Hey everyone, I hope you all are having a wonderful and restful Summer, as well as spending time with family and friends. Even though I'm born in the Fall, I love Summer, it's such a wonderful time of year to be free, to have fun, and travel.
I hope all is well with you all. As for me, nothing really that much new. I recently came back from Canada with my mother, visiting family. Canada is an amazing country and I loved meeting the people there. Like America, it also has it places where there are mostly immigrants and it was fascinating meeting people from Somalia, South America, Korea, the Middle East, and even Pakistan. I was in Calgary, and it's an amazing place and filled with lots to do. ^^ But besides that, the big reason I was there was to support my aunt and see my grandmother. Sadly, my aunt is showing signs of Alzheimer's and it was heart-breaking to see for myself when it does to a loved one. It's like pieces of her memory and personality is slowly dying away and we had to help remind her of so much. I don't want to get too much into it, but please.....if you have a loved one in your family and you suspect they are showing signs of Alzheimer's..please don't shun them, please don't pass off their symptoms of just "forgetfulness" and that it'll get better. My aunt went from a prize-winning professional dancer who has practically traveled the world to someone who sometimes can barely remember what she did earlier in the morning.
My family is giving her all the support she needs and that certainly helps.
My mother and I also visited my grandmother. She has a milder form of Alzheimer's. Fortunately she is still able to tell us things she's done in the past and the many amazing people she's met, such as famous celebrities that came to vacation in her country and even bowing to Queen Elizabeth II when she visited there back in the 50's.
She's in a nursing home now and cannot stand on her own, but she still has her spunk and spirit and I laughed when she told me stories of the old days.
We don't know how long she has, so my mom and I made sure we visited her often and let her know she's still loved in the family. My grandmother even met her new great-grandchildren. Although when my cousin took her daughter to meet our grandmother, the little one's blue eyes began to fill with tears and she bawled. I guess she's not really used to seeing older folks.
But it was really fun and I learned lots about my family history, especially the different countries they were from. That really helped me in coming to terms with who I am and where my blood comes from.
But besides that, nothing really all that new....which is not surprising, considering the small town I'm in right now. God I can't wait to get out of here and back home to New York.
But there is something I've been considering for the past few months and I'm coming very close to making it final. The thing is......I'm seriously contemplating leaving Deviant Art and joining a website called The Society Of Children's Book Writers and Illustrators (the site can be found here -www.scbwi.org/
). Please don't get me wrong, I loved it when I first joined Deviant Art all those years ago, hoping to get some really insightful comments, suggestions, and feedback. For a while, I actually did. I met some really wonderful people here...friends I've been friends with for over 10 years. But over the years.....Deviant Art has changed. It went from truly talented people who honestly wanted to showcase their artworks or literature and get some genuine feedback and acknowledgement.....to a place where just anyone joined up so they can troll people, steal their artwork, and turn this into some stupid "popularity contest". Now everyone here just wants to join and draw well-known, established characters in creepy, sexually explicit situations and positions so they can get faves and those stupid "OH!!! SO CUUUUUUUTE!" comments from those bubble-headed members. Also rampant is when they turned characters who are straight or showed only barely hinted signs of being gays into full out gay in their art, putting them in a same-sex relationships and explicit yaoi or yuri situations that has nothing to do with the character, just because it's "cool" and "cute". It's getting ridiculous and downright pathetic. And no, I'm not writing this to denounce homosexuality and say I'm against it. That's NOT what this is about. And if you do comment me and tell me I'm some homophobe, I will make no hesitation to cuss your a$$ out.
This is not about gay characters or people, this is about teen and young adult SJW girls (and yes, even guys) here who are rabid and overly-obsessed over idealized, fantasy, "cute" images and stories of homosexuality and gay characters. And just to clarify for those who might not know, SJW is the acronym for "social justice warriors"....people who are overly-liberal and only care about being "politically correct". They think they are the watchdogs in society and social media, basically harassing and bullying anyone they think is being a "homophobe", politically incorrect, or just not thinking as they do.They don't want to deal with the realities of the life of gay people, but just want to see the "fantasy" of it here, how they think it's "cute" and it's "cool" so they comment on it to make themselves look tolerant, progressive and the "heroes" for gay people. I've known gay people, I've sat down and had heart-to-heart discussions with gay people and befriended them, and even they get uncomfortable with how the rabid, fantasy-craving, over-obsessed yaoi and yuri fan girls act...on Deviant Art and on social media in general, even in comic and anime conventions. They shake their head and they often tell me the last word they would use to truly describe their lives as being gay is "cute" and "cool". The SJW's here are obsessed and all they care about is seeing and liking "cute" gay and lesbian fan art (sometimes of characters who are not even gay!) and over-doing just how for "gay rights" they are, just so they can be seen as the "hero". Even the "popular" artists here are falling prey to that and that's all most of them draw now. And Lord forbid if you say anything that even SEEMS like you're against gay art, because if you don't think like they do, then you're not a "true fan" and you're a "homophobe". It's sad to see how the "popular gay" art get so many likes and faves....examples being Steven Universe, Yuri On Ice and Tracer from Overwatch...yet there are so many talented artists out there that are just as talented and even MORE talented in some cases, get basically ignored because they have original characters that are not from shows and are straight. Has this what Deviant Art truly come to? Do people here just gravitate towards the "popular" artists and art who get the "SQUUUUUEEE! So CUTE! GAY IS LIFE!!! GAY IS PURE!!!" comments and just ignore other struggling writers and artists that truly need the feedback? Is this the result of the generation that is basically raised and conditioned on social media? If you express your faith and values here and it's not "cool" like the SJW's, are you the villain here? What happened to truly appreciating a person's art because it's really well-done, characters who are wonderfully fleshed out and appealing, not whether they are gay or not? I truly do not want to deal with that anymore here and it's a shame so many have left already because of the rabid yaoi and yuri fans and the SJW's. So yeah, I don't know when exactly I'm leaving, but it's coming. When everything's all settled, I'll be more than happy to post the link to my information on that site, and who knows, maybe I'll even get a book deal!
I'll still check around once in a while and see how the friends I've made are doing. But yeah....it's time for me to move on and go somewhere that's really substantial.
Well, sorry for the rambling, but I just had to get this off my chest. I do know that there are some who feel the same way, I'm just putting out what they were thinking. If anyone has a problem with what I said, don't be a coward and troll me....note me or give me a real comment and we can talk. That would be the mature, respectful thing to do.
Anyway, again, hope you all are doing well, and take care until I come back again with some exciting news.