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Pre-Trip Announcements ๐Ÿ›ซ

Greetings, everyone! I am giving the last touches to my packing today. As you may already know, I am leaving on a family vacation. I will be gone from tomorrow 6/25 until Sunday 7/4. We will have a friend staying over to look after our house and our pets.

During this time, you will not be able to reach me. Or rather, you will be able to, but I would ask that you avoid doing so. I will try not to look at my phone/Telegram/emails. Mostly, I will monitor for emergencies.

โ›” Please do not insistently reach out to me after June 26th (which when our plane actually departs) if you don’t have an emergency. An emergency is something that absolutely cannot wait until I return (hint: anything commission related CAN wait until I return). Please wait until my return on July 4th to contact me.

On a lighter note, not only is this the longest vacation of my life, but also my first big family vacation (with my husband, mom in law and sis in law, Christopher’s Grandma, and a good family friend). These are all people I obviously love tons and the idea of going on this trip with all of them, of seeing New York City for the first time, of seeing the cabin in which Grandma lived with Grandpa, who will have been gone a year next month, of visiting the American Museum of Natural History, seeing the Statue of Liberty, and so many more things, of doing lots and lots of driving in beautiful places, it’s all a dream come true to say the least. ๐Ÿฅบโœจ

With that out of the way, I wanted to make clear what this means in terms of commissions.

๐ŸŒˆ There Are No Warm-Ups During My Vacation Week ๐ŸŒˆ

As this was established when the 100 Days Of Warm-Ups journal was posted, it will not affect anyone’s delivery dates. ๐Ÿ˜Š I took this week of vacation into account when I made the Warm-Up schedule. So, when you don’t see Warm-Ups posted for the next eight days, please know that everything is running as it should. This week was always a Warm-Up-less week from the start.

๐ŸŒˆ 4 Overdue Commissions ๐ŸŒˆ

Due to a lot of stuff going on in my life, including vet trips and special care for Tomoyo, my mom’s lengthy immigration procedures/paperwork, as well as the completion of my citizenship process last May, I had a few commissions go past my self-imposed “overdue” deadline, and one which I know will be overdue while I am gone. While it’s not like, terrible, and they are all for commissioners who are friends of mine and have always given me a long leash time wise, I want to write below which commissions are overdue, for full accountability and transparency.

I fully expect to complete these commissions before any others reach their due date.

  • Mwako (2 characters, fully rendered, already colored and currently shading, but won’t be finished until I return)
  • Island (3 characters, fully rendered, not yet started)
  • Snowthebear (5 characters, flat colored, not yet started)
  • Tugscarebear (2 characters, fully rendered, not yet started, will pass due date while I am gone)

I am bringing my iPad, so it is possible that all four of these commissions will see moderate to significant progress while I am gone. But my goal during the vacation will be to enjoy the vacation –if I draw it’ll be because I got tired of gaming and reading during my downtime. I really want to relax. I need it, badly.

๐Ÿ’– Thank you ๐Ÿ’–

I want to end this post by extending my gratitude for all the support I have received so far this year. Thanks to you all, I am slowly accomplishing important life goals. I appreciate all of my commissioners.

I hope to have lots of photos and fun anecdotes to share with you upon my return. ๐Ÿ‘‹

(I do expect to make one last post tomorrow, as it’s just a day of prep, we leave in the evening. So you’ll hear from me once more, but already, tomorrow it may be difficult to contact me, and you won’t get a response after Saturday. Ideally though, I prefer you just wait until my return to contact me. I never know if a friend or family member may contact me for an emergency, so getting messages means I can’t ignore them and it will be stressful to get them. Thank you so much.)

Not Happy To Announce This, But Back On Twitter (Sorta) ๐Ÿ˜ž

Hey everyone. As the title says, I get no pleasure from making this announcement. But, it wasn’t until recently, when I developed an art style that allows me to finish a minimum of one commission per day, to sometimes two or three, that I realized that my clientele here on FA is just not enough to cover the slots I am now able to put out. The same wonderful, faithful repeat clients can only do so much for me, and it’s a burden on them to know I depend on them so much.

Given that I use Postybirb now, I feel perhaps there is some way for me to avail my work and announcements to people on Twitter without having to interact directly with the site. So while I am back in a limited, crossposting capacity by using automated software, this is something that I REALLY want to emphasize:

Please do not expect interaction from me on there. I won’t see your comments very often, and I won’t follow anyone.

I hate Twitter. I’ve agonized over this. I do not want to interact with anyone on Twitter. This is merely done as a convenience to people who only book slots that pop up there. Artwork aside, to anyone, friendly or not, who tries to pull me into any anxiety-inducing situation, be it gossip, the daily drama/discourse, whether with good intentions or not, I will be very harsh in blocking.

I do not care if you don’t like my followers. I do not and will not curate who follows me. My mental health cannot handle this, so please curate your own spaces but do not ask me to make changes for your mental health at the expense of my own. Do not send me callouts, helpful warnings/bewares, do not tell me if someone is talking badly about me. PLEASE ESPECIALLY THE LATTER. I don’t want to know. If you care about me, please spare me.

I’m setting up my Twitter in a way that won’t really allow for much direct interaction with me, which I’m likely to miss anyway. I’m not installing the app, and you can’t DM me there, but you can follow me. You will see my art and commission postings there now, as well as stream and blog announcements, so you won’t miss out. I know many of you are only rarely here, and mostly on Twitter.

I was very happy to leave that siteโ€ฆ I am only making this adjustment, with a lot of caveats, because paying off my debt and taking care of my mom is really important to me. But I am afraid of doing this because it was so bad for me. I was miserable before. I don’t want to get like that again. I’m hoping I won’t.

My account there is SquirrelElf: https://twitter.com/SquirrelElf

You’re welcome to follow me, and RTs of my work and commission slots are very, very deeply appreciated. I’ll be unlocking the account after a couple more tests.

REMEMBER, IN CASE YOU SKIMMED THROUGH: IT’S A CROSS POSTING, MOSTLY AUTOMATED ACCOUNT. I WON’T FOLLOW YOU BACK. I WILL RARELY SEE YOUR COMMENTS.

It’s only so you can see my art there and catch commission slots. Thank you!

Important Blog Changes And A Heads-Up! โœจ

Hi everyone! This change started a couple of days ago, but I have come to a decision in regards to my portfolio and my blog that I am ready to formally announce. Going forward, they will be merged into one!

๐ŸŒˆ What This Means ๐ŸŒˆ

This WordPress site will become my main base of operations, and my Wix-hosted portfolio and book websites will be retired in favor of being merged into this site. Regretfully I spent over $200 on my Wix bill, which lasts for the whole year, but I’d still rather make this change. Wix is buggy, it keeps my files hostage (backups aren’t a thing) and to be honest I don’t think a whole lot of people visit my portfolio anyways.

One of the things I did earlier in the week as part of this process was to redo the way I use categories and tags here, and already this has caused my visitor count to rise. I’d rather those visitors see my commission options, books, and portfolio without needing to leave this site (which can easily mean they don’t see that at all.)

Plus, soon I’ll hit the cap on my file storage for WordPress, necessitating a costly upgrade (you have no idea how many images I upload here, or how large… well… maybe you do ๐Ÿ˜…) and I don’t want to pay a lot for two premium sites.

It does sadden me that this means losing my Wix website’s design. Though buggy, I think it was beautiful. This stopped me from going forward with this change in the past, but I feel ready to move on.

Most Significantly…

This means that my online presence will become a lot less professional. This, too, is what once prevented me from doing this merge. I’ve generally made an effort to keep my personal and professional presences pretty separate.

With the merging of these two sites, everything goes out the window… I am truly myself here, all over this place, for better or for worse. But the vast majority of my commissioners (and I do mean like 99% of them, even commercial clients) are generally furries or part of the kink community. So, frankly, this just makes more sense for me at this point in my life.

๐ŸŒˆ What Has Already Been Done ๐ŸŒˆ

I already replicated my Terms of Service, Rates, Commission Request Form, Will Draw/Won’t Draw, and all YCH Catalogs (including icons and badges), Meganeea and The Tale Of Horus have seen their pages replicated in full with the exception of chapters.

My About page was extended when it was moved here, and I made sure to update the FAQ here to reflect anything that was in the portfolio FAQ only.

๐ŸŒˆ What Still Needs Doing ๐ŸŒˆ

On the back end, I want to tidy up a few things… remake permalinks, update wording (since this is now my main site as opposed to just my blog) update domain redirects, and remove all image titles which are making galleries look ugly. I need to draw up new footer dividers for Meganeea and Horus, and update the blog banner (on that note, my blog will naturally no longer be called Marina’s Blog. The title will be changed to Squelfland).

Chapters for Meganeea and The Tale Of Horus will be added as individual blog pages and then linked to their corresponding places in the Chapter Index pages.

IMPORTANT: In the next couple of days you will see all of these chapters be posted as individual posts, even though they are old. Please don’t worry if you get a small flurry of notifs… the chapters are long but few.

I still need to move all Art For Me and my entire portfolio. This is a big job, it will take a few days.

Once everything is done, I’ll have to thoroughly check everything in my online presence to update broken links and wording. I will also adjust some content in the sidebars and have already begun to do so.

That’s all! This is a pretty big change for me so I just wanted to let you guys know.

100 Days Of Warm-Ups! โœŠโœ๏ธ

I want to do something a little different to finish paying off my debt (which sits at $3,950) in a reasonable amount of time. To this end, I am going to be offering a flat colored drawing (no background) with black lines, per day, every day, for a hundred days. Yes –really! And yes, I’ve thought this out carefully over the course of a couple of weeks.

So far, every time I believed I could accomplish something, and really believed it, I never failed. This won’t be easy, but I’m feeling confident. I hope you can believe in me too and support me with this project. ๐Ÿ™‡โ€โ™€๏ธ

I’ve taken hours of time and planned this out very thoroughly —PLEASE READ THE ENTIRE JOURNAL! ๐Ÿ™

๐Ÿ“Œ How It’s Going To Work ๐Ÿ“Œ

Each drawing will cost $36.35, which after PayPal takes its cut will leave me with $35 per day, per drawing. I will only do one a day, in the mornings, and I will be getting up earlier in the day to do this.

I may have to turn down characters with markings that are too complicated, but I’ll try not to. Because speed is of the essence, unfortunately I can’t simply charge more and accept complex characters, as this could veer me off track.

You can reserve your slot in advance. Dated slots are sold on a first-come, first serve basis, with the first slot starting on April 6th.

You can reserve multiple slots. But, you need to tell me the details when you book, or it’ll be artistic freedom. I need this to be as streamlined as possible. Please have ALL info/refs ready. ALL OF IT! Please. ๐Ÿ™๐Ÿฅบ

You can order a slot as a gift, but you must have permission from the other person. Just have them comment on the journal to give permission if I don’t know you well.

On these days, work on slots will be suspended, and the date you are given to receive your drawing will reflect that:

๐Ÿ“… April 20-21 (Citizenship interview)
๐Ÿ“… June 12 (Going to a show)
๐Ÿ“… June 25 – July 5 (New England trip)

There may be things added that may push dates very slightly (such as my oath of allegiance ceremony which still needs to be scheduled.) But, in most cases, you will receive your drawing on your specific assigned day. In case something happens on my end and I need some catch-up time, please allow up to 48 hours for your art to be completed and uploaded.

This will not affect current queue progress. As I mentioned, I am specifically getting up an hour and a half earlier in the mornings for the next hundred or so days, to accomplish this. This is why I need to keep things simple.

For easy tracking, I’m creating a special Trello column in my queue, exclusive to this project, as well as a specific gallery folder here: https://www.furaffinity.net/gallery/marinaneira/folder/948236/

๐Ÿ“Œ Deadline/Accountability ๐Ÿ“Œ

This is a big project, and I want to treat it accordingly, by considering all possibilities.

Naturally I cannot foresee the future, and I could break my arm/get COVID/have a family emergency in the next 100 workdays. Should this happen, I will appreciate your patience and understanding. Even in the case of a big emergency, all slots will be completed in 2021 or refunded before the year is over if a catastrophe should arise.

Please note, I have no fear of this happening nor do I expect it to happen, and I’ve thought this out carefully, which is why I even looked at my calendar to foresee non-working days/trips/etc. Nonetheless, because of the unusual daily deadline and volume of slots, I still want to be able to say to everyone, “This is the date by which you’ll get a refund if something bad happens and you don’t get your art when I promised it”. So that would be, the last day of this year.

๐Ÿ“Œ Rules & Such๐Ÿ“Œ

๐ŸŒˆ You can choose the pose and expression, or leave it up to me.
๐ŸŒˆ NO WIPS, NO CHANGES –unless I miss something on your ref sheet.
๐ŸŒˆ Generic stuffed animals are OK for an extra $5. I’m ok with VERY SIMPLE non generic ones such as, you know, Elmo and the like. Feel free to ask, but I will turn down anything too time consuming.
๐ŸŒˆ Outfits can be your choice or artistic freedom. No complex diaper patterns or complex outfits. No kigurumis (these are very time consuming for me). JUST FOR THIS, as an incentive, I’m going to suspend my “no adults in diapers” rule!! ๐Ÿ‘ˆ
๐ŸŒˆ Very simple props are okay. Please keep it simple.
๐ŸŒˆ I’ll draw furry and kemonomini characters, as well as human kids/babies (no human adults.)
๐ŸŒˆ My usual terms apply (link). Wherever there is a conflict, what is mentioned in this journal is what goes, since this project is a little different.

๐Ÿ“Œ I’m Ready! How Do I Get A Slot? ๐Ÿ“Œ

๐ŸŒˆ Read EVERYTHING ABOVE. Write “I got it” on your comment so I know that you did.
๐ŸŒˆ Comment on this FurAffinity journal with ALL necessary information. Outfit references, prop references, everything. Try to keep everything to one comment. If things are artistic freedom, please say so. You can also contact me on Telegram (MarinaNeira) or Discord (MarinaNeira#1431) for slots. We have to share a Discord server for you to be able to DM me there. My Discord server is here: https://discord.gg/xtaYuVH
๐ŸŒˆ Be ready to pay via PayPal right away, I will provide you with a link. If you want to pay via Zelle instead, it will just be $35. Just send the Zelle payment AFTER I approve your slot to marina@marinaneira.com.
๐ŸŒˆ Don’t ask me to change characters/details once you’ve booked, please.
๐ŸŒˆ After you’ve paid, I will give you a Trello link and a due date/place in line.

๐Ÿ“Œ My Goal ๐Ÿ“Œ

I have a hope of having my mom living with us for Christmas of 2022. Itโ€™s a bit far-fetched, but I want to try. For that, I need to pay my debt ASAP โ€“ideally within the next three months, because I have to raise 10k to move my mom in with us. When you get one of these slots, youโ€™ll be helping me accomplish one of the most important goals in my life, especially right now โ€“to look after my mom while she is still here. The pandemic has really made me realize how our family members can be here one day and gone the next, and my mom will soon be pushing 70. I think it’s a goal worth trying for.

Iโ€™m really grateful to all my supporters and commissioners for helping me get there!

Going Forward – TOS Update

I’ve taken down the FA journals for the safety of my own account (though given the maginitude of the issue, and the fact that there is a conviction, I would hope I am in the clear.

I do want to clarify, while I am working to get FA to take all such art down from that person’s gallery, if you are featured in the art, you don’t need to remove it if you don’t want to. I just want it gone from his gallery. I am also contacting other galleries to request the same.

Also, though I never thought I’d see the day, this has been added to my TOS, and applies retroactively:

Should you be convicted (not merely accused or hearsay) of a crime that could cause my association with you to reflect poorly on me, I reserve the right to revoke your right to display any non-commercial artwork you commissioned from me. You will not receive a refund for these artworks if I am forced to do this. Please note, I am referring to serious crimes. In a nutshell: I don’t want to be associated with you if you’re convicted of sexual assault/murder.

While it seems odd to be so specific, I want to make it clear that I won’t revoke rights merely based on accusations or hearsay, or even minor crimes. But if you end up on jail for rape or murder, I’m sorry, but I’m going to exercise this right. This will not apply to commercial art, since in those cases the copyright has been sold to you. Basically, unless you intend to rape or murder someone, or a similar very serious crime (where an actual conviction is involved) you have nothing to worry about.

MalyMilo Convicted [HEAVY CW!! Child Abuse!!]

EDIT: I’m fixing typos as I go. I made so much art for him including gifts. This is a very disturbing day for me so please bear with the typos below and with me just, not being okay. I didn’t consider Milo a very close friend –more of a friendly acquaintance. What is really destroying me is having a suspicion about someone and not being able to do anything about it even though I had the suspicion before the event took place. I also really don’t know how this makes me feel about the community going forward even though I know that’s really unfair. I’m just trying to process this.

EDIT 2: As you all can imagine, I am also filled with dread at the possibility of being wrong. I know I’m not, going by the facts at hand, but France doesn’t have a public sex offender registry, there are no photos of this convicted Camille Orion anywhere. So I am going by the facts I have. The name, which I know to be correct. Having worked in a nursery, and then seeking work as an au pair / nanny (all things I knew he was doing.) Having multiple diplomas in the field (which I knew he had.) The age range is correct, but Milo hadn’t updated his age in a while, so I don’t know his exact age. Both men would be in their early 30s. The fact that he disappeared at the exact time the allegations were made, almost to the exact day. The mention of diaper fetish in the article. I do not see how this can not be Milo.

There is an additional article, but you need to click the pop-up and watch a short ad to read the whole thing: https://www.nicematin.com/justice/l…..ophiles-584903

And a work listing, which shows him living in Nice, where the assault took place: https://www.apollo.io/people/Camill…..51213c#contact

I think this additional info removes all shadow of doubt. I didn’t really have any, it’s just that, I don’t want to believe this, I know it’s true. But it’s so hard to accept. I’m so heartbroken, not for him, but for the community, and obviously for this very little child.

A long time ago, when I was doing lots of artwork for MalyMilo (Camille Orion) I remember seeing his photos working with children as an au pair. I remember also seeing some of his wet diaper art, stuff that was less innocent by my standards, and when I saw him in the photos with babies and little children, I’d think, I really hope he doesn’t end up molesting a child someday.

I don’t know why he gave me this feeling. I think it’s because I struggle with the idea of someone getting art of their baby sona in wet diapers WHILE working with babies. How do you do both at once and not have the former be sketchy? But the babyfur community always has such unfair stigma. I, of all people, should know better, and not think something horrible about a frequent commissioner… something that surely he’d never do. He studied so much to look after children. It was his biggest dream.

Today MarisolBosques posted art about Milo being gone, and I remembered, indeed, he disappeared August of 2019. I’d often wondered why. I had a bad feeling about a specific potential outcome that I thought was horrible of me to consider. In a terrible turn of events, I turned out to be right.

August 2019 is when the allegation in this horrible article (now confirmed, of which he has been convicted) took place. Please note, HEAVY HEAVY TRIGGER WARNING FOR GRAPHIC CHILD ASSAULT DESCRIPTION: https://headtopics.com/fr/un-baby-s…..x-ans-16166469

I’m shaking as I write this. And yes, that is Milo. I know, because everything matches up. Date, name, location, age, time he went missing, as well as obviously the stuff about diapers and zoophilia (my guess is that this is just how the article is referring to furry stuff, since I never did see Milo having zoophile inclinations, but I don’t know.)

I’m shaking not because I drew this guy SO MANY FUCKING TIMES. Not because I feel bad for him because FUCK HIM. I’m shaking because BEFORE he did this, without any solid reason I had a bad feeling. I had a bad feeling before this raging asshole molested a little innocent boy. I had nothing to really base the feeling on –most babyfurs aren’t pedos. I know this. I know he’s an anomaly. But I had the feeling, and a couple years after I had it, it happened. I couldn’t have done anything. Or could I? What could I have done? I’m crying as I type this. I’m trying not to throw up. I don’t want this to ruin the community for me. Why do people like him have to exist?

I know I’m ruining many people’s day with this post. If you knew Milo and this breaks your heart, I’m sorry. I’ll probably revise this later a bit. For now, I’m off to erase everything I’ve drawn of this scum of the earth.

๐ŸŒˆ๐ŸŒ Come Join Marina’s Arty Channel Chat! ๐ŸŒ๐ŸŒˆ

This is primarily for those that don’t want to use Discord. I myself will continue to be active mostly there. However, now that Telegram has created this option, I decided to make a discussion group attached to my Telegram channel, for my followers who don’t want to use Discord:

โœจ https://t.me/artychannelchat โœจ

This chat isn’t exactly the same as my Discord channel, which has a lot more stuff and options, but is the best Telegram alternative. You can join my Discord server here: https://discord.gg/E6GN9BG

RULES:

๐Ÿ”ž Minors are NOT allowed here.
๐ŸŒˆ Do not do any kind of heavy role-play/baby talk. Stuff like hugs or waves is OK. Stuff like crinkles, crinklewags or replacing R’s for W’s is not.
๐ŸŒˆ THIS IS NOT AN AGEPLAY CHANNEL. You can refer to yourself as a Little or talk about your Littleness, but do consider that there are people in this channel who are either totally unaware of the topic, or don’t want to hear lurid details.
๐ŸŒˆ Do not use terms that can be considered kink (such as daddy/mommy/babygirl/babyboy for your significant other/s). Use non-kink terms such as S.O., partner, etc.
๐ŸŒˆ Avoid mentions of r_pe/sexual assault here.
๐ŸŒˆ If sharing art done by others here, you MUST credit the artist. The only exception is stickers.
๐ŸŒˆ Please don’t reference the contents/nature of your pants/underwear in ANY way.
๐ŸŒˆ No talk of politics.
๐ŸŒˆ Please do not discuss the topic of “age of consent” on my server.
๐ŸŒˆ Label all NSFW links.
๐ŸŒˆ Do NOT share any artwork that shows bodily fluids or emissions, not even indirectly!
๐ŸŒˆ Do not use my channel to sell your stuff.
๐ŸŒˆ When sharing links, there needs to be context with the links rather than the link alone, and engagement with the topic youโ€™re sharing. In addition, please do not share more than one link in a row. You can share multiple links as part of a conversation.
๐ŸŒˆ Do NOT kink shame, make ableist, transphobic, homophobic, or racist comments, or make โ€œtriggeredโ€, r_pe or suicide jokes.

Repeated failure to follow these rules will result in you being kicked from the chat.

As I mentioned you should not expect to see me there a great deal, though I will monitor activity.

๐ŸŒŸ Terms Of Service Updated ๐ŸŒŸ

Updates to my website won’t publish for a few days but there have been a couple of major changes (along with the tiniest rate increase) so I wanted to let everyone know here too. These are good things for a change! Lol. ๐Ÿ˜Š Only new Trello cards will contain the updated info, so if your card conflicts with this, the info in this journal trumps that:

๐ŸŒˆ Starting today, you may color any line art I make for you, or pay someone else to color them. You may NOT edit the line art itself, remove, resize or obscure my signature, or color the art to include gore, bodily fluids, or hateful content. When someone other than me colors my line art, you must ALWAYS clearly state that I did the line art and the coloring was done by someone else.

๐ŸŒˆ The limitation to posting the high-res online has been removed. You may post larger sizes than I provide freely. I will continue to provide a web-size for your convenience.

This changes apply retroactively if you’ve commissioned artwork from me before!

Join The Snail Club of FurAffinity! ๐ŸŒ

Hey guys! Iโ€™ve created a new group on FA. Most of my โ€œgroupsโ€ are just an icon, not updated or monitored, just something to show on oneโ€™s profile page. For this one, I intend to have it be a little more active as opposed to simply an icon to slap on a page.

Itโ€™s for people who love snails and slugs, whether you have them as pets, like to draw them, have a snail sona, or anything like that: https://www.furaffinity.net/user/snailclub

Feel free to join and spread the word!

๐Ÿ”ฅ RILEY NEEDS HELP – HOUSE BURNED DOWN ๐Ÿ”ฅ

Fellow furry and dear friend Rileykit has, as many of you are already aware, lost his home in the devastating fires that are occurring in California. His family and pets are safe, but as you can imagine help is desperately needed. Here is a link to Riley’s GoFundMe, and if you can spare anything at all, I encourage you to help as you are able to:

https://gf.me/u/yx4kwp

Losing our homes in such a way is a fear we can all relate to, so let’s rally behind a beloved member of our little community to the best of our ability.

Even if you cannot help, signal boosting the heck out of this would be extremely helpful. I understand these are hard times for all. With that said, please consider the situation and whether you truly cannot spare even $10, even $5, for someone who is going through such a devastating material loss. While things can be replaced, it is a difficult road to get there. This community has surprised me by its ability to lift up its members during the worst times of their lives. This certainly counts as that, or would for me.