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seeing as I've disappeared for the past few months I figured it was time to rear my ugly big moderately egg-shaped head again ouo

I've wanted to write an update journal for a while, but every time I sit down, I take so long to write it that I'm eventually "oh snap I should be writing Essence/homeworking/petting annoying cat so he will go away and stop drooling on my keyboard."

I talked about going to see the sleep doctor in June and actually had my sleep study at the end of August (lol yeah I've been meaning to write a journal for that long. worship me, the goddess of procrastination), where I did an overnight test and then stayed the following day and took a 20-minute nap every 2 hours (5 total, from 9 til 5.) It took me forever to fall asleep during my night study because I'm not used to sleeping as the humble cyborg does (with tubes up my nose and adhesives all up in my hair) and (prepare for TMI) spent around 2 of the 8 hours having to pee, telling myself to just ignore the pee and pass out because I didn't want to bother the technician to unplug me so I could get up and pee (even though that was his job), finally caving and asking him to unplug me, laying down, and then having more performance anxiety pee 5 minutes later. Happened once before I fell asleep, then again after I woke up after sleeping for like 4 hours xD I learned to respect the call of nature that night.

But anyway, did the daytime sleepiness test the next morning, went to follow-up the next week. My overnight sleep was normal, but I fell asleep 4 out of the 5 20-minute naps, sometimes 4 minutes in, sometimes later, even when I thought I was awake the whole time. So that's super encouraging to think that I may be "asleep" when driving and not even realize it, but at least I don't hit REM behind the wheel and dream that I'm playing Mario Kart and just be all "YEAAAAH LIVIN ON THE eDGGGGGGGEEE" and drive off a cliff and expect to be dropped back on the track by a fishing cloud turtle. The doctor diagnosed me with narcolepsy, though it's on the less severe side of the spectrum (meaning I won't be able to stay awake a lot of the time, but I won't just pass out in the middle of a conversation or driving) and I don't have cataplexy (which means I won't randomly faint when I laugh really hard or get surprised). But I'm happy to finally have an explanation for all the classes, sermons, lectures, and afternoons I couldn't stay awake through (and now I know I'm not just 'lazier' than other people, though I've thought that for quite a while oDo). I enjoy sleeping, but I hate how much having to sleep has held me back. So I'm glad I can do something about it, though I'm still trying to find the right medication. The one I'm taking now seems pretty great, though. And coffee never hurts, either ouo I'm still having trouble with depression, but I'm taking it one day at a time and savoring every opportunity and happy moment I'm blessed with.

LIFE-RANT DONE NOW THOUGH. I've been working on rewriting Essence almost every chance I get, squeezing it in between classes and work, and while I know there's tons of work to be done, I'm really feeling good about it. I know I'm the worst about updates, but since I'm just in the process of writing, I don't feel there's a lot I can say. But if you guys have any questions (ANY AT ALL) then I will be more than happy to answer. Know that I haven't given up - and I won't give up, because making this story a reality means more to me than just about anything (I definitely care more about it than college, but unfortunately, college still comes first ;D; buh)

For all 7 routes combined, I'm estimating 500,000+ words (which is probably insanely optimistic), but I want to provide the richest, most satisfying experience I can. I intend to make every word count, however - no rambling, purple-prosey, drawn-out scenes like before. While I was rethinking the story for a few months, I didn't reinvent Alice, but I think I've carved out a much more successful (albeit more insane :dummy:) narrator.

While I plan on doing the art myself, I would really love an original soundtrack, too. That's too far ahead, and I can't compose myself, but it'd be so amazing ;-; In time, I hope to upload my art concepts (for the GUI, sprites, bgs, etc.).

I also wanted to ask - also too far ahead - but what would you guys think of a pay-what-you-want operation at the game's release? You could download and play for free, but a fraction of the proceeds would go to me, the majority to specific charities and causes. While actualizing the game is enough satisfaction for me, I would be overjoyed if my work could not only make a player happy but improve others' lives. I would like Essence's scope to extend beyond itself, if it can...and in a perfect world, I would love to channel my art and writing into the enrichment and improvement of someone else's life and happiness - daily.

I think that's all, but again, please hit me with any questions (Essence-related or not)! I hate how inactive I am on DA these days, but I think about you guys every day. ):

Let's all just pitch in and share an apartment and eat pizza and party errday and be independently wealthy on our dreams' fruition, okay? Okay. Yup. You have no choice. You're coming with me. NOW. DON'T STRUGGLE. GET IN THE CAR FHAIFSHfa - //tranquilized and carted away
  • Mood: Optimism
  • Listening to: cat licking self
  • Reading: computer textbooks
  • Watching: Breaking Bad
  • Playing: with how little studying I can get away with
  • Eating: cheerios
  • Drinking: water and coffee

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Shinkami
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Hey there ;D Call me Shin. You may also know me as SheerGlade, the person responsible for this atrocity.

I love stories and trying and failing at art. My passion lies with the crazy little people in my head that force me to also attempt to write about them. I love getting to know all the amazing artists on this site, too, so don't ever hesitate to drop me a note or comment c: I'm just a lame kid with wonderful friends :heart:

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Silvery-Storm Featured By Owner 2 days ago
I just found a comment where I called you Lemon-chan
When did that phase happen
Apparently February
:lemon:-chan
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Shinkami Featured By Owner 4 days ago  Student Digital Artist
so accurate it hurts
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Shinkami Featured By Owner Oct 3, 2014  Student Digital Artist
//sets as tiled wallpaper on laptop
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Silvery-Storm Featured By Owner Oct 3, 2014
Please don't tell me you actually did that
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mono-y Featured By Owner Sep 26, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thank you for the watch and faves~ : 3
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Winter-Wisp Featured By Owner Sep 7, 2014  Student Digital Artist
SHINKAMI WHOTS UR FAVE DDMDDMD ROUTE

mine was noiz omg
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Shinkami Featured By Owner Sep 8, 2014  Student Digital Artist
WELL

tbh I enjoyed Clear's the most, just for hilarity's/sweetness's sake. THE APRON SCENE KILLED ME and I'm kinda ashamed that I didn't cry at the end even though just about everyone else in the universe did but yeah I liked his the best. BUT NOIZ WAS A CLOSE SECOND. I LIKE HIS BRATTINESS AND THEN HIS AND AOBA'S SCENE IN THE HOSPITAL WAS JUST. I FELT THE LOVE. I STILL NEED TO PLAY HIS ROUTE IN RECONNECT.

but even though I hated his route because of obvious reasons, except for the ending which was pretty rad, mink is definitely my fave boyfurendo. because dat voice. dat hair. dat voice. dat jaw structure. dat VOICE. dat eyeballs DAT VOICE I SWEAR HOLY FRACK if it weren't for that I just but THAT VOICE i can't handle the bara

and yeah ren's path was cool for tying up all the loose ends (as in aoba's. heh. heheh.) of the 'plot' (HAHAHAHA plot) but i can't get into doing the diddlydoo with the dog; he's better as a deep-voiced fluffball sorry

and koujackoff's path was okay. eh.
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Winter-Wisp Featured By Owner Sep 8, 2014  Student Digital Artist
Yeah I didn't cry either, I was too distracted by laughing at the storyline. A little jumpy, but clear's bad end REALLY messed me up. like wow. i am still scarred.
yE NOIZ AND AOBA IN THE HOSPITAL I WAS JUST 
I DIDN't EVEN LAUGH i WAS JUST SIGHING I MEAN SRSLY IN A HOSPITAL BUT IT WAS BETTER WRITTEN THAN CLEAR'S ROUTE ahHRU
i just love noiz's mass of piercings URGH he's SUCH a bae

ah mink IKR HE WAS SOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOo URGH
like MAN hes pretty in a manly way
jesus christ mink and noiz <333333333 SO TEMPT TO DO FANART of THEM //wailing

"doing the diddlydoo with the dog" omg

im not exctied for koujakus path tbh :/ im doing to rn to get to the other endings tho 
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