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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.


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 --->…

: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:


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.


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 For mirz-alt by DerpyWorldStudios 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, Karakuri-Pierrot, KarmaPunch, KaseyKLCx3, KawaiiKunoichi17, KiraofTheInternet, KJames7, Knight-Watcher, Know-Kname, Krissi001, KururuRyu, Kyuzeth, LadyBrookeCelebwen, ladycompassion, LadyLincoln, LauraMizvaria, LiberLibelula, Lightfiretheteenmare, LimitBreaker13, Luzifers-Soul, MafiaVamp, Maple-Girl, Mareishon, MayJasmine, Mcingake, mermaidenne, MikariStar, Minato-Kushina, monochromera, moulinrougegirl77, Natasha-Delphox, 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, TeenLord, 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 PlayinTheDead 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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Please comment and :+fav: the features and congratulate the artists!
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of your

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.

Artists of Relativity - Vol. 10

Journal Entry: Sat Jan 4, 2014, 8:43 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: LiberLibelula

:bulletblack: Relativity Art

Commission - Looking for a clue by LiberLibelula

Tony by Liberlibelula by mirzjiles

Madge by mirzjiles

Commission - Best friends forever by LiberLibelula Commission - Relativity four by LiberLibelula  
Yule by Liberlibelula by mirzjiles Trevor By Liberlibelula by mirzjiles Andy by Liberlibelula by mirzjiles WWC Killian by Liberlibelula by mirzendo Bling by mirzendo

To see the full sets of portraits LiberLibelula has created to date for the series, click on the thumbs below:

Commission - Relativity Main Characters by LiberLibelula Commission - Relativity 13 by LiberLibelula

:bulletblack: Other Art by LiberLibelula

Game of Chickens by LiberLibelula

Laila Winter - Unreachable by LiberLibelula

Commission - Blood Elf by LiberLibelula

OCs in Spanish Party by LiberLibelula Commission - Lucas by LiberLibelula Somebody to die for by LiberLibelula Commission - John and Hetta by LiberLibelula I want an Owlemur too by LiberLibelula Chameleon and Chinchilla by LiberLibelula

LiberLibelula takes commissions. For more information, check out this page.

: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:

Merry December 26th

Journal Entry: Thu Dec 26, 2013, 6:10 AM

*** Cross-posted with my mirz-alt account ***

Well, the holidays came and went. As much as things were crazy, and there were several disasters (and quite a few tears shed on my part), the actual celebration itself was very nice and everyone had a good time. Despite my fears, the kids ended up having a pretty good time of it, which was my biggest concern. Aside from the coffee and a bit of cash I got a few weeks ago at our annual family Xmas party, yesterday my sister gifted me and Jim with some Paypal money specifically for commissions. Ah, she knows me so well. :meow: So, not a big Christmas, but I'm not going to complain. But so very glad it's over. Just looking forward to New Years. We stay at home, so it's just the family. We do our traditional dinner of weiner wraps, cheese fries, and chocolate shakes. Then we watch a Marx Brother movie, then hit many of the marathons on television until it's midnight, or we fall asleep. A fun, low-key time which I am desperately in need of.

Art-wise, I am actually getting excited. As many of you have probably seen, I've finally started posting pixel portraits prizes and gifts. I hope to average 1 a day, plus sneak in some stamps/signs/emotes I owe. I would love to have it all caught-up by the 1st.  That's probably unrealistic, but if I can get it done in the next couple of weeks, I'll be very happy. Huge relief and weight off my shoulder. I don't like making people wait and have felt very guilty about that.

Jim and I have also finished the edits for the 3rd Relativity anthology! I cannot tell you how uber-excited I am. Plus, we're a good way into the edits for the side-story and 4th anthology (the stories we have published as it's not fully written yet).  I'm making good progress on my cross-overs, and toying with some other lit projects. I feel productive. Seeing a dent in to-do list is very much a morale booster.

On a side note, looking back over my older writing--even that from a year ago--I am so happy and proud how much I have grown. I've been doing this a long time, over 20 years. But it still goes to show that writing is a craft. You keep growing, keep getting better. Granted, there is stuff I wrote 20 years ago that blows me away, but overall I still aim to become better. It's nice to actually *see* that progress.

In other news, since many of you have asked: My mother is doing okay. Still sick, but we have her pain managed and hospice is doing a good job of keeping things controlled on that end. The radiation actually helped with the tumor and there was some shrinking, so it's a positive thing. So, while the prognosis hasn't changed, it gives us hope that perhaps we'll have a bit more time with my mom, which is a blessed thing.

Not much more than that. Looking forward to 2014. Even if it ends up being a sucky year like 2013, I still have lots to look forward to and I'm focusing on that.  I hope that everyone has a wonderful and blessing-ful New Year.

On that note, do you have any special traditions or things to do to celebrate the New Year?

P.S. I know I am terribly behind on comments and replies. That is high on my to-do list to tackle this weekend. So, if you are waiting to hear from me, I hope to get back to you soon.

P.P.S. My cute new avatar was created by Kyramy It is part of my Emoticon Secret Santa gift. Isn't it cute?

Mirz123 ESS 2013 by Kyramy

Skin by SimplySilent

2013 Online Videos FTW!

Journal Entry: Sun Dec 22, 2013, 11:03 AM

Top 10 Videos

Every year my family puts together a list of some of our favorite videos around the web. We send this list to our friends and family and it's become quite a tradition for us--our friends look forward to seeing what we found! Since I have shared the list here on dA before, I figured I'd do it again.  Here are our picks for 2013:

:bulletblue: Honeybee - This is a piece I've linked here in my journal before. I just can't tell you how much I adore this song and the group, Steam Powered Giraffe. The barbershop quartet sound is amazing, and the song makes me cry every time. Just adore it.

:bulletblue: Simon's Cat - Cat Nap - This is small animation series which has become very big on Youtube (and pretty much everywhere else). My kids love it, and so do a lot of other people. Anyhow, there are quite a few in the series, but this is a particularly cute one  which we put on our 2013 list.

:bulletblue: Relativity Theme Song Montage - A few months ago, I premiered an orchestrated version of the theme song for my fiction series, RelativityComic. Since I never really introduced our family to the series until now, we wanted to create a small video with the song featuring some of the art. It's a pretty fun and frantic montage we're proud of.

:bulletblue: Jurassic Park Character's Awful Realization - My daughter is a Jurassic Park fanatic and she found this entry. This short is a parody which is so well-done, not to mention hysterical. What makes it even better is that the "lawyer" character is played by the same actor as in the movie. Even if you haven't seen the movies (has anyone NOT seen it?), it's still a pretty funny short which mocks the trope of the signs of who is doomed to die in a movie/show/etc.

:bulletblue: Ball Xylophone - This is one of those videos that is simply too cool to comment on. You just have to watch it to believe it. The amount of time and planning this must have taken is amazing.

:bulletblue: Excuse My Christmas - Jan Terri is often said to have made some of the worst music videos ever. However, she has a huge amount of moxy, and quite a large following. And I happen to know her personally in IRL. :D Admittedly, some of her songs take some getting-used to, but you have to give her props for originality, and the fact that you'll probably be humming the tunes days later, despite yourself.

:bulletblue: Lego Ghostbusters - I have to admit, we have a soft spot for stop-action Lego movies and usually feature one every year. What impressed me about this one was how well it's done. The special effects are very clever, it has some witty dialogue, and is a good original take on the Ghostbusters. A fun watch.

:bulletblue: Legolas by Laura - Many of you have probably seen this. If not, be warned, it's wacky. It's a dramatic reading (with humorous visuals) of a real LOTR fan-fiction that is considered one of the worst written ever. It is read entirely as it was written, typos and all. And trust me, it's side-splitting funny. Though I should warn, it's a bit PG. Nothing bad, but just mentions of being beaten by orcs, etc.

:bulletblue: Spanky's Story - Not really a video, but an excerpt of a Little Rascals episode. It's where Spanky has to babysit a room full of toddlers--not much younger than himself--and he entertains them by telling them the tale of Tarzan. This one is just too cute, and it makes me smile every time.

:bulletblue: Hank Hanky: Stop non-stop bullies - Hank Hanky is an animator who takes calls from his fans asking questions, then animates an answer. There are quite a few in the series. This is one of the best.

:bulletblue: T-Shirt Wars - An incredible video which was created totally using hundreds of different t-shirts as a way of "animating" the story. Lots of fun. A cool watch.

:bulletblue: Super Mario Bros Parkour - This was a Twitter find, and still one of my favorites of 2013. Mixing Mario Bros with Parkour, the results are fun to watch and truly put you in awe. The creators did a great job of working the video game visuals into the piece.

:bulletblue: Chad Vader: Season 4: Chad Vader is one of those guilty pleasures. Goofy, wacky, and a bit off-colored, this ongoing series which follows Darth Vader's loser twin brother is a family favorite. Though, be warned -- it's a bit racy and there is some profanity, so sensitive viewers take caution.

:bulletblue: The New Misfits Montage - This is a bit of a last-minute add-on and an extra. Much like the Relativity video above, we recently created a video as a gift for our role-playing friends. This slideshow music short features art of the superhero team formerly know as "The Misfits."

Did any of you see any great videos this year? Link them below. We'd love to see them.

Artists of Relativity - 2013 Recap

Journal Entry: Sat Dec 7, 2013, 7:59 AM
Welcome to Gale City

Artists of Relativity is a monthly series which features artists and artwork from the Relativity serial, which is published over on my mirz-alt account and can be found at RelativityComic. Since December is the time for reflection on the past year and art recaps, we decided to do a retrospective on the artists featured over the past your in the AoR series. Ravenswd and I both chose our all-time favorite pieces from each artist. Note, my "fave" is listed first, and :ravenswd:'s second, plus we give a bit of commentary about them. Also, group admin, Endorell-Taelos poked through each artist's gallery to pick out 4 non-Relativity picks to spotlight.

Note, each one of these artists was featured as the AoR "Artist of the Month" between March and November 2013.

:bulletblack: :iconastral-muffin: Astral-Muffin

Isabelle Suarez by Astral-Muffin by mirzjiles Vincent by Astral-Muffin by mirzjiles

Mirz123 - Of all of the pieces that Muffin has does, there is something about Isabelle that just strikes me. Probably because it's the one picture of the character that best fits my mental image; I love it so much.

Ravenswd - Looking over all the Astral-Muffin pictures, this one jumped out at me. It's those haunting eyes. Funny that this was Mirz's second fave pick.

:bulletwhite: Other Art:

Fixing Windows by Astral-Muffin Fantasia by Astral-Muffin Something Bouguereau-styled.... by Astral-Muffin 4 am speedy by Astral-Muffin

:bulletblack: :iconthreshthesky: ThreshTheSky

Michael Bruce by ThreshTheSky Relativity: Payback Teaser by ThreshTheSky

Mirz123 - There are so many Thresh pieces I love, and it was a hard decision, but after a lot of thought, I chose Michael. I find myself coming back to look at it often. That picture really did define the character and made a huge impact on all of the future art of him going forward. Personally, I had two versions of the character in my mind; Thresh's piece help solidify how I now imagine the man behind the Black Torrent mask.

Ravenswd - This is a fun picture. What can I say? Overcast confronts the cat. He's finally met his match. The cat already knows he's going to become his arch-nemesis. Even though it's a simply B&W piece, the art is great. Conveys a lot with so little.

:bulletwhite: Other Art:

Les Miserables: Escape to Paris by ThreshTheSky Jurre by ThreshTheSky The Lord of the Rings: Galadriel by ThreshTheSky Labyrinth: Jareth by ThreshTheSky

:bulletblack: :iconfranciscoetchart: FranciscoETCHART

RELATIVITY_The heroes by FranciscoETCHART RELATIVITY_saved from the flames by FranciscoETCHART

Mirz123 - Choosing which piece I love the best from FranciscoETCHART is like asking "which arm do you love better, your left or right?" You almost can't answer it. But I chose this piece because it *is* Team Torrent. When I want to introduce someone to the series who has never seen it before, this is probably the piece I turn to most. I just adore it.

Ravenswd - Of all the FranciscoETCHART pictures, this one stands out because it depicts an actual scene (although not one that has appeared in any of the stories). This is Dark Flame doing what she does: Helping children. And in the background, almost too small to be seen, the Black Torrent is keeping an eye on her, making sure she's all right. If she knew he was watching over her, she'd be upset; that's why he has to hide.

:bulletwhite: Other Art:

VAMPIRE Gods and Monsters by FranciscoETCHART VICTORIAN Legends by FranciscoETCHART ToT - A HANDMAIDENs DEVILED EGG movie poster by FranciscoETCHART BRAVE Merida by FranciscoETCHART

:bulletblack: :iconpiccolaria: PiccolaRia

I Promise to Always Love You by PiccolaRia Your Cappuccino! by PiccolaRia

Mirz123 - Another hard choice. When looking over all of the art, my eye kept coming back to this one. The emotion is so strong and the artwork so beautiful. It captures a special moment in the series perfectly. I just can't say enough about it.

Ravenswd - This is a good action shot. Not a fist fight or other superheroics, but serving coffee. Ravenswood and Melody at their day job. It's nice to see the 'human' side of superheroes. We have gotten a lot of compliments on this piece. A very well-done image by PiccolaRia.

:bulletwhite: Other Art:

A strange Alchemy by PiccolaRia Roella by PiccolaRia Updating System by PiccolaRia The Qure by PiccolaRia

:bulletblack: :iconsmoludozerka: Smoludozerka

Commission: Dark Flame by Smoludozerka Commission: Zephyra by Smoludozerka

Mirz123 - I almost picked Killian. :paranoid:. But, in the end, I kept coming  back to this piece. While there are other pictures of Dark Flame that perhaps are more "technically" accurate, this is the one that captures her personality the best, ever. It showcases her shy but impish nature, and she really does look beautiful.

Ravenswd - I find it funny that Michelle and I picked the portraits of the main female heroes. The expression on Zephyra's face is priceless and I just think it's the best of the batch. She sees something amusing, or maybe she's up to something. Perhaps both. Great work.

:bulletwhite: Other Art:

Commission: kids by Smoludozerka Commission: Foxglove and Tuffnut by Smoludozerka flowers by Smoludozerka Mimi (commission) by Smoludozerka

:bulletblack: :iconalexis-the-angel: alexis-the-angel

Tony+Sara by alexis-the-angel by mirzjiles 3 Friends by alexis-the-angel by mirzjiles

Mirz123 - This was one of the first commissions we got, ever, and it's still one of my favorites. Alexa managed to capture both Tony and Sara perfectly, and their looks followed through into the series. As it goes for pictures of these two as a couple (which is non-canon, mind you), this is still the best picture to date. I love it.

Ravenswd - Michael, Tony, and Andy when they were kids. This is a fun picture, meant to look like a snapshot. Just three friends goofing around. A lot of emotion is shown here. I love when a sketch can work so well.

:bulletwhite: Other Art:

-KH-I'll protect your light by alexis-the-angel -The Mirror- by alexis-the-angel -The Time- by alexis-the-angel LD: Sky is not a limit by alexis-the-angel

:bulletblack: :icondragondoodle: dragondoodle

Kiriban for Mirz123 by dragondoodle The Dark Flame Fan by dragondoodle

Mirz123 - Still one of my all-time favorite pictures of this couple. There's just something about the pose and expression that hits so dead-on. And I love the choice of the background. Wonderful all the way around.

Ravenswd - I tend to like the ordinary, day-to-day images. This time Dark Flame has rescued a child from some minor danger, and is now giving her a lecture about staying out of trouble in the future. Also, the girl wanted her autograph. A great concept and picture from dragondoodle.

:bulletwhite: Other Art:

Luc and Remmy by dragondoodle Collab - Mathaen and Nadya by dragondoodle Merleia - Contest Entry by dragondoodle Willow Fairy by dragondoodle

:bulletblack: :iconshamserg: shamserg

Warphisto commision by shamserg Cricket by Sham93 by mirzjiles

Mirz123 - As one of the major villains in the series, Warphisto is an important character. But since he hasn't appeared yet, not a lot is known about him, so he sorta slips under the radar. That is, until Sham's picture. He did such a kick-ass job on this, I simply love it--and can't wait for the character to appear in the story!

Ravenswd -  Sham  is great at beefy action heroes, so it's kind of unconventional that I picked a low-powered villain. But this was one of our first pictures of Cricket we ever got and still one of my favorites.

:bulletwhite: Other Art:

Haunt by shamserg Jon Snow by shamserg Bat Family by shamserg Marceline :3 by shamserg

:bulletblack: :iconastral-dragon: Astral-Dragon

Alejandro by Astral-Dragon by mirzjiles .: Overcast's enlarged sheet :. by Astral-Dragon

Mirz123 - Dragon has done an amazing job giving a face to many of the lesser-known characters of the series. Her depiction of Alejandro, a maitre d', is just stunning. There's something about it that makes me smile every time.  It's excellent.

Ravenswd - Pixel sprite versions of the characters, what a unique idea! Basically, what would the characters look like in a sprite-based video game. Out of the four, I picked Overcast, mostly for the pixelated hat.

:bulletwhite: Other Art:

Epic Cold by Astral-Dragon The Crow and The Wildling by Astral-Dragon .: John and Maria :. by Astral-Dragon RayVen by Astral-Dragon

Please remember that most of these artists are currently open for commissions. Keep them in mind when considering your next art purchase.

:iconsuperthanksplz: to all of the wonderful artists who have worked on the series and fans who support it. Thank you for making 2013 a great year. 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 </a>this folder. :bulletblack: :bulletblack:

Ho Ho Update

Journal Entry: Sat Dec 7, 2013, 4:06 AM
*** Cross-posted with mirz-alt ***

A lot of things on the cooker, personal and art-wise, so I figured a "bigger" update was warranted. Sorry, no tl;dr at the end, but I won't fault you if you skim it.

:bulletred: Jim and I are almost done with the full edit of Book 3 of Relativity. The series has been getting a fair amount of attention lately, on and offline, and I have to admit it's both awesome and frightening. I do love the feedback and am thankful for the new readers. I don't hold out any hopes for the new year anymore, as I tend to get disappointed, but I have had several people say 2014 is the year for Relativity. Again, I don't dare hope, but it would be cool if it was.

:bulletred: The next episode of the series is still in the works, but it's been hard finding the computer time to finish it; editing can be done on paper and offline. Aside from my mother's condition, we've had a bad cold/flu whipsawing back-and-forth through the family for weeks which has made things rough. Hopefully we'll shake it for the holiday. In the meantime, we'll still working on "Fireworks" and hope to have it done sooner than later.

:bulletred: My mother is home now and on hospice. It's still a bit hectic as she's on a wide schedule of medications which means 2 "wake-ups" in the middle of the night. But we're finding the rhythm. The prognosis is not good, but not firm -- you can never know for sure with these things. So we are playing it one day at a time. Until then, finding our new-normal and trudging ahead.

:bulletred: I have finished sketches and scanning, and now have begun the line-art stage for the many pixel dolls that I owe. My hope is to have them done before the New Year. I apologize to everyone for the wait. Gah, my life the last 6 months has been so crazy. I mean, it felt crazy, but looking back, I realize we were fighting an uphill battle more than I thought and everything just fell terribly behind. I am hopeful once this batch of "to-dos" is done, I'll be able to relax a bit more and things will get back on schedule.

:bulletred: I had hoped to have the newest LiteraryCompass up this past week, but the situation with my mom just kept me a bit too busy. It is set for publication this coming Wednesday, so stay tuned for that. Also a new Artists of Relativity will be out soon.

:bulletred: As much as time is at a premium, I am planning on making a few holiday gifts, plus I may hold a watcher's raffle for a free pixel-doll or something. Most likely closer to the 25th, but keep an eye open.

:bulletred: On a side note, I want to give a bit of a spotlight to some new additions to the Relativity gallery. ThreshTheSky recently did an update of a couple of the pictures. As time has passed, the looks of certain characters has evolved, which meant a need to update their faces. Thresh previously did Ravenswood, and just added the new Greg and Sara to his gallery (the old versions will be re-uploaded and added to a special folder in the group soon).  It's always interesting and fun to see how your characters grow beyond you, and it's neat having a visual of it, too.

Thresh also recently finished a portrait of Resin, Tony's alter-ego. This is a big milestone. When he and I originally started to work together a year and a half ago, I plotted out what characters I wanted him to do. The plan was to do the major characters in civilian form, then *maybe* the heroes, ending with Resin. I have to admit, it's amazing looking back at the pictures now, having gotten to the end of that road. Is that the end of the real-life portraits? I hope not. ;) But it's an amazing benchmark worth noting. I will feel forever grateful for the work Thresh has done for us.

Sara Wolff by ThreshTheSky Ravenswood Cadavre by ThreshTheSky Greg Flowers by ThreshTheSky Resin by ThreshTheSky

:bulletred: Didya know I have a Facebook and a Twitter I'm pretty active on? I also have a Tumblr I would be more active on, but I have hardly any followers. Nevertheless, I'd love a follow if you're inclined. Links are below.

:bulletblack: Facebook Social Smiley by mirzjiles Facebook :bulletblack: Twitter Social Smiley by mirzjiles Twitter :bulletblack: Tumblr Social Smiley by mirzjiles Tumblr :bulletblack:

:bulletred: Speaking of Twitter, I am seriously considering starting a private "writing" Twitter account. I mean it to be a place where a small group can tweet about their work, get quick writing help, and generally talk about their stories. I know sometimes I just need help on a word or grammar, or want to get advice about a scene I'm working on. I thought a dedicated Twitter (or even Facebook page) would be good for that. Would there be anyone interested in something like that?

:bulletred: The holidays are coming. Money is painfully tight due to my mom's condition, but we are doing our best to focus on the "reason for the season."  I do hope everyone is having a nice holiday season, and I wish you all a happy and healthy whatever-you-celebrate! :heart:

Spotlight Features - Vol. 21

Sun Dec 1, 2013, 11:07 AM

A news series featuring art selected by me. There will be a wide range of themes and genres covered. In addition, there will be periodic interviews and artist spotlights. Note that this feature is moving to a bi-weekly publication schedule.

:+fav: If you like this article, please add it to your favorites to help spread the love for the art and artists within.

Daily Features

On my profile page, I feature a new deviation every day (or two or three), though admittedly I haven't been so good about that the last few months. The piece is usually something that caught my eye. Could be an amazing digital painting, a fun stamp, a quick photograph that made me smile, perhaps a piece for a weekly theme, whatever. However, it moved me enough to share it with my visitors. Below is a list of the artists which I featured during March-April 2013. I am showcasing different pieces from their gallery in the hope of showing them a bit more love. If you would like to see the original piece I featured of each of these artists, please visit this folder.

:bulletblue: :iconacaciathorn: Acaciathorn

Retro Valley Juke Joint by Acaciathorn Domo Arigato, Asami Sato by Acaciathorn

:bulletblue: :iconmintlights:  MintLights

Coffee by MintLights Not the lucky one by MintLights

:bulletblue: :iconkatelynnrose: KatelynnRose

Popsicle :) by KatelynnRose Tropical Beauty by KatelynnRose

:bulletblue: :iconpiger-6: piger-6

Atlantis by piger-6 Love Checil and friend by piger-6

:bulletblue: :iconthunderstatement: Thunderstatement

93rd Dimension Elephant Messenger Tuning In by Thunderstatement Anatomy Of Happy by Thunderstatement

:bulletblue: :iconojcartoons: ojcartoons

Doodles for VairiArt by ojcartoons Posion Ivy by ojcartoons

:bulletblue: :iconlb-digital: LB-digital

Mystical eye by LB-digital Swimming turtles by LB-digital

:bulletblue: :iconrosy-gingerpear: rosy-GingerPear

Mozilla Firefox by rosy-GingerPear OuaT - Rumbelle 1.0 by rosy-GingerPear

:bulletblue: :iconabou3: abou3

Forever this other by abou3 Lady Spider by abou3

:bulletblue: :iconsayomadeit: SAYOMADEIT


:bulletblue: :iconevanescentwings: EvanescentWings

Curiouser And Curiouser by EvanescentWings Zentangle by EvanescentWings

:bulletblue: :iconsketchdust:  Sketchdust

:thumb406304676: Suhtekh by Sketchdust

:bulletblue: :icontwilightsaint: TwilightSaint

Eid Muzafr - Warrior by TwilightSaint Icon Comish - She Knows Something... by TwilightSaint

:bulletblue: :iconhelios-spada: helios-spada

Twin Lakes by helios-spada Turning Creek by helios-spada

:bulletblue: :icontigles1artistry: Tigles1Artistry

Peaceful and Mindless Floating..... by Tigles1Artistry FLOWERS FROM THE COSMOS.... by Tigles1Artistry

:bulletblue: :iconindu-art: Indu-Art

Un Monstre a Paris - Maud by Indu-Art 2 hour speed paint challenge little ducky by Indu-Art

:bulletblue: :iconekkimu: ekkimu

pin up blue dress by ekkimu spawn by ekkimu

:bulletblue: :iconmirabellemouette: MirabelleMouette

Libellule~2 by MirabelleMouette Allocated book by MirabelleMouette

:bulletblue: :iconz4n9: Z4N9

Cat Vader by Z4N9 Pac-wolf by Z4N9

Spotlight Interview

In this series, I hope to introduce the community to some artists who have been around dA for a while, but are still relativity unknown. The interviews are meant to be short and sweet. I encourage you to check out the artist's full gallery and add them to your devWatch.

:iconshisleya: -- This issue, we talk to visual artist, shisleya

:bulletwhite: Could you introduce yourself and tell us a little about yourself and your dA life? (You can use this question to plug any groups or off-dA projects you may have.)

Hello everyone! I’m shisleya, but my true name is Rosalba, Rosy for my friends. I am an Italian girl who has been around deviantart for 5 years, even if I started to be more active since 2010, when I decided to spread some drawings and writings about the original story I’m writing with a friend. Unluckily I don’t have any texts in English that may be read, but in my drawings you can find a lot of informations about my project, which consists in a fantasy novel called “Instrumenta”. I’m also pretty active on my tumblr blog (, which I mainly use to collect sketches that I don’t publish here on dA.

:bulletwhite: What would you say your main artform is? Secondary?

It’s a difficult question, since I try to be both a writer and a visual artist (which is still a huge word for me, since I consider myself an art amateur. I draw for hobby, I never attended art schools). Anyway, since my dA gallery just contains visual arts, I’d go for traditional artist with a preference for illustration and comic art. My favorite media is the old, good pencil, but I like to use markers and watercolors for colored works. Lately I’m trying to experiment digital coloring, but my linearts are generally traditional.

:bulletwhite: When did you start pursuing your art? What prompted you to?

I’ve been drawing since my childhood memories start, but I never “seriously” deepened my artistic skills before I was 22 (now I’m 28). I must admit my stay in dA really drove me to improve during the last years, thanks to all the gorgeous artists and friends I knew. But the thing that prompted me the most was my original story: giving a form to my OCs and creating illustrations with them are still my main reason to keep practicing art.

:bulletwhite: What is your favorite piece in your gallery at the moment?

This one:  
East and West by shisleya
It's not my most complex work (technically speaking), but I'm very emotionally tied to it.

In truth I’m also emotionally tied to some of my oldest illustrations, even if  they’re full of mistakes! XD .

:bulletwhite: In general, what is your favorite thing to create (i.e. fan-art, poetry, etc) ?

In general, original art (I'm not a great fanartist), but I love to draw friends' OCs too, beside my own ones. And anything that involves historical costumes, above all from oriental settings  (i.e. Arab, Indian, Chinese, Japanese …:D)

:bulletwhite: Just for fun question: What is your movie and why?

Tough one! :XD: Since I love History, and I don’t despise reinterpretation of History, I’d say “Kingdom of Heaven” by Ridley Scott. I consider it an interesting movie about the Crusades, where no one is totally “good” or “bad”. In the end, one of the most beautiful messages in the movie is communication between people from different cultures, who may end up to comprehend and respect each other, despite the world seems to go in the opposite direction. This is a lifestyle I try to pursue in my life too.

:bulletwhite: Time to spread the love. Who are 3 artists you feel could use more love? Tell us why you love them.

Only 3 ones are so few!! Anyway I don’t feel to cheat if I pick artists who are friends in the first place, because their art is truly gorgeous and moreover they’re wonderful, lovable persons!

:bulletred: :iconsolfieri: solfieri
I love her ability to create very human characters. Her attention to realistic personalities and settings, her love for details and historical faithfulness, the emotions you can feel through her illustrations are my absolute favorite things from her. Plus she’s a folds goddess and her watercolors are precious.
My pick from solfieri  Mori Girl by solfieri

:bulletred: :iconraka-raka: raka-raka
A great friend I managed to meet in person, since she lives just some kilometers far from my place! This amazing girl has a true talent for comic art, her characters are all so lively, her works are bright and colorful, her style is very original and expressive!
My pick from raka-raka Contest: Akirako and the Dragon by raka-raka

:bulletred: :iconnuaran: Nuaran
This skilled girl won my heart with her amazing watercolors, full of details and great care, and her very lovely style! I can stare at the beautiful faces she draws for hours! :aww:
My pick from Nuaran Livadia by Nuaran

There are plenty of other artists I love to bits, but I have to name at least the following ones: Asherah-Seren,  NadezhdaVasile, CrystalCurtis, Zephyrhant, temiel, Luciana-Lu, White-Mantis LauraPex

:bulletwhite: Final words?

Thank you very much for this interview, I hope you enjoyed it :) (and sorry for possible English mistakes!)

:bulletwhite: Some of my picks from shisleya's gallery:

Gift: Jade Eyes by shisleya Fading in the red night by shisleya Gift: Embedded Love by shisleya

Themed Feature

As followers of this series know, I like to do features based on themes that are relevant to me personally at the moment. As I deal with the fact my mother has terminal cancer. As I see friendships slipping away that I am powerless to save. As I miss the people who are no longer in my life -- friends and family. It's been a pretty brutal few weeks. And with that, the theme is "broken hearts."

Puppet Heart by bunnyb133 Best Friend, Broken Heart by CaiteSith tangled hair and broken hearts, II by Lover-and-the-Wild I'm Not Nursing A Broken Heart by BanditBlasterxo love rejected by oliverat A Flower For A Broken Heart by Dieffi The Broken Heart by MelodicInterval Broken Heart by DeVyNaNdMaTt333 The Puzzling Matter At Heart by Biologicaly-Flawed Broken heart by OanimeOluverO Broken Heart by TheDarkWhisperer Fix You by ashesto

Themed Feature

Since it's been a while since I've done a general feature article, I decided I would feature some of the best art on the site...created by my watchers/visitors. I recently posted a poll asking deviants to post the piece they would like to see featured from their gallery. And here they are...

[Stamp] I'm Bored As Hell :heart: (animated) by Shimoshu srn wallpaper-floral2 by razorquick Stained GlassIt was a long window, very tall, with the most intricate and beautifully effortless designs Mela had ever seen.  She stood before it, just a 19-year-old girl, dressed plainly in one of her most formal gowns.  It was long and sweeping, gracing the floor for almost a foot behind her small feet, rolling delicately over her shoulders in a manner that could easily make her blush at the slightest sweet words spoken to her.  The green fabric was satin in texture and complimented the young woman’s figure.  Her long dark hair was braided down her back, and her hazel eyes were trained on the stained glass window, soft pink lips pursed in thought.
“It is lovely,” she stated simply, with so much feeling in her sweet voice that the saccharine melody tickled the ears of any passers-by.
The window’s black framing was glinting in the early morning light cast from outside.  The different colors of the glass shards played tricks on the eyes, dancing aroun
SSRI Catsuit Beka by silverhammer cabaret night by twoeliz Checking For Monsters by a-kid-at-heart i want to sail away from here by rainylake Spring By the Roiling Sea by analillithbar Fancy Tank by NAkos Never free by HoneyShuckle Vienna by Ultravox - Pixelled Lyrics by sonikkuruzu Once upon a december by Blossom-Lullabies Seriously ? by FoolEcho Birthday Beni by ScelestaNix Summaresta family crest by Summaresta Sting of RegretYou ripped my heart out
to sew it back on.
CatBall by AmethystPhotographer Adoptable Auction 01: Beauty (1 left for $6) by yuukipink The Cold Never Bothered Me Anyway by IceValaxy Agent Maryland and her daughter Allison Washington by moulinrougegirl77 Accursed Spellbook... by Kumura Hatsune Miku by tie-dye-flag Comfortable by Drawing-Stars-02 Easter Artist by spring-sky oh hi, by Sycremnia WIP-Stratocumulus by GrayOblivion Lacrimosa novel project mockcover by Endorell-Taelos DxC - Wistful - Glasses Version by isora683 TI-82 (NaNoEmo #5) by Nironan12 Fluttering by lorreinegeralde PComm - Sketch by MizunoSerenade Burning Sky by Aamarka Reinventing the logo by horizonred Psylocke's Silence by Forty-Fathoms My Catwoman by ekkimu Fallen by RhynWilliams Happy holidays by gina-chi Fire by EerieWhisper heaven's waiting by emocx Daughter of Taiten by Jax-chan My mother and Yasser Arafat Vientiane June 1989 by nightshade-keyblade Sthene Zifala by PurpleRedRose HEAVY METAL CANDY SHOP by LovelyMetalhead


This section will be used to promote special events and such around dA that are close to my heart, as well as requested pimpage.

:bulletgreen: With the holidays upon us, there are many deviants open for commissions. Here's a few to check out.

Emergency $12 sketch commissions to End SoonUPDATE January 8, 2014: Already past midnight. Actually, almost 4 AM in my timezone. Couldn't sleep or do any more work so I thought I'd do another round of uploads. Still working on a few more sketches and have also resumed work on the pending color pics so expect another update in the next few days. I also still have a bunch of color pics from way back to upload, but I'll reserve those for the next round as well.
By the way, I will be ending the $12 sketch sale soon. I will probably take in just one more batch or orders, then it's back to normal prices. Thanks again, my friends, for the support! 
If you have questions about commissions or are interested in getting one (details below), please e-mail me at DA note is fine, too, but I check my e-mail more often than I do my notes so you'll get a quicker response there.
Meantime, good day, everyone!
UPDATE Dec. 28, 2013: First off, a belated Merry Christma

:bulletgreen: I am holding voice auditions for a small project for my RelativityComic group. If you're interested, more details can be found in the journal listed below.

2nd Round Voice AuditionsFinal Deadline is December 13, 2013
We'd like to thank everyone who participated in our first round of voice auditions. We're excited that many of the roles were filled. However, with such a big cast, we are still in need of more voices!
To recap from Round 1, these voices will be used in some fun promotional trailers for our fiction series.  Note that our series is free-for-download (and available for a nominal cost on We're not looking to make a ton of money with this. With that in mind, please understand there is no payment, other than our deepest gratitude. Of course, all actors will receive credit and a right to list voice-acting on your resume. :D
We are currently in great need of more male voices than female. However, we will be accepting auditions for both as we always have need for supporting and villain casting, as well as having stand-bys should an actor not able to participate later on.
Below are the listing of the male roles we are focusing on.

:bulletgreen: Literary Compass is a once-every-three-week article which showcases novels and other long-form literary series around deviantART. Be sure to check out the newest edition. We are also always looking for new novels and series to feature, so be sure the check out the Q&A for more details (self-suggestions are welcomed).

Literary Compass - Vol. 14Welcome
If one is looking for Literature, you don't need to go far on deviantART. There is a large community of writers and a plethora of work to peruse. Featuring genres such as fantasy, mystery, horror, and romance, one would be hard-pressed to find an area not covered. However, due to the nature of the site, shorter works tend to get more focus. It's easier to quickly read a poem or a short story, and thus many of the feature articles on dA showcase those works. However, there are many novelists and serial writers among the mix, oftentimes fighting an uphill battle to have their works seen and appreciated.
With that in mind, I have started an article to spotlight some of those artists and their literary-worlds. The works covered in this feature will exclusively be long-form fiction such as novels, trilogies, etc., or fiction serials.
Current Stop - 18th Century England
The next stop on our Literary journey is 1700s England and the high seas beyond,
Literary Compass Guidelines + FAQBelow are a series of questions which outline the minimum requirements to be featured in the Literary Compass, as well as some general questions about the series:
How to Get Featured

:pointr: What is the criteria for an author/work to be considered for the Literary Compass?
I thought long and hard when deciding what criteria I would need for the series. Simply put, there are a lot of people who are "working on a novel", but never get far into or or it ends up in a "work-in-progress" stage forever. To help filter through, I established these minimum requirements:
:bulletblue: Literature - Your series must be primarily literature based. There are many works which now incorporate different mediums such as lit, art, comics, music, etc. to create a rounded entertainment experience. For this article, the featured author/series must have a strong literary focus. We do not accept web-comics or other primarily visual-art works.
:bulletblue: deviantART Hub - The author and/or work


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Little Update

Sat Nov 30, 2013, 10:04 AM

I've posted on my mirz-alt, but haven't really given you all an update, so thought I would.

:bulletblue: My mother is home now. She's on hospice and needs constant care. It's difficult, but easier than coordinating hospital runs. My online time will be a bit spotty until we settle into a routine, but for the most-part things are levelling out and we're finding a new normal, so I hope my dA activity won't be too much affected.

:bulletblue: I managed to finish NaNoEmo despite the chaos! I'm really proud of that. I'm also proud of the amazing turn-out by the emote community. Tons of new emotes were made and a lot of great faces were seen. I hope the momentum keeps going.

:bulletblue: I have a couple of articles lined up over the next few days. Plus, with December here, there will be a few end-of-year features coming. So stay tuned.

Continued thanks to everyone for your lovely support. It's been amazing to see the outpouring of love from everyone.  I do plan to (as always) reply to all comments soon. Thank you for your patience until then. :kiss:

The Good, the Bad and the Ugly

Tue Nov 19, 2013, 5:37 AM
:bulletpink: It's been a while since my last journal on this account. I've been trucking along with NaNoEmo. I really wanted to complete it since I'd had such a dry spell with emotes, so I'm happy it looks like I will finish the 30-in-30. I'm also very excited for the activity it has stirred up in the emote community. Lots of new emoticons being made, plus some old faces coming out of the woodwork to jump back in to the community. 

:bulletpink: Despite some hard spots in life, I am managing to keep arting. Right now it's my refuge. But things are still crazy and slow-going, so my continued thanks to everyone for their patience in my answering comments and notes, or awaiting prizes/gifts. I'm much more caught-up on things now, but again, just a bit slow. It may get spotty up and down as times goes on, but I'm trying to stay on top of it.

:bulletpink: And now for the ugly news. This past week my mom was diagnosed with terminal breast cancer. She lives with my family, so it's been quite a difficult thing to deal with. The prognosis is not good, so we're trying to get hospice together and ready ourselves for the inevitable. Again, I'm trying to keep focused on art as a way of keeping myself level; I need to keep things normal for my kids and family. The next few months are going to be challenging, as well as tight financially, so please keep that in mind. I tend to wear my heart on my sleeve and that has caused me trouble here in the past.  Just know that I will try my best to keep things on my account normal and positive, but if I end up posting something sad or emo, please don't hold it against me.

:bulletpink: A small thank-you to the friends who have been joining me in my weekend chats over at #CrystalTowers. It's a small group, but it's been so helpful to have that support and escape from life for a few hours. I love you all. <3

:bulletpink: Not much more. Hope you all are doing okay.

Artists of Relativity - Vol. 9

Journal Entry: Tue Nov 5, 2013, 5:27 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: Astral-Dragon

:bulletblack: Relativity Art

TipToe-Toronto by Astral-Dragon

Relativity Character Set 6 by Astral-Dragon

Anthology 1 - Back Cover by mirzjiles

.: Overcast's enlarged sheet :. by Astral-Dragon .: The Dark Flames Enlarged Sheet:. by Astral-Dragon
Madge By AstralDragon by mirzjiles Christine by Astral-Dragon by mirzjiles Smoulder by mirzjiles Alejandro by Astral-Dragon by mirzjiles Rufus by Astral-Dragon by mirzjiles

The work Dragon has done on our portrait series has been amazing. We are deeply grateful for her help in defining the looks of many of our characters, particularly our supporting cast which many of our fans are not familiar with.

:bulletblack: Other Art by Astral-Dragon

.: John and Maria 2 :. by Astral-Dragon

Up A Tree ... by Astral-Dragon

= SpaceMug = by Astral-Dragon

Biro commission - Children by Astral-Dragon OliveCatcher234 by Astral-Dragon .: I-Is-Smart's enlarged OC :. by Astral-Dragon Needlework by Astral-Dragon Death's Emote Beadie by Astral-Dragon Megara by Astral-Dragon

Astral-Dragon takes commissions. For more information, check out her profile page.

: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:

I'm Back, Mostly

Journal Entry: Mon Oct 28, 2013, 5:39 AM

30 Days of, Emoticons!

:eager: A couple of years ago, I was watching the Literature Community get ready for NaNoWriMo, where participants try to write a novel in 30 days. I got a bit jealous and decided I wanted to do something similar with emoticons. So I came up with the silly idea of NaNoEmo. Basically, emoticonists would try to create 30 emotes in 30 days. Honestly, I would have been happy if a handful of people participated. Turns out, it became quite an event and over the past couple of years it has become one of the major motivators to help get emoticonists creating (along with such other great projects as the Advent Calendar, Secret Santa, and contests like the EMTC).

Since I never thought out the name very well, and just rode on a variation of the NaNoWriMo acronym, Synfull (who has joined me in hosting the event this past year) thought we should make something a bit more formal. Thus the christening of it as Nabe November Emotes.  Nabe is slang for "Neighborhood" and best fits what we feel this event is, a joining together of the emoticon neighborhood/community to create.

So, enough of the nostalgia.  We're happy to announce the 2013 NaNoEmo event! Be sure to check out the article below for all of the details. If you're an emoticonist, give it a whirl. If you're an emoticon lover, be sure to watch the NaNoEmo group to see the wonderful range of emotes that come through during November. I know I'll personally be taking the challenge and hope to create 30 over the month.

November NaNoEmo 2013Together with Mirz123, I am proud to present the 2013 NaNoEmo Event.
NaNoEmo = Nabe November Emotes
(nabe: shortening and respelling of neighbourhood)
What is NaNoEmo?
NaNoEmo is a fun emoticon challenge hosted every November to match up with NaNoWriMo in the literature community. Over the last 2 years we have had a fair number of emoticonists taking part and some fantastic emotes appearing all through the designated month.
The main purpose of the challenge is to encourage emoticonists to make emotes throughout the month of November. The most common challenge undertaken is to make 30 emotes in 30 days, though others choose to set alternative targets which better suit their other commitments or art style.
Whilst our previous NaNoEmo event hosted this June was restricted to only visual purpose emotes, the November event returns to the 'normal' format where any emote style is accepted. So it is completely up to you whether you

Other Stuff

:happybounce: Well, obviously with the announcement above, I plan to do some heavy pixelling this upcoming month. I also plan to tackle my pixel to-do list, as well as work on a few small commissions. So expect a bit more activity coming from me soon!


:aww: Speaking of commissions, I was recently interviewed by the lovely Feliane. This article isn't the normal Q&A, but focuses on my experiences with commissions, as a purchaser and an artist offering commissions. You might find it an interesting read. Check it out. And if you enjoy it, give it a comment or a fave.


Art Feature

:love: Velnna is an amazing artist, and a very sweet person, too. She is offering low-cost point commissions. She did a series for me of my Relativity characters, as well as the OCs of a few friends and my daughters. Check them out, and be sure to check out Velnna's page!

[Comm] Michael by Velnna [Comm] Ravenswood by Velnna [Comm] Sara by Velnna [Comm] Brent by Velnna [Comm] Charles by Velnna

[Comm] Ria by Velnna [Comm] Luciana by Velnna [Comm] Sparkly Death by Velnna

[Comm] for Mirz-alt by Velnna [Comm] Snow by Velnna [Comm] Treen and Wiskers by Velnna [Comm] Aptora by Velnna