I commissioned artist Fishiebug to do a bust painting of Tyler from REBEL AGAINST HEAVEN, and oh man did she deliver some awesome work:
It is so good. So very very good, and stunningly true to the reference images I gave her. I'm hoping to commission some more work from her on the future, but before I can do that I'll need some half-decent references from my other characters.
Fishiebug also recorded an hour of working on this piece, which is super useful for aspiring artists to pick up new skills. I've already found it very helpfull!
Using this as a desktop background to keep me motivated through these revisions!
Revisions are going pretty well today. My system wasn't working but I sorted it out, and now instead of overwhelming myself I can take it all one thing at a time.
Yesterday marked 4 years since I met my fiancé, Dave. Makes me feel kind of old, and kind of badass.
I was 15 when we met, he was 17. Teen romances aren't known for their longevity but we've got a good run going -- so take that, world.
I could blether on about love and all that, but one of my favorite authors has already described it better than I ever could. Here you go:
Have a good Bank Holiday weekend, guys 'n girls.
Sorry for the lack of posts - life has been busy, and fantastic.
The Blog has a new theme, it's a temp one until I can redo the site to something more lightweight.
It used to be I would post about anything important - and, as things go, the important things would often be the worst. Unfortunately, when I post negative or awful things, having to go back over them later just makes me regret ever writing it...
So today, have a post about the good things.
- I got to work with my fiance, and the transition between lovers and mates is a flawless as its ever been. Treating him as a colleague just works and it's so nice to have such a close friend.
- On IM he made some lame joke and posted 'It was worth it, it made you smile". Long after the joke was forgotten, seeing it still made me smile.
- My friends caught wind of some issues we were having with a tenant and we talked (well, ranted, in part) about it over e-mail. Seeing them there for me when I'm stressed or low never stops being unbelievable.
- They helped me get a present for someone very special to me! (Hint: It's not Dave. This time.)
- Dave and my friends conspired together to bring home a tub of Ben&Jerry's Cookie Dough ice cream. I'm undersleeping and overstressing so thinking of me like that makes me squee.
- Just e-mailed my agent and stated something I've only just realised: I am happy with my writing right now. Sure, I edit and re-edit and angst about my style and prose; I never get enough writing done to satisfy me... but I'm very confident in the direction my work is going, and the way this series is going to turn out.
To summarize: Everything is awesome.
Hope you can say the same.
It’s been… more than a rough week. A rough few months, really. The recession is not fun, nor was being without my laptop, so with money worries and the inability to get some release via art and writing, I’ve been a bit of a stressed-out mess.
I like Valentines, though. In the past, when I was young, it was just a sort of embarrassment-ridden sideshow that I hoped would pass by without any stupid pranks coming my way. Once I actually started doing that whole relationship thing, it’s always been something i enjoyed - though for Dave and I, who keep up a pretty-much constant stream of romance, trying to think up a way to make Valentines different was always going to be a struggle.
This week, in particular, has been quite the mix - I only just got my laptop back, and having the tool for my artistic release back within my reach has infused me with an odd, work-obsessed desperation to use it and to create. Around mid-week, Dave kept me on the phone all the walk home and I stated, too sharply, that I wanted to have some peace at home to work instead of going to Inverness - only to step into the door and find the house candlelit, and Dave waiting on the coach with a movie night prepared. Thoughts of work were quickly abandoned, but that didn’t stop the feelings of guilt… I try very hard to balance work, art and love and keep running semi-independently, and it’s very easy to mis-step.