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SpiffyFox

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There are some strange things on the internet

This may apply to me

As it probably does to most people
by someone's estimation at least

So fair warning:
You may find me strange.


I am a fox!
Well, at least I think that I may be a little like one sometimes.
Careful, quiet, shy, and maybe even witty.
I do like to see people smile, so that may be why I'm a little silly.
I thought I was gay, but I'm for equality!
So I'm asexual.

If you're curious, feel free to ask me anything!
ANYYYYYTHIIIING.
I may not want to answer, but you can still ask.

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This is about as much as I can do lately.
I'll be moving soon.

My roommate is selling his house to move in with his sweetheart in California. He has offered me a place to stay with him there, but I have the opportunity to get a housing voucher, in Washington state, that will help me enough to get a place of my own, one that I don't risk losing.

I'll be leaving my dog behind with a good friend to look after because I can't give him the care he deserves right now.
I couldn't afford it if anything were to happen and he needed to be taken to the vet, and my emotional turmoil has started to take it's toll on him - I had not expected my anxiety to cause him as much distress as it does, but on top of that, the instability of my living situation would be even more stress on him, and it's too much - I can't do that to my pup. My friend and her husband both love their pets and have been looking for a good dog, so I know they will take good care of him.

I will also be moving thousands of miles from all the dear friends I've made where I am in Northern Virginia, so that is hitting pretty hard.
I don't really know anyone in the area I'll be moving to. I hope that will change once I'm there, but it's a lot to face at once.

I've had some difficulty in keeping things together, and there have been a lot of tears.
It's been hard to keep myself on track, and take care of all the preparations, much less find inspiration to keep up with my art.
I will to draw more, and I will be working on my sewing and fursuit design again...
But it's difficult to do much more than cry between distractions.
I really don't feel very strong right now.

Things will improve, and I'll see my friends again, I just have to keep reminding myself of these things.
Journal summary:

-Emotional month.
-Stupid holidays easier to survive, thanks to good friends.
-Moving from Virginia to Oregon in late January out of necessity.
-Stability might actually be a thing in my near future.



Okay, so hope everyone had a merry whatever.
I'm just glad it's all over.
A special thanks to all the friends who helped make this miserably "festive" month a happy one for me.
A few more years of this, and I might not hate the holidays so much anymore.

The usual emotional upset has been amplified by the fact I'm going to be relocating, across the continent, again, to Oregon in late January.
While my roommate has generously offered me a place to stay with him in his move to California, that's noooot a state I'd ever like to see again.
And after reams of paperwork, phone calls, and wait lists, I've managed to reach the top of the wait-list for a section 8 housing voucher in Oregon.
So out of my options, I'd really like to have a little more control over the roof over my head, and not have to rely on someone I care about for my survival.

I love my friends. The last thing I want to do is shoulder them with having to be responsible for me.
Honestly, I'd really like to be 100% independent, but one step at a time.
Until I can do that, I'm going to have to take what I can get, and that lands me face first in Oregon, near Portland.

At first I couldn't wait to leave the stupid city I'm in.
I've learned I don't handle the 24/7 noise of the city as well as I thought I could, and it's been chipping away at what tolerance I had when I first moved here, to the point it has become almost unbearable.
I didn't think something so small could affect me so significantly, but this seemingly insignificant thing has reduced me to tears more times than I'd care to admit.
What I wouldn't give to go five minutes without hearing traffic.

So given the opportunity to have more choice in where I live, I have to jump on it, and get away from the chaos.
But in doing so, I will be putting thousands of miles between myself, and the dear friends I have made here.
Something that's taken me a long time to work up enough courage to do.
For the longest time, I've only rarely, if at all, been able to connect with anyone face-to-face.
I seemed to have a knack for meeting really shitty people, growing up, so that took a lot of work to undo the damage.

It's only in the past year or so I've been able to repair enough that I've started to open up and reach out again.
In doing so, I've met friends whom I cherish. The kind of friends that make life positive - happy.
And to have them within visiting range, where I can see them and spend time with them on a regular basis?
That's really hard to leave behind.

Harder still to have to face that, and tell them.
I've choked plenty - the opportunity arises, and I just can't find the words.
So this will have to do.

I don't want to leave my friends behind, but I can't miss the chance at stability.
I'll stay in touch online, of course, but that's not quite the same.
On the plus side, I'll be seeing many of the furry ones again at cons in the future.

Still, it has been a lot to swallow all at once. Add in holiday stress, and I'm just struggling to keep up right now.

Things will get better. I intend to keep all the friends I have made.
My life will continue to improve, because I will not give up fighting to make it so.
I will find other friends within visiting range once the dust settles, and there are many positive changes on the way.

It can just be hard to shake the fear of the impending turmoil.
Good practice, perhaps, to try and live in the moment, and enjoy what I have while I have it.
Scraps - Close enough for now by SpiffyFox
Scraps - Close enough for now
Finally!
It took me many sleepless days, and a few hours during the first two days of Midwest Fur Fest, but by Sunday, I had done enough that I could take him out and run around!~

Not the best photo quality, but I'll get better ones later!
I'm pretty sure I spent most of the day in suit at this point, 'cause I'd been waiting so long to do it, I couldn't stop!

There's still much to do, but this is pretty much how he's gonna look! I'm so happy I got him done in time!
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Scraps - Almost there by SpiffyFox
Scraps - Almost there
So much work. Must work more!
At least I love doing it.

I used to think $800 for a fursuit was overpriced...
Now I think I'd laugh if anyone tried to convince me of that XD

Fun facts:
-Scraps's nose was, by far, the easiest, and quickest part of this project to make... for some reason I'm not clear on.
-The rough, 'doggy-nose' texture was discovered by a lucky fluke when I tried to clean up some extra paint with a piece of foam!
-For most of my work, I've used the foam on his nose as a pincushion, since it was convenient, and there was no glue there to bend the pins. In memory of this, included in the foam and aluminum core of his nose, is a bent pin, 'cause I thought this was amusing.
-Scraps ears will be using a greater area of material than the rest of his head combined.
-I've lost track of how many times I've stuck myself with pins or burnt myself with hot glue. However, the only injury that ever left any mark was the one time I got hot glue on my arm was 100% my fault, because I wasn't paying attention XD
-Scraps is a mutt, but there's a fair bit of Papillon in there.
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Scraps - Proportion Check by SpiffyFox
Scraps - Proportion Check
Alright, so mirror selfies are super lame, but the easiest way to get a quick photo!

I'm not sure if this actually counts as art, since I just traced a photo with some adjustments.
Of course it's a photo of me wearing something I sculpted...
But I still just traced it.

Just checking to make sure proportions are good, and seeing where I need to trim.

Not including the photos, because empty foam eye sockets with me staring out is creepy!

It's been difficult to resist the temptation to sit in a dark room wearing this and wait for my roommate to walk in.
I don't think he likes scary things as much as I do, so that might not go over so well... haha
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This is about as much as I can do lately.
I'll be moving soon.

My roommate is selling his house to move in with his sweetheart in California. He has offered me a place to stay with him there, but I have the opportunity to get a housing voucher, in Washington state, that will help me enough to get a place of my own, one that I don't risk losing.

I'll be leaving my dog behind with a good friend to look after because I can't give him the care he deserves right now.
I couldn't afford it if anything were to happen and he needed to be taken to the vet, and my emotional turmoil has started to take it's toll on him - I had not expected my anxiety to cause him as much distress as it does, but on top of that, the instability of my living situation would be even more stress on him, and it's too much - I can't do that to my pup. My friend and her husband both love their pets and have been looking for a good dog, so I know they will take good care of him.

I will also be moving thousands of miles from all the dear friends I've made where I am in Northern Virginia, so that is hitting pretty hard.
I don't really know anyone in the area I'll be moving to. I hope that will change once I'm there, but it's a lot to face at once.

I've had some difficulty in keeping things together, and there have been a lot of tears.
It's been hard to keep myself on track, and take care of all the preparations, much less find inspiration to keep up with my art.
I will to draw more, and I will be working on my sewing and fursuit design again...
But it's difficult to do much more than cry between distractions.
I really don't feel very strong right now.

Things will improve, and I'll see my friends again, I just have to keep reminding myself of these things.

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SpiffyFox Featured By Owner Edited Mar 27, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
Thank you everyone!!
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FlyingRam Featured By Owner Mar 23, 2015
Happy Birthday! :dance:
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SpiffyFox Featured By Owner Mar 27, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
Thank you thank you!!
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SpiffyFox Featured By Owner Nov 27, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
I love all you guys!
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Squirrelbits4u Featured By Owner Nov 2, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
-pinches nose- Boop.
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SpiffyFox Featured By Owner Mar 27, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
*sneezes*
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Squirrelbits4u Featured By Owner Mar 27, 2015  Hobbyist Digital Artist
AHNOOOOO SPIFFYSNOT
-cleans it-
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SpiffyFox Featured By Owner Mar 28, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
Not my fault! It was dust or something!
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xglide Featured By Owner Mar 23, 2014  Student Writer
happy birthday! :hug:
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SpiffyFox Featured By Owner Mar 27, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
Thank you!! <3
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