The Story So Far – Way Down We Go

We got a very late start in March but we’re chugging along. If you’ve been following along on twitter you’ll have seen that the Squid had to slow down. Nothing serious, just the marks of our favorite squid getting old! Everything else has been a slow and steady race that we haven’t stopped winning since the year started. As always, we owe that thanks to you all for keeping up. That being said, we’re going to drop a few updates in our continuous evolution and fluxation. So let’s get to it and see where we are.

Inks Spills and Commissions

From this week forward, our public gallery and all commission galleries will be through Ko-fi where we will finally be making some available for purchase! With the new redesign of the Well-Read/Scholary Squid Avatar, they’re about to get some family and friends. The Shoal Squad is coming and we can’t wait to show them all off and how they itneract with our content.

We’ve also streamlined our commission process as well.

You want your innerself to look as good as ours or just have your characters brought to life? Check out our new commission sheet on Ko-fi where you can simply order a commission slot with just a click. Our Payment Plans are still available on Full Color work, you need only ask! Do pay attention because our prices have shifted with the Squid’s skill. We’ve simplified everythign for the convineience of our beloved Shoal.

Of course, the best way to support us and help us do what we do is still our Patreon. By becoming a Patron for only $5 a month, you become a valued member of the Shoal and gain access to all sorts of exclusive goodies and content! That includes free prints and commission discounts for higher tiers, plus access to our more involved posts and artwork! So if you would like to regularly support us, definitely get on The Cerebral Hedonist Patreon!

The Cerebral Hedonist Channel

Unfortunatley, due to the Squid’s weak-ass bones they will have to be cut to twice a week. These will be our Shoal Session lives which will still remain publically available as well as secret, quiet Art Streams. The Shoal Sessions will continue to be on Tuesday and Wednesdays but the time slot will be 4pm CT – 8pm CT, though the ending time will vary based on if the Squid is under the weather. Those will still consist of work sessions but will also vary with reading sessions, chats, and art streaming.

As for overall channel content, much of it will be made available here on the website. Original Content such as Curating Quiet, Connecting Worlds, and Indigo Inc. — while listed as public — will primarliy be advertised and hosted here. This will allow for a more centralized platform where all you wish to find will be within the Shoal. While there is no set schedule, Media Content will always be posted on Sundays. Think of it as a surprise every sunday!

The Content schedule will be revised and updated upon the posting of this update!

An Important EndeavorPlease Read

As you all know, the Squid suffers from Schizoaffective Disorder and thus has, in the past, made use of Mental Health Facilities. Because of this, we made a personal endeavor to help raise a bit of money for 4 particular MH Workers who have made it possible for people like them to have a safe and clean place to recover and get back on our feet. This GoFund Me’s goal is to raise 2k for four workers who were stiffed on their hazard pay during the Texas Ice Storm. They were given a meager amount despite being trapped at work, facing damages to their homes, and having to sleep on mattresses on the floor at the facility and yet STILL they worked their asses off and did what they needed to in order to take care of the people there and ensure they had what they needed. For this reason we wanted to try and do something. We don’t have a huge platform, but we feel it matters enough that we can earn something for them! So anything you give — $1-$100 — it doesn’t matter, your help will be very much appreciated.

Please Consider Donating and Helping by Clicking Here!

There is much in the pipeline, but remember we are a limite crew for now, so this will always be done slowly but surely. We appreciate your patience and are always looking ahead. Thank you guys and remember–

STAY WELL-READ!!!

-The Shoal Squad-

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Content | Upload Schedule

With 2021 being a period of growth and focus for the Cerebral Hedonist, we’ve reached a point where our Scholarly Squid can’t afford to just sporadically spew out content and hope it lands where it needs to! Therefore, after much kicking and screaming, we have finally drafted, prepped and polished a complete and comprehensive content schedule! This is both for your convenience and the sanity of our stubborn creator as we’re seeking to create a very interactive community. Especially since we’re giving something we all have needed: Structure!

Beginning of April 1, 2021, The Cerebral Hedonist will be working towards a specific posting and upload schedule. Of course it will correlate to the limitations of our Scholarly Squid as needed. This will include the Cerebral Hedonist Website, YouTube Channel, and Patreon!

It will be structured as follows:

Mondays

~ Commissions | Art ~

Website: The Story So Far | Updates | Announcements

Patreon: Updates | Art Progress

Tuesdays

~ Writing | Worldbuilding ~

Website: Tentacle Files

YouTube: Shoal Sessions (Live) @ 4pm CT

Patreon: Personal Blog

Wednesday

~ Writing | Worldbuilding ~

Website: Lore Teasers | Secret Project (June 2021)

YouTube: Shoal Sessions (Live) @ 4pm CT

Patreon: Lore Notes | Epic Character Histories

Friday

~ Books | Movie | Games ~

Website: Reviews

Patreon: Secret Project (June 2021)

YouTube Upload Schedule

Starting March 1, 2021, The Cerebral Hedonist will be posting finished videos with a few things we know you’ve been waiting to have back!

1st Sunday – Vlogs | Discussions

2nd Sunday – Indigo Inc

3rd Sunday – Connecting Worlds

4th Sunday – Curating Quiet

Each video as they are is finished will be scheduled for Sunday. If any Sundays are missed, do not fret, they will return the following month. I hope this gets you geared up for the coming year because we sure are!

In the meantime, take the time to explore previous content to get a feel for everything! Also show us some support by sharing and following all out social media! Join our Discord Community as well!!!

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The Story So Far: Black Success Month!

January was a beautiful, encouraging success. We are feeling something along the lines of positive, hopeful, and affirmed! Quarantine/Lockdown does some interesting things to the psyche. Havin that turn out to be something successful, or at the very least on its way to be, is a self-fulfilled blessing. Keeping the attitude of “not my culture” has allowed us to keep our heads down, mouths shut, and fingers working. This particular method was very conducive for the Squid’s creative needs and finally you will begin to see the results yourself!

So we’re making Black History Month mean something a little different this go around. It’s all about Black Success this month! The content on The Cerebral Hedonist all through February will reflect the Will, the Power, and the Success of Blackness through our creations in the best way possible. So here’s what to expect!

Black Success Special!

In honor of Black History, Black Present, and Black Future, The Cerebral Hedonist and your favorite artistic Squid are running a two-week special to celebrate Black Success! We want to give everyone a fair chance to put their money where their mouth is and support a black creator and business!

Starting February 1st – 14th, all Commissions from the Cerebral Hedonist will be 20% off! That’s right! 20% off but 100% Black!

Celebrate Black Success and Progress with us by supporting this little endeavor to create and elevate! But you have to act quickly. February only has 10 Commission Slots available! So get in while you can!

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Tentacle Files – The Peace and the Power

An upcoming rumination on progress in the wake of 2020 from the Squid as a black creator! In the meantime, check out our past Tentacle Files by clicking the banner above and hype yourself up with some food for thought!

We Were Gods – A Review of Wings of Ebony

A Review and Reflection on Wings of Ebony, the wonderful and unapologetic debut by J. Elle whom will be featured in a future Connecting World Interview! Click the Banner and Check out our other reviews and thoughts in the meantime!

Curating Quiet – The Phantom Pain

Many of you have been awaiting the return of the “Curating Quiet Series” and we’re proud to say that it is BACK! At the end of the month, we will return to our safe quiet place to reflect on all that was lost, all that was gained, and all that will be obtained. An offer to center yourself with The Cerebral Hedonist community so that your year — no matter how late you started — will lead you somewhere beautiful! If you’ve never found your quiet with us before, now’s your chance! Click the Above Image to become acquainted with us.

Upcoming Curiosities!

On Sunday, February 7th, we will be posting a new, cohesive content schedule for the Cerebral Hedonist Platforms! Yes, that includes a YOUTUBE posting schedule. There’s going to be posts, reviews, Lives, ART!!!, and so much more at regular intervals on the site. So stay tuned and BE PREPARED!!!

SUPPORT US AND HELP US SUCCEED

We have worked hard and done so much to give you all of what’s coming your way this year and I am a proud Squid Papa! I appreciate each and every donation, patron, like, share, follow, subcribe, ALL OF IT! You have kept our motivation and carried it pridefully on your shoulders since June 2020 and I’m so humbled by that devotion. Remember, we could not have done this without you!

Now, to those who have yet to join our shared universe, here are the ways you can support The Cerebral Hedonist:

PATREON! – Where you will recieve all sort of gifts, behind the scenes contents, free Prints, and secret Galleries. Tiers start at $2 so give us a click!

PAYPAL.ME! – Where you can make a one time donation to The Cerebral Hedonist and help us continue to do what we do!

COMMISSION! – And of course, who can forget the Ink Spills! If you’re feeling highly generous and want to own some unique, personalized art from yours truly and stamped with the TCH Seal, then by all means check out our commission sheet and contact us! We’re willing to do the work for your support and we’ll do it in bright vivid hues and lines!!! Check our Ink Spills Gallery if you’d like to see our past work.

Thank you so much guys! Let’s make Black Success Month real and vibrant. Let’s show the world that we are willing to band together and support each other with this community The Cerebral Hedonist has been currating for us and for you! Join us!

Stay Well-Read!

Harli V. Park

The Scholarly Squid

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The Face of 2020 Staring at the Back of 2021

As I stare at the back of 2021, ready to follow it into something new — whether that be good or bad, I can’t help but look back at a year that everyone labels as the worst year of their lives. I look back, right into its face with the privilege and blessing of hindsight, and I realize that 2020 was a very special year.

Now, I won’t pretend 2020 wasn’t the most traumatizing year for some of us. I won’t pretend my experience is universal or much different from the average person. However, my beloved Shoal, you’re all here and therefore you must be morbidly curious about where this is going. Still, in this, I won’t be so delusional as to focus on the positives only. Oh no. I need the negativity. I need all those catastrophes and disasters to be right here where everyone can confront them. That way, I can be clear and truly tell you the value of it all.

All around us, we have been forced to face harsh truths. Some we’ve never seen. Some we tried to pretend weren’t real, and some we already knew and shouted so loudly about from the beginning of our lives all the way to this crossroad. it was only when the truth spilled over into our homes, into our jobs, and into our families that suddenly we couldn’t pretend to be deaf, dumb, and blind. The schism those truths caused ran so deep that many of us fell in and can’t seem to climb back out. Meanwhile, others fight on either side of the gap over whether or not it’s their responsibility to do something at all, much less help. We’ve watched our leadership fail, our heroes fall, and our most treasured creators/influencers come out as only human and thus subject to selfishness, greed, and apathy. These are things that were backbreaking to some, and just dishearteningly expected to others. Yet, no matter what — new or old hat — it is still a suffering we have all witnessed and undertook. The disruption of our preciously currated normalcy in such a grandoise fashion is nothing to laugh at, even if it damn near feels satirical. Most of all, we’ve learned a hard lesson. We can no longer be solely individualistic. We’ve learned that in order to survive and to live, we have to take care of each other.

And that, my Squidlies, is where the truth of 2020 flooded my part of our shared universe with so much light! So much energy and so much power that it may as well been the abrupt eruption of a gama ray blast.

The sheer uncanniness of 2020 gave us something more valuable than we could ever know and probably never will fully appreciate. It gave us Quiet. In the aftermath of the blast, there was a pause. A pause in which people — for bette or worse — began to take deliberate action to cause change. Words caught fire in the homes, schools, and streets in a way we haven’t seen in a long while. There was a re-evaluation on what was and wasn’t valuable to us anymore. What made sense and what didn’t. The dissatisfaction. The upheaval. And then, the willingness to move forward, proving once again that when given the opportunity, we will not devolve into savagery. We will choose to make something happen. We will help. In the end, despite our stubborn and our detractors, we chose empathy.

I saw so many movements in kindness that it made much of the negativity, the lack of accountability, and the aggression in which people approach nearly everything seem like a few drops of rain in a tempest of forward motion. GoFundMes. Donations. Signal Boosting. This network of positivity. This beautiful display of what many will do, despite the few who won’t. This is the Face of 2020 that I am looking back at as I take tentative steps towards 2021.

This face was so often distorted by the widespread myth that if society breaks down, we become evil. Lost in the sea of disaster after disaster and the complancency of our leaders. But that face never went anywhere. It never changed or diminished. The true face of 2020 as a year, in its solidarity and empathy, can only be described in one word: Community.

Like all gatherings, there is hatred, lack of self-awareness, and sheer ignorance that can make things seem impossible and absolutley not worth it. It can’t be helped when so many different people occupy a space. Yet, here at the Cerebral Hedonist, in our small but growing shared universe, the sense of community has been strong. It formed, it spoke, and it bonded. It solidified itself by allowing for other stars, planets, and galaxies to become a massive collective with a mutual desire for more and better.

That is what The Cerebral Hedonist – the pursuit of intellectual pleasures — is meant to embody. That is what all of you who have given, participated, and shared have created for us. I thank you for showing us that in this most trying time, you are willing to be a solution and a quiet refuge. You all have given true value to what we are trying to do and what we are now starting to acheive. Doing our best and sticking to our purpose is truly what is most value and I’m happy to see you believe in it as much as I do.

So, I look into the battered, but kind face of 2020 and tip my chin as I turn my back with the memory of its smile imprinted on our universe. I keep it as I look to the back of 2021 and follow it into the next stage.

Join us.

Join the discussions. Join the creations.

Be what makes storytelling so wonderful and so very integral to our success and evolution. Be with us and be a quiet sanctuary for any and everyone who needs it.

Be a part of the story.

Welcome to the Cerebral Hedonist… Let’s grow this universe together!

-Harli V. Park-

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The Story Continues! 2021!

WELCOME TO 2021!!!

We hope that your New Year will be quiet and bright and successful! Make sure this year you’re working towards making things work out! We have a lot coming down the pipeline so 2021 is shaping up to be exciting! But let’s start with the big one!!!!

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That’s right. The Cerebral Hedonist is opening Commissions to EVERYONE today!

If you get in between Jan 1st and Jan 7th, you get the NEW YEAR; NEW SQUID DISCOUNT! Patreon Patrons get payment plan options as well! So, its a new year, let us create a new YOU! Check it out below!!!

Beautiful Character Designs!

Have them conceptualized, fleshed out, and fully realized how you’ve always envisioned them.

Favorite FanArt!

Have your best girl, best boy, husbando, waifus, and more all rendered uniquely just for you!

Custom Avatars

Imprint yourself and your platform with a beautiful render of yourself that reflects who you are and what you love!

You like what you see? Then what are you waiting for? Get in while we’re open and available!!!

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Thank you guys for supporting us thus far! There will be more updates for January as things get rolling and we hope you stick it out with us for another year!!!!

Look forward to more Tentacle Files, more Reviews ( NOT JUST BOOKS!!!! YEAH!)) and more hearfelt creations from the very heart. We’re here to build a community, so let’s do it!

If you’d like to help us build the Shoal, join our discord! THE SHOAL – Official Cerebral Hedonist Discord

If you’d like to support us in any way, but can’t commission currently, come on through:

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Support us month to month and get wonderful rewards directly from the Squid and become integral in building our shared universe. There will be major updates to the tiers to further give back to the community that gives to us!

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Drop a one time donation and help us create this universe, one world and star at a time!!!

Also show us some love by following this website and following all our platforms and sharing your favorite aspects of the Cerebral Hedonist!

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Thank you for coming through for us during the one of the hardest years of all our lives! So now lets work together and get through the next!!!

The Story So Far – A Squidly Announcement!

Welcome back!

It’s been such a wild ride with hurricanes, blackouts, and bad mental and physical health all around! BUT, we did it! I am happy to announced two projects that have taken months of blood, sweat, and tears with sprinkles of what’s left of my sanity on top!

My Squidlies!

I am pleased to announce that Connecting Worlds and Indigo Inc finally have RELEASE DATES!!!

That’s right! On October 25th and October 26th all of you get to see what’ve been pouring all my energy and hopes into! I’ve been gushing about and finally RESULTS!!!! I’m so proud to have gotten this far and actually pushed through to the completion of a project (much less TWO!) and I truly can’t wait to share them with y’all and hear what you think. Do keep an eye out! Mark your calendars!

But most importantly!

Make sure you FOLLOW this website for updates and
SUBSCRIBE to My Channel!!!

Stay tuned and I’ll see you soon.

Stay Well-Read!!!!

-Harli-

The Story Begins…

You’ve chosen to step into the void…

We welcome you here into the Shoal where you can find whole new worlds and even further universes to explore. You may even create some for yourself…

Now that you have takent he first step, let us guide you from here.

Don’t worry…

We’ll only lead you astray if you let us…

Navigation

The Story So Far – Updates and News detailing ideas, announcements, positivity and success of the shoal!

Artwork – The Official Artwork of the Cerebral Hedonist

The WorldsVarious creations curated by the Squid

  • Tentacle Files – Musings done by the Squid (sometimes in collaboration with guests to the shoal) consisting of thoughtful posts and ruminations.
  • Connecting Worlds – Interviews, discussions, and collaborations that allow a meeting between creative minds
  • Threads of Yggdrasil – the dark futuristic fantasy that follows the threads of a world far from our own yet always leading back to us.
  • Indigo Inc – an episodic horror series about the life and times of a group of clairvoyants.
  • 15 Degrees Skyward – the shared dream between two minds and the connections tested by time, space and life
  • Transient – The psychological dark fantasy of a girl, a monster, and her a small town wrapped in one large spiraling void of insanity.
  • Short Stories – small happenings and anomolies within the void between worlds

The ReviewsIndepth discussion on various media with a focus on Storytelling

YoutubeWhere we bring our thoughts, our dreams, our horrors to life for your viewing pleasure.

PatreonWhere you can join the shoal and enjoy the benefits of truly becoming a part of of the Shoal

KofiWhere you can request your own creations from the Squid in exchange for contribution to our endeavours.

Contactthe threads of connection so that you may always make contact and keep an eye and ear upon the Shoal, the Squid, and the Stories. This includes all those social media links you humans fawn over.

On behalf of the Shoal, the Scholarly Squid thanks you for your patronage and hopes you enjoy your stay. Try not to get too lost.