Recently, the artist,
has reached over 100k watchers and is doing a "Friendship Giveaway". Here's how it works:
Create a journal called "DestinyBlue's Friendship Giveaway for [chosen friend]" Choose a friend who means a lot to you (tag them if they are on DA) Write a paragraph about why they are a good friend, and what their friendship means to you Choose one painting from my gallery your friend would enjoy as a print and explain why Choose one painting from my gallery you would like as a print and explain why Include a link to this journal in your journal Comment on this journal linking to your journal (this is your official entry ticket)
As for the friendship giveaway, to be honest, I would enter this contest but...I have a small circle of friends and they all mean so much to me. One I've known for nearly 15 years. The others I've known for five years or so.
One of them is
who I had met through another person on FanFiction.net, we are both writers and we would talk quite a lot here and there and from there our friendship just grew and grew with each passing week, month and year. And she even tolerated me and tried to help me up whenever I would stumble and fall headfirst into bouts of depression. She recognized how hard it is for an individual like myself to suffer alone and in silence. But in our best of times the two of us, at our most comically cynical could look at the world around us and just simply laugh at it and it's pure silliness. And like so many of my friends, she lent her support after the passing of my mother and that's when you know who your friends are when things get to be bad.
The next one is
who I had met through the game World of Warcraft in a guild that I was in. And that was an achievement in itself since before joining the guild I was under the idea that guilds suck because nobody does anything and nothing gets done. But not with this guild, we went on raids, group missions and so on. And that's how I met Clock-heart, after finding out about their artistry, I asked if I could see it and things went from there. That's not to say that there haven't been ups and downs in our friendship as they would say, there are times when there's the sheer desire to reach through the computer screen and give me a good smacking. Especially when it came to things like helping me out with character design and artwork but Clock-heart remained like the proverbial shore to the sea. Even after the death of my mother, a piece of artwork was made by them in memorial for the loss that I went through and I think that kind of loyalty deserves so much more than just mere words.
The same could be said of my friend
another writer that I've known through FanFiction.net and we met thanks to a piece of Kim Possible fan fiction that he wrote called "The Kimmatrix" and I wanted to collaborate with him on an expanded version of it. And we've been friends ever since. And we may not see eye to eye on a lot of things but his faith in me and in so much I think warrants certain recognition. That as well as the sheer amount of his fan fiction writing is also inspiring. In the ten years that I've known him, he's written over 90 fan fictions and that in itself I think is quite an achievement and certainly an inspiration to me despite the second guessing of myself at every turn.
Finally, there's SniperPlushie (who is no longer here at DA) and her husband
. Two wonderful people and incredible cosplayers. Just like my other friends who are inspirational as far as my own cosplayers were concerned. And being around them at conventions and so on is always a joy because you're gauranteed a smile and a little laughter which is something that I know at times I need a lot more of. And their devotion to each other is also just as heartwarming to me, such as when SniperPlushie fell ill, she always had Kay-sama who stayed by her side through it all. Seeing that devotion between them had melted away all forms of cynicism that I had about love between people. It was something that I always thought was perpetuated by Hollywood and the Greeting Card industry but here it was in real life in front of my eyes. And just the others that I mentioned, after the passing of my mother they gave their support that helped me through it.
And in thinking it over, I couldn't really bring myself to choose just one. It's a similar scenario as being on a sinking ship or in a burning building and having to only choose one to save. I can't really bring myself to make that kind of decision because each one has contributed so much to my life. It's like that picture
did of the two girls in a classroom and one had drawn a set of wings and a halo on a chalkboard behind her:
Only for me, it wasn't just one person who drew those wings for me. It was a group of them. A small group of wonderful people who drew each feather. Each feather representing their time with me, their kind words, their smiles and their laughter. And that's why I can't choose one because it would do such disservice to the others who had brought a little more light into a life that's as dim as being in the middle of a dark tunnel. And I also know this, I may live to be 1000 years old and I don't think I'll ever find anyone who are like these great people.