Seven Years today

personal_7years_rachelillustrates

Happy St. Patrick’s Day, especially to anyone who needs light and joy right now.

More personally: today, I am seven years sober.

I don’t talk about my alcoholism much on here – and usually, I try to be more vague when I do, but with all this physical isolation I think it helps to be as open and honest with each other as we can. So – very long story short, my life is very different from where I was in my active drinking. It may not always feel awesome, but I have come so far, and I hope anyone reading this – especially anybody who’s struggling with similar issues, today of all days – tries their best to hang on. It gets different. It gets better. And the pain doesn’t last forever, even when it comes back to visit.

Be safe and careful out there, okay?

And to everyone who’s loved me and supported me on my recovery path: Go raibh maith agat. I gcónaí.

(Thank you. Always.)

(P.S. This picture featuring Queen Arella from my comic “Tock the Gnome,” and a Unicorn for healing, with faerie butterflies for hope. You can read more about Arella in the bonus material on my Patreon anytime.)

~~~

Patreon ~ Etsy ~ Ko-fi

Sunday Gnomedays 3-1-20

IMG_20200229_210112_057

Happy Sunday Gnomedays ❤  Featuring Tock of “Tock the Gnome” this time – and doubling up as this month’s patrons-only “In thanks” Bonus drawing!

Made public this month, trough the generosity of my existing patrons. Thanks everybody!

A note for non-patrons: this monthly bonus drawing is something I do as a patron-exclusive every 1st of the month. You can see more of these (both already posted and in the future), along with WIPs on the pages, other bonus art and stories, and weekly world-building by pledging! And every pledge gets us closer to more frequent updates, as more pledges mean less time at my day job and thusly, more time to work on new pages.

Click here for more info!

As for the image, here’s Tock as an avatar of the Gnomish goddess Anosmia. ……this was drawn during a low point a few weeks ago, but it helped, and I hope that you see something healing in it too!!

~~~

Patreon ~ Etsy ~ Ko-fi

Sunday Gnomedays 2-9-20

IMG_20200208_122816_742

Featuring a drawing I technically did last year, but hadn’t gotten to share yet (if I’m wrong about that, I deeply apologize!).

This was supposed to evoke Queen Arella of “Tock the Gnome” backstory, in a moment of nature and healing, paired with the strength of stones. 2020’s been more of a stumble than a dance for me so far, as most winters are, but I am grateful to be moving forward regardless of my level of grace.

Also, a small announcement – there will be no “Tock the Gnome” World Building Wednesday this week, as I work toward a commission deadline. WIPs on the next page will still be posted as often as possible, and existing bonuses are always available on Patreon. Thanks for your patience, dear readers ❤

~~~

Patreon ~ Etsy ~ Ko-fi

Sunday Gnomedays 1-19-20

IMG_20200119_134609_609.jpg

A bit belatedly due to life’s demands this weekend, but here we are!

Floofy sheep in honor of my amazing Llove Llady Llama, as they vended at Vogue Knitting Live! this past weekend.

(They’re coming home today, AND it’s our 16 year dating anniversary, so I am just…..yay 💗 I feel very blessed that they’re still with me. Here’s a flashback to art of our most self-representative characters in my comic, in celebration!)

(I now highly recommend drawing floofsome hugs when you miss someone, btw.)

And since this Gnome is clearly “Tock the Gnome” framed, I think that little sheep got lost within the Gnomish cities, somehow, and this noble Gnome is bringing them back to the farms on the surface. Noble Gnomes don’t get to interact with the life above very much, so I’m pleased she looks so lovingly comforted by the task! (More on the Gnomes of Tock’s world always available on Patreon, of course!)

Hope you all had a really lovely Sunday, and a really lovely day today! 🐏💕

~~~

Patreon ~ Etsy ~ Ko-fi

Sunday Gnomedays 12-29-19

IMG_20191229_152508_090

Posting late as I was travelling this past weekend for family holiday visits, thanks very much for your patience!

Anyway, ’twas the last Sunday Gnomedays of 2019 🌟 Featuring the Gnomish goddess Carwen from “Tock the Gnome,” manifesting Faerie through Story. Drawn partially in honor of the way the Divine speaks to me through storytelling, BUT also in honor of my own desire to help others, and honor the fae and the Spirit of the Universe, through the tales and whimsy I bring.

2019 was quite a year. May the next one be even better, for all of us🌼💛🌼

(And don’t forget – in honor of 2020, all items in my Etsy shop are 20% through Monday the 6th! Including 6 new prints!)

~~~

Patreon ~ Etsy ~ Ko-fi

Sunday Gnomedays 12-15-19

IMG_20191215_121429_322

Happy Sunday Gnomedays everyone 🕯

And an extra hello to any new followers from the Little Red Wagon market this past weekend – you may have seen me working on this there, and I’m very excited to share it now! “Tock the Gnome” patrons, btw, can look forward to a special treat featuring this image for the holidays – any new sign-ups through this Friday, December 20th, will receive one too! Click here if you’d to check it out and sign up

I hope everyone is having a great holiday season so far. Remember to breathe and take care of yourselves. No one can give from an empty well. Not even Tock!🎄💕

~~~

Patreon ~ Etsy ~ Ko-fi

Gnomevember catchup, days 23 to 27

💚🍄 Almost there, everybody! 🍄💚

IMG_20191126_184957_812

Day 23, Common Sage

Or salvia – which put me in the mind of my old character Gazit, Unicorn-aligned priestess and healer.

IMG_20191126_185114_008

Day 24/Sunday Gnomedays 11-24-19, Hermes! 

God of travel, luck and commerce (among other things), messenger of the Gods, He who guides departed souls to the Underworld ❤

I’d been looking forward to this one.

IMG_20191126_185220_045

Day 25, Chanterelle Mushrooms 

Another excellent literal hat moment, and a character who I feel comes with a story, though I don’t know it yet.

IMG_20191126_185328_715

Day 26, Cosmos Flowers

Which put me in the mind of the flowers I usually draw casually on pen or pencil drawings, and came out really calmingly.

IMG_20191127_181228_189

Day 27, Oyster Mushrooms (and “Tock the Gnome” World Building Wednesday!)

Prompted by this prompt, this week over on my patreon we’re looking at how the Gnomes of Tock’s world use mushrooms for trade.

Click here for the full post!

Aaaaaaand that means: 🙌 caught up!! 🙌 ….for now.

Previous Gnomevember posts here.

Full prompt list here.

~~~

Patreon ~ Etsy ~ Ko-fi