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LittleLynn84
My name is Jocelyn Samara DiDomenick. I feel like it's a little pointless for me to mention this since I'm on a webcomic site, but I'm an artist and a writer. My comic, "Rain", a dramedy is about a teenage trans girl. I should probably mention that I myself am a trans girl too. As such, the comic is a bit of a personal story to me.

When I'm not drawing/writing, I enjoy gaming (especially RPGs and retro games), anime (my tastes are pretty eclectic) and heavy metal (or more particularly, epic/symphonic metal).
  • Real Name
    Jocelyn Samara D.
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    35
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So, I participated Inktober this year. I didn't share them here because I just didn't want to clutter up the comic site. Posting an occasional random one-off doodle between pages is one thing. But I don't know if people - especially months/years beyond the current hiatus - are going to want to see potentially up to 31 images of off-topic filler in a row when they're just looking for the next page of the comic. XD

That said, I did participate. I just slightly did not meet last year's numbers. In 2018, I managed to do twenty prompts; this year, I did nineteen. I'm still happy with everything, though. I think I got some fun art out of it. The point was not to stress out over it and have fun, and maybe showcase a few stories you might be hearing more about in the future along the way. And in that regard, no matter how many prompts were completed, I've done what I set out to do. I'm happy with this. ^_^

If you're just finding out about this now or wanted to see them all together, you can check out this and last year's Inktobers here:
2019: https://www.deviantart.com/jocelynsamara/gallery/68831579/inktober-2019
2018: https://www.deviantart.com/jocelynsamara/gallery/68056235/inktober-2018

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So... now what?

Well, I know a lot of you are probably getting antsy, wondering when Rain is coming back. The answer was before and still is 2019. I'm not mentally ready to jump back in just yet, but I'm getting there. If I were to narrow it down, I'm leaning towards sometime between the end of November or the start of December. In the meantime, there are just other things on my mind that I need to attend to. Not the least of which being a certain other month-long artistic community event...

That being, NaNoWriMo (or National Novel Writing Month). I'll say flat out that I do not expect to write a novel or even get anywhere near 50,000 words this month (as the usual goal implies). My personal goal is three chapters of a story I want to work on in prose. If I can do three chapters, I'll consider this a huge success. I won't say which story it is for the time being, but you could probably narrow it down. ;)

I will be working on Rain at the same time, though. While I write for NaNo, I'll draw for Rain. I want to test something, and this will be a valuable, little experiment for me. Regardless of how NaNo goes, though, Rain will be ready to return shortly afterward. And from there, I'll resume regular comic posting, three days a week, every Monday, Wednesday, and Friday (including Christmas, which happens to fall on a post day this year). I hope you'll all look forward to seeing everything. I'm certainly looking forward to doing it all. ^_^

Have a lovely day, everyone! <3
Last week, I shared with you a Rain-specific banner, that I would like to use for certain Rain-specific circles of the internet. I also said it was one of two banners I was working on. This is the second one.

Instead of focusing on just one story like that one, though, this one shows five (most are comics, one is a game, and one is prose). While Rain still does have plenty more content to look forward to, we are definitely at the latter end of the story (last quarter or so?). I plan on writing for the rest of my life, though, so even after Rain, I've got to think about where things go next. And I'd like to start getting a bit more involved and open with those future projects going forward. You know, keep people's attention. If you like Rain, I think you might also like what comes next (especially if you're here for my brand of humor and drama, and casts full of queer and trans characters). ^_^

I've kinda been calling this banner my "five year plan", in that I'd like to see a lot - if not all - of these stories at least be started and live (with a couple even wrapped up) within the next five years. And perhaps in future posts, I'll go over why I think that's totally feasible.

If you've been following me for a while (maybe even from before Rain), you may have heard me mention a lot of other stories over the years, and you may be thinking, "But Jocelyn, what about [this story] or [that comic]? Are you still going to write that one?" Ideally, yes. And I did briefly consider this banner being huge enough to represent everything I plan on writing eventually. But besides being cluttered, it also feels too soon. I just physically can't write everything at once (as much as I loathe to admit it). And some of my stories could be as far as a decade or more out (or maybe my plans will change along the way). Basically, I don't think it's fair to hype too far ahead like that anymore, because so much can happen. Five stories at least starting in the next five years is, I think, much more reasonable (for me to work with, and for you to hopefully be on board with). Maybe more will happen. Maybe fewer. I'm not gonna stress out over it, but I'm gonna do my best to make things happen. ^_^

Ideally, I'd like to use this banner on less specific parts of the internet (like perhaps Facebook, Twitter, and Patreon). To show what I've got currently going and what I'd like to add to that in the foreseeable future. I'd like to go much more in-depth on each individual title, but I've definitely yammered enough for today. So like the other banner, please let me know what you think. Either about the banner itself, or even my plans going forward. Your feedback is always most welcome. :)
I've been thinking a lot about updating the banners on the many sites I use. This is one of two I've worked on recently. There's not much for me to say about it, but I'd love to hear your feedback. :)
As promised, I wanted to present to you the results of the ballot where you the readers got to choose the Prom King and Queen in Rain. I wanted to post this weeks ago when the winners were canonically revealed, but life just kept happening to me and I never got around to it. Perhaps it's better this way though, as now I can share this without it cutting in the middle of the story to do so.

Needless to say, this is all spoiler territory if you're not caught up with Rain, but I assume that if you're reading this, you're probably caught up. ^^;

***

Who you voted for
Among a grand total of 1,644 votes, the winners ended up being Gavin for Prom King, and Rain for Prom Queen. They were perhaps the obvious choices, being the most significant, prominent senior year boy and girl characters in the story. Randy and Emily being the second most voted in their respective categories also made a lot of sense, and I confess there was a brief period where I thought they might have a chance at winning. Similarly, I'm not surprised to see Rob and Debbie in last place, as they are generally less popular characters, but I was surprised to see exactly how few votes they got (especially Rob). Some people tend to vote for "chaos" in these kinds of things, so I actually expected a bit more, specifically for Debbie.

A few other things surprised me too. Such as Colette, still a relatively new character (and much more so when the ballot was live!), ranking third among the Queen nominees, beating out even popular characters like Maria and Holly (maybe Colette was the chaos vote?). Even more surprising to me, Maria and Holly actually tied! What're the odds!? There was one page with the teachers talking about a past prom where a fight broke out over there being a tie for Queen, and a number of readers were like, "oh god, there was a tie, wasn't there?" And the funny thing was, I couldn't say no. There was a tie! Not the winners, but two people did get the exact same number of votes! XD


Individual vote counts
For what it's worth, the idea behind the ballot was that all the readers voting were doing so as if they were St. Hallvard students. There were not over 1,600 people at this prom, though. Probably closer to a third of that (which is still a lot of kids, to be fair). But the truth is, I didn't pay that close attention to the number of votes specifically (my mindset being that 701 kids can't possibly vote for Gavin because there aren't even 701 kids there). I really only needed to know the winner, so I mostly focused on the order. With that in mind, I very specifically never quoted the number of votes in the ballot, nor the number of prom attendees in the comic so that nothing would seem off.

All that said, I know some people are really interested in numbers, so of course I wanted to include them.


Who the characters voted for
This has no bearing on who won, and was in fact, worked out after the winners were already announced in canon. I just thought it might be kind of fun to see who the characters would've voted for. Like, we know from one particular page that Rain and Ky voted for Emily, and one other page points out that Emily voted for Rain as well. But stuff like that just made me think about where everyone else stands. Again though, this didn't really affect anything, and isn't even included in the numbers above. It's probably safe to say nearly every vote combination happened, so how these sixteen kids voted is surely just mixed in among the hundreds of votes that were cast.


Who I voted for
The reason I started the ballot was because I had a lot of different ideas for directions I could go with the story. Depending on who won King or Queen, the story could change. A lot of the same story beats still occurred either way, but some of the buildup and aftermath might be different (maybe we'll still hear about Prom a little in the upcoming chapters). So, with at least a half dozen scenarios already in mind for various assorted Kings and Queens, I decided it might be fun to let the readers vote instead to help me narrow it down.

No matter who was chosen, there was going to be some kind of drama and/or twist, but ultimately with a sweet end result. For instance, I only included the "Rain promises Ana her tiara" bit because Rain and Gavin were both chosen. Had it just been Gavin as King and anyone else as Queen, or Rain as Queen with anyone else as King, then I wasn't really thinking in that direction. It worked with the two of them together because Gavin and Ana are love interests anyway. Same thing with Rain and Gavin's awkward dance, with them recounting how unexpected a twist this was for them. Stuff like that. These things only happened because of exactly this combination.

Anyway, when you're the writer and you have several ideas and you can cast a vote too, who do you pick? Thing is, if I had a favorite direction to begin with, I might not have made the ballot. So, I voted for Randy and Colette, which I did not have a plan for at the time. I just thought that'd be an interesting scenario to write with two characters I wanted to give more screentime to. XD

I'd like to share some of the alternate story paths I did plan, and I've been thinking about bringing up a few during this hiatus. I may wait a little longer before I start doing that, though. Just in case any elements from those alternate paths still comes up. ^_^

***

Other than that, I hope you find all this interesting. And once again, if you'd like to share your votes, or who you would have voted for had you been following the comic when the ballot happened (with maybe the added discussion point of what do you think would be different that way), please, by all means have fun.

Also, thank you so much to everyone who was able to vote. 1,644 people took the time to offer some input that lead to what I think a lot of fun. I don't technically foresee a need for something like this again in Rain, but I would love to include reader choice again once in a while for future works. This was genuinely fun for me. And I hope it was for you too. ^_^

Anyway, I am taking a break though, so maybe I shouldn't be posting. Still, I wanted to share this before it got too far after the fact. But now hiatus, for real. Again, there's no definitive return date at this time, but I will be sure to keep you posted. Thanks for reading my rambling, and I hope y'all have a lovely time during the hiatus. Please look forward to seeing Rain and her friends again soon enough.
Because it might be an important refresher for many readers, that flashback in panel 2 comes from a little while back, after Rain haphazardly came out to Ana.
http://rainlgbt.smackjeeves.com/comics/2406018/red-alert/

And it all leads to this moment right now. It's a bold move, doing this where almost everyone can see (I'll get to that in a minute). But sometimes, changing the conversation really helps. Thing is, was it necessary? That Prom King vote seemed to be more confusing to people than it was revelatory, but might students have considered it more over time and eventually clocked Rain like she fears? Even if people brush it off in the moment, that they had to announce the results twice after a seemingly inexplicable mistake is surely going to be a big talking point on the next day of class, right? In which case, will this be enough to redirect what people really remember from this night?

As for which characters didn't see this, you might notice there are two characters missing from the lineup of onlookers on the second page: specifically Ruby and Colette. As recently as just a couple pages ago, we know they're out in the lobby right now having their own moment, whatever that may mean. I wonder. Could their absence be significant, though?

***

Today is the last page of this chapter. It's been the longest one in the story thus far (I think the final count is 85 pages for just this chapter!). And along the way, there's been so many big moments for so many characters. So yeah, it's probably needless to say, but I am on hiatus as of right now.

I don't have a return date set in stone yet, as there's some stuff I want to get done during this time. And before even that, I just wanna rest for a bit. It's been my longest non-hiatus stretch to date, during one of the busiest sections of the story, while my personal life has thrown me quite a few rough curveballs lately. I think an actual break before jumping into more work will be good for me. I will absolutely keep you posted though as soon as I know when you can expect me to return to posting. ^_^


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We return our focus to Rain and Emily, who seem to have agreed to dance after all. This ends up being a really important moment for Emily in particular. She's clearly come a long way from who she was and how she felt at the beginning of the story. There's no doubt that this isn't easy for her, but she's confident this is the right path for herself.

But what about Rain?

***

Friday will finally be the last update of this chapter. This has been the longest chapter in the story thus far (and probably, will be for the rest of it too). This chapter started seven months ago, if you can believe it! And along the way, there's been so many big moments for so many characters. So yeah, there will be a hiatus after this week. I don't have a return date set in stone yet, but there's some stuff I want to get done. And before even that, I just wanna rest for a bit. It's been my longest non-hiatus stretch to date, during one of the busiest sections of the story, while my personal life has thrown me a few rough curveballs at me lately. I think an actual break before jumping into more work is due. I will absolutely keep you posted though as soon as I know when you can expect me to return to posting.

But even before that, don't forget to check for a new page (or two) on Friday. ;P


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I'm doing a live stream interview tonight!
I will be taking questions about transition and stuff about the comic! This is my first time ever streaming, so I admit I'm extremely nervous. But I'm also thinking it's going to be a really great time. If you wanna come check it out, hear me talk about things you might be interested in, have some fun, and just all around show your support, you can see it here: http://kadgar.net/live/z3r0c0010079/littlelynn84/steampoweredhrt/wonderingraven

The stream begins at 9 PM EST sharp (or about four and a half hours from the time stamp on this entry). I hope to see you there.
Two of our seemingly loneliest heroes just might not be so lonely after all. :)


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Rain, all characters and all other aspects of the story are copyright material belonging to me.

Also, tomorrow at 9PM EST, I am doing a livestream AMA (Ask Me Anything), where I'll be talking transition and Rain and whatever comes up. If you're interested in something like that, be sure to check it out here.
https://www.twitch.tv/z3r0c0010079

And you can see the original announcement here:
https://twitter.com/Z3r0Official/status/1163493932761829376
LittleLynn84
August 16th, 2019
So, real talk: When writing parts of this chapter, I had in fact considered a scenario where Gavin approached Colette and offered more than his blazer. In short, he would offer his entire suit, initiating a second clothing swap. While I did think it was a cute idea, I had a lot of reservations about redundancy and - as described here - the size difference. Like, Rudy is a little taller than Ky, but they do have similar builds, so I didn't feel it was too much of a stretch for them to swap. But I don't think Gavin could realistically swap clothes with any other character (of any gender) in this story. He's just the only one I really draw like that.

It's not to say he can't wear a dress; he just can't wear that one. Of course, this leads to the other concern I had about writing in that direction. Gavin would not be doing this out of any dysphoria or interest on his part; it'd solely be in support of Colette. And while he's a pretty cool guy like that, and I could absolutely see him donning a dress if it's for his friends, he doesn't actually know Colette. The offer, best intentions or not, might just come off a little weird and creepy. I just don't think it would've worked.

Still, I gave that whole scenario a lot more thought than you might expect. As probably evidenced by me feeling the need to ramble on about what didn't happen. XD

Anyway, this page is really just meant to be a cute exchange between Ruby and Colette. And because they do have a lot they could talk about, we will see more of these two next time too. ^_^


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@TiroFinale: @He Who Abides:

It is indeed Gavin's jacket. :)
http://rainlgbt.smackjeeves.com/comics/2812896/cold/
After some cute couply pages with Gavin and Ana, and then Maria and Chanel, we turn to Ky and Drew who... aren't really a couple at the moment. I kinda agonized over how to establish this while still letting them dance together. Friends are allowed to dance with each other and not have it mean anything romantic, after all. I don't know how well I pulled it off, <strike>but I guess I'll see when the comments come in</strike>. I'm not going to say it's hopelessly impossible for them to become romantic, but they have a lot to work through, and it's gonna take more than "sorry" and a dance to fix things.

And hey, maybe they are just better as friends.

Either way, I like this moment a lot. Contrary to Drew's fears through half the story that Ky would throw him under the bus and out him, Drew's doing this of his own volition, and Ky is giving him an out if need be. It's just super positive, and just a feel-good moment to me.

Besides Ky and Drew, this page also features Colette and Aidyn having a more brief and less cute exchange. Mostly, this is just leading into the next few pages, so I suppose I'll leave it at that for now. We'll see where this goes very soon.


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A couple weeks ago I mentioned I wouldn't post this week because I'd be out of town. Unfortunately, life happened so I stayed in town. So it's quite a bit later in the day than I normally would, but here's your post and expect the rest as per usual on the typical post days. Sorry if I caused you any confusion.

Anyway, elsewhere on the floor at the same time as the cute moment between Gavin and Ana, we turn our attention to a different cute moment; this time, with Maria and Chanel. It can be assumed that they too walked onto the floor to slow dance, although they're only awkwardly dancing for those first couple panels. In fact, I really love the idea that dozens of other students are probably trying to dance around the girls while they have their phones out texting each other in front of each other... in the middle of the dance floor. XD


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Scene jump! Sorry. We're on the final stretch of the chapter, so I've gotta make the rounds for everyone else before we close this out.

Also, sorry for the small delay on today's page. I've been having a really rough week. One of the windows on our car got smashed in over the weekend, after we'd just spent a lot of money on repairs like a week prior. We had to put one of our eldest rabbits, Alphonse, to sleep yesterday (and we are devastated). And today, my spouse learned she has strep, which means I'm probably going to have strep real soon. I'm gonna do my best not to let this interfere with posting, because I planned to take a hiatus when the chapter was over anyway. I would much rather just get through a couple more weeks of posting (it's only a few minutes of my time, a few times a week), and then I can take as much time as I need after that.

I... think I just needed to vent that all out; let you all know where I'm at right now. Thanks for hearing me out and for your patience with me. And if you want, let me know what you think of Gavin and Ana right now. :)


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Reasonable or...!?


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Unreasonable or...?


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I feel like the page kinda speaks for itself, so I'm not sure what to add here. But of course, if you have thoughts or questions on your mind, let's hear it! ^_^

I do have a few announcements to make, though! On the week of August 11th, I'm going out of town for a longtime friend's wedding, and visit family while I'm in the area. I don't have a laptop anymore and will probably be pretty busy anyway, so I won't be posting during that time. Specifically, there will be no pages on August 12th, 14th, or 16th. Posting will resume the following week and go through the rest of the chapter. I'm sorry for the inconvenience, but the good news is I don't think next Friday's post is particularly cliffhangery. XD

Incidentally, this chapter - the longest in the story - is finally almost over too. We've still got a few weeks, but it looks like things are wrapping up this month. And following that, a real hiatus. I'll probably take a week or two completely off to just do nothing for a bit. And then I'll go into working hiatus mode and prepare us for what's to come post-prom (I'll go into precise hiatus length when the time comes, but for now, I just want you to know it's happening). And yes, more Rain is on the way! I've recently heard some readers expressing worry that the story could end at any moment. While we are definitely getting closer to that point, there's a lot left to cover and there's still some chapters left. Prom is not the end! ^_^

Finally, I've been invited to do a live AMA on August 20th over on Twitch, where I'll be talking about transition and Rain. If that's something that interests you, you should totally come check it out. You can find the announcement here:
https://twitter.com/Z3r0Official/status/1155938535842566146

I will mention all of this again before you need to know, but I just want to make sure the information is out there! Until then, enjoy today's page and have a wonderful day, everyone! ^_^


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So, to be clear, nothing has changed from Friday's King and Queen announcements. As per your votes, Gavin is Prom King, and Rain is Prom Queen. However, Rain did express a lack of interest in winning, and she did promise Ana the tiara if she did win.
http://rainlgbt.smackjeeves.com/comics/2703041/validated/

Not much else to say here, but I hope you enjoy this little bit of midweek fluff. XD


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Fun fact: There hasn't been much dancing at this school dance. This is partly because I wasn't quite sure how to draw it. Especially considering I can't imagine Rain or Gavin actually knowing how to dance. XD

When I started looking up references for this page, I felt like all I could find was images of professional dancers and really top tier ballroom moves and poses. On the one hand, that might actually be a lot of fun to draw. On the other, it's pretty much the exact opposite of what I was going for. So I thought back to that middle school mentality of "his hands on her waist, her hands on his shoulders, and they both just kinda sway awkwardly for a couple minutes" and I tried to replicate that as best as I could to do that without a reference (because I couldn't think of how to Google that).

That first shot of the two of them together may actually be my new favorite panel in the whole comic. XD

Other than that, I totally have those thoughts about talking to my past self all the time. Sometimes in good ways. Sometimes in bad ways. I don't know if it necessarily achieves anything to consider scenarios like that; it's just something overthinkers like me and Gavin do. ^_^

And just in case anyone was gonna ask: No, no one can hear them. People are watching. People might be able to make out enough mouth movement to know that they're talking or laughing, but nobody hears them saying anything over whatever cheesy slow song is playing.


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And with that, the Prom King and Queen (who YOU voted for) are actually finally known. As promised, I will share in a separate post the final tally of how the readers voted in the near future. And as a fun little side bonus, I'll include how I imagine the characters themselves would've voted.

In the end, I hope you're satisfied with the end result (these two had a LOT of votes). Personally, I voted for Randy and Colette, if nothing else because I thought it might have made for an interesting scenario. If you were around for the ballot, do you remember who you voted for? ^_^


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Maybe I can have a short non-blurb again today. I feel like I've gone over everything that needed to be covered in the last couple pages. So I'm hoping this one doesn't require much elaboration, as I'm not sure what to add right now.


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