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Woah, what's this? A Wild Journal entry has appeared on Qvi's page!
Yeah, this was sort of overdue seeing as my last journal entry was back in 2011 September (holy cr@p, I didn't have a single journal entry in 2012!). Anyhow, because so many things have happened, this journal will be sort of long. To make it less boring for the TL;TR people, I'll start with a little content summary so you can navigate to the parts that interest you. Also, I might update the journal in the following days as I am still gathering my thoughts...
(Also, yay! New journal header and footer )
Journal Content Summary
I. About me in general I./a - Graduation I./b - Getting a job I./c - Moving out with boyfriend
II. Cats II./a - Krampus' accident II./b - Krampus' kittens II./c - Krampus now
III. Artworks III./a - Commissions and adoptables III./b - The Future of Kingdoms
I. About me in general
I./a - Graduation
Yep, in 2012 February I finally graduated from the University of Pécs and got my bachelor's degree in English Applied Linguistics and Technical Translation. Here's a photo of me holding my degree in our university's graduation robe: [link] In alltogether the university was fun (apart from the end term exams of course) and I sort of miss it. Instead of the supposed 6 terms I had 7, because in the 6th term I've failed my final Technical Translation examination (along with the 85% of my groupmates) and since it was a requirement to take the final examination, I had to pick up another term. However since my thesis was done by then and I had no more classes left, I mostly just stayed at home, preparing to retake the Technical Translation exam and study even more for the finals. But then when the time came again, I successfully tackled both and here I am now :3
I./b - Getting a job
After I graduated came the fun part: I had to find a job. Despite my studies I mostly looked for graphics designing jobs, rather than translating, and it took me almost a year to finally get a job as a graphics designer at a small digital printing company...alas this job only lasted for a month. I wasn't experienced enough for the winter season and they have found a more experienced artist too. However, I hold no grudges against them because during that one month I've learned a lot about the graphics industry and gained some valuable experience. They were also nice people, I just wasn't there at the right time to get experience.
After that job it took some job hunting again till I've found my current job: it's also graphics designing (I design business cards, tables, advertisments and video advertisments etc.) and I get to work from home, which is awesome but also has some downsides: while I can do what I want like cuddle my cat between two projects, my coworkers and boss can call me anytime to give me a new project, so often I have work at times most workers are chilling at home already. Also, we have the video advertisments which I mostly do on weekends. It sounds awful but it's not that bad. Like, I'm not collapsing under the weight of projects, but they still often eat up my freetime. It's fun though and my coworkers and boss are nice people, so I really enjoy it Because I can work from home, I can also work from Kecskemét, the city where my boyfriend recently got employed (more about this in the section right below). Alas as soon as they will get their office done (~in a half year?), they can no longer employ me, because they will need a graphics artist who is sitting in the office, and I'll be living in Kecskemét by then. However, my boss told me he has some nice connections to graphics studios in Kecskemét and he'll certainly refer me at them. Also, when their office will be done and I haven't found a new job in Kecskemét, they will try to still employ me until I get a job. That's pretty nice of them in my opinion, too bad I can't keep working for them for longer.
I./c - Moving out with boyfriend
As mentioned in the section right above, my boyfriend has recently started to work in the city of Kecskemét (he recently graduated from GAMF with a Mechanical Engineering degree ) and currently lives with an old friend of his - temporarily. Because in a few months I'll move to Kecskemét too and we will get a lodging for ourselves I have mixed feelings about moving into such a big city (well, big compared to my city at least) but together with my boyfriend we will figure out things surely. Our parents will also support us, so for now we just need to find an affordable lodging...
Now if anyone knows me at least a little bit, they know that I freakin' love my cat, Krampus. Like, really reeeeaally love. Ask me about her and you are guaranteed to listen to me talk about her kitty antics for hours... Apart from my boyfriend and some friends, she's the best thing that has ever happened to me. Ever since I've found her as a lone and hungry kitten back at the summer of 2011, she has brought so much smile onto our faces, especially when she gave birth to 4 beautiful and silly kittens (more on them below in II./c).
II./a - Krampus' accident
But then things turned nightmarish. Sept 7 2012 started like any other day, nothing really happened except yet another job interview for me (it later lead to the 1 month long job I had, see I./b for details). Krampus was nowhere to be found, but that wasn't new, being a mostly outdoor cat she likes to wander off in the neighborhood and dissapear for hours. That day however, she was at the wrong place at the wrong time. A while after I got home from the job interview, I called out her name in our backyard, but she didn't came.
Several minutes later when I looked outside, I've noticed her lying on her feet in the garden, staring out of her head. I went outside to cuddle her and that's when I noticed that something wasn't right. She was still staring out to nowhere and her backside appeared to be wet, even though there were no puddles anywhere. As I got closer, I realized that she's bleeding while in a shocked state. I shouted for my boyfriend to grab the cat transported box asap because something horrible must have happened. Krampus walked a few steps forward and she looked as if both of her hindlegs were broken. We managed to put her into the cat transporter and tried to call for a vet, but the one we went to with her fever just a few weeks before, couldn't accept her in their schedule. My heart was racing like crazy and my hands shaking, I knew that she needed help from a vet and fast too. Luckily my boyfriend found another vet's phone number in the yellow pages and he said we can take her there right now. His clinic was at the other side of the city, but who cared in a situation like that.
In a few minutes we arrived at the pet clinic and the vet surveyed the still shocked Krampus. There was a really deep and ugly cut on her rear and her tail was broken beyond fixable. The vet said that he'd do his best but he can't promise us that he can save her. He had to amputate her tail and closed the wound with 11 stitches. My boyfriend was in there with the vet to assist him, while I was waiting outside at their pet food shop with my mom and sis, still shaking. I wanted to be in there too, but I can't really stand bloody things like a surgery, especially if my cat is dying on the surgery table. After the successful operation the vet told us he suspects that someone with a shovel must have hit her real hard, but to this very day I like to believe that she just got into some impossible accident we wouldn't believe could happen even if we witnessed it, rather than think that there might be a human being in our area who would do such a horrible thing to a cat (who also had a collar on at the time). He told us to take her home and bring her back the other day so he'd see what chances she has.
Krampus got a lot of painkillers and was still under the effect of sedation (we already found out she recovers slow from sedatives from when she got spayed). Her bare rearside with the stitches looked beyond horrible, I'm just glad I didn't see the actual wound up close. After a sleepless night the next morning we have found her still dizzy from the sedatives and painkillers, yet trying to move around. As she was standing in the litterbox shaking and staring out of her head not even reacting to our voices, I couldn't help but cry even more. She seemed to be in a lot of pain and didn't look like she could ever urinate properly again. My dad came there and when he saw her wounds for the first time in daylight, he started to cry too. And here let me add that I was 22 at that time and never ever saw him cry, except if a relative died. Everyone was crying. Since Krampus looked so bad, we had to decide for the unthinkable: still that morning the entire family sat in the car while I was holding Krampus in the pet transporter and we went to the vet so he would help her pass the rainbow bridge. Anything, as long as she doesn't have to suffer any longer.
The vet surveyed Krampus and told us something we didn't even expect to hear: despite her bad state Krampus is worth a chance, she could recover. Of course we took the chance and a rather painful time of recovery followed, with lots of visits to the vet (he became our new vet, since he operated Krampus and knew of her condition the best). Luckily the vet was very kind and supportive, and didn't ask for a lot of money. We have built a little "enclosure" in my room for Krampus, since she could barely move and this way I could keep my eyes on her all day. From injecting painkillers under her skin to manually express her bladder, we had to do a lot of things we certainly could have live without. Luckily her urinating issues dissapeared after a while and she started to move around a lot more while her fur was growing back slowly.
Her state now? As good as before the accident, only a tail less. :,) In rare cases she has little peeing accidents while cleaning herself down there, but apart from those she's perfectly healthy and mischievous as ever. However she is very cautious now and avoids strangers more than ever, which is not a bad thing. She's even back into the mouse hunting business and got to see the snow again. See it for yourselves in this video I did earlier this week!
I am so glad she got another chance and recovered so miraculously in such a short time (it's short now but back then it seemed like an eternity). We have a lot of fun and even as I was typing this journal, she kept distracting me with her squeeky mouse toy. My boyfriend and I will try to find a lodging where she could come with us and become an indoor cat, wish us luck in finding such a place
II./b - Krampus' kittens
There is a reason why I am posting this journal today of all days. Namely because it was exactly one year ago that Krampus gave birth to her four little boys :3 (she still had a tail back then)
All four of them found loving homes at three families. First the tabbies left and were adopted together by a family with three children. The kids named them Marci (a Hungarian male name's nickname) and Virgoncka (= "little spry"). Next up was my favourite, Junior, the black kitty, who went to a family with two children. Micóka the tuxedo kitten was only the last because the family of my sister's boyfriend adopted him and they have an old dog so we wanted to make sure Micóka would be big enough to hide from the dog if there were any issues between them. But there wasn't, they became best friends and Micóka often tackled Pamacs (= "tufty") head on.
Everything went fine for a half year when shortly after Krampus recovered from her accident (II./b section above), Micóka got into one. He was hit by a car and died at the pet hospital. His loss shoke us all but neither of us had it as bad as my sister, who was the reason why her boyfriend's family adopted Micóka; so she could be with her chosen kitten at their place during her studies. He was the largest of the four kittens and we all were looking forward to see what a huge tomcat he would become, and even the vets at the pet hospital noted that he was really big for being only 6 months old. We miss him a lot and our only condolence is that even though he had a short life, at least it was a happy one. He played a lot with my sister and Pamacs the dog and was as mischievous as his mother.
A few days before when I looked at the calendar and saw this day coming, I was a little sad that only 3 of the 4 kittens would live to be one years old. Alas I was wrong because the day after I checked the calendar I found out from my mom (whose coworkers adopted the tabbies and Junior) that a few weeks ago Junior suffered the same fate, except he died on the spot. He was my little favourite, the cuddliest of all four, I can't believe he is gone too. Again, at least he had a happy life, something many stray animals (or in some cases even pets with homes) never get to experience.
When I think about the two, I try to remember I quote I've heard recently;
"Don't be sad, because it ended; be happy, because it happened."
It is true and I am happy I got to know these two from birth (as well as their tabby brothers).
May Micóka and Junior rest in peace...
On a slightly brighter note, while all four of them should have lived to be one years old, at least the tabbies Marci and Virgoncka are together and alright. Two out of four is still much better than none and hopefully they will have many more birthdays still.
Their mother Krampus too probably has her birthday around this time, she is/will become 2 years old.
II./c - Krampus now
If you have read II./a till the end or talked with me lately, you know that Krampus is fine nowadays - thank goodness. She still does a lot of silly and cute things to brighten our days and I take a lot of photos and video recordings of her. If you want to see more of her, check out the links below:
Now we are on topic now here at DeviantArt. My commissions are still closed, mostly because I have yet to find some time to finish some long overdue pieces. Until I finally tackle them, there won't be any new commission opportunities, sorry. As for those concerned, if you are reading this, please send me a note about the commissions I owe you; whether anything changed (since a lot of time passed). Until you see work in progress pictures of your commissioned pieces, you are free to change the subject of the commission (it's the least, really, since you have been waiting for your artworks for a long time). Also, I am very sorry for keeping you guys waiting, there is really no excuse for me and I won't even try to make some excuses. I would like to talk with you guys soon so I can try to finish my end of our deals and hopefully they will be worth the unnecessarily long waiting.
Also if you have seen my latest poll, you probably know that I am planning to make adoptable original characters (of course only once the commissions are done) which will be up for sale for affordable prices. What's an adoptable OC? Basically an original character I design and you can buy for your own use (he/she becomes your character). You can put them into your original or fanstories, use them in role play groups and so on. The only connection between me and the characters will be that I designed them, you can do whatever you want to do with them.
There will be brand new designs as well as random, non-story specific characters from older artworks of mine. If there is a character design (that isn't a character of a story/game etc.) that you like from my gallery, feel free to link and suggest them in your comments on this journal and I'll see if they will be available (of course with the character redrawn on a basic character sheet that will be part of the adoption for your use). Or if you are interested in specific character types, you can suggest those too (like catgirls, dragon-girls, werewolves, dragons, original digimons etc.) and I'll try to come up with a nice variety for those types for you to choose from Hopefully you
III./b - The Future of Kingdoms
Oh yes, that project is still alive, although I rarely get to show some lifesigns about it. If all goes right and I can get some freetime, I'll start to work on the first chapter this year. The story will be available as a webmanga in English. I have some halfdone artworks and lots of sketches (including new character/race designs and re-designs) and I keep plotting the story even when there is no visible sign of it (like an artwork). So those who are curious about TFoK - your waiting will hopefully come to an end this year ;3
Nothing much to say here, as some of you know I mostly only play Guild Wars 2, and that also only if I have some freetime at night. I play on the NA server Sanctum of Rall and I am the proud leader of the awesome guild Mysteriously Obscure Acronym, or [MOA] for short. We are a very fun international community and welcome any friendly player~ You can try to catch me online or send a pidgeon at the character Loki Blackskull. You can also check out our guild site and forum to learn more about our community, see a link to the [MOA] guild site below the cutely playing Krampus below:
Current Residence: On my butt at either Baja or Pécs Favourite style of art: everything? MP3 player of choice: my MP3 player of choice is an MP4 player -lol- Favourite cartoon character: Yami Bakura, Mink, Shinigami Sama Personal Quote: My 'Someone's reading my Personal Quote'-sense is tingling....