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Sophie
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I am an English graduate of Goldsmiths, University of London. Hobbyist writer and artist, I have been particularly active fandom in the past although not any more. My spare time involves writing, drawing, watching, reading and playing Pokemon. I also collect the cards as well as play the games.

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Would any of you mind if I changed my user name from "Sophie-Lou" to "ScarlettPeony" or something to that affect? 

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I am still alive, don't worry.

Time for a story and a half to keep you all updated as to where I am at the moment in regards to my dad's health and my own situation.

As I said a while back now my dad had to go into hospital due to severe stomach pains. We finally know what they are. Thankfully it is not cancer and is treatable with drugs. Needless to say a weight on my mind has finally been lifted. It was especially stressful because, horribly, what my dad has is exactly what my mummy died from when it finally ruptured.

So, good to know what it was and thankful I made him do something about it. Needless to say as well, I want him to change doctors but that's another story.

Then I started to get the same symptoms -- lack of appetite and extremely painful stomach pains. Because I've been working so much and couldn't afford time off, I wasn't able to go to a doctor. I literally worked through a whole day in utter agony, a job where the shift is 7.5 hours long, there is only a half an hour break and you never get to sit down while you're working.

It was hard, not least because I wasn't eating properly.

In the end I went to a walk in clinic and they just said I should see my doctor or go to AE. Needless to say, I wasn't going to AE so I tried to book an appointment with my doctor...but she was full up. This is the same doctor who was careless towards my dad's condition. I made the earliest appointment I could, which wasn't until the following week and took plenty of pain killers. By the time I saw my doctor I had managed to so subdue the pains that she, of course, thought nothing of it and suggested I might be lactose intolerant.

Right... calling bullshit on that right away. It would make sense but for the fact that I got the pains regardless of what I ate or if I didn't eat at all. In the end I asked for a second opinion, telling her straight that after the mess she made of my dad's diagnoses, I wanted to see someone who knew more about the gut than she did. Needless to say once she sensed that I might leave her practise, she immediately booked me an appointment at the hospital.

I had to really wrestle to get the time off work because they are so short staffed but I did it as my boss was very understanding. Long story short, I too have an ulcer - just one - in my stomach. It's much less serious than what my dad had and not even in the realm of what killed my mother, but it explained why I get stomach pains randomly after eating.

So, that's what's been wrong with me. I really hope you all understand that because of work, my dad and my own health problems I have barely even touched the computer.

Once this coming week or two is over, I will be back to normal as my immediate superior is away from work for two weeks so I am now in charge of our stockroom. Finally feeling a little healthier, I hope I can concentrate on getting better and building up some good experience for the CV by doing this job.

Problem is I have been working full time in a job I only moderately like and not for a lot of money.

Trouble is I need money. I'm going to really start saving hard with my job and, though I doubt there will be much call for it, I'm thinking of opening up commissions for the first time ever on this page. I will probably make a little guideline on what I can do and for how much. As the call for it will probably be low, the prices will be too. Every little helps, after all. I am working on a couple of pieces now, and possibly some hand drawn art as well to add to my gallery (or profile). I basically want to get a clear scope on what I can do and make my style clear.

More details to follow. Also, heh, the time has come I think to play catch up with my inbox because it currently stands at 300+ updates from you lovelies.

...which is a lot for me because I only keep track of a handful of deviants as closely as this. I owe some of you a crap load of feedback on your works and *cries* I'm sorry for not doing it enough.

Then again, I hardly ever get feedback myself which is why I know how important it is. So, I'll steadily be doing that.

Also, one more confession, I have been on a TV and Fire Emblem binge and Professor Layton vs. Ace Attorney is out too so I'll be distracted by playing video games too. Again, sorry! I suppose during my down time, when I'm not working, I'm indulging my addiction to the handheld system that is the 3DS. 

Believe me, it's a life saver when you're spending the weekend in a hospital bed surrounded by women 50+ years older than you.

I hope you are all well and hope I speak to each of you properly once I'm all caught up and back online proper. You know how the longer you leave it, the more scared you feel about going back for fear people will hate you for having been away for so long? That's what I'm like at the moment. 

Anyway, thanks for reading and (hopefully) understanding!

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hurpus300 Mar 8, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
my vid id finished. heres the link:www.youtube.com/watch?v=sDatE-…
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Shteev2 Mar 6, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I'm curious, with all this CCS talk, if you saw the latest drawing I did with Sakura in it? If so, what did you think? It's a bit out of my "usual" style, yet still looks pretty Shteev-ish, aha.

Clow Cards Are Suffering by Shteev2
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Sophie-Lou Mar 6, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
I left a comment on the piece. :D
I'll admit, I had more questions about Madoka than anything else. Everyone says I need to watch it - is it really as good as everyone says?
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Shteev2 Mar 6, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I'll answer that here instead of on the other post, because I think it'd be more concise here.

Madoka... is very different. It's different than what I'm used to, and because of that feeling, it kept me invested.

In 2011 (I think it was), the internet was exploding with Madoka-fever, and I kinda dodged it, until the series was over and posts about it were everywhere. I decided to give it a try, and at first... ugh. It was boring. The first two and a half episodes were total snooze-fests. Then episode 3 happens, and you realize that the show is now a completely different show, and things are totally insane. That feeling literally continues to dwell in you until you finish the last episode.

The context between Sakura and Madoka fighting would be that they're both "Magical Girls". Promotional art of Madoka (the outfit I drew her in) even closely resembles the old Promotional art outfit Sakura used to always wear. It's interesting to pair two Magical Girls together, to me. As for what Madoka is disappearing into, as you put it, that's another part of the show that got to me: The art direction.

There are three types of beings in Madoka: Normal people, Magical Girls, and Witches. Witches are Magical Girls that have been corrupted (you find out how that happens by watching the show), and it's up to Magical Girls to defeat them. In the normal parts of the show, it's a typical anime style, but when there's a battle against a witch, the art-style goes CRAZY and it can be anything from paper cut-outs to cotton balls to photo-realistic teeth and food, to just crazy scribbles. I absolutely LOVE it, because of how horrific and insane it is.

That being said, some things in the show drag on, and it's a drama at heart, but if you're willing to trudge through the first two or so slow episodes, have your heart broken around episode 3, then go on an incredible emotional rollercoaster for the other 9 or so episodes, then I'd say you'd probably enjoy it. Or you might not... Like I opened with, it's a very /different/ anime. It's not Card Captors... It's very emotional, and often, it doesn't make you feel better. It's bittersweet, and knows it.

It's online to watch, it's on Crunchyroll, it's probably everywhere, so if you have a few hours to burn, I say go for it, then you and I will have more to talk about~
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Sophie-Lou Mar 10, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Well, I'm sold! I'm gonna try and check it out this weekend as work is pretty much eating up all my time this week. I really could do with a good show to gush over and get into. It's been a long time since I was really roped into something and I really miss that feeling.
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GreyCloudCat Mar 5, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Hah oh dear this is funny
In your nuzlocke you have pokemon named zoe and holly, correct?
Well my real name is zoe and my nuzlocker's name is holly XD
Just thought that was a funny coincidence :D
Btw, your art is really nice, when I have time I'll try and read your whole nuzlocke :D
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Sophie-Lou Mar 6, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
The world is full of amazing coincidences! Thank you so much for leaving a message and I hope you do find time to read through my Nuzlocke. The art starts a little shakey but I promise it improves around issue 3/4 when I got my first graphics tablet. :)
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GreyCloudCat Mar 6, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
hah, no prob, mine's the same way XD
keep up the good work :D
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Sophie-Lou Feb 26, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Fine.
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