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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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Yubria Featured By Owner Aug 18, 2014
Question for Orrig: We never got to hear the rest of the thrilling story about your great grandfather. Care to finish it? :D
Another question for Orrig: Do you have a family? I can't remember if this was mentioned before or not.
One more question, this time for Orrig: Why are you so awesome?
HannahEngland Featured By Owner Jul 26, 2014  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 Jul 28, 2014  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 Jul 31, 2014  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. 
MegSyv Featured By Owner Aug 23, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
Yeah, dang straight. That's the same mentality I try to be in all the time. 
There's an oft repeated mantra I hear that's equal parts unhelpful and true - It gets better. Everything is temporary. Just like seasons, I guess. It's hard to keep reminding yourself that because when this particular season actually will end varies from person to person, so it's impossible to predict when it will, or how much longer that will be.
I guess that's why God is pretty awesome, though - there's the assurance that something greater is giving us this for a reason. It isn't pointless. 
HannahEngland Featured By Owner Aug 26, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
Yep, totally. I've been in rough spots before and always come out of them, so even though I've had worse rough spots lately I know the same thing. I just need to perpetuate the good rather than the bad right now :) woo!

So, I have been making art, I just haven't been posting any here... I should do that...
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
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.
Otterbane Featured By Owner Jun 17, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
We're your buds, we're here for you, always :D

Hm... Questions... Questions...

For the party (sans Thistle) - what do you think Thistle looks like under that hood? [if it doesn't give away any spoilers - Maybe Brent can draw a picture :p] (I feel like Orrig will either say something really nice, or refrain from saying stuff, but I bet Lyra has a list)

For the party - if you were given one chance to get one ITEM, no strings attached, it can be as expensive as anything, what would you want? eg. a really super awesome sword, or maybe something from your childhood that you lost

For the party - what's one thing you'd invent if you had the time, science, and/or resources?

For the party - kids? yes or no?

For Orrig - if you hadn't chosen to do... adventuring and stuff, what kind of career do you think you would have chosen?
MoraBlackBird Featured By Owner Jun 17, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
:iconhappytearsplz: ...God I was only 13 when I first talked to you on Drunk I'm Turing 22 in November... and after all this time I still remember that ZFW comic... You, Jillyfoo, and me in a comic... it was meant to be silly at the time... but now that I'm older I've been working on fresher and newer ideas.... just to think.... it all started with a silly Final Fantasy vs LOZ strip....
Guiled-Dragon Featured By Owner Jun 17, 2014  Professional General Artist
Glad to still have you around! I adore your art and the stories you have to tell. I hope maybe one day One Question will return during a different time of your life but I'm happen to have been able to read some part of the story and get to know the characters. Even seeing the characters popup elsewhere or just drawings is a treat. Thanks for sticking with us!
Nytrinhia Featured By Owner Jun 17, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
((also working on the page right now, because I did not expect to be driving around for six hours today or that I would end up sleeping ALL DAY yesterday.  Ugh... life.))
Nytrinhia Featured By Owner Jun 17, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
I know what you mean.  DA has pretty much been my internet home for the past... I don't know how many years.  Even when people I know walk away to other sites, I just can't leave it.  I like it too much, most of what it does (because it's been around so long) just works better than other sites.  If you know where to find the right communities, the people are great.  All around it's great and the support that comes from the community in times of need is amazing.

Still waiting for pictures of yo' ring, gurl!  I don't know about the others, but I wanna see dat bling!

So I had this idea while I was going through the DotL pages and I told myself I'd ask them when the next question session came up.  Basically take the cliche questions for the two genders and switch them.

For the guys (whoever it's more hilarious for):
-What's your ideal girl like? (actually I'd like to know both answers from Brent and Orrig XD)
-Do you have to maintain a special diet to remain that fit and keep that figure for your job?
-(Hypothetically, if the field you worked in was dominated by women), would you worry about keeping up with the women, seeing as how more inherently competent women are at the job? (probably not really related to the setting, but I imagine Brent being affronted by the question, and considering in the first chapter he got a large chunk bitten out of himself and a rock dropped on him while Lyra and Thistle took out the night elves... it makes me smile) So perhaps a better phrasing might be, "Brent, how do you expect to keep up in a high-risk and high-stress job where women seem to be inherently better adapted for it?"  See... now that just sounds mean.  But it's not like the question asked to women in the real world is any less insulting, so... I'll just leave it at that.

For the gals:
-Thistle: Doesn't it get hot covering every inch of your body all day?  How do you cope with it during the summer?
-Lyra: What's your favorite job that you've done thus far with and without this current team?
-Thistle: Can I hug you? o3o
-Lyra: I'd ask who your favorite person to work with is, but I think it's Orrig.  So, What do you like to do on your days off?
Tigershark06 Featured By Owner Jun 17, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
:D  Do you realize we've been acquaintances since 2006? :P

It's been great watching/following/conversing with you all this time!  You're an awesome artist and storyteller and don't let anyone convince you otherwise! :D

I've learned a lot from ya :)

Keep up the great work.
Doodlee-a Featured By Owner Jun 17, 2014  Student Digital Artist
The closest thing to DA for me is Tumblr, but it just doesn't have the browsing/commenting/favouriting capabilities that DA has. Much more observer then interacter.
VariableNature Featured By Owner Jun 17, 2014  Hobbyist Writer
Honestly, I should really be thanking you for indirectly introducing me to dA. I was a fan of One Question, and that actually brought me into dA after you placed the first pages of your Artists at the Ready audition on that website. I admit I was sad to see you decide to place it on hold for the foreseeable future, but I completely understand. Plus, Daughter of the Lilies is a really cool webcomic in its own right.

So thank you for posting all kinds of art, stories, and just in general being an awesome person.
modesty Featured By Owner Jun 17, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I feel ya on that. I always liked it here. It's my refrigerator where I can post any art no matter how "unpolished" it is. Although I've been long neglecting my 2D art projects for the time consuming costumes. (Why can't I have it all?)

Thank you for the inspirations, fun art, and friendship. 
Jaibyrd Featured By Owner Jun 17, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Sir-Talen Featured By Owner Jun 17, 2014  Hobbyist Writer
Thanks for being here for us as well, dear, and letting us see all the lovely work you've produced over the years.
Wazaga Featured By Owner Jun 17, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
heh, man, to say we've both come a long way from our Drunk Duck days is a gross understatement. but I'm glad you still stick around here despite branching off to Tumblr or your main site or other such places.

but of course, we'll always have emails :)

ok, question time:

Brent: "what is your favorite food?"
Thistle: "even though your name is that of a flower, what is your actual favorite flower and why?"
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