I've been saying this for a few days now, but it still throws me that I've now been on DeviantArt for 11 years (I forgot my DA birthday the other week XD)
Good times, rough times, its all part of the flow, and I still love being right here in this extraordinary community, and part of an extraordinary team of volunteers
Theres just a few things I wanted to let you all know, because I've pretty much stopped doing personal journals over the last few years it seems.
I've just had surgery to remove a tooth, those of you closest to me will know how much I hate my teeth, so yer. It sucks, I have 4 stitches in my gum from having a molar removed and I'm all swollen up like a one sided chipmunk. Its a very classy look, not. Liquid diet for me for a week or so
I changed jobs back in February which means I'm working full time, giving me less time to do awesome things I actually enjoy doing. Needs must and all that, we have to pay bills! Lee and I are getting married at the end of the year (I'm sure I mentioned that? If I didn't woops >.> XD ) We've been together for 14 years now sooo its kinda about time lol Its very exciting but also very nerve wracking, and any of you who have already taken the plunge will know how I feel! So much to organize!! D;
Both of our dads are currently going through treatment for cancer, which is utterly devastating and not something I have words to really talk about, so we will just leave it at that, and as much as I am not one to ask for anything, any sort of positive vibes, love hugs and general good zen floated my way is deeply appreciated. Its been a very rough few months, and its going to remain that way for a while I suspect
My daddy starts radio & chemo on Monday and its hard to reconcile that my hero of a dad (who was still fitting new windows in their house yesterday and driving round in his Porsche despite being in ridiculous amounts of pain) could be so very very poorly.
I'm going to close the group down. I think its run its course and its unfair of me to leave my fab buddy Quoth-Raven
holding down the fort doing submissions and stuff when I don't have time. More than that I would like to see all the of the hundreds of pieces of stock I have in the group actually being used. So you might have noticed I've already started moving packs and things over and removing the passwords from the zip files so everyone can have access
Its going to involve some form of submission spam. I will try and get it done as quickly as possible, but no promises!
I can however promise you I'm not going anywhere, and I'm still as active as I can be despite trips to the hospital with me, lee (he dislocated his shoulder again the other week) and our parents. In fact, once I've moved all my stock over from the group I am going to attempt my first ever stock contest. I know. 11 years on the site and loads of community contests but I've never actually run my own
Crazy stuff! I can specifically say it will be a book cover contest, or at least a commercial use orientated contest. Its the most frequently requested use for my stock, and I am very aware that so many of you are just starting out and need examples of artwork and covers etc to be able to get a step on the ladder so to speak and don't have the funds to purchase model releases to do that, so more on that in a few weeks
Don't forget its DeviantArts birthday in a few days as well
I love you all. With age and grey hairs comes the understanding that some of the shit life throws at you is just too trivial and petty to spend any sort of time on.