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Where the Bleep Have I Been?

Journal Entry: Sun Mar 9, 2014, 9:15 AM


Time for a long overdue explanation of my absence, wouldn't you say?

Most of you know that my mother was diagnosed with cancer last year, and due to that, my husband and I decided to make a move back to Central Pennsylvania at the end of 2013. I'm both excited and exhausted to announce that things couldn't have gone more off-track.

When January rolled around, mom found out about needing another three rounds of chemo. As of this writing, she's still scheduled for the third, but we're not sure when she'll be on track to get it. Rest assured, she's doing well with it and feeling much better than she had when this whole mess started! I, however, haven't gotten the phones to stop ringing on assignments and appointments, as I've taken on more work of the counseling variety lately, to say nothing of the 8-12 hour days I was pulling at what should have been a part-time job through February! This was all timely though, as my husband's employers through the move did some heavy laying off after the holidays and he's finally just now found new prospects to start him next week.

This is also good because we recently found out we'll be expecting a new addition to the family come October!

So! What does all this mean for yours truly? Not much when it comes to art, which will always be something I do. And I'll certainly be continuing comic projects I already have on my agenda (Sylvanna of course, The Presider too), but for the future... who knows?

I love my comics, and I love teaching others about making comics - but I've come to the point in my life where I'm ready to focus on one book of my own only, and be a once-in-a-while helping hand to others in the industry, for the most part leaving them to their own ideas.

Things with my life at the moment should start settling down over the coming weeks as Matt gets adjusted to work and I take some time to get back to my freelance assignments once more! Thank you all for sticking around as we go through this wacky transition, and I look forward to getting back into the swing of regular updates, very soon!

All my Best,

Dawn



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:icondragonblitzstudios:
DragonBlitzStudios Featured By Owner Sep 19, 2014  Professional Artist
I wish you well.
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DeadlyScarab14 Featured By Owner Apr 27, 2014
welcome back Dawn, hope ur mum gets well too, and congratulations
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vgmaster9 Featured By Owner Mar 15, 2014
Well I'm very happy for you and your family.
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Guardian-of-Legends Featured By Owner Mar 10, 2014  Student Digital Artist
Thanks for keeping us in the know. It has been a while! :)
I'm very sorry to hear about your mom, but here's hoping for your transition after the move to be quick and smooth.
Congrats also on the new addition, that's wonderful news! Sounds like you're in a stable place right now. I look forward to seeing more art from you, and be sure to take care of yourself! :hug:
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ErnCer Featured By Owner Mar 10, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Great to hear from you and that despite any tough times you're getting a break as well as good news. It'll be super cool to see more of your work whenever you have the time to share it. Not to mention being able to learn from you as well with what I see. Do take care, thanks for your life update as well.
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mistypine01 Featured By Owner Mar 10, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Welcome back, Dawn. Glad that you and your family are doing well despite the obstacles all of you had to deal with.
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UnitedFang Featured By Owner Mar 10, 2014  Hobbyist Artist
Always glad to see you back. :) 
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Sombraluz-Images Featured By Owner Mar 10, 2014  Professional General Artist
Glad to hear all the good news! :hug:
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Sombraluz-Images Featured By Owner Mar 10, 2014  Professional General Artist
I pray for healing for you mom. :pray:
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Code-E Featured By Owner Mar 9, 2014  Student General Artist
Glad to hear you mother is doing better and congratulations on the new edition.
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gammarallyson Featured By Owner Mar 9, 2014
"Where the Bleep Have I Been"

tumblr?
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But seriously! I do hope a speedy recovery for your Mom & congratulations of the newest edition to your family! :iconyeahplz:
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jayelleanderson Featured By Owner Mar 9, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
Oh wow, a baby? :D
I wish you the best for you and your family. 
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MagicRat Featured By Owner Mar 9, 2014
Really hope your mom is okay hon, and WOW! Congrats on the baby, hon! That's fabulous!
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BMLulu Featured By Owner Mar 9, 2014  Student Traditional Artist
Congrats on the improvements to mom's health, as well as the baby! Couldn't be more psyched, you deserve only nice things in life.
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PanicPagoda Featured By Owner Mar 9, 2014
I'm so glad to hear that your mom is doing better! :la: And a new family member sounds exciting too! :D
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A-hardie Featured By Owner Mar 9, 2014
We need to do something nice for your family at some point
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A-hardie Featured By Owner Mar 9, 2014
We need to do something nice for your family at some point
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A-Log Featured By Owner Mar 9, 2014
Sorry to hear what happened to your mom, but I'm glad to see that she's recovering.
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SorcererLance Featured By Owner Mar 9, 2014  Student Filmographer
my best wishes to your mother and congrats on the potential new family member :3
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darkspeeds Featured By Owner Mar 9, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Happy to know that everything is going well for you and the family back home. Like many have mentioned already it's excellent news to know that mum's all good! And it's also excellent news that you'll be having a new addition to the family real soon! All the best Dawn and keep working hard, keep on inspirin' and give yourself time to recover too! *thumbs up*
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glitcher Featured By Owner Mar 9, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Take care of your Mom first, Dawn. I hope she and the rest of the family do well.
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Talentha Featured By Owner Mar 9, 2014
Great to hear your mom is doing well, I've seen enough people not be able to make it so seeing people pull through cancer is an amazing thing. Congrats on the baby! Any ideas for names yet? I can't wait to see your updates again, it's good to know you didn't fall off the face of the planet that day gravity stopped working XD 
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holkimcardie1 Featured By Owner Mar 9, 2014
Yay for all the good news!  Figured life was getting in the way of the fun stuff.
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AMY-360 Featured By Owner Mar 9, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
I wish you the best ^__^
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gameboysage Featured By Owner Mar 9, 2014
Glad to hear your mom is doing better, here's hoping she can make a full recovery.

Also, congrats on the new addition to the family news!!!

As I always say, just make sure you do what needs to be done in life first, and only worry about art and other side things after without burning yourself out.  Sounds like you need to worry about your health more now then ever before ^^
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MaryBellamy Featured By Owner Mar 9, 2014  Professional General Artist
*hugs*
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DarkHedgehog23 Featured By Owner Mar 9, 2014
I hope everything settles fast and calmly so you all alright ^^ and I hope your family and love ones are alright to.
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brawl9977 Featured By Owner Mar 9, 2014  Student General Artist
I'M SORRY TO HEAR ABOUT YOUR MOM. AND CONGRATS ON THE BABY!
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dcaldwell101 Featured By Owner Mar 9, 2014  Student Artist
Long time no see
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