Could we with ink the ocean fill,
And were the skies of parchment made,
Were every stalk on earth a quill,
And every man a scribe by trade,
To write the love of God above,
Would drain the ocean dry.
Nor could the scroll contain the whole,
Though stretched from sky to sky.

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New laptop, and thanks!

Hey guys!

Wanted to say that I just got a new laptop (since the old one was having issues), so pardon any strange color activity in my future artwork, haha. The new screen actually seems pretty close to my previous laptop, so I don’t think it’ll be too big of an adjustment on my end, but please let me know if anything looks off! Of course that requires that I draw something first – sorry I’ve been rather quiet the last month or two ^^; Little things kept coming up keeping me busy, and I had an off-site commission I was working on (may post it later; it’s a birthday present, so I don’t want to risk posting it ahead of time even though the recipient isn’t likely to see it). But I’ll get back to it shortly!

Also, I wanted to say a big thank you for all the birthday wishes! You guys are so sweet! I had the misfortune of being sick and kind of down on my birthday this year, but, well, what can you do ^^; There were still some nice things about it, and I was cheered up by all of your gifts and comments ^-^

Ah, and if anyone was wondering about our snow situation, most of that 50+ inches we got from the snowstorm melted really quickly, and we didn’t have any trouble with flooding here. Yay! It actually stayed pretty green after that until last night when several inches fell, but that’s nothing we can’t handle XD

Thanks for reading! Hope you guys are doing well and enjoying December ^-^

(Oh yeah - We got Smash Bros. for the Wii U not long ago! So much fun! :D Love all the Fire Emblem characters.)

E-card SS Wishlist

Decided to join the E-card Secret Santa event too ^^ Thanks chibi-anna-chan for hosting!!

To my Secret Santa, here are some general categories you can choose from:

Video Games:
Fire Emblem
The Legend of Zelda
Kingdom Hearts
Golden Sun
Smash Bros

Anime:
Fullmetal Alchemist
Ghost Hunt
Steins; Gate
Gekkan Shoujo Nozaki-kun
The Twelve Kingdoms
Fruits Basket

Other:
Lord of the Rings / The Hobbit (especially elves!)
Doctor Who

And if you’d like more specific options, here are some characters I like:
Link (Legend of Zelda, especially Twilight Princess, though any adult Link is fine)
Seto Kaiba (Yu-Gi-Oh!)
Seth (Fire Emblem: The Sacred Stones)
Hector (Fire Emblem: Blazing Sword)
Naru/Kazuya Shibuya (Ghost Hunt)
Sesshomaru (Inuyasha)
Howl (Howl’s Moving Castle)
Gilgamesh/Archer (Fate/Zero)
Hei (Darker than Black)
Riku (Kingdom Hearts)
Legolas (LOTR/Hobbit)
Thranduil (LOTR/Hobbit)

Have fun with it, and thank you very much in advance!

Snowed In!

Some of you may have heard about the crazy snowstorm that’s been going on in Western New York this week. Guess where I live :P The snow started Monday night, along with thunder and lightning, and it continued snowing through yesterday. We’re on our 4th day of being snowed in, with 50+ inches out there, and some areas have up to 7 feet! We typically get a lot of snow here in the winter, but I’ve never seen anything like this! Just this morning the maintenance crew was finally able to get to our apartment complex to start clearing out the parking lot. My husband and I spent over two hours today clearing off our cars as best we could, though we still aren’t supposed to be driving around (travel bans and such). It’s supposed to warm up and rain this weekend, which should help get rid of the snow, but then of course we’ll have flooding to worry about! Hope it all passes soon. I’m just thanking God my husband and I were both home safe for all of this, and that we’ve had enough food and supplies while we’ve been trapped inside.

Secret Santa 2014 Wishlist

It’s that time of year again! Here’s my wishlist for the Secret Santa Fan Art Event hosted by ItachiSasuke and MangaKid. (Thanks for your work in hosting this, you two! )

Stop by the event page and join the fun if you haven’t yet!

Alrighty, here are some choices for my Secret Santa:

Individual Characters:
Seth (Fire Emblem: The Sacred Stones)
Hector (Fire Emblem: Blazing Sword)
Frederick (Fire Emblem: Awakening)(Ref without armor. You’re welcome XD)
Link (Legend of Zelda; Twilight Princess is my preference ^^)
Seto Kaiba (Yu-Gi-Oh!)
Naru (aka Kazuya Shibuya)(Ghost Hunt)
Gilgamesh/Archer (Fate/Zero) (Either hairstyle and with or without armor is fine)
My OC Vekter
My OC Tani (use the 2013 pic for reference ^_~)

Or Couples, if you’d like!
Naru and Mai (Ghost Hunt)
Link and Zelda (Legend of Zelda)
Seth and Eirika (Fire Emblem: The Sacred Stones)
Hector and Lyn (Fire Emblem: Blazing Sword)
Nozaki and Chiyo (Gekkan Shoujo Nozaki-kun)
Inigo and Lucina (Fire Emblem: Awakening)
Geoffrey and Elincia (Fire Emblem: Path of Radiance / Radiant Dawn)

Important note: Whether drawing an individual or a couple, please avoid anything sexy/suggestive! Or mature/NSFW/inappropriate/you get the idea. Other than that, draw something you’ll have fun with, and thanks very much in advance! ^^

On the mend

Here’s my long overdue jaw/TMD update for those concerned. Thanks so much to those who have been thinking of me and checking up on me – you’re the sweetest! ♥

So, um, it’s been over 2 months since my last post about this. It seemed every time I thought of doing one I took a step backward again and didn’t feel like being depressing ^^; But I’m feeling pretty positive right now, and hopefully nearing the end of this mess! Let’s do an update list to make this quicker ~

-Jaw problems started at the end of February; got bad sometime in March
-I had an MRI in April
-It showed that there was no disc out of place in my jaw as my doctor had thought there would be; rather the discs were being compressed in there because my jaw was locked up, likely due to muscle tension
-Tried muscle relaxants; didn’t do a whole lot.
-I started having involuntary jaw movement from muscle spasms, where my jaw moved completely by itself O_o Weirdest thing ever, seriously. This is still happening to me daily, but thankfully far less frequently than it was. My jaw just randomly likes to tug from side to side or wide open, heh ^^;
-I’ve been doing physical therapy for about a month and a half now, and IT’S WORKING! Before I could only open my jaw maybe halfway at best, and now I can open fully or nearly fully, which is WONDERFUL!
-I still have muscle tension in my jaw which is uncomfortable and sometimes pulls my teeth slightly out of alignment, which is really irritating, but I think it’s improving. Hopefully for real this time.
-I am starting to be able to eat some more things. Yay!
-Not being able to eat normally for so long has had some unfortunate side effects on my health, such as weight loss and a lowered immune system (I had two colds in May, ugh >.<). It’s also going to take some time to build the strength back up in my jaw, so chewing will be challenging for a while.

So there we have it. I’m doing much better, but still have some recovering to do. Obviously I’ve been drawing normally for some time now, so I don’t think this will have any further effect on my artwork; I’m just making a point of trying to keep decent posture while I work. I still don’t know what the initial cause of all this was, but hopefully it will be behind me soon.

I’ve been thinking a lot about opening Paypal commissions over on DA lately, especially with all my recent medical expenses. Also wondering about trying some adoptables...we'll see.

Whew, did you make it through all that? XD Thanks for reading, guys – hope you’re all doing great and enjoying your summers! *big hugs*