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Today I got the news that the game dev studio that both I and my husband work for is closing. His last day is the 15th and they are keeping me on until the end of the month to help with the odds and ends of everything.  We're both getting an alright severance package and his vacation was maxed out so we'll be getting that, too.  Financially, we'll be okay. We have savings and we both have marketable skills that we can use to make money if we need to (art for me, web dev for him).  This is certainly not what I would call convenient, but I am seeing it as an opportunity for both of us.  I'm far too lazy to quit my job to try something new.  But in this case, the choice wasn't mine and I'm thrust into a new world of possibilities.  

What do I want to do?  Well, I can do whatever I want. My husband and I have both decided that we do want to take some time off.  He is a very talented artist and I have no doubt that people will be seeking his skills soon.  I'm a little less marketable and I don't really have a career passion or anything that I really want to do that doesn't require additional schooling. I've thought about going back to school and it is certainly something I'm considering even more strongly now.

That being said, I'm not sure what else I will be up to in the next few months. I have AAC in a few weeks and then nothing really planned until Anime Boston in May 2013. In the meantime, if I'm not working any FT job, I might try doing some more art commissions, making more plushies, maybe looking for more conventions to go to.  It might be fun to make art for a while and see how it goes.

I guess right now I'm about 85% excited, 10% concerned and 5% meh.

I just can't believe I actually have to keep going to work for another  4 weeks. :XD: Man that is so lame! ;P




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sailor-marz Featured By Owner Oct 20, 2012  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
Always good to see the positives in any situation!

I genuinely wish you and your husband well. I'm am sure you'll both have a blast having the time to do what you love for now :glomp: You'll defs be swarmed with commission requests to keep you busy anywho so there is no time for worrying!!!! :XD:


On a side note: I really really hope you can continue with your collecting!!!!!! :heart:
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sakkysa Featured By Owner Oct 21, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I hope so, too!
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Dark-Link117 Featured By Owner Oct 12, 2012  Hobbyist Writer
Wow that's some crazy stuff...
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sakkysa Featured By Owner Oct 12, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
truth xD
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lilly-peacecraft Featured By Owner Oct 9, 2012  Professional General Artist
Sakky sorry to hear about your news about your job. I will keep you in my prayers. I'm still working at my part time job. I just learned today that I was accepted for an second job (part time that will lead to a full time). I'll be working at a photography studio as a photographer. :)

Anyways I wish you luck with your future! I hope to see you at AZ 2013. :)
~Lilly-chan
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sakkysa Featured By Owner Oct 10, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
wow that's super exciting :D best of luck! I won't be at AZ this year - Anime Boston moved to Memorial Day so hopefully I will be there instead.
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lilly-peacecraft Featured By Owner Oct 11, 2012  Professional General Artist
Oo k, well there can always be another convention. Your always welcome to come to Matsuricon here in Columbus, OH. I don't know the dates for next year yet, but your always welcome.

~Lilly-chan
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sakkysa Featured By Owner Oct 11, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thanks! :hug:
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kyut530 Featured By Owner Oct 6, 2012  Professional Artisan Crafter
:hug:
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sakkysa Featured By Owner Oct 6, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
:hug:
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caleigh Featured By Owner Oct 6, 2012  Hobbyist Filmographer
Sounds like it could be a blessing in disguise? I'm sure it will all work out for the better. :) Could be a great opportunity for a new chapter!! :hug:

PS: Let me know if you do more commissions... I may need someone to make a Silver Dragon broach for me ;)
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sakkysa Featured By Owner Oct 6, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Hehe will do ;D
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emperor-angelo-xxv Featured By Owner Oct 5, 2012  Student General Artist
*hugs* :hug:
I will pray for you. :pray:
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sakkysa Featured By Owner Oct 5, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
:heart:
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supersonic3225 Featured By Owner Oct 4, 2012  Professional Traditional Artist
So you need comissions, which means you will be taking people's request and they'll give you points and that turns it into money. I see that we're both jobless and I can't do comissions.
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sakkysa Featured By Owner Oct 4, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
No, I typically haven't done point commissions. I usually just take payment through PayPal. Does DA actually let you convert points back to money now?
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sayuriFLOWER Featured By Owner Oct 10, 2012
yep, da allows you to convert points now.

100 :points: = $1
for info: [link]
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sakkysa Featured By Owner Oct 10, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Though... that looks like it's for print sales. Can you do the same with any points given to you or just through the sales on DA? How would you do commissions like that?
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sayuriFLOWER Featured By Owner Oct 10, 2012
nope, it's not possible to convert the amount of points you have from donating to money. the only way is via the "generate earnings" thingy whatever the heck it is.
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sakkysa Featured By Owner Oct 10, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Ah okay well I guess that really wouldn't work for me then since I'm not selling prints. But thanks for the info :D
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sayuriFLOWER Featured By Owner Oct 10, 2012
oh no, it isn't for prints! :XD: it's all about generating earnings by putting this option on a picture on your gallery, and the buyer pays. THEN, should you get your points in 'my earnings' to convert to real money! ouo
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sakkysa Featured By Owner Oct 10, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I guess I just don't see how that would work for commissions xD
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sakkysa Featured By Owner Oct 10, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Ah thanks! That's helpful to know :D
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supersonic3225 Featured By Owner Oct 5, 2012  Professional Traditional Artist
I don't think so, I hope they will make that happen soon since I don't have the following cerdit card, PayPal, job. I'm kinda low on points and Where's Sailor Moon. I thouhgt she was gonna be on tv .
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sakkysa Featured By Owner Oct 5, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
There is a new anime being made in Japan. It's coming out in 2013. No idea if/when we will see it here though.
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supersonic3225 Featured By Owner Oct 5, 2012  Professional Traditional Artist
2013 and it's in Japan, that's how it's always started back in 1992, Japan. Sailor Moon 1992 and they made it first in Japan, while we have to wait. I wish there was some kind of computer animated Sailor Moon movie, that'll be cool. But I don't know if they'll make that or not. I don't mind live action or cosplay, I just want the real thing. I want to see the real actual transformation, live and I want it all to be real.
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sakkysa Featured By Owner Oct 5, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
They said something in the announcement about a world wide simulcast but I guess we will have to wait to see if there's any truth to that. Madoka got here very fast so maybe the new Sailormoon will, too.
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supersonic3225 Featured By Owner Oct 5, 2012  Professional Traditional Artist
Okay then.
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Angel-Creations Featured By Owner Oct 4, 2012  Professional General Artist
I'm sorry to hear it but I'm glad you're seeing it as an opportunity! I'm looking forward to seeing what's in store for you - good luck hun! :heart:
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sakkysa Featured By Owner Oct 4, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
thanks!
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KumiUchiha Featured By Owner Oct 4, 2012  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
Oh no!!! Not another person(my mommy's job @GE Healthcare is laying off people and it having me worried now that she will loose her job!), I hope you do find something to help you out!!!

Oh a happier note, we may see each other in Anime Boston, I'll be a Pikachu!
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sakkysa Featured By Owner Oct 4, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Yay!! I hope I get in! Sign ups are next month :D
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KumiUchiha Featured By Owner Oct 4, 2012  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
Cool!!!! Have you been before? As I plan on going for one day because hotels in Boston are expensive!!! So I wanna know when is the best day to go!
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sakkysa Featured By Owner Oct 4, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
They are so expensive! Friday and Saturday are both great!! It's different every year as far as which one is busier, but I'm in the Art Alley the whole time so my perspective is a bit different than a con goer. You will have fun no matter which day you go! I have been going to the art alley at AB since 2010.
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KumiUchiha Featured By Owner Oct 6, 2012  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
Yea and apparently a friend of mine may be there too as a vendor or some sort as hes an author of a manga. So I definitely will be there to support him!

Anyways most likely will go Saturday or Sunday as I have classes that Friday. Oh well. Why does Boston have to be 2 1/2 hours away and so many toll booths all the way!!! >.<
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sakkysa Featured By Owner Oct 6, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
yeah >< I hope I get to see you!
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KumiUchiha Featured By Owner Oct 9, 2012  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
I do too! That would be most epic! If you can remember just tap me on the shoulder. Hopefully I will be the only Pikachu there(maybe no as he is popular), but if I am you know who I will be haha!
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theartslave Featured By Owner Oct 4, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
Oh no! I wish you the best of luck in finding something new! I'm actually in a somewhat similar spot, trying to find a job for the first time! I'm sure with taking some time off you can truly assess what you want to do and what jobs are out there where you get to do them! :)
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sakkysa Featured By Owner Oct 4, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thank you! I hope you find something too :D
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theartslave Featured By Owner Oct 5, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
Thanks! :)
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starlit-creations Featured By Owner Oct 4, 2012  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
Wishing you both the best, Sakky.
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sakkysa Featured By Owner Oct 4, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
thanks!
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JadineR Featured By Owner Oct 4, 2012
Welp, ok? XD;;

Seriously though, I hope you guys are able to find adequate jobs -- though jeez, looks like you planned well economically O: I think you personally will be able to stay afloat with so many Sailor Moon commissions and plushies xD;
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sakkysa Featured By Owner Oct 4, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thanks! haha yes my husband is very smart with money and frugal. He's the one that makes the financial plans for us so I think he's always trying to make sure we will be okay. ^___^ I'm grateful to have someone on my team who thinks about these things!
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MichaelLinkJr Featured By Owner Oct 4, 2012
The one dreaded thing about the world of game design... getting shut down. However, like you said, the possibilities are open. Wishin' you folks a ton of luck. =)
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sakkysa Featured By Owner Oct 4, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
thanks!! :D
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elila Featured By Owner Oct 4, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Dude, you should spend all your time drawing Sailor Moon! :la: Between your commissions and plushies, you'll never want for anything to do I think! :D

Congratulations on a wonderful opportunity to take your life in a new and exciting direction! A pity it happened this way, though, but I'm certain you and your hubbie both will more than fine! There's nothing you can't do, Sakky! :)
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sakkysa Featured By Owner Oct 4, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
YAY! :D
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mucai Featured By Owner Oct 4, 2012
*hugs*

hmmm... web dev... *ponders*
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sakkysa Featured By Owner Oct 4, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Hehehe. :D
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