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Journal Entry: Sat Dec 3, 2016, 9:53 PM
Hello everyone, :wave:

My goodness!  Has it been an INCREDIBLY long long time! :ashamed:  I was checking my Deviantart homepage just now and I saw that it's been nearly 9 months since I wrote a new journal entry! :wow:  I think that might just be the longest amount of time since I've done so in all the years I've been on this site! :stupidme:  And not only that, I was *unbelievably* behind on messages, which I can only truly truly apologize for! :forgiveme:  I do hope you all can forgive me....  I've since begun to respond to a number of them but it seems like I still have a long way to go! :ashamed: Please bear with me and don't EVER think that my lack of replying has anything to do with how much your support and encouragement means to me!  If I could, I would be here every day to interact with all of you, and I would most certainly post much more often, in hopes that I'd create works that you can all enjoy!  But one day at a time I guess. :phew:

Honestly, I don't even know where to begin to explain what I've been up to.  It seems like a lot has happened, but at the same time, not much has changed at all, oddly enough. :confused: Well, at the time of my last journal, I was just about to switch jobs for the second time in less than a year.  My job before my current one was unrealistically demanding and stressful, with shifts that could range up to 12 hours, and with me even taking work home when I couldn't finish at the office!  It was certainly affecting my health and all but KILLED my creativity for the full 4 months I was employed there!  But then in late March, I was hired at another company, where I am now currently working.

What can I say about this job?  Well, it definitely has better hours, but the pay is considerably less in comparison to my last, which I'll admit is a bit of a shame. :( But then again, I was willing to make that sacrifice if it meant more stability, and hopefully less stress.  I think the former was accomplished, but the latter...  I can only say that it's been a rather tedious learning process, to be sure....  The job is in essence simpler than my last, yet there is a LOT to it, with several little little details that can greatly affect my performance.  I also have quotas to meet, and alas there is the occasional bit of office drama too....  It's a big change from my last job and even the one before that!  It's been nothing short of a roller coaster ride, with me feeling as if I didn't belong AT ALL one minute, to feeling more comfortable the next, only to feel even worse again, in a span of days or weeks. :(  Even now I often feel as if it's one step forward, two steps back.  But most recently at least, I've felt that I've FINALLY become more established there, and that I've learned a fair amount.  I'm hesitant to say this though, as I've felt that at one point or another in the past, only to have it change time and time again.  It's certainly shaken my confidence in a number of ways, but I'm trying to stay optimistic, and I guess I'll really need to, in order to maintain my sanity. :(

So as you can see, much of the last few months really has revolved around trying to make an impact at my job just in order to find some normalcy in life again.  And in a nutshell, that alone has been a tremendous struggle; more so than any other experience I've had in the workforce.  Again my current job IS better than my last in SOME ways, but in others, it's much too hard to say...  I just hope things continue to look up, as I need my stress level to be at least reasonably low in order for me to feel creative  in the least!  It's been rather frustrating, to put it mildly, but I am giving it my absolute best!  I suppose that's all I can say for the moment and I can only pray that that's enough...

In addition to that, though I think I mentioned this previously too, my husband :iconpyropainter: and I have also been trying to start a family; though so far we've been unsuccessful in this venture.  :(  In recent months, we've begun to explore our options and have even sought out assistance to achieve this.  I suppose there has been some stress and anguish over this too, but I won't get too deeply into that here.  Suffice to say, we're both hoping things will start to look up with this, before too much more time passes.  To be honest, it's hard for me to imagine sometimes, thinking of myself as a mother and raising a little girl or boy of my own.  But I like to think that if it actually happened, that I would do all that I could to prepare!  I'd do everything humanly possible to raise my child well and to give them everything I didn't have.  I still can't even wrap my head around it right now, but again, hopefully that will change really soon!  It's what we're wishing for at least! :happycry:

Before I begin talking about my own creative endeavors, I did want to briefly mention my best friend and honorary sister, :icondanni-stone: who is currently offering commissions on her Deviantart account! 

Updated Commission InfoHi all,
It is very rare that I open up for commissions. Mainly because in most cases it does take me quite a while to complete them, but I'm in something of a pinch, so I will be taking commissions for a short period of time (this time will be for at least a week). I added some examples where I could, if you have any questions please feel free to PM me :)
So, let's get to biznaz:
:star: All starting prices include digital color without backgrounds.  For simple backgrounds please add $5. For Chibis commissions please $5 for 2 or more characters.
As a general rule of thumb, the more characters and more detail, means a higher commission price. Please feel free to PM with any questions :)



:star: Single Chibi Half Body or Portrait: $15


2 character or more example:

:star: Single Headshot/Portrait: $20


She's an incredible artist; one who is always experimenting and learning new and creative techniques! Here's a few examples of works that she could do for you!
Yami + Teana Redraw by Danni-StoneCommission for Shinto - Hedova by Danni-StoneBoltakai x Gis by Danni-StoneChibi Haninozuka Mitsukuni (Honey) by Danni-Stone
:icondanni-stone:'s rates are VERY reasonable, especially for the amount of time and effort she often puts into each carefully crafted piece!  And I can assure you that she'll work with you, (quite diligently in fact!) to satisfy your individual needs!  Check out her gallery and see if you'd be interested!  I don't think you'll regret it! :D

As for me, as mentioned above, life has certainly been soul-crushing as of late, and that has very very negatively affected my art making process, more so than it has in many years unfortunately. :(  But little by little I've started to get back into the swing of things and I HOPE beyond HOPE that I can start producing work regularly again. I've missed it SO so much and I've missed each and every one of YOU too!  My goodness....  Art has always been such an important part of my life, that I don't quite know who I am without it.  I guess that's how I've felt in the last several months: kind of lost and confused; like I've lived each day in a daze or something.  It's kind of hard to explain but it was certainly depressing to say the least. :(  I knew things couldn't stay like that forever though and again, I've tried very hard to take steps in getting out of that rut, and to just be me again!  Again, one day at a time, right?

I have a few things in the works right now, and even a few pieces that I began MONTHS ago.  If I can keep up my momentum that I've slowly begun to build, I should have some new work up soon, with a few more that I can knock out afterwards!  I have to do it!  I NEED to do it and hope you'll all be as patient and as encouraging as you've always been!  You don't know how very much it truly does mean to me! :happycry: :dalove:


For those still interested in my writing, please know that I haven't given up on that either!!  Like my art, I've sadly had to put it on hold as I struggled to adjust, but I HAVE continued to work on my fan-fiction, Transcending Memories: A Bond Unsealed:


Transcending Memories: A Bond Unsealed- Chapter 1
Author’s Note (April 2010):  Wow...  It’s hard to believe that I started this fan-fiction almost 6 years ago.  So much time has passed, and yet at the same time it feels as if it were only yesterday since I created this work.  Even though I put it away for a while, as I focused on other things in my life, my love for this story never faltered.  And I’m quite sure that it will always be special to me, no matter what... 
     In recent months, I found myself rediscovering the intensity of the love that I felt for the Yu-Gi-Oh anime and manga series, and as a result I was compelled to revisit this fan-fiction, rework it, and maybe even attempt to complete it this time around!  It’ll be a daunting task, especially given the extent of what I would like to rewrite before I continue onward, and because despite everything that I had written previously, I had barely even begun
Transcending Memories: A Bond Unsealed- Chapter 2
Author’s Note (April 2010):
Hello again, everyone! I hope that you’re all doing well! :) I suppose there isn’t too much for me to say in this brief commentary, at least in comparison to what I addressed in my first chapter. Given that both chapters 1 and 2 were simply introductory works, they were virtually unchanged from their previous versions, with the exception of grammatical changes and what not. Still, given that I have many more chapters that I need to revise, I also thought that the addition of a current author’s note would be useful in the sense that the reader will know which chapters have been rewritten, as opposed to my prior works I imagined that it may be confusing for the reader to determine if a chapter was edited or not, so again, for this purpose, I will include an author’s note if the final has, in fact, been completed.
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Author’s Note (May 2003)
Transcending Memories: A Bond Unsealed- Chapter 3
Author’s Note (April 2010):
Ah, what fun I had revising this chapter! I suppose that I can say that Chapter 3 is where the story truly begins, and as a result, it was reworked considerably in comparison to the original. Firstly, I attempted to add more insight to both Yami and Teana’s characters, and aside from detail and description, I found several grammatical errors in the previous version which I hope have been corrected in this one. In addition, given that this chapter was generally lighter, as opposed to the story’s overall darker tone that had begun to unravel; I simply decided to follow through with the various events that transpired here, while also trying to amplify them in any way possible. Though what originally happens within the chapter remains intact, I like to believe that there is a bit more life, or perhaps a certain kind of energy in what ultimately occurs that was not felt when reading the prior versio
Transcending Memories: A Bond Unsealed-Chapter 4a
Author’s Note (October 2010): As of this writing, I have only managed to update chapters 1 though 4 of this story, and even in comparison to the changes in Chapter 3, I found that Chapter 4 was changed rather drastically; so much so that I even included a number of events that did not transpire previously at all! This was done for several reasons…. Firstly, I simply wanted to have more interaction between Teana and Yami during the early stages of their relationship; before things became more complex, and potentially problematic; at least in some ways.... Having re-read my own work, I became aware of the fact that this had begun to occur as early as the original version of chapter 5 even! So instead, I wanted to see more of the playfulness and innocence in their beginning, which hopefully served to give it a bit more depth and meaning as well. Additionally, I also hoped that the new scenes would level the pacing of
Transcending Memories: A Bond Unsealed- Chapter4b
Author's Note (May 2013):  Hello again everyone! How are you? I hope that you're doing well!  Though this was not the author's note that was *originally* included within my Chapter 4, it would seem that Deviantart has size limitations in regards to posting text files; at least if I'm utilizing the Sta.sh Writer options on this site, correctly....  As a result, I was forced to divide my Chapter 4 of my fan-fiction into two parts, given that it was much longer than my first 3 chapters combined!  For the first part of this chapter, please visit the following link: 


In any case, this may actually serve the telling of this tale, taking into account that the second half of the chapter had a very different feel and tone in comparison to the first half!  However, I am hoping that any additional chapters will be posted without difficulty, so that they can be r
Transcending Memories: A Bond Unsealed- Chapter 5
Author’s Note (March 2015): Hello again, everyone! How are you? I hope that you’re doing well! My goodness! It’s been QUITE a while, hasn't it? I truly and *sincerely* apologize for that... I honestly hadn't intended to be away for so long, but it would appear that instances in my life would quite often get in the way, as well as issues with my health especially, and of course other projects that I'm working on as well. It's because of my health, actually, that I'm now able to concentrate on this work to some degree. In a nutshell, I am currently recovering from a rather major surgical procedure! Given the severity of it (though I should be fine, I'm happy to say!) the healing process requires me to be a bit limited in my mobility, while also having plenty of best rest for the next several days! Though, truth be told, I was finding that to be a bit aggravating however, since I'm so used to always being on the run! So I at
Transcending Memories: A Bond Unsealed- Chapter 6
Author's Note (March 2015)
: Well here we are again! Can you believe it? It's certainly hard to, (even for me!) given that it's been forever since I have been able to work on this story of mine so consistently. As I mentioned in my previous chapter, particularly it's author's note, I am still recovering from a surgical procedure, and though I am still in need of bed rest, I wanted to make a genuine effort to progress with this piece, for the duration of that time. I am not certain HOW much more I will be able to write, but I suppose I won't know unless I try! Though it has been years and years since I began this work, it is still quite special to me, and if I am fully capable of doing so, I wish to pen all of the stories that have been locked within my mind for over a decade now. Please wish me luck everyone, as I'll try not to disappoint any of you that are still with me, after all this time! Thank you again, for all of your
Transcending Memories: A Bond Unsealed- Chapter 7
Author’s Note (April 2015)
: Hello yet again everyone!  How are you? Are you doing well?  I sure hope that you are!  :)  It seems that I STILL have some creative steam left in me after all, so I'll continue to utilize in in any way possible for as long as possible!  It would also seem that the events from the previous chapter were much longer than I had intended, and I came to the decision to divide up what I ultimately hoped to accomplish with this chapter into two instead. 
Oh! And for those interested in canon, I made a slight reference to the "Man Eater Bug" which was the "Ka" that was extracted from the criminal in the last chapter. I thought it fitting to have it be a monster that fans would be familiar with, and it seemed like such a beast would most definitely take refuge in such a man, given his attitude and what not. 
 
As I mentioned in my previous installment, I hope very m
Transcending Memories: A Bond Unsealed-Chapter 8a
Author’s Note (April 2015):
Greetings once more everyone! :) I'm so happy to see you here again, and relatively soon after my last few installments of this work! Even now, I'm sure it's still pretty shocking for me to be working so consistently on this treasured work of mine, isn't it? At least, that's how I feel myself! But what can I say? Even if it has been several years, when I set out to do something, I really do try to complete it, no matter how long it may take... And this story means far too much to me to simply disregard it in the state that it is. I really don't know how long it will take me to complete it, but I hope to, one day..... Though if I have a say in the matter, it will be done sooner rather than later....
Well now! I certainly revealed quite a few of my plot elements in my last chapter, didn't I? If you can believe it, many of those concepts have been with me ever since I had read the original manga when it was stil
Transcending Memories: A Bond Unsealed-Chapter 8b
Author's Note (April 2015): Hello again everyone!  This will be a short commentary, given that this chapter was originally just one.  However, much like Chapter 4, Deviantart seems to have size limitations on text files, so I was forced to divide up the chapter into two segments instead.  Please check out the first half here:
And of course, if you haven't already, please read the previous installments of this work and let me know what you think! I'm always very very happy to receive comments and critiques! I really am trying to give this story my absolute best, especially after so many years, so any support and encouragement, is truly *truly* appreciated! Thank you again! :thanks:
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Chapter 8b
                    “Ana... Ana! Hey! Wake up! Are you there?”
     As Teana slo
Transcending Memories: A Bond Unsealed-Chapter 9a
Author's Note (June 2015): Hello again everyone! How are you? Are you doing well? I sure hope that you are! Well then! It looks like I'm still moving along with this work, a little at a time! Did you enjoy the last chapter? I must say that I enjoyed writing it, though I did manage to hit a few snags here and there, in regards to research, dialogue, and any other obstacle that I may eventually encounter during my creative process. Speaking of which, I recently tweaked Teana's dream sequence in Chapter 8, just slightly, to tie more closely together with a later scene in this chapter. For anyone interested in continuity, I would suggest re-reading at least that scene again. :) Aside from that little bit, I do like to think that I am making good headway with this story of mine, and I hope against hope that you *are*, in fact, enjoying it, if you've made it this far and stuck with me after SO long!

Speaking of which, I included a few things in
Transcending Memories: A Bond Unsealed-Chapter 9b
Author’s Note (June 2015):  Hello again everyone!  Much like chapters 4 and 8, Deviantart forced me to divide up my chapter 9 into two separate parts! :P  Please read the first part, as seen here:
And as always, I thank you very *very* much for your time, interest and consideration!  Please let me know what you think, as I always welcome both comments and critiques! Thank you again, as it really DOES mean a lot to me! :thanks: :thanks: :thanks:
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Chapter 9b
                     “Well then, would you like me to show you?” Yami inquired.
                    “You can do that..? I mean, it's ok for you to do that? Right here? Right now?!”
         
Transcending Memories: A Bond Unsealed-Chapter 10
(The image above was done by :iconsetokakashiluver: as seen by the original here:
Author's Note (December 2015): Hello once again everyone! How are you? Are you doing well? I sure hope that you are! :) Well, here I am again! It's been a while, hasn't it? I apologize for that... In the past several months, there certainly have been quite a few changes that have taken place. Mostly recently I managed to secure a new job; which due to the high demands of the work, has taken up a great deal of my time! I'm still learning the various processes of this new position however, and I hope that in time I'll be able to use my time more productively, for both work and the things that I love! Wish me luck everyone! Thank you so much! :)
In terms of the story itself, I'm finding that as I write this commentary, I'm not quite sure what to discuss this time around... Though I'm certain that as I continue on, it'll prove to be just as len
Transcending Memories: A Bond Unsealed-Chapter 11
Author's Note (May 2016): Hello again everyone! How are you? Are you doing well? I sure hope that you are! :) I hope you're enjoying the year so far, and that 2016 turns out to be memorable and eventful for all of you as a whole! I'm definitely hoping for the best, and that only great things are on the horizon! I'll cross my fingers anyhow. :)
 
So what can I say? Though life has kept me busy in recent months, with the start of yet another new job, (which has severely delayed both my art and writing) I was happy to at least finish my last chapter before the end of 2015; though admittedly, I didn't intend to end it where I did... Truth be told, which is probably evident by the huge gap between updates, I had been struggling with Chapter 10 for several months, mainly due to the fact that it needed a great deal of changes from a prior version that I'd written! With the end of chapter 9, I, in a sense, increased the intensity as well as





Currently, I'm about 7-8 pages into my Chapter 12, though I may need to rework some of what I've written so far.  I want to believe that I can TRY to finish a new chapter before the end of the year, but I suppose only time will tell.  However, if anyone has any interest in what I've written prior, and if you're willing to comment or even critique my work, I would be absolutely thrilled to hear what you have to say! 

Oh!  And though it was quite some time ago, (since I did mention it in my last journal entry) the wonderful :iconshootingstar03:'s did indeed complete her half of our art trade, showcasing a part of my story!

Check it out if you haven't already! She did a lovely job! :)

AT: Transcending Memories by ShootingStar03
I also did one myself in relation to the story that I posted earlier this year:
Transcending Memories: Yami and Teana Illustration by Yamigirl21


What else... What else....   Well, despite being inactive recently, I did want to draw attention to my Patreon page, as seen in the following link:

 www.patreon.com/Yamigirl21?ty=…

Patreon Banner! Please visit my site! :) by Yamigirl21

Sadly, I don't have TOO much new work there, other than some works in progress, again due to the number of stresses in my life as of late, but with any luck, things really will change very soon! In terms of Patreon as a whole, however, I'm still feeling things out on how to best approach this site, what I can offer to potential patrons, and so forth! But I hope that I will eventually be able to generate more interest for those who would like to witness my artistic process and supporting my work as a whole. If you haven't already, please check it out, and if you have any suggestions on what I could do or offer to interest you, please don't hesitate to let me know!  :) (Smile) 

Of course I will continue to be active here on Deviantart too, so please don't worry about that!  But of course any additional support in relation to what I do would mean a great deal to me and I'll continue to think of ways in which I can reward those who are generous enough to do so, if I can! :) (Smile)


On a related note, I've also have a Facebook page showcasing my artwork as seen here:

www.facebook.com/Yamigirl21

If you're interested, please check this site out too, if you haven't already! :) (Smile)


It seems as if I still have a lot of works in progress that I HAVE mentioned here on DA, ones that I need to complete such as this poor poor piece has been neglected for almost two years now! Ashamed.

Yami X Teana Christamas 6: Ornament Design WIP by Yamigirl21
It's been quite some time since I'd done my Yami and Teana holiday related works, which I hope to revisit someday, but with the conclusion of my previous Christmas series, I thought about starting a new tradition! :D (Big Grin)  I won't say too much as of now, but I hope that this older work, will be the unofficial start of what I have planned: 

Dedicated to Dan and Michal  ++Read Below++ by Yamigirl21

There's actually a long long list of works I wish to do!  Some are certainly Yu-Gi-Oh related, some relate to that Nostalgic Anime Poll I put up a while back, as I did want to honor those suggestions, and who knows what else.  I guess I'm still soul-searching right now, hoping against hope that I don't stray too far from my art and what I've always adored doing as a whole.  I just hope that 2017 will prove to be a year of change for the better.  I could certainly use that with the way this year has been. :(  Here's hoping at least, and of course I wish all of YOU the best for this holiday season and for the beginning of 2017 too! :hug:

 
Well everyone, I guess I'll leave it at that for now!  But once more, I truly thank you for your interest, encouragement and ALL of your wonderful support! :hug: :glomp: :huggle: :tighthug:  I've said it a million times now, I know!  But I DO mean it!  It all truly *truly* means the world to me! :happycry:  You guys really are the best and please know I'm grateful for each and every one of you!  Also, please continue to watch my efforts, either here or on Patreon and I'll try my absolute best not to disappoint you!  Until next time then! Take care now everyone!  :wave:


Lots of love, :blowkiss:
Yamigirl21 :iconyamigirl21:

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I was thinking of doing some artwork related to some older anime titles. Which series/characters would you like to see me try my hand at and why? :) Please let me know! Thanks so much! :D 

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KrestenaWolfShadow Featured By Owner 6 days ago
Thanks for the llama badge. =)
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Yamigirl21 Featured By Owner 6 days ago
You're welcome! Thank you too! :)
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starxade Featured By Owner Feb 13, 2017
Heyyy
Happy Valentines day!!!

Yea a bit early but it's all heart ^__^
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Yamigirl21 Featured By Owner Feb 14, 2017
Thanks girl! I hope you're feeling better and that you have a wonderful holiday too! :)  Hope to talk to you soon!
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Bengtzone Featured By Owner Feb 7, 2017
I think I gave you a Llama.
Did you return the favor?
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Yamigirl21 Featured By Owner Feb 8, 2017
Yes I did! And thank you! :)
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Bengtzone Featured By Owner Feb 8, 2017
You are welcome!
And, thank you yourself.
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I thought you might like this: katerinaaqu.deviantart.com/art…
It's really good. 
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You are welcome for both :)
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