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Alright so...where to begin... I mean so much has really happened. Skip the next 2 paragraphs if you're here for TEMS (The Ember McLain Story) news.

Let's start from the beginning, my beginning. What was it like 7 years ago I got into NASCAR sim painting...and it was fun. Hung out at a painting site called BigAlGrafx, gaining some reputation. They closed in 2009, I went over to United Racing Designs. A couple years back the owner said in September the site would close down, people talked him out of it and it was a good choice. I hung out there, painted some new cars...it was great. Traffic died. And honestly it came to a grinding halt within the past year. Some things were red flags about the site going downhill (the leader not logging in at all in 2015, other admins not being on for months, homepage unchanged from 2013). But within the past 2 weeks it shut down. And in all honesty, it's a bit sad. It where I got my start. I don't have a lot of regrets, but not being a bit more involved there for the end is one of them. The site's closed now, even google doesn't display any cached pictures from the site (some come if you google UnitedRacingDesigns).

What's new? Not much, been working as a PHP developer for some time now. It's been fun, doing what I love and really that's all I could really want. Started hitting up the gym to finally get in shape...that's been too long in the planning stages. High school: "i have my whole life to get in shape, i'll do it in college". College: "There's too much to get done, I'll do it after I graduate". Graduated: "I need a job to pay for a gym". Got a job: "No excuses left...". I feel better nowadays, not anywhere close to my goals (been there for 1.5 months, I don't expect to see much different until maybe December). I'll be moving into my own place soon as well, which is an adventure all its own.

Now it's time... WHERE'S EMBER??? Alright so if you follow me and not the original writer, his name was Chris (caferreri11). He wrote the entire thing and for a couple years we bounced ideas off one another about how we could make this something incredible...maybe go a bit forward if reception is met well. Sometime within the past year he took down his deviantArt page, essentially taking the story with him. I had at one point saved the story, but it's lost on a hard drive somewhere in my house. There's a few chapters left on his fanfiction profile but nowhere near what was posted here. I tried messaging him on facebook, but no response so I can only assume he's just past this story at this point in his life and I wish him the best. But honestly that was probably going to be a final stake in this whole project. Until a few months back someone by the name of 
rocketman732 (Brian) messaged me about the whole thing and was willing to remake the story. That was pretty cool in and of itself. If I really wanted to just undertake any origin of Ember, I'd just got to Fanfiction and find a random author and ask for use of their story (I could probably have it done in like a couple months easy) but it's this story that I wanted to do. So we're talking about it, I'm giving him my remembrance (no pun intended) of the story and hopefully we'll have it rewritten and done in 2016. When I move into my house I'll actually have room for things like my tablet which would make drawing much easier. So give him a follow, maybe a shoutout for keeping the blue flames burning.

What's next after this? I...really don't know. I don't want to look that far into the future right now. I have some ideas...some things I started and had a decent feel behind (potentially doing a collab with someone for a Danny Phantom Season 3 flash series). But yeah atm, no idea, no guarantees. Until the story is done, I'm just gonna keep working out and playing some random games (Hearthstone and Smite are the main ones right now).

That's all for now. Later guys,

-Spin
Alright so...where to begin... I mean so much has really happened. Skip the next 2 paragraphs if you're here for TEMS (The Ember McLain Story) news.

Let's start from the beginning, my beginning. What was it like 7 years ago I got into NASCAR sim painting...and it was fun. Hung out at a painting site called BigAlGrafx, gaining some reputation. They closed in 2009, I went over to United Racing Designs. A couple years back the owner said in September the site would close down, people talked him out of it and it was a good choice. I hung out there, painted some new cars...it was great. Traffic died. And honestly it came to a grinding halt within the past year. Some things were red flags about the site going downhill (the leader not logging in at all in 2015, other admins not being on for months, homepage unchanged from 2013). But within the past 2 weeks it shut down. And in all honesty, it's a bit sad. It where I got my start. I don't have a lot of regrets, but not being a bit more involved there for the end is one of them. The site's closed now, even google doesn't display any cached pictures from the site (some come if you google UnitedRacingDesigns).

What's new? Not much, been working as a PHP developer for some time now. It's been fun, doing what I love and really that's all I could really want. Started hitting up the gym to finally get in shape...that's been too long in the planning stages. High school: "i have my whole life to get in shape, i'll do it in college". College: "There's too much to get done, I'll do it after I graduate". Graduated: "I need a job to pay for a gym". Got a job: "No excuses left...". I feel better nowadays, not anywhere close to my goals (been there for 1.5 months, I don't expect to see much different until maybe December). I'll be moving into my own place soon as well, which is an adventure all its own.

Now it's time... WHERE'S EMBER??? Alright so if you follow me and not the original writer, his name was Chris (caferreri11). He wrote the entire thing and for a couple years we bounced ideas off one another about how we could make this something incredible...maybe go a bit forward if reception is met well. Sometime within the past year he took down his deviantArt page, essentially taking the story with him. I had at one point saved the story, but it's lost on a hard drive somewhere in my house. There's a few chapters left on his fanfiction profile but nowhere near what was posted here. I tried messaging him on facebook, but no response so I can only assume he's just past this story at this point in his life and I wish him the best. But honestly that was probably going to be a final stake in this whole project. Until a few months back someone by the name of 
rocketman732 (Brian) messaged me about the whole thing and was willing to remake the story. That was pretty cool in and of itself. If I really wanted to just undertake any origin of Ember, I'd just got to Fanfiction and find a random author and ask for use of their story (I could probably have it done in like a couple months easy) but it's this story that I wanted to do. So we're talking about it, I'm giving him my remembrance (no pun intended) of the story and hopefully we'll have it rewritten and done in 2016. When I move into my house I'll actually have room for things like my tablet which would make drawing much easier. So give him a follow, maybe a shoutout for keeping the blue flames burning.

What's next after this? I...really don't know. I don't want to look that far into the future right now. I have some ideas...some things I started and had a decent feel behind (potentially doing a collab with someone for a Danny Phantom Season 3 flash series). But yeah atm, no idea, no guarantees. Until the story is done, I'm just gonna keep working out and playing some random games (Hearthstone and Smite are the main ones right now).

That's all for now. Later guys,

-Spin

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SpinDragun

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United States
I'm 21 and attend college (more specifically, a branch off of Pitt). I specialize in computer based art. I mostly design custom cars for the games Nascar 09 (N09) and Nascar Racing Season 2003 (NR2k3), as well as scenes based on caferreri11's "Remember: TEMS".

I started the whole graphic art thing back in mid 2008 with some simple N09 schemes that are still on youtube. After that I just practiced, got better, and after reading caferreri11's story (Remember: The Ember McLain Story) got inspired to try some new forms of art in the process of making the story a new, epic cover.

My interests: The Simpsons, Danny Phantom, most of what's on [adult swim], NASCAR, metal/rock mustic, and playing guitar. Favorite bands: Motley Crue, AC/DC, Metallica, Rob Zombie, Disturbed, In Flames, Dethklok,


Current Residence: Pennsylvania
Favourite genre of music: rock, classic rock, metal
Operating System: Windows 7
MP3 player of choice: iPhone 4 / iPad 2
Wallpaper of choice: Skulls
Favourite cartoon character: Homer Simpson. Johnny 13, Ember McLain

Follow me on twitter, SpinDragun

Blog: spindragun.blogspot.com/
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:icondukeydukeydoo:
DukeyDukeyDoo Featured By Owner Mar 15, 2016
Hello, there. :)

Do you take requests?
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KOlover12 Featured By Owner Aug 5, 2015  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Happy Birthday :party: :cake:
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rocketman732 Featured By Owner Jun 30, 2015  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I wanted to ask do you know if your friend is going to finish writing Remember: The Ember McLain Story

I just read it last night and I really enjoyed it. As far as fanfics go it was the best one I've ever read. Not sure if it was finished though.
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SpinDragun Featured By Owner Jul 3, 2015  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Where'd you find it at?
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rocketman732 Featured By Owner Jul 3, 2015  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
FanFiction.net under his name
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SpinDragun Featured By Owner Jul 5, 2015  Hobbyist Digital Artist
*sigh* I figured. Sadly Chris (the author) never updated that version, he just posted to DeviantArt mostly. His account went inactive a few months back, which really did shock me. I've messaged him about it on Facebook if he posted it elsewhere, he hasn't gotten back to me (and idk if he will). If memory serves that place has like 4 real chapters (excluding interludes). I MAY (and I do mean may) have chapters 5-11 (possibly even 12, at minimum 10) stored on an old laptop. Going through college I went through laptops like I did textbooks. I was a gamer, programmer, and graphic artist so upgrades were needed. Now let's get into the may part. However the laptop I backed it up on had windows reinstalled, but had all the files backed up onto a portable hard drive (that I'm not too sure of where I put it over the years). Truth be told I wanted to find it myself recently, so I'll take a few days to dig around some rooms and see if I can find it. If not...I think I made it into an eBook and put it onto an old iPad. 

I liked the story, it was just great. I wanted to pickup working on the Visual Novel version (link in my signature) within the next few months but without the actual story...it might be the end (unless I find an author to continue it). If I can at least get chapters 1-10 I can just take guesses at what Chris's plans were through old emails about future chapters (he didn't want to spoil things so he kept some ideas vague). But yeah I'll dig around and see if I can find the "lost chapters" this week.
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KOlover12 Featured By Owner Aug 5, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Happy Birthday :party: :cake:
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SpinDragun Featured By Owner Aug 5, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thanks :D (Big Grin) 
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KOlover12 Featured By Owner Aug 6, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Your welcome :D
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