I frequently forget about you DA! I realize my last update here was a year and a half ago! Geez. The site has changed quite a bit, I can't say I like it, it's awfully ugly.
I deleted the Pokemon Project (Pokepro) account a while back because I am not updating with any sort of frequency and having two accounts was a bother. I'd much rather upload any continuation of the project here. Speaking of, I also have not uploaded anything here for well over a year, I will get on that soon!
I have not made soap or candles with any frequency for a long time, work takes most of my time and energy and with such a small kitchen in my new apartment, I can't leave things set up the way I used to. I am trying to sell my old stock, though. I have plenty of ideas and would love to return to crafting, but I need to find a less physically demanding job first (and/or an assistant).
As far as my health goes, I have seen MANY doctors, had lots of imaging and bloodwork, tried various medications, had a surgery, and having another later this year. Unfortunately, aside from the life-changing surgery (I CAN BREATHE!!!), my pain has not improved any, really not much overall progress has been made, and I still don't have a diagnoses beyond diagnosing of symptoms which does not help me one bit. For every symptom that goes away or gets solved, another takes its place, so I have not gotten better, I am just sick in other ways than I used to be. =/
Developing my professional skills has definitely taken priority in my life, and when I do not have much free time, it really dominates. It's payed off though, I was published in an art anthology last year and have been invited to be included the second volume. I have been communicating with several professionals, getting advice on what to work on and things that would help me land a gig and such, and have applied for several positions, though no luck yet. I am still feeling optimistic!
A lot of my projects have been really behind-the-scenes, so it may not look like I'm doing much but I am accomplishing a lot!
I'll definitely be making an effort to be more present on DA, and am also considering returning to FA. I might make a twitter but I feel like that may end up being a bad idea time sucker like tumblr, lol.