It's definitely been awhile. (Why does dA look different every time I stop by? Wow, the New Journal Entry page is completely different now.)
I was contacted by SuicideBySafetyPin
through Facebook that I had been featured on Inspiration Station. I was very surprised and touched by the response. (Though, wow, some of you pulled out some really
old stuff, lol). I wanted to thank all of you who posted a journal entry about my work, as well as those who continue to use my guides and fave my work.
I sort of needed it with all the stuff going on right now.
The past couple of years have been hectic
. My hard drive failed right before I was going to upload a new calendar and I lost a good chunk of my rendered fractal work. My parameters were stored elsewhere, allowing me to easily re-render most of my work, but some pieces were composites and/or edited, making the recreation process for those trickier. That made returning to Apophysis and dA much more difficult. Last year my husband and I were shocked and devastated to learn that my younger son, in second grade at the time, was being bullied by his long-term substitute teacher. There were talks with the school and we strongly considered moving out of district. I guess things sort of worked out in the end. Our son did need therapy to deal with everything. We later found out we weren't the only family having issues with this substitute teacher, but she remains a major part of the school's PTA. My cat also completely disappeared one day.
She was an indoor kitty and we have no idea how she got out.
Oh yeah, my non-Christmas Dancing Black Mage avatar was also lost in The Great Hard Drive Crash. Not yet sure what I'm going to do with him.
But it hasn't been all doom and gloom. Much of the reason for my absence from dA is due to life in general. I had no idea that two children in school was so exhausting. So much stuff to keep track of. At least I don't have to watch Yo Yo Gabba Gabba anymore. (^=^) I ended up getting a really awesome computer with an AMD Phenom II X6 1090T processor (that's a 3.2 GHz six-core processor) with 8 gigs of RAM and some other nifty stuff. I originally planned to buy a corresponding HP monitor, but went with a much higher rated 23" 16:9 Samsung. My younger son was playing on my computer the other day (Mommy's computer is usually off-limits for the kids
) and he stopped to let me know how great he thought the monitor was. Never one to dwell on one hobby for long, I have started crocheting little amigurumi plushies--usually for my younger son, but sometimes for myself--and learned to knit. Wow, was that a horrible learning process.
I'm glad it's behind me.
I plan to upload a few pieces of Apo pieces soon, then I'll be going AWOL for a bit, because next Thursday we leave for Disney World! We're getting really excited (okay, mostly just me; it's been over 13 years since I've been to Disneyland). We've never done anything like this before. The best we've done is gone to a waterpark a couple hours away. Boy, planning this trip has been sooo overwhelming these past few months. I really feel it's important for the kids to see more of the country than just the Midwest. My older son was born in California and lived in Florida and Maryland before we moved to Iowa when he was two, so he doesn't have any memories of living anywhere but here. The younger one was born and raised in Iowa. We'll also be going to Kennedy Space Center. When we first broke the news, my younger son was way more excited about going to KSC than he was about Disney World. Actually, we discovered to our chagrin that neither of our kids were familiar with WDW, LOL. I've had to use YouTube to fill in the blanks. YT does come in handy sometimes
Once again, thanks again for all your kind words!