All posts by Marina Neira

My name is Marina! ๐ŸŒ I am an artist and fantasy writer, born in โ€™83. Youโ€™re welcome to refer to me as she/her; Iโ€™m pan and polyam. ๐ŸŒˆ๐Ÿ’™๐Ÿ’–๐Ÿ’› Iโ€™m a big animal lover (with four cats and close to a hundred pet snails) and a book collector, with books in almost every room of the house. I have a passion for dinosaurs. Iโ€™m also a furry and a Little in case youโ€™re familiar with those terms. Iโ€™m what you could describe as peculiar. I talk peculiar, dress peculiar, and have peculiar interests, to put it all mildly. Being this way has sometimes made it hard to find people I vibe with, but it has also led me down some interesting paths in life. For commission inquiries please contact me at marina@marinaneira.com

LEGO Store!! ๐ŸŒˆ

Today my friend Mwako and I went to the LEGO store! We got there very early and the store was empty except for this member of the armed forces completely engrossed in the โ€œbuild your ownโ€ minifigs bin:

I guess we are all kids on the inside in the end. Warmed my heart. Maybe he was shopping for his kids but he was so utterly absorbed that I like to think it was for himself.

Christopher asked me to take photos of all the sets I thought he would like. Ultimately I took pics of those and also of sets we could both do together.

The freight train is the one we got!

This one was simply amazing, SUPER high on my list!

These are more up my alley than his. So adorable!

Loved the Christmas setsโ€ฆ I know Iโ€™d build the Home Alone one every year!

Here’s a fantastic Star Wars display!

We are VIP members now!

Then it was time to eat! Here are our stuffie friends waiting for lunch with usโ€ฆ ๐ŸŒˆ๐Ÿ˜‹๐ŸŠ๐Ÿถ

Thai milk tea is here!

Lunch was bao buns. Very delicious! ๐ŸฅŸโœจ

Now it is time for a nap and some chores. Hope everyone is having a lovely day!

Mwako’s Here Again! ๐Ÿฆ

My friend Mwako arrived today for his week-long visit! Today was a calm day, we had burgers for dinner and hung out, but first we went to take care of our friendsโ€™ dog and kitties, since they are traveling at this time. Mwako and Soufflรฉ came along!

Hereโ€™s some pics of them: Louie, Tammy, and Sienna!

And a cautiously friendly stray in the neighborhood.

Back home, after dinner, we played giant UNO! Christopher thought it was extremely silly and complained a lot during shuffling. ๐Ÿ˜‚

They were very unwieldy but we laughed a lot!

Afterwards, Mwako tried to stack the cards high!

A short moment of triumph before immediate disaster. RIP ๐Ÿ’€

Now I am very tired and off to bed. Hoping we can go to the mall and the LEGO store tomorrow!

JUST WALK OUT: you can leave!!

…except, of course, when you can’t.

I’m sure you have seen the (pretty wholesome) meme I am referencing above. It’s very popular on Twitter, a reminder of the constant dread and anxiety shared by everyone using the site. Twitter is absolutely horrible, yet we feel like we can’t step away, to the point its users constantly remind themselves and each other that YES, you can leave the site, just log off, it’s okay. Sometimes nicely (as in this meme) and sometimes harshly (go touch grass/you’re terminally online/etc).

But few of us do. When we do, we come back rejuvenated, singing the praises of having touched said grass for a few hours, or read a book, or walked the dog. We feel so much better! So why are we back? Above all, connection. Or work. Or both.

Recently I had another upsetting event, barely so if I’m honest, considering what I used to deal with. Yet it sent me in a terrible spiral. I spent hours muting words, until I hit the Twitter mute word limit (didn’t know there was such a thing).

When I was done, I felt no better. Instead all I had was the horrible nagging need to wipe my existence off of Twitter AGAIN, except now I know for a fact that if I do it, that is it. There is no more making a living from my art.

I know everyone is tired of these gripes. It’s always the same. I’m really sorry. It’s just that this site is hurting me. No matter what I do, how many hours a day I block it. It’s hurting me.

A couple of years ago I deleted Twitter entirely, wiped all my accounts, and I felt so much better. I had a lot less work though and that sucked. But my brain worked better. I got better. I legitimately do not know what to do.

I want to be able to keep drawing. I hope I figure something out eventually.

Snail Pool Party! ๐ŸŒ๐Ÿ’ฆ

The snails were having a social gathering last night. They love soaking in fresh water!

My apologies. I didnโ€™t notice the snailโ€™s extended peepee. It was that kind of party, I guess!

Here is one of my deeply-buried snails coming out just enough to eat. The rest of their body was still buried. I thought it was so cute. ๐Ÿฅฌ๐ŸŒ

New snails are born! ๐ŸŒ๐Ÿผ

Bad picture because they are so small at this stage, but here is one up close! ๐ŸŒ๐Ÿผ

Back To The Future LEGO Set!

Tonight my husband and I played with LEGO! It was so much fun. We put a DeLorean together!

Soufflรฉ joined in the fun!

More in progress picsโ€ฆ

It was a blast!!

I can’t wait to put more sets together! ๐Ÿ‘€โœจ๐ŸŒˆ

Old Friend Found

Recently I’ve been sorting a lot of our storage bins. Christopher’s long-lost Littlefoot has been found!

He actually has had him since he was a very little boy, and once chucked him out of the car window during a tantrum, then had an absolute meltdown at this turn of events. ๐Ÿ˜‚ One of his grandparents stopped the car to save him! Littlefoot’s been through a lot of tough love. If real life worked like The Velveteen Rabbit, he’d definitely become real.

Pokรฉmon Labyrinth!

Tonight for date night we played the Pokรฉmon version of Labyrinth! Excuse the doofus eating peanut M&Mโ€™s off the table pleaseโ€ฆ ๐Ÿคฆโ€โ™€๏ธ

Here’s some close-up shots. As always with Ravensburger games and puzzles, the quality is amazing!

It was our first time playing this game. More challenging than I expected! I can’t wait to play it again.