A few days ago, my dear friend, Mica Kole, sent me two pieces of great news:
One was that her short story had won second place in the Sapiens Plurum contest.
The other was that her boyfriend had proposed to her, and she'd enthusiastically said "yes" - by throwing him in the lake and then jumping in after him.
As the icing on the cake, all this happened just in time for her birthday. And what better way to celebrate her birthday, her engagement, and her literary victory than with a piece of fan art that includes an in-joke from her proposal story?
To my delight, she enjoyed the picture, and gave me permission to share her birthday gift and her great news with my readers.
Here's a version without the dialogue, in case you prefer that:
It's about a man whose inability to make basic day-to-day decisions wreaks havoc on his personal life, until he buys a flying robot named Tempest to make those decisions for him. The robot's good at her job, but even she can't do everything for him. Eventually, he's going to face choices that he has to make on his own.
How much of this picture is based on the story and how much is based on the proposal, I won't say right now, because SPOILERS. Just go read the story. Go do it. Shoo.
And if you want to get early access to stories like that, as well as useful writing tips, don't forget to support Mica on Patreon!
Speaking of supporting people and getting cool rewards...
If you'd like to get early access to art like this, and exclusive access to works in progress, please consider supporting me on Patreon.
If you want me to draw something for you, you can see my commission prices and policies here.
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