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You've probably noticed that I've been really absent lately.
That's not going to change.
As a dear friend once said, "I've been lost to another fandom and another website. Sorry, guys."
To make a long and potentially boring/painful story short, I've come to terms with my identity on a lot of levels, and this profile and website simply no longer suit my needs in terms of networking, promotion, or personal presentation. "Birde" is a thing of the past -- a construct designed to refute my birth name while still allowing myself the cowardice to avoid facing a fully-fledged identity crisis, which I have since discovered is, while new and nerve-rackingly different, not very frightening at all.
The task of reorganizing and pruning down this profile is too daunting for me to attempt (I'm exhausted just thinking about it), so I'm going to use it primarily as a means of storage, like Photobucket but fancier. For that reason, this profile is by and large staying how it is, but it's not going to be used actively. Don't expect me to reply to anything on it, even if you're a friend with whom I have little other means to communicate; I've fallen into the habit of forgetting this profile exists.EDIT: it would be better for you to contact me on my new account, BlakeBroflovski. Feel free to follow that account and keep in touch with me there!
Anything that I plan to post there, I will put into storage here, to avoid copyright issues.
I'm not doing any more commissions for props. Millennium Items commissions are closed indefinitely, most likely permanently. Please do not contact me about this.
If you're still interested in buying things from me for whatever reason, I am doing $5 commissions for sketches and line art, and I'm selling several old costume pieces I no longer intend to use; [HERE]
is the list of them, with prices included. You can contact me on my [TWITTER]
accounts if you're interested in commissioning anything. For the record, you can send messages on tumblr if you don't have an account, but I'll have to reply publicly, so you'll have to watch my profile to find my answer.
The reason I've drifted from dA as a whole is partially that this site isn't nearly personal enough from my tastes, and additionally, it's fallen out of public favor. It's become associated with childish behavioral patterns and the accounts that manage to rise above are too few and far between to justify bothering to try. Bottom line is, it's just not a serious marketing tool -- not that tumblr is necessarily either, but at least it's more user-friendly for my needs, and I've managed to surround myself with a couple thousand people who are interested in the new direction my life has taken. I'm focusing on my own writing now, and doing a couple commissions on the side. Yes, I'm still cosplaying and drawing, but primarily for my own enjoyment; these things are hobbies that, again, are better served on tumblr, not here.
It's... sort of odd, looking back at this thing that was once my lifeline, and confessing that I no longer need it. Almost painful, in a way. A lot of different phases of my life happened here; a lot of pain was put on display, and new growth happened too. Friendships were made and destroyed. But even in the face of posterity, my newfound comfort in my own skin outweighs the persona upon which this profile is built, and all the nostalgia this page contains isn't enough to save it.
It was fun, nonetheless, though. I can't say I've regretted it.
Thanks, guys. Best wishes to you all, and I hope to see some of you on the other side.