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Hello friends.

I thought it would appropriate to update on what's going on with me, if there is anyone out there at all who is still on or keeps up with what I'm writing. A lot has changed between the summer I wrote my last journal and now.

Firstly, the biggest thing has been my move to Boston. I've never moved before, and the relocation was rather jarring. I'm getting used to it now; it'd been incredibly rough at first, with an indescribably painful longing to just go home to where things were simple and familiar. But I know now that so much regret would have followed me at home. I've done so many incredible things in Boston in just the short month and a half I've been here that I would have never been able to do had I stayed behind.
So, in short, if you have the chance to get out there in the world, out of your comfort zone, do it! The world is incredible, and limiting your viewpoint to only one place is robbing you of incredible opportunities. 
I know I've only scratched the surface of exploration, but I'm hoping this testament won't change.

Secondly, now that I'm an adult in adult land, I've been able to arrange reconnections with some of my friends back in my pre-teen days of oekaki art. I remember it being this grand (yet far-fetched) dream that we of the oekaki board could all get together someday and have a big, happy slumber party. I had the very surprising and very exciting opportunity, purely by chance, to meet my good friend Miss-Toula in person yesterday after seven years of on-and-off online communication. It was an incredibly surreal experience to put a person behind just a username I'd seen pop up for so long. 

I don't know where many of us have run off to. Tumblr is probably the logical answer, but who even knows how to find people on there. 

Now, I'm not really saying if we've known each other for a long time, you should come and find me, or vice-versa. More or less, I'm saying, if we've had a long period of silence, and you're still out there, I would love to catch up with you and see how you've been. Perhaps if everything lines up and it's not too inconvenient, maybe then we can arrange a meeting!

I honestly have no idea who's still out there, where you are, what you're doing or anything. I don't know who still watches me. But I still check my messages every day (even if I don't answer aahahaha), and I don't bite, so feel free to talk!

I'll see you around. My art has been sparse because of all the work associated with my major, but I'm still doing what I can on the side. Hope you are all having pleasant journeys through life! Hope to hear from some of you.
Smelly, Hairy Angel by WillowEscapee
Smelly, Hairy Angel
I found this cat in my backyard when I was ten years old. I remember I named him Simba because I had recently read a book about two kids solving a mystery with their cat, Simba, as a companion, and I wanted a little animal I could someday go on adventures on. So that's why his name became Simba.
We don't know where he came from. We had lived in that house ten years prior and never seen him roaming around. But after we gave him food, he kept coming back again and again and again. We eventually let him inside the house. He didn't stick around inside for long and always begged to be let out. But he would always be back the next day.
I remember how much he inspired me to write. My parents didn't like him all that much; he was tattered, smelled kind of weird, and freaking huge. But he charmed me. Despite being menacing and beat up, he loved nuzzling me and sitting in my lap and getting his old shoe-esque stench all over me. But I wrote stories about him, the mystical place he could have come from, adventures with my other cat, and, eventually, paired him as the animal companion to a character directly based off of me, Escapee. He was a fire-breather and could say his name, just like a Pokemon. He even got Pokemon-like "evolutions" where he would eventually become a majestic lion.
He got a little stranger as time when on. Sometimes, he would just run directly to my parents to take a massive dump in the same exact spot as he did last time. In the spring, he would always have a huge open wound down the side of his head, which we all thought was from fighting with other male cats. His stench became worse and worse, but he still loved being rubbed down with a paper towel whenever he came in from being caught in a storm. His mouth would give a funny twitch when he meowed, his little tongue would stick out whenever he was startled while bathing, and he could recognize the sound of a can opener for miles. He would run home, wide-eyed, twitchy-tailed, and mow so eagerly whenever a can was cracked open. Any can. Not even his food. Boy, was he a spoiled little boy.
We're not sure what happened to him. The last time I saw him was before I went college touring in March. When I came home from Ithaca, he was nowhere to be seen. He often went off journeying, sometimes weeks at a time, but this time, nothing. It's been months and still nothing. All of us have silently assumed his demise. We've come to accept that something happened to him and that he's never coming home. 
Since it's my last day in this house, I wanted to make him a tribute before I left. I loved him a ton, and though I have no idea where his bones are resting, his little kitty soul still rests with me. May he rest in peace.
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The Beast and the Butterfly by WillowEscapee
The Beast and the Butterfly
Whoaaaa two in one day, look at me gooo
I haven't drawn this character in six years, and I thought it might be time to resurrect him for a redraw. 
This is Escape, a taur-esque character I created about six years ago. I wanted to do a redraw of him a long time ago, but I wasn't sure how to execute it! 
Back when I was still writing some lame story when I was about 12-13, Escape was one of the guardians, essentially a god. He was the master of the beasts of the earth and the fire beneath, often appearing in dreams of humans that he was going to steal their children for his new world order.
What a jerk, right?

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Stagtaur Firefly Catching by WillowEscapee
Stagtaur Firefly Catching
A goodbye present to my partner who I am leaving behind to go off to college in Boston. He and I had many spectacular adventures together, including many failed attempts at firefly catching. We would often swap mythology and personal stories, and one of my favorites to bring up was the Hungarian story of the White Stag. I equated chasing after other people had led me to much of my destiny to the story itself, recalling distinctly that I could no longer allow boys to be my White Stag. I had to go out and carve my own destiny on my own with my own choices, not be content with what was just handed to me.

I hope we can remain good friends. I will miss him dearly. We learned a lot from each other.

I gave him a large print of this for his birthday; he was ecstatic. The next day, he got it framed. I've never had my art treated so kindly, to be honest.
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C and D by WillowEscapee
C and D
every time I upload a piece to every art account I own, I feel like a massive tool

anyways yeah I'm moving away next month for well...a while, so I wanted to make a special piece that reminded me of home. That way, I can look at it and be sad all the time, 24/7, 365.  Or look at it and laugh about how I don't live there anymore. All depends on how this goes.

yaaaay space cow dragon yaaaaay i love

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  • Listening to: savant
Hello friends.

I thought it would appropriate to update on what's going on with me, if there is anyone out there at all who is still on or keeps up with what I'm writing. A lot has changed between the summer I wrote my last journal and now.

Firstly, the biggest thing has been my move to Boston. I've never moved before, and the relocation was rather jarring. I'm getting used to it now; it'd been incredibly rough at first, with an indescribably painful longing to just go home to where things were simple and familiar. But I know now that so much regret would have followed me at home. I've done so many incredible things in Boston in just the short month and a half I've been here that I would have never been able to do had I stayed behind.
So, in short, if you have the chance to get out there in the world, out of your comfort zone, do it! The world is incredible, and limiting your viewpoint to only one place is robbing you of incredible opportunities. 
I know I've only scratched the surface of exploration, but I'm hoping this testament won't change.

Secondly, now that I'm an adult in adult land, I've been able to arrange reconnections with some of my friends back in my pre-teen days of oekaki art. I remember it being this grand (yet far-fetched) dream that we of the oekaki board could all get together someday and have a big, happy slumber party. I had the very surprising and very exciting opportunity, purely by chance, to meet my good friend Miss-Toula in person yesterday after seven years of on-and-off online communication. It was an incredibly surreal experience to put a person behind just a username I'd seen pop up for so long. 

I don't know where many of us have run off to. Tumblr is probably the logical answer, but who even knows how to find people on there. 

Now, I'm not really saying if we've known each other for a long time, you should come and find me, or vice-versa. More or less, I'm saying, if we've had a long period of silence, and you're still out there, I would love to catch up with you and see how you've been. Perhaps if everything lines up and it's not too inconvenient, maybe then we can arrange a meeting!

I honestly have no idea who's still out there, where you are, what you're doing or anything. I don't know who still watches me. But I still check my messages every day (even if I don't answer aahahaha), and I don't bite, so feel free to talk!

I'll see you around. My art has been sparse because of all the work associated with my major, but I'm still doing what I can on the side. Hope you are all having pleasant journeys through life! Hope to hear from some of you.

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Foulmouthed-Fangirl Featured By Owner Oct 13, 2014
Hullo! Just wanted to stop by and thank you for the llama.
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Huntinsnake Featured By Owner Oct 13, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Thank you so much for the glorious llama!!! 
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silly-sinny Featured By Owner Aug 27, 2014  Student Digital Artist
Thanks for the llama. :huggle:
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WillowEscapee Featured By Owner Aug 28, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
No problem!
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Mojo1985 Featured By Owner Aug 24, 2014  Hobbyist
Thanks for the llama.
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