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I like to knit hats for people who don't want them.
I really miss being able to update more regularly!  Things pile up in my inbox and then I don't get around to commenting and interacting with everyone.  I'm trying, but you know.  It's been 6 months since my last journal, and in keeping with the established pattern, that means it's time for an update.

I am approaching the one year landmark of my depression and anxiety treatment.  I can say with a lot of confidence that it has helped immeasurably, and that I am now a much happier and healthier person than I was a year ago.  I still have plenty of room for improvement, but I'm already so happy with how far I've progressed, I can't complain too much (for reference, I spent the month of January in 2014 in bed, calling out sick from work because I was too depressed to function).  I still have anxiety about driving, working, and responding to messages (hence why you tend to see me answering a bunch of replies at once), but I'm working on it and I am getting better.

Thank you everyone who has shown a lot of support for the introduction of HP Fall-In-Lovecraft and my ghost hunter girls Beth and Lindsey.  Both projects went quiet over the holidays due to this time of year just being generally busy for me, but I'm hoping to do a lot more now that 2015 is off on it's way.  My brother and I are slowly learning about how to design games, but also how to tell an interesting interactive story.  Even though this will be our first project, we don't intend for Fall-in-Lovecraft to be simple.  And while I still haven't decided what I want to do with Beth and Lindsey, seeing that people love them as much as I do, I know I want to continue using them and growing their world.  It's been awhile since I've felt so enthusiastic about things that I've created.

On that note, some people have expressed concerns about CotG being "retired."  It's not retired, it's being retooled.  The way things currently are in that universe no longer work for me, so I've reset everything to zero.  Most of the cast has been cut or merged into new characters, and I think the overarching story is changing dramatically as well.  But my main characters (Gabreialla, Dia, Raiko, Rory, Watcher) are staying, so don't worry about them.  I love them too much to lose them forever.  On that note, if you have Charahub, you can track my progress on slowly rebuilding their backstories there, as well as a few other characters.  I don't know where my creativity is leading me, but I'm okay with that right now.

Thank you also for all your kind words about the Palette Challenge!  It's hard for me sometimes to push myself like that, and though I'm only 1/5th of the way done, I feel really proud of everything I have accomplished!  Feel free to suggest palettes and character combinations!  I'll do ones that inspire me.
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In my personal life, things have been pretty great.  Morgan and I (ChugtheWave) celebrated our 9 year anniversary, and we continue to be very happy together.  I am still working two jobs and it is very tiring, but being able to have money for board games and video games and comic books (while still paying bills and saving money) is AMAZING.  I am tired, but I don't feel stressed out about surviving, though having some spare free time would always be nice.  As it stands now I'm slacking off on other things I need to be doing to type this (but only because I miss talking to you guys so much).

I hope everyone had a wonderful holiday.  I didn't have time to send out holiday cards this year, but know that you were all in my thoughts.  What have you been up to, and how is 2015 looking for you?  I miss you all, and look forward to another great year with you all!

WtNV: The Voice of Night Vale by behindinfinityMonitor by EndlingDaily Paint #672. Nyan Cat by Cryptid-CreationsBirth of a Replicant by WouterGortThe Fern Sleep by Shadow-Wolf
The Wait by faith303Ghost Type by DIN0LICHDenialism by TatchitAma no Gawa by CanisAlbusBreaking Castle by DarkSunRose


Villager Pixels by Neko-daewen
Villager Pixels
I've been playing an unholy amount of Animal Crossing lately.

Edit 1-29: Added five more.  May continue to add them, they make a nice little break between projects and only take a few minutes each.
Fall In Lovecraft: Diana Ward by Neko-daewen
Fall In Lovecraft: Diana Ward
Daoloth (the elder god Diana is based on) is one that I REALLY like but has barely anything written about it. Eh.

Diana is really into photography, and spends basically every moment she can in the dark room developing her photos.

Edit: I keep forgetting to add this.  MOST of the pixelated patterns I've been using on their clothes were made by me or edited by me, but this one was too lovely not to give proper credit (even though she doesn't require it).  Mirz123 created this pattern!

Fall In Lovecraft: Melanie Summers by Neko-daewen
Fall In Lovecraft: Melanie Summers
She prefers "Mel" though.

I'm actually really fond of Mel's design. Probably because she's the only one so far that didn't have a trope tied to it that I had to include. I had a lot of freedom with this one.

Mel is based off Shudde M’ell, and she's into bands so underground you probably never will hear about them.

Fall In Lovecraft: Naomi Platt by Neko-daewen
Fall In Lovecraft: Naomi Platt
Naomi is "the bookworm" but we didn't want her to be a shy character.  She's more like the snarky sassy one.  I'm rather fond of her already.  She's based off of Nyogtha.

The game takes place in New England, so that's why I've pretty consistently been drawing cold-weather clothes.
Fall In Lovecraft: Shannon Slate by Neko-daewen
Fall In Lovecraft: Shannon Slate
The Ladies have begun.

Shannon is a nature lover, and is super active in her school's 4H club.  She also has a pet goat and I want to marry her.  She's based off of Shub Niggurath (and there is a very good reason we did not make her color black).

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Gen-Kavik Featured By Owner Dec 30, 2014
God, I'm late. But Merry Christmas! And a Happy New Year!

I hope you had a good time.
Neko-daewen Featured By Owner Jan 15, 2015
Merry Christmas an Happy New Year to you too :)  I wanted to send cards but that fell by the wayside.  You were in my thoughts though!  Here's to a new year!
Gen-Kavik Featured By Owner Jan 15, 2015
Prost! (Cheers!) Emoticon 
Isabombos Featured By Owner Apr 30, 2014
Hello Neko-Daewen, i think your Deviantart page is really good. I have a curiosity if i may ask. How did you come out with the nick name Daewen? 
Gen-Kavik Featured By Owner Apr 11, 2014
Happy Birthday! I missed it, didn't I? I can never remember if it's the 10th or 11th. But judging from the comments below, I'm guessing I got it wrong. Sorry.

At least the package I sent should have gotten to you on time, right? Did it? I hope you didn't move recently. Or the people at the address I have for you can get it to you.

Anyway, happy belated birthday. I hope you get my care package soon if not already. Talk to you soon.
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