Wow, to be honest, I haven't really felt connected to the Newgrounds community in years. I started posting on a whim in 2008, not an animator, more of a side artist specifically for my writing. I don't consider myself an animator, I consider myself a writer, an author. That's what I do, that's what I'm good at. Writing prose and full on stories. But above all else, I'm a creative type and I like to dabble in things and improve. I started to teach myself animation because I simply just wanted to add another dimension/medium to my books. Like most, I started off really bad but it was a great learning experience. The first 4 episodes I posted on Newgrounds from 2008 to 2011 were an amazing learning experience. I wouldn't be where I am now if it weren't for them.
Of course, I still have a lot to improve with, but honestly, for the first time I feel remotely confident in the product I've put out. It's still a bit weird for me, converting a prose based story to script/episodic. But the flow and pacing will get better as it goes along. Episode 1 was a good way for me to break through the doubt that I had, wondering if I could do this. Life's been rather shit the past 6 months, it was very hard to find time to do any real work, so a lot of it was done after my 9-5 and before bed. I'm just happy it's done and out now. It was a bit too character focused, included too many, but half of them won't be showing up again for a while and were really only there for foreshadowing/to put questions to the world in a way. The next few episodes are more focused and the character development is more balanced with action. Writing a book is simple, since you can have a chapter be more focused on character development, but you can read the next one right away, so it really doesn't hurt anything. With animation, there's going to be a wait time, and I didn't really take that into account with Episode 1. But what's done is done, and overall I am extremely happy with how it turned out, knowing exactly what to improve for the next episode.
Episode 1 being featured on Newgrounds is amazing and I honestly don't feel it deserves it, but I am so thankful and honored that it has been. The reception of support that was given with its release has been overwhelming and really put back my drive and focus.
Episode 2 is already being worked on. Episode 2 Early Preview
I'm aiming for a November release. Episode 1 took 6 months to produce, mainly because I had so much going on and so little time to work on it. But towards the end of it, I found a much more comfortable and efficient way of animating. That's going to help further episodes come out faster.
Again, thank you all for the support and even the tips on what to improve for the next episode.