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December 25, 2013


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Merry Christmas and a Real Thank You

Journal Entry: Wed Dec 25, 2013, 2:53 PM
Merry Christmas everyone! I hope all of you are having an enjoyable day and that you all got gifts that you wanted. <3 

I mostly just wanted to say thank you to all of you who have helped me have an enjoyable Christmas this year. 
My family all around has been short on money this year so I didn't really get any gifts, save for money and a few clothes, and there has just been no Christmas spirit. It has never felt so unlike Christmas in my life before. (we didn't even put up a tree or lights this year).

But you guys on dA sorta changed that and actually made it Christmas for me, with all of the gifts (exchange or not exchange), discounts, and wonderful feedback on my gifts for you guys. 
Which sorta leads me into my bigger Thank You.

My life this year has been more eventful than it has been in the last two years combined. I lost my high school best friend (the closest friend I have ever had), gained a boyfriend and then lost that boyfriend, flew on my first plane, got a job and then made a stupid mistake and lost that job, finally moved out of my house and then had to move back, regained old friends, and countless more things good and bad. 
But deviantART has been my one constant through all of that. No matter what has happened, you guys have been here as my support even if you didn't know it. You even were so kind as to help me pay my rent one month by donating to me and commissioning me when I really needed it. I have met so many amazing people here that make me smile every time I see their comments or anything else.
And since I don't really have many friends in real life, and the ones I do have sort of... neglect to include me in things or remember that I exist haha, and I don't get to leave my house too much, it really helps to have dA here to look forward to and talk to people so I don't feel lonely.

You all have also supported me so much with my artwork itself. I'm currently 49 watchers away from hitting 1000, and am at almost 42k views.
I remember when I was still new on deviantART six years ago and was so excited and thankful for 3000 pageviews. I even drew a picture for it. I stayed active for a while and then took a year or two complete hiatus and came back (for real) in the middle of last year. I had maybe around 200-300 watchers at that time, which means I gained around 800 watchers since then.
I know everyone says this but I honestly can't believe that so many people are interested in my artwork and I never imagined that I could have 1000 watchers. I am so truly thankful to every single one of you for your interest.

My art self esteem and confidence has skyrocketed because of dA. I have also improved skill wise so so much over the past year and a half thanks to everyone's commissions- though I may complain about having so much, I am so thankful and appreciate every single on of them -and praise. 
dA has such a bad rep about the community but I don't feel as at-home and happy on any other site where I post my art. (especially Tumblr. Tumblr doesn't give two shits unless you're outstandingly fantastic or draw decent fanart)

Anyways, in the end, just honestly, truly I thank all of you for supporting me so much this year and always helping me be so positive about my art and just being great friends and people to come in contact with every day. I love all of you.

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Varian-Jackson Featured By Owner Dec 29, 2013  Student General Artist
You certainly have had a busy year o.o I wish I could've known you sooner to try and support you more, but at least ti seems you've got plenty of support as it stands :D
Agreed about tumblr, that place makes me sad because I feel drowned out by fandoms, no space for OCs :< 
strxbe Featured By Owner Dec 29, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Ahaha yeah this year has been crazy for sure x'D

ANd yeah ): Tumblr just.. ugh lmfAO
I've gotten some notes on fanart before but that's it. It's so obnoxious.
Varian-Jackson Featured By Owner Dec 29, 2013  Student General Artist
Indeed :< I find some of the gifs and tales shared on there to be amusing, but you also see a lot of stuff that makes you feel guilty for not doing something or pressures you into a certain way of thinking. I mean, I would agree with a number of feminist views on there, but the way they're expressed can be quite nasty, practically calling you scum if you don't think in the same way as they do :( I used to go on there to relax and have a bit of a laugh, but I don't find it such a light-hearted place anymore and at least 75% of what I see is fandom-related. As much as I try, I've never been good at fangirling/fanboying over stuff
strxbe Featured By Owner Dec 30, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Aha yeah I enjoy Tumblr like it's a good place to just kinda chill and I don't mind the fandom stuff like the art and all that.
Just some of the people are annoying x'D
Varian-Jackson Featured By Owner Dec 30, 2013  Student General Artist
I didn't mind the fandoms to begin with but now my friends are all super obsessed with Sherlock and all things related to Benedict Cumberbatch(it's sort of gone onto Hobbit for now, but with Series 3 of Sherlock coming out in two days... well :I)
I have seen far too much NSFW of Johnlock for someone who is bad at fangirling/fanboying/fanning in general
strxbe Featured By Owner Jan 1, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I love Sherlock but I wouldn't really consider myself a fangirl.
Supernatural is my TV series fandom home uvu

Cept as of late I've been pretty damn into Lord of the Rings/The Hobbit
Varian-Jackson Featured By Owner Jan 2, 2014  Student General Artist
I've been wanting to watch Supernatural for a while, but I wanna wait until I have no college in the summer so that I can just watch it for hours on end or something, I feel like that'd be the best way to enjoy it 8D

You're not the only one :P I've seen a lot of elf OCs pop up/get attention again lately. I've been reading the book since I haven't actually read it yet
strxbe Featured By Owner Jan 2, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Yeah lol Supernatural is really great I definitely recommend it.

And oh gosh haha I don't think I'd make a LOTR OC really, I just really love everything about the movies/etc x'D
They do a fantastic job. <3
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VonDiezyl Featured By Owner Dec 27, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
You're a beautiful and gorgeous person, and you know that if you ever needed anything you can always come to me :heart: I'd help you in any way I could <33 I'm so glad that so many people love your art as much as I do! :D You have such cool and awesome art, I'll always be a fan of yours :) 

I know what you mean when you say that you don't have many friends in real life, that's the same for me and the same reason why DA is so important to me :heart:  Just know that you'll never be alone or lonely with us here :D

Loves you too girly :heart:
strxbe Featured By Owner Dec 27, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Aaaa ;-; thank you so much for all of the nice words. It really does mean a lot haha. 
You especially have been so ridiculously kind to me and helpful when I need it and encouraging and just ugh <3 Thank you so so much.

And yeah for sure haha. I mean I have some and they're good friends but I dunno. dA is just my home lmao. Like you said, really important to me x'D
No other site compares ahaha
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