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My last journal was in 2013... holy crap. o.o That's a lot of life to catch up on! 

Since my last visit, much has happened! I've had several different jobs -- worked at a bank, taught Japanese to high school students, and now I'm working as a Fraud Analyst for a bank. My boyfriend from 2013 and I got engaged in 2013, then he moved from England to the US in July of 2016. We got married last year in September, and we just signed the lease for our first apartment together the other day, so life is looking great. 

While packing up to move, I found my old sketchbooks, and so many memories of all the times I spent with so many of you in different RP groups, whether they be one of various pokemon groups, or Drake Academy -- all those memories flooded back. It was bittersweet looking at my first sketches and seeing how far I'd evolved, only to realize that I haven't touched drawing in about 7 years or so... I gave up when i was really starting to get some important concepts! I remembered how peaceful it was, laying on my bed with some good music and just drawing the day away. 

On that note, I've decided I want to try to pick things back up. I want to continue my evolution. But I find it really difficult just to draw random stuff, and I find myself so much more motivated when there is a story behind the character, and that character interacts with some of you. Now I'm really not interested in RPing anything super fandom specific anymore, but I am interested in joining some RP communities again. So if you have some in mind, again, not pokemon or fandom centered, I'd really like to hear what's out there! 

Anyway, look forward to my comeback! Hopefully it happens XD 
  • Watching: Tokimeki Tonight
Hello! So I haven't had anything arty I've felt worthy of posting here as of late, but I figured I should let you know what's been going on in my life since the summer. I'm saving the best news for the end, so stay tuned!

I've become quite active in my local Lolita fashion community, and I've been wearing the fashion out on a fairly regular basis.

I went to Youmacon and cosplayed Mai from Avatar as well as Stocking again -- I'm still waiting for pictures from my friend's camera to post them because the others I have aren't too great -- I probably should remind her about those!

Still working where I've been working, although I think that's going to change in 2013. My health insurance just got dropped because apparently retiree's only health insurance plans don't count in the scheme of Obamacare, so I'm definitely needing to find a job with some benefits.

I plan on cosplaying Madoka from Madoka Magica this year. It probably won't be ready until ColossalCon in June though.

And the BIG NEWS OF 2012! I've been dating my long-distance boyfriend for about a year and a half now, but we've known each other for about 5 years. He visited me around Thanksgiving and met the whole family, and we have amazing chemistry. It's truly great. Soooo since that worked out well, he invited me to England, where I'm currently living! I'll only be here for about two more weeks though, so it's nothing permanent, although I'm absolutely loving it here. My heart's really going to miss being here when I leave! I've had so much amazing food and made some really great memories with Paul this past week! It's going to be pretty rough going back to skyping after this much contact, but we can do it because we're strong like that. It's kind of exciting trying to imagine where 2013 is going to bring us after I leave. I have a feeling it's going to be a great year for us :)

Anyway, that's about it! I hope you have a lovely year!
  • Watching: Star Trek: TOS
  • Eating: English delights
  • Drinking: Lots of alcohol!
They're up! I'm waiting on several more photos from other photo shoots/photographers, so we'll see. They're all done in very different styles, so even if the cosplay is the same, the mood behind them is different. The ones I posted were just the ones my friend took on my camera, but we did two professional quality shoots earlier in the day that will make much better deviations. The ones my friend Thomas took...they involve me licking cupcakes and forks sensually soooo...yeah. They're pretty sex-pot worthy shots. However, I couldn't maintain my excitement, so I just uploaded the more casual ones first!

I'm having really bad convention withdrawal though. I suddenly want to cosplay EVERYTHING. You think I'd be content to bask in the success of completing Stocking and having it be well received by the con-goers, but noooooo. The next costume I will be doing will either be from Madoka (either Madoka or Mami depending on how my group feels) or Avatar (Yue, Mai, or Aang [yeah...I said Aang!]).

Anyway, it was lots of fun! Hope you enjoy the pictures :)
  • Watching: Star Trek: TNG
  • Playing: Diablo III
Just wondering if any of you are in any Avatar: The Last Airbender RP groups that you would recommend. I finished the series (better late than never, right?) and I'm kind of inspired. I don't think I can really get my creativity flowing with Drake Academy again at the moment even though I redesigned Mint and everything. Re-entering her feels like more of a chore than something fun, which isn't how it should feel if I'm really meant to pursue that at the moment.

Aaaaanyway, yeah! Lemme know :)
  • Watching: Star Trek: TNG
  • Playing: Diablo III
I'm done with student teaching. I somehow managed to impart knowledge successfully while being liked by the students simultaneously. I can't believe I managed to teach Japanese to 5 classes of students. I impacted the lives of 120 kids -- how cool is that!?

Anyway, I'm all graduated from college and I'm ready to start life I guess. Not really sure where it's taking me. I have a boyfriend to meet in person for the first time and decide where to go with. I debuted as a lolita and have successfully worn it in public numerous times. I've got cosplays to make, jobs to find, and money to acquire.

Annnnnd now I have time to draw :)   I'm not so sure if I'll be doing the whole RP thing, but we'll see. I'm not really into gijinka anymore, so if anyone has any good RP groups that are nice and deep, I'd like to consider joining. RP keeps me drawing, and I've not drawn in quite awhile. It'd be nice to fill up the rest of my sketch book.

Anyway, I'm here, I'm happy, and I'm alive.

Cheers!
-Melody
  • Watching: Star Trek: TNG, Avatar The Last Airbender
  • Playing: Half Life
So it's been awhile! I'm alive and well, I promise you that, I've just been preeeeetty busy! I can't believe I haven't updated my journal since Harry Potter time!

So why the long absence?

I've been student teaching three Japanese classes at a high school an hour away from my house -- if you do the math, that's 2 hours of commuting and about 3.5 hours of being at the school every day, and THEN I had work in the evenings after that! Needless to say, any art I was doing was related to educational purposes and were in the form of stick figures. I finally finished that up about a week and a half ago, but THEN I went to Youmacon! Youmacon was awesome and I cosplayed as an actual character for the first time ever! Pictures will be posted! PREPARE YOURSELF.

Now this week, I have to take a written Japanese fluency test, so I've been spending the last few days cramming everything I've ever learned in my four years of Japanese studies into my brain in the hopes I will pass the test. If I dn't? Well...I can't do my student teaching next semester, which will suck. No pressure!

But yeah, that's pretty much what I've been doing. I did design a Lolita dress for my Second Life shop that I unfortunately never got around to opening on 11/11/11 like I wanted to, but it will come as soon as I have some time to sit down and actually work on some pieces. I don't really know what to do on dA right now because, for the most part, I've sort of fallen out of the mood of Pokemon, and that's all I ever really did. I hope the followers I gain will still appreciate my art when it's more directed to my current interests: Lolita fashion, off-site roleplay, and whatever strikes my fancy.

Sorry if I had been RPing with you before my hiatus -- I think I only left one person in the dust unintentionally, but we worked it out >_<;...

Hope to be around more!
  • Listening to: A Game of Thrones (audiobook)
  • Watching: Blood+
I'm almost through with book 3, day 4 (?) of my Harry Potter marathon read-through. My friend pointed this out and I feel the same way:

Just because you know the storyline really well, you automatically assume you can some how read each book in 5 minutes.

This is a lie. But at least I'm done with 1 and 2! Aside from 4, I find those the most difficult to get through simply because I've read them so many times, and they seem rather detached with the main plot in comparison to the rest.
  • Listening to: Prologue: Book II and the Escape from the Dursleys
  • Reading: Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban
  • Watching: Code Geass R2
  • Playing: Assassin's Creed
  • Eating: French Onion Sun Chips
  • Drinking: Water
My friend is doing alright now -- yesterday was a bit scary though! I just joined another group, AND YOU SHOULD TOO!!!!! :iconpokeseatales:
  • Listening to: &quot;Super Kawaii&quot; bu SuG
  • Reading: Harry Potter (I will be soon anyway)
  • Watching: Code Geass R2
  • Playing: Assassin's Creed
  • Eating: French Onion Sun Chips
  • Drinking: Water
I probably won't be responding to any comments/messages or be putting up art for awhile. My good friend is going through some rough times right now and I'm focused on helping him through it rather than things on here. I'll eventually get back to you, I promise!
  • Listening to: Kimi no Kakera - Hatsune Miku
  • Playing: Katamari Damacy
  • Drinking: Sierra Mist Natural
:iconpokeprelude:

;-;....I was at super fun ColossalCon having super fun, so I couldn't finish my entry. Sexy magikarp man will just have to wait...
  • Listening to: Kimi no Kakera - Hatsune Miku
  • Playing: Katamari Damacy
  • Drinking: Sierra Mist Natural
We got a new wireless router with more options for security encryption, soooo now I have wi-fi and can play pokemon with all my lovely friends! Mine's 4899 6920 7712!
  • Listening to: Kimi no Kakera - Hatsune Miku
  • Playing: Katamari Damacy
  • Drinking: Sierra Mist Natural
I think I FINALLY found my new style -- haven't done anything big with it...just two sketches. But my pose work is significantly better than before, and I think I've developed a face-type that is less anime and more expressive! I'll post the sketches later today :) Hopefully people will like them D:

[Edit: I put them up now -- they're in my scraps in case you're not watching my scraps folder and are interested :) ]
  • Listening to: Kimi no Kakera - Hatsune Miku
  • Playing: Katamari Damacy
  • Drinking: Sierra Mist Natural
....you feel like you've lost your ability to draw?

I haven't posted anything in a long time because I've simply lost it. What do you do when/if you get like this?
  • Listening to: Kimi no Kakera - Hatsune Miku
  • Playing: Katamari Damacy
  • Drinking: Sierra Mist Natural
Blame :iconsaurodinus: for this >_>

The Rules:
* You must post these rules.
* Each tagged person must post 10 things about themselves on their journal.
* You have to choose and tag 10 people and post their icons on the same journal.
* Go to their pages and tell them you tagged them.
* And I believe also that no one is allowed to tag me back.


I'm not that interesting but here we go:

1 - I study Japanese, with minors in Education and Music in college -- I actually started out as a Music Education major, but I started hating music and I felt that no one should ever be forced to hate something they love. But....now I want to go back to school when I'm done with all this for graphic design *-*

2 - I haven't taken art classes since the compulsory ones in Middle school -- it probably shows ^^;

3 - I love weird quirky music video games -- Space Channel 5, Gitaroo-Man, and Um Jammer Lammy being the top 3~

4 - I played video games on an Atari 2600 all the way until the Nintendo 64 came out. Needless to say, my mind was blown by the graphics.

5 - I'm in love with a dude from England that I met over the internet. :)

6 - Lately, I've been finding I only relate to the sound of vocaloid music...nothing much else has been appealing to me :<

7 - When I was a little girl, I used to record a "radio station" on a casette tape recorder using the help of my Casio keyboard. I would sing parody songs, many of which were parodies of "My Heart Will Go On" and generally involved Brittney Spears being maimed. I also wrote commercials, my favorite of which was a one minute ad for "Michael Jordon Cologne," which in theory, was actually supposed to smell like Michael Jordon after he got off the court. Man Sweat.

8 - I'm horribly jealous -- I get really personally upset and depressed when my RP characters get rejected or when their affections aren't returned....in turn, I get really angry at the biotch characters my characters' love interests end up with. For some reason, this happens all the time (except with Nanpuu <3) -- Does anyone's characters secretly have a thing for Mint or Kenzie? Anyone? XD

9 - I have a pink birthmark on my face, arm, leg, and other assorted places -- pretty much 75% of the right hand side of my body.

10 - I sleep with my pillow toward the foot board of my bed. I don't really know why >_>

I'm no fun -- no tagging XD Do it if you like~
  • Listening to: Kimi no Kakera - Hatsune Miku
  • Playing: Katamari Damacy
  • Drinking: Sierra Mist Natural
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I suck at it here, but eventually I got to 40 meters :D! You can play GIRP at www.foddy.net/GIRP.html
  • Listening to: Love &amp; Joy - Yuki Kimura
  • Reading: Textbooks
  • Watching: How to Train Your Dragon
  • Playing: DDR Supernova
  • Eating: Lucky Charms~
  • Drinking: Sprite
1. When and how did you first discover Pokemon?
In third grade, people started trading the cards -- I refused to buy into them though. But then I changed schools so I didn't have to act cool about it anymore.

2. What was the first Pokemon you ever saw?
Pikachu

3. What was your first RPG Pokemon game?
Pokemon Blue -- yeah boiiiii. I played it on that giant gray brick game boy too! I'm old. XD

4. What was your first non RPG Pokemon game?
Pokemon Snap! :D

5. What was your first starter?
Not sure, but it was most likely Charmander.

6. Did you ever trade with anybody other than siblings? What Pokemon?
Nope :<

7. Did you watch the tv show? Do you still watch it?
I did watch it! But seeing how I'm 22, I feel like it's reasonable that I stopped about 9 years ago >_>;

8. What was your fav character? Human and Pokémon?
I liked Misty I guess XD

9. Did you collect the cards? Can you remember your first card?
I did collect the cards! I got a pack of them at first, so I don't remember...but I do remember the first one I traded for was Jigglypuff

10. Did you ever get one of your Pokemon up to lv100?
No :<

11. Have you ever encountered Missingno?
Nope :<

:: PRESENT ::

12.What is your fav 1-3 pokemon of each generation? Why?

I. Eevee, Oddish, Nidoran (f)

II. Bellossom, Wooper, Pichu

III. Mudkip (Like them before people liek'd them), Plusle/Minun, Chimecho

IV. Shinx (lol...same evolution tree ;-; ) Luxio!! Chingling,

V. Chandelure, Elfuun, Meloetta

13. What is your fav 6 Pokemon to use?
Any six of the above!

14. Fav Types? Why?
Electric, Water, Rock -- they kill stuff faster. XD

15. Out of your siblings/friends, are you the best at Pokemon?
Nope...I haven't really played since Fire Red (but my friends gave me some games so I started again!)

16.How many Pokemon do you have in your pokedex currently? Which ones are you missing?
uh....18? *shot*

17.Have you ever competed in a Pokemon event?
Nope

18. Do you have one of the legendary unobtainables (Mew, celebi, jirachi, deoxys)?
No :x

19. How many lv 100s do you have and what are they?
Don't have any ;-;

20. Who is your fav gym leader?
I fail and don't know any of them by name XD;

21. What is your fav region?
I haven't really played much so....

::YOU'RE THE TRAINER!::

22. What is your trainer name?
Melody♪ (yes, with the music note)

23. What is your ID number (for the game you play the most or your fav)?
45031

24. Are you a trainer, breeder or other? Explain.
Trainer I guess...I don't know how to do the other things. XD

25. Would you be good or evil?
Good!

26. If evil, which team would you belong to?
Rocket 'cause I'm vintage. :P

27. Trainer stuff. (gender, age, species, clothes, anything special)
Female, 22, uh...human? , a Lolita dress!

28. What is your fav Pokeball?
Heal Ball -- it's pink *-*

29. Where does your trainer live?
Sinnoh

30. What is the story behind your character?
He was obligated by Dr. Elm decided to help filling the Pokedex and become the champion!

31. Does your character have a trademark or phrase?
I don't remember XD;

:: POKEMON ::

32. What is your Character's main Pokemon? (like ash's Pikachu)
Luxio!

33. What is their name, age, gender, and personality? (as in naive, hardy, etc)
A naive, male named Zap. And uh...I dunno how old he is -- but I caught him on February 5th! :D

35. What is the story behind the pokemon?
I caught it when it was but a wee little Shinx.

36. What level is it currently?
18 *shot*

37.What makes them unique? (What do they look like, can they talk, what is it's true personality)
I love him <3 :D

38. How long have you had that pokemon in real life?
....since February 5th of this year *shot again*.

39. What are your other Pokemon on the team what are and their names and genders?
I'm leveling them up right now, but I have:
Female Buneary named Moonie
Female Geodude named Brunhilda
Male Psyduck named Derp
Female Dustox named Lina
Male Bidoof named Craig

40. What is the relationship between your team of pokemon?
Uh...I'd like to say I love them all but...but some of them are just in my party because I have OCD and they all need to be the same level *-*;

::MISCELLANEOUS::

41. What is your fav console?
Playstation 2!

42. Your view on the name, Wii?
I hated it at first, but I think it really fits the system!

43. Are you getting Pokemon Black/White?
White :)

44. Have you decided on the starter you'll use?
Snivy :)

45. Have you ever thought a Pokemon was 'sexy'?
Uh...no?

46. How long have you liked Pokemon?
I've always had a soft spot for Pokemon even though I haven't always been playing the games. It's been about 12 years though ^-^

47. Do you go off your nut when someone says Pokemon and those who like it are gay?
No -- it's an acquired taste, I feel.

48.Do you like or hate Pikachu?
I like Pikachu -- just not Ash's pikachu. It's a selfish, needy, bitch! *rage*

49. In your room, how many pokemon items do you own, and what are they?
2 games, a Great ball, a Ho-oh keychain, Miniature Eevee and Mudkip, an Eevee evolution tote bag with Eevee, Espeon, and Umbreons on it, a knitted scarf with Pikachu and pokeball motifs on it, a travel mug with napping pikachu on it, trading cards, one of those pokeballs they sold at Burger King with the golden trading cards in it (a Jigglypuff one), and...uh...I think that's it! I recently studied abroad in Japan and I bought a bunch of that stuff at a pokemon center when I went! ^-^
  • Listening to: Love &amp; Joy - Yuki Kimura
  • Reading: Textbooks
  • Watching: How to Train Your Dragon
  • Playing: DDR Supernova
  • Eating: Lucky Charms~
  • Drinking: Sprite
Character: MacKenzie...just 'cause she's new!



[ ] They are possessed by an angel
[ ] They are possessed by a demon
[ ] They are a werewolf/vampire/faerie
[ ] They are physically strong.
[ ] They have a rare hair/fur color
[x] Their eyes are an unusual color (only because she's a pokemon >_>)
[ ] This happens to be red
[ ] Their eyes change color
[ ] They have wings
[ ] They can grow extra body parts/shapeshift
[ ] They are immortal
[ ] (for funny things to happen)] (if a female) they have large boobs
[ ] (if a male) they are very muscular
[ ](Not personality wise though) ] They are very attractive to the opposite gender.
[ ] They are telekinetic/pyrokinetic/etc
[ ] They have sixth sense/can mind-read/etc
[ ] They have an object of some sort that gives them powers
[ ] They have a special ability/power, but they don't know about it yet
[ ] They were bestowed/cursed with these powers
[ ] They are a healer
[x] They are from a very rich/royal family
[ ] They don't know that they are from a very rich/royal background
[ ] They have lost one/both of their parents
[x] They ran away from home
[x] Their parents are cruel, uncaring, abusive etc.
[ ] They witnessed one/both of their parent's death
[ ] (reborn into a demon to save her from limbo via rp)] They are part angel/demon/faerie/some other mythical creature
[ ] They never knew their parents
[ ] They were abused/spoiled as a child
[ ] They are very attractive to the same gender
[ ] They have lots of friends/no friends
[x]They are emo/cutesy
[x] They look much younger/older than they really are.
[ ] They are currently in a relationship
[ ] They have lots if morals and state them a fair bit for example: 'I would rather be with my friends than with my boyfriend/girlfriend' 'Nothing matters more to me than my friends/family' 'I wouldn't hesitate to die in place of a friend' etc. It's fine if your OC has these beliefs/values, but if they constantly say them out loud/preach them to others, then we have a problem.
[ ] They have a mental disorder
[ ] They have an emotional disorder
[ ] They struggle to stay sane
[ ] They are a psycho
[ ] They have multiple personalities
[ ] They are very intelligent
[ ] They have hallucinations
[ ] They can summon spirits/demons/angels etc.
[ ] They have an unusual/unrealistic pet
[ ] They have a guardian spirit
[ ] They have a 'special type' of soul
[ ] Their soul is not the same as them
[ ] They can talk to spirits/ghosts
[ ] Some part of their body glows
[ ] They have a rare/unusual name(not exactly common i guess)
[ ] They were born on an important date, such as New Year's Eve, Midsummers Night, The Winter Solstace etc.
[ ] They have a twin/sibling that they were separated from at birth/a young age
[x] They are connected with a certain element
[ ] They are connected with a certain animal
[ ] They always dress like a certain 'label'
[ ] They look quite a bit like a character from a popular anime/manga
[ ] They are a race/species that is discriminated against/misunderstood
[ ] They have a certain power that is misunderstood/feared
[ ] They live/lived on the streets at some point in their lives
[ ] They are hiding from someone/something
[ ] They have a rare blood type
[ ] They cry blood
[ ] Certain noises/smells/situations/etc make their powers activate/give them a nervous breakdown
[ ] They are from a different country to where they live
[ ] They are very mysterious/dark
[ ] They are very lively/happy
[ ] Their mood changes a lot/very quickly
[ ] They are very patient
[ ] They are from a long line of (insert profession/power here)
[x] They have a piece of jewelry/clothing that they always wear
[ ] They have amnesia
[ ] They have some sort of permanent medical condition
[ ] The have a curse upon them
[ ] They are involved in some sort of prophecy
[ ] They are 'the chosen one'
[ ] They have insomnia

Overall points: 8

Take points off your OCs overall score if they fit any of the following statements:

[ ] They smoke
[ ] They are an alcoholic
[ ] They are overweight
[ ] They are addicted to drugs
[x] They have a short temper
[ ] They enjoy bullying others
[ ] They do not care much about others
[ ] They are emotionless

Point Reductions: 1

Final score: 7
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< 5 Anti-Sue
Your character may be a bit on the boring side. Of course, this does depend, but generally if they are scoring that low, it wouldn't hurt to 'spice them up' a bit ^^


6-15 Balanced Character
If your OC scored around here, then they are probably quite a well-balanced and interesting character. Those scoring in the higher end of this category may be a bit too much though.


16-25 Borderline Mary-Sue
We have a problem. You need to tone your character down. They are most likely a bit annoying to others, too.

26 < Mary-Sue

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Yay! I pass~ :D
  • Listening to: Love &amp; Joy - Yuki Kimura
  • Reading: Textbooks
  • Watching: How to Train Your Dragon
  • Playing: DDR Supernova
  • Eating: Lucky Charms~
  • Drinking: Sprite
Soooo someone else I know gave me another pokemon game as a gift XD;....I don't know, maybe this'll become a trend? Maybe I'll catch 'em all! *shot*

Yeah, but anyway, I have Pokemon Platinum now! For some reason, it seems more fun than Heart Gold, so I stopped playing that for now.

You know, I've never actually beaten a pokemon game. I have this annoying OCD-type issue with all of the pokemon needing to be the same level that I eventually get sick of my own goal and stop playing. BUT NOT THIS TIME. Now that they're all at level 12, I can move on for awhile until I catch the next batch. Whoo~

Also...I've gained 13 pounds after losing 30 -- this is not good. School needs to end so I can get back on the boat with eating well.
  • Listening to: Love &amp; Joy - Yuki Kimura
  • Reading: Textbooks
  • Watching: How to Train Your Dragon
  • Playing: DDR Supernova
  • Eating: Lucky Charms~
  • Drinking: Sprite
I'm currently doing it.
I designed a new gijinka -- she's entirely too adorable in my opinion. I want to color it and stuff RIGHT NOW, but that would just perpetuate the procrastination loop...

;^;... someone else write my research paper. In Japanese. NOW.
  • Listening to: Wait till I can dream - tommy heavenly6
  • Playing: Bejeweled *shot*
  • Drinking: Water
Please recommend some RP groups to me! :D

Thanks!
  • Listening to: Wait till I can dream - tommy heavenly6
  • Playing: Bejeweled *shot*
  • Drinking: Water