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Okay, long explanation for the title of this piece is as follows:

Yesterday, the elementary school age child of a good friend of mine was submitted to a horrific attack by an older girl. The child was yanked around by her hair, shoved down in the dirt, scraped up, her glasses broken, and to top it off, the girl perpetrating the attack then pulled out a pair of scissors and tried to cut her hair off. The only provocation for this? The little girl is in gymnastics and has won several medals for her routines recently, things she's worked hard for and had brought in to school for show-and-tell. The older girl decided that meant my friend's daughter was a "show off" and had to be taken down a peg or two.

So she assaulted a younger girl, premeditated, without provocation, in front of the girl's siblings and teachers, and when called on her behavior, was utterly unapologetic. She submitted another child to something hideously traumatic, and yet believed she'd done nothing wrong. Now, the school took appropriate action, and has filed criminal charges in addition to suspending the child responsible for the attack, but what do criminal charges mean to a ten year old? Sure, her parents will face a fine and now she'll have to go to a different school, but doubtless their little bully has been insulated from the worst of the lesson she should be learning just because she's a kid, and kids do crazy things, right?

And that, more than anything else, set me off. I remember being that age. I remember the nasty things school kids did to each other, how the slightest thing that gave you joy might be enough to earn pummeling from someone else who couldn't stand to see you happy. I had very few friends in school while I was growing up. I remember the hurt, the abuse (mostly verbal) that I suffered at the hands of my nastier classmates. I wish someone would have stepped in for me and told me it gets better. My experiences left me bitter and distrustful and suspicious of overtures of friendship from others. It's something I still struggle with.

I don't want another little girl to suffer through the things I suffered, to be so anxious and so afraid of being hit with more abuse if she goes back to school that she loses her love of learning, to be afraid to compete at a sport she does well for being seen as showing off. That's wrong. That's bullying, and I won't stand for that sort of thing.

So I drew this for Sarah. She likes My Little Pony, and Star Trek Voyager, and Belle from Beauty and the Beast. She's into gymnastics, and she's learning how to draw. I've given her pointers here and there with her dad's permission and encouragement. She's a sweet, awesome, beautiful kid, and she deserves to feel good about herself, so this is for her. My one regret is it's really hard to replicate the MLP: Friendship is Magic look in traditional media (marker and crayon), but I tried. This is her personal pony, Sky Prancer. Her cutie mark is a pair of yellow ballet slippers tied with a purple bow. I will be laminating this and mailing it to her dad as a cheer up gift.

Bullying sucks. I know most of us have dealt with it at one time or another. Don't let it slide. Don't make excuses for bullies. And if for some reason you can't stop it, do what you can to help the bullied person rebuild their confidence and sense of self-worth, because nobody deserves to be treated that way. Stand up for those who can't stand up for themselves.

TLDR:

If anyone else feels like doing art to cheer up a sweet kid who's been through some rough stuff, and more than deserves it, please feel free to participate. This is her pony, and her favorite animal is the cheetah. If anyone does, just drop a link here or contact me privately, and I'll make sure it gets to her dad so she can see it too.

Child of the 80s

Fear my custom pony-ness!



She started out life as a dollar store pony. And now there are MOAR in the works. c.c;; Fear the pony invasion. Craft herpes for everyone! Muahahahahahahaaaaa.

c_c;;

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Open for Commissions

Ok... I technically never closed, but now I have a nifty commission info sheet thingy! Kudos to Ultraviolet for posting the helpful template to build on. Hey, check it out even if you're not interested in buying. It's purdy. @_@;



More info:

http://www.furaffinity.net/view/4483638/

There's more detailed information below it on FA for clarification, but I thought it was kind of nice to have a visual overview of everything. =D Still taking commissions for plushifications too.

OMG Published! Sorta...

Eeeeee! *minor freakout* I was approached tonight by the editor of Sanguine's e-zine BiteMark about including some of my artwork in their next issue! It's a free 'zine that features stories, art, and news based around the RPG books they sell. It's just artist credit, not paid, but I'm still counting it as being published. OMG I squeee! =D Apparently pirates is the thing this time around. YAY! I am still thrilled to have been approached. I've always loved the Ironclaw books. ^_^

Apparently this came about because he noticed the piratey piece I finished today and posted to FA. He asked permission to use it, and the other painting I finished the other day. ^_^ This was today's piece:

Artseseses

Ok, I've been bad about keeping this updated, I know. c.c; Just spent a marathon five days on my first attempt at a full blown acrylic painting, though, and I have to show it off. The photo doesn't really do it justice (is too big to fit in my scanner) or pick up the lovely shiny metallic acrylic ink I used in the dress, but still...



@_@; Freaking headpeople and their demands for art.

Milestones

First day back at work since the surgery last Friday. I am sore, tired, and I feel roughly like I've been punched in the gut, but I made it! Getting back into the swing of things is gonna be tough. I still move slow, and I'm not allowed to lift anything over 25 lbs (and really, it doesn't take near that much to make me feel the strain). I haven't touched the Lortab again. It made me terribly sick, and I caught myself not breathing a couple times, which is more than a little scary. I'm making due with tylenol, still. It's not the best, but it keeps me from being in agony.

Lots of well-wishers among our regular customers, which is nice. There are definitely good sides to working in a small town. Everybody knows your business, but they care too. I've been frustrated at my physical limits thus far. I still can't stand unaided for more than ten or fifteen minutes without starting to feel crappy. Leaning on the counters helps, though I still find myself sitting down quite a bit. The worst part, actually, is that my back is horribly stiff. There's not a whole lot I can do about it, so I'm doing my best to tough it out. I think it would help if I could lay on my stomach, but I can't yet. I'm hoping that problem will solve itself eventually. Until then, I'll just smell like muscle rub. c.c Oh well. It helps.

No more gallbladder

Well, that was an adventure. We're in the middle of one of the nastiest snow/ice storms of the winter. It took twice as long to get to the hospital as normal, but we managed it, laughing at all the stupid people who'd tried to drive too fast and ended up in ditches along the way.

Arrived at the hospital at about 11 AM. By 12:30 or so, they had me all set up and wheeled me into surgery. I was out again a little before 3 PM, and spent the next few hours recovering from anesthesia. My voice is kind of scratchy from the breathing tube, and my back hurts from the CO2 they used to inflate the abdominal cavity to perform the surgery. That's the only real pain I have at the moment.

I was able to drink right away, and got up and walked around a little about an hour after the anesthesia wore off. They brought me a tray of food at 5 PM, and I nibbled on it. Not a huge fan of turkey, but hey, it was the first actual meat I've been able to eat in something like two months. We left the hospital at 6 PM, and made the requisite stop to obtain my pain meds, and then Ed got us home through the snow and ice and really, really bad drivers. We got home just before 7:30.

Total elapsed time, including travel was about 9 hours. I'm home safe now, taking it easy and resting. Except for the back pain, I'm in pretty good shape. I have meds for the next week to keep me that way. I came through it all just fine. =D

Blegh

Now I have a cold, too! x_x Ugh.

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Bleh

Meant to post this earlier, but yes, I do indeed have gallstones. u.u Joy. Next time I see the doctor is the end of the month. Gotta love healthcare.

Tummy Update

So I FINALLY saw the doctor today after four weeks of experiencing the same symptoms. My current diet is practically vegan (which is rough, since I generally consider myself a pretty equal-opportunity scavenger c.c ) and it's helped, but not enough. I'm scheduled for a sonogram (ultrasound) on Thursday. The doc was fairly confidant they would find stones in my gallbladder. Hope so. I want this damn pain to stop. They can just yank the thing out and be done with it. x_x This afternoon and evening have been rough. It's hard to concentrate on anything. I apologize if I seem grumpier than usual. This saga has not been fun.

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