I don't think that I mentioned it much in emails because the process has been a long-running background thing, but on July 2nd my husband and I closed on a house! We're homeowners(!) and every waking moment since then has been busy busy busy! I won't go into detail, but there's a lot of remodeling that needs to be done before we're comfortable with moving in and getting that all in line has been remarkably tedious.
Then, just two weeks after that I managed to catch some sort of bacterial sinusitis, which floored me for another week. Tests and whatnot proved it wasn't Covid and antibiotics helped me recover pretty quickly, but I still wound up being behind on a lot of things because of it. Trying to catch up on everything led to the decision to cut back on some of the less essential business things - such as my Twitch stream, which simply just did not happen last month due to the aforementioned and a fluke involving lightning.
Until I'm fully moved into my new place (and have a proper studio set up), the twitch stream will be on hiatus. I am also not participating in #Smaugust in the same capacity that I did last year and will instead simply be featuring my existing dragon artwork on Instagram. I am still running the birthday sale though! Since my kiddo is turning 11, all dragon items in the shop will be 11% off until September 1st!
Also, The Coffee Shop of Horrors, in Montverde, FL, is also hosting another pop-up art show - tomorrow. As it's running in conjunction with the local farmer's market, I will be there from 8am to 3pm. It's a great little spot in a beautiful little town. If you happen to be in the Central Florida area this weekend, be sure to stop on by!
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I never get tired of opening boxes like this. While I didn't technically "win" the NaNoWriMo again this year, I've been extremely successful with it. Sivoa: Zenith now has as many words as Sivoa: Sunrise and the ending is actually written. I just need to fill in some plot holes and write in some scene connectors before it's onto the editing phase. I forgot how exciting it is to be this close to the finish line! Heck, I'm feeling this on two fronts! The children's book I've been working on is approaching completion and is looking like it'll make its deadline of February! Y'all, this story is so stinking cute! It's about 5 little goblins just barely not failing at puppy sitting. Stylistically, it's like a hybrid storybook and comic, which helps to keep it timeless. 🥰 Being on the production side, I do not know what launch procedures for this book will look like, but if you want to be kept informed about release and ordering information
As I'm typing this, I'm preparing to leave for Rose City Comic Con , in Portland, OR with my BFF, The White Elk ! This is the first convention I've ever attended on that side of the country and I'm excited to see, like, s o many online friends ! Then two weeks after that I get to see even more at Necronomicon over here in Tampa, where I will be vending . I really kind of need this after last month. August was very rough for me with the kiddo starting school back up (in Florida, where everything is insane) and the passing of Jarvis , my (but then Daniel's ) cat. She meant a lot to me. More than I think I'll ever be able to explain. I did manage to get some art done though! Two children's book pages, a Sivoa illustration (with another coming out on Tuesday!), and two Sivoa sketches! All of which can be found on the Patreon member Discord channel ! I also got a ton of writing done. 😁 If you already follow me on Patreon (it's free!), these monthly emails
Happy 2022! All these twos must be affecting my brain because I've been two days late with my regularly scheduled content since the year started. 😅 I want to blame the cheese, but in truth it's because I've been overwhelmed with the move into my new house and the death of a dear friend . In fact, I've been using the move to dive mindlessly into physical labor and turn off my feelings - which bit me in the ass earlier this week when I realized that I hadn't even started on my Patreon update. I opened up photoshop to start coloring and about ten minutes in I couldn't see the screen through my tears. That moment of quiet allowed me to grieve like I should've in the first place and I guess I'm better now for it. I still miss Weatherly though. He was a staple of convention life for me - a friendly face that was always there to tell really bad jokes, make silly faces, and show off his latest shirt designs. He was the father of Aardvark Tees and if you'