I don't know if it is as obvious to you guys as it is to me, but I feel like I should explain why I haven't put of any work since the Ripley piece.
Starting in December, my bedroom/studio has been flooded. You see, we live in a basement apartment. In December, it snowed for the first time in our little Arkansan town. Ever since then, there has been a steady leak coming from the baseboard. At first, it was manageable. We put down towels, informed our landlord, and waited for help to arrive. It never did. The more it rained and snowed throughout the winter, the worse it got. The room in question is so large that we have used curtains to split it into two rooms, with our bed in the front and my studio in the back. Over time, the entire floor became immersed in water. Luckily, the room is tile, so it was better than it could have been, but that hasn't done much to stop the growth of BLACK MOLD on the walls.
Every towel we owned is now ruined, since at the worst of it, we were having to soak up 6 towels worth of water twice a day, changing them out, drying them, and then changing them out once a again. My bedside table is ruined, since it has begun to rot at the base from being immersed in water. For some strange reason, while the room is tiled, my closet, where I used to store my work, is carpeted. It has been growing mushrooms. We keep complaining to the landlord, but nothing is being done.
Apparently, the apartment has a history of flooding, and they have tried every cheaper method of fixing it available. The only option now is to dig up the entire front yard and change the sump pump (or at least that's the gist of what I've been told). They really don't want to do this. We haven't slept in our bed in over a month, and have pretty much abandoned the room.
Recently, for the first time in months, the water stopped. The floor is now completely dry. We spent a good lot of time yesterday cleaning out the room, throwing away ruined furniture and clothes and things. We scrubbed the walls with bleach and fungicide. We're going to try and steam clean the closet. Hopefully, we'll be able to convince the landlord to replace the carpet and the wood that has rotted.
So yeah. I haven't been able to work on anything really. Hopefully, I will soon be posting a smaller commission piece I've been working on. I've had the panel for the next Fandom Rocks! piece primed for months, I am now basically just waiting for the room to be usable again.
Anyhow, I know nobody likes to read sad sack excuses for why an artist hasn't put out any work, but that's what I've got. Sorry. Thanks for sticking with me.
Listening to: Shadow Shadow Shade
Reading: Invisible Monsters by Chuck Palahniuk
Watching: New Dr. Who!!! *squee*
Eating: Golden Delicious Apples
Drinking: Water. Lots of it.