***Art by: DreamcatcherDAD***
So, to start off this blog on a happy note: RUNE GOT HIS OFFICIAL REF!
I have been meaning to get one for awhile, but, I either never had the money or just figured I would eventually change his character so, I never really bothered. Still…having thought long and hard about his design and such…then seeing how people draw Rune differently and the attributes they either added or left out for whatever reason, I decided to change some pieces of his design, add the plushie as an accessory (that goes along with his lore), and decided it was high time for him to get an official ref sheet.
DreamcatcherDAD did more than justice with Rune, and I really could not be happier. You can compare the changes in his design with his old ref HERE:
***Lines by Nekomangaka // colored by Amelia Rene Long (myself)***
The biggest changes were with his eyes and ears…I wanted his eyes to actually have some sort of blue pupil inside the blue, and wanted the black to be better pronounced. His ears i wanted to point a little rather than round out…and the last change was a small one, but one that I liked. His paw pads. In the original ref they were pink…but people either never showed the paw-pads, or, when they did make them, Aimee-Lesley-Sim started the trend by first giving Rune alternating paw-pad colors of blue and green, much like his fingers. I actually liked the artistic liberty there…so, I made it part of his design. Lastly, his wings were made more specific, and they now sport blue tips. Over all, I think this new ref is perfect for him…but…enough about that:
—Furaffinity had been offline for a couple of days, and just yesterday evening did it come back online. But, there was a lot of stuff missing. People lost watchers, art was deleted, comments were erased, notes mysteriously vanished, journals disappeared as well. There has been a whole mess of things going on…and sadly, ALL of my accounts got affected. Granted, I can not say that I am super disappointed because I know that people who do commissions got it WAY worse than I did. They lost contact with customers, lost their artwork, and even lost their lists of who ordered what and etc.I know a lot of people lost work that they had commissioned and did not have a back-up of. I always keep a back-up of my things…but, that is a tragedy really. But, on my accounts I lost a lot of the work I posted that other people made me as well as stuff I had uploaded for friends. While most of my accounts were okay…Rune’s account got hit the hardest. I not only lost the most recently uploaded pics…but, fursuit pictures are now out of order because some went missing while others did not. Rune’s ref got deleted so, good thing I always save everything I am given. Other than that…nothing seems out of order or harmed.
I know a lot of people are disappointed and are hoping this issue gets fixed. I myself am waiting for a few days to see if the problems correct themselves, but, we will see.
—A few weeks ago, I was thinking very heavily about Rune’s species. I have been working on his personal lore and how it revolves around my mate’s Dragon-wolf named Escap’e // well, in the end, Rune’s species was determined by his semi-realistic piece that I got from Kitty Zoppe…and I determined that Rune is neither an Angel Dragon or Dutchie outside of the fandom. Rather, in truth…he is just an fuzzy dragon. Th reason for this is because his form was determined by Escap’e who saved Rune’s relic (his heart), and this act of kindness summoned Rune forth into the new world as a miniature version of Escap’e (just with ancient patterns). They became soul bound…but either way, I determined that Rune is really a Fuzzy Dragon…but that I like showing him off as an Angel Dragon (which gives him a more Draconic form)…and also as a Dutch Angel Dragon: where he is more horse-like.
Well…then it got me to thinking about all the people that have Fursonas and then represent the same Fursona but as different species. I know people that have one fursona…but that this Fursona has a human form, a demon form, a Kotae form, and a wolf form…people have Dragon form, and Bundog forms. So, Rune just having 3 separate Dragon forms…I did not think it was so crazy.
Well, sure enough…I posted this thought on the AD Community Group and the DAD Community Group. The AD group approved my post no problem…and many people agreed that they have the same sona only in different forms. But, the DAD group rejected my post…saying that Dutch Angel Dragons can not transform into other species and that Rune was either a DAD entirely or, he could not be a DAD at all. After that, whenever I wanted to post something to show off art…I was asked by Nimbus whether or not Rune was DAD…and then I had to say he was a DAD or else I could not post anything. Nimbus has rejected a number of my posts for silly reasons (in my opinion), and it really gets on my nerves. Rune does not “transform” rather he is interpreted in different ways by different people…and that should not be considered a bad thing. So…that whole issue had me pretty upset for awhile and still bothers me a bit now. But, that was something I was brooding over for some time.
—So, lets talk my reality.
So, here lately I have not been feeling all that well…and to tell you the truth, it has been because of my weight. I used to actually be average in my weight (which is 150). I was very active, had a job where I was walking all the time, I played sports, went running, and etc…but, that was 4 years ago, and, after 2 years in Germany and now a lot of downtime in Texas…I have gained a LOT of weight. I now weigh in at 225 and it’s awful. I feel…winded all the time, tired all the time, and really weak. So, because of this, I decided it was time to take action…serious action.
I tried dieting before, was working out before…but, I have just gotten so heavy that all-in-all, I was not seeing any results. So, I ended up dishing out $200 to get a Lipo-Den shot and 2-months supply of appetite suppressants. These things have helped soldiers lose 44 pounds in a month, and to me, it was an extreme decision…but it was one I felt I needed to take.
So, I have been on this pill for about a week…and it keeps me from having random cravings as well as giving me energy so that I’m not compelled to sleep all the time. Along with these things…I’m on a revised atkins diet and am required to do 30 minutes of cardio a day. The diet part has been pretty easy…but the cardio part…not so much..I’m still trying, but it has me stressed because I know my weight loss will not be as much as the soldiers. they do PT, they have access to a gym. I do not. Not to mention that I have to self-motivate myself at every turn to get up and get active. It’s not something I’m used too…and what keeps me paranoid is the fear I have wasted $200 and that i will not lose anything…not even a few pounds. So…I have not only not been motivated to work out (even though I still do), but I have not been motivated to do my blogs or anything else here recently either. It’s a problem I hope that I can get over and fix here soon.
—So, as far as the blog goes…I am going to try my hardest to get back into the swing of things. This blog takes a lot of time, thinking, and planning …and sometimes, I just do not have that time. I do have a job, I do have a wife…so, things can get hectic for me. But, I do want to post more…do want to get more watchers here. And honestly, I would like to see more views come of this from more than just me posting about bad things (like the prior Amber Alert posting which was my biggest hit yet).
Anyways, that’s all I got for now…thank you so much for tuning in. I hope to provide more content for you in the future…and I will see you all in the next one 😉