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Hi, all!  Wow, I can't believe it's been two years since I last visited DA.  I'm so sorry.  Yes, I'm still alive, and I even hang out with some of you on Facebook, which is a huge time sink in my life right now, but also a great business tool.  

Updates!  Well, in the two years since I last journaled, I quit my medical records job, boosted my art activities (at least in 2015), and began a new career--more on that later. :P  

In 2015, I published 7 pieces in magazines, and my Witch Hat pendant even made the cover of a magazine!  I even had two projects in a special, once-per-year edition of Easy Metal Jewelry, July 2015 edition.  Check it out!  I've been working under my real name (Valorie Clifton) for years now, so though I have a fake name here on DA, you can find me by looking me up...or looking for VC Artisan Originals.  I still have my website, though it's largely untended lately due to time constraints. I'm easy to find.  

So!  What have I been doing lately?  Editing.  Yes, I started a new business in 2015 as a freelance copy editor, and I'm extremely thankful and lucky to have some amazing authors to work with!  Business is so good that I'm turning people away, due in large part to a few of my writers who consistently hit bestseller lists.  I've even had an author make the Wall Street Journal Bestseller List this past week, and she also hit #1 top seller on Amazon with the same book.  I'm booking two months out now, and I'm so happy and thankful to my amazing authors.  Heck, a few even list me as editor on Amazon (which is rare), so I'm searchable by name on Amazon.  My garden is slowly growing.  It's not the norm for authors to honor their editor like that, so I only have 19 listings to my credit to date.  Still, I'm so honored and thankful.

I'm still doing jewelry, but less often.  I meet with my beady ladies twice per month, and the rest of the time I'm either working 7 days/week or ferrying my kids around between three campuses.  Both graduate this year, so this summer I can work even more! My daughter graduates high school with honors (we found out today!), even though she only goes to HS two hours per day b/c she got early admitted to college.  My son graduates college with his first degree (in History/Mythology) and then both are headed to University this coming fall.

I'm a proud member of the Back2Bead.com Glam Squad, a group of designers who work with all their newest bead designs like etched daggers, etched firepolished beads, etc.  It's a lot of fun and I get to work with a former Maven friend (we were Bead Mavens together).  

To all who commented or sent me messages, compliments, and kudos:  Thank you so much for your kind words.  I had two years' worth of messages, so I can't answer them all, but thank you, thank you, thank you. <3  Muah!  ~Val
  • Listening to: audiobooks
  • Reading: everything!
  • Watching: K-Dramas. Always K-Dramas.
  • Eating: pizza
  • Drinking: iced tea

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elderarc
Valorie
Artist | Professional | Artisan Crafts
United States
Current Residence: Florida
Favourite genre of music: anime, game soundtracks, piano classical, metal.
Favourite style of art: Jewelry, Photography, digital painting, watercolor
Operating System: Windows XP and Windows 7
MP3 player of choice: Ipod Touch
Favourite cartoon character: Mushu from Mulan
Personal Quote: 'Help! I'm talking and I can't shut up!'
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Antares2 Featured By Owner May 25, 2015  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Beautiful jewelry Valorie !!
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elderarc Featured By Owner Feb 19, 2014  Professional Artisan Crafter
You're very welcome!  :)
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DryGulchJewelry Featured By Owner Feb 15, 2014  Professional Artisan Crafter
Thank you for adding us to your watch list! :)
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elderarc Featured By Owner Feb 12, 2014  Professional Artisan Crafter
Thank you so much!  That makes me very happy.  :party:  :D  :bow:
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DryGulchJewelry Featured By Owner Feb 11, 2014  Professional Artisan Crafter
You're jewelry is amazing!  Your seed bead and metal smith work is absolutely gorgeous.  :)
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