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And I posted a couple of things because, dang, hi there? How's it going? How are you? What are you doing?

Me?

I'm trying to find somewhere to shove my random doodles now that good people have done good things and revived the awesomeness that has always been Thorns. It is good. So. Sometimes, I'm here doing things.

Probably not often, though. Because a full time job, a side business, and a family tend to make it really hard to do any art for myself. Like, ever.

Don't expect much, but I thought I should say hello.

Hello.

It's not like anyone missed me anyway, right? Right. Carry on then.
  • Listening to: 8tracks erryday
  • Reading: huh?
  • Watching: clone wars
  • Playing: thorns thul'ka (not a video game duh)
  • Drinking: decaf, please
well, i'm 33 weeks along with only about 7 weeks left to go.

our registries are all up and waiting to be fulfilled on (www.amazon.com/gp/registry/bab…) amazon, (www.target.com/registry/baby/3…) target, and (www.walmart.com/giftregistry/g…) walmart. it really has started feeling like "crunch time" around here ... knowing i only have less than two months before the baby's due. the nursery is slowly coming together, even though it's also the office/music room. there's still some decorating to do, some things to buy, and some internal preparation to do.

it's been exciting to watch and feel the baby grow. it's a whole new experience for hubby and i, and it's only going to change our lives in unimaginable way once it's born.

nope, we don't know the gender, but we do have names.

i've got photos (www.flickr.com/photos/niftysmi…)here and i've been keeping a blog (niftysmith.wordpress.com/) here.
  • Listening to: pandora radio <3
  • Reading: your pregnancy week by week
  • Watching: the snow fall outside
  • Playing: metroid prime 2: echoes
  • Eating: for two
  • Drinking: decaf, please
as of 7/16, i've known i was pregnant. i'm actually at about 17 weeks now, with a due-date of 3/22.

dl.getdropbox.com/u/886334/8-2…

so, the first trimester has come and gone and it went without morning sickness or anything too terrible; just a lot of tiredness and some food apathy. no weird cravings, no sending the hubby out at odd hours for even odder things. just exhaustion and not knowing what the heck to do for dinner most of the time.

now, i'm in the second trimester and i'm starting to get my energy back. things are good. we've got the twenty-week ultrasound coming up, but we don't want to know the gender until it's born. we like the idea of being surprised and look forward to the experience.

yes, we have a couple of names picked out, but i've been told by other friends who are parents to keep those to ourselves. it's easier than dealing with unnecessary critique or random suggestions.

pregnancy has probably what's kept me away from doing too much art and updating dA much. my apologies, but this is a bigger, more amazing creation than i could ever accomplish with my wacom tablet alone!
  • Listening to: pandora radio <3
  • Reading: your pregnancy week by week
  • Watching: the leaves change
  • Playing: thorns, still. you should play, too.
  • Eating: whatever i want
  • Drinking: decaf

three OH!

Journal Entry: Sun Apr 5, 2009, 3:07 PM
  • Listening to: pandora radio <3
  • Reading: web updates
  • Watching: the leaves change
  • Playing: thorns, still. you should play, too.
  • Eating: an apple bran muffin. yum.
  • Drinking: juice (vitamin C, baby)
yup. so just last week (3/31), i changed decades. i'm no longer in my twenties. all ten of those years were most excellent, and i will miss being a twenty-something. however, i have been informed that being the big three-oh isn't so bad. in fact, i've been told it could be quite fun if i give it the same gusto i gave my last decade.

i have accomplished a lot. college. japan. marriage. grad school. all in the span of 10 years.

this new decade will hopefully bring babies, children, and travel.

i'm quite excited, even if it was a little bit more difficult than i can express in words to hit thirty.

Thorns!

Journal Entry: Wed Feb 18, 2009, 4:52 PM
  • Listening to: pandora radio <3
  • Reading: web updates
  • Watching: the leaves change
  • Playing: thorns, still. you should play, too.
  • Eating: an apple bran muffin. yum.
  • Drinking: juice (vitamin C, baby)
Shameless Plug Time ...

THORNS:UPRISING (www.thornsbook.com)

On the heels of a couple of other lovely Thorns players, mods, and friends, I thought I'd go ahead and plug our lovely community and play-by-post RPG set in a very vivid, well-documented game world.

It's sort of steampunk, sort of magical, very awesome, and always open to new players.

It's hard for me to know exactly what to say, except you should check out the Wiki, the Forum, and my gallery of favorite art from Thorns to check out some other players.

I've really enjoyed the community; we're all close-knit and know how to have a good time. The story is growing, with over-arching lines to fit into as well as plenty of wiggle room for your characters to be themselves.

Come have a visit. I promise you'll come back for more.

<3

CAR WRECK FTL

Journal Entry: Sat Feb 7, 2009, 7:01 AM
  • Listening to: pandora radio &lt;3
  • Reading: web updates
  • Watching: the leaves change
  • Playing: thorns, still. you should play, too.
  • Eating: an apple bran muffin. yum.
  • Drinking: juice (vitamin C, baby)
so last saturday, hubby and i were in a car wreck. neither of us were hurt and the air bags didn't even go off, but our poor adorable honda fit had the front of it all smashed up by the wheel well of the other driver's ford ranger. they pulled out in front of us turning left (across both lanes of traffic) and we t-boned. i was terrified.

it was my first car accident.

looking back, it wasn't so bad. i spent saturday sleepless and sunday stressed, but it really wasn't too terrible. i think getting insurance stuff all worked out and waiting for everything to fall into place that has been the most annoying and stressful.

we need $8k worth of damages to total our 2007 car (less than 30k miles on it, too). so far, as of friday, the total was only $5k in surface damage. unless they find something seriously wrong under the hood, we'll probably just have to wait to get it repaired. ugh.

anyway, at least we're okay. i am so thankful. cars can be replaced or repaired.

thanks for 1k!!

Journal Entry: Mon Jan 12, 2009, 4:06 PM
  • Listening to: pandora radio &lt;3
  • Reading: web updates
  • Watching: the leaves change
  • Playing: thorns, still. you should play, too.
  • Eating: an apple bran muffin. yum.
  • Drinking: juice (vitamin C, baby)
this is early, but i'll probably miss the 1k mark while i'm off doing homework or sleeping or working. i thought i should go ahead and post and say THANK YOU SO MUCH.

i know that 1000 views is not a lot for some people out there, but it's my first. from here on out, i can't go back. so far, it's been encouraging and motivating to be here, especially to see and appreciate other peoples' work and feedback.

thanks guys, i luffs yous.

*squee*



p.s. for all you thorns kids who have been inflating my ego, that desktop is ALL FOR YOU. maybe a few of you especially, but still. <3

30 more to go!

Journal Entry: Sat Jan 10, 2009, 5:18 PM
  • Listening to: pandora radio &lt;3
  • Reading: web updates
  • Watching: the leaves change
  • Playing: thorns, still. you should play, too.
  • Eating: an apple bran muffin. yum.
  • Drinking: juice (vitamin C, baby)
thirty more views til 1k! i think i should be working on a special drawing for hitting the 1000 views mark. (yeah, maybe not impressive for most people, but a big deal for me since i have only been active since october!)

heehee ...

requests? :XD:

it's a meme

Journal Entry: Tue Dec 30, 2008, 11:17 AM
  • Listening to: pandora radio &lt;3
  • Reading: web updates
  • Watching: the leaves change
  • Playing: thorns, still. you should play, too.
  • Eating: an apple bran muffin. yum.
  • Drinking: juice (vitamin C, baby)
stolen from :iconmissushow: ... cuz i thought it would be so much fun for my Thorns characters.

i know they enjoyed it, mostly.

******

STOL'D :Rules:.
1. Choose a few of your own characters. Five at the most.
2. Make them answer the following questions
3. Then tag three people.(You're welcome to fill this out if you want to, but I won't tag anyone.)

Characters:
1. Nauleth
2. Tristaanian
3. Eriyenna
4. Yulina (I'ma surprise. Just you wait.)

~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~
1) How Old Are You?
Nauleth: 18.
Tristaan: Um. I lost count a bit somewhere along th'way. So ... 24-26. Pick  your favorite.
Eriyenna: 28
Yulina: It's impolite t'ask a lady that kinda question, y'know.

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2) Height?
Nauleth: Who cares?
Tristaan: Tall enough t'catch you off guard.
Eriyenna: Just right.
Yulina: Tall.

~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~
3) You Got Any Bad Habits?
Nauleth: Which one do you want to hear first?
Tristaan: That's a subjective question, don'tcha think?
Eriyenna: Sometimes, I love my instruments more than people.
Yulina: *disturbingly cruel grin*

~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~
4) You a virgin?
Nauleth: *smirk*
Tristaan: Ne.
Eriyenna: That reminds me of this song ... wait ... what was the question?
Yulina: *rolls eyes*

~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~
5) Who's your Mate/Spouse?
Nauleth: Some of us are still trying to survive our educations. Thanks.
Tristaan: When I'm ready to break th'law further in that direction, I'll let you know ... *grins*
Eriyenna: Does music count?
Yulina: No thanks. I prefer t'keep my options ... open.

~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~
6) Have Any Kids?
Nauleth: Uh. No. *sneers*
Tristaan: Nope. But it could be benny.
Eriyenna: Maybe some day. *sighs*
Yulina: *lip curls* No.

~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~
7) Favorite Food?
Nauleth: I think I miss mum's cooking.
Tristaan: Pie. *wink*
Eriyenna: I don't want to say hingle, but it might be true.
Yulina: Fear.

~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~
8) Favorite Ice Cream flavor?
Nauleth: Ice? Cream?
Tristaan: What're my choices?
Eriyenna: Isn't cream a flavor?
Yulina: I'm cold enough.

~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~
9) Killed anyone?
Nauleth: Not yet.
Tristaan: Quite a few, actually.
Eriyenna: Oh gods, no.
Yulina: Oes.

~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~
10) Hate anyone?
Nauleth: I've got a list.
Tristaan: Ne, not really.
Eriyenna: Nah. Not my thing.
Yulina: A few.

~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~
11) Any Secrets?
Nauleth: Maybe.
Tristaan: Not as many as I used to, that's for sure.
Eriyenna: Nothing embarrassing, if that's what you mean.
Yulina: Perhaps, but I also can find out yours ... for a price.

~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~
12) Love Anyone?
Nauleth: Th-that's a strong word, isn't it?
Tristaan: Workin' on it. *grin*
Eriyenna: Oes. *sigh* But somehow, music always wins.
Yulina: Ne.

~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~
13) TACOS?
Nauleth: >_>
Tristaan: Hmm?
Eriyenna: Is that a fruit or a vegetable?
Yulina: No thanks.

~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~
14) Ever slept in All day?
Nauleth: Whenever I can.
Tristaan: Oes, it's happened ... usually, there's injury involved, tho'.
Eriyenna: No, not really. There's always something to do.
Yulina: I ent a fan of sleeping, actually.

~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~
15) Eye colors?
Nauleth: Dark brown.
Tristaan: Gray.
Eriyenna: Almost black.
Yulina: Emerald green.

~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~
16) Hair?
Nauleth: Near-black, save for that damn white streak.
Tristaan: Black.
Eriyenna: Purple for now.
Yulina: Black.

~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~
17) Fat/Average/Slim?
Nauleth: Slim.
Tristaan: Why is well-toned not an option?
Eriyenna: Average.
Yulina: Perhaps too slim for most.

~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~
18) Rain, sunshine?
Nauleth: Rain.
Tristaan: Both're fine. What am I doin' in 'em?
Eriyenna: Sunshine!
Yulina: Moonlight.

~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~
19) Pool, Beach?
Nauleth: Pool, if I have to.
Tristaan: Oh, I'm up for either. *coy*
Eriyenna: Beach! The sounds are lovely.
Yulina: With the Harbor as my home, which d'you think?

~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~
20) Camping, staying home?
Nauleth: Home.
Tristaan: Camping.
Eriyenna: Camping is home when you live out of a kint.
Yulina: Neither.

~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~
21) Dog, Cat?
Nauleth: Neither.
Tristaan: Dog?
Eriyenna: Bander!
Yulina: Bones are bones, either way.

~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~
22) Believe in aliens?
Nauleth: Huh?
Tristaan: Whassat?
Eriyenna: Do they sing?
Yulina: *bored stare*

~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~
23) What do you do to relax?
Nauleth: Sleep. Read. Trip first year students.
Tristaan: Heh. *grins mischievously*
Eriyenna: Sing. Dance. Write music.
Yulina: You'll find out if you can't pay your taxes to th'Hawke, won't you now?

~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~
24) Car or Ship..?
Nauleth: Airship.
Tristaan: No more boats, thanks.
Eriyenna: Feet?
Yulina: I've spent some time on a ship or two.

~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~
25) What is your job?
Nauleth: Student. *glare*
Tristaan: I believe th'term you're lookin' for is swordsman.
Eriyenna: Musician, performer.
Yulina: Wouldn't you like t'know? *sneer*

~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~
26) Any Unusual Things about you?
Nauleth: *more glaring*
Tristaan: Besides bein' mistaken for a wick when I'm a passive? Ne. I'm fine with it, really.
Eriyenna: I'm not sure. I like who I am.
Yulina: Nothin' I need to tell you about.

~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~
27) Boy or girl?
Nauleth: Guess.
Tristaan: Man, thanks.
Eriyenna: Girl.
Yulina: Woman.

~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~
28) Favorite Place?
Nauleth: Church of the Moon, after midnight.
Tristaan: Anywhere can be nice with th'right company if y'ask me.
Eriyenna: The open road, or 'round the campfire with some singin' and dancin'.
Yulina: Not with you.

~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~
29) Do you like pancakes?
Nauleth: Sure. Do you like pan-in-the-face?
Tristaan: If I ent cookin', I ent complainin'.
Eriyenna: Yum!
Yulina: Sure.

~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~
30) Last words?
Nauleth: Meh.
Tristaan: I try not t'have those unless I have good reason t'be witty.
Eriyenna: *hums distractedly* Huh?
Yulina: You're assuming I don't know yours already. *snickers*


********

that was fun. want to know more about Thorns? come play-by-post with us at www.thornsbook.com!

it's Christmas!

Journal Entry: Wed Dec 24, 2008, 11:08 AM
  • Listening to: pandora radio &lt;3
  • Reading: web updates
  • Watching: the leaves change
  • Playing: thorns, still. you should play, too.
  • Eating: an apple bran muffin. yum.
  • Drinking: juice (vitamin C, baby)
i hope your holiday is filled with less drama and more love, good food and better friends. enjoy Christmas, everyone. i'll hopefully be back with new art before the New Year!

<3

omg ppl

Journal Entry: Tue Dec 16, 2008, 6:51 PM
  • Listening to: pandora radio &lt;3
  • Reading: web updates
  • Watching: the leaves change
  • Playing: thorns, still. you should play, too.
  • Eating: an apple bran muffin. yum.
  • Drinking: juice (vitamin C, baby)
all it takes is one fun desktop, and i feel the love. i should ... draw more often, eh? thanks so much to all you cool people who have suddenly upped my dA activity all in one day.

oh, and if you don't know about Thorns, you should go visit right now: www.thornsbook.com, because that's where all the awesome people are!

i honestly never thought i'd even get to 700 views.

now, let's get to 1000!

fries with that?

Journal Entry: Fri Dec 5, 2008, 1:45 PM
  • Listening to: pandora radio &lt;3
  • Reading: web updates
  • Watching: the leaves change
  • Playing: thorns, still. you should play, too.
  • Eating: an apple bran muffin. yum.
  • Drinking: juice (vitamin C, baby)
I have my tablet and it is SO big!! I guess in my mind when I think 6x11, i don't think the length of my keyboard. But it is. It's such a great size - smaller than the one I borrowed from my university's library but bigger than the Graphire I have at work. It's fantastic, and I am excited to start really pushing myself in digital work.

Whoot.

i has a real job

Journal Entry: Sat Nov 15, 2008, 10:24 AM
  • Listening to: pandora radio &lt;3
  • Reading: web updates
  • Watching: the leaves change
  • Playing: thorns, still. you should play, too.
  • Eating: an apple bran muffin. yum.
  • Drinking: juice (vitamin C, baby)
It's official. I have a real job. How can you tell? How do I know? I got my first-ever "bonus check." For those of you who have never heard of such a crazy thing, it's what happens when a company turns a profit in a financial quarter and decides to re-distribute that wealth for the joy and well-being of its employees. It's amazing.

I work for a company of like ... eight people. So, while we don't always break even and I don't always have enough billable time to make a bonus, I finally did.

And I about fell out of my chair.

I can now order myself a new Wacom. It's not enough for the 9x12, but I am so ordering a shiny new Intuos 6x11 sometime this afternoon.

*squeals*

I finally can get more into digital art. The little 4x6 I have at work is nice, but I think if I had something bigger, I might be able to get the hang of things. I feel like I have to teach myself to draw all over again as it is ...

Anyway, I am excited!

Yays!

vote!

Journal Entry: Tue Nov 4, 2008, 9:43 AM
  • Listening to: pandora radio &lt;3
  • Reading: web updates
  • Watching: the leaves change
  • Playing: thorns, still. you should play, too.
  • Eating: an apple bran muffin. yum.
  • Drinking: juice (vitamin C, baby)
no matter who you're supporting, put your money where your mouth is and get your butt out to vote. if you want to see change happen, then it's up to you. don't sit around and wait for "someone else" to elect your candidate. your vote counts this year more than ever.

so stop whining or watching tv and waiting.

vote.

seriously.

zomg! yay!

Journal Entry: Mon Oct 27, 2008, 2:07 PM
  • Listening to: pandora radio &lt;3
  • Reading: web updates
  • Watching: sleet fall outside
  • Playing: thorns, still. you should play, too.
  • Eating: chocolate
  • Drinking: water
two things to squeal joyously about:

1) the a/c guys are finished. the banging has stopped. we have heat. we have air. we have less random crap falling from the ceiling. i am happy.

2) i am getting a new work computer ... in ... like ... um ... 4-7 days. i am psyched. it's a tower. a G4. with 4 gigs of ram. and two superdrives. and a 23" monitor. and i will never want to work from home again. wheeeeeeeeeee!

anyway, i had to post my happy monday before heading home. hooray.

i also had a good weekend, which more than made up for how exhausted i was by all the work i did last week. i am rested and ready to take on the dark, dampness of autumn that usually makes me tired and gloomy.

hometime. later!

on construction

Journal Entry: Thu Oct 23, 2008, 7:04 PM
for the past two weeks, there have been air conditioning guys crawling around in the ceiling in my office. we haven't had a/c or heat. we've been forced to breathe their smoke when they wanted to smoke, listen to their phone calls when they take them on the job, and wondered curiously at the little bits of things that fall from the vents.

there is a vent about a foot from my shoulder, above my desk. i have been afraid it would fall on my head (or worse, my imac) more than once.

yesterday, we overheard one of the guys proclaim quite loudly from in the rafters, "man, this roof is sinking like the titanic!"

what the crap is that supposed to mean?

i have no idea.

all i know is that they were supposed to have our new unit in last weekend. but now, it should be done by late monday ... i won't hold my breath.

while i will be grateful for an air conditioner that won't leak and run hot anymore, i will mostly be grateful for when the construction guys leave. it has been so hard to concentrate and get stuff done with them banging on the ducts and jabbering above my head. even with headphones on, the banging still gets through, disrupting my thoughts.

now that it decided to feel like fall and get cold outside, at least i have a space heater.

*sigh*

  • Listening to: ooooh the hammering! make it stop.
  • Reading: 100 pages on counseling women
  • Watching: dust and mysterious particles fall from my ceiling
  • Playing: THORNS
  • Eating: granola
  • Drinking: tea

thorns!

Journal Entry: Fri Oct 10, 2008, 12:12 PM
is awesome.

www.thornsbook.com

like writing? like RP? then visit, because it's totally cool.

***

ooooh. and yes, i have added a bunch of random stuff today. i brought one of my sketchbooks into work and shoved it on the scanner at random intervals throughout my busy (fri)day. whee.

enjoy. <3

  • Listening to: falling up
  • Reading: 150 pages to go of this darn textbook
  • Watching: pixels go this way, pixels go that way
  • Playing: THORNS
  • Eating: chocolate
  • Drinking: water

natsukashii ...

Journal Entry: Thu Oct 2, 2008, 11:58 AM
ah, nostalgia ... or is it homesickness? something inside me stirs with an urge to create (or, as is the case lately, re-create). i miss writing. i miss telling stories. i miss drawing. i miss life before being a professional graphic designer, sometimes. don't get me wrong - i love my job - but, i don't always have the energy or the time to create for myself anymore. and that's a cryin' shame.

so, i think after i finish my homework for my online class tonight, i'm going to go through my old notebooks of stories and post some of the good parts.

i have a pile of about 5 left-write (yes, i am left handed and was in love with anything that was exclusively made for left handed people when i was younger ...) notebooks on my nightstand right now. some of them even have drawings in the margins.

they are all between 10-15 years old. wow. i can't believe that it's been so long.

all of the writing is pretty much incomplete. my friend and i who wrote stories instead of taking notes in class also told and acted those stories out in person or on the phone - so often there are huge breaks in our shared adventure that never got written down at all.

while flipping through the yellowing pages the other night, i noticed that there are several false starts, do-overs, and totally incomplete messes all over the place, but most of the time the stories contain most of the same characters struggling with most of the same issues.

i wonder if i can really do it ... can i retype the words that once consumed my imagination as a teenager all those years ago and still make something of it?

  • Listening to: radiohead - rainbows
  • Reading: dusty old stories from my pre-adult creative life
  • Watching: birds outside my window
  • Playing: in alternate realities in my mind
  • Eating: some delicious brownie
  • Drinking: water

fall is coming

Journal Entry: Wed Oct 1, 2008, 9:19 AM
i can see the seasons changing

the air is crisp when i walk the dog in the morning, and the sun has slowly grown lazier and lazier. now, when 6:30 am rolls around, it's still dark and i still want to cuddle under the covers with my husband. i am solar powered - getting up in the dark is so hard for me. once i have a nice walk around the block with the dog and a cup of coffee, however, i will be the first to admit that fall is my favorite season.

i'm always more inspired this time of year. i hope that it stays true this year - i would like to get back into drawing. i really haven't been serious about anything but my job and school since i got married two years ago. it's about time i get back into pursuing some personal projects ... right? right.

  • Reading: web edits, print edits, more ElfQuest, classwork
  • Watching: the leaves change color, ever so slowly
  • Playing: with my hair
  • Eating: lunch
  • Drinking: water

meh.

Journal Entry: Mon Sep 22, 2008, 7:57 AM
life is busy and i have forgotten how to blog or journal. it's been too long. i finally got around to adding some new stuff here, but it's all fairly recent. i know i have some good old stuff hanging out in sketchbooks on bookshelves and closets in our apartment somewhere; i just have to find the time to leaf through it all.

  • Listening to: typical monday office buzzing
  • Reading: unexpected journey (for class); old ElfQuest stuff
  • Watching: heroes is back!
  • Playing: pokemon diamond is still keeping me busy
  • Eating: frosted mini wheats
  • Drinking: coffee