Tuesday, January 5, 2021

Save Him! - short story published


 

 

After years and years (and years and years) of struggling to get my act together and self-publish a comic book series or two, I decided to switch gears and write a short story series. I have just published the first story of the Knights Of Sun And Star series to the Kindle! https://www.amazon.com/dp/B08S23NXZZ

 This is a contemporary fantasy series that draws inspiration from the comics I wanted to write, Thai BL dramas, and some of my favorite authors. This story serves as an introduction to one of the main characters, Pete, and is told from his point of view. The second story is in the works, focusing on the second main character, Arthit. This story will be told in the third person. I've got the next few stories mapped out, and my goal is to release at least one per month.

 If you read my story, I'd like to know what you think. What did you like? What didn't you like? 

The cover for this story was created by me as well, using two photographs that I took and a stock image. I was trying to achieve a dream-like piece since dreaming is an element in the story.

Thanks, and have a Groovy Week! 

Thursday, December 31, 2020

Happy New Year!

I apologize for for not posting in so long. While I will plead seasonal depression and just flat out being busy, that's an excuse and not a reason. I'll work on doing better!

 I want to wish all of you a Happy New Year! Here's hoping that 2021 is a better year!

 Also, don't forget to check out my remix of Ernest Kohl's song "Happy New Year". Amazon is one the places you can find it, but it's also on iTunes and Spotify, and I think there's a semi-racy video on YouTube. Click "Happy New Year" to check it out on Amazon. 


Take Care! See you in 2021!



Sunday, October 18, 2020

Keep Fighting!

Last couple of weeks haven't been great. Ugh! I totally fell down on walking regularly, but changed that this morning. I walked! It was nice outside! Cool, but not so cool that I didn't get hot and sweaty.

 

I saw my therapist last week, and I'm a firm believer in therapy. If you have major depression / anxiety / ptsd issues like I do, talk therapy can be a big help. It's only part of the puzzle that you need to figure out to manage your mental wellness. We're all different. Anyway, my therapist and I were discussing long-term and short-term goals. I'm not ready to discuss long-term goals as I haven't made a real decision, but for the short term, I want to 1) write more 2) create more art (both comics and fine / graphic art), and 3) box up a lot of the crap in my room and either get rid of it or take it to storage. Work is in progress.

 

I did create a new piece yesterday, as well as post an older piece as products on Etsy. Both designs (shirt link below each one) is available as a t-shirt, socks, and mask. 


 

https://www.etsy.com/listing/874627420/abstract-study-11252014-unisex-aop-cut


 

https://www.etsy.com/listing/888567781/fighting-orange-and-blue-unisex-aop-cut  

 

I recently read the 2Gether The Series novels. Hooray for translations! They were pretty good. My biggest complaint is about the scene transitions. Most authors hit the return key a couple of times to create a little space, so you know you're in a different scene or location. Not the case here. It was confusing a few times, and I don't know if it's a cultural difference or just because the books were likely published online first or what. I still enjoyed reading them, and they added more to the story than just watching the tv show.

That's all I have for you today. Take Care and have a Great Week!

Tuesday, October 13, 2020

It's October the 13th!

So, it's the 13th.... I didn't really walk last week. It was one thing after another and before I knew, the day was over, the week was over. >sigh< It doesn't help that on top of it, I was so stressed from some of the news (and what it could mean for me) that I bought donuts. I love donuts, and the treat will be okay, but it didn't help with the weight loss goal. Still, they were yummy! I got the Haloween box from Krispy Kreme! Yay!

 


And speaking of Halloween, I got the shark costume I ordered (inspired by Man from 2Gether The Series). It fits too, which I was wary of since it was coming from China. No offense meant, China, but the sizes usually run smaller there and I'm a big dude. Don't know that I'll get to wear the costume for anything other than photos, but... it's fun and I'm happy with it!

 



A new laundromat is open near me. Yay! It's a mile away. I love how new and clean it is, and the machines are fast and efficient. Friendly staff as well.


 

Today I tried Wing Stop, as a new one had opened up near me not too long ago. The boneless wings are good. I got the BBQ and Hawaiian varieties. Yum! I'll order from them again.

 


I'm still obsessively watching Thai BL dramas! I'm currently watching Kiss Me Again, which is mixed gay/straight. I've watched Kiss (straight) and Dark Blue Kiss (gay) which are in this series as well. Both Pete and Kao are hot, and I like their story. However, Mork was my favourite. I'm glad that he and Sun ended up together. I've also been watching I'm Tee Me Too, and I'm waiting for season 2 of TharnType.

Not much else to report at this writing. Take care and have a Groovy Week!

Wednesday, September 30, 2020

Wednesday walk

I had a good walk this morning! Woo hoo!



 

It was pleasant and cool out. It actually felt like Fall, which is unusual for FL. I even walked a little longer than I normally do. Yay!

 If you want to lose weight, reduce stress, manage depression, etc... try walking. No, it can't cure everything - especially with depression issues. But, it can be part of what helps. If you can manage, it's recommended to walk 3 times a week for 30 minutes. Amount of time walking is more important than how far you walk. (I remember a physical therapist telling Dad that years ago after his heart attack.) If you can't do 3 times, do 1 or 2. Can't do 30 minutes, try 20 or 10. Anything to get going. Walk in place in front of you tv if you have to. And, if it's really not for you, maybe for medical reasons or maybe you have other preferences, try to do something to get moving.

Sunday, September 27, 2020

The Journey Continues...

My weight loss journey continues. My weight really hasn't changed, but I still feel like I made progress this week. First, I did the walking-to-lose-weight thing 10 years ago. It took 5-6 weeks before pounds started to drop off, and my eating wasn't very good then. I still managed to lose 20+ pounds in 4-ish months.

I feel I made progress because I did manage to walk this week, and this morning I got out in the yard and did some work. The work (weeding, cutting back) is over-whelming, but if I can get out in the yard at least once a week I can tame it some and work off some weight. Of course, right now, I'm wiped out from it!

 


I got my 2Gether The Series t-shirt at last! It actually arrived a couple of weeks ago. That first shirt, when it came out of the first wash looked like I had had it for a decade! I contacted RedBubble customer service (via email, on a weekend) and within an hour they had emailed back that a new shirt is on the way and that I can  donate the bad one. I've had this happen once before, many years ago. Sometimes the printing on a dark shirt just doesn't take like it should. I was happy that the problem was solved so easily, and will be happy to buy from RedBubble again. 

You can view my RedBubble shop here: https://www.redbubble.com/people/korokstudios/shop?asc=u&ref=account-nav-dropdown  (warning: there is beefcake photography as well as cartoon and abstract art)

 



I finished watching Theory Of Love the other night. Our upstairs AC is acting wonky, so Mom was downstairs with me. She got into it, and was even in tears during some scenes. Who knew that my 79 year old mother would like Thai BL dramas. 😁😁

Last night I started watching Why R U? Not bad so far. I've also been watching I'm Tee Me Too.

Not a lot else to report. Just been working. I need to change of my work habits. I've been doing the same old thing and expecting the same old results, but that's not been happening. It's past time to work on that. I have projects I want to work on, and I need to devote more time and energy to them than to what's not working as well anymore.

Oh, one last thing. I'm in FL. Our Governor has decided to lift all Covid restrictions. Ugh! I know that cases have gone down some, and like everyone, I long for this to be over. But just because the numbers dipped, doesn't mean it's over. I think end of the year is the earliest restrictions should be lifted. We want to make sure this disease is done with, and also have a viable vaccine and/or treatment in place before we lift restrictions. I'll still be careful and wear my mask when I do go out.

Take Care everyone! Have a great week!

Monday, September 21, 2020

The September 21st Update

Sorry that it's been a couple of weeks. 

 This Monday and last Monday, I took Dad to the skin doctor. They removed a skin cancer on his face (last week) and left arm (this week). He can drive himself home after these, but I feel that at 84, he might like to be driven home. It's long and boring because they cut, check to see if they got it all, cut again, and once they have it all, they sew him up and send him home. The time is mainly eaten up while they test what they've cut.

Nothing going on with my weight loss journey. My weight has stayed the same. I've walked back my curfew for evening snacks, though I do find myself munching on trail mix some nights. I no longer have any full-sized Cokes in the house! Yay! I did buy a six-pack of mini cans for Coke Life. Not as good as regular Coke, but fewer calories. I'm not quite ready to give up the Cokes, but hoping to go from every other day to every third day. I have been drinking Sparkling Ice water in place of sodas. Of the seltzer waters I've tried, it's the best one. It actually has flavor! I haven't walked like I should, so I need to work on that.

 I'm still obsessed with the Thai BL dramas! Watched 2Gether and Still 2Gether. Both were amazing! Man (one of the support characters) was my favourite from this! I've also watched TharnType, and am currently watching it's parent series Love By Chance. TharnType was good, but a little dark/twisted in places. It even hit on some of my emotional baggage, but I recognized it and the trigger didn't get to me much. Maybe that baggage has been unpacked and put away. Now, Love By Chance has been good. I find the main love story to be very sweet. Part of the appeal of these series for me, which is similar to the appeal of Archie Comics, is nostalgia for an experience I never had. My love life has never been very good (some of it my fault and some of it chance), and my longest relationship wound up being not what it should have been. But, one never knows. I'm only 51... not dead yet!


I really did find Man from 2Gether to be an ideal.... not just what the actor looks like, but who the character was. He does look adorable in the shark costume though!



I have some new products available in my Etsy store - facemasks and boxer briefs! Check out the designs, with more coming, at https://www.etsy.com/shop/korokstudios



I'm afraid that's all I have for you right now. Take Care! Have a Groovy Week!