Seven Years today

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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.)

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Sunday Gnomedays 3-15-20

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Happy Sunday Gnomedays, once again 💗

I started drawing this about a week and a half ago (I think?) – things weren’t quite as scary yet, then, but with my own recent struggles I guess I was grasping for some positivity and self care, which now feels extra-super appropriate.

I am honestly really worried. I feel like I probably don’t have to be as worried as I am, but the fear is still there. Two art work events that I was depending on revenue from have been cancelled, and hours at my day job are being cut because that job is in an industry impacted by travel cancellations. I’m not really sure how we’re going to make ends meet.

But I do know this WILL blow over, eventually. And I do believe that there are forces in my life that care about my well-being and want me to be on this planet. That’s not to say that terrible things aren’t gonna happen to me (I don’t live in a shiny protective bubble, after all) but if I lean on that belief, I will have a LOT better chance of getting through this. Positively. This too shall pass.

And in the meantime, we all do have each other. We can still reach out, even if it’s not in person, and support each other however we’re able.

I hope we are all as kind to each other as possible, every day, but especially today.

And if you can afford to financially contribute to the life of a creative person – whether that be by purchasing something from their shop, pledging on Patreon, buying them a coffee, etc. etc. etc. – PLEASE do. So many of us have been hit with event cancellations and probably other job issues too, and could really use the help.

Thank you 🌻

More Sunday Gnomedays here. 

“Tock the Gnome” page update here (in case you missed it yesterday!).

WIP on the next page here.

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Sunday Gnomedays 3-1-20

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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!!

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Sunday Gnomedays 2-9-20

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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 ❤

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