But boy, do I have a story to tell.
As many of you have duly noted, I've been pretty much way too quiet for the last year and a half. I've always apologized, said that I was extremely busy, working on getting a scholarship, which was true, but there's much more to it than that, sadly.
Things haven't been going so well for me and my family.
My dad, who runs a travel service, recently discovered that the accountant, a person who he trusted a lot, had been swindling funds out of the company for years, right under his nose. Now, you might be thinking that it's the usual gamut of allocating the missing funds to something else so that people don't get suspicious (which she did - she put $3000 as an expense for Cable, which the office doesn't even HAVE.) But nope. We've got to get into action thriller style shit now. She was taking money from the company to fund her boyfriend's business, in the hopes that the surplus made would be enough to cover her tracks. Not only that, when things got really hairy, she even gambled the money on Lotto tickets in the hopes that she'd win and pay off what she took. Let me repeat that - she relied on a game of CHANCE to win and pay off her stolen funds. "Idiot Tax", indeed.
Now, you might be wondering. How much did that bitch swindle in the end?
How about something to the tune of HALF A MILLION DOLLARS?
Needless to say, this shocked all of us. And it has put a lot of people's jobs and livelihoods in jeopardy as well.
The thing that hurts the most about all of this is that my dad could have lost everything. Believing that he was desperately manning a sinking ship, he was borrowing out of his own life savings to keep the company afloat, and if he was unable to pay off a further loan he took, the bank would have taken everything. His house, his car, his business. My stepmother used her life savings to save him from complete bankruptcy, but, as a consequence, she has no money as well.
My brother and I have been trying our hardest to keep things afloat in our home, my brother doing the lion's share by developing an accounting system to monitor each and every transaction going on at the company. If there is any one person who deserves a medal for the hard work he's done and the sacrifices he has made, it's my brother. Thank you so much, Brian.
The accountant has since been fired, and the leak that had caused my dad so much restless nights and worry for the span of the decade is finally gone. But the damage has been done, and now, all we can do is hope and pray that we recover from this nightmare.
Want to know how we found out, though? A friend of Brian's who was helping Dad move his office happened to notice a suspicious Lotto transaction ticket in one of the desks. Said friend also works for the Inland Revenue Service. Check and Mate.
Yeah, so it goes without saying that due to this, I haven't been in the right frame of mind to draw anything for a long while. It is extremely difficult to see your father have his trust and confidence completely betrayed, even more so to see his 48 years of hard work almost go down the drain and resulting in him nearly losing everything. I've been fighting a lot of depression and financial strain since then, and it's something I'm hoping and praying will remedy itself with time.
However, just so that I won't cause anybody any amount of worry, I'll add some more tidbits here.
I've gone back to the gym (in a bid to work out my frustrations and get back in shape) and it's been going pretty great. I have lost 19 pounds, and more in fighting form than I've been for the last five years or so. My goal is about 150 lbs, a target I'll hit in June. Wish me luck on that.
I've actually drawn and completed several pieces for the Cartoon Network: Crossover Chaos series, but a lack of time and motivation to properly research the cartoon in question to come up with decent pre-fight banter stopped me from uploading them at all. I've actually been sitting on a Kuki Sanban drawing for MONTHS because of it. Whoops. Sorry. Did I give away a character? Eh. I felt I needed to toss you guys a bone, anyway. I owe you a lot more than that, but there you go.
FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS (F.A.Q.)
1. Have you seen the Legend of Korra's Grand Finale?
Yes, yes I have. I'll talk more about it later down the line, but it was epic. (And makes me putting Asami in UNBS all the more Heartwarming in Hindsight, when you think about it.) However, Season 3 is going to be my staunch favorite out of the Korra series, primarily because Zaheer is best antagonist and he and his gang bring a level of depth and charisma with them whenever they're on screen. Kuvira's sudden family issues at the end feel like a copout, and Baatar Jr. has the dubious honor of being the only Avatar character I hate with a venegance. Seriously, fuck that guy, I was rooting for Kuvira to blow his head into chunky salsa with that cannon.
2. Are you dead?
For a while, yes. Kind of a shame, the artist afterlife kicks ass. They have a fully stocked bar up there, with every kind of mind-killing booze to inspire what we 'artists' laughably attempt to call 'creativity' imaginable. I'll miss it so. Damn Phoenix Downs.
3. Any appearance from the Crystal Gems in Crossover Chaos?
One of them. Those three words gave away who it is, so there's another bone I tossed for ya. You're welcome.
4. Have you heard about the Steven Universe/Uncle Grandpa Crossover?
Absolutely nobody is going to fucking believe me if I said so, but I thought this was going to happen, down to planning a story link between the two characters in Crossover Chaos as a surprise. On a side note, I cosplayed as Steven Universe to help out a friend. My next cosplay? Guess.
5. You should draw X into Crossover Chaos/Nickelodeon Brawl Stars!
I should, shouldn't I? *cracks open a cold one*
Well, it's kind of a long road to recovery. My commissions have largely suffered, as have the only reason you're watching this account. Some good news, you'll start seeing stuff this week. Just hope and pray that circumstances don't kick me in the balls like they have been for the longest while, and I'll be motivated to keep going. Here's hoping for the best.