At long last I feel I'm at a point where I can get back involved in the community again. As many of you know, my mother passed away 6 months ago and it was a huge loss; she lived with me for the past 17 years and helped raise my children. I still feel her loss deeply, and recently have been struggling with it again. But time does heal and I feel better. Also, I was dealing with some major health problems which have abated. I'm still not "well" but I'm much better and want to jump back in.
I've done a bit of a revamp to my profile page. A big thanks to SimplySilent for the code, and to Ravenswd for shaping it into what I wanted. My page is much tidier and it's much easier to find things. I've also added a special "Around Town..." box. This is for YOU. I want to pimp out events and other things. As much as I'm getting back into the community, I will admit my focus will more limited -- having less time these days, I need to focus specifically on certain things. However, if you have an event, a need, or something else you'd liked pimp (as long as its family-friendly), drop me a note and I'll add it.
Emoticons! First of all, a big congratulations to Waluigi-Prower for his new heart. He is the brand spanking new CV for emoticons, so go give him a watch and a hug and a warm welcome.
I would also like to announce that I am now the Feature Team admin for Emoticons over at SeniorSelections. It's a great initiative which allows Senior members to showcase outstanding work in the galleries in which they participate. So, if you have any suggestions for an emote that deserves a feature, drop me a note.
Speaking of emoticons, as many of you have seen, I'm doing my part in an effort to get the community jump-started. In a bit of a whirlwind, last-minute decision, I opted to start VP NaNoEmo. I apologize for the lack of notice and all of that, but things were crazy and I didn't think I'd make the August 1st launch with other commitments I had. But I did, and I hope we get a few people on board. I'm still looking to host the regular NaNoEmo in November.
Also, over the next few days I will be re-opening a few of my projects. Since the 2013 yearbook fell flat, I'm will be reopening it as the combined 2013-2014 yearbook. More details on that will be posted when the updated book is completed. I will also be doing a Part 2 to my "Friendship Is..." project. And I have plans to re-open my Emoticon Lane project. So, exciting stuff on the horizon.
Since I want to make this journal mostly about my work on this account, I will mention quickly that Ravenswd and I have released the 4th Book in our Relativity series. If you're interested in learning more, you can check out this journal HERE
Lastly, I am in the process of re-imagining my "Spotlight Features" article series. I have plans to re-start it with a few changes which I think will help and make it easier for me to maintain.
I want to thank everyone who has been so good and patient with me over the last few months. It's been quite hard, but the love and support I've received has been amazing. Thank you all very much.