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I want to take a moment to thank everyone for the kind wishes and suggestions... and for remembering me. I see lots of familiar names, and it's good to know that you guys have stayed with me despite my long absence. (Guess it helps that dA doesn't have a watchlist limit... or does it? XD) Names that I am not yet acquainted with are good to see, too.

I'm feeling better now, physically. But my financial situation isn't so hot at the moment, so life continues to keep my art life at bay. I'm reluctant to take commissions because:

1) I do have a job. I love the work I do. The pay isn't great, obviously, but job searching demands more time and energy than I am able to expend without quitting my current job, which I cannot afford. 

2) to be honest, I owe a few art on Gaia side. Even though that's just fake money (on a site where I no longer feel catered to as a user, to boot... I'm not joining the bandwagon calling the admins greedy. It's just that their new approach is not for me, especially at this point in time), I can't help but feel very unprofessional for not contacting my clients in the past few months while I was sick. 

And lastly, 3) commissions are no replacement for personal art. Those two things are entirely different things. 

Everyone is busy. Everyone has it rough from time to time. It's just that mine happens to be now. 

I HAVE been able to produce a few things recently, though. I've been posting them where I'd been completely unknown with no pre-existing fans or acquaintances. When I feel ready to share it with you guys, I promise I will -- though I cannot say how many people would even be interested! In the meantime, I'll be uploading a few recent doodles to keep the dust off this account. Hope you guys enjoy them!
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CrevanGrietje Featured By Owner Jul 2, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
Take your time Keiiii! Your health and well being are more important than anything else! Stay strong, and it's good to see you ! 
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chou-roninx Featured By Owner Apr 30, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Oh good to hear from you! Roody and I were wondering  if everything was ok. 
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Hubby-N-Dad Featured By Owner Apr 22, 2014
I have been gone forever, 18 month forever, but this journal struck as ironic, as I just replayed the Tellius Fire Emblem Games and that reminded me of your art.  Hope you have been well.
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Ernoma Featured By Owner Apr 20, 2014  Student General Artist
your art is beautiful no matter what you draw, man. I hope everything goes well for you  ! :heart:
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ColdplayKeyboard Featured By Owner Apr 20, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Glad to see you're feeling better Keiiii! I feel weird stalking you here from Gaia, but I've been kinda worried about you while you've been sick! Very relieved that'd you're up and running! Health first!
-PixelDeerest 
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Plainevil Featured By Owner Apr 15, 2014
Welcome back!
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ContraSprite Featured By Owner Apr 14, 2014
So glad to hear you're feeling better! And I'm glad to hear that even in your busyness you still have a little time hear and there to enjoy drawing. I'm with you, commissions can be fun, but they would be a sad sad replacement for personal art. I'm just about to start my new art program at school so I will soon be in a similar situation of having very limited time for "drawing for fun". Keep posting your things where we can see them though, it's fun to get to see what friends and working on and how they are growing as an artist! Heart 
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keiiii Featured By Owner Apr 15, 2014   General Artist
Thank you! I am totally itching to share this stuff. Right now, I'm trying to make enough of it to make an impact. Need to get more work done~
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Kalietha Featured By Owner Apr 13, 2014  Student Digital Artist
Glad to hear things are looking up - I'm just back from being awol myself, for approximately the same period. If no-one has suggested it btw, spicy food can help with plegm/sinus problems - the rule of thumb is, if it's spicy enough to make your cheeks warm, it's spicy enough to help.

I was very sick for a number of years while barely making enough to live, so I know how it is to not be able to afford to see a doctor. During the period I became a semi-expert on home remedies for the symptoms I was prone to having - so feel free to poke at me if you need a cheap way to feel better.
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keiiii Featured By Owner Apr 13, 2014   General Artist
Thanks. I really appreciate your help! I thought spicy food was only for sinus-centric symptoms, though? Mine is (or rather, was) really deep in the lungs. Nothing in the sinus area. 

But speaking of the sinus area... would you happen to know anything that works for sinus headaches? T_________T
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Kalietha Featured By Owner Apr 14, 2014  Student Digital Artist
It does work better on the sinus area, but anywhere where swelling is part of the problem it'll help a little. It has to do with bloodflow I think; there was an article on the topic that a friend pointed out after I'd already been using it for years.

For the headaches - again, spicy food, sometimes dark chocolate helps a little (females only; has to do with hormones and tension I suspect), and for some people plunging your forehead into snow for a few seconds (AKA works wonders for me, but haven't tested on anyone else).

For the lungs...With ANYTHING to do with the lungs breathing steam helps. Really hot showers or making soup and standing over it to breath the steam are the usual methods. If that's not enough, sometimes shocking them by switching between really hot and really cold helps - like taking a few breaths from the freezer, then going back to the steam or drinking some tea or instant hot cider. If it's messing with your breathing enough to mess with getting to sleep, try piling up pillows enough that you can sleep at a bit of an angle, like in a hospital bed. It works wonders and is generally the only time I sleep on my back.

Hope that helps!
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WayTooEmily Featured By Owner Apr 13, 2014   Digital Artist
Well, it's great to hear from you after so long. :)
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RoyLover Featured By Owner Apr 12, 2014  Student Digital Artist
It's all good. C: Just happy you been doing good and am focusing on you! I would love to see your new stuff, too, if I am allowed to stalk. ;w;
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keiiii Featured By Owner Apr 15, 2014   General Artist
Believe me, I am ITCHING to share them. *O* I just don't feel like I have enough material to really make the kind of the impact I want, at this time. If you want to take a sneak peek, uhh... poke me over AIM/MSN? Do you use either?
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RoyLover Featured By Owner Apr 15, 2014  Student Digital Artist
You can always do an art dump. *w* And, unfortunately, I don't use MSN anymore and never was a big AIM user. ;w; Now I'm only on Skype. I can always hop on through IM+, though!  I would do it for you~
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fabledbrush Featured By Owner Apr 11, 2014  Student General Artist
Take as much time as you need to. There is no rush. Just know we're all glad that you're feeling better and that we understand commissioned work just can't replace the work you do for yourself.
I look forward to seeing any of your doodles, when you are ready to upload them.
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MoonlitCrescent Featured By Owner Apr 11, 2014
May I ask what that job is?
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keiiii Featured By Owner Apr 11, 2014   General Artist
I'm tutoring ESL to kids in Korea. The way I do it, it's a LOT of work, but I wouldn't have it any other way (except for higher pay if possible, haha).
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MoonlitCrescent Featured By Owner Apr 12, 2014
Naturally :)
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vilhelmina Featured By Owner Apr 11, 2014  Student Digital Artist
:hug: I hope you start feeling even better soon and that the financial situation clears up.

If there's anything we can do to help, let us know OK? I and I'm sure many others with me would be glad to. 
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pohcbSonic Featured By Owner Apr 10, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
=)
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euclidstriangle Featured By Owner Apr 10, 2014
I haven't seen what's happened to Gaia in a while... Guess I should check that out at some point... I only go on there every now and again to change my avatar's clothing now, anyway. 

Take care! Good to hear from you again! We always look forward to seeing your work. :D 
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temporos Featured By Owner Apr 10, 2014  Hobbyist Writer
I never did finish reading Haru-Sari. Moved out of the country and didn't have access to it. Then, I moved back and life happened, and I never got the chance to sit down with it again.

I'll have to write myself a note to set aside some time to read it again. Did you finish the story, or is it still going?
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keiiii Featured By Owner Apr 11, 2014   General Artist
Long story short, it's still on a hiatus. I've hit a snag in the plot in the upcoming chapters. It's not even a major plot issue, just a worldbuilding detail... but important enough to elicit eyerolls if I were to screw up. I've wrestled with it for so long that I've gotten tired of the issue. 

Not sure when was the last time you read it, though. There could be some new pages for you, depending. ^^
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temporos Featured By Owner Apr 11, 2014  Hobbyist Writer
Oh, there are a lot of new pages, I'm sure. I moved abroad in 2010, and that's when I lost track of the comic. I think the last scene I read was right after the "ninja tree branch" incident in the street. XD
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DarkHalo4321 Featured By Owner Apr 10, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
You get better and get your stuff in order and we can all wait patiently for when you're able to come back :) 
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bribble Featured By Owner Apr 10, 2014   Digital Artist
It's good that things are getting better for you, I hope the money situation can improve too. I feel like the statute of limitations has passed on my art prize for your last contest >___> There's got to be a point at which you say, "sorry, you never gave me any references!"

I, for one, am of course interested in seeing the stuff you've posted to other sites and whatever you have. I love your art style.
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AyaReiko Featured By Owner Apr 10, 2014  Student General Artist
I'm glad your starting to feel better! :heart: You do what you need to do and don't fret about the rest. We all go through it like you said. I'll always be here for you hun! I'll be cheering you on from the sidelines.
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Cronoan Featured By Owner Apr 10, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I'm glad you are feeling better, I have missed your work! I look forward to your new pieces, and I hope you are able to get back on board financially soon. I agree 100% that commissions and personal work are just not comparable. I've quit commissioning indefinitely and have enjoyed my art more in the last few weeks than ever. I've been entering contests and loads of events, and it's amazing freedom. Definitely go do some art for you as a getaway from the stress in your life. I can't wait to see it! :D
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Nina-Lupus Featured By Owner Apr 10, 2014
It's good to hear you're feeling a bit better. Just know that your watchers understand, and we miss you! We all look forward to more of your amazing art :hug:
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Mokoni Featured By Owner Apr 10, 2014  Professional Artist
Glad to hear things are starting to look up <3
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