5 Quotes Live By in 2018 from Your Favorite Space-Time Heroines

This may not be your personal experience, but for a lot of people, 2017 was a brutal year in some way or another. I don’t feel like going into specifics — why bother with the past in a post about the present? — but I do want to share my hopes for the year with you, and I’ve been considering how to do so for a week. To me, it’s incredibly important to start the year off right, and so instead of wrapping up my personal goals into a tiny list all about me, I’ve decided that the best way to sum up my hopes for 2018 is to share some of the things I’ll be using to inspire myself to achieve them.

Science fiction has always kind of been my escape, but as I’ve grown older, it’s become oddly realistic to me in a way. The characters and voices behind these out-of-this-world stories are often where I find inspiration in trying times, and these are the 5 quotes I keep coming back to when I think about my goals.

“Believing takes practice.”

Madeleine L’Engle, A Wrinkle in Time

Sometimes it’s hard to get your head out of a dark place when faced with a challenge, even on the smallest scale. Resolving that you’ll fail and not trying at all is easy, but believing that you can accomplish what you set out to do takes work. This quote helps remind me that sometimes, the first challenge I need to face is my own self-doubt. Also, I’d like to take this opportunity to remind you that the movie adaptation of this book is just on the horizon!

“Stay afraid, but do it anyway. What’s important is the action. You don’t have to wait to be confident. Just do it and eventually the confidence will follow.”

Carrie Fisher

I spent a good deal of last year mourning the loss of Carrie Fisher, and seeing her as a beacon of hope in The Last Jedi — even in the face of failure — felt like closure on some level. On days when I feel like I can’t accomplish anything, I think about this now extremely-famous quote by Carrie, and it helps me get up and try things that I’m uncertain of.

“You don’t just give up. You don’t just let things happen. You make a stand! You say no! You have the guts to do what’s right, even when everyone else just runs away.”

Rose Tyler, Doctor Who

There is no better time than now to begin standing up for what is right. The first “Rose Quote” on this list is a great reminder to speak up when we see injustice; to take care of each other when aggressors seek to do us harm. That’s how we’ll survive and progress as a species. Which leads me to the second “Rose Quote” on this list …

“We’re going to win this war, not by fighting what we hate, but saving what we love.”

Rose Tico, Star Wars: The Last Jedi

Rose was easily my breakout favorite new character in The Last Jedi, and for good reason. She embodied what it meant to be genuine and earnest, to believe in a brighter future and to fight with the right intentions.

“The beginning is always today.”

Mary Shelley

Going back to my struggle to produce creative work in a consistent manner last year, this is yet another quote that explains why the present is always the best time to start something.

I hope these help you stay focused, and that you achieve everything you want in 2018. Happy New Year!

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Celebrating Rey Day

It’s extremely hard to keep up with internet holidays, even when most of your career has been focused on the ever-changing ways of social media. The entire concept of #ReyDay kind of fell into my lap abruptly, and so I’ve decided to type up this equally abrupt blog post in response.

People love Rey for a lot of reasons. She has a kind heart, she will help others in need without question, and she is strong in the face of people who are conventionally much more powerful. For kids, like my nieces, Rey is exactly what Luke was for kids growing up on the original series — and I think that this ties directly to the way I feel about Rey.

When I see commercials featuring little girls wielding what is widely known as the “Hero Saber” (or the Skywalker Saber, or, for a select passionate few, the Graflex), I flash back to the days when I did the exact same thing. For me, Rey is all of those playtime hours brought to life on the big screen. She may not have the same (weird, poorly concocted but fun all the same) backstories as the characters my friends and I imagined as we chased each other through our apartment complex, but Rey feels like some kind of official stamp of approval in regards to those wild ideas. While little kids don’t need any kind of justification to imagine their way into epic sci-fi sagas, Rey is the nod from Star Wars itself that says, “you can be the hero no matter who you are.”

This #ReyDay, I’m hoping that we continue to see heroes like Rey, Finn, Poe, and Rose in our media, from blockbuster franchises to television and beyond. I’m ecstatic to see how far entertainment has come in just the last few years when it comes to opening up the playing field for all sorts of people to take the lead.

So with a nod and high hopes for our heroine (as she continues what looks like a rocky journey in The Last Jedi), I hope everyone gets their triple-buns tied up and enjoys Rey Day 2017. Here are all of the Rey-centric Forces of Destiny shorts from Season 1 to get you started:

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Remember how I promised I’d be doing a Halloween comic? I’m trying to hold myself to deadlines, so as part of that effort, here’s an official preview for my upcoming one-shot comic, The Afterparty. This comic came about while I was researching for a different story and came across a very interesting tale straight from Chilote mythology. A lot of my efforts this season have been about familiarizing with my Chilean heritage, and doing so through stories is one way that I feel I can “connect” best. Something that stands out about Chilote (and Mapuche) mythology is how the people who believed in it viewed Death and the afterlife, so without giving away too much, this story has to do a lot with overcoming the fear of the end.

Anyway, onto the preview! These pages are mostly finished, though they need a little pilishing up here and there. I plan on this being a longer one-shot comic, and I’m even working on a soundtrack for it that will hopefully sync up to provide even more impactful reading. Thanks for checking it out!

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On learning how to make Comics, and where mine are going in October/November

I make comics now! That’s a thing I do!

In no official capacity, I’ve decided to start putting my stories to paper (or pixel, as it were) in the form of comics and short stories. Treasure in the Core has been a progressive learning experience, and within my time working on the comic over the past couple of months, I’ve been developing more stories to tell within the medium. I am by no means perfect, but with a milestone birthday on the horizon, I decided that the only thing keeping me from doing these things was my own self-doubt and impostor syndrome.

With all of that in mind, readers of Treasure in the Core have been excessively patient with me as the comic published on LINE Webtoon. I have no plans to ever make it a comic that you’ll need to pay to read, and while I think the ‘free’ aspect might be part of what’s letting my delayed uploads slide with my readers, I want to work hard to develop the story to a point where I can publish consistently and with the best possible quality my sadly very mortal talent allows. Both my writing and artistic capabilities are still developing, and I’m thankful for everyone who has supported and provided feedback on my first big outing into the world of publishing my creative work.

That means that Treasure in the Core will be going on temporary hiatus until November 1st, so that I can focus on developing concepts, characters and storylines, while getting scripts and other work knocked out ahead of time. Having this prep time is going to help me finesse the way I publish this comic, but more than anything, it’s going to give me time to get used to drawing these characters and settings efficiently.

Concept Art for Halloween Story – ohcatrina

Along the way, I’ll be sharing concepts, developed bios, and more info on the official Treasure in the Core site — so make sure to check back there often for short stories, character deep-dives and bits of lore that I hope will compliment what I have planned for the comic’s rather motley little cast.

With Treasure off the air, I plan on releasing a one-shot comic to celebrate all things Halloween on October 23rd. While he subject itself isn’t directly Halloween-themed, it does have to do with ghosts and monsters — but what’s most exciting about it is that I’ll be drawing from my Chilean roots to tell this story, which revolves around a haunting sailor’s tale of redemption and a never-ending, seabound party. I am really, really excited for this one!

Finally, I want to thank everyone who has given my work a chance this year. Rebuilding after last year’s gigantic creative slump has been a lot of work, but every time I see another read on Treasure, I remind myself that people are giving me an opportunity to tell the world these stories that I keep to myself. It might not be that deep to some people, but to me, it is motivation and reinforcement that writing compelling and weird stories is exactly what I want to do for the rest of my life. Thank you!

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OC-tober Day One: Aiden, the Protagonist

I’m making things again! Or, trying to.

It’s been quiet around these parts of the site recently, and in an effort to change that, I’m taking on different prompts and challenges all month to get the old gears turning inside of my head and keep my grubby paws occupied.

SO! Along with Treasure in the Core, I’ll also be doing my best to keep up with OC-tober, with a list concieved by Moosop on Twitter. While the challenge is more geared toward this month’s INKtober challenge for artists, I’m using this list to broaden my output with not only doodles of my characters, but short stories and comics as well.

Today, I bring you Aiden, my first LGBTQ+ character that I made when I was first figuring myself out, and a “Protagonist” of sorts to suit the day’s theme. Aiden had quite a lot to learn about his personal potential, but what he knew for sure was that he’d always be around for his friends and those close to him, even when fate put him to the test. <3 Aiden practiced light magic (if I remember correctly) in a techno-urban plotline concieved by a few friends of mine. Anyway:

I’ll be updating every Sunday until November with a round-up of all the things I create for this, but stay tuned for more updates as soon as they come! I’m going to try and do this daily, but life happens and I might have to catch up on Fridays. :x


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