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Relativity has been Featured

Journal Entry: Mon Jun 30, 2014, 4:31 AM
Welcome to Gale City


I am excited and proud to announce that my fiction serial project has been featured in an online publication. cahoodaloodaling is a collaborative publication featuring poetry, prose, and art from seasoned veterans and newcomers alike. I was flattered and honored when the editor approached me to showcase Relativity to launch their quarterly special feature.



What I love about this article is that is spotlights all of the various aspects of the series: the writing, the art, the voice-acting, the music, and more. There is information on the characters, the story, the authors, the actors, and the artists. There are interviews. And there is a ton of art. If you were interested in the story, but didn't know what it was about or if you'd like it, this is a great place to start. If you're a fan of the series, there's a lot of fun and interesting information which I think you'll enjoy.

deviantArt has been a key location in our work on the series, so I'm excited that I'm able to share this all with you here. The article is off-site, but if you want to learn more about the serial after reading the article, be sure to check out the group here:

:iconrelativitycomic:

On a side note, the article also featured a re-dub of the video trailer for our first book. Due to conflicts and professional issues, a couple of the actors had to drop out of the project, so the roles were re-cast.





Thank you again for your continued support. I know many of you follow me for my pixel-art, and I love you for it. Writing is the other side of my creativity, so your support of all of my art is greatly appreciated.




Official announcement and dA artist credits in the link below. Also news on the cahoodaloodaling contest which is no-fee and open to everyone:

WELCOME TO RELATIVITYClick on the image below to enter the issue.

:iconrelativitycomic: created by :iconmirz-alt: and :iconRavenswd:
Deviants included in this feature:
Voice Acting
:iconThe-Assasinator: :iconCubicInsanity: :iconjdbrice: :iconmaryneim: :iconchazzravenelle: :iconthatguyinyourcereal:
Art
:iconaimee5: :iconfranciscoetchart: :iconAstralMuffin: :iconpiccolaria: :iconThreshTheSky: :iconjanjanita: :iconSmoludozerka: :iconJen-and-Kris: :icontoviorogers: :iconfee-absinthe: :iconfdasuarez: :iconbobihartanto: :iconinamax: :iconmaryneim: :iconkuroutadori: :iconvo09: :iconcaptain-savvy: :iconm-i-d-s: :iconshamserg: :iconsayara-s: :iconsirtiefling: :iconcolormymemory: :iconawsumz: :iconeninaj27: :iconthiefoworld: :icondestinyfall: :iconvelnna: :iconalphalunatic: :iconfayerin: :iconkregl: :iconsarasaeed95: :icontrisste: :iconliberlibelula: :iconeeren: :iconbrittanycomeaux: :iconstacyraven: :iconknow-kname: :iconlo
In Cahoots Contest 2014
You know you want to. Also, I will not be judging this (our lovely :iconscatteredwords: judged last year) and will be getting someone off-staff to judge for this year, so feel free to ask me anything you want.
Will try to catch up on comments sometime this weekend. Still mostly away. Ah, life.


Artists of Relativity - Vol. 15 Special

Journal Entry: Fri Jun 20, 2014, 4:53 AM
Welcome to Gale City


A monthly series which will feature artists and artwork from the Relativity serial, which is published over on my mirz-alt account and can be found at RelativityComic. As I frequently showcase work from the series, I also wanted to promote the individual artists and feature some of their other work. This series will spotlight deviants who have created art for us through commissions, gift-art, contest-entries, requests or other means.




Over the years, we have been lucky to work with a number of different artists, many who have created a single image for us. However there are some who, due to a variety of reasons, have created a handful of items, but not enough to be featured as an independent artist-of-the-month (typically an artist who has created 8-10 pieces or more, are considered for that spot). Since we want to showcase those talented individuals, as well, here is a special "mini" issue feature 5 of those artists.

:iconserenaverdeart: SerenaVerdeArt


:bulletblack: Relativity Art


Archibald by NadezhdaVasile by mirzjiles


Sara Wolff by SerenaVerdeArt Melody by SerenaVerdeArt


:bulletblack: Other Art


Commission: Water Nymph by SerenaVerdeArt

Commission: Thalian's family by SerenaVerdeArt My Fire Lady... by SerenaVerdeArt A Poor Example of One by SerenaVerdeArt




:iconfayerin: Fayerin


:bulletblack: Relativity Art


Papi by Fayerin


Happy B-Day by Fayerin Fall aslep by Fayerin


:bulletblack: Other Art


Aqua by Fayerin

secret place by Fayerin ID with my cat by Fayerin Peaceful by Fayerin




:iconthiefoworld: Thiefoworld


:bulletblack: Relativity Art


Relativity: Being heroes by Thiefoworld


Another Epic ID by mirz-alt Black Torrent ID by mirz-alt


:bulletblack: Other Art


WoW: An unconventional trio by Thiefoworld

Wonderland II by Thiefoworld  Thunder Thundercats OOOH by Thiefoworld Patitous by Thiefoworld




:iconjanjanita: Janjanita


:bulletblack: Relativity Art


Dark Flame-Dragoness-closeup by Janjanita


Janita-Comm vampSara-Ravenswd by Janjanita Janita-Comm-Melody mirz123 by Janjanita


:bulletblack: Other Art


Snap 00000767-002 by Janjanita

Gave u my heart by Janjanita Cookie run , Hero cookie by Janjanita NightingaleDuck-Close up by Janjanita




:iconeninaj27: Eninaj27


:bulletblack: Relativity Art


Commission: Ravenswood and Michael by Eninaj27


/Commission: Breakfast by Eninaj27 Commission: Dark Flame and Black Torrent by Eninaj27


:bulletblack: Other Art


Kosim Aquarelle by Eninaj27

Hawl Portrait by Eninaj27 Fright by Eninaj27 Franz (for Jafean) by Eninaj27




:iconsuperthanksplz: to all of the wonderful artists who have worked on the series and fans who support it. We appreciate you all!

:iconrelativitycomic: To see more art or check out the series, be sure to visit the group.


:bulletblack: To see past "Artists of Relativity" articles, check out this folder. :bulletblack: :bulletblack:


Tackling the In-Box

Journal Entry: Sat Jun 14, 2014, 6:21 AM
:iconmirz123:
Mirz123
Pixel Mom






CSS Skin


Well, I'm not well, but I'm a bit better. So I'm tackling my message center today. For those of you who comment, expect a blitzkreig of responses. That said, I had over 10,000 mentions for my emotes, several thousand faves, and over 12,000 deviations and journals/polls. As much as I wanted to give things a peek, I really need to focus on comments/replies. So...


Nuclear explosion by FireKDragon


If there was anything noteworthy journal or deviation-wise you want me to see, please link it below. Otherwise, continued thanks for you patience and I'll be posting a formal update tomorrow. :kiss:


"Who came up with this 'saving the world' thing anyway?"

Sick Again

Journal Entry: Wed Jun 4, 2014, 5:41 AM
:iconmirz123:
Mirz123
Pixel Mom






CSS Skin


Hey, there, guys. Just posting this up quick. On top of saying I'd be slow because of everything else in my life, I ended up having my chronic health issues flare up, and unfortunately they have been on the bad/serious side. I am taking it easy and focusing on the time-sensitive parts of my to-do list, including the trailer work and the next episode of Relativity. That said, I have seen some comments come through on my art. No worries! I will reply soon (as well as continue work on my pixels and other stuff). I thank everyone for supporting me and continuing to fave/comment, even though I'm rather quiet these days. I really do plan to reply to everyone eventually, so thank you for your patience.

Oh, and the next book cover is done. OMG, FranciscoETCHART has outdone himself. Can't wait to link it up later today. Stay tuned!


"Who came up with this 'saving the world' thing anyway?"

Artists of Relativity - Vol. 14

Journal Entry: Wed May 21, 2014, 8:11 PM
Welcome to Gale City


A monthly series which will feature artists and artwork from the Relativity serial, which is published over on my mirz-alt account and can be found at RelativityComic. As I frequently showcase work from the series, I also wanted to promote the individual artists and feature some of their other work. This series will spotlight deviants who have created art for us through commissions, gift-art, contest-entries, requests or other means.



This issue: :iconjen-and-kris:



jen-and-kris


:bulletblack: Relativity Art


Victorian Dark Flame by mirzjiles

Why Do You Fight Me? by mirzjiles

Point Commission:  Like ocean... by jen-and-kris


Sibling Rivalry By Jen-And-Kris by mirzjiles Daniel by Jen-and-Kris by mirzjiles Dark Flame Pin-up by Jen-and-Kris by mirzjiles Vincent By Jen And Kris by mirzjiles Best Friends by Jen-and-Kris by mirzjiles

Secrets - Teaser (Side Story) by mirzjiles Those Who Have the Gold - Teaser (Side-Story) by mirzjiles




:bulletblack: Other Art by jen-and-kris



Crescent moon. by jen-and-kris

Daenerys by jen-and-kris

Swan by jen-and-kris


Point Commission:  Beloveds by jen-and-kris  Commissions : Sunset by jen-and-kris   Steve and Tony. by jen-and-kris Freya's Falcon necklace by jen-and-kris

Juration. by jen-and-kris The House in Which.The Mermaid by jen-and-kris Mushroom Idol. by jen-and-kris


jen-and-kris periodically offer point commissions. Check out their page for more details.





:iconsuperthanksplz: to all of the wonderful artists who have worked on the series and fans who support it. We appreciate you all!

:iconrelativitycomic: To see more art or check out the series, be sure to visit the group.


:bulletblack: To see past "Artists of Relativity" articles, check out this folder. :bulletblack: :bulletblack:


Hiatus

Journal Entry: Wed May 21, 2014, 8:07 AM
I just want to let everyone know I am going on a bit of a hiatus.

First of all, Relativity will not be on hiatus. Relativity is business, and there is a lot on the horizon for the series. I am excited about upcoming stories, the next trailer, and other project. I will be actively updating dA with respect to the series, and making an effort to reply to all comments on the stories. No worries there.

However...

I have a HUGE to-do list. Contest prizes, gifts, trades, and more. Everyone has been so patient as I have dealt with the death of my mother, family drama, extended illness, and a host of other issues which have left my productivity in the toilet. But that's really not an excuse. I need to get these things done, and the only way I can do that is greatly cutting my internet time and focusing on getting through it all. That will mean limiting my time on dA and my other social networks until everything is done.

That said, I will be making an effort to reply to all old messages and notes during this hiatus, too.

If anyone really needs to get a hold of me, I will be coming on dA 1-2 a day to check notes.

Continued thanks and much love to everyone. I hope you will be well and I look forward to seeing you when I return.

This Journal Skin was designed by Night-Beast

Birthday Thank-yous

Journal Entry: Fri May 9, 2014, 3:23 AM
I want to extend a big thank-you for all of the birthday messages. Between my three accounts, I received over 200 messages. I am so touched by all of the well-wishes!

I also received a few gifts. I never expect anything for my birthday, but considering I rarely get any gifts IRL (though admittedly, there is not a lot I want), it's always lovely to get a few digital presents to make my day.

A Moment Of Peace by PiccolaRia Commish : Relativity by wansworld  Dark Flame by VisAnastasis Happy B-Day by Fayerin Michael Bruce by NurulKamil Happy Birthday, mirz-alt!! :) by Gnewi


I also received:

:bulletwhite: Several cake badges from Endorell-Taelos and dragondoodle

:bulletwhite: A 3-month subscription from the super-sweet InkyRose

:bulletwhite: Some points from the wonderful C0MPASSION

:bulletwhite: A bit of Paypal money from Chudah for commissions

:bulletwhite: And the most amazing Muro duck from dully101


If I left-off anyone here, please let me know. I tried to list everyone who gave gifts, but my brain is fuzz lately.

Again, a huge thank-you to everyone. I have been so semi-inactive lately, it's wonderful to know that everyone hasn't forgotten about me. :happycry:

This Journal Skin was designed by Night-Beast
Thank you to everyone that entered. Even if your number wasn't chosen, I will be featuring the art you posted in a special article soon! Now, on to the winners...

First place (picture by ThreshTheSky) - Goddess-ofMercy

Second Place (picture by SaraSaeed95) - Smoludozerka

Third Place (500 points): sky665

The artists should be contacting you shortly to get information on your prizes. Points will be awarded today or tomorrow.  Congratulations!

Random 3 Of 54 by Ravenswd

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Thank you to everyone that has commented so far. I have just been concentrating on giving out numbers. I shall comment to you all a bit more personally soon.

There is still time to join. Drawing ends May 5th!



Well, the other day I came on my page and was shocked to see I am nearing 400,000 pageviews! That's a pretty big number, and I'm thankful for each and every view. In the past I have run traditional kiribans, and while they are fun, I've had a couple of cheaters in my time which dampened my mood. But don't worry. I have always loved doing raffles, so I'm gonna do that instead. And, since my birthday is coming up, I decided to do an extra-special one, but you guys have a chance at getting the present/prize!

The Prizes



Three prizes are being raffled off:

:bulletgreen: A black & white "sketch" portrait by ThreshTheSky, like this

Leo Solaris by ThreshTheSky Lucianus by ThreshTheSky

:bulletblue: A color 3/4 character pic by SaraSaeed95, like this

Commission: Katy by SaraSaeed95 Commission: Gazpacho by SaraSaeed95

:bulletyellow: 500 points! :dummy:

The first name selected will get their choice of prize, then the second, and the third place the remaining prize. 

Note: I am sponsoring the prizes and have paid the artists for the commissions. So please don't solicit them for prize donations.



The Rules



:happybounce: How do you enter?

Simply comment on this journal with a link to one of your best deviations. You MUST link something. If you really don't want to link your own stuff, then link something from your favorites. At the end of the kiriban, everyone's selection will be featured in a special article by me with a special "back-to-business" Spotlight Feature article.

The raffle will close at 11:59p CST on May 5th and everyone will be assigned a number. The drawing will take place on May 6th and winners announced that day!

ANYONE can enter. You don't have to be a watcher. But it would be nice if you gave me a watch because you wanted to. ;)

Spread the word! No, you won't get anything extra, but it's always fun to give others a chance to win, too. :heart:

:love: THANK YOU everyone for your wonderful support and encouragement. I wish you all luck. And, of course, if you have any questions, just ask.

Starting the Dig-Out

Wed Apr 23, 2014, 8:52 AM
Things are easing up slowly. Still have a few projects I need to complete, but I'm at the tail-end--which is a relief. I am in the process of starting to answer back notes/comments/replies. However, I had to nuke my message center. So if there was an important journal, poll, or deviation you really want me to see, please link it here. Otherwise, I hope to get through all of my messages by the end of the weeks. *fingers-crossed*

Artists of Relativity - Vol. 13

Journal Entry: Thu Apr 17, 2014, 12:37 PM
Welcome to Gale City


A monthly series which will feature artists and artwork from the Relativity serial, which is published over on my mirz-alt account and can be found at RelativityComic. As I frequently showcase work from the series, I also wanted to promote the individual artists and feature some of their other work. This series will spotlight deviants who have created art for us through commissions, gift-art, contest-entries, requests or other means.



This issue: :icongnewi: and :icondestinyfall:



Gnewi


:bulletblack: Relativity Art


Waiting for You... by Gnewi
Valentine's Contest Entry! by Gnewi


Zephyra by Gnewi by mirzjiles Contest Prize - Ravenswood by Gnewi Contest Prize: Michael Bruce for Mirz-alt by Gnewi Sara Wolff by Gnewi Coffee? by Gnewi




:bulletblack: Other Art by Gnewi



Moonlight and the Prince by Gnewi
I still dream of you... by Gnewi


Emrah - painting practice by Gnewi Kyed and Ria by Gnewi Uman - Painted by Gnewi Contest Prize - Beth Black by Gnewi Contest Prize! Abed and Annie :) by Gnewi

Gnewi offers commissions at various times. Please check out her profile page for current commission status and more information




Destinyfall


:bulletblack: Relativity Art


Relitivity gang- Commission by Destinyfall
Gift for Mirz by Destinyfall


Tony and Mona - Colors Only by mirz-alt Michael and Izzy Love by mirzjiles Reletivity Shadow and Babs lovesheet commsssion by Destinyfall Ray-Mel Kiss by mirzjiles Greg and Sara by Destinyfall by mirzjiles
*Inks and colors on the last two featured pieces by StacyRaven




:bulletblack: Other Art by Destinyfall


Amongst chaos- Commission by Destinyfall
Spiral Cathedral-Commission by Destinyfall


Namire- Commission by Destinyfall Hers Is Bigger by Destinyfall Ghost of Rose Manor Chapter One=-Part Two
If someone could actually live there then wouldn’t that mean I was simply insane and nothing really happened that night? Why did that thought seem so appealing? I got back in my car and started home. Part of me was giddy with relief while the other worried that I had truly gone crazy for no reason. I saw what I saw. Now I would just have to come to terms with the fact… it wasn’t real. By the time I arrived home, I had thoroughly convinced myself that I had been insane in my early teenage years.
I piled the groceries on the counter and explained to mother what I had seen and she smiled weakly at me. Pity, I just loved it. I had to get used to it too. “Yes...” My mother said. “And why haven’t you said anything about this?” I asked, irritated. “Well, to be honest, your father and I felt it would be best not to mention it with your past issues, Anna.” She said giving me a look.  “Did you have any luck…?” S
Elsa Frozen-necklace by Destinyfall Captain Sybil by Destinyfall

Destinyfall is currently open for limited commissions. See her profile page for more information.





:iconsuperthanksplz: to all of the wonderful artists who have worked on the series and fans who support it. We appreciate you all!

:iconrelativitycomic: To see more art or check out the series, be sure to visit the group.


:bulletblack: To see past "Artists of Relativity" articles, check out this folder. :bulletblack: :bulletblack:


Mirz Chatter

Mon Apr 7, 2014, 5:07 AM by Mirz123:iconmirz123:
*** Cross-posted with Mirz123 and mirz-alt ***

I really haven't given a proper "personal" update in a while, so I figured I probably should.

It's now been a bit over three months since my mother's passing. Things are a lot better, but there are still moments I think to call her, or want to tell her something, and I break down. But time is doing it's thing and slowly healing the wounds. That said, my activity is still spotty, but it's getting much better and I hope it stays on that path.

I have been wanting to pixel so much, but time has not been kind to me. Aside from life stuff, I am in the midst of major work for my fiction serial. This is a big push which will get me (and the series) to a certain point where I won't have to stress so much in the future. So, while I may be a bit MIA for a while longer, once I get passed this, I'll actually have a lot more time. And that is exciting to me, as I have so many ideas for emotes, stamps and pixels, not to mention my still-ominous "to-do" list.

Aside from the time issue, another recent hindrance has been my computer. My old computer was 8+ years old. Literally, it was limping along, but I absolutely hate switching computers. My old one was set-up just like I wanted, so I resisted an upgrade forever. Unfortunately, it was so old, it was running out of disk space all the time and just being blargh. After literally waking up in the middle of the night in panic-attacks, fearing it was going to crash and I would lose everything, I bit the bullet and replaced it. Thankfully, Ravenswd and I were able to get a nice refurbished computer for an amazing price. Mind you, it's about 2 generations behind what is now state-of-the-art, but it's still about 5 generations ahead of what I had. (It's sad that in the computer world, "generation" is only like 1-2 years). Anyhow, I'm on the new machine, but it only has some of my files, a few of my programs, and it's taking forever to set-up. So frustrating. When it's done, though, it will be so much better. In the meantime, more delays. *noes*

As mentioned before, I also have a Facebook, Twitter, and Tumblr. I don't really post or reblog a whole lot. More or less use it to share things I find interesting as well as feature some of my works and musings. So if you "miss" me during my away times, those are good places to find me.

My baby is no longer a baby! He's a year and a half old, talking, and getting into all sorts of mischief. Hugo's favorite thing in the world is music. He loves to sing (and can hum the "Elmo's World" theme perfectly), and has begun trying to play around on the keyboard. He is also a monkey! The kid tries to climb on everything. And he adores our dog and cats. He is simply a joy. I hope to post a current picture of him soon.

The weather has actually shown signs of Spring. And not a moment too soon. It was getting pretty oppressive with the winter we had. I really felt the weight of depression in those weary cold days. I hope with more sun, warmer weather, and the colors of Spring, I'll feel even better emotionally.

The rest of the family is okay. Another child needed glasses, which sets the family now with half in glasses, half not. My autistic son is doing well. Gah, the kid could be a linebacker! He's a big kid, and nearly 6 feet tall! He towers over me (I'm only 5'2".) My daughter turned 18 this past October, and it's so odd to have an adult daughter when I still feel like a kid myself in many ways. Ah, the joys of growing old.

I promised I would keep this short, and it still ended up rather long. So I'll cut it here. I hope everyone is well. I have desperately missed you all. As always, I will reply to all comments and messages eventually. So, thank you for the continued support, even though I'm only half here.

Kisses!

Skin made by pikadudeno1
with love ♥

Artists of Relativity - Vol 12

Journal Entry: Fri Mar 14, 2014, 11:58 AM
Welcome to Gale City


A monthly series which will feature artists and artwork from the Relativity serial, which is published over on my mirz-alt account and can be found at RelativityComic. As I frequently showcase work from the series, I also wanted to promote the individual artists and feature some of their other work. This series will spotlight deviants who have created art for us through commissions, gift-art, contest-entries, requests or other means.




This issue: ColorMyMemory



:bulletblack: Relativity Art


Bust Commission: Mirz-alt (Cricket) by ColorMyMemory
Bust Commission: Mirz-Alt (Fred) by ColorMyMemory
Bust Commission: Mirz-Alt (Mardi Gras) by ColorMyMemory


Bust Commission: Mirz-Alt (Viro) by ColorMyMemory Bust Commission: Mirz-Alt (Williamson) by ColorMyMemory Bust Commission: Mirz-Alt (Shadow Blade) by ColorMyMemory Bust Commission: Mirz-Alt (August Moon) by ColorMyMemory Bust Commission: Mirz-Alt (Sara) by ColorMyMemory Bust Commission: Mirz-Alt (The Clock) by ColorMyMemory




:bulletblack: Other Art by ColorMyMemory


Glow by ColorMyMemory
Killian Jones (1953) by ColorMyMemory
Commission: Historyman101, One Request by ColorMyMemory


Small: Peter and Shadow II by ColorMyMemory Small: Gatsby in Glass by ColorMyMemory Bust: Emma by ColorMyMemory Bust Commission: JustMANGO (Faye) by ColorMyMemory Monarch Madness by ColorMyMemory Small: Red + friend by ColorMyMemory


ColorMyMemory is currently open for limited commissions. You can get more information here ---> colormymemory.deviantart.com/j…




:iconsuperthanksplz: to all of the wonderful artists who have worked on the series and fans who support it. We appreciate you all!

:iconrelativitycomic: To see more art or check out the series, be sure to visit the group.


:bulletblack: To see past "Artists of Relativity" articles, check out this folder. :bulletblack: :bulletblack:


DD?

Mon Feb 24, 2014, 5:33 AM
I must admit, the last thing I expected today was an emoticon Daily Deviation. Though, admittedly, do you ever expect to wake up and get a DD? Funny thing was, the morning I got my very first DD (given by then emoticon CV, Synfull), I was in a dream and something said, "wake up and go look at the computer, you got a DD."  Yes, surreal.

Anyhow, I had such a hard night last night, waking with anxiety attacks. It was really nice to click on the DDs this morning and scroll down to see my Icarus piece. I'm very excited that deviation  was featured as it's one of the emoticon-art pieces I'm most proud of. Thank you to the lovely iAmoret for suggesting and SparklyDest for featuring.

:love:

I wanted to do more on dA this past weekend (articles and comments) but my daughter returned home after a stay in England, so things were a bit busy with that. Anyhow, I plan to get the rest of everything caught-up this week.

28 Days

Fri Feb 21, 2014, 5:31 AM
My mother passed away 4 weeks ago. It's so surreal how it feels like it was just yesterday, but also feels like a lifetime ago. I'm now to the point where I'm not having stress-episodes like before, which is a good thing. I still get depressed, and there are moments I'm perfectly okay and then just fall apart the next minute. But time is doing it's things and it is getting better.

I spent most of this morning answering many (literally 300+) messages from deviants with respect to my mother. I have to admit, I should have answered sooner, and did get a few done here and there. But I kept putting it off since I knew it would open some wounds. Nevertheless, again, I am just overwhelmed by the love and support shown. This community has some of the most amazing people. I cannot tell you all how much your kind words mean to me.

That said, I'm not done. I still have condolence messages to answer, regular comments, and there are quite a few notes to respond to. Now that I've managed to make a big dent in them (and I didn't fall apart too badly), I hope to get them finished off this weekend.

As for art, I have been pixelling. I hope to get a stamp up this weekend, and maybe an emote or two.

On a side note, I'm approaching 100,000 PVs on my mirz-alt account. Since there is a lot of fudging with kiribans, I am doing a kiriban raffle. You might want to check it out.

Kiriban Raffle - WinnerUPDATE: Well, to be quite honest, the kiriban came a bit quicker than I expected when dA changed their pageview rules. I wanted to make sure that the commission to ThreshTheSky was paid before drawing a number. Anyhow, now that's done, We have a winner.

The winner is nightshade-keyblade! Congratulations, dear. Thresh is away from his computer for a few days, but he'll contact you next week and arrange for your prize.
Thank you for joining in, everyone. I am hoping to do another special raffle soon, so stay tuned.
I am quickly approaching 100,000 pageviews, which is pretty amazing to me. This account was originally just a little "side-thing" I created to post my writing and other art. I never expected that it would get a following, not to mention be awarded Seniority. Anyhow, I am excited to be rolling over into the 6-digits, so I want to do something to celebrate.
I normally do kiribans with a follow-up drawing afterwards. Well, since there has been


Again, continued thanks for everything. I know I sound like a broken record sometimes, but it is worth repeating. :heart:

Artists of Relativity - Vol 11

Journal Entry: Mon Feb 10, 2014, 10:56 AM
Welcome to Gale City


A monthly series which will feature artists and artwork from the Relativity serial, which is published over on my mirz-alt account and can be found at RelativityComic. As I frequently showcase work from the series, I also wanted to promote the individual artists and feature some of their other work. This series will spotlight deviants who have created art for us through commissions, gift-art, contest-entries, requests or other means.




This issue: aimee5



:bulletblack: Relativity Art


Mirz123's Michael Bruce by aimee5
mirz-alt's Melody Krol by aimee5
28 Minutes: page 1 by aimee5


Mirz123's Tony Toronto by aimee5 Mirz123's Sara by aimee5  Team Torrent Concept Art by mirz-alt Andy by Aimee5 by mirzjiles Mirz123's Andy Lewis by aimee5




:bulletblack: Other Art by aimee5


KL Pavilion by aimee5

Minions 1: page 07 by aimee5

Templar hq - night by aimee5


Randomy Purple's OC by aimee5 Bus interior by aimee5 NikitaNms' Craig by aimee5 FitzRoyG by aimee5 Cabin Design by aimee5 TenMillionOmega's Pebbles by aimee5





:iconsuperthanksplz: to all of the wonderful artists who have worked on the series and fans who support it. We appreciate you all!

:iconrelativitycomic: To see more art or check out the series, be sure to visit the group.


:bulletblack: To see past "Artists of Relativity" articles, check out this folder. :bulletblack: :bulletblack:


*** Cross-posted. Sorry if you get two mentions. ***

That's figuratively and literally. Wow, this has been a cold and snowy winter. At least the chill fits my mood. Though, honestly, at this rate, I could use a couple of 40 degree days to warm up.

The depression from my mother's loss is setting in and hitting me hard. As many of you know, I suffer from chronic depression. Knowing how I am, I need to start getting busy or the depression will only worsen; I honestly don't want to go to some darker places. So, I am pushing myself to get back to regular things, including dA. Over the next couple of days, I hope to tackle my in-box and messages. I also have a couple of articles which I need to post. Hopefully this will get me back to a new-normal. Also, expect news on projects that were placed on hold like voice-acting and collabs.

That said, my heart is still heavy, so please be patient with me. I'm sure my participation will be spotty at first and there may still be gaps. But I'll get there eventually. There is a quote I found recently that describes grief in general (and what I'm going through in-particular), in such a perfect way.

“Grief is like the ocean; it comes on waves ebbing and flowing. Sometimes the water is calm, and sometimes it is overwhelming. All we can do is learn to swim.” -Vicki Harrison

I find myself happy one moment and inconsolable the next. It's difficult, but it's also natural. Time is really the only thing that heals, and I'm okay with that.

Before I move on, I want to feature some art pieces which were condolence gifts and really lifted my spirits.

Gift for Mirz by Destinyfall Lovesheet - Sara and Greg by PiccolaRia :thumb430068681: August Moon by Trisste

A thank-you to FranciscoETCHART, and ekkimu, as well, for making some art for me (which isn't available yet), in an effort to help me smile.

A tight hug to nightshade-keyblade for a lovely cyber-card.

Also a special thank-you to RhynWilliams for some very kind words and reaching out to his watchers in an effort to send more hugs my way. He is such a sweetheart and I love him for it. :heart:

And, last, but not least, a thank-you to all the people who left messages on my various accounts. I have promised to respond to you all personally, and I will. But I wanted to extend a heartfelt "thanks" to everyone for helping me through this time. These messages have been a great source of consolation for me and my family. I am continually floored by the outpouring of love and support I've received.

127thlegion, a-kid-at-heart, alexis-the-angel, Alex-MewMew, AlphaLunatic, AmethystPhotographer, analillithbar, AngelLale87, angemuet, ArtByCher, Astrikos, astrostar12, BebeMonkey, Broken-Friendship, candy-pumpkin101, Chizuru-chibi, chocostein, chriseastmids, Cohayden, Colliequest, ColoredTalesStudios, crazygamerchix, crossing-ariel, CubicInsanity, DaniRouge, aMege, demi2344, destroyerofgalaxies, diphylla, DorianHarper, dragondoodle, DragonSayu, dragonx81, DrawingGirl546, Drawing-Stars-02, DrippingWords, EerieWhisper, elessaria, Endorell-Taelos, EnsoDancer, Equinox-The-Shinobi, EvilScarrlett, farand, Fayerin, fee-absinthe, Feliane, Firey-Sunset, FoolEcho, Forty-Fathoms, frogsupper, FTSArts, Fuzzy-Artemis, Garassi, gigi50, GiovyLoCa, Gnewi, Gomotes, HellionScythe, Heltinde, herofan135, HoneyShuckle, I-Am-Lady-Timeless, ihateseptictanks, ILOVECATS567, indigokitty99, Isisdeia, izfish, JDNight, jelle1218, Justyne, Kagome7326, Kakaider, kalika12, pastelknees, KarmaPunch, KaseyKLCx3, KawaiiKunoichi17, KiraofTheInternet, KJames7, Knight-Watcher, Know-Kname, Krissi001, KururuRyu, Kyuzeth, LadyBrookeCelebwen, C0MPASSION, LadyLincoln, LauraMizvaria, LiberLibelula, Lightfiretheteenmare, LimitBreaker13, Luzifers-Soul, MafiaVamp, Maple-Girl, Mareishon, MayJasmine, Mcingake, mermaidenne, MikariStar, Minato-Kushina, monochromera, moulinrougegirl77, Orange-Kitty-Goddess, Nephire, Neptunes-Sparks, NerdSydney, nightshade-keyblade, nimbusphoenix, NurulKamil, Oktanas, outlire, PiccolaRia, Pokepower888, PurpleRedRose, PurpleStarGalaxy, PurpleTartan, QuiEstInLiteris, r0se-designs, RaineSageRocks, raspil, rawcery, redvelvet-cupcake, RhynWilliams, rockettreverie, RokuGurin, Rose279, roundtower, Ruth-1, Sanna2011, ScelestaNix, Shadowknife7, Silverfur15, silverhammer, SilverShadowPheonix, SingingFlames, SirTiefling, smilekeeper, snazzie-designz, Sophibelle, SparklyDest, Starry-Night-Fox, Steamland, steffne, sugarislife28, TangledBowties, TanteTabata, Luunatico, The-Assasinator, The-Fabulous-Fox, TheGalleryOfEve, TheOneAndOnly-K, TheRejectPhoenix, Thiefoworld, ThreshTheSky, Tunder2510, Vampress13, Velnna, WDWParksGal, werewolf85, WhiteKimahri, wildmagesapprentice, wingsofdragons, Winter-Stern, xXCelestialxEzzyXx, x-xSpitFirex-x, zhusanna, zidaria, :devguardianofclifton:, Zazi-chan, TheWritingDragon, EnoughSilence13, horizonred, Captain-Savvy, mjengels,

If I missed anyone on the list, I'm sorry. I tried to grab them all, but there were a lot of them. Just know I appreciate each and every message.



On a side note, I wanted to extend a thank-you to VFreie and SilverInkblot for my recent Daily Lit Deviation. It's on a six-word-story that I'm rather proud of. I'm glad they liked it enough to suggest/feature.

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Again, a thank you to everyone for your kind words and support. Me, Ravenswd, Plaina, Laikue, Chudah and the rest of my family very much appreciate it.

My mother

My mother's funeral was yesterday. As expected, it was a difficult day. My kids had never been to a visitation/memorial before; it was hard to see their grandmother. My mother lived with us, so she was a large part of our lives. It's gonna be a while before the pain eases.

I have been reading the many kind messages which everyone has left, here and on Facebook. You cannot know how much they mean to me and my family. I plan to respond to every single one soon.

For now, I am focusing on trying to get to a new normal. I've started to work on some writing and some pixels. I hope to have something to post soon. Be assured, I'm not stressing or rushing myself. I'm just trying to keep my mind busy and art is such a wonderful escape in that regard.

There have been many people who have wanted to know the details of what happened. I have learned that dA is not the place to share such things -- heavy personal issues make people feel uncomfortable and I've lost watchers by sharing too personal of details in the past. But for those who sincerely want to learn more, I have written an entry on my blog. So, if you don't mind a couple of clicks (and a lot of reading--it's long), then you might want to head on over.

Again, thank you all for your kindness. I hope to be back sooner than later. There are moments in your mourning where you want to be alone, but being surrounded with friends and support helps a lot. I miss you all.
My mother went into the hospital for a routine appointment yesterday and the doctor admitted her so they could start chemo and for routine observation. She was doing well, all considering.

Today she died.

It was sudden, unexpected, and dramatic. It wasn't a peaceful death, and I happened to be in the room with her.

I don't know what to say other than I'm shell-shocked. I'm still numb. Truly a case of you really don't know what each day will hold, so make sure your loved-ones know you love them.

I will be checking notes, but I probably won't be around for a while. Though, if I do peek in, don't fault me -- I may need art to help keep me sane and give me a focus away from this.  I honestly don't know anything right now.

Just letting everyone know.



Update: Thank you for the kind words. I will respond personally to everyone soon. Been busy all day making arrangements and calling friends/relatives. As I shift down tonight, everything is hitting me hard and the depression is setting in. Have had very little sleep, which doesn't help, but I'm still too haunted to manage much rest. The hardest part is that the death was quite traumatic and we didn't expect it at all (were told she easily had 6 months or more ahead of her). I am trying to keep things normal for my kids and for my own sanity. But I just don't know how normal they can be until after the dust settles from the funeral. And from my own past experiences, that period sometimes tends to be harder, at least for a while.  

I want to thank you all for taking the time to post and for your support. I showed these kind words to my family and it really did help them feel better.



Edit 2: Since a few people asked, and I should have mentioned it. My mother had just turned 63. She never made it to retirement age. :(

Feeling Bad

Journal Entry: Mon Jan 20, 2014, 1:44 AM
I'm a bit behind on comments, but should get to them soon. Thanks to everyone for being patient.

I know I shouldn't apologize for my inactivity, but I will. Over the past several months, I have just felt demoralized. I love emoticons and I certainly love all of my many watchers (3480 of you at the last count, how did that happen). I have always felt I only just kinda fit into the community, but as my efforts have waned this past year, I realize I never quite did; as I slipped further away, I could see I wasn't really missed. That's not a bad thing. Gosh, there's so many amazing people out there to promote the site and emoticons, people much better at it than me. But it's a snowball effect. As you find your efforts less and less successful, you feel the need to "do" less and less. That's where I'm at.

No, this isn't a goodbye or anything. Just an explanation. I actually had an idea for an emote this weekend, and have 2 stamps in the works for the coming week. Plus I am still dedicated to the NaNoEmo events every year. I plan to remain active on this account. But I'm coming to understand and accept that "active" has a much different meaning now than it did a few years ago.

As for my articles, I have to admit, I have WIPs in Stash that I keep promising to finish and never do. I try, but my heart simply isn't in them. They don't really get the reception anymore like they used to, and I feel it's probably better to let the other, stronger members of the community do their features and support them. I do plan on keeping up a few of my more specialized articles on this and my other account, but I think my days of doing many regular features has passed. That said, I really love featuring the works of my watchers and visitors, and do plan to continue to do so. I just think it will be in a different manner.

Anyhow, not sure where I'm going with this or what -- just some ramblings at 3 a.m. Thank you everyone for your continued support. I say that so often, and I'm sure it sounds trite and artificial because I do, but I do sincerely mean it.



Today, Ravenswd and I have been married 20 years. Go wish him some happiness; yesterday was a hard day and he could use the cheering up.

Oh, and I'm sorry about removing the journal from yesterday. I ended up getting a bit of drama over it and simply deleted it since I didn't want to deal with such nonsense. I'll post another update soon.