My Policy on Work Requests

With the number of related posts and comments I’ve made in all other forums, I’m surprised I even need to post this. However, this applies to all OCD Words & Images Studio projects, including When Idiots Science (https://cwreynolds.home.blog/), and related DeviantArt (https://www.deviantart.com/cwreynolds22) and Facebook (https://www.facebook.com/ocdwistudio) accounts.

While the work I do here is offered free for user reading and the usual fair use rights, I refuse to work for free or work for exposure elsewhere, neither of which pay bills, cover supplies, or cover labor costs. Anything used for fair use rights and/or shared, must include credit and link back to the OCD Studio source (blog, DeviantArt, or Facebook). This is the same policy I apply to the posts you find here which all include a site credit and linkback to ensure proper credit to the original creator.

All inquiries into guest-posting or artwork (whether its your use of mine or requesting my use of yours) must include links to other writing or art sample posts, outline of planned usage, and estimated payment offers. This blog is geared towards the mockery of bad science whatever its form, and highlighting  good science, positive improvements, and related personal interests. For any queries that do not comply with this blog’s mission, or do not include sample links, planned usage, and payment offers. the answer will be a hard no.

Specific permissions I’ve given to specific users is exempt from the above, although the proper credit and link-back would be appreciated.

Finally, before asking for a contribution to another source (be it from me or another creator), or requesting another source to host your work, consider the following:  would you request or provide free work to or from any other local business? When you ask a creative for free work or offer payment in exposure, that’s exactly what you are doing.

NaNoWriMo, Meds, and Project Updates

I’m thinking this year’s NaNoWriMo challenge is going to be a bust for me. I’m at 5672 words out of a 50k goal and the deadline is Saturday. However, I don’t consider this year’s challenge a failure. A lot of things happened this month and still continue. My new goal is to try and hit 7000 words by Saturday, with Black Friday and Small Business Saturday both taking place. (The part time job is for a small business.)

The meds situation is improved. For now I’m remaining at the 40mg Prozac and 150mg Wellbutrin. The depression side of things has lessened and the only complaint I have currently is concentration and focus are still off. We’re going to hold here for another month and see if I just need more time with the new med.

I’ve almost finished my Christmas Card image, which should appear here in the first week or so of December. The sketch and color work is done, and I just have a couple of design decisions to make. Then comes the less fun side of Christmas Cards, addressing and sending them.

One last note on the current word count. Those 5672 words represent a lot of structural story work. I’m building the story around the main story now.

Ripe

Prompt and DeviantArt link for the 31st.

Every organization’s got one. He’s loved by some, hated by some, and sometimes it’s both at the same time by the same people. He doesn’t intent to be a bad guy. He’s just always looking for an angle, or some way to get ahead.

Ours on the USSC Aldrin is Bill. While most of us on the Aldrin see the people and places of Themis as an opportunity to learn more about the universe and life on another planet, Bill sees a customer base ripe for exploitation. And chances are, if you’re missing something, Bill’s probably already sold it.

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If you’ve been following along and just want to see the series of posts inline, or if you haven’t been following and just want to see the finished series, click here: Inktober. The DeviantArt gallery is here: Inktober 2019.

Next stop,

National Novel Writing Month, starting today, November 1.

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Catch

Prompt and DeviantArt link for the 30th.

No one knows for sure when it happened. Sometime between when it was written in the 20th century and when the USSC’s officer training program was created in the late 21st century, the book Catch 22 was adopted as the formal officer training manual.

Since that time, some NCOs and senior NCOs have expressed their suspicion that Catch 22 was included in classroom literature either by an NCO as a joke or by an officer as a how-not-to manual. However, the current caliber of decision made by USSC senior officers demonstrates that whatever the intent, it has since become viewed as a hot-to instead.

Injured

Prompt and DeviantArt link for the 29th.

There are many injuries a space marine can endure on a battle field. The suits are designed to withstand most and keep the trooper in battle. However, the most severe injury a space marine can received on a battlefield is injured pride.

As the knights waded deeper into the battling forces, many a space marine was emptying a magazine of flechettes and replacing it with the next one while the opposing demon who’d taken the full load seemed to merely stagger. That was not the source of the marines’ wounded pride.

Instead, it started as awe, before escalating into incredulousness, and finally shifting in exasperated disbelief as they watched pairs of knights wipe away pairs these demonic beasts with a chant and a wave of their hands.

The views before us supported the idea these guys were on a mission of a higher calling.