Sorry for the week or two of nothing there. I have been trying desperately to catch up at school, as this semester has been brutal.
I am still making headway on dragon tails. I have another one completely finished, a second one just needing belt loops, and I intend to make another tomorrow, another Friday, and hopefully another on Saturday. The goal is still to have them all done in time for Christmas and in your lovely hands so you can smother them with love. I still have a lot of stuff to deal with this semester, so it's kinda rough going (and those that are done now won't be shipped until the end of next week at least because my one job messed up my pay royally, and it will take a week or two to sort out).
I wanted to also apologize again for the agonizingly drawn out process that has been the tails so far.
When I took the order in August, I did so under the impression that I was going to be jobless in September, because my contract for my employment ended on August 31st. A few days after the order was finalized, I was offered a job I couldn't say no to, and have been getting far more hours than I had initially expected and been told I would be allowed. It pays well, so I can't say no to it when I'm trying to claw my way out of debt from school and the financial disaster that happened when my then-fiancé dumped me in 2013. Essentially, I went from having about 80 hours a week to work on my commissions, down to MAYBE 10, often about 5. And it's been a struggle to get done what I have already managed. But, under no circumstances do I intend to let anyone down.
That being said; I think after I've finally cleared my current mess, I'm going to take a step back from regular commissions. I'm going to leave them open as long as they don't get crazy, but I doubt I'll be pushing them as hard any longer. The thing is, I used to desperately need my art to be my income, because the one part time job I had wasn't anywhere near enough. And I got into that mindset that I couldn't do without it, and my hobby became my job. Now, I've gone back to school for a proper job (which I've managed to get already, and even before graduation because I have worked my arse off to stay in the top of my program). That job, even at it's lowest wage, is plenty right now. And topped on that, I have another part time job (same one I've kept for nearly 9 years now). The realization hit me not long ago that my art doesn't need to be my job any more. It can go back to being the thing I love and pursue for fun, and go back to being enjoyment. And that's a good thing.
I'm not going to vanish.
Just going to try and take it easy when I get through.