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Heyas folks! :wave: I hope everyone had a wonderful Valentine's and lovely Easter. I can't begin to tell how much I love this time of the year...Spring. I love the new beginnings, the fresh leaves and grass, the budding flowers, and of course, the warmer weather. :aww: It's the time change, of starting over, and welcoming the year with hope, enthusiasm, expectations, and promise. Even despite the religious aspect of it (Easter and Passover), Spring just holds a special place in my heart and always will. :D Anyway, nothing really all the new with me, I just thought enough time and passed by to finally post a journal and let everyone know that I'm here and I'm just holding on. I did finish Book II of my story, Legacy Of The Gods, and I want to thank those how have taken the time, respect, and overall courtesy of reading my story and letting me know what they think. I'm truly honored and you've honestly made it worth it being here on Deviant Art. :huggle: You guys know who you are. I'm also still looking for anyone doing requests and commissions. Just note me and I'll give you all the details. I'd really like pics of my original characters from Legacy, but I'd also love a pic of my old Sailor Moon OC's Sailor Sirius and Polaris with Princess Tiana (Princess and the Frog) and Princess Shuri (BLack Panther). Note me, okay? Other than that, nothing much new. Thanks everyone, and please keep visiting! :iconbaibaiplz: :blowkiss:
  • Listening to: Television
  • Reading: Star Wars: Crucible
  • Watching: Bionic Man
  • Playing: Nothing
  • Eating: Nothing
  • Drinking: Coffee
Hello everyone, me again. :aww: I hope you all had an amazing Thanksgiving,  Christmas, New Year's, whether you celebrate those holidays or not. The point is that you got to spend time with family and friends and just take the time to relax and reflect on the past year, not really anything religious and such. So far, the past year has still been...well...a little challenging, but not really as bad as the previous years, especially with my dad passing away back in 2015. No real big change since then, but I'm still holding on to hope that things will improve and I can finally get out of this small town. It just takes time, faith, and being strong mentally and spiritually. Right now, people in the world is going through so much and we all have to take the time to take a breather and be grateful for what we have, no matter how small. :thanks: It's easy to forget that, especially in times where people take pleasure in being such complainers, whining, entitled, rude, and just plain so easily offended, especially on social media and specifically Twitter. That's one of the reasons I haven't signed up on it yet. I don't want to have to curse someone out just because of what I post. I don't want to have to confront someone who feels that in order to be "cool" and "tolerant" and validate themselves, they have to insult me because of my views and morals. No, sorry, it doesn't make you look cool and the "hero" because you post that you are angry for something I said. It just makes you look foolish. I don't have time or tolerance for your "fake angry" and overly-sensitive feelings and then hiding your ignorance behind a computer screen. Get a life, and get out from your mama's basement!! *Twitter troll* --> :O_o: :chainsaw: <-- *me*

Anyway, besides that, I'm really ready for the warm weather now. Winter has been tough and I just want the warmth to help me look forward to a new future and life outside of this small town. :aww: Here's to the upcoming Summer! :w00t!: I got to see the new Black Panther movie, and it was pretty awesome. Granted, it wasn't as good as Captain America: Civil War or Winter Soldier, but it was still pretty damn good and such an inspiration for so many. I'm not a big Disney fan...at least not like I used to be years go, but when they actually do something right or meaningful, they do it right. :thanks: That's why it's really important for me know that I ask that if anyone is willing, they can contact me about going a request or commission for me. I would love to have a pic of my old Sailor Moon OC's, Sailor Sirius and her cousin Sailor Polaris, excitedly meeting Black Panther/T'Challa, and even Princess Shuri, his sister, as she is now officially a Disney Princess. As far as I know, Black Panther was the first Marvel Black superhero, and Sailor Sirius and her cousin Sailor Polaris the first Black Sailor Senshi. So I just thought at this time, it would be fitting for them to meet as it shows that young, ethnic kids here in America, Africa, and even the Caribbean and South America definitely need to see themselves in a positive light. :aww: Please, please note me and I'll get references and details. I don't have much money at the moment, but perhaps we can work something out for a commission. But requests would be nice too. So please let me know. Thanks again to those who have read my original stories and was so kind and respectful enough to give me their feedback and comments. You are truly the amazing ones here on DA. That's it with me. Take care and don't forget to drop me a note...about anything! :iconbaibaiplz:
  • Listening to: Nothing
  • Reading: Star Wars: Crucible
  • Watching: Nothing
  • Playing: Nothing
  • Eating: Nothing
  • Drinking: Coffee
Hey again everyone. :aww: Gosh, it's been a while, hasn't it? Sorry, but my life isn't exactly the most exciting, especially when you're living in a small PA town. ^^; But I'm hanging in there, despite some ups and downs. I did hit a bit of a depression spell, but I'm pulling through, thankfully. In the end, we all just have to remind ourselves how lucky we are compared to so many people out there right now and we have to be grateful. Looking back in the past year...2017, even though I'm disappointed at how some things turned out, I'm still grateful for what I do have and those in my life. :thanks: In any case, thank you to everyone who sent me birthday wishes back in October, I really appreciate it. :huggle: I have to admit, there are some real jerks here on DA, but I'm happy that I've met some really awesome people here! I hope everyone had a great Summer and wonderful Halloween and Thanksgiving...here in America and in Canada in October. I can't believe another year has come and gone with Christmas and New Year's on the way. Like everyone else, I'm hoping 2018 will be calmer, peaceful, and for me, a little luckier and prosperous. :fingerscrossed:

Nothing much new with me. I'm still having an amazing time writing my stories and getting the (admittedly few) feedback on it. I feel like I'm really improving in writing and I'm more than ready to go into the writing world. I have so much ideas and suggestions that I know people will love. And no, I'm not going to write characters and plots just because it's "popular" for the moment, but real stories that people can love,  enjoy, be entertained by, and not worry about any controversies that would make families uncomfortable. That's not what I'm about. So yeah, I think it won't be too long. :D I'm also still thinking about trying to do my own art. Unfortunately, not many artists are offering to do any commissions or requests for me, despite me asking quite a few times here. But that's alright, it'll give me practice for my artistic skills as well. Wish me luck! So that's it with me for now. Please continue visiting and reading my stories, it means so much. Take care and I hope everyone has a wonderful Christmas and New Year's. :wave:
  • Listening to: The radio, Hot97.FM to be specific
  • Reading: Stephen King's The Dark Tower
  • Watching: TV
  • Playing: Nothing
  • Eating: Dinner
  • Drinking: 7up Soda
Hey everyone, me again! :D :wave: I hope everyone had a great Summer...well, despite what's been going on around the world. I won't go into it, but according to the news, it's been one heck of a Summer for 2017, and I can only hope that everyone will soon keep a level head and just...calm down. :O_o: We can only hope Fall and Winter will settle things down. *sigh* Anyway, nothing really much new with me. I'm still writing my Legacy story and I can't believe it's coming to a close soon. It's been a blast writing it and I'm so glad to be able to use a subject that not a lot know about. African mythology has been sadly ignored in literature and I can only hope through my stories that more people will pay attention to it. Seriously, it's amazing. There's so many different folklore, mythologies, and characters that would put most Greek and Roman mythology to shame. :aww: One of my faves is the story of Anansi, the trickster Spider God from the Ashanti mythology. He's a little bit more known, which I'm glad for, but still doesn't get enough love. ;) Another that I really enjoy and love is the Yoruba mythology, which my story is based on. I truly love how easy it is to see that many of the Greek and Roman gods we know today are basically derived from them, go check for yourself. So yeah, it was fun and I'm already thinking of new story ideas, like Native American. So we'll see. I wanted to thank those of you who took the time and respect to read my stories and give me the comment, suggestions, and extra eyes for typos I so desperately needed, instead of those who ignored. You know who you are, and I truly thank you. :huggle:

Anyway, besides that, I wanted to know if there is anyone out there who is willing to do a special kind of pic for me. I'm really looking for someone to do a pic of Marvel's Black Panther and Storm meeting and conversing with my (very) old Sailor Moon characters Sailor Sirius and her cousin Polaris. Black Panther is basically one of the first Black superheroes from Marvel and he has always been my idol growing up in New York. Not because he was Black, but because of how much he cared for his people, justice, and what was right. Sailor Sirius stood for that too, and as she was the first Black Sailor Senshi, and later on her cousin, I thought it would be awesome if they would meet, as I have a bit of Sailor Sirius meeting Princess Tiana, Disney's first official Black American Princess. :aww: So please, is there anyone out there willing to help me out? It's really important to me, especially with the Black Panther movie coming out and I just wanted to celebrate that. :D Please note me.

Other than that, I'm just here. ^^; Thanks a bunch, and again, thank you to those here with hearts big enough to take the time to read my stories, instead of just being one of those "SQUUUUEEE! That pic is so cuuuuuuute! I'm gonna dieee!" girls here. :roll: Take care, and have a wonderful Fall. :wave:
  • Listening to: The radio, Hot97.FM to be specific
  • Reading: Stephen King's The Dark Tower
  • Watching: TV
  • Playing: Nothing
  • Eating: Dinner
  • Drinking: 7up Soda
Hey hey everyone, how's it floating? :wave: Yeah, I know, it's been a while, but honestly I really don't have much to say on what's going on with me. Things are pretty much the same and I'm just hoping this Summer, things will look up. My mom and I are still waiting to hear about my late father's court case. If I didn't tell you, my dad was in a accident where he was hit by a company truck while riding his bike, and it turned out the driver was at fault. My father was going to court to win a settlement, but sadly, he passed away almost two years ago due to heart failure and diabetes before the case could be settled. As my mom was still married to my dad (although separated), at the outcome of the court hearing, whatever settlement my father was going to get, goes to my mother. Hopefully it'll work out and with that settlement, we can finally move out of this deadbeat town and back home to New York. All we can do now is just wait and see what happens. So other than that......I'm just here. I would say I pray about it every night, but honestly.....I really don't know if I'm that religious anymore. I don't want to get too deep into it, but with how my life turned out and what I've been though medically, emotionally, and spiritually, my faith has really been shaken and it's hard to hold on.

Now don't get me wrong, I'm not ungrateful for what I have. I know there are people out there in the world that are really suffering, that literally have nothing, especially the refugees in Europe, Africa, and other places. I'm grateful for the little I have, I'm grateful at how lucky I am to be alive. But let's just say it's hard to hold on, you know? I'll leave it at that, I don't want to bore you all with the details. Anyway, I'm still writing my original story, Legacy Of The Gods: Heart Of Igboju, and it's really given me a sense of purpose that I enjoy. :aww: I've even found a great website dedicated to helping and promoting WRITERS, not artists like here. On this site, I'll get feedback, advice, suggestions, and even promotion for my stories to be published. While I loved being here and meeting awesome people, I know now that this might not be the best place for me with my writing....as I'm certainly not an artist. ^^; Once I'm settled and my stories are uploaded, I'll be sure to send a link to those who might be interested. Updates are coming. ;) So that's about it with me and my boring life. Oh....and before I forget, I know I've said this many times before, I'm still looking for artists who are willing to do requests and commissions for my characters. Please note me and let me know your prices, and I'll give you detailed descriptions. I'd really appreciate it. :thanks:

I hope everyone had a great and wonderful Mother's Day with your moms and women who are an inspiration to you. For me, Mother's Day isn't just about literal and biological mothers, but women or family members who have had an impact in your life, who helped shaped you into the person you are and been there for you. I personally don't believe you have to be a mother to be an important part of someone's life. Any woman can be a mother figure, a woman who loved you, nurtured you, and brought you through life's obstacles. So to all mothers and mother-figures...like I've had, Happy belated Mother's Day and the same for Father's Day. :blowkiss:

Take care and don't forget to note me about...well, anything! :wave: :excited:
  • Listening to: TV
  • Reading: Fablehaven- Dragonwatch
  • Watching: TV
  • Playing: Nothing
  • Eating: Goldfish crackers
  • Drinking: Iced tea
Hey everyone, it's me again. :wave: Well, another year has come and gone and so much has changed in the world. Some for the better, some for the worse. But that's life, isn't it? We have to take the bad with the good. Wish it wasn't so, but it is what it is. I hope everyone had a fantastic St. Valentine's with your husbands, wives, boyfriends and girlfriends. But remember too, Valentine's isn't just about romantic life, but it also represent love in all forms, such as between friends and families. Just because a form of love isn't romantic doesn't mean it's not valid. Friends can love each other very much, just as a mother can truly love her child, or even siblings loving each other. So yeah, Valentine's is for ALL love. ^^ Well, as for me, nothing much new. Believe me, I know how boring my journals can be. I wish I could write exciting journals about going on vacation to different states or even countries or meeting someone romantically like some members do here, but I definitely don't have the money or the connections to do awesome stuff like that. ^^; I used to do movie reviews, but that got tedious as well. So for now, it's jut me, and I hope that's enough. :shrug:

Speaking of which, there is something I've been thinking about for a long while and I can't believe I'm even contemplating this. I'm thinking about moving my stories to websites that are specifically for writing and aspiring authors. After thinking long and hard, I realize I'm just not getting the feedback, comments, or support I need to give myself the confidence or motivation to keep writing. With the low feedback I'm getting, it just feels like people are ignoring or just not bothering to read and give comments. Yeah, I understand that many members here are high schoolers or college students so there isn't much time on the internet because of schoolwork. I get it. But I'm also under the impression that unless you write a certain type or story, or you draw certain types of arts, no one here is going to pay you any attention. Many members here...especially the younger, high school ones...mostly care about what's "popular" and what's "cool" in anime, movies, or books. Even games. And even then, it's only certain characters that they deemed "SO CUUUUTE!" and living alternative lifestyles. Yes, I mean gay characters. Those have only been popular and raved after for years here and to be honest...it's a little daunting and intimidating. Now please don't write me and tell me I'm "intolerant" or that I'm a "homophobe" like so many of those rabid yaoi fangirls like to yell at people if they don't agree with them and their obsessions. That's not what this is about. I'm making an observation, that is all. I've seen so many wonderful, amazing art and literature here and that brought me to tears, made me cheer, but they are hardly commented on or acknowledge because it's not yaoi or have original characters. Then I've seen art and stories that aren't so great, but they have tons and tons of comments because it's yaoi or yuri and "SOOOOO CUUUUTE!", or art that features fetishes.....like engorged, ultra fat girls. What the heck is that about? :O_o: That makes me feel so bad for the artists and authors of these original or "hetero" stories because they're good, they're really good, but they get no support. I know how those artists feel because I'm going through it. It's cruel and very demoralizing. So now, I'm very carefully thinking of moving my stories to sites that offer support, that offer feedback to authors who are struggling for some type of encouragement. I do have a couple of options, but again, it's something I have to carefully think about. If I do, I won't completely leave Deviant Art. Despite the pitfalls of snobby, "I'm holier than you so I'm not going to respond to your comments!" artists, I made some amazing friends here and I don't want to leave them. But time will tell.

Anyway, despite that, I hope everyone had a wonderful St. Patrick's Day! I've always loved how it ushers in the Spring season and makes everyone look forward to warmer weather. Next up is my favorite holiday of all....Easter. :aww: Okay, that's about it with me. Like I said before, nothing much new to report. There hardly ever is. :faint: I'm still looking for artists who are willing to do commissions and and requests. Please note me for descriptions of my characters. I'd be more than grateful. :thanks: Take care all! :w00t!:
  • Listening to: The radio
  • Reading: Death Weavers
  • Watching: Labyrinth
  • Playing: Nothing
  • Eating: Crackers
  • Drinking: Iced tea
Hey everyone! :w00t!: I really pray and hope you all had a wonderful Christmas and New Year's with your family and friends and that you were in good health. I worked on Christmas, but that's okay. In my old job working in the hospital, I had to meet people who were in the hospital for Christmas and New Year's, so I know I'm lucky. I've learned to be grateful and not to complain so much, because there's lots of people going through so much more worse. :thanks: If you celebrate Christmas, a very happy (though belated) Christmas to you and your family, and if you don't, I hope you had a very lovely Winter celebration with loved ones. Yes, I do believe in celebrating Christmas and saying "Merry Christmas", and like I said before, I'll never be ashamed of it or be bullied by "politically correct" people.  :)

Anyway, this has certainly been an interesting few weeks. America has a new president, and there are already people protesting. But despite the protest and screaming, I'd like to ask....just what the heck are they protesting? A president that's barely been in the office for 24 hours? The oppression of women in America? Ummm...excuse me, where in America are women being oppressed? What the heck is going on? If you want to protest oppression, go protest the oppression of women in Yemen, Afghanistan, Syria, Pakistan, and other countries like that. Go protest women being hanged, burned, or raped and mutilated for speaking their minds in those countries, for wanting a better life. Go protest the killing of women who want an education. Go protest human-trafficking that's behind the migrant and refugee crisis in Europe. Don't try to be "cool" and take selfies while protesting something the president said over 11 years ago that he apologized many times for. What the heck is wrong with Americans today? :O_o: *sigh*

Anyway, enough of that, or else I'll really go on a rant. Again, I hope everyone had a great holiday season. As for me, I did end up leaving my second job, and so far, I'll feeling much better. I'm no longer so stressed out and tired. Sure, there's the pay cut, but you know what? Even if I would get a thousand dollars weeks from 2 or 3 jobs, it wouldn't be worth it if it makes me miserable and so unhappy. Not to mention having to spend money on taxis because this stupid town isn't smart enough to have bus service that goes to your job on Sundays or holiday. Sickening. So that's that. But I'm still not giving up my dream of getting out of this dump town and back home to New York City. After so long, it's definitely about time. So please, wish me luck.

I'm also still on a roll with Book II of Legacy Of The Gods. I have to admit, I thought I would be rusty at first, but I think to came back into writing smoothly and I can definitely tell my writing skills have improved. Please check out my story and let me know what you think. I'm still looking for artists to do request and even commissions for art for my stories. If you're an artist and you're open for commissions and requests, please, please note me and we can talk. I'd really appreciate it. :aww: Other than that, nothing much new. Please keep visiting and have a splendid Valentine's Day! :blowkiss: :iconbaibaiplz:
  • Listening to: News
  • Reading: Death Weavers
  • Watching: News
  • Playing: Nothing
  • Eating: Italian food
  • Drinking: Sprite
Hey everyone, how's it hanging? :wave: Good I hope. Yep, I know it's been a long time since my latest journal entry, but I don't have much of an excuse for it except I was just very tired, depressed, and just didn't have time. Having 2 job is just not working out for me the way I thought it would. Yeah, the little extra money is nice, but it's not worth the stress, the aggravation, and depression of not having time to see your family. At my age, I just don't have the stamina and the will anymore. I've decided that after the holidays, I'll let go of the second part-time and just stick with my old job. The only reason why I got this second job was because I was desperate to keep up with my student loan, which thankfully was forgiven. I was able to qualify to have that done because I still work for a non-profit organization here in PA, and since I made under the annual income they require, I was able to get the loan forgiven, which I was so grateful for. So that's a bit of advice for you. If you or you know someone who has student loans, contact your HR department if you're working someplace and talk to them about any loan forgiveness programs. It'll be worth it, believe me. :thanks:

Other than that, nothing really new with me, I'm just still here. My life is pretty much boring and sucks so there isn't much point in constantly writing journal. ^^; But I am trying my best to keep my head up and remember I'm much luckier than many people out there. The world...especially humanity, is such a chaotic, materialistic, overly-sensitive place right now, so we all just have to do our best to make it through. We all have to remember that. :thanks:

Anyway, besides all that, I did manage to start Book II of Legacy Of The Gods, called Heart Of Igboju. Please drop by and let me know what you think, I would very much appreciate it. I worked very hard on it and any comments, feedback, and suggestions would be wonderful. I'm also looking for any artists willing to do any requests for commissions for me. I know at this time of the year, most of the artists here are busy in college with mid-terms and papers and such, but I would still be grateful for the help. Thank you to all of you who read my stories and commented, I appreciate it and you've shown how much more mature and respectful than many of the Deviant members here. You guys know how you are. ;) That's about it for now. I'll try to be a bit more quicker with journal entries. :giggle: Thanks so much and please take care. :iconbaibaiplz:
  • Listening to: MeTV
  • Reading: Death Weavers
  • Watching: Columbo
  • Playing: Nothing
  • Eating: Italian food
  • Drinking: Sprite
Heyas everyone! :wave: Yeah, it's been a while, but this time it wasn't really my fault. Just when I was ready to update and such, my old computer crashed and it was in the shop for over a week. My computer never even got to be fixed before on the way to the factory, somehow my computer was dropped and the screen got cracked. O_o; Thankfully they were able to replace it without any cost to me. But still...how could they drop my computer? :faint: Then came a bit of good news....I got a second job! I was so excited! I've been after this job for a very long time and I was so happy when they finally called me. So far I actually like it. It'll just take getting used to computers and programs and such, which shouldn't be so hard. Wish me luck everyone, okay? :thanks:

Other than that, nothing really new new with me. With this new job, hopefully I'll be able to save up and get out of this dump town. I know I should be grateful for anything, but it's really hard to be grateful when when the place you're living in makes you so miserable. *sigh* Again, wish me luck.

Alright, besides all that, please enjoy the all new sneak peek of the next chapter of the Legacy Of The Gods adventure, Book II: Nightmare Moon. I'm really excited about this because like I said before, this is the first time I'll be doing a series, which takes a lot more dedication than a one-shot story. ^^; Please enjoy the preview and let me know what you think. I would really appreciate that. I also want to once again thank all those who did take the time to read my stories and actually give me feedback. You'll never know how important that is to me, especially as I'm hoping to become an established author. Feedback and comments is so important to me. You guys know who you are. :D

I hope everyone had a great Easter and a wonderful 4th Of July here in America. I pray the Summer is going well for all of you. That's about it with me. Thank you so much, those of you who read and commented, and look out for Book II of Legacy Of The Gods! :w00t!:
  • Listening to: Music
  • Reading: Crystal Keepers
  • Watching: The Love Boat
  • Playing: Pokemon Go.....NOOOOT!
  • Eating: Mexican food
  • Drinking: Ice tea
Hey everyone, what's rolling with cha? ;) Yeah, I know it's been a while, but honestly, there hasn't really been much excitement for me to talk about. I don't remember if I mentioned it before, but living in a small town in Pennsylvania isn't exactly the high life. ^^; There's not much happening here, so please forgive me for the lapse of journal entries. Plus admittedly, I don't exactly have an exciting life. :faint: Sometimes I look at other journals and I read about how so many artists are moving to different countries like Japan or Australia or visit family in Europe, going to anime conventions and such, and I think to myself...when will THAT be me? ^^; Ahh well, I guess artists must have the exciting life. But things are going along well so far. I can't really complain, as there are many people out there going to such hardships. There is so much heart-ache, greed, and arrogance in the world and we all have to be thankful for what we have. I'm hanging in there. :thanks:

I do want to thank those who sent me their kind words and condolences with the passing of my dad. Like I said before, it was quite a shock and I know he'll be missed by his friends and family of course. Thank you for your thoughts, thank you for your wonderful and encouraging words, those of you who commented. It really made it more bearable. There are no words to express how much it means to me that people actually care here on Deviant Art. Thank you. :blowkiss: With the little life insurance my dad had, I hope to be able to take a step in getting out of this deadbeat, "go-nowhere" little town and back home to New York someday. I know that'll happen. I just have to have the faith that it will. :thanks:

I also want to thank those who have read the first part of my original story, Legacy Of The Gods: Blood Ties. It was an exciting journey in bringing to light the power and majesty of the Yoruba African gods that so little know about. Yeah, we all know about Roman and Greek gods, even Egyptian gods, but I was really surprised not many knew about the vastness and richness of West African (especially Yoruba) mythology and gods, which has been around long before Greece or Rome. If you don't know, Yoruba mythology is thought to be almost 8,000 years old! :D It was amazing doing the research, learning about how their stories helped influence and bring about the many stories we know today in modern times. Thank you all for all your feedback and encouragement, those of you who were respectful and mature enough to read and comment. Honestly there were times I wanted to leave Deviant Art because of the silence, but you all made it worth it here with your wonderful, kind words. And you know who you are. ;) I am now doing more research and planning out Book II of Legacy Of The Gods, featuring new a new god, new foes, and a new adventure for Billie and the others. Please stay tuned! :w00t!: I'm still looking for artist to do some fan art and commissions of my characters. If you're interested, please note me and I'll be sure to give detailed references on their looks. I would love that so much. In a way, I'm begging, since I have so few fan art of my story. :faint:

I hope everyone had a wonderful Thanksgiving in America, and a wonderful and happy Christmas all over the world! While Christmas in not my fave holiday, I do love it for how it brings families together to reflect the year that has passed. It is a time where we can be grateful for those we love who is still around us, and hope for a better year for everyone. And yes, I do admire Christmas for its religious aspect too. I'm not one to believe in a "generic" Christmas just to appease everyone and not to offend. I know what Christmas is about and not ashamed to admit it, and no one should be ashamed of it as well. So yes, I hope everyone had a wonderful Merry Christmas, whether you celebrate it or not. :thanks:

 I also hope everyone had a lovely New Year's and Valentine's. I understand that many singles don't like Valentine's, but....I don't know, I love Valentine's not just because it's a day celebrating romantic love, but also love between family and even friends. Friends have have a powerful love too and I think that is just as important on Valentine's. So yes, much respect to all you husbands and wives and boyfriends and girlfriends out there, but if you're single, celebrate it for the love you have for your close friends and families as well. :love: :party: Next up is my favorite holiday of all.....Easter! :sing:

That's it with me. Again, thank you all for your kind words in my difficult time. Hopefully for my next journal, I'll have much better news......like a better job I'm happy with! :giggle: Many blessings and I'll be back! :iconsaybaibaiplz:
  • Listening to: The news
  • Reading: Nothing
  • Watching: The news
  • Playing: Nothing
  • Eating: Nothing
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Hey everyone. :aww: First and foremost, I want to wish everyone a slightly belated Happy Thanksgiving, in America and in Canada, as their Thanksgiving is in October. For those of you who celebrate it, I hope you and all your loved ones have thought about and realized what you are thankful for. For me, I'm thankful for my family, my health, and the ability to be able to take care of myself. I'm thankful for living in a free country and being able to help those if it is in my power. That's what Thanksgiving is for me. :thanks: I hope you all are thankful too.

It has certainly been a nerve-racking couple of months for me since I last updated my journal. Sadly, my father passed away in New York just a day or so before my birthday. It was a complete shock, and my family and I are still struggling to cope with it. My father has had trouble with his diabetes and high-blood pressure for as long as I can remember and it just caught up to him, despite the fact he was doing his best to take care of himself. I just hope and pray that his death wasn't painful and he made his peace with God. Admittedly, my father wouldn't have exactly won any Father Of The Year award, but I know he did his best with what he had and despite the rough life he had growing up. He did whatever he could to make sure my mother, brothers, and I had enough to eat and clothes to wear, even after he and my mom separated. I will miss his dry humor, wit, and cleverness, even though he never finished high school. He grew up in poverty, but I'm glad to know he did his best to make sure his family was provided for. To all of you, if your dad is still around, make sure you take the time to say "I love you", every once in a while, and not just that, but.."thank you". I'm sure my father appreciated it very much when my brothers and I thank him for something. Those two words really brightens a day. :thanks:

Other than that, I'm still struggling a bit with trying to find a job, but I'm still holding on to hope. Reading is a very small town, and with small towns, there aren't a lot of options for good jobs. Not only that, but as I'm not driving, it's difficult for me to apply for and accept some jobs that are OUT of town. Growing up in New York, I never had to learn to drive, but here......it's a totally different story and different world. *sigh* But I'm still hanging on in there. That's about all I can do. At any rate, thank you all for the comments and wonderful feedback on Legacy Of The Gods so far. As I'm sure I said before, there aren't a lot of comments, but I'm so very grateful for the few I've gotten so far. Those comments made the difference of me leaving or staying here. :aww: Thank you, those of you who read and commented. No words can explain what that meant to me. :huggle: That's about it with me. I hope everyone has a wonderful and Merry Christmas and Happy New Year's. Many blessings to you all and please keep visiting. :wave:
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Hey everyone! :w00t!: I hope everybody is having a good Summer so far. Hopefully it was filled with spending time with family, traveling, and just relaxing on vacation. :thanks: Unfortunately I didn't get to do what I hoped to this year, but hopefully next year, things will get better and I'll be a little happier. :D I also hope this year, dads all over had a great Father's Day. Here's to you, all you dads out there. :salute: As for me, nothing all that great or new. Sometimes I don't even want to do journals because I don't want to bore everyone with saying the same thing over and over again. ^^; But yeah, still hanging on in there, despite all the craziness going on in the world right now. I'm still working on my Legacy Of The Gods story. I honestly have to say, writing an original story is a bit harder than doing fanfiction, even after all these years from leaving the Sailor Moon world. With fanfiction, you already have established characters, worlds, powers...all that stuff. But with original stories, you basically have to start from scratch, which isn't as easy as it seems. :faint: But you know, when you do establish your characters, plots, and storylines...it's actually a bit more fun. You can do what you want with your characters, give them their own personalities, backgrounds, and even relationships. You don't have to follow the "popular" crowd in stupid "shipping" wars and who should be with who because it's "canon" or not. I like that, and it's a great freedom you don't really get in fanfictions. A bit harder, but...more fun.

Speaking of original stories, there's something that I've noticed here on DA that's kind of concerning to me..and I'm sure to other people as well. It does have a bit to do with "popularity" and certain kinds of fans of shows, books, and movies. I've noticed that many fanfictions and fanarts are popular here...some very much more than others, and many original characters are basically ignored and shoved aside. I get that people are attracted to what they see on television shows and movies and such, especially with the teens and young adults. I get it, what you see is what you consider "cool" and "in". But what about original characters and stories? I've seen some awesome characters here that are very well thought-out and designed, with realistic flaws and backgrounds. Characters that I could relate too and care about. I love seeing people come up with characters that could easily hold their own in anime, cartoons, and even movies, even video games. And it's so refreshing that I'm seeing an awesome amount of ETHIC characters as well. Many of them are not perfect...they have setbacks, flaws, and situations that would happen to anyone today, and I admire that. I've also read some stories here that are absolutely amazing! I cheered, I laughed, shed a tear for some stories I've read here. Some of them are heck of a lot better that some anime and cartoons on now, especially Cartoon Network. But sadly, these are the ones that are ignored, and that's actually hurtful and sad. Why? Why aren't these amazing characters and stories given a chance? Is it because they're not "cool" or do people here just don't know?

What I've also noticed is that if any of these original character ARE given any acknowledgement, it's usually because they are gay or bisexual, and most comments are given by those rabid yaoi and yuri fangirls. Are you kidding me? :O_o: So because an original character happens to be straight, they are pushed aside, but if he or she is gay, it's all "SQUUUEEEEE! Look, it's two guys kissing!! Isn't it CUTE? Aren't gay people just the coolest? I LOVE gay! Do more! Look, I'm doing it too, don't you think I'm cool too?" What gives? How is it that whether a FICTIONAL character is gay or straight means whether they get recognition or not? Why should it matter? Why all this screaming and crying for gay characters and stories in order for a story to be read? Please don't bother commenting and telling me I'm a "homophobe", as most yaoi fans like to accuse if you say anything about this, that's not the point. Why is it that a story's acknowledgement, whether people bother to read it, is based on whether a character is gay or not? What about the story itself, what about how hard the author or artist worked on the characters? In the end, is it ONLY about "SQUEE! They're gay and cute!" ? Is it? Just gay characters and nothing more? Or turning established characters "gay" to make them cute and fun? Or ever over-exaggerate the sexual preference of a character that only show the barest, tiniest hint of being gay?

I've actually thought about leaving DA because of this, perhaps go to Tumblr, but then I realized that Tumblr is even worse with this situation. But then I realized....I've met some AWESOME people here, wonderful friends I've known for a long time and don't want to lose. I've seen some works from amazing artists and authors that I'd love to see more work from.  I don't want to lose that. These friends know who they are. ;) I realize I shouldn't make those rabid yaoi and yuri fans chase me out of there because of their mindsets and squealing. This is a place for EVERYONE and I'm going to do my best to practice and improve my writing skills here. :thanks: Don't get me wrong, I'm not talking about ALL yaoi and yuri fans...thank goodness. It's just that the rabid ones, they're such bullies if you don't think as they do, and ...they can actually be kind of sad. It's a shame that such amazing stories and characters are left out because of them. But hey, what can you do? :shrug:

So, that's just my thoughts on that. I don't know if anyone else feels the same, but that's just me. At any rate, I'm still having fun continuing my stories, and I'm even soon going to do some research on ANOTHER original story I hope to write in the future. :aww: As I've said before, I'm still looking for anyone who is willing to do a commission or art request for me. Please let me know, okay? :D Take care, and enjoy the last days of Summer! :w00t!: :iconbaibaiplz:
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Heyas everyone! :D So, we're back in the Summer season again, and I couldn't be happier! Yeah, even though I'm born in October, I love the warm weather. :excited: Hopefully this won't be another hot, sticky, sweltering Summer we've been having. I love the warmth, but I can't stand the oppressive, humid, nasty hot weather. :faint: But we'll see. So far it hasn't been that bad. Anyway, I'm back at my old job. Things are pretty much the same, so it's not so bad. The only thing is that I'm still waiting for that "dream" job that'll help me save up and get out of this dump town of Reading. :roll: I anticipated that it won't easy finding a job in these tough, economic times, but I didn't think it would be THIS hard. *sigh* But I'm sure something will come along. I just have to have patience and not give up. It's hard, but I'll keep holding on, no matter what. :aww: I hope everyone had a wonderful Mother's Day and Father's Day that just passed in America. To all you moms out there....there's no words that can describe how important you are, how much we appreciate you being there for us..whether it's for the midnight bottle feedings, or being there for us to watch us go to our first jobs, as my mom did. ^^; No job ever could replace the sacrifice and determination you moms have. Thank you. :salute: To the fathers out there, hats off to you too! Dads are important too, just as much as mothers. We often take fathers for granted, but fathers have a big impact on our lives too. Fathers are there for a legacy, for guidance, for strength, and for support when we need it. Sadly, not all fathers take that roll, but for those who do.....blessings to you, all you dads, and may your lessons carry on for many generations. :smooch:

I'm still continuing my original story, Legacy Of The Gods: Blood Ties. I'm having a blast writing it and I'm so grate for the few encouraging, positive comments I get. I know I'm not very popular here because my stories and characters are original and ethnic, but that's okay. Like I've said before, I'm not doing this for attention or to be popular. I love writing, it brings me so much joy, peace, and calms my mind from the turmoil my life has become. One of my biggest dreams is to become an author, and writing my stories here is great practice in strengthening my imagination. So it's cool I don't get a lot of comments. That's not what I'm here for. :D Other than that, I'm just hanging in there. Please keep checking back for more adventures with Billie and the other characters in my story! :w00t!: I'm still looking for anyone who is interested in doing fanart requests or even commissions for me of my characters. Please email or note me for details. I would SO love to see more of my characters come to life. :excited: Alrighties then, thank you all for your continued support, I really appreciate it, more than words can say. Thank you for acknowledging me, for showing me that you DO see me here and have the respect to say something. You are the true members there, not the ones who ignore. Thank you all, and happy 4th of July for America! :D
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And hellooooooooooooooo everyone! :D Yep, it's me, I'm here, and this time, I have a real reason why I've been away for such a bit. After searching for so long, I finally found a job that more suits my degree. It's at a local tax office and so far I'm LOVING it. The people are so much and it's so wonderful to be part of a working team and running things smoothly. What I do is just glance over local tax report, correct them, and prep them for the auditors. It's pretty cool so far. I was a bit nervous it might be much for me, but it's going well. Things were very busy during the few days before the tax deadline, but it's slowing down just a bit now. Thank you everyone for your encouragement when I was getting desperate and depressed about getting a better job. I really felt your concern and thoughts. Thanks so much. :aww: I hope everyone had a wonderful and loving Easter this year. Yes, Easter is my favorite holiday, it hold such a special place in my heart...more than Halloween, more than Christmas. Yes, there is a bit of a religious aspect of it, but it's more than that too. It's about fresh new beginnings, a fresh new year, and just building new relationships and bonds in this pleasant time of year. So Happy Easter to you all, and if you don't celebrate it, I hope you had a wonderful Spring renewal with family and friends. :blowkiss:

I've been looking through my watch list, and I've decided to delete any artists that have not updated their galleries or journals. I just don't see the point of watching artists who do not want to update. I hear many have decided to switch over to Tumblr, hence the absence. That I don't get, since I hear Tumblr is a little bit more complicated to upload and navigate than Deviant Art. :O_o: But hey, I guess it's about the popularity and exposure. I don't know. :shrug: I've also decided to unwatch artists who ignore comments. Especially the "popular" artists. I've been to many, many galleries where visitors comment how much they love the artwork, but the artist never say anything....not even a little "thank you". Nothing. Nothing. At. All. All I can think of is...why? Aren't they happy people enjoy their work? Aren't they happy people took the time to comment? What's the point of being so rude and ignoring everyone? Yes, yes, you don't have to tell me. I understand that sometimes there are so many comments, it's hard to keep up with them, and it can get exhausting answering them. I can understand that. In that case, at least the artist can put in the description space "Hey guys, even though I won't be able to answer all your comments, I want to say thank you in advance for them, I really appreciate it. And if you really have any questions, just note me". That's all it takes, something simple like that. If I was able to draw and I have an audience and people who like my works, there would be no way I would ignore them. So yeah, I'm getting rid of them too. :roll: You'll have to pardon me, but I have a BIG problem with ignoring. I don't tolerate it at all unless it's for a rude comment, and if I sound harsh, I apologize.

Other than that, things are okay. Not the best, but okay. I want to thank all the supporters of my new story Legacy Of The Gods: Blood Ties. You can find it in my gallery. You guys who read and commented on my stories are awesome, you make it worth it being here, I can definitely say that. :blowkiss: Please continue to read and support me, I can't tell you how much it means to me. Thank you so much and I'll see you next time. :w00t!: :iconbaibaiplz:
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Hope you all had a wonderful holiday!

Journal Entry: Tue Feb 10, 2015, 8:17 AM
Hey everyone, just letting you know I'm still alive and breathing! :D I'm hoping everyone had an amazing Christmas and New Year's with friends, family, and loved ones. If they aren't near you, I hope you at least called or Skyped! :giggle: While it's not my favorite time of year, Christmas and New Year's is such a wonderful time to keep up with family and friends, and we should all do that. :thanks:

Anyway, there is a bit of news. I have a job interview coming up and I'm crossing my fingers that it'll go well. :fingerscrossed: I'm so grateful, but honestly....I would have much rather this opportunity came much earlier than now when I'm in such desperate times and so....confused as to why this was happening to me. But hey, at least I have this chance and I'm more than happy I might have a new job. Better late than never, as the old say goes! :boogie: So far my family is doing well, and I'm very, very grateful for that. :thanks:  I have to admit, things looked pretty bad for my younger brother and him dealing with his alcoholism, but thanks to everyone's thoughts and prayers, he's pulling through. Thank you all.

I would also like to thank everyone who have read and commented on my new story, Legacy Of The Gods: Blood Ties so far. It's not a lot of feedback, but I'm grateful for the ones I have. You've really inspired me to keep on writing and realize my dream of becoming an author and be up in the ranks of other authors like J.K. Rowling. The few of you have been so supportive and kind. Especially supportive. You don't find that much here on DA unless you're one of the "cool" and "popular" snooty artists. ^^; Thank you, those of you who read and commented. Thank you. :huggle:

So that's about it with me. The next holiday coming up in Valentine's and I hope all those husbands and wives, boyfriends and girlfriends take that day to tell each other how much they care for and love one another. Even though I'm single, I've watched married couples for a long time, and it's amazing to see how a simple thing like a husband telling his wife "I love you, honey", for no real reason really lights up the wife's eyes. It's those words that lifts up the heart, the soul, and it doesn't have to come with gifts. It's from the heart. So please, take a moment to just tell someone "I love you," even if it's for no reason. It does wonders. :thanks:

I'd also like to take the time to tell everyone about a wonderful and amazing artist named KentuckyRedneck who's art I'm just falling in love with! You can check her out here:

kentuckyredneck.deviantart.com…

She's pretty cool and she makes some amazing Mako/Korra fanart from the show The Legend Of Korra. Speaking of which, I also found and fell in love with an amazing Mako/Korra fanfiction call Noodles and Company, and you can check it out here:

sifu-korras.tumblr.com/tagged/…

It's a beautiful and amazing story and I hope everyone will take the time to check it out. :thanks: Alright, thank you all for your time, and I'll be around! :w00t!: :iconbaibaiplz:

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Heyas there everyone! :w00t!: I hope you all had a wonderful Thanksgiving (those in America) and wonderful Merry Christmas. Nope, I'm still not saying the generic, "politically correct" Happy Holidays or Season's Greetings. I know what this time of the year is about, and it's not the presents, trees, or decorations. Even if you're not religious, this is a wonderful time of year to be with family, reflect on your life, and try to bring peace to your life and soul. It's not about "Black Friday" or "after-Christmas" sales. :thanks: Anyway, besides that, I hope you all had a wonderful time with family, friends, and loved ones. :peace::) My Christmas was very nice, I spent it with my mom and younger brother. I want to thank you all for your prayers and thoughts for him. He's doing much better than this time last year, although he still has a long way to go. He understands he needs to get his life together and that's a big step. :thanks:

As for me, sadly there's nothing much new going on with me. I'm still job-hunting, still struggling with paying back my student loan, and still stuck in a job that I'm very unhappy in. But I'm still holding on to hope that things will change soon. I'm still applying to A LOT of jobs online so I'm sure something will come up. My biggest obstacle is transportation though. I grew up in New York City, so I've never had to bother learning how to drive. It's not something I'm striving to do anytime soon anyway. But since coming to this small town in Pennsylvania, I've come to appreciate how important transportation is and how it can invigorate a city or town. But people in a small town like this....they don't think that way. :no: But I'm still hoping to hope. It'll just take time, that's all. *sigh* Other than that, I'm hanging in there and I'm excited I'll soon start my all new original novel, The Light Of The Gods: Blood Ties. The first chapter should be sometime in mid-January. Please wish me luck everyone and stay tuned! :D

I've also been thinking about what I would like to happen in the New Year. The truth is, it's not so different from last year. I would just like to find a good-paying job, save up money, and finally be able to get out of this hovel little town and make it back home to New York City, with my mom and younger brother. Besides that, nothing else matters. Who knows how long this world has with things going the way they are. I just want to be home, with my family, friends, and the familiar places I grew up with and loved. That's important to me. :thanks: And perhaps...perhaps I can think about finding love too. A girl can dream, ne? ;) Also, I'd love to get more comments, feedback, and even offers for my stories. :giggle: That's it. Does anyone have any hopes and New Year's wishes? Let me know. That's it with me. Thank you all, those of you who have read my stories and offered feedback and comments. Again, you guys truly make it worth it being here. :blowkiss: Take care all, and a Happy New Year's to you all. I hope all your dreams, hopes, and wishes come true. :huggle: :iconbaibaiplz:
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Hey there everyone. :iconsayhiplz: Wow, can you all believe it's this time of the year again? It just seems as though the year just zipped by. It seems like it was Summer just yesterday. ^^; But alas, time goes on and so must we. I hope everyone had a wonderful, fullfilling Summer as well as a great Halloween. It's not my fave holiday, but I love Halloween for the fun, the mystery, and the amazing candy you get. :D This year was no different as I saw lots of little kids as pumpkins, Minnie Mouse, and of course, Elsa from Frozen. :roll: Anyway, I loved dressing up when I was younger growing up in New York. There was no shortage of candies, parties, and just hanging out with friends. I also loved hearing spooky ghost stories, from America as well as my home country. Yeah, they were pretty spooky. :giggle: Anyway, the weather is changing, the wind is chillier, as now it's time to think about Thanksgiving and Christmas. :thanks:

Nothing really new with me. Sorry for taking to long to update. It's just been kind of down for me for a while and I just...didn't have anything uplifting to say. I'm still job-hunting, although with the Christmas season coming, I'm sure to be getting calls because of so many places wanting extra help. Man, if I would have known how hard it would be to find a decent job after college, I would have applied and filled out applications a long time before I graduated. :O_o: So if I can give a bit of advice to you college students, the one big thing I would say is.....look for a job, start filling out applications BEFORE you graduate! The moment you start your final year in college, jump on those online or paper applications and fill out as many applications as you can, update your resumes. I certainly wished I would have done that. :doh: But then again, my parents never went to college so I didn't exactly have much guidance. But yeah, start out early, believe me. :thanks:

Other than that, I've just been taking each day as it goes by. I had a wonderful time going to my adopted cousin's wedding a little before my birthday. It was so nice and romantic, despite a few hiccups. ^^; After the vows, there was delicious food and wonderful Caribbean music to dance to. :D :boogie: Other than that, I've just been doing some research on my upcoming novel, and I've come up with a new name for it. The official title will be Legacy Of The Gods: Blood Ties. I found some very interesting and dramatic stories on the Yoruba gods, but I also plan on putting my own spin on it. Should be fun and amazing. I want to thank those of you who have read the preview of it up in my gallery. I'm really pleased and kind of surprised that I got such positive feedback on it and people are rushing me to put out the first chapter! :excited: Thank you, thank you so much, those of you who cared enough to read and give me comments and feedback. The reason why I chose the Yoruba gods is because the Greek, Roman, and even the Egyptian gods have been done SO much already in Children's and Young Adult fiction, and I didn't want to be just one of those authors. I was nervous that people here wouldn't care or just reject the idea of African gods...and worse of all, ignore my story. I have a BIG problem with ignoring here on Deviant Art. :rage: Those of you who commented really made me feel better because you showed me that there is some knowledge of African gods out there and there is a big chance there could be an audience for them. :w00t!:

The only thing is that in my last post, I asked if there would be anyone who might be interested in doing some comissions or requests of my characters, and...well, no one answered or offered. No. One. At. All. :O_o: But you know what? I can't take it personally. I understand that by now, college and universities are in full swing and many members here are busy with papers, projects, and exams, even in high school. I know most members here are just swamped. So..it's cool. I'm sure when the time is right, I'll get offers. No biggies. :thanks:  I'll just have to cancel asking for art of my characters until a later time. So that's it with me folks. Thanks again for those of you who drop by and comment, you're truly the bigger people here. Much love, and have a wonderful Thanksgiving and Merry Christmas! :blowkiss: :iconbaibaiplz:
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Hey everyone! :w00t!: Once again, the wonderful Summer season has come and is nearly gone. I hope everyone had a wonderful season and spent time with family and loved ones. That's what I love Summer so much. It's a time to just relax, take a bit of time off work, and just be with those you love and care about. There's also traveling, outdoor cooking, and going to the beach or pool to swim! :D I've always thought it was so ironic that me...being born in October, can love Summer so much. :giggle: Anyway, there's not much new with me. I do want to take this time to thank all of you for your thoughts and prayers. Last year at this time, my younger brother was going through so much with alcoholism and depression. For a while, we all thought we were going to lose him. But you all prayed for him, sent him your postive thoughts, and he's doing much better now. He's learning to be independent, confident, and taking responsibilities like he should. One of the first lessons an alcoholic must learn is that it's no one's fault but themselves that they are alcoholics. No one puts the bottle to your lips, so you must take responsibility. :thanks: He's learning that, and I want to thank you all.

I also wanted to say thank you for those few of you who finished reading my Okami No Hime story and letting me know what you thought. I recently finished it and even though I did not get much feedback on it from others, the few I did get was very heart-warming and encouraging. I get it, I understand that here on Deviant Art, most people...especially the teens here, don't want to really read anything, all they want is pics.......and pics by the "popular" artist that they can "SQUUEEE!" over like yaoi or yuri. :roll:  So no, I don't take offense to it because that's just how it is here. It's the popular artists and their pics that get the attention, and there's not much I can do about it since I'm a writer, not an artist. I'm okay with that, and I appreciate the few comments and support I get. Thank you, thank you for everything. :bow:

Anyway, speaking of pics, I'm looking for someone who would like to do a commission or request for me for my upcoming novel, The Light Of The Gods, which I talked about in my last journal update. It's for the main characters of my story. I figured instead of trying to describe them, I could find pics of actors and actresses that closely resemble them. :aww: So here we go:

- Billie McKnight - Black American and the avatar of Aja. She closely resembles the actress Keishs Knight-Pullian, and you can see her pic here:

www.zimbio.com/photos/Keshia+K…

- Hazelyn Wilkins - Half Black American, half Italian, avatar to Oshun. She looks very similar to the 90's, early 2000's R&B singer Mya Harrison, and can be seen here:

bp0.blogger.com/_K1bzc-bdxto/R…

- Dante Jefferies - Black American, avatar to Ogun. He is similar to the singer and actor Tyrese Gibson from the Transformers and Fast And Furious movies, and can be seen here:

www.zimbio.com/pictures/b8En2A…

- Kwame Jones - Originally from Nigeria, but adopted, and avatar to Eshu. He resembles the actor Chadwick Boseman, who can be seen in the movie 42 and the new movie Get On Up. You can see him here:

www.digitalspy.com/movies/news…

- Maybelle Smith - From Jamaica and the avatar to the Ayao. She closely mirrors the famous female Jamaican athelete Shelly Ann Fraser-Pryce. Her pic is here:

www.poptower.com/shelly-ann-fr…

- Antonio Sanchez - Half Black American, half Puerto Rican. He is the avatar of Shango. His likeness is very similar to the Canadian singer Drake, and his pic can be found here:

www.zimbio.com/photos/Drake/Ar…

- Keisha Sowande - Parents are from Nigeria, but born in America...and albino. She is the avatar of Yemaja, goddess of the ocean. She is close in looks to this albino girl found here:

2.bp.blogspot.com/-QEypnh-zLuQ…


I really hope that helps. If anyone is interested, please note me or email me. I would really appreciate it. Again, nothing much new with me. Thank you all for your support and I'll see you next time. I hope you all had a wonderful 4th Of July in America! :iconbaibaiplz:
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Hey everyone, I hope you guys are having a great Summer so far. :aww: Me, well...things could be better, but I can't really complain. I do my best not to complain. I mean, I realize I have it a lot better than so many people in the world right now, so I think I'm good. ;) I'm still in limbo with finding a new job. I've heard about how hard some college graduates have it in finding jobs once they graduate. I honestly didn't think it was that bad, but......now I know. It's very difficult out there finding jobs, especially when you have to do it all by yourself and the jobs that you do see....you really don't want. :O_o: But you have to keep on trying, that's all. :aww:

Other than that, nothing really all that new with me. I hope everyone had a wonderful Mother's Day as well as Father's Day. I made sure I spent time with my mom and called my dad. Being a parent has to be one of the most difficult yet satisfying job on the planet. Yes, kids will drive you wild and bonkers, kids will make you want to pull your hair out. :frustrated: But in the end, when it's night time and those kids give you a kiss and say they love you.....it's all worth it, I'm sure. :thanks: So here's to all the quality moms and dads out there. Even though the world is in turmoil right now, we'd be nowhere without you. :blowkiss: I did have an ear infection a while ago, but it's all cleared up. Hopefully I don't get them so frequently like I used to when I was little. ^^; Anyway, I'm still working on my Okami No Hime story, and again, I want to thank all of you who was mature and respectful enough to take the time and read. :bow: I'm also researching Yoruba African mythology and culture for my next upcoming novel, The Light Of The Gods. It's fun and I know it'll be unique because this has never really been explored by authors of fiction. I mean, honestly, Greek and Roman mythology is getting old now in Children's and Young Adult fiction. How many times can you read about some Greek gods and mortal kids rushing to save the world...as if the Greek and Roman gods are the ONLY gods around? :roll:  Wish me luck. That's it with me. Thank you all who have supported me and commented on my works. You're truly treasures. :blowkiss:
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*EDIT- Okay, I've gotten quite a bit of questions and comments on what I recently wrote about my upcoming original novel series. Yes, that's right, I said series. For the first time, I'm actually going to do an ORIGINAL series, not a fanfiction, which I'm actually kind of nervous about. ^^; I'm sure I posted a sneak peek at the main characters that will star in it, but I guess most must have missed it. So without further ado, here is the descriptions of the characters from my story once again:

 The working title of it is called "The Light Of The Gods" and it'll deal with African, Caribbean, and Black American teens being the "avatar" of African gods in our world and them working together to stop the evil Kokou, an high-ranked, evil African warrior Undergod. If you don't know, an "avatar" is when a human is chosen to be the earthly body for a god when they want to come to the Earth plane, as most cannot exist in physical form. Basically they will be "possessed" by the gods. The teens are chosen to be the avatars because they carry the blood of ancient African kings or queens, and only royalty is thought to be an avatar for a god. So far, I have about 7 characters which will be the avatars:

Billie McKnight - Black American and the avatar of Aja, African goddess of forest and the wild, as well as goddess of herbal healers. She's a bit of a tomboy, but does have a little feminine side. Aja is thought to be the inspiration to the Greek goddess Artemis (Diana in Roman version).

Hazelyn Wilkins - Half Black American, half Italian, avatar to Oshun, African goddess of love, beauty, wealth, and diplomacy. She's the "girly-girl" of the group and detests messiness. Sweating a little... She may be a bit of a snob, but inside, she really does have a good heart. The Greek goddess Aphrodite (Venus) is proven to be based on Oshun.

Dante Jefferies - Black American, avatar to Ogun, African god who presides over iron, hunting, politics, creativity, truth, accidents, and war. He is the patron of blacksmiths and weapon-making. Hephesteus, the Greek god of fire and weaponry (Vulcan in Roman version) is heavily influenced by Ogun.

Kwame Jones - Originally from Nigeria, but adopted, and avatar to Eshu, god and protector of travelers, deity of roads (particularly crossroads), the deity with the power over fortune and misfortune, and the personification of death (a psychopomp), who are said to lead souls to the afterlife. He's the jokester of the group and is a bit of a trouble-maker. Sweating a little...Hermes (Mercury in Rome), the Greek god of travelers, thieves, and the guide to souls to the Underworld is said to have been based on Eshu.

Maybelle Smith - From Jamaica and the avatar to the Ayao, the African warrior goddess of air. Although not the oldest, she is the maternal one of the group and cares deeply for her friends. She never likes to see anyone she loves get hurt. Khaos, the Greek goddess and personification of the skies and the atmosphere is derived from Ayao.

Antonio Sanchez - Half Black American, half Puerto Rican. He is the avatar of Shango, god of lightning and thunder. For someone being the host to the god of violent storms, he'll be sort of a quiet guy, especially around girls. But when he does have a crush, he can be a lady's man. ;) (Wink) It is said the Greek sky god Zeus (Jupiter) himself is based and derived from the powerful Shango.

Keisha Sowande - Parents are from Nigeria, but born in America...and albino (a Black or colored person with very light skin and blonde hair). She is the avatar of Yemaja, goddess of the ocean, the essence of motherhood, and a fierce protector of children.She's smart, but sometimes a loner, due to her looks, but once she makes friends, she sticks by them. Yemaja is wildly thought of as the inspiration to Thetis, Greek goddess of the oceans, seas, and water. 

So there you have it so far. All of them are gods and goddess of the Yoruba mythology. I don't know if I'll make anymore, but we'll see. Let me know what you think. ;) (Wink) One of biggest reasons I chose the Yoruba is because these gods have been known and worshipped for close to 8,000 years, and it really amazed me that barely anyone knew about them. :faint: Anyway, thanks, and again, please let me know what you think! :D
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Hey everyone! ;) Yeah, yeah, I know, a couple days later, but I still want to wish everyone a Happy Easter...those of you who celebrate it. I've explained it before, but I have to say again how important and deeply Spring and Easter is to me. Yes, there is some religious elements, but as I am not that religious, there's other reasons as well. Easter is a time to celebrate new life, new promise, new love, and new opportunites in so many ways. I love the weather getting warmer, I love how it's a time to be just a little happier and nicer besides Christmas. :aww: I love Easter and in my heart I always will. ;) So Happy (belated) Easter to you all. :giggle:

Anyway, besides that, there's not much else to tell. I'm still writing and working on Okami No Hime and I'm having so much fun. :D I did not get a lot of responses, but those I did get was very heartwarming, and I thank all of you who took the time and respect in checking out my writing. You make it worth it! :w00t!:

I recently went to New York City to visit family and friends I grew up with there, and it was fantastic. I was in tears seeing my old neighborhood and seeing what changed and what hasn't. It really puts in perspective of the old saying "You never know what you had until it's gone". I didn't know how lucky I had it in New York City, how easy traveling was there, how vibrant and diverse and full of opportunity New York was until I lost it. Living in a small town, you realize how much you took trains, buses, and taxies for granted and how convenient they are in traveling. You never realize how vital they are, how useful they are until you come to a small town that can't fathom those things, like Reading. :roll: But like I said, I had a wonderful time in New York and it was so amazing to see the girls I grew with it in elementary, junior high, and high school now having kids of their own. :giggle: One sad thing on visiting is that one of my mother's closest friends....a woman who helped her settle in New York, is suffering from Alzhiemer's disease and it's already in the advanced stage. My heart goes out to her and her family. :( There were laughs, there were tears on the things I missed out because of leaving, but it was nice to go back and remember. :thanks:

I've been job-hunting, and it's turning out a little tougher than I thought. I'm just glad I didn't quit my job so far. ^^; But I'm sure something will come up soon, it's just a matter of time and patient. Deep patience. :giggle: But still, cross your fingers for me, okay? So that's about it so far. I wish I could say that I finally got a book deal and one of my stories is being published, but......I don't know if that'll happen anytime in the present. :giggle: Thank you all, those of you who continued to support me. I'll do my best not to let you...and myself...down. :iconbaibaiplz:
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