Ok everyone, so first off, I want to apologize for not posting on here as much as I normally do. I used to try to post new pictures at least once a week in previous years, and I obviously have not been coming even close to that this year. For those of you who follow my other social media sites know that I've had a pretty rough year in general. Generally speaking, I don't talk about all of the crap that goes on in my personal life online, just because I'm a fairly private person, but DA is and has been the one site where I post more about me as a person than my other profiles.
First off, the reason why I haven't posted much content this year is because I honestly don't have much new content to post about. I have been EXTREMELY busy this year making cosplays, yes, but almost every costume I've made has been for a paying client, not for myself. Other than Terra, I have made MCU Thor genderbend (which I won Best Journeyman Craftsmanship at AMA with) and Shura Kirigakure from Blue Exorcist (which I posted a preview of the other day). have made about a dozen costumes this year that have been for others, and that is where the majority of my time has been allocated. I have about a half dozen costumes that are being made right now for me, but with my lack of personal time, my production has been slower than normal. I have taken on so many commissions, so I can continue to fund my cosplaying. You all have been following me since I started out as a cosplayer, and you know how much I HATE asking for money or help from anyone; I prefer to make my own way. Yes, I know it's prideful of me, but it's just who I am as a person. Commissions have funded my costuming since 2013, and yes it's hard work, but it's how I've been able to afford cons and new cosplays.
Another HUGE reason why I haven't been online as much is that I've been having a lot of financial issues this year. The primary cause of these financial issues has been my car. I mentioned on here earlier this year that I was saving up for a new car. Well, my car got totaled the day after my birthday. Yah, I was fucking pissed, in case you were wondering. Well, I didn't have enough saved up for a down payment yet, so my husband and I opted to fix up his car instead. Fixing up his car essentially drained all of my savings and our family savings, AND WE STILL HAVE MORE WORK TO DO ON IT YAY. It's wonderful when you consciously save your money to improve your quality of life only to get shot back down again, but hey, it's where we are right now as a family, and we're doing the best we can. We have a mostly functional means of transportation now, which is better than no car. Silver linings guys, silver linings.
With the financial issues out of the way, I'm going to say that I am planning on going to less cons next year than I did this year. I know this will be the second year in a row that I am cutting back, but until we get back on our feet as a family, I cannot justify spending money to go to conventions. We need to make a savings account again; not use that money to send me to a con to do my thing. NowI'm going to try to keep my con attendance under 12 cons next year. With that being said, I am going to have some tough decisions next year lol. I'm still open for guesting positions and stuff, which hopefully will permit me the ability to travel to some more cons outside of my normal circuit.
Now, I want to talk about some of the good things that have been happening this year, because not everything has been bad! First off, I'm going to be guesting at two more cons in the next month and a half, and I'm very excited about them! I also am almost done with Elsa, which is GREAT, since I've been working on her for almost a whole year at this point lol. I also am making some pretty awesome things for my Autumn cosplays, and I'm really proud of the progress I've been making on them. As far as my leatherwork has been going, it's been great! According to my mentor, I've leveled up quite a bit this year. I also had a wonderful opportunity present itself, and I got to do some leatherwork for an Indie Film down in Atlanta. I can't talk about it much or post any pictures yet, but it was an exciting step for me as a costumer! My family's been doing well, and Robbie is still a happy squishy man.
Also, something I want to spend some time talking about is Twitch. My fabric/Esports sponsor, RE:Activ Designs approached me earlier this year about making a Twitch channel to stream Creative and gaming, and I initially declined, since I didn't have the time to do much streaming and commit to a good channel, like I wanted to. Basically, if I'm going to commit to doing something, I'm going to give it 100%, and I couldn't do it at the time. Well, I have had time to stream recently, so I've taken them up on their offer! I have been streaming my Elsa progress this past week, and it's been going really well! I've made some cool followers, and I've made hella progress on my own cosplays. I know a good chunk of you are international, and we have time zone differences, but if any of you from Europe or any other continent would like to watch my streams live and interact with me, tell me some of the time frames that you all are free. I'm mainly just doing the streams right now, so I can interact with my fans that I don't get to see often or ever IRL. Plus, I genuinely enjoy streaming, which is something I honestly didn't think would happen. With how private I am, I thought I would hate it lol. Plus, I want to do some costuming tutorials on it, and I've been talking with my current followers, and I have some simple, fun ideas for the next few months ^_^
Tell me how you guys have been this year so far! Have there been any highs or lows? Also, my Core Membership ran out a few months ago, so yah, boring DA Page layouts until I get a new one >_<
Listening to: I Prevail
Watching: Beck: Mongolian Chop Squad
Eating: homemade fried chicken and squash