightworks weapon catalogue! I've been trying to carve out some time all week to do some gaming but it just hasn't really happened just yet. There a lot of titles on the horizon that I'm looking to crack into and my backlog still sits, staring at me, so I feel I really need to pick something to play. I think I've decided on the 'Castlevania: Lords of Shadows' trilogy as I've yet to play 'Mirror of Fate' or 'Lords of Shadow 2' (and I'm really just in that 'Castlevania' kind of mood these days). I really should be finishing up with 'Final Fantasy XIII', the multiplayer of 'The Last of Us', and knocking out my replays of 'Dragon Age' before 'Inquisition' drops but there's no point in scheduling my leisure time, right? Right! So, let's hope I can get in some 'Castlevania' over the weekend! I hope you have a fantastic weekend and I'll be back again next Wednesday! Until then, cheers!"
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DATE: 2014/09/17 JESSEN:
     "Hello there, how're you today? I've overworked myself a little again it seems so my week has been off to a bit of an exhausting start. I'm feeling accomplished though and I do plan to get in some more time to rest as the week goes on. I'm also getting in a fair amount of artwork here and there so I'm doing my best to get you some story content (or at least story-adjacent content) soon! For today, I have just one more cast illustration for you from 'FireWorks' - by no means the last character from the tale, mind you, just the last cast illustration for the time being - so feel free to take a look at Ring Rook! I've been spending my off hours bouncing between games since the weekend. I did, indeed, decide to dive into 'Castlevania: Lords of Shadow' and and quite enjoying re-experiencing it. I had forgotten just how beautiful the music was especially (and I'm quite digging the lavish environments as well). When not wielding the combat cross, I've been checking out 'Hand of Fate' on Steam. It's Early Access at the moment but is, perhaps, one of the most refined Early Access games I've come across. The amount of care and detail put into the animation, the voice acting, the cards, and the lore is impressive, not to mention that it pays pretty smoothly and sports a robust amount of features already. The game is already quite refined and managed to do a nice balancing act between being a deck building game, a 'Rogue'-like dungeon explorer with a dash of resource management, crossed with 'Fable'-esque combat, and a text-adventure narrative. It's quite a fun trip and I would urge you to check it out! Well that's all for now, see you again come Friday, cheers!"
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DATE: 2014/09/19 JESSEN:
     "Hey there, how's your week been? I've had another exhausting, slightly-stressful, but otherwise productive week so I feel accomplish overall I do suppose? Speaking of productivity, I have another set of equipment illustrations for you to check out today! This time, rather than showcasing weaponry, I thought I'd give you a look at some construction, engineering, and medical tools. As I said with the weaponry update, some of this content has been further refined and - while I quite like how the colouring turned out - I've opted to go with a different visual style for my stories (and a style that will take much less time to complete). I'm preparing a little something else for you to take a look at but it likely won't be ready until next week or the week after so keep on checking back for more info. It's just something small and fun I've been working on so nothing story-related just yet (but more on that soon, I promise). My week has been winding down nicely but I haven't had much gaming time. I'm hoping to get in some more time for 'Hand of Fate' and 'Castlevania: Lords of Shadow' as both are scratching some serious gaming itches for me at the moment. Anyways, I'm off to get an early start on my weekend! Have a grand one yourself and I'll be back again come Wednesday, cheers!"
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DATE: 2014/09/24 JESSEN:
     "Hello there, how're you this week? I'm still feeling pretty worn-out so I think I need to get some more rest or take a bit of a holiday at some point. But I digress! I hope you are well and I have a new cast illustration for you this week! I decided to finally do a full, updated illustration of the main character from 'Breathless Knight' so feel free to check him out this week! I look forward to giving you a look at more of the cast soon but next week I'll be jumping around again to another HISTORY TOMES story so check back for that. I know I've been posting a lot of cast illustrations lately but it's something I'm really enjoying doing and it's giving me time to work on story and character content so hopefully I'll have some of that to share with you soon too! Thanks for always drifting by and taking a look at my work regardless! I've been spending my off hours playing through the remainder of 'Castlevania: Lords of Shadow' (and look forward to starting in on 'Mirror of Fate' soon) and popping into 'Final Fantasy XIV' to do some random things such as crafting or logging or the like. There are so many things I want to play these days but I'm doing my best to just focus on a couple of games at a time. Anyways, I hope you have a grand week and I'll be back again this Friday with some FUTURE TEXTS content for you! Until then, cheers!"
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DATE: 2014/09/26 JESSEN:
     "Hey there, how's it going? I have completely worn out after my week and desperately need to get some good rest which I hope to get in over the weekend. I do have a small update for you today, though, so fear not! I'd been wanting to share some concept sketches with you for some time now and I thought today might be a great day to do so. So here are some character concepts from 'Wildcard: Tainted', please do take a look! I've been playing little bits of 'Castlevania: Lords of Shadow' this week but I haven't made much progress on my war against the creatures of the night. I have managed to get in a little bit of time with 'Theatrhythm: Curtain Call' though (on the complete opposite end of the spectrum I would say) and have been quite enjoying winding down with it! It's a nice treat to relax and just play around with some 'Final Fantasy' music. I really enjoyed what I got to play of the original title and this one really seems to one-up its predecessor in so many different ways! More than two-hundred songs, over sixty characters and more flexibility in the game modes makes for a fun outing and nostalgic outing! While the DLC may be a little higher on the price-point (and more time-consuming and tedious to download thanks mainly to Nintendo's archaic DLC eShop setup) I managed to catch that they were offering a pair of songs for free for a limited time and will likely end up picking up more later (as well as some extra characters, which is a rad idea for DLC and something I still wish they had done for 'Dissidia'). Anyways, I've rambled enough and need to get me some rest. Have a grand weekend and see you Wednesday, cheers!"
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  OCTOBER 2014
 
DATE: 2014/10/01 JESSEN:
     "Well hello there and happy October! I hope the start of this month finds you well to be sure! I've always really enjoyed October and really dig Halloween (so expect some zombie-themed updates near the end of the month) so I'm hoping for a bit of a smooth month. I have another cast illustration for you today and, like I said last week, though I'm eager to bring you more 'Breathless Knight' character work, I've opted to jump on over to 'Kingdom's Curse' instead for the time being. I'm still working on some character and story work for you but it is taking longer than I anticipated what with my recent schedule and health issues. All is well, however, and I hope to knock out some more work this week on those projects (as well as a bit of prep work on a smaller project I've been working on for a time now). Regardless, take a look at today's (possibly familiar) cast illustration! I've been progressing slowly in both 'Castlevania: Lords of Shadow' and 'Theatrhythm: Curtain Call' but I'm enjoying my time with both. I'm itching to play some other things as well, though, so I really should get a move on as soon as I can. My weekend last weekend afforded me a little bonus gaming time so here's hoping this weekend will afford the same! I hope you have a grand week and I'll see you again come Friday, cheers!"
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DATE: 2014/10/03 JESSEN:
     "Hey there, how was your week this week? I hope you had a good one! I'm pretty tired but I've been sleeping a little bit better so I'm not quite as worn down as I have been. I may have stayed up a little later than intended yesterday, however, as I was working on a fun piece of concept art that I wanted to share with you today! I wanted to try presenting 'Wildcard: Flock' as though it were a videogame so check out what I came up with! Speaking of videogames, I'm slowly nearing the end of 'Castlevania: Lords of Shadow' and hope to spend some time curled up with it over the weekend if at all possible. Aside from that, I've been popping into 'Final Fantasy XIV' (and trying to figure out why then went with such a strangely-unbalanced system for Free Company/Personal housing in an otherwise finely-balanced game) and kicking back with some 'Theatrhythm: Curtain Call' when I need some time to just unwind. My backlog of games continues to loom - and grow - however, so I think it would be just irresponsible of me not to spend some time gaming over the weekend. Clearly, right? I hope you're in for  fun and/or relaxing weekend yourself and I'll see you again come Wednesday, cheers!"
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DATE: 2014/10/08 JESSEN:
     "Hello there, how's it going? I'm a little run-down still but I'm doing my best to rebuild my energy reserves. I hope you are well and I wanted to drop by and bring you a look at another masked figure from 'Kingdom's Curse' so please do check out Leigh! These characters form an important part of the 'Kingdom's Curse' story which is a story I'm looking forward to telling you someday soon! My progress on story content for you has been slow-but-steady so fear not, as I will have some new stories for you soon. I haven't had a ton of free time as of late and now that 'Alien: Isolation' and 'Persona 4: Arena: Ultimax' are out, it looks like my backlog is continuing to grow. I really need to start in on my 'Dragon Age' playthroughs to re-establish my world state before 'Inquisition' drops but I'm still beating back the creatures of the night in 'Castlevania: Lords of Shadow' so we'll just see how this weekend goes in terms of gaming time. Well, I'm off to try and get some colouring done! I hope you are well and I hope to see you back here again on Friday, cheers!"
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DATE: 2014/10/10 JESSEN:
     "Hello there and g'day! How was your week? I hope it was a grand one! I'm so very exhausted but I have a few days off now what with Thanksgiving happening here is Canada this weekend (Happy Thanksgiving to you by the way even if you're not celebrating this weekend) so I hope to spend some time sleeping, relaxing and gaming. Before I had off into the blissful peace of a long weekend, I wanted to drop in and serve you up a fresh new piece of 'Wildcard: Driven' concept art! I had a lot of fun doing this scene illustration and just finished it last night actually. Please do take a look and I hope you get a kick out of it! Illustrations like this will be making up the bulk of what you will see in terms of visuals for my upcoming audio stories (with some modifications of course and, likely, in a higher resolution to boot) so this serves as a kind of story sneak-peek. No official word yet, though, on when I will have said audio stories ready for you but I'm hoping it will be on the soonish side... we'll see. Well, I'm nearing the end of 'Castlevania: Lords of Shadow' and I fear the Xenomorphs have got their hooks into me as I may jump into 'Alien: Isolation' next though, as I mentioned before, there are so many other games I'd like to play now as well. I guess I'll just have to see how my long weekend goes! I hope you have a great weekend yourself and I'll be back again come Wednesday! Until then, all the best, cheers!"
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DATE: 2014/10/15 JESSEN:
     "Hey, how're things? I'm doing well enough, a little bit of a scratchy throat but nothing too bad. I had a rather night Thanksgiving and spent a lot of my time off relaxing with family, curled up playing videogames, or sketching in my sketchbook. It was quite a refreshing weekend and I'm feeling quite creative this week which I hope to translate into some new illustrations, story and character work! I've brought you another cast illustration to check out today so please take a glance over at Albert Hooks from 'Kingdom's Curse'! This Friday I'm hoping to post a similar story sneak-peak image (like last week) though this time I'm thinking it will be from a different FUTURE TEXTS story. I'll see how things go this week but, regardless, I will have some new FUTURE TEXTS content for you come the end of the week. Over the weekend I managed to finish up with 'Castlevania: Lords of Shadow' and, while 'Alien: Isolation' is sitting here, staring at me, I have yet o start in on it. Instead, I actually jumped straight into 'Castlevania: Lords of Shadow: Mirror of Fate HD' which, in addition to being a long title to type, it a fantastic modern take on the old-school 'Castlevania' titles while retaining much of the aesthetic and lore from the first 'Lords of Shadow'. I love the (though sparse) voice acting, the art style, the classic gameplay, and the continuity and attention to detail that follow from the previous title. It's a quick play which I'm about halfway through but I'm thoroughly loving it and will likely jump into 'Lords of Shadow 2' to finish up this trilogy before starting in on something else. Well, have a grand week and see you again come Friday, cheers!"
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DATE: 2014/10/17 JESSEN:
     "Hello there, how has your week been? I certainly hope your day is going well and that your weekend gets off to a great start! I'm feeling quite a bit better and am hoping to avoid overdoing things as such, since I don't want to wind up sick or worn out all over again. All the same, I'd like to get in a little more art time over the weekend as I'm having a blast and am feeling very creative these days! Speaking of, I have another story sneak-peak for you today but this time it comes from 'Moons Opera' and feature the protagonist, Rome; please do take a look! I'm enjoying the overall look of these pages and I hope you are as well since it is likely what the final audio story artwork will generally look like. I hope to start in on some recordings again soon but there are still a few things to finish up before then. On the gaming front, I've nearly finished up with 'Castlevania: Lords of Shadow: Mirror of Fate' and am still loving the old-school 'Castlevania' approach to it! I'll likely finish it off this weekend and may just start in on 'Lords of Shadow 2' before the start of next week. I'm still so eager to crack into 'Alien: Isolation' as well as 'The Evil Within' (not to mention that as my excitement builds for 'Dragon Age: Inquisition' so, too, does my eagerness to go back and rebuild my world by replaying the originals) so I may have a bit of a hefty gaming schedule in my free time. Well, again, do have a grand weekend and I look forward to popping back in again come Wednesday! Until then, cheers!"
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DATE: 2014/10/22 JESSEN:
     "Hey there! So it is, indeed, Wednesday again and I hope I have found you well today! I've another cast illustration from the HISTORY TOMES story 'Kingdom's Curse' so check out Alister Wise! Next week my update schedule may be changing but I'll let you know for sure on Friday. Regardless, I do promise that change won't mean a decrease in the amount of content being posted (it will likely just be a slight shift in when I post what). I've been feeling a little under-the-weather this week so far but I'm feeling a bit better today so I'm looking forward to tackling some more artwork as the week progresses. My free time, though, has been pretty deeply mired in 'Castlevania: Lords of Shadow'. I finished up 'Mirror of Fate' over the weekend and really loved it, especially the ending and the neat way they interpreted the characters. My only complaint about it is a relatively minor pair of details: why is it that you jump as though in slow motion? Also, why is it that you automatically have double-jump, wall-jump, and the magnetized whip in the final chapter when it chronologically takes place before the other chapters (where upgrades were required to perform these feats)? The latter of these issues just seems like a rushed or lazy design choice but not one that negatively effects the game as a whole. I love what MercurySteam has done with the series and have loved the dark tone and the ever-more-beautiful environments in 'Lords of Shadow 2' so far. I's certainly a different kind of 'Castlevania' but it has me hook so I'll be digging into that again tonight. Well, off to get some work done! Have a grand week and see you again come Friday, cheers!"
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DATE: 2014/10/24 JESSEN:
     "Friday has come! How was your week? I've been under-the-weather all week but I am starting to feel much better again finally and am looking forward to some additional recovery time over the weekend! I have for you a new story sneak-peak today that was a lot of fun to put together. Today's piece is from the FUTURE TEXTS story 'Stray Night' and features the main characters. I have another couple of pieces like this planned for you to take a look at but I'm still working on finishing them so you'll have to wait for more details on that. However, I did want to let you know that I will, in fact, be changing my schedule a bit as I mentioned earlier in the week. What does this mean? Well, I've wanted to get back to a Monday/Wednesday/Friday update schedule for some time now so I'm going to give it a shot. I'm just going to be trying it out for a little while at first - as I don't not if my schedule and health will allow for it - but provided it goes well, the format will be here to stay at TIME FOR SLEEP! So, please do feel free to swing by on Monday as I will have a HISTORY TOMES content update for you then. I'll be following Monday's update with a CITY STORIES (or similarly-themed TWIST TALES) update on Wednesday with the regular FUTURE TEXTS update coming on Friday. I'm excited to try this out over the next little while as I'd like to keep this schedule going as I bring you audio stories in the near(ish) future. So, with that in mind, I'm off to get some artwork done then spend a little time in the vicinity of Castlevania. Have a grand weekend and hope to see you Monday, cheers!"
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DATE: 2014/10/27 JESSEN:
     "Hello there and happy Monday! I must say, though I'm still pretty exhausted, I'm quite happy to be popping by on a Monday again and am super excited to be updating three time this week! As I mentioned last week, I'm just going to be trying out the three-day update schedule for the time being to see how my health and work schedule hold up in light of it. Also mentioned last week is that I've moved the HISTORY TOMES updates to Mondays as Wednesdays will now see updates to the CITY STORIES (except for this Wednesday and next as I'll be posting updates to a CITY-STORY-esque TWIST TALES story instead) - Fridays will continue to feature FUTURE TEXTS updates as usual. I thought this new set-up might be fun to try out and had wanted to utilize it earlier on, to be honest. But I'm happy to be doing it now and I hope you get a kick out of it as well! So let's get this ball rolling with a zombie-themed update to 'FireWorks' just in time for Halloween! You can expect some similar content to be posted the rest of this week (and at least some of next week) as I always dig Halloween and zombie movies are one of my favourites - both in general and to watch when celebrating the Haunted Holiday in question. Speaking of, maybe I have some time to watch a zombie flick before getting back to work? Or perhaps play some 'Castlevania: Lords of Shadow 2'? No, definitely work first, monsters later. Have a grand day and see you again on Wednesday, cheers!"
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DATE: 2014/10/29 JESSEN:
     "On deck for day two of my new update schedule! While Wednesdays were a typical update day, now they will feature updates from the CITY STORIES - or CITY-STORIES-style TWIST TALES updates, as is the case for today. I hope today finds you well and please do take a look at a new Blood Arts update to 'Tainted Symphony' if you feel so inclined! I'm working away on an update for you to take a look at come Friday so please drift on by then for the regular FUTURE TEXTS update. I've been feeling a little rough this week still so I haven't been as productive as I would have liked but I'm still getting a little bit of traction on my artwork and on the gaming front in my spare time. I'm dangerously close to finishing off 'Castlevania: Lords of Shadow 2' which I'm really digging. As I mentioned, it's quite a different kind of 'Castlevania' but I'm loving the progression of the characters and how, between the first and second 'Lords of Shadow' games, there's bookends to the series in a sense. I really dig Gabriel as both a hero and a villain and I think they have portrayed his motivations and his overall characterization quite convincingly. There are some pretty moving scenes throughout, actually, which is something I wasn't quite expecting. The music continues to be gorgeous as well so definite credit to Oscar Araujo. The only qualms I've had so far have to do with the characterization of the new bosses - specifically they I wish they had spent some more time fleshing them out. As well, near there end there is a boss fight that come on very... abruptly. I'll have to hold on and see how the ending pans out though. Anyways, see you Friday, cheers!"
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DATE: 2014/10/31 JESSEN:
     "Happy Halloween! Well, here we are at the end of my first three-day-update week and boy am I exhausted! It's been a lot of fun though but I've had a lot on my plate between updating, my health, and my day job. No need to worry, though, as I would like to keep this update schedule if at all possible so I'm going to keep trying it out over the next two or three weeks and see if things even out or not. So, for today I have for you another zombie-infested illustration for you, this time from 'Wildcard: Tainted' so please do take a look! I hope to get in some more drawing over the weekend and would like to continue with this zombie theme throughout next week but we'll just see how things go. I've finished up with 'Castlevania: Lords of Shadow 2' by the way, though I have moved on to the (rather robust) DLC 'Revelations' which has been a blast so far. However, as for the game-proper, I must say I was very disappointed by the ending. The second-to-last big boss battle, as I mentioned, felt kind of rushed and that trend really seemed to continue through to the end of the game. The final battle was really lacking for all of the build up as though it were missing an additional form for the boss to take not to mention that the end was extremely brief and quite unsatisfying. It felt kind of like they ran out of steam and didn't want to take any risks with the ending so kept things short and rather uninspired. Such a shame as the lead up, despite some weak point, was rather lovely! Anyways, I hope you are well and that you are in for a grand weekend this weekend and I look forward to popping by again next Monday! Hope to see you then, cheers!"
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  NOVEMBER 2014
 
DATE: 2014/11/03 JESSEN:
     "Hi there, how're things this fine Monday with you? I'm a little run-down already this week as I haven't been sleeping too much but otherwise I am well. I've opted to keep the zombie theme running this week so expect some more undead concept art through until Friday. Today, I'm done a lateral thematic switch again as, instead of posting something from the HISTORY TOMES, I've got some surprise concept art for you from 'Owl and Fish-man' so please do check it out! I've been wanting to get back to - and finish the first book of - 'Owl and Fish-man' for some time now so fear not as I am planning on and - though rather infrequently - working on finishing what I started. Wednesday will see another TWIST TALES update most likely with a regular FUTURE TEXTS update landing on Friday. I'll always try to keep the themes (Fantasy, Modern, Sci-Fi) on their days (Monday, Wednesday, Friday) though the story categories may change from time-to-time. On the gaming front, I finished up with me 'Castlevania: Lords of Shadow 2' DLC run which I think wrapped up quite nicely (more so than the story proper even) and was a lot of fun to play! As I mentioned, the DLC is rather robust consisting of new skills, a new character, unique boss fights, a new locations to traverse. 'Revelations' was quite well done and I highly recommend it if you're itching for more 'Lords of Shadow'! After capping that off, I moved on to my 'Dragon Age: Origins' playthrough to recover my lost data. Here's hoping I can finish up before 'Inquisition' arrives! Have a grand week and see you Wednesday, cheers!"
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DATE: 2014/11/05 JESSEN:
     "Hey there, how's it going? I'm starting to get on top of my new schedule and am clearing through a small fraction of my art backlog which feels quite nice! Speaking of, I have one more Blood Arts image from 'Tainted Symphony'! This will likely cap off the zombie theme for the time being as I'd like to move back to some cast illustrations for the next little while. I dig posting the cast illustrations as it gives you a sneak peak of the upcoming characters of my various stories plus they are fun for me to do but also allow me even more time to work on other projects (such as my audio stories) so it's win-win for me. I hope you enjoy them as well and look forward to even more extensive content coming once I finish posting the next cast batch! I haven't had much time to do any gaming lately, just a little progress being made in 'Dragon Age: Origins'. Have you heard about The Keep by the way? It's the new service they will be using to keep track of your personal 'Dragon Age' story, allowing you to upload your characters from previous stories, adjust the events and choice you made in the previous games then upload them into new titles (such as 'Inquisition') instead of the old save-file-transfer system. As someone who has lost their data due to hardware errors and who has had glitches and inconsistencies crop up as a result of incorrect transfers, I'm liking the sound of this new system. Plus, they are doing a small, browser-based game exclusive to the keep (all of which is free) and the events from that will also add to your timeline and be uploaded to 'Inquisition'; pretty rad! Well, I'm off to get some work done so see you again come Friday, cheers!"
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DATE: 2014/11/07 JESSEN:
     "Well, here we are at the end of the second three-day update week and, while I'm still feeling pretty worn out, I'm enjoying this schedule and am still feeling committed to keeping it! I plan to get in some good rest and gaming time over the weekend so here's hoping for some good time to recharge. I hope you are well and I hope you are in for a great weekend too! Today, I have the start of a new set of cast illustrations for you as I wanted to give you a look at more of the cast from 'Wildcard: Flock'; please do take a look at the first Bellis cast member! I'm still plugging away at 'Dragon Age: Origins' and getting excited for my replay of 'Dragon Age II' and the arrival of 'Dragon Age: Inquisition'. I may at some point do an illustration of my Warden and Hawke but we'll see how things go, story work first! Anyways, I'm going to stop my rambling a bit early and try and finish up the rest of my illustrative work for the day so I can get me some rest. Have a good one and see you on Monday, cheers!"
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DATE: 2014/11/10 JESSEN:
     "G'day and happy Monday! How was your weekend? I spent a fair amount of time relaxing, sleeping and even gaming over the weekend so I'm feeling quite refreshed at the moment! I was planning to knock out a little more artwork over the weekend but I didn't get to as much as I had hoped... Regardless, the rest will do me better in the long run and I'm already building up a bit of a backlog which I like having just in case I start having troubles with my health or work schedule. I have for you a new 'FireWorks' cast illustration today and one that I had planned to bring you a while back though I didn't finish the colouring until recently. I have just a few of these from 'FireWorks' before we jump into another HISTORY TOMES story so keep on dropping by for that. As well, I'll be posting the first set of cast illustrations from a CITY STORIES tale come Wednesday so I'm pretty excited about that! As I mentioned, I did get in some gaming over the weekend and I'm progressing through 'Dragon Age: Origins' nicely! I loved the systems, depth, and setup of the original but I really do find - especially going back - that the game is glitchy and the graphics are quite rough. As well, the designs (especially compared to the beautiful redesigns of 'Dragon Age II') really do feel bland. Whereas 'Dragon Age II' was pretty and I loved the story and dialogue, a lot of the depth was lost (particularly in the combat and item lore compared to the original). And the dungeons? Severely lacking in variety and complexity. Here's hoping 'Inquisition' will strike a nice balance! Anyways, have a grand week this week and see you again on Wednesday, cheers!"
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DATE: 2014/11/12 JESSEN:
     "The week presses on and I hope you are having a grand one! I've been feeling pretty good this week and I've been getting a fair amount of work done as well as some nice, solid free time here and there. I've had quite a bit of time to work on my artwork and I have a cast illustration piece for you today from 'Darien's Line' which is super exciting for me! I created Darien back in 1998 and it's been fun watching him progress and change over the years. I'm also excited to be able to continue updating three times each week and it is something I plan to continue with. In the long-run, I'd like to be updating two times a week with concept art and the third update each week would be a story update. I'm hoping to get that that schedule sometime soon but it still may be a little ways off yet. I've been playing 'Dragon Age: Origins' here and there in my free time which is always a delight but I'm eagerly anticipating 'Dragon Age: Inquisition'. As well, I just picked up 'Assassin's Creed: Unity' and 'Assassin's Cree: Rogue' - both of which I'd like to crack into - but my tradition of playing 'Assassin's Creed' with my brother over the Christmas holidays still stands so they can wait a little while. For now, it's Darkspawn, Blightwolves and Dragons (oh my!) Have yourself a grand day and see you on Friday, cheers!"
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DATE: 2014/11/14 JESSEN:
     "Hey there, how's your week been going? I've had a pretty good one myself and I'm eager to get down to work today as I feel full of ideas! I hope we're both in for a fun and relaxing weekend though! Today, I have another Bellis cast illustration for you from 'Wildcard: Flock' so please do check out Urn! I've been working here and there on a few tweaks I want to make to the site and I hope to get those up-and-running soon but it may be a little ways off still so more on that later. I'm still working away on getting more story content ready for you as well so lots to look forward to for us both I think! So I've been hearing 'Assassin's Creed: Unity' is pretty... broken. Between ludicrous micro transactions, the broken frame rate issues, and the fact that floors and streets are a little less than... tangible, I'm glad I'm waiting to jump into the game. Micro transactions are a bit of a messy issue these days but one thing I certainly feel is that I can give them a pass when it's a free game (though when they're charging up to $99 for fake currency, I say a big, angry 'no' and move on) but for a $60+, triple-A, big time release game like 'Assassin's Creed', Freemium micro transactions should never, never, ever apply. Time saving DLC - while a little silly based on the fact one buys a game, presumably, to play it - or wanting to make money on an otherwise free game are one thing but this is something else entirely and something inherently greedy. I guess with EA taking a step back from gouging players, there was a void Ubisoft felt they needed to fill? Ah well, hopefully there will be less of these shenanigans in the future after this. Have a grand weekend, cheers!"
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DATE: 2014/11/17 JESSEN:
     "Hey, how was your weekend? I hope you had a grand one and that your week is off to a great start! We had a fair amount of snow here over the weekend and it's actually continuing today. Though it's still early for snow here, it's quite nice and I'm digging the snowy weather. Additionally, I had a rather nice, fun, relaxing weekend and I'm looking forward to a relatively productive week this week. I've got a new cast illustration from 'FireWorks' so check out another pirate, Ace! I've been doing some behind-the-scenes work around here at TIME FOR SLEEP but none of it has cropped up just yet. It may be a while yet but I'm progressing when I have some time between my day job and my artwork. And 'Dragon Age: Origins', of course. I'm moving through the treaty locations now so I'm getting there and I'm looking forward to jumping into 'Awakening' this week with any luck. My playthrough of 'Inquisition' will have to wait a little bit but I don't mind as I'm digging doing a series playthrough at the moment. I've heard the additional materials for 'Dragon Age' - namely the novels - are actually quite good so I may look into those at some point in the near future. We'll see. Anyways, I'd best get down to work; have a grand week this week and see you again come Wednesday, cheers!"
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DATE: 2014/11/19 JESSEN:
     "Half-way through the week already? Time sure does fly! I hope your week has been a grand one so far! I've been a little busy and a little under-the-weather but mostly just a little more tired than usual. I've been making okay headway through my work though so all is well in the end and I even have a brand-new cast illustration for you from 'Darien's Line' today! I really dig the Arc Raven and this is the first time I feel wholly happy with the end result of his design so please do check out this first glimpse at him. My off hours have been spent continuing my 'Dragon Age: Origins' playthrough though I was delayed slightly by the Fade... It's such an odd story element as - while puzzle-filled and lore-packed as well as being visually unique - it really breaks the tension of the Circle Tower, interrupts both exploration and the story, and can be a bit of a dull sequence. Its inclusion always kind of baffled me. But my progress is steady overall and I hope to start in on 'Awakening' soon as 'Inquisition' now sits atop my table, staring at me. Soon, soon... Anyways! Have a great day and see you here on Friday for a FUTURE TEXTS update, cheers!"
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DATE: 2014/11/21 JESSEN:
     "Well that week went by fast, did you find the same? I hope your week was a good one and that you're in for an even better weekend! I'm feeling pretty exhausted today but nothing some good rest won't handle. I've posted another new cast illustration from 'Wildcard: Flock' for you today so check out the knight Gallows! I've been getting a fair amount of artwork done of the past little while though I'd like to step up my game even more so I'll see what some good rest can do to getting me to that goal. I think it's always important to have goals, even small ones, to keep you motivated. I've been plugging away through 'Dragon Age: Origins' and keep hearing stellar things about 'Dragon Age: Inquisition' so can't wait to start in on that! As well, I just picked up 'LittleBigPlanet 3' and would love to dive into that as well. I gotta hand it to them, even though Media Molecule is no longer behind 'LittleBigPlanet' the creativity, style and substance all seems to still be there and, on top of it, they've begun posting old 'LittleBigPlanet' DLC from both the first and second game for use in the third on the PS4. What impresses me about that is, not only are they offering and coding old content but it's for free if you've already bought it! My hat is off to you Sony, especially in light of all the gouging from EA and Ubisoft in the recent past. Well, I hope you have yourself a spectacular weekend and I'll be back here again come Monday; hope to see you then, cheers!"
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DATE: 2014/11/24 JESSEN:
     "Good day, how're you doing today? Mondays can always be a bit of a drag but hopefully you're having a good one nonetheless! I've been having a pretty decent day as I had a fair bit of time to rest up over the weekend which was quite nice. I have for you today another new cast illustration and the last (for now) from 'FireWorks' so check out King the pirate! Next week I'll be starting in on a set of cast illustrations from another HISTORY TOMES story so swing on by for that as it's a set I'm quite excited to share. I'm really looking forward to sharing with you some of the new content I've been working on and I hope to begin some new stories at the beginning of next year - though how close to the beginning remains to be seen. As soon as I know, though, you will know! I've been steadily progressing through 'Dragon Age: Origins' though I'm not quite as far along as I might like under the piercing gaze of 'Dragon Age: Inquisition' but I'm certainly still enjoying. I really dig all the characters and character development in each of BioWare's games and the 'Dragon Age' series is no exception. I can't wait to meet some of the new cast in 'Inquisition' and am a little surprised the game didn't come bundled with a bonus character this time, as that seems to have been the trend with the 'Mass Effect' and 'Dragon Age' games. Though, from a story standpoint, I image it gets more challenging to account for a character that may or my not be there. Anyways, have a grand week and see you again on Wednesday, cheers!"
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DATE: 2014/11/26 JESSEN:
     "Hello there, how's your week shaping up so far? I've been having a pretty good week though not quite as productive as I was hoping. I've still managed to get a fair bit done, however, so it's not so bad overall. As well, I have another brand new cast illustration for you to check out today so take a look at Kristyn from 'Darien's Line'! The story of 'Darien's Line' is one of my oldest (barring a few others such as 'Saigo Yume I') so it's one I'm excited to be posting new art from. I'm hoping to get some stories in order soon but, as I've mentioned recently, it's still an ongoing process so I'll have to keep you posted for the time being. I apologize, again, that it has taken so long but once I get started, there should be no stopping me so I want to be prepared to ensure that will be the case. I've spent some of my off hours pushing through 'Dragon Age: Origins' where I'm nearing the end. 'Awakening' is next though not before I polish off the DLC for 'Origins'. These series playthroughs can be a little overwhelming but a ton of fun so I'm happy to get the chance to play through 'Dragon Age' even if it puts my 'Inquisition' playthrough on hold. Anyways, have a grand day and I look forward to dropping by again on Friday, cheers!"
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DATE: 2014/11/28 JESSEN:
     "G'day to you, how're things? I hope your week has been a fine one! I've been a little on this tired side but nothing too bad - though I am very much looking forward to the coming weekend. Before then, however, I have a new cast illustration for you from 'Wildcard: Flock' so check out Ashla, the first Nox-Vwaldn crew member! I have a number of different species that have now been introduced via these cast illustrations and I hope to get the Bestiary sections up-and-running again soon so please stay tuned for more info on that as well as coming story updates. This weekend I hope to get in some more time with 'Dragon Age: Origins' and (hopefully) finish up my playthrough. I'm enjoying my experience replying it (again) though it is time to move on to 'Awakening' I think so I can get rolling on the rest of the series. My last time playing through 'Dragon Age: Awakening' was a bit of a buggy affair so I'm hoping this time might run a little more smoothly. Concurrent to my playthroughs, I've also been updating my progress on the Keep which I'm really digging! I love the fact that you can then listen through your history as narrated by Varric, which is just such a nice touch! Anyways, all this talk of 'Dragon Age' has me itching to play so I'd best go finish up my work so I can get in some Darkspawn slaying. Have a grand weekend, cheers!"
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DATE: 2014/12/01 JESSEN:
     "Hello there, how was your weekend? I hope you are in for a marvellous week this week and I'd like to help you kick it off with a new piece of concept art! Today I have for you a sneak-peek at Cole from 'Kingdom's Curse' as I've been updating the character designs for this tale (which has been a ton of fun by the way). You can expect some more cast illustrations from 'Kingdom's Curse' over the next few weeks as it's been a bit of a focus for me lately - both in terms of drawing and writing. I always tend to spread out my work a little to keep myself from getting bored or distracted so I tend to work on several stories all at once from a variety of themes. This format for TIME FOR SLEEP actually really works well for me as, in a given week, I tend to work on two-to-three stories simultaneously. Truth be told, I actually began work on two new stories last week but I'm still focusing in on some past stories as I want to start telling these stories to you soon. I managed to finish up with 'Dragon Age: Origins' over the weekend and, after doing part of the DLC, I opted to hop into 'Dragon Age: Awakening' before finishing off the other half of the DLC (for cannon purposes mostly). I love to 'Dragon Age' series and the work of BioWare in general so I'm really excited to be replaying the 'Dragon Age' series as a whole. 'Awakening' is probably my least favourite part (though not by much) but it sets up so much more of the world (and Anders, naturally) so I'm eager to clear through it and move into 'Dragon Age II' where some of it starts paying off (like Anders, naturally). I hope you have a grand week and I'll be back again come Wednesday, cheers!"
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DATE: 2014/12/03 JESSEN:
     "Hey there, how're you today? I apologize if I am a bit brief today; I broke a tooth and it has been giving me quite a few problems so I may be a little out-of-sorts until I get it repaired. Regardless, I wanted to drop by to bring you another new cast illustration so take a look at Brian from 'Darien's Line'! I love doing these cast illustrations and I'm excited to be bringing you new looks at some old characters in preparation for upcoming story content. In my off hours I've been keeping quite by finishing up my 'Dragon Age: Awakening' playthrough and am just at the end. I'm looking forward to jumping into 'Dragon Age II' soon (likely today or tomorrow) s that should be quite fun. Anyways, I'm off to get some rest so have a grand day and I'll b back (and hopefully feeling better) come Friday, cheers!"
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DATE: 2014/12/05 JESSEN:
     "Hello there, how're you this fine Friday? I'm still a little rough so I'll just be leaving you with another brief post today. My condition is improving, however, so I hope to be back on my feet again by Monday. For today, though, I have another cast illustration for you so say hi to Bellows from 'Wildcard: Flock'! I've been doing a little more sketching when I've been feeling up to it and I promise some Holiday-themed work for the end of the month as per usual. I did manage to finish up with 'Dragon Age: Awakening' and the remaining DLC this week thanks to some forced rest time. 'Awakening' was still a buggy affair but it all worked out in the end. I've just started in on 'Dragon Age II' (which I wish had a subtitle instead of a number for the sake of consistency) and am eager to play more over the weekend. On that note, I'll bid you a fare weekend as well and I'll be back again come Monday! Until then, cheers!"
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DATE: 2014/12/08 JESSEN:
     "Hey there, how's it going? I hope you had yourself a grand weekend and that this week holds a great many positive things for you! I'm feeling a fair bit better though I still need a little dental work done in order to be feeling right-as-rain again. But all that aside, I'm doing well and I have a new castil illustration for you today so please check out Sparrow from 'Kingdom's Curse'! The story of 'Kingdom's Curse' is quite a long one and there are a great many characters involved (one of my largest casts actually) so what you'll be seeing over the next little while is just a sampling of the full cast - hopefully with some stories coming in the near future to flesh these characters out some more. I started in on 'Dragon Age II' and forgot just hoe much I love the game! There are quite a few faults with their rework of 'Dragon Age' mind, but as a whole it is something I really dig - especially the story and characters. I am unbelievably excited for 'Dragon Age: Inquisition' and I wish I had started my 'Dragon Age' series playthrough a little sooner but I don't begrudge it that much as I'm having a blast. 'Inquisition' can wait just a little while longer! Anyways, I'm off to get some work done so have a marvellous week and I'll see you again come Wednesday, cheers!"
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DATE: 2014/12/10 JESSEN:
     "Hello there, how're you today? I must apologize as I'm pretty worn out myself and feeling rather drained. But I should be back on my feet again soon so just bear with me. I do have a new cast illustration for you today though so take a look at Jenni from 'Darien's Line'! It's been a lot of fun posting these cast illustrations and I may bring you some from the GAIA CHRONICLES in place of the HISTORY TOMES at some point but I'll let you know if or when that will be happening. I've been playing through 'Dragon Age II' and loving it and I'm eager to crack into the DLC for it though I'd like to wait later in the story (around Act III) before diving in. Well, I'd best get some rest so I'll leave things here and come on by again on Friday. Take care and see you then, cheers!"
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DATE: 2014/12/12 JESSEN:
     "Hey, how's it going? I hope all is well with you! I'm feeling a little rough still but getting better and after my dental work is done I should be feeling a good deal better. So I may still be a little brief but I do have another cast illustration for you today from 'Wildcard: Flock' - please check out Katie! I really dig the crew of the Trent as they are an eclectic bunch. While recovering, I've been playing a fair bit of 'Dragon Age II' and have Act I in the bag already. I'm progressing through Act II and hope to polish is off over the weekend. 'Inquisition' is on the horizon and I can't wait to dig into it but I have a little ways yet to go before then. Anyways, I hope you have a grand weekend and I look forward to dropping by again come Monday! Until then, cheers!"
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DATE: 2014/12/15 JESSEN:
     "Hello again, how're you today? I hope you had a grand weekend and that this week is starting off well for you! I'm still a bit under-the-weather and expecting a little more dental work so I'm not yet at my best. However, I'm still plugging away at what work I can when I feel up to it and getting some things accomplished here and there. Today I have another cast illustration for you so please take a look at the roguish Ren from 'Kingdom's Curse'! The story of 'Kingdom's Curse' is one of my longest tales and I've recently added a bit to it (conceptually, I've yet to get it all in writing) so I'm hoping that it will be one of the stories I'll be airing soonish here. Over the weekend I played some more 'Dragon Age II' and the end is in sight! I've still a ways to go before I feel satisfied but I'm getting there. Anyways, I'm off to get some rest then hopefully do a little drawing or something of the sort. Have a great day and see you Wednesday, cheers!"
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DATE: 2014/12/17 JESSEN:
     "Hey there, how're you today? I'm a little rough so I'm afraid I will be brief again today. My dental work should conclude this week, however, so I'm looking forward to feeling much better again soon! Today I come bearing a new cast illustration from 'Darien's Line' for you so please check out Ken! In my downtime I've been finishing up with 'Dragon Age II' and am almost at the end. I may not be able to start in on 'Inquisition' until the weekend but I'll see how things go. Regardless, I must say how impressed I am with the robustness of the DLC for 'Dragon Age II' especially considering how expansive both 'Legacy' and 'Mark of the Assassin' are. They feature new locations, dialogue, choices, weapons, and armour and I must say I have enjoyed them immensely. Anyways, I'm sorry to be brief but I should get some rest before finishing my work for the day. Take care and see you Friday, cheers!"
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DATE: 2014/12/19 JESSEN:
     "Hi there, how're things? I hope all is well and that your week is winding down nicely! I'm feeling a little rough still but better than I was thanks to my last bout of dental work yesterday. I hope to be feeling much better soon after some rest this weekend and a little time put in on 'Dragon Age: Inquisition' - but more on that in a minute. Today I have for you Captain Hooks of the Trent from 'Wildcard: Flock' so please do take a look! Next week I'm looking to bring you some holiday-themed art at least on Monday so stay tuned for that. I'm just about finished with 'Dragon Age II' (which was delayed thanks to a known glitch with 'Mark of the Assassin' that corrupted my save file) so I'm really very eager to start in on 'Inquisition' this weekend which just looks beautiful. I'm trying to decide which race to play this time but I haven't quite determined that just yet. I'm leaning towards Qunari or Dwarf but I'm not sure, we'll have to see. Anyways, have a grand weekend yourself and I'll see you again come Monday, cheers!"
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DATE: 2014/12/22 JESSEN:
     "Hey there! Happy Holidays and a Merry (early) Christmas! I wanted to swing by today and bring you a new illustration with a holiday theme! As per tradition, this picture comes from 'Winter Wonders' and I hope you get a kick out of it as it was quite fun to do! I'm not sure if I'll get a chance to post any other wintery illustrations this week but we'll see how things go. Regardless, though I am on holidays, I will be bringing you content on Wednesday and Friday as usual. I've been recovering and feeling much better though I've been taking time to rest to ensure I heal well. During my down time, I've been playing some 'Dragon Age: Inquisition' and it is just beautiful! It is so grand in scale and the new engine they are using is lovely. I'm really digging the new characters and returning faces and the dialogue and voice acting are, as typical of BioWare, just fantastic. I also love how they have taken the best parts of the previous titles and polished them while taking the faults, cutting them out, and replacing them with smooth new systems. There is so little to fault this new title on that mostly just falls to personal preferences and tastes. That said, there is no storage chest in the game which seems... odd. Considering they added one with the DLC for the original and it was a default part of the sequel, you'd figure they would have kept up with it. Regardless, I've barely scratched the surface of the game but truly it is a fantastic effort on BioWare's part. Well, I hope you are well and that you are enjoying the Holiday season so far! Take care and see you again come Wednesday, cheers!"
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DATE: 2014/12/24 JESSEN:
     "Hi again, a continued Happy Holidays and a Merry Christmas to you! I hope you are well and that this holiday season is treating you well regardless of your celebratory plans. I've got a new cast illustration for you today from 'Darien's Line' so please check out Darien's father! It's been a blast redrawing these characters recently as some of them date back to 1998-1999 which is pretty crazy for me to think about! I've still been mending and spending my off hours immersed in 'Dragon Age: Inquisition' which can feel a little overwhelming at times due to the sheer scale of each location. I've heard the maps compared to MMORPG maps and I think that's a fairly valid comparison. It certainly leads to some sidetracking for hours at a time, especially since - much like 'Skyrim' - the environments are just beautiful to behold. If you haven't played it yet, I highly recommend it! Anyways, have a grand day and see you again on Friday, cheers!"
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DATE: 2014/12/26 JESSEN:
     "Hello and once again, a Happy Holidays and a Merry Christmas (belated) to you! I hope you've had a grand week this week and that you are in for a nice, relaxing weekend this weekend! I'm just dropping in for a super-quick post today and to bring you a look at the legendary hunter Stark Juno from 'Wildcard: Flock' so please do take a look! I've been kicking back this week and playing me some 'Dragon Age: Inquisition' which is just gorgeous. I'm really digging the new characters in this entry and I look forward to seeing where the story is headed. But until then, I need to pry myself away from my extensive exploration and resource gathering. Anyways, have a grand weekend and see you again come Monday, cheers!"
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DATE: 2014/12/29 JESSEN:
     "Hello again, how're things? Just another quick update from me today as I'm still lounging about on my holidays. Despite my relaxed mood, though, I do have some new artwork for you today so please check out Sara from 'Kingdom's Curse'! I've been feeling pretty inspired these days and have been doing a little sketching here and there while doing my best to keep quiet and relaxed and not push myself to work for a change. I always love drawing and creating though so I keep sneaking in some time here and there. Otherwise, I've been spending a lot of time playing (and loving) 'Dragon Age: Inquisition'! I'm about 75 hours in and still haven't progressed too terribly far in the story to be honest; so much to explore and so many amazing pub songs to hear, am I right? Anyways, have a grand one and see you again on Wednesday, cheers!"
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DATE: 2014/12/29 JESSEN:
     "Happy New Year! I hope you are in for a grand New Year's Eve today and that you can ring in the coming year in the way you most enjoy! My New Year's Eve celebrations are always nice and relaxing and I usually just end up kicking back and watching movies. I wanted to swing by, though, and bring you a new cast illustration from 'Darien's Line' today so please do check out Lindsey! I'm still playing a fair bit of 'Dragon Age: Inquisition' when I can and it is really quite expansive. I've yet to crack into the multiplayer though if it is anything like that of 'Mass Effect' I'll certainly dig it. Well, I hope you have a Happy New Year and I'll be back again on Friday for my first post of 2015! Until then, cheers!"
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