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'Sup, gang?

You know, as much as I'm trying to branch out and get myself more widely distributed about the internet, I always end up coming back to dA. I know a lot of artists have been kind of throwing up their hands and walking away, but the level of interaction I get with you guys here, as well as the sense of comfort and familiarity some of our conversations can have, is very nice for me - especially when I'm trying so hard to give off a good impression everywhere else. 
Guh. Why do I even do that. Professionalism is nice to a certain extent, but you want to be someone that people feel comfortable around anyway. I know I'm a person that likes my privacy and all, and writing in such a tone makes it easy to send off that vibe, but in general, it's just nice to talk characters, world, and story with people who genuinely like your stuff and have their own. 

ANYWAY, all this to say - I like it here because it's easy to talk to all of you. dA has been a second home for me since I was 16 - that's almost 10 years now - but only because you guys are here to make it feel like one. Thanks for sticking with me and my junk, despite the Great Depression and Anxiety Crash of 2010 that I'm still recovering from. 

Dangit, some days I am consumed with regret for every coming out into the spotlight and finally announcing my real name. I am still Cheeko, but I feel like I have to hide behind the mask of MegSyv for the sake of not getting weird looks in interviews (I've had to field a few awkward questions that were really embarrassing - "Are you a Furry?" "Oh yeah, you're that comic chick." "What is this? Why are you blue?" "How would this affect your work flow in a professional office setting?"). 
And every day I'm thinking about One Question. I am so freaking blessed (and I know that's such an overused turn of phrase) to come up with such a concept at such a young age - to this day I love it to pieces and there is SO MUCH STUFF that is left to tell. But out of respect to the story - I just didn't want its quality to be tainted by all the crap I was going through after college. Trust me - you didn't want it, either.

Suffice it to say - and I know I've said this a lot in the past, but these words have always been important for me to say - Thank You for being here with me. You guys helped me get through a lot of crap just for looking at and liking my stuff. Your comments, your visits, your everything was what began this journey out of Self Deprecation, Depression, and Anxiety I didn't know was hanging over me for most of my life. You guys and MiloNeuman. Holy crap I love that man.

TL;DR: I got really off track. Chapter Two of Daughter of the Lilies is ending soon. Who has a question they want to ask a character?

Also, are you okay with me answering one question a week while I build a buffer for the upcoming chapter? It's going to be really long and I can't work week to week like I have been. 
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HannahEngland Featured By Owner 5 days ago  Professional Digital Artist
I'm coming out of my own Great Depression right now. My entire world has shifted and it's a weird feeling, but I'm hoping it will lead somewhere better that I wouldn't have been able to imagine before. We'll see. 

You're one of the people I look to when I'm feeling a need for art inspiration, so go you! :D
MegSyv Featured By Owner 3 days ago  Professional Digital Artist
I'm sorry to hear that you're going through one yourself, but if it's any consolation, it doesn't last forever. It might be a long, hard climb out, but you'll get there. 

AAAA oh my I'll try to keep going...!
HannahEngland Featured By Owner 10 hours ago  Professional Digital Artist
Thanks! It is better now than it has been. I'm on the climb out now and I feel like I'm near the top but I won't  give up if I find that I'm not. 'S all good. Just gotta keep trusting God and making art and I'll be fine. 
WhiteRaven90 Featured By Owner Jun 21, 2014  Professional General Artist
DA is still my "base" for the same reason. People who walk away from it just seem to have a short temper, to me. Or they coincidentally ran into too many bad things here and that gave them the impression that the rest of it is like that too. :shrug: I feel sad about people who leave DA. No sarcasm. Really. DA is such a good place. The users make it so. 
MegSyv Featured By Owner Jun 23, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
I agree. The trend seems to follow artists with short fuses and are very sensitive to how their work is interpreted and how it inspires others. A site like deviantArt, whose emphasis is on community, I can see how that could easily rub them the wrong way, especially when they have no control over what happens after their artwork is posted (but really, who does?).
Eh, I hope that didn't sound like too much of a bash on those guys. I just like talking to everyone here. It's fun to feed off the energy.
Oddstuffs Featured By Owner Jun 19, 2014  Professional General Artist
Totally okay with you answering one question a week while you build a buffer!

Question for Brent:  What is it you like so much about Thistle?
Orrig:  How did you come to the mercenary questing business?

You are awesome, Cheeko.  Please don't ever forget it.  :)
Aspendragon Featured By Owner Jun 19, 2014  Professional General Artist
It's kind of funny I think we've been on DA for approximately the same time and yeah, I have to agree with you, I take hiatuses from here (for the sake of learning to focus) but I can't ever leave it it would seem. :)
AsheSkyler Featured By Owner Jun 18, 2014  Professional Traditional Artist
2010 is when we met! I always knew I was bad luck. :D
In seriousness, I hope you're feeling better these days.

Bleh, rude interviews. It's not a crime to draw for fun, despite popular "professional" belief. I don't know why employers think they own you and you're only allowed to think about the job, but it is incredibly annoying.
ElwenAldalinde Featured By Owner Jun 18, 2014  Professional Traditional Artist
Wow, ten years? That's awesome! We're certainly glad that you've stayed all this time and shared your wonderful, imaginative work with us :)

Let's see, questions...
Lyra: How is your hair so gorgeous??
Thistle: You're an excellent spell-caster - what are some of the more unexpected or funny outcomes you've had when trying new spells?
Brent: What did you do to impress Orrig for him to hire you?
Orrig: Other than bounty-hunting, what are some of your favorite hobbies?
BabylonRanger Featured By Owner Jun 17, 2014  Student Writer
Hug   You are a brilliant and wonderful person and it has been an honor and a pleasure seeing your talents improve and flourish.

Hmm, questions.

Thistle:  What is your favorite spell/kind of magic?
Brent:  Do you have any siblings? (Can't remember if this has been asked before but can't think of another question I want to ask him.)
Lyra:  Do you think of the group as a sort of extended family?  What did you do before joining Orrig's group?
Orrig:  Is this your first time as leader of a mercenary group?  What were some of your other groups like (professional, antagonistic to the point of being dysfunctional, a lot of fun)?

As for you answering a question a week while you build up a chapter buffer, I'd be fine with that.
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