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10 May 2016 @ 09:13 pm
(crossposted to tumblr)

I think the past year of my life has been one of the busiest that I've ever had. For those of you that have been keeping up, skip the next paragraph, for those that want a recap, feel free to check it out.

Mar- africa prep and kickstarter
April - Africa and Spectrum prep - begin pro dog training with duch
May - Spectrum and in a Wedding and start house hunting with Stu - continue pro dog training with duch
June - Prepping for SDCC and research pottery studio and still house hunting - continue pro dog training with duch
July - SDCC - offer accepted on house, 1 month trial at pottery studio - first friday with studio - continue pro dog training with duch
Aug - RMFC, start moving in with Stu - start working at studio - first friday with studio - continue pro dog training with duch
Sept - IlluxCon prep - Visit MN - finish moving in with Stu but only sort of because then in Oct... - continue pro dog training with duch
Oct - move into (basement) of house, and CPFC - begin "The Great Sanding of the Floors" which started as a 2-4 week job and stretched into Dec... (spoilers) -  IlluxCon - rehome Duch
Nov - Sanding forever, hardly any work, at least set up a desk for me though then family in town. Trip to MN during MFF - TFF Prep
Dec - Still sanding - back a mess - can hardly work - FC Prep - TFF Prep - Christmas sale with the studio
Jan  - MOVED UPSTAIRS - also FC - TFF Prep (goes on forever when you are both a guest and neurotic) - transfer collab kickstarter sketch
Feb - TFF prep - unpacking - trying to figure out where things live - TFF prep - finally feeling like I'm getting a handle on commissions again - craigslisting for house stuff - start painting collab kickstarter sketch
Mar - TFF FINALLY WOO! IT WAS AWESOME - short family visit - Start trip to MN - more craisgslisting/shopping for house stuff we didn't know we needed - researc and order chicken coop and chickens and get the license for them - painting collab kickstarter
Apr - finish trip to MN - mom in town, stu's fam in town, short recoup - finish collab kickstarter

In a couple days my dad and brother and their other halves come in town. But at least I'm finally starting to feel like this is my home. I started my seed babies this spring and set out the tomato seed babies last friday (where they were promptly hailed on) *shakes fist* and seeds are in the ground. Runner beans, garbanzo beans, lettuce mixes, fava beans, snap peas and sugar peas have stuck their little heads up. While my mom was in town we pulled the slide off the terrible busted old swing set in the back yard and repainted the metal frame (previously faded/rusting blue and yellow) to 'hammered copper' which looks really cool, and then I found an awesome rustic porch swing on cragslist and we hung it there. We also planted MANY things, including a pear tree, rhubarb, a raspberry plant and a ton of flowers, which are doing pretty well. I've got a lot of seeds in the ground, so told stu that I'm making us food, just very slowly. Which entertained him. we have two 5'x20' plots and one 7'x14' plot, plus a potato trench and another small area we are going to put sweet potatoes in. If even half of the crops come in its still gonna be 3x as much as I ever grew in the past. Which is exciting. We are planning on getting a drop freezer, hopefully sometime soon, at least by the end of the summer. We want to get a membership to a CSA preferably a meat one, and just use the farmers market until then for veg as we can, and have been very very busy still, but at least it is settling down. I've started doing some amazon reviews, I don't imagine I'll get as far into it as some friends, but it has certainly been interesting.

Through all of this I have been doing a lot at the ceramics studio as well as trying to keep up with commisison/con homework. I work at the studio 1x a week, plus I am slowly taking over their social media and design work, I've been loving being there and the environment and the fact that it is slowly taking the place of a lot of the commissioned work I was doing. I think as I get more efficient with this and get more time back I will be able to pull back from doing commissions unless they really appeal to me and work on really developing my own personal work, get more done with my various IPs, including Playing Cards, Broken Worlds, SkulKlan and a not yet discussable project. I hope this is true and really think it is. So fingers crossed in that regards.

Anyhow, I finally feel like I'm getting back on my feet, getting into the grove of things. Developing a rhthym and feel in my home, and it is definitely my home now. I don't think a day goes past that I don't just feel incredibly lucky to be here. I'm so happy with Stu, and we are getting in chickens, and I have the start to a great garden and our neighbors are lovely and it's finally starting to smooth out. There is a lot to do here, but also a lot that already makes it feel so happy and welcoming. I look forward to doing more art, to having people over, and to actually having a life again. It's pretty amazing and I'm so happy. So anyhow, yeah, I was regretting that LJ hasn't been active much, but I think most of us tweet and snapchat and everything but I like everyone's random LIFE UPDATE stuff so figured I'd contribute. I love you all. And Yay! Life may start slowing down!

I close with a picture of our living room, which I adore, with the buffet I craigslisted, art by Vantid on it (needs to be matted and hung still) mask my Missmonster on the wall, fossils, rocks,  and claywork of my own on the hearth, a gifted painting from Michael Mentler on the hearth, a gifted plant from Tasha in the 'fireplace' (it needs to be fixed) yarn under the buffet, a happy muppet on our recent rug splurge and general happiness abounding. <3
06 October 2015 @ 11:33 am
Finding myself in the unfortunate position of having overbooked my fall. Luckily not in regards to paid work with deadlines, but in regards to personal projects, and the portfolio work I had hoped to finish by IlluxCon. The house closing and repairs before we can move in are taking up more time than initially calculated (which is how houses always go as I understand it). Just feeling a bit overwhelmed and disappointed in myself that I won't have much new to show since Spectrum, I have to remind myself that I worked SDCC for the first time this year, and started a ceramics business too, but that doesn't stop me looking at the fact that I thought I'd have at least a couple new pieces for IX and being pretty sad about it. I am gonna make my reward/incentive for these past two crazy months be a big piece to do for an art book I was invited to be a part of. Oh, and my work for TFF, which I am SO excited about. I also have some awesome commissions in queue that I am starting but I am struggling to find time for it all with this house/moving/everything going on. We are refinishing floors today/tomorrow. I work tommorrow night, then we pack like mad. Moving date was supposed to be Sat, but the floors will still be curing, so now its Monday. Then Stu leaves Thursday early morning for a wedding, comes back Monday, and I leave Tuesday for IlluxCon... so yeah... thats a thing... Looking forward to Nov. B/c apparently we won't really be doing much unpacking until then, b/c we won't both be home until then :/
18 November 2014 @ 04:27 pm
Just an update to say, in spite of finances, in spite of a few other things. Right now? Right now, life is good. I'm busy. I have personal projects that are being re-vamped. I have a wonderful man in my life. I have sun on snow, and time with friends. I'm working on my SkulKlan graphic novel. On my Broken Worlds work. On portfolio stuff for Spectrum.

My family is coming over this Friday, and they'll be around for the weekend (in the case of my dad) and almost a full week, in the case of my brother and his girlfriend. I look forward to seeing all of them. And to hosting friendsgiving. And generally looking forward to this week.

I'm happy. I hope you are all having a lovely fall as well.
06 October 2014 @ 11:20 am
Wow, have I not been journalling.

Mostly because from April-August I didn't have a free weekend. Not one. Not a single one. The weekends between my being out of town and people visiting, and my going to cons, or weddings, or hosting people were filled with trying to see my friends who are local, and gosh was I busy.  Since I last journalled I've done the following

* Watched a friends house/critters in Fort Collins,
* Watched a friends house/critters in MN
* Hosted my mom for her first visit to Colorado (to visit me, we used to live here when I was a kid)
* Hosted a friend for a couple days for their visit to Colorado
* Hosted another friend for their first visit to CO (ever)
* Went to Spectrum with Amber and Eric and had a lovely time
* Went to my first SCA outdoor event (just for a day, with a friend who is very active)
* Saw Lindsey Stirling live!
* Went on dates with a few people, some of whom dropped off the face of the earth, some of whom just didn't work out. Nothing ever got serious
* Attended Denver Comic-Con for the first time
* Had more vet appointments than normal because my dog is getting older and it makes me sad
* Struggled with a little situational depression
* Had a jury summons, then wasn't needed for it
* Helped Dave host a concert and Solstice Party
* Road tripped around with FoxAmoore before
* Attended AnthroCon
* Road tripped over to Philly to see family
* Went to Mexico with my brother, his girlfriend, my dad and his girlfriend
* Went to various and sundry Denver Illustrator's Salon events
* Attended an amazing wedding of some of my dearest friends
* Vended at Rocky Mountain Furcon
* Hosted a Making Things afternoon at my place with a few friends
* Hosted some more friends who were new to CO
* And then did that again
* Somewhere during all of that went to the Great Sand Dunes and Bishops Castle...
* Started painting a ton of gryphons - this rolled into September...

And then suddenly it's September. And for those of you that don't know, September is kind of a notoriously poor month for me. Things go badly for me in September. Generally more on the personal range than the professional, but things... go badly. This year was super roller coaster month for me. I started it out by managing to shove my foot super far down my throat with a friend, luckily she understood where I was coming from, but I did hurt her feelings initially. I splurged and attended Cavalia with my roommate, which was amazing, and gorgeous, and fantastic. Attended RainFurrest, which is always a con full of great fun for me. Then RainFurrest didn't do as well as it normally does for me. I did a lot of hiking with a dear friend. I got a weird health thing that took a while to get over. My dog had a health issue come up that requires more attention to her diet and more vet visits. I destroyed a lot of clothes due to some laundry shenanigans, so ended up having to buy some 'new' clothes from the thrift store recently. Started a new Pathfinder game, which is an absolute blast. Two sessions in my character is nearly dead and there is a good chance she'll be dead forever... we'll see... My newish phone got smashed by a car, during an epic bike ride which was super fun/stupid in its lost-ness. It was cheaper to use my mom's upgrade, so instead I did that. And now hate this phone so will probably be selling it to get my old phone repaired. Started dating one of my best friends, and so far it is bringing me great joy. I think the joy carried far enough that September reached out into the start of Oct, because this weekend just went sideways. I had planned to do a lot of things, involving an evening with one friend, southern cooking and adventuring with the guy I'm seeing, and possibly dinner with out of town friends. Things got sideways so the adventuring got cancelled, some drama happened, and then I blew out a tire yesterday among other problems, there is a bit of damage to the front end from walloping a curb too after the blow out. After a trip to the shop I learned that the tire WAS still under warantee so MUCH less than expected for that, but now I'd love to get the front end fixed if at all possible.

So yeah. Been busy. For those of you wondering where I've been... its been crazy. So today I'll go get that new tire (btw the one that blew? One of the new ones that I got put on in July), put up a sale on FA/tumblr for some monochrome headshots, and try and get my old phone fixed. Because screw Samsung, I know its the Galaxy 5, I know everyone ELSE loves it, screw it, I'm a Nexus user forever. *coughs* sorry, I get mad at technology being stubborn/not being what I expect.
So... I just started with a new D&D campaign. My first time at D&D but not at tabletop rpg's so went in and it wasn't as role-play heavy as I was used to. So I did a write-up on Qamar (my raven/black throated magpie jay hybrid) and her reaction to this whole, yes, lets go in the hole and the ground and explore, idea that the company had.  It entertained me, so I thought it may entertain others. Or ya'know, I should at least put it somewhere for posterity.

Feels a bit gratuitous, but I like her and my little storyCollapse )
04 January 2014 @ 12:40 pm
b/c why not

Meme!Collapse )
02 January 2014 @ 11:11 am
Oh hai there new year! I was pretty MIA for the past two months because my schedule was packed ridiculously full.  I spent about a month and a half laying out my new art book (Yay!!) that should release at FC this year.  It took Waaaaay longer than it should have because, a) I hadn't used InDesign in years and was rusty b) I hadn't done Layout in years and was rusty and c) I waited to ask for help for far too bloody long.  So then we had to fix a lot of things that I didn't think about/remember/realize there were better ways to do things. Luckily I have KIND Art Director and Designer friends who were willing to help me and now the book looks pretty damn sharp if I do say so myself.  At least it does all laid out and on paper... we'll see what happens when it prints *fingers crossed* As that started wrapping up I had three 12x16 pieces that I needed to get finished up (secretly) for Christmas, so hauled ass getting those done. I got them to the commissioner the night of Christmas Eve, and then Christmas night I flew down to Texas for a week with the family.  It's been lovely, but crazy busy, and gosh am I ready to get back home and just do some art for a while. Granted I still have some looming deadlines that are making me itchy to get painting now, but it shouldn't be as bad as the past two months.

I hope you all had some lovely holidays and have an amazing new year!
19 November 2013 @ 12:57 pm
So I got an IUD put in yesterday.
Two words. OW! and GRATEFUL!

"Ow" because, yeah. Ow... painful process to get the sucker put in, dunno how long it actually lasted, felt like around 5 minutes, but think it wasn't nearly that long.  Made my uterus turn into some nasty alien scraping and scrambling at my pelvis for a few hours, and made my joints achy and terrible, and my back all tight and spasm-y, but that's mostly settled down today.  Just achy back and cramps today. So... hopefully will all be uphill from here!

"Grateful" for two reasons, one, for the Arch Foundation for making it affordable for people on low income like myself. And two, and most importantly for my two dear friends who came with me to hold my hands and keep me from totally freaking myself out.  Feel free to identify yourself if you like, didn't know if you wanted to be called out. But gosh I'm thankful to you both. For being there for me for hand holding. For bringing of food, for driving, for everything. It made me feel like it was all going to be okay. That I had support if something went wrong. That I wasn't alone. Which is terribly terribly important. So thank you so much. You know who you are, and know that you made what could have been a sad, painful day feeling sorry for myself into a wonderful day in spite of 5 minutes of horrid pain and a few hours of extreme discomfort and pretty strong pain.

And all my friends out there on the internet. Thank you all for being my friends. I appreciate you all.

Hehehe, also realized that this is possibly a TMI and its Tuesday. So its the right day for that according to the internet.
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11 November 2013 @ 06:12 pm
Stolen from kazeno_taka corvus_animus who stole it from charreed and nambroth so fine I'll do it too :|

1. Would you have sex with the last person you text messaged?

2. You talked to an ex today, correct?

3. Have you taken someones virginity?
Taken? Really? It's not a thing you take.

4. Is trust a big issue for you?

5. Did you hang out with the person you like recently?
One of them >< I have a few people I like right now... and very few of them are likely to come to any sort of fruition (for lack of a better word)

6. What are you excited for?

7. What happened tonight?
Art book layout while Doctor Who was on.

8. Do you think it’s disgusting when girls get really wasted?
I agree with Jenn - why does it matter if it's a girl?  I personally find it hilarious when people get drunk, as long as they're not spewing body fluids or being an asshole.

9. Is confidence cute?
Confidence is amazing.  Puppies are cute. (stolen wholesale from Brenda)

10. What is the last beverage you had?
Fizzy Water

11. How many people of the opposite sex do you fully trust?
ummm... one second, Wow, after counting, more than ten. huh, think its like 13. Wow. That was unexpected.

12. Do you own a pair of skinny jeans?
yep, two as a matter of fact. Perfect for cons/dress nights out/wearing with BOOTS! I <3 my big stompy boots.

13. What are you gonna do Saturday night?
Layout book. Sort studio. Forever I think...

14. What are you going to spend money on next?
ummm groceries probably?

15. Are you going out with the last person you kissed?

16. Do you think you’ll change in the next 3 months?
almost certainly in minor ways, in major ways? Doubtful, but possible

17. Who do you feel most comfortable talking to about anything?
Various friends, they know who they are! (stealing from Brenda again)

18. The last time you felt broken?
most of this week... its been downright awful unfortunately.

19. Have you had sex today?
No *sighs*

20. Are you starting to realize anything?
? About what? Life, the Universe, and Everything? I dunno man? I don't get this question.

21. Are you in a good mood?
meh, not bad

22. Would you ever want to swim with sharks?
nurse sharks, sure, or non-violent sharks, but big proper sharks... dunno?

23. Are your eyes the same color as your dad’s?
slightly more hazel/gold but mostly the same brown

24. What do you want right this second?
More time in a day O.o

25. What would you say if the person you love/like kissed another girl/boy?
I'd be pissed... dunno what I'd say? Goodbye maybe?

26. Is your current hair color your natural hair color?
Partly, with carmelly/blond highlights.

27. Would you be able to date someone who doesn’t make you laugh?
umm doubt it?

28. What was the last thing that made you laugh?
My friends string of comments that said this
"wtf gtfo"
"The shock has loosened my vowels"

29. Do you really, truly miss someone right now?
yep, quite a few people actually

30. Does everyone deserve a second chance?
some people yes... others not so much

31. Honestly, do you hate the last boy you were talking to?
NO! My roommate is awesome.

32. Does the person you have feelings for right now, know you do?
umm one of them does, the other... dunno?

33. Are you one of those people who never drinks soda?
pretty much yeah. I'll periodically grab a sip and immediately regret it *gross* used to love them though

34. Listening to?
Doctor Who!

35. Do you ever write in pencil anymore?
yep! I prefer writing in traditional media

36. Do you know where the last person you kissed is?
probably at home? no idea, its my ex?

37. Do you believe in love at first sight?

38. Who did you last call?
a friend about a billing miscommunication

39. Who was the last person you danced with?

40. Why did you kiss the last person you kissed?
Because we were dating at the time?

41. When was the last time you ate a cupcake?
don't know. And that makes me sad

42. Did you hug/kiss one of your parents today?
they live 12 hours away by car... so no...

43. Ever embarrass yourself in front of a crush?
All the time. I embarrass myself on a regular basis in front of plenty of people

44. Do you tan in the nude?
Sort of?  I used to lay out on my parents deck occasionally... I am solar powered. It recharges me to lay in the sun for 10-15 min, so if I have the space to do it  (and privacy) I'll take advantage of it.

45. If you could, would you take back your last kiss?

46. Did you talk to someone until you fell asleep last night?

47. Who was the last person to call you?

48. Do you sing in the shower?
Yep, often.

49. Do you dance in the car?
All the bloody time

50. Ever used a bow and arrow?

51. Last time you got a portrait taken by a photographer?
either for my license or in college by a friend who was a photographer

52. Do you think musicals are cheesy?
they are good and fun, but yes, often also cheesy

53. Is Christmas stressful?
has been since my parents split

54. Ever eat a pierogi?
yeppers but not often

55. Favorite type of fruit pie?
strawberry rhubarb!

56. Occupations you wanted to be when you were a kid?
artist or vet

57. Do you believe in ghosts?
yep, though no personal experience

58. Ever have a Deja-vu feeling?

59. Take a vitamin daily?

60. Wear slippers?
yes. I am cold all the time forever. Especially my feet and fingers. Unfortunately they are slipper and thus I've also fallen down the stairs in them.

61. Wear a bath robe?

62. What do you wear to bed?
pjs and a shirt, or just a shirt and undies...

63. First concert?
Edgefest I think? Or Fair to Midland?

64. Wal-Mart, Target or Kmart?
Target - not that I go to any of them with any type of regularity and despise wal-mart

65. Nike or Adidas?
whatever fits

66. Cheetos Or Fritos?
Cheeto Poofs!

67. Peanuts or Sunflower seeds?
eh... probably sunflowers, in the car, to keep me awake... don't eat either other than that.

68. Favorite Taylor Swift song?
no idea? So lets go with favorite MUSE song because I love MUSE... Oh wait, I can't pick...

69. Ever take dance lessons?
yep, greek, irish, ballet as a kindergartener, and swing

70. Is there a profession you picture your future spouse doing?
whatever makes him happy

71. Can you curl your tongue?

72. Ever won a spelling bee?
nope. good at spelling but never won

73. Have you ever cried because you were so happy?
don't think so

74. What is your favorite book?
urrrrrr... too many favorites. Ummm a list! Anything by Mercedes Lackey or Brom or Neil Gaiman or Patricia McKillip or James Gurney or... maybe I should stop now?

75. Do you study better with or without music?
with. If I'm writing it has to not have English lyrics, other than that words are fine

76. Regularly burn incense?

77. Ever been in love?
yes indeed

78. Who would you like to see in concert?
MUSE again and always. Blue October. A Fine Frenzy. Garfunkel and Oates.

79. What was the last concert you saw?
Paul and Storm last night because Dave's friend bailed on him

80. Hot tea or cold tea?

81. Tea or coffee?
TEA! Although a perfectly balanced cappuccino is lovely

82. Favorite type of cookie?
snickerdoodle? Or pumpkin chocolate chip

83. Can you swim well?
yes indeed

84. Can you hold your breath without holding your nose?

85. Are you patient?
to a certain extent... but when that goes it goes fast

86. DJ or band, at a wedding?
depends? No idea really

87. Ever won a contest?

88. Ever have plastic surgery?

89. Which are better black or green olives?
black - kalamata are awesome

90. Opinions on sex before marriage?
do what you want. Your sex life is your own. As long as it is safe and consensual I don't care.

91. Best room for a fireplace?
Bedroom? Living Room? Bathroom? I dunno, I like them always

92. Do you want to get married?