Reading my last posts and writing this one right now feels so surreal. Last month, we were canceling cons just in case. Now? Kev and I have been self-sequestered for 3 weeks and adjusting to a new lifestyle.
Funny enough, my husband is handling this very well, while I'm the one who's been an anxious mess working in my pjs, taking twice as long to do anything, and reading news late into the night (a bad habit I'm breaking with reading manga/comics instead!).
It's been rough for me launching a Kickstarter this month as well because I honestly thought "With everyone in survival mode right now, why would they support a Kickstarter? I wouldn't blame them for saving!". I'm so incredibly moved that even during this tough time, you guys came out to support me so that we've already fully funded the Goddesses of Spring! So many of you have also chosen to stay as my Patrons, which I am so eternally grateful for. My fans are the best! Thank you so much for supporting the arts during a difficult time for all!
Right now, Kev and I are both safe, working from home, and financially stable. Knock on wood! I hope you all are doing well. It's okay if it's difficult to focus. The world is going through something it hasn't seen in years. Just remember that we will endure!
I've decided to keep on working through the Birthstone Goddesses and try to do my best. I still want to work on a calendar and Art Book for my Goddesses and am still excited to indulge more Fantasy Art to share with you all! In these dark times, we turn to art for a hopeful escape. A little light goes a long way!
On that note, I thought I'd round up a few resources that are keeping me sane that might also help you guys out (feel free to share more with me in the comments!):
Free Comics for 60 Days - Comixology, my fave comics reader, has extended their Unlimited subscription service free trial to 60 days. They have a ton of comics in the Unlimited program! They also integrate with Amazon for easy sign in.
Free Virtual Museum Tours - Here's a collection of some of the biggest museums offering tours online.
StayHomeWrimo - The minds behind NaNoWriMo (National Novel Writing Month) are doing a daily event where they share writing prompts and self-care tips. Camp NaNoWriMo is starting up in April as well!
The Uncrucified Free Audiobook + Book - My shameless plug! If you're interested in my current writing project, check out this story inspired by my adventures in the Exalted tabletop roleplaying game.
It's a mature fantasy tale about a young girl who rises to greatness from a childhood spent in slavery. After being granted abilities by a god to help stave off the world's destruction, she chooses instead to use her newfound powers to forge her own path of revenge to right the wrongs of the world. But will absolute power corrupt absolutely?
Also, gunslingers, Queenpins, sand, and sorcery!
It's my hope that those who aren't into Exalted can still enjoy it! Come marvel at my very first try at audiobook reading and perhaps become invested in a writing project near and dear to my heart. (Currently seeking Beta Readers for the expanded rewrite!)
New Rewards Added this Month
- Goddesses of Autumn Ink and Gold Wallpaper Pack
- FREE to All for a Limited Time! Angels Coloring Pack
- New Coloring Page! Terrible Dawn
Posts You May Have Missed this Month
- How to Support Me Outside of Cons. A Shareable Post!
- PRESS KIT: Goddesses of Spring Enamel Pins on Kickstarter
For April, I'm hunkering down to ship out as many of the Birthstone Goddess pins as possible, while managing the Goddesses of Spring campaign. Then, I've promised myself a break afterwards to work on other non-Birthstone Goddess things for awhile. I'm excited to share new work after being focused on more decorative art for so long. I can't wait to sink my teeth into some narrative art! We may be seeing more art inspired by the aforementioned writing project.
Stay safe and healthy, friends!