Hi everyone! Welcome to the first Snippets post.

If you're reading this, it means this blog finally made it off the ground. Phew!

This series of posts will be less me yapping about what shiny thing I'm into right now, and more about the art and process. Snapshots of what's going on around my desk, development progress, that sort of stuff! I'm hoping to keep the writing here looser and not edit as much. Just like in my physical notes.

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So, let's start with this site.

🌐 Three reasons for this blog

Look, it's simple. Here's some art.

––And that's it! It's not being pitted against Steven's lunch, somebody's fun dance session or a fight that broke out two lines below it.

Blissful peace.

Stuff we make ≠ disposable

Something I feel storyboarding and social media have in common is that they're both not suited for closure. No production ever stops boarding on a film because the artists decide, "Hey, it's good enough now!" To find the best version of a movie, we discard and replace our work at the drop of a hat and are always on the lookout for a clearer, more efficient, different solution, until the last second.

But to spend eight (plus? 🤷🏻‍♀️) hours every day doing that only to then throw more art into the algorithm quicksand in the evening... forget "you're only as good as your last performance", it's "you're only as good as your next performance" these days.

So when does the part where we go "yup, it's finished and it's the best I can do, good job me, you're done, mind empty—!" come?

Maybe it's just not built into this career – not by design anyway.

Maintaining a site takes time. Writing more than 280 characters means I have to think about the point of opening my mouth. It's all kind of a pain in the butt. But it keeps me slow, and intentional. And appreciative!

All that sounds good right now.

Coding is fun!

Before falling in love with deviantART in middle school, I'd spent years tinkering with websites. Think Neopets, except they were witch schools or trading card communities where webmasters designed the whole experience.

With just a few lines of code, anything is possible! Just thinking about it gets me excited. It's only a blog right now, but here I am, up in the wee hours of the night, having fun tinkering away again.

🦉 Why "Peek-a-Tale"?

Besides the cheap wordplay, it also kinda sounds like a certain electric mouse. Drawing it in this one specific jumping pose was my cherished party trick as a kid, and it makes me happy to think about where things led after that.

And well, the title just sounds so silly, I hope it'll remind me to chill out and be myself here.

That's all for today! See you next time!