Sitewatch 2013!

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2 of Cups

Hello, all! I know I said I’d keep you updated about things after some backend site maintenance, and I sort of fell out of these regular updates for a while. Sorry about that! I’m totally still around, though! Things are going more slowly than anticipated on the comics-front, but I also didn’t expect March-April to be so busy. I’m not a person used to juggling many things, try as I may. It’s a learning process!

The good news is, and this is apparent if you visited at all since my last message, but the website is fine! I made some updates to WordPress and Webcomic that were a long time in coming and the basis for some big future updates that will roll out when the comic starts up again! I’m personally very excited, but there’s still a lot of work to be done.

The other good news is that I definitely want to get this thing updating again before the year ends. I know that sounds like a long time after an already-long process of restarting, but it’s already May! We have a long path ahead of us all, but I’ve never been more excited to take it!

To start (over), however…the new and exact starting point of the story has been a point of internal contention for me, even since I restarted Millennium in 2008. Maybe I’ll make that part of one of my upcoming posts! (Without spoilers, of course!)

Oh, by the way! Today I posted this image, the official last card of the Webcomics Tarot to be completed! That site still has some more updates coming to it, so it’s not “over” yet. I’m glad I started it — webcomic people are awesome!

See you again soon!

Up Next:

  • Sibling Rivalry
  • Signs of Civilization
  • The Quiet Hometown
  • Nice Getup, Pal!
  • Areas to Explore
  • Ronou’s Hometown, Clayden
  • Dark Hybrids and the Ones Who Control Them
  • And more!

Site Update Incoming

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Hey, everyone! I just wanted to let you know that this weekend, the site will be upgraded — or specifically the WordPress part of the site, the page archives. During this update, things might break momentarily, but that shouldn’t last long — so don’t think I’ve disappeared if you just happen to see the site acting funny! It’s just updates! We’re still around!
One thing I’ve always made sure to do is maintain the integrity of the site even while it wasn’t actively being updated, so don’t worry if you see something out-of-sorts for a short bit!

Sunday evening EDIT: This has been put off ’til sometime during the week! I’ll give the all-clear when the upgrade’s finally complete!

Stepping Stones

This upgrade is goes along with something I’ve been wanting to do for the better part of a year…besides getting this story going, of course! No one wants to deal with sub-par distribution when it comes to what they’re creating (or at least I don’t), so the time calls for upgrading — and that goes right with all the other behind-the-scenes stuff that’s been going on with the comic lately. It’ll be nice! Ever closer to a proper comic in the proper light!

Quick Updates

I’m still working on the next developmental updates, and the new pages! Yet sometimes I have less substantial news. You can see me give out quick blurbs of updates or bonus drawings/doodles at various websites, especially Twitter and Tumblr, which is why I’m linking them in this post! Go there if you like keeping up with comics via social media!
(Side note: they’re not even a fraction as frequently updated as, say, my main Twitter…if you happen to be familiar with it! But they do post whenever there’s something to be posted about!)

A Retelling in Motion!

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Seven of Wands - Ronou

Hello, everybody! I’m here to finally bring you developmental updates! You few who have stuck around to read and watch with such patience, I thank you! I had intended to be doing this more consistently throughout the year — and now I come to you with arms full! It all begins here!

Rethinking the Beginning

Prologue pages 4 and 5 thumbnail

I’ve reapproached the prologue to this story more times than anything else (except perhaps Arcs 4-6; they’re very detailed arcs). Frankly, what you see now is irrelevant — I’m not sure what I was thinking when I did these first 15 pages. It’d work in an animation where it’s not longer than 3 minutes, maybe, but not so much here. And I shouldn’t waste anyone’s time, especially my own!

As I’ve said before, I restarted Millennium because I couldn’t expand its world or anything without first rebuilding the basics. The start of the story is very important. Reconstructing the basis of this tale took longer than I thought it would, but all for the better — a firm vision is now in place!

When updates start again, we’ll start from the scene that was set to come after this, and these pages will go away. The next scene is a prelude to things to come — involving memories, emotions, and a starry sky.

Frist Page Color Test

A Loose Timeline

Mune and Runa

I’ve begun planning out the designs and page thumbnails for the prologue’s pages and story. Late winter/early spring is when I hope to start updating again! I’ll be posting development updates regularly until then, at least once a week (and even after — after all, there’s a lot to develop!). Please keep checking back! There’s a lot to cover!

Life’s a Sand Witch

Sand Witch of Desperta Desert

Life-wise, a lot of things have happened to me these past couple of years!

  • Acquiring a Big Girl job, only for the business to tank a few months later!
  • Adjusting to new life circumstances!
  • Relearning how to learn!
  • Major life changes! New ways of living! Not always in a good way! It’s disjointed and odd a lot of times.

Scrambling for any semblance of work, drowning bad feelings in copious amounts of Team Fortress 2 — I was happy, I was sad, I was fighting a near-constant fatigue, reticence and faltering work ethic — I wasn’t sure what would happen to me or what I could do!

All the while, I judged and juggled whether or not I could invest in all the things I wanted to do — especially my webcomic projects. For a short while, in spite of all the inspiration, the ideas, the love of the stories, I considered dropping one or both of them. I upgraded my equipment to be able to work on anything without hassle — and some of those upgrades proved to be…distracting, rather than practical!

But this past year, my 26th year on earth, it came to me. A lot of things started clicking together in my mind! I started noticing what I had to change to get closer to what I wanted to be. I started seeing things in other people that I wanted to see in myself. And I knew that I could do what I desired — which was to invest more in my personal projects and make them 100% worth my time, and others’ time as well! If I did that, I could make them successful, without a doubt!
My life has always been slow-going, but I like that story about the tortoise! That’s how it is now!

Ronou's Hair

So, that’s where I am! And I can say for the first time in a long while that I am excited to be bringing you Millennium!

Please keep your eyes peeled!

Coming Next:

  • Ronou’s Redesign
  • Sibling Rivalry
  • Signs of Civilization
  • Areas to Explore
  • Ronou’s Hometown, Clayden
  • And more!

Mini-Notice: Changes to the Site!

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Hello, everybody! I’m back from the dead to bring you a little bit of news! I assure you that I’ve been working on the comic this past year, and it’s honestly going pretty well! Although it hasn’t been very good that I’ve not been posting, I’m glad it’s taken me this long — because a lot of good ideas for the comic have come to me recently, and it’s really coming back together now!

Photobucket I’m making this small news post to mention something small yet notable. I’d like you to know that all addresses are now defunct! I never really posted about it here, but I ditched my old web name in favor of “Miluette” last July or so. Millennium’s main site used to be located at a long time ago, and for a while some of my web projects were subdomains of it (Webcomics Tarot, Millennium, Lovefeast, etc.). But, Millennium hasn’t been located at a subdomain for a long time, though there have been few updates since then. If you link to Millennium or have it bookmarked, please make sure you’re using! I appreciate it greatly!

Along with that, the website should be undergoing a radical makeover sometime soon — I hope during November! Things may temporarily break during the process, but it won’t mean that the comic’s dying. Ultimately the structure of the site will change, and it will be better for all of us — easier to navigate for you, and easier to manage for me!

Thank you for sticking around! Keep an eye out for a big news update and some more informative posts starting in November! (Previews and postings on Millennium’s Twitter and Facebook feeds!)

New Year, New Plans

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Holidays 2011 ~ Chains and Ronou

…and happy new year, all! Another year’s passed! In no time, Millennium will be almost a decade old!

It’s been awfully quiet here these last couple of years. Not without reason, especially this year. I actually had to get through quite a bit of crud! Lots and lots of unstable ground, cropping up right after I’ve dealt with past difficulties! But I honestly do believe I’m better for it now.

I’ve got some more things to take care of (priorities have become pressingly more important since a few months ago). After that, updates! And a format change! The format change is what I’m really excited about; it’s new ground. I boxed myself in with the way I do comics. It’s actually kind of stubborn as well as unnecessary. I want to have fun again!

Speaking of that, I actually made many more changes to the upcoming parts — things that make way more sense than some of the stuff I stuck to for so long. I thought about it for most of this year. I don’t want to write things out of some feeling of obligation (well, I have to write THIS so they know THIS and THAT), because none of us will enjoy it. It just has to flow! Trying new things started this chain reaction of other-thinking. Lucky for us!

It was hard working on the next scene because I didn’t want to. It was same for the prologue of my other comic. Why do I keep doing that? No idea! But that problem should be pretty much done with. :D

Page 18 original Page 19 sketch Page 20 sketch Page 21 thumbnail Page 22 thumbnail Page 23 thumbnail
These WERE the upcoming pages. Why was the next scene hard to work on? Because it was almost completely unnecessary. Millennium’s a bulky story, but at least the “extra” scenes in later parts are things I’m actually looking forward to drawing. Getting to the point is imperative right now.

Anyway, I feel safe in saying you’ve got a good deal to look forward to because I’ve already begun working on stuff. So hang with me, and thanks for sticking with!

2012 will be a year of reconnecting with comics. I love comics these days. They excite me. I submitted to Aftershock earlier this year, which is a beautiful book with impact. I’ve still got to wrap up a short story I did originally for an anthology, as well as guest pages for Union of Heroes. I’ve gotta do what’s priority, as always — job-hunting in the quiet times was keeping me as busy as if I had a job, and portfolio’s pretty important — but I’m going back to the time where my comics were retreats and pleasures. And it’s reason to be excited.

Much love to you this coming year!