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Steam Rolling into the New Year

Journal Entry: Sat Jan 12, 2013, 6:39 PM

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Star Chasers by MeliHitchcock
Star Chasers

New Year n All That

Well that new year certainly crept up faster than I anticipated! I hope everyone's Christmas was jolly and they made a bunch of New Years resolutions to break in three months. :D My holiday was spent kicking my feet up and enjoying the last week of December at home, relaxing and purging a lot of my house hold items. I've just got to a point that I want to de-clutter even though I still have a TON of items. It's so amazing how much you accumulate over the years! My goal is to downsize on quite a bit of furniture and replace some others this year. Since I repainted my living room, I want to get a whole new look, but bills kept attacking the wallet so it really prevented a lot of getting what I wanted. In two months, that will be alllll over with and I can start saving again. wooHOO! Such a happy feeling to be debt free. Part of an ongoing resolution has been to be more diligent with my budget. It's so easy to get away with over spending and lately I've just come to the conclusion that all this stuff is just that... stuff. Honestly, when the Waldo Canyon fire was going on I did a little video detailing all the items I had. I was left thinking that, aside my cats, computer, and WETA LOTR sculptures, I really didn't care about anything else. It all could have burned to ash and replacing them would have been a cinch. I think I've just hit a point where materialism has lost all real appeal to me. I allowed myself to get wrapped up in it and in the end it doesn't really mean anything to me. I'd rather be spending that cash going and seeing somewhere new and exciting.

New Lil Baby

So around last November after tossing a great deal of junk from my office, I decided to investigate reptiles. I've really wanted one bad for the last three years now, always worrying whether or not I'd have the money or time for it, and have been researching quite heavily into what would be compatible with my schedule. I've always been a fan of geckos but as I did more homework on them I wasn't sure if I'd be able to meet their humidity needs. So I ended up looking at bearded dragons instead. As long as I was able to find an adult, they seemed perfect! Imagine my surprise when I discovered a coworkers son was interested in selling his. So just a week ago last Saturday, I went and brought him home. Meet Hermies! :D

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He's such a little PEACH! This little guy hasn't even undergone much relocation stress and has let me handle him, bath him, and feed him on a regular basis just about every day since I brought him home. He did get a little agitated the first day, he black bearded and puffed himself all up when he saw his reflection in the glass. I ended up having to cover part of the vivarium so he'd stop. But other than that day, he's wanted to be held and generally lets me know when he wants out. Right now he's shedding and kind of rubbing himself all over everything. I think some of his old skin wasn't shed properly on his nose but I think the baths will help with that! More images below and at my imgur page:

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  • Drinking: Tea


Melissa Hitchcock
Artist | Professional | Digital Art
United States
Meli has trained primarily as a Technical Illustrator and has worked for the past 10 years within the government contract world. She has done various illustrations for numerous technical manuals for Air Force Space Command. Meli is well versed in vector based programs such as Adobe Illustrator and Corel Draw. Many illustrations depict isometric line art illustrating various equipment being broken down into parts or redrawing schematics from other contractor agencies.

On the side, she freelances creative illustrations for various private commissions. Much of her work reflects her deep passion for fantasy related myths and creatures as well as her fascination for animals and subjects of whimsy.

She is currently available for commission.




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GLO-HE Featured By Owner Dec 4, 2013
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eReSaW Featured By Owner Nov 3, 2013
thank you so much for faving :hug:
Lei-Ren Featured By Owner Sep 1, 2013  Hobbyist
Thank you for the fav! =D
Trollbraut Featured By Owner Aug 4, 2013
Hej, thank you :sun: Have a great day!!
CMWVisualArts Featured By Owner Feb 26, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Thanks for the :+fav:('s) :love:
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Dawgit Featured By Owner Feb 9, 2013
Thank you Meli for the fave
eReSaW Featured By Owner Feb 9, 2013
thanks for all the :+fav:s :hug:
Kukapetal Featured By Owner Jan 16, 2013
Thanks so much for the review! I'm flattered you liked the new chapter :D

Your new lizard is cute!
MeliHitchcock Featured By Owner Jan 17, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
I completely spaced that Fanfic has the anon reviews. XD Over Christmas I kept going back asking myself, "Has she updated yet, has she updated yet?" *refresh refresh* lol

Two points that I had totally spaced on when I wrote my review: Make sure next chapter Elizabeth takes a shower. It's been four days now, I'm sure she's really ripe. lol Also, most of your chapters end on a 'end of the day' theme where people are going to sleep. Just a bit of repetition that should probably get broke up a bit.

Minor things really. :) I've been loving the direction you're taking this. I'm so curious what is going on in HIS head. Does he view her like we would view a boston terrier... this small high strung creature that only has "on/off" switches and barks too much? Or is he trying to figure her out? He obviously knows that due to the communication issue talking is rather pointless, but I would think perhaps there would be something in the escape pods data base that could help Liz out with basic language. Like what happened to the interpretation program that David used? Wouldn't there be a back up system? Not sure how large of a unit that would be and if it could only be on the now wrecked Prometheus. Perhaps there was some items that could be salvaged that fell from the ship? Sorry, tangent!

By the way, what's with all the revenge reviews on your piece? Someone get butt hurt that you left them some constructive criticism? :p
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