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Journal Entry: Mon Sep 1, 2014, 12:23 PM


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UPDATE:  THE CONTEST DEADLINE HAS BEEN EXTENDED TO OCTOBER 31, 2014.  PLEASE CONSIDER ENTERING.  SO MANY OF YOU DO SUCH BEAUTIFUL ART.  IT WOULD BE WONDERFUL TO SEE SOME OF THEM ENTERED.  THE MORE PEOPLE WHO ENTER THE LARGER THE PRIZE.


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Again, thanks to all who left such wonderful comments on my journal posting about Chris's battle with Stage 3 Lung Cancer.  Things are moving along and he has finished his 6th round of chemo.  Now, he will be getting 6 weeks of radiation along with a little bit of chemo.  Then, he will be assessed for possible surgery.  He's doing pretty well, though some days are worse than others.  But, I thank you deeply for all your kind words of encouragement and your offers of prayers.  They definitely help.  Positive vibes are felt, for sure.

Now, to the reason for the title of this journal.  I am inviting all artists to check out the following announcement:

Mind Magazine is holding its First Annual Imagination Arts Competition!  Entries will be accepted for prizes including cash and publication in a full gallery display. 

www.mindmagazine.net/#!contest…

 

Contest opens September 1, 2014.  The rules are shown below.  I know there are a lot of wonderful artists out there who would enjoy this contest!  Please enter!  Your work would be most welcome! 

Mind Magazine is holding its First Annual Imagination Arts Competition!   Entries will be accepted for prizes including cash and publication in a full gallery display.

 

The prize pool will be drawn from half the total entry fees received, and will be allocated to three levels of cash award.  Minimum first prize guarantee of $100.  A full and transparent accounting of entry fees is assured.  Winners will all be featured in a contest gallery in Mind Magazine, with up to ten pieces allocated for the top winner.  Please go to the magazine and see the quality of aesthetic presentation.  www.mindmagazine.net  All work will be judged by Peggi Wolfe, art director for Mind Magazine, and secondarily by Rich Norman, Mind Magazine's editor in chief.  Entries MUST be received no later than October 31st, 2014.  Winners will be announced before November 30, 2014.

 

Up to two (2) works may be submitted for each $10 entry fee purchased.  Entries may be purchased at the Mind Magazine store. 

 

Entry procedure: 

 

1.  Purchase an entry at the Mind Magazine store.

 

2.  Wait to receive your entry number.  This may take up to 24 hours.

 

3.  Upon receiving your entry number, attach up to two pieces of work in .jpg format to an email which includes your entry number.  Type “Mind Art Contest Entry” in the subject line.

 

4.  Send the prepared email, with a file size not exceeding 10Mb to: peggi.wolfe@gmail.com. Image size should not exceed 3000 px wide by 2400 px high, if possible.

 

 

First place will receive half of the allocated prize budget.  Second prize will receive two-thirds of the remaining monies, and the rest will be allocated to third prize.  Those artists currently featured in Mind Magazine, and staff, are ineligible for entry.  Entries must be related to the theme of Imagination.

 

Accepted genres: Computer generated artworks, photographic artwork, and traditional drawing and painting.

 

Rich Norman  ––Mind Magazine

 

 

 

 



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Art Contest on Mind Magazine

Journal Entry: Mon Sep 1, 2014, 11:15 AM


Again, thanks to all who left such wonderful comments on my journal posting about Chris's battle with Stage 3 Lung Cancer.  Things are moving along and he has finished his 6th round of chemo.  Now, he will be getting 6 weeks of radiation along with a little bit of chemo.  Then, he will be assess for possible surgery.  He's doing pretty well, though some days are worse than others.  But, I thank you deeply for all your kind words of encouragement and your offers of prayers.  They definitely help.  Positive vibes are felt, for sure.

Now, to the reason for the title of this journal.  I am inviting all artists to check out the following announcement:

Mind Magazine is holding its First Annual Imagination Arts Competition!

Entries will be accepted for prizes including cash and publication in a full gallery display. 
 
Contest opens September 1, 2014.  The rules are shown below.  I know there are a lot of wonderful artists out there who would enjoy this contest!  Please enter!  Your work would be most welcome! 

Mind Magazine is holding its First Annual Imagination Arts Competition!   Entries will be accepted for prizes including cash and publication in a full gallery display.
 
The prize pool will be drawn from half the total entry fees received, and will be allocated to three levels of cash award.  Minimum first prize guarantee of $100.  A full and transparent accounting of entry fees is assured.  Winners will all be featured in a contest gallery in Mind Magazine, with up to ten pieces allocated for the top winner.  Please go to the magazine and see the quality of aesthetic presentation.  www.mindmagazine.net  All work will be judged by Peggi Wolfe, art director for Mind Magazine, and secondarily by Rich Norman, Mind Magazine's editor in chief.  Entries MUST be received no later than October 1st, 2014.  Winners will be announced before October 31, 2014.
 
Up to two (2) works may be submitted for each $10 entry fee purchased.  Entries may be purchased at the Mind Magazine store. 
 
Entry procedure: 
 1.  Purchase an entry at the Mind Magazine store.
 2.  Wait to receive your entry number.  This may take up to 24 hours.
 3.  Upon receiving your entry number, attach up to two pieces of work in .jpg format to an email which includes your entry number.  Type “Mind Art Contest Entry” in the subject line.
 4.  Send the prepared email, with a file size not exceeding 10Mb to: peggi.wolfe@gmail.com. Image size should not exceed 3000 px wide by 2400 px high, if possible.
 
First place will receive half of the allocated prize budget.  Second prize will receive two-thirds of the remaining monies, and the rest will be allocated to third prize.  Those artists currently featured in Mind Magazine, and staff, are ineligible for entry.  Entries must be related to the theme of Imagination.
 
Accepted genres: Computer generated artworks, photographic artwork, and traditional drawing and painting.
 
Rich Norman  ––Mind Magazine
 
 
 
 


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My deviantART Story

Journal Entry: Thu Aug 7, 2014, 9:50 AM


I first joined devianART in April 2008 when I posted a photograph I had taken on fall colors around my house in Natchez.

Fall Colors in Natchez, MS by wolfepaw


Then, I didn't check back in for about 6 months when I saw someone had left a comment on it.  I was so excited!  Someone actually liked it!  I had some more photos, but I didn't post anything again for several months.  The reason I started posting again was because I discovered FRACTALS!!!  I had initially discovered them in the mid 90s, but the software was rudimentary and very user un-friendly.  I was just beginning to learn digital art by doing fan art of Celine Dion (don't laugh) and I found the fractal plug-in in GIMP and was really taken by the colors and lighting in them.  Then I started searching the web for fractal art and was blown away by what I saw.  I was determined to learn how to make these amazing pieces of art.  I didn't need to know the math.  I just needed the software and the guidance in learning how to use the software.

Well it wasn't long before I found deviantART was a perfect place for all of that.  There was a very active and very talented fractal art community here and they were all very helpful and encouraging.  One of the first fractal artists I reached out to to say how much I loved their work and asked if it was hard to learn how to make them was the amazing late :icontitiavanbeugen:.  She as so kind and helpful and encouraging and it make me want to jump right in.  The first program I downloaded and tried was Tierazon (which is no longer free).  This was my first fractal post here on dA:

Blue Flower Revealed by wolfepaw

I was so excited!!!  My first fractal!  Well, that started a long and exciting journey for me!  Learning how to make fractals using several different programs and taking full advantage of the marvelous resources that are available here on dA and through the help and guidance of the more seasoned fractal artists, I have come a long way in my journey, I think.

After Tierazon, I downloaded Fractal Explorer and played around with that for awhile.  Spirals and Stalks by wolfepaw


Then, I got Apophysis!!!!!!  Oh, my!  The journey got even more exciting and wondrous!  I was in love.  I even got brave enough to enter one of the Apophysis Challenges (way back when in 2008), figuring it was a way to get my feet wet.  Well, lo and behold, I won the Challenge!!!  This is the image:

Spiral Fan by wolfepaw

Oh, boy!  I felt I was really on my way.  I was making fractals like crazy!  I took part in Challenges, most of the time feeling totally out of my league and looking to improve on my technique and results.  Then, for same strange reason, I thought making a collage with fractals would be an interesting project.  At the time I was enamored with :icon1arcticfox:'s marvelous jellies and dream catchers (which unfortunately she has put into storage or removed except for just a few).  I was trying like crazy to come up with something similar and although I never did achieve the same results, I came up with some "jellies" that I included in a collage with some fractal seaweed and called it "Apo Jelly Armada".  It was a really simple piece and not a lot of colors in it (which has kind of become my calling card).  But, again, imagine my complete surprise when it was chosen for a Daily Deviation!!  My very first DD!!!  I was thrilled!!!! 

Apo Jelly Armada by wolfepaw


Well, things just kept getting better and better for me in the world of fractal art.  I have been at it steadily for the last 6 years and have received a few awards and have actually sold a bit, on dA and on other sites where my art is posted for sale as prints or other items.

Well, I now use several different fractal programs on a regular basis.  The ones I used the most are Apophysis 7X (thank you, :iconxyrus-02:). UltraFractal (the uber fractal generating software) and Mandelbulb3D, for a 3D fractal world experience.  Some examples of UF and MDB3D are shown below in that order, both of which I got DDs for.  Always such a thrill to get a DD!

UF and Apo Christmas Tree by wolfepaw

Circus Elephant Graveyard by wolfepaw


There are a lot of people who I would like to thank for helping me on this incredible trip to fractal art.  Just to mention a few, :iconrozrr:, :iconleawiggins:, :iconsuicidebysafetypin:, :icon1arcticfox: and :icontitiavanbeugen:. These are just a very few of the wonderful people whose generosity and support here on dA have made this a very enjoyable journey indeed.   I hope my watchers have enjoyed the results half as much as I enjoyed creating them. 

I will leave you with my latest creation.  Hot off the rendering presses (UF).Wildflowers by wolfepaw


Thank you, deviantART, for re-awakening the artist in me and allowing it to grow and flourish!!

And thank you to my friends and watchers who have left your feedback and have given me such wonderful support over these 6 years!  I've enjoyed every minute of it and look forward to many more years here on dA!

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Asking For Your Prayers

Journal Entry: Fri May 2, 2014, 12:41 PM


I have waited awhile before posting this, but I think now is the time.

My husband, Chris, was recently diagnosed with Stage 3 Lung Cancer. Living in Natchez, nothing happens quickly and it took about 6 weeks to get the final diagnosis - Stage 3 squamous cell carcinoma of the lower lobe of right lung. Luckily, there's a very good oncologist in Natchez and a decent surgeon who could put in his port, so we had that done in Natchez. He has had his first round of chemo and goes back on May 5 for his 2nd round of chemo and then they will do an CT scan to see if the tumor has shrunk enough to do surgery. If not, he will undergo a course of radiation, 10 minutes a day, 5 days a week, for 6 weeks. Eventually he will have to have the surgery, but it depends on how long it takes to shrink the tumor sufficiently. We don't know yet where that will happen. But, we'll cross that bridge when we get to it.

Please keep my husband in your prayers. We will certainly need them. I will post updates on his condition as the situation progresses.



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I know it's been awhile since I updated my journal and I apologize.  Let's just say, for the time being, my life has gotten interesting.  Some of it good, but, unfortunately, a large part of it very bad.   I may elucidate on this a little later.  Right now I want to talk about one of the good things.

About a month ago, I was contacted by Rich Norman, who asked if he could use my art for an emagazine that he wanted to put together.  We emailed back and forth and one thing led to another and, sure enough, he has started his website and I am the Graphic Designer.  It's a fascinating site called "Mind" Magazine.  It's got not only writings and articles on science, psychology, genetics, particle physics, and other scientific subjects, it also has verse, prose, art, philosophy, contests and a store.  Here is the link to the magazine: www.mindmagazine.net/

But, the MAIN REASON I'm writing is to invite poets to enter a Poetry Contest being presented on Mind Magazine.  Here is the description from Rich Norman, Editor:

2014 Mind Magazine INSIGHT Poetry Prize Competition.  $300 for first prize, $150 for second prize, and $50 each for three honorable mentions.  Winners will be published in Mind Magazine's top talent showcase section.  All poems submitted will be considered for standard publication.  Submit 1–3 unpublished poems, up to three pages each.  Entry fee $10, check or money order to Mind Magazine, PO Box 387, O’Brien, OR 97534; or via  PayPal to mindmagazinestore@gmail.com  Deadline for all entries is August 15th.  Winner will be announced in September, 2014.  The Mind Magazine 2014 INSIGHT Poetry Prize Competition will be judged by award winning poet Michael Spring and Editor-in-Chief Rich Norman.  For more information visit www.mindmagazine.net/ or visit the Contest Page directly at  www.mindmagazine.net/#!contest…   

One more rose border by AudraMBlackburnsArtOne more rose border by AudraMBlackburnsArt


So, I encourage those of you who write poetry to give it a try.  You might win the Contest!  If you're not a poet, why not check out the website and let me know what you think.  I'd appreciate the feedback and I know Rich would love to hear from you as well.

Thanks for reading and I hope to be able to give a more "informful" personal update in the near future.  All I can say right now is think good thoughts for me and my family.  Everyone, take care and go check out "Mind".
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First off, I would like to thank those people who have bought prints of my work.  This has been a pretty good year for me and a particularly good last 3 months or so.  From October 2013 to this point, I have sold 21 prints or mousepads.  I am so happy that people liked my art well enough to purchase a print or other product.  It has made this Christmas Merry and Bright!  Thank you from the bottom of my heart and I hope you enjoy the art!

Now, I have a favor to ask of those of you who would like to help me out.  I have filled out an application to have my work included in the Natchez Art Gallery.  In addition to the application, I have to submit a short bio and 5 images.  The favor I would like to ask of my watchers is could you please post 5 thumbs of my art that you think would be a good 5 images to represent my work and allow me to exhibit in the Natchez Art Gallery.

I would sincerely be grateful for any help and feedback on this.  I have such a hard time making decisions about things like this, any input from my watchers would be greatly appreciated!

And wish me luck on being accepted.

Also, while I at it, I'd like to wish all my dA friends and watchers and very Merry Christmas and a totally Happy New Year!!  For those of you who do not celebrate Christmas, I would like to extend a very Happy Holidays wish to all of you!Merry Christmas and Happy New Year! by wolfepaw



Christmas Spiral Card by wolfepaw
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I recently installed a new add-on to my Firefox called "Who Stole My Pictures".  If you have Firefox and you're interested in installing it, here's the link to the Add-on. addons.mozilla.org/en-us/firef…

What it does is add an item to your context menu (menu that pops up when you RIGHT-click on something) called "Who stole my pictures".  So when you right-click on one of your images, that menu pops up and you place your cursor over "Who stole my pictures", a new menu pops out and you can choose to look for that image using three different image search engines, TinEye, Google.com and Yandex.ru.  I have used the first two before (TinEye can also be installed as an add-on to Firefox), but I had never heard of Yandex.ru.  Well, I did a search using Yandex.ru on several of my images and boy, was I surprised!!!  One of my images, May Flowers (an oldie, but obviously a goodie) was posted over 3,0000 times on Russian and other international sites!!!  It seems that a lot of my artwork is being used on Russian and other international sites of all sorts - illustrations for blogs, artwork for articles, Facebook profile pics, on-line jigsaw puzzles, even graphics for video games, and now today I found one that is a cross-stitch pattern, complete with a picture of finished piece, the color scheme and the grid for the stitches and colors. I was blown away!! They used "Apo Jelly Armada", which was my first DD, and actually took the time and effort to create a cross-stitch pattern, work out all the colors and then actually make the piece. This is the pdf file of the instructions. I figure if they can steal my art and create something for download under their name, then I can take their work and provide it for download under my name. Take that, Russian scoundrel! (Though, I do think he/she did a pretty good job on the cross-stitch. What do you think?)

If you're into cross-stitch, you might want to give this a try. I can't tell how large a piece it is, but it's 250 stitches wide by 188 stitches high. That's a total of 47,000 total stitches! That's quite a few!

Here is a thumb of the original artwork of "Apo Jelly Armada" that was pilfered and used for this cross stitch:
Apo Jelly Armada by wolfepaw

Here's the thumb to the pdf with the instructions for the cross-stitch pattern including color scheme and grid for stitches and colors:
Apo Jelly Armada Cross-Stitch Pattern by wolfepaw

I would enjoy hearing from the art community to see if they have used this tool and if not, if they try it, what are they finding out.  I posted this info on my Facebook account and Joey Gamberisi (:iconcapstoned:) found his work used for all sorts of things.  Here is his comment on my Facebook posting after he tried out "Who stole my Pictures":
I am completely in shock!!!!! The first image I checked is everywhere!!!! Advertizing, Banners, IDs, webcasts, channeling etc...... almost no credits anywhere... Not sure if I'm happy or sad that I know this????

So, try it out and see what's going on with your pictures.  I would check the Russian engine first because it seems there is a lot more going on over there with art theft and use without permission.  It will also pick up other international sites.  I found "Apo Jelly Armada" used as a graphic for a video game from a German website.

It's Been Too Long!!

Journal Entry: Thu Sep 19, 2013, 2:08 PM


Hello All My dA Friends!

It's been almost a year since I've posted an update to my journal and I apologize for that.  There has been a lot going on in my life this past year, most of it good and some of it not so good.  I won't bore you with the details, but suffice it to say I'm still alive and kicking and that's a good thing.

The main reason I wanted to post a journal was to send a big "THANK YOU" to those wonderful people who have purchased my art!  I am blown away by the amount of sales I've had this year.  Since January of this year I've sold  36 pieces!!!!  That's more than all the other years put together, from 2009 through 2012, which was 22 pieces.  I can't tell you how much it means to me that people enjoy my work enough to actually purchase it, as a print or a mouse pad or a puzzle or some other item.  Since I've come to fractal art late in life, in 2008 when I was 58 years old, I am always thrilled stupid to get wonderful feedback from my watchers and my other friends on Facebook, or other art sites, such as RedBubble and Fine Art America.  It's still hard for me to believe that I am now a fractal artist after being a medical researcher for 30-something years.  Also, earlier this year. I got a request from a chiropractor in Colorado who has her own herbal business (teas, tinctures, balms, etc) and asked if she could use one of my fractals for her labels.  Then, she asked if I could create another fractal for another type of label (for a blue bottle).  So, I did and she liked it.  So, about a month ago, I received a package of teas, pain rub, tinctures and colloidal silver for free with my art on two of the labels!  It was so cool to see my art on someone's commercial product.  I didn't get a lot of money, but I was never in this for the money.  It's all about Fractal Fun!!  The images used were:

Gold Star Ornament by wolfepawand     Blue Loonie Star by wolfepaw

I wish to thank not only those people who have bought my art, but also those who were coaches and mentors when I was first starting out on my fractal journey.  Those fractalists who gave me tips, pointers, wrote tutorials, shared params and other resources inspired me and encouraged me to explore this new universe and I must say that I have enjoyed every aspect of it!!! 

This is just a short update because I have been really busy at work and I need to get back to it, but I have been very remiss in expressing my deepest gratitude and appreciation to those people who have enjoyed my work and especially to those who have forked over their hard-earned cash to purchase my art.  You have made me a very happy woman and I hope you have enjoyed the products you have received and will perhaps consider getting more of my work.


Sad News Seems to be Everywhere

Journal Entry: Mon Oct 15, 2012, 10:08 AM


There has been some terrible news recently shared on dA about some of our favorite deviants.  First, we lost kram666, Mark, a wonderful artist and photographer.  His fractal art was truly beautiful and Mark was very supportive to many other artists here.  He would never fail to leave a comment on my work and I'm sure this is true of the other artists here.  We also shared a love of bright colors and his work was often bright and colorful.  He died last month and the members of the dA fractal community, in particular, have been heartbroken to hear about his passing.  He will be sorely missed by all who knew him.  Godspeed, Mark, and may you rest in peace.

Here are some examples of his wonderful fractal art:
encounter by kram666 something better change by kram666 insignificant by kram666 timeline by kram666
fantastic by kram666 depicting by kram666 modulation by kram666 dominant by kram666

And his pics of his foxes, Roxy and Ronny:
Roxy
Roxy 321 by kram666 Roxy 465 by kram666 roxy 56 by kram666

Ronny
Ronny 146 by kram666 Ronny 63 by kram666 Ronny 88 by kram666

Here's a picture of Mark's coffin posted by Mark's brother, Simon.  Simon is the person who informed the dA community of Mark's passing and posted the picture of his coffin along with a description of the ceremony.  I think Mark would have loved this final resting place.
Mark's Coffin by Simon-Marks-Brother

Now for the second piece of bad news.  FracFx's (TJ) entire house burned down last night. SuicideBySafetyPin posted this in her journal:
I have just learned that FracFx's house burned to the ground last night.......there was already a fund started here www.deviantart.com/users/outgo…
if there is any way you can help this amazing deviant it would be awesome! T J has lost most of his family over the last year and this is the final blow....
come on dA....let's pull together and make this deviant feel the dA love!!!!!!!!!
Please re-post this and let's see if we can make a difference in this man's life!!!!!!

TJ is a beloved member of the dA fractal community and it is very sad to hear of all the bad things that have befallen him of late (first his Dad died, then then sister, then his uncle, then his brother, one after the other and he lost his muse).  Please do what you can to support and help out TJ.  We wish him all the best in getting his life back in semblance of normal.  Good thoughts and prayers coming your way, TJ.  Stay strong, my friend.

Below are some examples of some of TJ's marvelous art.

Here are some Apos with params
Thinking Pink by FracFx Peppers by FracFx A Tangled Web by FracFxFlight Of The Butterfly by FracFx

Here are some others:
Fading Away by FracFx Pumapunku by FracFx At The Heart Of It All by FracFx Rainbow Jungle by FracFx

I certainly hope things get better for TJ soon and that he can once again find his muse.

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Life Goes On...

Journal Entry: Fri Jul 6, 2012, 7:13 AM


I'd thought I would give a bit of an update on what's been happening in my life of late, most of it not too wonderful.  As a lot of you know, I have been having health issues, which are mostly resolved, but my hemoglobin is still a bit low, so my hemoglobin levels are being monitored on a monthly basis.  If it doesn't go up considerably on the next blood draw, in about a week, they want to scope me again.  I hope it goes up considerably.  I've had an upper GI, a colonoscopy, a camera enteroscopy, and a push enteroscopy in April and May.  I really don't want to have another one, thank you very much.

I was also pretty busy at work, being the Chairman of our annual Multicultural Festival at Alcorn University, held April 17.  I won't go into details, but suffice it to say, I had a lot of work to do for that and with my health problems cropping up at the same time, my stress level was really getting up there.  

Needless to say, I didn't have a lot of time to create art or get involved more in groups and leaving comments.  I have been looking through a bit, but not nearly what I would have liked.  I was hoping that after school let out (except for summer term, of course, but not nearly as busy), that I would have more time to jump back in, but it hasn't quite worked that way, though I have surfaced a bit more lately.

But, the latest thing is that my Mom, almost 89 years old, passed away on Saturday, June 30, 2012.  She was a wonderful woman and the light in my heart.  She had gone into hospital earlier in the week and just never really recovered.  She was living in Houston, since Hurricane Katrina, and I live in Natchez, MS, since Hurricane Katrina, about 300 miles away.  My husband and I drove to Houston after they moved her into hospice on Friday evening, but she died on Saturday about 2 hours before we got to Houston.  Chris and I are heartbroken we didn't get to see her one last time.  But, I will always have my Mom and Dad, who died in 1999, in my heart and now they are together again.  

I am doing OK, but I am still a little numb and not quite with it.  It's really hard to believe, but I will get there eventually.

Just wanted to let those who are wondering what's been going on.  Hope all are OK and I have been looking at some of your art.  Beautiful work is still being done!

Take care all.

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Popping in for an Update

Journal Entry: Tue May 15, 2012, 11:16 AM


I just realized that I haven't updated my journal since November 2011!  Well, hopefully, this will explain it a bit.

I know I am very guilty of being MIA of late.  So I am doing a journal to write up all that I've been through in the last couple of months.

First off, I was made Chairman of the Alcorn State University 2012 Multicultural Festival in early January 2012.  That was the beginning of life taking a turn for the hectic.  The Festival was scheduled for April 17.  So, at least I had a few months to get my act together.  I spent the next couple of months in meetings, planning, getting people on-board, making lots of music and multimedia videos and collecting recipes of each country represented here at Alcorn and anything else related to the Festival.  Plus, we decided to change the venue and the format somewhat from previous years, so we were in rather uncharted territory this year.  And then...

In the middle of March, I had an episode where I almost passed out (similar to 2 years ago when I was severely anemic, because of hemorrhagic gastritis, and needed a transfusion).  It took me about an hour to get my head back and then for the nest few days I wasn't really feeling like myself, very tired, weak, light-headed, stomach upset and just general feeling like crap.  Early the following week, I had to go to the ER with unstoppable nausea, stomach in an uproar and blood pressure 200/100 (that was the really scary part).  They did a CT scan of my gut and found indications of GERD, gastritis and diverticulosis (outpockets of the gut).  They gave me Phenergan for the nausea and some blood pressure meds at the ER and a script for Nexium and sent me home.  I still didn't feel quite right after that and my blood pressure plummeted to 85/40 and I felt really crummy and out of it for a couple of days.  I was trying to work at home of the multimedia files that I was doing for the Multicultural Festival and putting together the National Anthems for the flag parade and the music for the Fashion Show and other performances.  I also had a very bad neck at the time which made working on the desktop really painful, so my boss let me work at home on my laptop.  In other words, I was not a happy camper.  Then I developed severe constipation for almost two weeks which caused me to have to take Miralax, a laxative.  I drank it for four days before anything happened and when it finally did, I could barely be away from the bathroom.  Unfortunately on the day it started to work, I had a doctor's appointment to follow-up on the ER visit I had.  It was two weeks after the ER visit, but that was the first time the doctor could see me.  He drew some blood and went over the findings of the ER doctor and sent me on my way.  About 6:00 that evening, I got a phone call from the doctor saying the results of my blood test indicated that my hemoglobin was 6 (which means I had about half my blood volume) and that I needed to go immediately to the ER and tell them I needed a transfusion.  So, my husband drove me to the ER and we waited about 3 hours before we saw the doctor.  They did another CT scan because I was still having gut issues and checked me into the hospital.  I finally got a room at 11:30pm that night.  They gave me two units of blood that night and I was still having to go to the bathroom about every 15 minutes because of the Miralax and I spent the entire night getting up and rolling my IV pole to the john.  I was a total wreck and not too thrilled with the whole thing.  

The next day the doctor said he wanted me to have an upper and lower GI scope done the following day so they were going to keep me in the hospital overnight until they could do them.  Then that afternoon, the doctor who was going to do the scopes came in and said that he couldn't do the scopes the following day, he couldn't do them until the following week.  By that time, the hospital doctor who ordered the scopes had gone home, so there was no one who could discharge me.  So I spent the night in the hospital (my husband and my dog were not very happy with that) and the next day they drew blood to make sure I wasn't still losing any.  Once they confirmed I was holding steady, they discharged me.  This is now the beginning of April.    I had the upper GI the following Wednesday, (couldn't do the lower scope because I couldn't finish the flush you have to drink.  I threw up more of it than I got down).  The upper GI also found indications of gastritis, esophagitis, a hiatal hernia and two small angioectasias (weak blood vessels that have come to the surface) that were bleeding, so he cauterized them.  But, since they saw those in the upper part of the small intestine, he ordered a capsule endoscopy (I swallowed a small camera to take pictures of my gut).  The following day I had the colonoscopy (I had much better luck with the flush because I didn't try to slam-drink it in 2 hours and I mixed it with ginger ale rather than Gatorade).  The colonoscopy showed that I have severe diverticulosis (very deep pockets in my lower gut) and signs of chronic constipation (elongated and distended gut).  I was told that I must drink Miralax religiously for the rest of my life.  Because of the severity of the diverticulosis, constipation is a very big No-No because it could lead to inflammation and/or infection of the pockets, which could then bleed and or worse.  Also, the camera endoscopy showed many, many more angioectasias in my small intestine and a lot of them were actively bleeding.  Now, I am scheduled to have a push endoscopy tomorrow which is another upper GI endoscopy, but the scope is smaller around and longer so they can go deeper into the small intestine.  Then they will cauterize the bleeding vessels and, hopefully, I will done with all these procedures and get on with trying to recover my blood and get back to my normal life.

So, that's my situation.  The Multicultural Festival came off with minimal hiccups and I think overall it was successful.  I learned some things that we can apply to next year.  But, the stress, I'm sure, added to my GI problems and I'm delighted that it's over.

I have posted very few images in the last couple of months and I have not been very active.  I have uploaded a few things, but not the usual amount that I normally do.  And I am waaaaaay far behind on my comments and replies to comments.  But, sometimes, these things happen and there's not a lot you can do about it except forge ahead as best you know how.  

I hope everyone is doing OK and that you will forgive my prolonged absence from commenting, faving or other activities, like Fractal Circles or Challenges or any of the other fun things that pop up here.  I promise I will try to be more active in the future.

A huge thank you to those who have bought my work in the last few months!!!  Since October 2011, I've sold 6 prints on dA  (and on RedBubble, I've sold 3 posters and 6 Greeting Cards)!!  I still can't believe that people like my work enough to actually buy it!  That really makes me feel better about things.  Thank you, thank you, thank you!!!

UPDATE 05-24-12  Hello everyone!  Let me first thank all those who left such wonderful comments with your concern and thoughts and prayers!  What a really nice feeling to get so much uplifting feedback on my health issues.  I apologize for not replying to each of you, but I will try to do that in the near future.  Just know that I really do appreciate you all very much!  

I thought you might like to hear the results of the last procedure I had done last week, the push endoscopy.  Other than me having to wait for 3 hours for the doctor to show up, it wasn't too bad.  But since I hadn't had anything to eat since 8:00pm and nothing to drink since midnight the night before, by 1:00pm in the afternoon, I was pretty hungry and my mouth felt like the Sahara Desert.  But, finally he made an appearance and we got underway.  After the procedure, he said that he only saw two small angioextasias and cauterized them.   They were not bleeding, but they were very deep.  I don't know what happened to all the ones they supposedly saw on the capsule endoscopy I had.  Perhaps the medication and having a lot less stress cleared them up.  But, I will still have to have my blood levels monitored over the next few months to be sure they don't pop back up and start bleeding again.  It's insidious, because I am not aware that I am losing blood.  There are no obvious outward symptoms, other than I feel a little weak and light-headed sometimes.  But, I will continue to take my medication like a good little girl and try not to do anything that might cause this to happen again.  I don't want another transfusion.  Too many transfusions are not a good thing and if I were ever to need an organ transplant, the fact that I've now had two transfusions could cause me to make antibodies to the HLA antigens present in the blood I was transfused with and that could cut down on the number of donors that I could accept an organ from.  I know that sounds a little far-fetched, but having done matching for organ transplant in an HLA lab for 9 years, I know how difficult it can be to find a match and it can be very hard waiting on the transplant list, hoping and praying that they can find a match before you die of organ failure.  Not a pleasant prospect.

But, I am feeling pretty good and like my old self again (emphasis on "old").  And, I'm sure all the good thoughts and prayers I have received from you, my dA friends, probably helped get me there.  So, big hugs and thanks to you all who were there to cheer me on and wish me well.  I love you guys!

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Halloween and Samhain Contest Winners

Journal Entry: Thu Nov 17, 2011, 12:59 PM


Well, another Halloween has come and gone and one of the things I look forward to the most at Halloween, :iconxgnyc:'s annual Halloween and Samhain Contest is over and the winners determined.  Here is a feature of the winners from each category.  Take a look at these boo-tiful Halloween images and go by and congratulate the artists on their great work and their wins!  And, yes, I was so lucky to have placed 2nd in the Fractal Art Category!  I was so thrilled!!  Thank you, Dee, for holding your contest again!  It's one I look forward to every year!

Digital Art Category
1st Place
Halloween by NoName-Face by :iconnoname-face:

2nd Place
Cinderella by BigBad-Red by :iconbigbad-red:

3rd Place
Halloween Magic by SharonLeggDigitalArt by :iconsharonleggdigitalart:

Honorable Mention
Halloween Spells by DaniaArts by :icondaniaarts:


Traditional Art Category
1st Place
:thumb266349742: by :iconazielonko:

2nd Place
Halloween 2011 by TrollGirl by :icontrollgirl:

3rd Place
Trick To Treat by FrancescaBaerald by :iconfrancescabaerald:

Honorable Mention
My Treasures by Kyyraneth by :iconkyyraneth:


Photography Category
1st Place
Ready to Trick or Treat by NHuval by :iconnhuval:

2nd Place
Fashion Decay by LA34 by :iconla34:

3rd Place
I like pumpkins by MorbidMorticia by :iconmorbidmorticia:

Honorable Mention
:thumb266152628: by :iconcorm-yay:



Fractal Art Category
1st Place
Who Cares About The Candy by NinthTaboo by :iconninthtaboo:

2nd Place
Vampire Moon by wolfepaw by :iconwolfepaw:

3rd place
Demon Jack Pumpkin Patch by HalTenny by :iconhaltenny:

Honorable Mention
Skull Spiral by rockgem by :iconrockgem:


Literature Category
1st Place
Season of the WitchSomething slow and arcane
culls this fire
and flares like ghosts.
It stirs your soul,
splits the iris of your eye,
a spectrum to haunt October -
ruddy gold and rust,
followed by a dark so smooth,
it smothers embers
and roosts upon the river,
too deep to drown you.
And in the depths -
molten brown
muddles silt and pine,
witches' brew of
tar voiced stones
that glint
and hold you down
like amber.
by :iconscarlettletters:

2nd Place
Allhallows'Chant the silver clouds
Across the misty moon
Sing the wind into the trees
And dance across the sky
Stir your cauldron, shine your broom
Pluck the moonglow herbs and meet your sisters
Through dream unto the stars we fly.

Run and hide as well you can
You'll not want to stay here long
By the time they miss you there
You will surely be long gone.

Grab your witch-hat, grab your broom
Call your cat and chase the moon
Dancing far across the sea
Round and round, and home with thee!
Tricksy folk will walk tonight
Putting all offset its right
The candle flame you've set alight
Shan't keep them off your door outright

O this night, o magic of magics
Let it be known to one-all who come here
This is a mystic place of touching worlds.
The veils are thin here
And you shall see
That which is hidden
Just watch the flames
Sing with the wind
Eat your cakes and ale
But beware in your search for answers
For you may not like what you find.
Grab your witch-hat, grab your broom
Call yo
by :iconbrightbluewindwitch:

3rd Place
Moonlight SerenadePain erupts around the swollen womb
As the cycle of day turns to night,
Full moon starring the Night Sky Feature.
Unwanted muse to peel away
Layers of saturated flesh,
Blood pooled around where the body lay twisted.
A cry pierces the night sky
Splitting the clouds like lightning,
Settling down like ashes that taste of leaves.
Thunderous echoes follow after
While fear spreads below,
Tremors threaten the threshold and force the break.
Alone, the babe with Canine eyes,
Steps forward from the grave
His mother a sordid, fragile thing where warmth lingers.
Into the night stumbling forward
Clutching an imaginary heart,
He pretends to feel and thirsts for a drink,
Lifting his head into the midnight sky.
by :iconsarcastic-assassin:

Honorable Mention
Seconds to the Last MidnightOne chime of the wooden clock.
Two pairs of running feet.
Three presences in the room...
There in the shadows it lay hidden.
The little boys' hearts she could but listen.
She who was murdered bloody and young.
Would seek revenge to which she clung.

Four fists hammering the locked door.
Five inches floating above the floor.
Six shallow rasps of breath.
Tender movement across the space.
Wicked smile spread upon her face.
She hovered closer to the little boys.
Tiny things that were made her toys.

Seven...
Eight...
Nine...
She was killed too early in life.
By the serrated slice of her father's knife.
Never leaving as the years went by.
What she desired was for all to die.

Ten short seconds that crawled past.
Eleven heartbeats moved too fast.
Twelve midnight on All Hallows' Eve...
       It would be their last.
by :icontishawish:


Artisan Crafts Category
1st Place
Spooky Witchy Ghost Necklace by CatNapCaps by :iconcatnapcaps:

2nd Place
Halloween kitty by CatsWire by :iconcatswire:

3rd Place
Positive ghost earrings by Kestlovas by :iconkestlovas:

Honorable Mention
Halloween Pumpkin Earrings by Aruyinn by :iconaruyinn:

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Some Sad News to Share

Journal Entry: Thu Nov 3, 2011, 9:26 AM


This is just a short journal to pass on some sad news.  I'm pretty sure most of the fractal community know or is familiar with :iconrocamiadesign: (Kathleen Emerson).  On Oct 25, 2011, her husband, Chris, passed away.  This was just 2 days before Kathleen's birthday.  My heart goes out to her and her family at this time of incredible loss.  Please keep Kathleen and her family in your thoughts and prayers during this most difficult of times.  RIP, Chris, and Godspeed.

There is a lot of Kathleen in her fractals and photography.  Here are some examples.  As you look on her beautiful work, please keep her and her family in your hearts and minds.  






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Get Your Halloween Fractals On!

Journal Entry: Thu Oct 20, 2011, 8:22 AM


I would like to alert all you fractalists out there that there is an awesome Halloween and Samhain Contest being held again this year by :iconxgnyc:
  

Here is the link to the journal article and the rules for the contest.  xgnyc.deviantart.com/journal/4…

There are several categories, one of which is for Fractals and the prizes are pretty good, including subs and points.  I plan to do a feature on the winners as well.

There is still time to enter.  The deadline for entries in Nov 3, 2011.  So, hop to it and go create a boo-tiful Halloween fractal and enter it into the contest!  You can enter up to 2 in each category.  

Here are the links to the entries so far.  As you can see, there's plenty of room for more!

Digital: xgnyc.deviantart.com/favourite…
Traditional: xgnyc.deviantart.com/favourite…
Photography: xgnyc.deviantart.com/favourite…
Fractal: xgnyc.deviantart.com/favourite…
Literature xgnyc.deviantart.com/favourite…
Artisan Crafts xgnyc.deviantart.com/favourite…

For those of you who aren't familiar with Samhain (and I wasn't), here is what Wikipedia says about it:

Samhain was a Gaelic harvest festival held on October 31–November 1. It was linked to festivals held around the same time in other Celtic cultures, and was popularized as the "Celtic New Year" from the late 19th century, following John Rhys and James Frazer. The date of Samhain was associated with the Catholic All Saints' Day (and later All Souls' Day) from at least the 8th century, and both the secular Gaelic and the Catholic liturgical festival have influenced the secular customs now connected with Halloween.

The medieval Goidelic festival of Samhain marked the end of the harvest, the end of the "lighter half" of the year and beginning of the "darker half". It was celebrated over the course of several days and had some elements of a Festival of the Dead. Bonfires played a large part in the festivities. People and their livestock would often walk between two bonfires as a cleansing ritual, and the bones of slaughtered livestock were cast into its flames.

Here's the link to the full article:  en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Samhain

It's nice to learn something new, isn't it?  Now that you've learned something new, go create and enter a Halloween fractal to celebrate!

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Inspiration Station - lindelokse

Journal Entry: Tue Oct 4, 2011, 10:50 AM


Today's Inspiration Station features a wonderful fractal artist. :iconlindelokse:, who excels in Apo and UF and creates amazingly gorgeous pieces, most of which are life-like and all of which are eye-catching!  She has a gallery full of wonder!  Please go by and check it out.  It's a treat to behold and I'm sure you'll enjoy it!!

Here are just some examples of her outstanding work!
The Creator's Dream by lindelokseNarya by lindelokseSummer through my window by lindelokseFiesta by lindelokse
Musk and Pollen by lindelokseAngel of Victory by lindelokseLet it shine by lindeloksefiori d'estate by lindelokse
Silky shells by lindelokseRainbow Daisies by lindelokseSubtle Glory by lindelokseSoothing Hopes by lindelokse

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Inspiration Station - LucaGN

Journal Entry: Tue Sep 27, 2011, 2:48 PM


Today's Inspiration Station honors another wonderful friend of the fractal community: dark-beam.  He's a whiz at Mandelbulb!  Check out his gallery and see for yourself.  He also shares his params, which is a wonderful thing!  Thank you so much, Luca, for all you do for the fractal artists here on dA.  We really appreciate you and your art!

Hexxagons attack by dark-beamGiza by dark-beamMister fingers by dark-beam
Tenochtitlan temple by dark-beamThe walls of Bisanzio by dark-beamUFOS? by dark-beam
El Dorado by dark-beamN8ive's gnarlum by dark-beamMystic garden by dark-beam
Inside the disco by dark-beamBarnsley 4D snake by dark-beamDancing in the smoke by dark-beam

And a Mandelbulb 3D Barnsley tutorial!:
Barnsley 4D tutorial by dark-beam

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Inspiration Station - Aexion

Journal Entry: Tue Sep 20, 2011, 9:59 AM


Today's Inspiration Station artist is Aexion! : :iconteamoplz:  :worship: :iconpandaballoonplz: :iconcarameldansenplz: :iconbonklers: :iconballoonsplz: :iconrainbowwaveplz1::iconrainbowwaveplz2::iconrainbowwaveplz3: :iconcheerplz: :icontardsinloveplz: :iconifeelfluffyplz:

He is the developer of Incendia, a marvelous 3D fractal art program  The images it creates are stunning and a wonder to gaze on.  Those of you who use Incendia owe a large dept of thanks to :iconaexion: for developing the program and making it available free to users who want to explore the worlds of 3D fractals.  His gallery is full of wondrous Incendia images and it would be well worth your time to go by and take a look.  Perhaps, you will be inspired to try your hand at Incendia.  If so, here's the link to the download: www.incendia.net/  G… it a whirl!  I plan on trying out some of tutorials for it.  You can find them here: fractal-resources.deviantart.c… and there's a real good LTS chat log put up by :icondjeaton3162:. djeaton3162.deviantart.com/art…


Anyway, here are some examples of Aexion's work.  I'm sure will be as impressed with it as I was.

Melting Colors by AexionCold by AexionStrangely Coloured Attractor by Aexion
Hidden Mandelbrots by AexionHorned Shell by AexionAthena by Aexion
Incendia Nights by AexionLeaves by AexionFractal Energy Cannon by Aexion
Julia Variation I by AexionThe Fractal Temple of New Age by AexionThe Sunset Castle by Aexion

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Inspiration Station - s31415 (Samuel Monnier)

Journal Entry: Tue Sep 13, 2011, 11:32 AM


We have a new Inspiration Station happening today.  Today's honoree is s31415, aka Samuel Monnier.   Even if you don't think you know him, if you use UltraFractal, I'll bet you know who he is and just don't realize it.  He is the "sam" that you see in the formulas, mapping transforms, and coloring files, ie sam.ufm, sam,uxf, sam,ucl.  Sam has contributed a great deal to the furtherance of fractal art and I find his formulas some of the neatest ones for UF.  I use them a lot.  Please go check out his awesome gallery and send him a little note to thank him for all he has given to the fractal community.  

Here are just a few examples of his UF work, going from back to front in his gallery

20061012 by s3141520080323 by s3141520080808 by s31415
20080823 by s3141520090311 by s3141520090606 by s31415
20090829-1 by s3141520091110-1 by s3141520100827-1 by s31415
20100910-1 by s3141520110201-1 by s3141520110406-1 by s31415

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Step Into the Light

Journal Entry: Mon Sep 12, 2011, 5:06 AM


I'd like to do a feature on someone who has contributed so much to the fractal community, not only with her art, but through her help in :iconaposhack: and now as her recent role as Community Volunteer and starting the Fractal Flash Mob.  Light, this feature's for you!  You may know her better as SuicideBySafetyPin, but her name is Light and it certainly suits her, since she not only brightens up the dA Fractal Gallery with her fabulous art, but she also helps shine light on the creation of fractals, through her tips, params, and comments on others' work.

I would like to show you a sample of her incredible work.  Please go look through her awesome gallery for even more beautiful art!

Bumps by SuicideBySafetyPinRockin the 3d by SuicideBySafetyPinMuch by SuicideBySafetyPin
Tiled Bipolar by SuicideBySafetyPinLined with Lace by SuicideBySafetyPinMaking a Mess of Things by SuicideBySafetyPin
Curves by SuicideBySafetyPinPimpin The Plastic by SuicideBySafetyPinWiggle Wedge by SuicideBySafetyPin
Mix by SuicideBySafetyPinFold in Falloff by SuicideBySafetyPinCurl Sprial by SuicideBySafetyPin
Paper Cut by SuicideBySafetyPinCrackled Lines by SuicideBySafetyPinMore of Everything by SuicideBySafetyPin
Ngon Flipped by SuicideBySafetyPinConnectors by SuicideBySafetyPinBipolar Tile by SuicideBySafetyPin

Light has such a wonderful sense of color and design.  I could spend all day in her gallery.  I also have a very soft spot for Light as she shared the params that were the first I tweaked several times and made a collage of the different results.  You can see them here if you're interested, and Light's original is the first one on the top row:
Christmas Light's by wolfepaw

Here is Light's original.  She has also given me permission to post her params (which I found in the flame of all the tweaks I did) in the description under the collage (thumb above).
Christmas Ribbons by SuicideBySafetyPin

Maybe some of you would like to tweak a Light original.

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Favorites contributed by others:

From Lillyanna
Warped by SuicideBySafetyPin

From Gerda1946
In the Lines by SuicideBySafetyPinPink Hearts by SuicideBySafetyPinTwisted Wedge by SuicideBySafetyPin

From HalTenny
I Miss Spring by SuicideBySafetyPinShades of Crackle by SuicideBySafetyPin

From coby01
Curl by SuicideBySafetyPinLost in the Curve by SuicideBySafetyPinTextured Experiment by SuicideBySafetyPin

From Ace60
Broken Glass by SuicideBySafetyPin

From Lupsiberg
Shape in the Distance by SuicideBySafetyPinThru the Glass by SuicideBySafetyPinInvisible Object by SuicideBySafetyPin
Rusted Pie by SuicideBySafetyPinGlass of the Stained Variety by SuicideBySafetyPin Little Pink Houses by SuicideBySafetyPin
Sections of Glass by SuicideBySafetyPinReappearance by SuicideBySafetyPinNext Phase by SuicideBySafetyPin
A Place to Visit by SuicideBySafetyPinOde to Benoit by SuicideBySafetyPin

From pinkal09
Butterflies Flight by SuicideBySafetyPin09 04 09 apo4 by SuicideBySafetyPinBecause Because by SuicideBySafetyPin

From GypsyH
Under the Microscope by SuicideBySafetyPin

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Add yours here by commenting with a link to one of your favorites by SuicideBySafetyPin  I'm sure we can fill this up with awesomeness!

Thank you, Light, for all you do for the fractalists here on dA.  You're the best!

I know a lot of you have your favorites by Light and please, post a link to one of your favorites in a comment to this journal and I will add it.  Let's make this page Light up!

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Thank You to Mystery Buyer

Journal Entry: Thu Sep 8, 2011, 12:05 PM


I have to say a huge thanks to whoever bought a 20"x30" canvas print of Feathery Spiral today!  I am blown away and I can't tell you how thrilled I am that someone liked my work enough to buy a large print!

Feathery Spiral by wolfepaw

I wish dA would give the name of the person who buys a print, unless the person specifically requests to remain anonymous.  I would like to thank anyone who purchases a print of my work personally.  It means a lot to me and it would make me so happy to be able to say "Thank You" to each person individually.

But, regardless, I would like to thank whoever bought this from the bottom of my heart

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