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I don't really know if this is really relevant to anybody that is a watcher of mine, but I guess I have a little bit of explaining to do. You see, originally my hiatus wasn't going to be for that long, and for some of you, it may appear as if I was only gone for a short while... but I am back.

Just don't expect artwork from me. I'm battling artblock and, on top of that, my tablet has decided to be a little irate with me. I also kind of owe some people an explanation.

Due to my laptop crashing (and later finding out from my grandfather that it's dead as dead can be) for a few weeks/months I spent a lot of time working from my mac, which is about 6 years out of date. For those of you that understand mac, I'm running on leopard. (For windows users, think of it as mac's version of Windows XP) To cut to the chase, this means that my mac does not always agree with the current technology.

Now, for a time, this wasn't an issue, mostly because Josh and I worked opposite shifts. I'd get home and he'd leave an hour after I arrived... which meant that his laptop was up for usage.

Well, that kind of stopped when he switched back to his old store. Which set me into my hiatus in the first place. I couldn't get to his computer, and because of the little patience I have with the mac... I just felt it was better to not even bother with trying to get online.

Our internet router also sucks, so that's another reason.

Not including those top two reasons, I also started working hours that were a bit less set in stone and a bit more flexible to what was needed, which meant that, shortly after I started my haitus, I stopped having time for anything besides basic chores, work, and sleep. Now, I've powered through this before, but in the recent months (and in light of certain events that went down with EBC) I just couldn't do it. I couldn't bring myself to deal with being online while being so tired that I couldn't even think straight, and then, on top of that, I had to start working out my schedule for next semester.

Also, for those of you wondering, I did manage to pay off UT and will be returning in the spring, so that's a good thing.

Now yes, technically I could have pushed through this time and been online every day and accepted every single piece of EBC art that was there and so on (I did try to keep up with Air Empire when I was at work on my phone, but sometimes the accept button and decline button are too close for comfort when you're functioning off of four hours of sleep), but I didn't. I don't expect many people to understand, but I just burnt myself out... I also can't stand dealing with a computer that takes 10x longer to load things and sometimes just doesn't alert you to certain things on skype. Yes, mac, I'm staring at you from across the room as I type this. *mutters under breath*

I wanted to keep from disappearing forever. I've seen it happen with other founders and people who get busy with life... and to some, I bet it seemed that I did just that. I'd apologize for it, but I'm really not sorry... which only makes me feel worse about the entire situation. I shouldn't have put Scar and Sky into that position, and I do feel sorry for doing that to them, but for leaving? No, I'm still positive it was the best thing I could do for myself, even if it wasn't the best time to do so. Sometimes, doing what is best for you isn't what is best for everybody, and I've sacrificed enough of my own sanity to realize that maybe it'd be wise to start looking out for myself every little once in awhile. I needed it and recognized that I did. Am I a bad person for it? Quite possibly.

Like I said, I didn't leave because things got bad. I just took a break because I got frustrated with the computer I was using, and to be quite frank, I'm still pretty damn frustrated with it. I also wanted to take a breather and not deal with people for a little bit. I love this community and the group more than you could ever imagine, but sometimes you just have to step back and relax. The stress was getting to me a little. 

Anyway, I'm sorry I was gone for so long and I am sorry if I put anybody in any kind of position that caused any kind of hard feelings. It won't happen again... at least not on as such short notice as this last time happened. 

I am sorry for any inconveniences my absence may have caused ;w;

 

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I don't really know if this is really relevant to anybody that is a watcher of mine, but I guess I have a little bit of explaining to do. You see, originally my hiatus wasn't going to be for that long, and for some of you, it may appear as if I was only gone for a short while... but I am back.

Just don't expect artwork from me. I'm battling artblock and, on top of that, my tablet has decided to be a little irate with me. I also kind of owe some people an explanation.

Due to my laptop crashing (and later finding out from my grandfather that it's dead as dead can be) for a few weeks/months I spent a lot of time working from my mac, which is about 6 years out of date. For those of you that understand mac, I'm running on leopard. (For windows users, think of it as mac's version of Windows XP) To cut to the chase, this means that my mac does not always agree with the current technology.

Now, for a time, this wasn't an issue, mostly because Josh and I worked opposite shifts. I'd get home and he'd leave an hour after I arrived... which meant that his laptop was up for usage.

Well, that kind of stopped when he switched back to his old store. Which set me into my hiatus in the first place. I couldn't get to his computer, and because of the little patience I have with the mac... I just felt it was better to not even bother with trying to get online.

Our internet router also sucks, so that's another reason.

Not including those top two reasons, I also started working hours that were a bit less set in stone and a bit more flexible to what was needed, which meant that, shortly after I started my haitus, I stopped having time for anything besides basic chores, work, and sleep. Now, I've powered through this before, but in the recent months (and in light of certain events that went down with EBC) I just couldn't do it. I couldn't bring myself to deal with being online while being so tired that I couldn't even think straight, and then, on top of that, I had to start working out my schedule for next semester.

Also, for those of you wondering, I did manage to pay off UT and will be returning in the spring, so that's a good thing.

Now yes, technically I could have pushed through this time and been online every day and accepted every single piece of EBC art that was there and so on (I did try to keep up with Air Empire when I was at work on my phone, but sometimes the accept button and decline button are too close for comfort when you're functioning off of four hours of sleep), but I didn't. I don't expect many people to understand, but I just burnt myself out... I also can't stand dealing with a computer that takes 10x longer to load things and sometimes just doesn't alert you to certain things on skype. Yes, mac, I'm staring at you from across the room as I type this. *mutters under breath*

I wanted to keep from disappearing forever. I've seen it happen with other founders and people who get busy with life... and to some, I bet it seemed that I did just that. I'd apologize for it, but I'm really not sorry... which only makes me feel worse about the entire situation. I shouldn't have put Scar and Sky into that position, and I do feel sorry for doing that to them, but for leaving? No, I'm still positive it was the best thing I could do for myself, even if it wasn't the best time to do so. Sometimes, doing what is best for you isn't what is best for everybody, and I've sacrificed enough of my own sanity to realize that maybe it'd be wise to start looking out for myself every little once in awhile. I needed it and recognized that I did. Am I a bad person for it? Quite possibly.

Like I said, I didn't leave because things got bad. I just took a break because I got frustrated with the computer I was using, and to be quite frank, I'm still pretty damn frustrated with it. I also wanted to take a breather and not deal with people for a little bit. I love this community and the group more than you could ever imagine, but sometimes you just have to step back and relax. The stress was getting to me a little. 

Anyway, I'm sorry I was gone for so long and I am sorry if I put anybody in any kind of position that caused any kind of hard feelings. It won't happen again... at least not on as such short notice as this last time happened. 

I am sorry for any inconveniences my absence may have caused ;w;

 
So, I'm still on Hiatus, but Justice and I both realized that it's time that we announced Temp and Dehlia as expecting mother and father! They've been together in cannon for about 4 months and the two are really bad at waiting on things *SHOT* Anyway, Dehlia will be announced as pregnant this gathering and the cubs are set to be born anywhere from Christmas to New Years Day, so we wanted to get a little ahead of the game and have the tryouts posted now so we can announce the winners before then!

Two girls are open for tryouts. The only boy of the litter, named Electron, is going to be shared between Justice and myself.

As long as the cub looks related to Temp and Dehlia and the tryouts follow our joining rules, you're good to go!

Post your tryouts in a link on the bottom of this journal :D

Contest Ends December 20th and announcements on winners will be made before Christmas or on Christmas Day... maybe even on Christmas Eve... it depends

Hiatus

Journal Entry: Tue Nov 4, 2014, 1:57 PM
I've been kind of staying away from dA and skype for the past week and a half for personal reasons. Don't worry! Everything is completely okay on my side of the deal, I've just lost my will to get online and interact with people and until I get over this block and a few other things (mostly work tiring me out more than it should and a general lack of interest in most things) I'll be on here only when I need to be.

I'm just going to be a little sparse to get a hold of. I'm still checking dA (being an admin of EBC while we're in the middle of an opening pretty much requires me to, at the very least, check up weekly) so if you need to get into contact with me, you can either send me a note or mention to Scarflash Sky-Lily or any of the other admins of EBC that you need to talk to me about something. Most of them have my phone number and can get into contact with me the fastest.

Anyway, besides that, I got college all paid off and will be going back to school next semester! So that's a good thing, and like I said, nothing bad is happening to me on the other side of the computer screen, I'm just burnt out on EBC and dA in general. Give me a little bit to recuperate and I'll be fine.

Also, if any of you have mentioned me in any journals for RP (other than the Air Hunter conflicts, I have those bookmarked), I accidentally deleted them and will need a new link. I know for a fact that the ocelynx rp was one that poofed.

Anyway, until I get back, I hope you're all doing fine as the holidays soon approach. They're already pulling out the Christmas related candies at my work... I'm not ready for Christmas yet.

Keep being awesome,
Dap

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:iconlittle-wild-rabbit:
Little-Wild-Rabbit Featured By Owner 2 days ago  New member Hobbyist
Hello, Sorry to brother you but I saw you had an interest in Warriors and was wondering if you would like to try a new RP that is kind of a twist on the Warriors.

:iconthe-rabbit-warren: if you are interested :) (Smile)
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Gruvu Featured By Owner Oct 23, 2014  Student General Artist
Sorry about being weird, and a slightly overzealous friend. And a protective stupid head but just want to know hows the new members coming cause I have a few friends who are waiting and they are just excited because I do tend to brag about it. And Torrie tends to attract new people xD
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DappledSun Featured By Owner Oct 23, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Pfft what's there to be sorry about? So far so good! I can't say much if you've got hunter friends, since I think Arte, Stray, and Hawk haven't had time to look over them yet, but the empires are happily accepting in new members and look forward to seeing how they fit in with the storyline. It's been a popular round this time :3
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Gruvu Featured By Owner Oct 24, 2014  Student General Artist
Indeed it has, remember when we struggled for new members YIKES
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DappledSun Featured By Owner Oct 24, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
That was so long ago
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Firewolf-Anime Featured By Owner Oct 15, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I HAZ A QUESTION!!

If I do a massive halloween pic, including all of my ebc characters and others, can I get event points for EACH of my characters as I would doing separate individual pictures for each empire?

Massive pic = +50 event plus extras

OR 

Each individual pic = +10 each plus extras (need to do 5 separate pics)

Hope I described that correctly...
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DappledSun Featured By Owner Oct 15, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
One huge pictures gets the +5 and then +2 for every character added in. So if you do a huge ppicture with 6 characters it's 18 ep
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Firewolf-Anime Featured By Owner Oct 15, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
So with event it would only be +10 event EP?
(Plus the other add ons +5 for pic +2 for each ebc character
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DappledSun Featured By Owner Oct 15, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Events are worth 5 EP not 10 EP (10 EP is used for required assignments only). So if you did an event drawing, you'd get 5 more EP than usual.

To better explain, if you drew a fully colored event picture with 6 felines, one of them wouldn't be counted for the extra +2 you get for a picture (Consider that feline gets a +3 since that's what you get for a fully colored picture) and the other 5 would have a +2 modifier (which equals 10 extra EP for those five characters) So you would get the 3+5+10 which equals 18 EP.

If you want more EP, it would be better to submit a picture for each of your characters since they would all be +8 EP (5 for the Event and 3 for it being fully colored)

I hope that makes sense!
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Gruvu Featured By Owner Oct 7, 2014  Student General Artist
Hey daps if you are free, live streaming a video for ebc I just made. Just finished it. About to show it
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