Malachyte the Red Panda
Artist Type: Traditional Artist

Hello everyone, it's time again for some updating. I'll start with the basic info, regarding commission stuff, and then if you're interested I'll be adding a bit about some personal things I dealt with the last week and a half, since it's relevant to my online presence and productivity.

Business Related

I am responding to messages and emails, so if you sent me one in the last two weeks, you will hear back from me by Sunday, the 9th. If you do not hear from me after that, please give me a nudge, in case your message was lost in my inbox!

I have updated my Trello to match my actual queue. I realized there were three people who were accidentally left off the Trello queue, or whose card I had not updated properly. My apologies for that! I cross-checked my Commissio workboard with my Trello, so everything should be in order now.

Thank you all for your patience as I work through my queue, especially during this bit of holiday madness season. I had a nice time, overall, but I'd be lying if I wasn't relieved for it to be finished. As always, every commission in my queue is going to be completed, none are going to be dropped unless you reach out and ask for me to do so. Should you feel the wait is not worth it and would like a refund, please reach out to me and I will work with you.

As for streams, I will be back to posting my stream schedule this coming Monday, the 10th, and resuming my twice weekly streams as before. Progress on SubscribeStar for my comic project will resume this weekend, as well, so please stay tuned for updates.

Personal Stuff

[Content warning for vague talk of trauma, PTSD, and abuse]

I was unsure if I wanted to make mention of this next part, but I decided it was important to me to do so. Partly because it effects my business, and partly because it's important to me to share, for the sake of those who also have been through such things. I like the reminder that I'm not alone in my struggles, and if even one person is also helped by seeing me speak about these things, I will be happy to have done some good. I'll be keeping things vague, for my own privacy, so I hope it's not confusing to read.

So on top of Christmas and New Year's being an incredibly busy time of year, I also ended up getting quite hurt, or sick, I'm not sure which is the more correct word. Many years ago when I was barely out of my teens, I was in an abusive relationship for a few years. I've come a long way in healing from what was done to me, and in the last couple of years I've been downright doing well! But things like this typically don't heal over forever. Trauma comes in waves, usually for the rest of your life, and never when you think it will. A seemingly minor event happened right before Christmas, and it set of a chain reaction of realizations and intense PTSD symptoms. It's... difficult to describe just how bad things got. Please take my word for it when I say, I was not safe, and I was definitely not in a position to adequately work or respond to messages for that time period. I could barely function, and strongly considered hospitalization.

[Content warning over]

I am taking many measures to reflect on what happened, do what I need to help myself, and reach out for support from friends, family and professionals. Things are still difficult, and my body is in poor shape from the effects of things, but I am able to return to business. Unfortunately, I'm a broke self-employed furry, and sick leave is a luxury I can rarely afford. If you find yourself able and inclined, I'm including my Ko-Fi, to help make ease the burden of my time off. Thank you for your consideration.

I know I said it earlier, but I'd like to say it again. Thank you all very much for your patience. I look forward to better days.

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