Dec 19, 2018

The IoHS re-release is out! And other basic news!

I managed to FINALLY get Intervals of Horrible Sanity re-released in a proper Studio Oyashiro fashion and its lookin smexy as all hell. You should check it out here! A printed copy is $10.00 and a digital download copy is FREE so theres no reason not to at least look at it! Just look at it! (thats all you can do)
Whats new?
GREEN!!!!!! theres a splash of color within the pages now and it really makes onomatopoeia stand out like it should.
Also changed the comic dimensions from standard trade to a more modern "manga" sized book. Makes it more "fun sized".
Also re-introduced the amazing cover art Mad Dashiell did for me waaaay back when it was supposed to be a 5 part mini-series.
Aside from that i ACTUALLY HAVE been putting effort into getting other things done, like WtN's Studio Oyashiro release, moving shit into the studio (even though its still not finished), and a THUPER THEEECRET thing that ive only even HINTED at over on my Patreon!
Also just recently gave the website, here, a bit of an update. Changed images, updated hotlinks, added "pending" projects to my Art-ography list.
So yea...
2018 has been a pretty eventful year for me as a person, all things considered. I just really wish i had more time to get these projects i REALLY care about worked on. In due time, i have a plan, i'll keep you updated.

Oct 28, 2018

Off to print! And DVD news!

Since im in that weird, "where did all this hair on my body come from?" transitional re-branding phase, ive been wanting to do a re-release of my older projects.
That would be 2014's "Welcome to Normality" and 2015's "Intervals of Horrible Sanity".
I just (lastnight) sent my TIFF files off to the printer for the Studio Oyashiro release of IoHS. This release is in a new, more manageable "manga" size. So its not a long awkward paperback. It resurrects the first cover image done by Mad Dashiell and along with a few page changes, features a splash of color within the book as well, also.
I should receive the first copies in the mail some time next month and the "re-release" will go from there.
NOW then... Trying to get a new DVD made for WtN has been quite the challenge. I had originally planned on doing a bit of a "restoration" edit to it, (change the subtitle color, tweak some sounds, include a new Studio Oyashiro logo at the beginning, etc.) BUT since the original was rendered using Vegas Pro 9 and im now using Vegas Pro 15, some things refuse to be redone properly. You may have noticed this in my more recent YouTube videos with the "TIMTHESCARECROW" logo video. It adds a weird vertical interlacing that i dont know how to correct, which is fine for the logo video but obviously not for a 38 minute pre rendered film.
Aside from not getting to tweak anything to the film directly, for a time it looked like getting the thing done at all wouldn't be happening. I was publishing through CreateSpace and they have recently been shut down by Amazon. I was told that all my stuff would be carried over to their VOD service but that was some time ago now and i cant wait forever for a massive company to get their shit together.
So i found this website

Ive looked through their services and  they seem pretty legit as far as options and pricing. They offer way more than CS did as far as customization, but they lack in distribution. I guess that would be a drawback if i wasnt already "selling" my items in my Storenvy shop.
That being said, once i scrape up some scrapey scratch cash, ill be ordering a few copies of a newly authored WtN DVD.
This edition will feature, new case artwork, MAYBE an insert, new disc art, and new features to the DVD menus and such. Sadly as far as i can tell, though, no changes will be made to teh film file itself. (at this time)

Sep 11, 2018

An update on the DVD printing situation

I looked into it (as i said i would) and the Amazon "media on demand" DOES still print discs and covers the same as CreateSpace used to. BUT they are in the process of transferring titles from all CreateSpace users to Amazon so it will take a while before i get to do anything, or even look at anything it seems.
Im still unsure if i want to go through Amazon's service but im not gonna knock it til i get a real look at it.
email i just got from Amazon explaining the situation

Sep 8, 2018

DVD publishing for indie filmmakers, suggestions?

I released the original Welcome to Normality DVD using CreateSpace's disc on demand printing services. They have recently moved their services over to Amazon's "Media on Demand" and now focus on book titles.
Hopefully this media on demand still works the same way, isn't pricey, and prints discs and case covers. I still have to look more into it, obviously, but if it turns out to be something i'm not up for, does anyone have any suggestions?
I know of a few other sites that MIGHT fit my needs, but its good to hear other peoples input from time to time.

Jun 19, 2018

'Death Brings Life' photo set now available on Patreon!

Testing out my camera, just havin fun. There IS a story behind it though, would you like to know more? Check it out on Patreon!

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Mar 3, 2018

Fun in the sun!

Couldn't think of a better title. ...sorry...

The weather was reasonable today so i got to do some work outside!

My wife and i put this bawse ass chicken coop together this morning before the post office opened, then we ran to deliver this months Patreon package.
When we got home i started to FINALLY work on Studio Oyashiro, pulled off those top boards just below the shingles cuz they were rotten and falling apart. Before i put up the shiny new boards i couldnt help but notice the massive amount of wasp nests...
I'll be setting up my apiary in between the studio and my tool shed rather than down the hill like i originally planned. Mainly cuz theres a water meter down there and i dont want some water company guy freaking out trying to sue me over emotional trauma or some crap.
Hopefully blocking up this little passage in the studio roof will result in a lower wasp count this year.

Jan 17, 2018

Good thing I already gave up on YouTube

All my videos were being yellow flagged anyway so i stopped monetizing a while ago... but this still stings. To think i was just about to upload a video sharing my excitement for getting 100 subs. Then i get an email telling me im nothing and nobody cares. Yep. Needed that today.

Dec 5, 2017

10% off T-Shirts!

T-Shirts sale December 5th and 6th only!
Use the code MERRY17 at checkout to get 10% off!

Dec 3, 2017

Things are changing around here!

I've been making changes and updates to my "brand". Here's a short list of things to expect.

>> No more monthly "visual logs". Subjects will now be covered as they happen, rather than waiting til the end of each month and scrambling to remember what i can tell you about.
>> No more "food time" or "doin things" shows. Though i will still be recording my foods and projects, they will now fall into the VLOG category along with most other topics like above.
>> Green. My favorite color is now my accent color. Expect to see more of it, less yellow.
>> Face revealed. Nobody commented on it, so i guess either nobody cares or it went unwatched, but in my latest scorpion video i showed my real face. Expect more of that.
>> Less "FUCK" words. I'm not going for a family friendly theme or anything, but i've got 4 kids who copy every thing i do, so good examples n all that.
>> Animals and homesteading. What i think sets me apart from other artists is that i don't shy away from the dirt or growing my own food. This is something im proud to share with you, whether its want to watch it or not.
>> No more "taking it seriously". My take it serious approach was to try and make it as a "YouTuber" and establish myself as a content creator. Since i started, things changed on the site making the whole effort... pointless.

My life is changing a whole lot lately. It's been scary. My family doubled in size over night, i moved to a new house/county/town all at once, and next monday i start at my new machinery job.
Since i was 16 i've had the same job and nothing else. I was recently offered a job making more than double what i've been making and accepted. It'll be 10hour days making great money compared to the 8hour less than minimum wage that im used to.
On top of all that, my wife and i will be raising chickens (both laying hens and meat hens) this coming spring, with plans to get beehives and goats shortly after. (for honey and milk) As far as plant-life foods, i will try my hand at growing potatoes, onions, bell peppers, pumpkins, and tomatoes.
For the sake of "branding", i would like to be the guy who makes cool animations and short films and comics and such... but i know i can offer so much more. I think with my setup as it has been may have been confusing for some people. Like hey theres that "mix-bag-timthescarecrow channel"!!!
So i figure, feck it! Lets embrace the mix bag! By taking out the episodic element to the food or project based videos, all videos just seem more natural and "in-the-flow" of things.
This does reduce them all to mere VLOGS, but who cares! Apparently thats what the YouTube community wants.
Since in my lifetime of collecting AdSense money i've made $0.06, there is no reason for me to push myself forward just to have most of my videos YellowFlagged anyway. I'll be figuring out a way to make my Patreon campaign more attractive in the coming weeks, assuming i survive the New Year.
Thoughts? Suggestions? Baking Twine?

Nov 20, 2017

My experience with sleep paralysis hallucinations...

>>A lot of what i'm about to say to a lot of the potential readers, is going to be old news.

If you've been following my journey from the beginning of all this way back in 2012ish you may remember i used to work the night shift at my job-place then come home and work on Welcome to Normality until i eventually fell asleep around 5 in the morning. This was my routine and it certainly had its negative effects on me like dizzy spells and constantly being "followed" by people in my peripheral vision.
For the sake of my health and being able to spend time with my wife and son i switched to the morning shift. This put me at work at 4am and able to be home with my family by 1pm. (and its a typical schedule i have still to this day)
Then the nightmares started. Working on WtN until i passed out from exhaustion prevented me from experiencing or remembering dreams, but when i started getting regular sleeping hours that all changed. Every single night (nearly) for the past 4 years i have had horrible nightmares, and things much worse than that, but i'll explain that in a moment...
Some nights they're simply "bad dreams" and i can forget them easily and dont even bother to bring them up, but most of the time it involves my children being taken from me in one way or another. If you dont have kids of your own, i hate to be that guy, but you REALLY dont know what its like to live with this fear. Most of the time in the nightmares, they scream and scream and i can still hear the screaming. The confusion and terror in my little babies cries makes me wish i would just die already.
On the worse nights i wake myself up. This is worse because when i finally fall back to sleep the torment will either continue where it left off or my bastard brain will think of some new torture.
Then came the twins.
What a wonderful first few months! I cant tell you how happy i was to be getting interrupted sleep, every 30 minutes it was either one or the other needing a bottle or diaper or something to keep me from dreaming. It sounds terrible that one of the "new parents" biggest complaints was my biggest relief, but its true. Well, now that they are over a year old they're starting to sleep through the night again.
Now comes the "things much worse" part.
Way back i posted somewhere (either here or deviantART) my experience i had as a child with "aliens". I, for the fuck of it, couldnt find this post, so to summarize... When i was a wee lad i would still sleep in the same bed as my mom, i woke up one night to two tall white figures with large black eyes standing at the foot of my bed. They weren't scary (at the time) and they reached out and took my hands. I then remember my mom holding me whilst i was crying saying the monsters had taken me. A few days or so later i was watching a hit tv show "Unsolved Mysteries" and instantly broke down crying when they discussed a case about an alien abduction and showed the dramatic reenactment aliens. I remember (and my mom remembers this, too) pointing out that those were the monsters who had taken me and that i had never seen anything about aliens before that moment.
Whats this got to do with nightmares?
About a year ago i found out about sleep paralysis hallucinations. Ive known about sleep paralysis for some time and have actually experienced it myself (more often than i had realized). Before finding out about the hallucinations, i had just thought it was some weird type of lucid dreaming that happened to everybody.
My examples being simple, i would wake up, try to move, realize i was still paralyzed, panic slightly and wait to regain control of my body. I honestly thought this was normal until last year when i found out that only 20 or 30% of people surveyed had had these experiences.
The people who hallucinate oddly seem to all see the same set of things. An old hag. Shadow men. Tall white figures with black eyes. Finding out about this started a wildfire of curiosity and weeks of further research on my part.
Ive found several theorists that seem to think its people being abducted by aliens and some of the memory is slipping through or, you know, general bat-shit.
But i have a theory of my own. I believe humans and the human brain try their damnedest to rationalize and make explanations for the unknown. I believe that "ALIENS" as pop culture depicts them is a byproduct of the human brain trying to put a face to sleep paralysis. Think about it, i was a kid who had never seen aliens before yet i could describe them exactly as the media would. So no, they werent aliens at first, just tall white figures with black spots, probably from a glare, eye floaters, or general distortion the imagination creates when you look into the dark. I think enough people saw these white figures in their sleep and decided it HAD TO BE real.
Anyway, conspiracy theory out of the way...
So i now blame nearly every unexplained encounter on my fucked up sleep paralysis hallucinations. The time when i was a kid was the ONLY time i had ever seen anything during my paralysis up until recently. While living in the apartments i awoke to find a glowing soft-orange disc above our bed, i managed to yell "FUCK" which woke up my wife and got the disc to go away.
And now... The bathroom door in the hallway, it is just a door, not a shadow man... until i fall asleep. I am fully aware he isnt real but still he watches me and he's been watching me for the past month and i feel like im losing my mind. I havent told my wife about it because i dont want her to worry but im making this post because i HAVE to say something to anyone willing to read this.
I've been trying to stay up late and i avoid going to bed, but my wife keeps falling asleep on the couch and insists we go to bed early where we both work the morning shift. I want to be mad at her for making me go to bed at a reasonable time, but that makes me feel like a piece of shit because she isnt really doing anything wrong. She doesnt know about the man in the hallway and i dont want her to, but i still resent her for it.
The fuck is wrong with me?

Nov 15, 2017

Weekly Video Roundup 111517

Wife's Chili

Dutch Apple Pie

Django Under a Black Light

Really need to catch up on some work, also got a few things i want to "talk about" on here. I'll be back.