I put up our paypal account yesterday and my mother tells me there's been a lot of money coming in from donations. I cannot even believe what's going on right now and I am so immensely grateful. Thank you all so much. Frankly, I want to take down the email address because this wasn't what I intended to happen. but my mom and husband tell me "NO DON'T" (basically); we all agree I should tell you guys what we plan to do with the donated money, and not look a gift horse in the mouth. I am torn about this. pride is a really funny thing. I am reading that people are unable to afford it but are giving me money anyway and I really... do not want! I mean, that is so sweet and wonderful but please don't burden yourself financially for me! As it is, we are really going to be ok for a while, and we'll be able to put our life plan into action. More importantly I will be able to do digital art again, and that means the entire world to me.
My husband and I are starting a thrift shop called the Copperline; we're smack dab in the middle of town on family land. I've also started this sign business and I hope to sell some of my original artwork and prints through the shop. It's called Lemon Tree Letter Co. (name after the first song I ever heard that my dad used to sing to me) We're renovating the old house and skip-hopping along with yard sales. My husband is (among many things) a talented carpenter, and he was working on Tangier Island this summer. Right before we got married he was injured in a bike accident and now has a wonky shoulder that scares the dickens out of me. Things have been pretty rough for everyone in the family and especially my immediate in-laws, who live nearby. But with this shop I'm hoping we can create something that will save the family, and be the foundation for my future family.
I got a nifty new gig in Richmond too, I'll post about that later. It came out of a superfun job I did for Young House Love last year. (really cool people, check out their blog) It's in the field of interior design, but it's more like a mural job, with a twist. Hard to explain right at the moment since I'm still so flustered...
(I've also been working on the official Thorns books- ever since the plans for the new game fell through.. I have a stack of looseleaf a foot high. not having computer/wifi/tv for months on end is REALLY good for the creative juices.)
So yes! I have several jobs lined up now. I woke up this morning feeling...just....amazing! I want to get back into this. I feel so motivated and wonderful, I'm not even editing my writing. (Don't take this as a sample of my writing. It's bad.) I'm going to get on dA and hustle like before, and I will post many updates and pictures of our projects. I'm also pretty excited to upload my pencil stuff because I've been studying from life and I think I'm getting the hang of some new tricks.
I'm looking into several different things that people have suggested. I will thank every one of you individually - mom emailed me the responses. I love you guys so much. <3
PS - I must apologize to the client who said "fandom" and confused me on the phone. That is seriously how out of touch I am. I forgot that fandoms are a thing.