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You would be hard pressed to find anyone who hasn't realized what the potential impact of #artificial #intelligence is when it comes to the artistic worlds of both the written word and the drawn image. The creative endeavors of our #creators in the realm of #computers have created a machine who has learned from us and can create works. The beneficial potential is immeasurable.

Of course, that means those who only see money and not the damage it can cause, will attempt to utilize this new tool to cut out #artists and #writers; try to replace them with these wonderful machines.

I, the creator of the Beloved Universe, am a writer and I rely on amazing, artists around the world to fashion this universe into what it is now and it is important to know where the Beloved Universe stands with the continue rise of AI artwork in the wild.

Beloved Universe does use artificial intelligence like #stablediffusion and #midjourney to create concepts of what is in my head. It is a tool to provide artists a better understanding of what I am thinking outside of what I have written.

Under no circumstances will Beloved Universe be replacing an artist with a machine nor will we be releasing any AI created artwork on our official channels. Beloved Universe will continue to work with and hire real artists to create this passion of mine and #AI will remain a tool to that end.

Beloved Universe supports both the creator and the advancement of technology and condemns those who care little for either and treat both the artist and the machine as a path to more riches.

AI is here to stay and it will be treated as a tool to help humanity. Not replace us.

-Jonathan S, creator of Beloved Universe

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Hey all!

What a surprise? Two posts in the same week? (I think it's been the same week). I just wanted to let everyone who is interested in more deep dives of the world that i have a Lore Blog now and a Short Story blog setup. Right now there is only one Lore Article and I'm still working on a bunch of short stories in between approving artwork and writing scripts. :)

For those of you using a Mastodon, Friendica, etc, these blogs are federated so you can subscribe to them and get updates in your feed.

Codex-Xaltea (Lore Articles): https://blog.beloved-universe.com/codex-xaltea/

Tales Around the Estate (Short Stories): https://blog.beloved-universe.com/tales-around-estate/

If this is your thing, I hope you enjoy!

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Introduction

As we roll inevitably towards May, I am actually able to provide some updates to a lot of the projects that I have been working on. It has been rather daunting to keep up with all my grand ideas but I’m happy to say that I, at least, have some of them done!

New Website

I cannot tell you how long I have been trying to get this website done. There were many different possible frameworks, ideas, themes, and crap but none of them supported what I actually wanted to do in the long term. So I decided to write my own!

I am happy to announce the Beloved Chains and all it’s companion items are now available in one place for ease of reference!

www.beloved-universe.com

There are plans to continue expanding its functionality including but not limited to:

  1. user accounts to access everything from special images, visual novels, and other projects.

  2. Integrated accounts which will allow not only the ability to use one username and password for all Beloved Universe items, but future projects where things earned in one product can provide bonuses in another product(s).

  3. And more…

Star Traveler: Kaon Rising

I was able to drop my first novella for this universe in a story called Kaon Rising. It takes place about thirty years before Henry takes his place at Blue Blossom Estate and only two years after the peace treaty was signed with the Xaltean Empire.

I had a lot of fun writing this and enjoyed showing a bit more about the Terran Confederacy that has been seen in the comics lately. I've already passed out copies to the patrons and ko-fi supporters who helped out! Thank you all for your donations to keep this comic going!

Get your copy Here!

Beloved Chains & Beloved Maid Released as Issues!

After a lot of hard work, research and getting things prepared, I’m happy to announce that Beloved Chains Issues #1 through #2 and Beloved Maid #1, #2, and #3 are available for sale through Gumroad and Amazon!

If you ever wanted to get your own copy for your Kindle or on your computer, you can now and every purchase goes to help fund the comic and keep it going!

You can check out the links here!

Oh, Yeah. We have a Wiki!

I realized I needed a better way to track all the information that I had on the world and the world books aren’t doing it. So, a wiki has been created which will allow me to update it but also let you all look and see what tidbits of information are there.

The entries are not fully robust yet but there are plans to!

www.beloved-universe.com/wiki

An a standalone Blog

One of the other projects that I am happy to have completed is the standalone blog that you are reading! this blog is not only light weight on your readers whereever you may be checking out these words but if any of you are on a decentralized platform like Mastodon, Pleroma, Friendica or others, you can actually follow this blog and see updates in your feeds!

I will continue to mirror everything with the Comic Fury blog. I wanted another feature that not only supports the continued push for decentralized social media but support readers in whatever environment they prefer!

Ending

Okay. that was a lot for this quarter update. I still have a lot of other stuff in work. Issue #5 and #6 of Beloved Maid are in works and Beloved Chains #3 and #4 are funded and ready to go!

Thank you again, each and every one of you who has taken the time to read this universe. This has been my passion project for years and knowing there are a lot of you that like it makes me happy!

See you in the next post!

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Introduction As I write this, I am shocked that we’re actually in 2023 now. In some ways it is hard to wrap my brain with the fact that the years are moving so fast and that I have been working on Beloved Chains brand for four years. I recently found my original notes when I was planning this comic and now laugh as I expected to be done within the year with the entire story. How completely optimistic and naïve I was. Of course, the only reason that this comic has continued is because of the continued interest and support around the entire thing. I read every comment both positive and negative and try to take it into consideration. I appreciate each and every one of you readers out there no matter if you are here for the action/adventure political drama story or the pretty women. You are appreciated.

Changes in 2023 Even though we are only twelve days into 2023, there are some major things that I do have to announce. It’s not bad news but it’s also not great news. To dispel any initial concern nothing is canceled. There has been a recent change in my life that is going to be effecting my entire family and my finances. My family has plans to try and move closer to family in another state. The big problem is that the present plan has us moving into one of the more expensive states to live in here in the United States. This means that I have to start saving a lot more than I initially had which is going to put a serious dampening on the money I have available to fund each issue. Let me break down what it means by Project

Beloved Chains Issue 3 is already paid for and will be complete. What this does translate is that Issue #4 cannot get started until I can get the funds setup for my artist and that pot is going to be slower to fill. There may be another gap between Issue #3 and Issue #4.

Beloved Maid Issue #3 and Issue #4 are already paid for and almost complete. This means that there will be no noticeable delay for this comic as I have enough pages to keep release until around October of this year. Hopefully by that point, my financial situation has stabilized so that I can keep things going.

Blue Blossom Adventures All the basic art is paid for and just working with the artist to finish the project. This does mean that some of the expansions that were planned are now delayed. I’m hoping to have this completed closer to the middle of 2023 but there is still a lot of coding and beta testing to go.

What does this mean? What the tl;dr of all this is that nothing is canceled but a lot of things are going to be grinding to a slow crawl as funding will be a challenge. I’m a writer so I’m hoping to keep content coming for those interested in written stories around this world but I don’t want to make any promises.

For those interested in helping Now, reading all of this, someone may think to themselves: “I wish there was a way I could help”. There are a few ways you can help both monetarily and not.

Support the Beloved Collection monetarily I am opening up Issue #4 to community support for anyone who wants to help fund the next issues. The perks of this will be:

  • The comic will be funded faster.
  • I will add your name/user name at the bottom of each page that says: “Funded by [NAME]” This will translate to a contributor page in the manga book that will be released in the future.
  • Status of “Manor Ally” on our Discord (if you are a member) and future perks on the to the new website under construction.

I don't have any numbers or anything yet per page to offer but I'll do another blog post later this month with the information for anyone who is looking for it!

Support the Beloved Collection in other ways Other ways you can help is sharing Beloved Chains and Beloved Maid around the web to garner more interest in it. Every link you share, every like, every post back helps raise the existence of it and thus more support for the comic.

Ending Again, thank you for all of you who continued to hang around

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