“There’s no telling how much longer your world and mine will remain in contact.”

A long-awaited (by nobody) update to this mostly ignored blog. Hah! Thought it was dead, didn’t you? Not a chance. The domain and hosting expire in April 2022, so we’ll still be around. Also, I intend to keep it going. So nope, this blog won’t die, just yet. But what’s the point of a blog that isn’t frequently updated? I’ll tell you.

It lets me know how much time I’ve spent doing other things instead of updating my blog. Previously, I had plenty of things to fill these pages with. An update a day because I had so many things to talk about. As time went on, I found myself spending time on things other than writing because writing for fun isn’t that enjoyable when you do it for a living. To me, at least.

I can pinpoint my blogging habits according to the amount of writing I had to do for work over the past few years of my life. I wrote a lot more when I didn’t have to write much for work. I guess my body has a limited word output capacity. Also, it’s a mental thing. I’m sure I could keep on writing if I wanted, it’s just that I choose to spend my energy on other things instead.

Like Animal Bus. In case you weren’t aware, one year and eight months after the comic launched, I have completed it, and I couldn’t be happier. This means I get to work on other projects without feeling guilty (self-imposed, mind you). Nobody was making me feel bad other than myself and now I don’t have to anymore. While it’s not the best comic I have ever done, it is the first full-length I have completed and it was a great learning experience.

The art and story are terrible, I had the chance to make changes to them and I didn’t. Why? My goal for the comic was to mess around with my Wacom tablet and experiment with the graphic novel format. It was never intended to be my magnum opus (on a side note, do people ever know that what they are doing is going to be their masterpiece?) but a chance for me to prove to myself that I was capable of working on larger scope projects and seeing them through to the end.

What did I learn? Making long-form comics as a hobby is not easy. You need a lot of motivation to push yourself to keep going, especially if you’re working solo. In a team, you can be held accountable. If you’re being paid, you’re expected to deliver. When you’re doing something this ambitious for fun, you’ve got nobody to blame but yourself. If you don’t feel like working, nobody can call you out. You’re just doing this for fun! It took a lot of willpower and faux discipline for me to complete all 50 chapters.

Things that appear simple aren’t so simple. There’s a reason major, scheduled comics have teams working on them. You have a writer, artist, inker, colorist, and letterer. It’s not so easy doing everything by yourself. For someone with no experience in laying out comics, I had to fall back on making simple layouts (4 panels per page, somewhat equal sizes). Speech bubbles were another thing to consider – where should they be? How much text should I put inside each one? What’s the reading order? Does it look good visually? What about the text? When should I break sentences up? There’s a lot I had to learn during the execution of Animal Bus.

Unless they were written with the intention of being comics from the beginning, stories are hard to translate into interesting comic panels. The original draft for Animal Bus had tons of monologue, character thoughts, and other non-visual elements. Because I originally didn’t have plans to turn it into a comic, I had to make a lot of changes while drawing it. This ‘translation’ process took up a huge chunk of my time. I had to be clever when deciding what to cut out, include or change.

If you’ve read the comic from the start, you would know that I initially wanted to color the whole thing. I mean, it’s just line drawings – I could use the paint bucket to color everything right? Maybe if I was more careful with my drawings, that would have been possible, but I had to use the brush to manually paint them, and that took up so much time. A few chapters in, I decided that it wasn’t worth it and skipped coloring altogether.

In any case, it was probably too ambitious of a project for me to tackle as my first comic but if I didn’t complete it, I wouldn’t have been able to tell you this. That being said, when I do go back into making comics, I’m definitely going to work on a smaller scale. There’s no need to bite off more than I can chew. It won’t be anytime soon though – I’m done making comics, for now. I might still doodle stuff here and there (find me on Instagram) but I’m going to spend more time on music, dive back into game development stuff and maybe experiment with video essays (I’ve gotten very interested in them recently and am curious if I have the chops to pull one off). I also recently got back into Dark Souls, so that’s a good time sink.

Hope everyone is staying safe from COVID-19. The world kinda sucks right now. Take care.

Portfolio Launch

Did you know that writers have portfolios too? A few weeks ago, I didn’t. Crazy, huh? I thought portfolios were only reserved for artists and designers until I started seeing a lot of job descriptions requesting them. It made me do a Google search to find out there was such a thing as a writing portfolio. If you didn’t know too, you do now!

Since I don’t have a job yet, I figured that now would be the right time to create a portfolio so I can easily share it with any potential employers. Better late than never! Feel free to check it out – it’s open to the public. I’d love any feedback or suggestions on how I can improve it.

Coming Soon

Announcing your projects is a good way to hold yourself accountable, right? At least that’s what I thought. I announced Animal Bus a while ago and I haven’t made any significant progress since then. Chalk it down to laziness. I’ve got no excuses and I’ve only got myself to blame. Then again, nobody has seen what I’ve done so far, so it’s not like people are asking for me to publish it.

Nanowrimo is just around the corner and I’ve decided that instead of participating this year, I’ll be working on Animal Bus instead. Yes. For the month of November, I’ll be committing myself to draw at least a page a day (according to NaGraNoWriMo – National Graphic Novel Writing Month, which was supposed to be in October, the goal is to write a 48-page comic script in a month). While I probably won’t be able to finish the comic within a month, at least I’ll have sufficient content for people to read. And if people are actually enjoying it, that will hopefully push me to finish the comic in the following months. If people don’t – I’ll still finish it anyway, it’s just something I want to get out there. So, look out for Animal Bus this December. I’ll update my blog when it goes live!

If you’ve been following my Instagram, I’ve been having fun participating in Inktober, so the momentum should carry through. Perfect timing.

A Slight Update

In case you’re wondering why I have a new layout – my blog was recently hacked/hijacked (not sure by who, or how – but some fuckers injected some code to redirect visitors to other sites. I’m not sure when it happened – but I think it’s probably due to some security issues and me using an old-ass outdated theme. I may or may not have fixed the problem – if you receive any warnings or get redirected please let me know.

I spent a few hours today trying to locate the injected redirection code but thought it was more trouble than it’s worth – in the end I decided to just replace all the recently modified files with the default files from a fresh installation of wordpress. The security plugins on my blog are still detecting issues, so this weekend I’ll work on doing a full wipe and reset of this blog to make sure this place is free of any shenanigans. Don’t expect any new updates until I get the problem fixed. Hopefully it will be a walk in the park.

blorgy.net 3.0

Some of you might have noticed that my blog has a new look now (it’s only obvious if you’re browsing on your desktop). Since I launched blorgy.net way back in 2007, I’ve only been through two revisions. The other day I was just thinking about changing up my site a bit since I had some funky keycaps which I could use to recreate my original logo and I just continued working on the site from there.


blorgy.net 1.0

I compressed the archives and categories section in the sidebar since I don’t think people use them too much, and they were getting a little too long for my liking (I can’t believe I’ve actually managed to keep this blog running for over ten years!). I added some social media buttons, removed dead links, and reduced the number of posts on the front page. I also added ‘related posts’ at the bottom of each post since I’ve got a wealth of posts to link to now (I’ve written over 700 posts to date). Hopefully it doesn’t link too many cringey posts.


blorgy.net 2.0

Overall, they aren’t huge changes, but I think the site looks a lot better now. Also, the color scheme is based on the Vortex Core keyboard (the keys in the logo are from the keyboard). I’m a big fan of its retro color scheme. The font used is Bryant Regular, which is similar to Gorton Modified (couldn’t find the font for that) – the font used on the legends of SA keycaps. Not sure if I managed to change all the elements of my site properly, but based on my initial checking, it seems fine. Let me know if I missed anything.

Prior to this, I hadn’t touched CSS or HTML in a long time. I had to do tons of Googling for simple things like changing the background color. It’s crazy how much I didn’t know or remember! Anyway, it was a fun experience and I’ll probably make additional tweaks over the coming weeks if I think of anything else.

Hiatus: November 2017

As some of you will know, I’m participating in Nanowrimo this year, so until the end of the month I will put my blog on hold as I don’t believe I’ll have the capacity to write my novel (I need to churn out about 1.7k words a day!) and update this blog at the same time. On the bright side, I have about 10 years worth of archives to go through if you want to read my work (haha). I may post something here every now and then, but it’ll likely be unsubstantial. For all those of you who are doing this year’s Nanowrimo, all the best! And if you’re thinking about it, go ahead! Make sure you sign up at the Nanowrimo website and feel free to add me as a writing buddy. I’ll also be posting my daily word count to Instagram. Here’s to a fruitful November!

Gig #110: Karnival Open Mic Malaysia

Played two sets earlier this week that I didn’t have time to share about on my blog – PLOY’s Monday open mic night and KL Journal Open Mic last week, which makes my next scheduled appearance number 110.

Karnival Open Mic Malaysia | Event Page
Venue: La Frontera @ Jaya One
Date: 28/10/17-29/10/17

It’s going to be a two day long event with 42 acts – sign ups are still open if anybody is interested, just get in touch with them if you’re interested in playing.

I’ll be playing on the first day (28th October) some time in between 1-4pm. Drop by for some music and beer <3

Completed: Renewal of blorgy.net for 1 years/Gig #103

Is it so hard to remove the s at the end of years if the preceding number is 1? Why not just make it year(s), that way you don’t even have to change anything?

Man, this blog is almost 10 years old now. I’ve spent a third of my life writing on it. 10 more years to go before I die a triumphant death. Can’t wait. I wonder if anybody will bother to help me keep it running. I guess I could pay my hosting fees for a hundred more years before I die. Maybe blogs won’t even exist in the future anymore. Everything would be VR and shit. This site would be a relic of the past.

Like paper. Not really. People still read physical books. And magazines. And newspapers. Maybe only hipsters will read my blog next time.

Anyway, it’s that time of the job again – where I get super busy right before a sale. This time even more so because Jakarta 2017 is gonna be bigger than before. I’ve cut down my dota time to once a week. I haven’t even been able to keep up with all the DAC matches. But OG has been kicking ass, so I’m rooting for them to win the whole thing.

Tomorrow I may be playing my 103rd gig. Not confirmed because I don’t know what time I’ll get off work – but if I am able to make it on time, you’ll be able to catch me at:

Open Mic de la Frontera #29 | Event Page

April 4 2017
8 PM – 11 PM
Frontera Sol Of Mexico, Jaya One

Lineup:

Open Mic de la Frontera happens every Tuesday night! #OpenMicMY

#1 Sarah Daniella
#2 Ian Tai
#3 Arisha Akhir
#4 Jojoe
#5 Shavkat
#6 Darryl Thomas
#7 Cikicikiboomboom a.k.a Harissa Halim
#8 2storeyheart (maybe, maybe not, but definitely maybe)

See you if I see you!

Gig #99: BIG open mic ft. Tim Lim

I’m performing tonight in a few hours – come hang out at the coolest bar in KL for some drinks and great live music! <3

BIG open mic ft. Tim Lim | Event Page
30 June, 2016 (today) at 9:30 PM – midnight
Barlai (The BIG Group)
3, Jalan Sin Chew Kee, Bukit Bintang, 50150 Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

Barlai (The BIG Group) runs the BIG open mic every Thursday! Sign up by posting below or emailing me at shaneil.devaser@me.com #bignightout 😉

9.30pm Shaneil Devaser
9.45pm Grace Pang
10.00pm George Wong
10.15pm Rashid Mohd. Nor
10.30pm Aishah Badri
10.45pm Sia Nicholas
11.00pm Timothy Lim

#OpenMicMY

Gig #98: Coffee + Chords #9

Short update to share about my gig tomorrow – come hang out, drink coffee and enjoy great music!

cc9

Coffee + Chords #9 | Event Page
Saturday, May 21st, 2016
2.30 PM – 8 PM
Grind 22
No. 22, Lorong Maarof, 59000 Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

We’re back at the very awesome Grind 22! This week’s showcase revolves around:

Shaneil Devaser of The Endleaves
Brendan de Cruz
Hilmy Amim
Sia Nicholas
Fikri Hisham
Razak A’ai
Armand Tanzarian
2storeyheart
Amr Mohsen
The Propositions featuring Ian Tai

If you enjoy the music, leave us a tip!