November 26th, 2012

Kero Power Tie

Your Gneech Report (Plus Some Artwork)

So, let us ramble upon a few things! First, let's get the artwork out of the way before I forget:

Luna's Knight vs. the Dragon by ~the-gneech on deviantART

My half of an art trade with seifer_a, of his OC pony @mlp_Alberio of the #TwitterPonies, undergoing his trial to become the first new knight of Princess Luna in 1,000 years. I really enjoyed this sequence.

And yes, I know the dragon is way too small to scale, consider it a sacrifice to composition. Luna would have had to be barely visible otherwise!

I couldn't actually remember which outfit Alberio was wearing at this point, so I just picked my favorite.

Midwest Furfest

MFF was cool and fun, but in some ways was more defined by who was absent than by who was present. The main reason I'd decided to go was to see kylet, since he pretty much isn't gonna come to AC anymore and I pretty much wasn't planning to go to FC. "In the middle" was the only way either of us were likely to see each other-- but then he got sick and didn't go. Le sigh! Also not present were graveyardgreg, tchall, or benbear, all of whom were once upon a time regular fixtures at MFF and all of whom I miss.

But I don't want to diss the people I did get to see there, notably invisiblewolf and Derrick, who I spent a great deal of time hanging out and having fun with, and mistahbojangles, who I sat next to in the Artist Alley. I also managed to bump into bauske, which was a rare treat. He's matured a bit since I saw him last (physically, anyway), he's looking good. :)

Unfortunately, there weren't any "homework parties" to speak of, as Brian and Cooner both buggered off to their hotel rooms to draw, instead of hanging out with the rest of us. This struck me as a pointless way to spend a con-- "You draw alone in your room all the damn time! Why spend a bunch of money to come to Chicago just to do that?" Oh well.

Still! It was fun and did get my creative juices moving a bit. I'll post art from it as I get the chance.

Thanksgiving and My Mum

Thanksgiving was quite nice; we invited hantamouse and jamesbarrett over to our place, figuring that with Sandy gone we'll have to make our own holidays. Unfortunately, there was also a bit of a specter hanging overhead, in the form of my mom's current condition.

Two weeks ago, my mom ended up calling paramedics in the middle of the night because her legs were not functioning; to use the cliché, she'd fallen and she couldn't get up. The next day, my sister took her to urgent care, who in turn checked her into the hospital. She had pneumonia, but had also suffered a minor stroke; during her stay in the hospital, an artery collapsed in her left arm, leaving it inoperative. On top of all this, she also picked up mersa. ¬.¬

She has since been moved to a rehab center in Shady Grove, in order to facilitate regular visits by my sister (who lives in Maryland), and Laurie and I have been going over to visit and/or assist with things as we can. My mom's arm is not numb and is currently experiencing spasms, which the doctors say is a hopeful sign that she will regain some use as the neural pathways re-route around the problem. But in the meantime, she's sorta stuck with nothing but daytime television to keep her company. We're looking at getting her a tablet (or possibly upgrading my iPad and giving her my older one) so she can watch her BBC shows on Netflix and such instead of being stuck with "Infestations" on Animal Planet. :P

Future Cons and Other Stuff

Right now it looks like Laurie and I will both be heading out to California around FC, at least for a few days, mostly to visit mammallamadevil more than actually for the con itself. I don't know how much time I'll have at FC and I won't be doing a table either way, but I hope to get some visiting with friends in.

Today I also need to send in my application for a table at AC. Normally I would have done that long before now, but as you can probably gather, things have been a bit stressed lately. :P A major reason I spent so much of this weekend working on art was because there's a very good chance I won't be able to do much of it in the upcoming months and wanted to grab the opportunity while I could.

On the other hand... I'm not depressed! I can't imagine trying to face all of this with that on top of it. But a few weeks ago, the depression I'd been fighting with since late last year just sort of broke like a fever and hasn't bothered me much since. The dysthymia is still there, of course-- it's sorta defined by the fact that it doesn't go away-- but it's back to being in its quieter and more manageable state. But hey, I'll take whatever blessings I can get!

-The Gneech