Yahoo! Great news on the writing front! Ann Hite, a writing group friend and undeniably one of the most gifted authors in the publishing world, told me today that she has been nominated for 2012 Georgia Writer of the Year. How cool is that? GO ANN!
While far from elevating me to award status on any front, my blog stats show an amazing trend. Most of the random hits I receive are from searches related to iClone. A few days ago, while Googling for information about a Reallusion plugin for 3DS Max, I discovered why. This blog ranks very high in search returns, especially with certain keywords. I was astonished to see “Meet Finn” landing fifth in the returns for one search, and “Dem Bones” fifth in the returns for another. Omigosh! This is incredible. . .and a little humbling. People I don’t know are actually finding and reading this blog. So I’m more inspired than ever to keep cranking out the posts, and trusting my subscribers to sort the ones that interest them from the ones that don’t.
For people who find me via iClone search, I want to make it absolutely clear that I DO NOT consider myself an “expert” when it comes to 3D animation or content creation. In fact, that idea is the polar opposite of the one that prompted me to start this blog. I’m teaching myself a hobby that interests me and airing all my goofy beginner mistakes in hopes that A) they will entertain and amuse, and B) they will give others beginners hope, because if a technophobe like me can learn this stuff, surely they can, too.
3DS Max continues to astound me. It’s a scary-powerful tool. Just tonight I learned about the “pelt” UV unwrap feature. It blew my mind. Yes, techies, go ahead and laugh. Doesn’t hurt my feelings one bit. Do I feel like an idiot for not knowing about pelt mapping before now? Uhh. . .nope. I’ve only owned 3DS Max since December. From just the bit of surface I’ve scratched so far, I’m becoming convinced that there’s no way one person can be completely proficient with all of its aspects anyway. It simply does too much.
So if you found me in an iClone-related search, I’m sorry to say I probably won’t qualify as a source for any useful information. But I do welcome you to hang around and watch me stumble through the learning curve. And hopefully, this wave of interest by writers all over the world will continue to build into a tsunami, opening doors for machinima that will mean a bigger audience for you, too. Now wouldn’t that be awesome?