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Trust 6 by hotrod2001
Trust 6
Had some down time so created a 6th installment of the Trust series.  Uncropped found at the usual spots.
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Well here we are...5 hours Northeast of Atlanta in beautiful Winston-Salem, North Carolina.  One thing you can say about living in Atlanta is that unless you move to NYC or L.A. anywhere you go from there, the traffic will always appear laughable.  But anyhoo the move appears to have been successful, my wife's decision to switch jobs seems to have been one of her better decisions as she hasn't been this alive and happy in quite a while.  Getting paid more for doing the same job with barely any sort of responsibility and bosses who actually leave you alone to your vices works wonders for morale.

Getting here hasn't been so hot though.  Two 5-hour, round trips in a span of two days totally sucked, as did loading up a U-Haul with stuff until 11:30 at night, only to have the truck's battery die, resulting in you not getting on the road until 3:00 in the morning as you waited on roadside assistance to come (fun fact: AAA won't bail you out if you're in a rental vehicle).  On top of that, I think I severely sprained my foot, and a few other not-so-fun injuries to my body from moving things, and I won't even get started on Sears and their inability to order applicances.  But all in all we are moved in, the internet is on, the boy is asleep and we are home, where we want to be back in the Tarheel State where friends and family all live within an hour of us instead of 7.

So now what?  Well, to be honest, I don't know.  I'm really burned out at the moment.  Holidays, moving, losing a job/getting a new job, packing, family death and winter all at the same time really wears a person down.  And then you throw in the fact that my wife bought me an Xbox One for Christmas and Halo and Mad Max may have diverted my free time away,  so I don't know when I'll knock something new out, I have a lot of "real world" projects that pay that I need to take care of, but of all things more than likely I'll probably get back to editing Chapter 3 and get that out.  That's my primary goal this year: to get that damn story finished, lol.  

Anyways, I just wanted to check in.  Thanks to those who checked in on me, it's appreciated and hopefully I'll be back to providing entertainment soon.

~HR
  • Mood: Tired
  • Listening to: White Stripes
  • Watching: Wild Kratts
  • Playing: Mad Max
  • Eating: Sheetz
  • Drinking: Emergency Drinking Beer
Christmas Cuddle by hotrod2001
Christmas Cuddle
Had enough time to throw in a (probably) final pic for the year involving Kim and Ron enjoying each other's company in front of a fire on Christmas Eve.

Merry Christmas/Hanukkah/Festivus/Kwanzaa/Toyotathon!
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Hey Everyone,

Nothing new to report...the last month and a half has been pretty rough in Hotrod's garage.  A few weeks ago my wife got a phone call from her boss telling her she was being relocated from her store 20 minutes away to a new store closer to Atlanta, Georgia TWO fucking hours away with traffic and was told to deal with it.  Well, more like "you could always move."  Her boss is a vindictive twat who apparently doesn't like people who tells it how it is like my wife does.  My wife isn't a chronic complainer, but when you work in a profession where if you're careless you could end up killing someone, she takes incompetence a little serious.

Anyways, us not being the kind of people to take a corporate dick and like it, immediately responded with a blast of resumes and applications and are now moving back to NC where my wife can work for a competitor, with shorter shifts, less responsibility, and hopefully less b.s.  If anything we're closer to friends and family and far far away from the Corusant-like traffic conditions Atlanta is known for.  The sitch really sucks.  Her boss is calling it "advancing her career" which is bullshit, it's more like "I can't fire you because you have an impeccable record so I'm just going to tighten the screws until you decide to quit.  Which, I guess they did..but never underestimate the determination of a person whose husband works from home, rents their house and has a kid too young for school...they can quit a whole lot faster than you think and be gone within a blink...which we did. 

I should also mention that the same day I found out that my son would only see his mother two days out of the week (she'd have to leave at 6:30 in the morning, before he gets up and gets home around 9:30 well after he's in bed) we got news that my grandmother had died.  She was 95 years old and was having issues with dementia, so it wasn't a complete shock, but even when something is inevitable it hits pretty hard when it actually does.  Throw in everyone sick with germs my wife brought home from her new job and you have yourself a really shitty couple of weeks.

Needless to say, being relegated to practically a single father hasn't helped with any writing or artwork, Chapter 3's first draft was written but like me my beta reader has been under a lot of real-world stress too so not much has happened, and chances are it's not going to be out by Christmas as I had hoped.  I might squeeze something in before the year's out but time and both caring need to be of the essence, and at the moment, neither are really in demand.

However, like all lousy things, you come out of them.  January will probably see me moving, which shouldn't be that big of a deal, although it's probably going to mean a slight separation again from my wife's company, as was the case a few years ago, which worked out in everyone's favor here because I shot off a bunch of new submissions since I didn't have anyone else around ;) but the short and sweet part is that things are still going and I aim to hopefully complete my novel sometime next year.

Anyhoo, that's where things are.

HR
  • Mood: Disbelief
  • Watching: Star Wars
  • Playing: Mass Effect
Mele Kalikimaka by hotrod2001
Mele Kalikimaka
Commission I made for :iconkelwood90: who wanted a picture of Kim Possible sporting a Hula outfit.  Had a lot of fun with this one once I got past the blasted hands (which have always been a struggle for me if you look at my gallery) and I think the sunset really lets off a nice pleasant warmth to the overall piece.

Enjoy!
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Well here we are...5 hours Northeast of Atlanta in beautiful Winston-Salem, North Carolina.  One thing you can say about living in Atlanta is that unless you move to NYC or L.A. anywhere you go from there, the traffic will always appear laughable.  But anyhoo the move appears to have been successful, my wife's decision to switch jobs seems to have been one of her better decisions as she hasn't been this alive and happy in quite a while.  Getting paid more for doing the same job with barely any sort of responsibility and bosses who actually leave you alone to your vices works wonders for morale.

Getting here hasn't been so hot though.  Two 5-hour, round trips in a span of two days totally sucked, as did loading up a U-Haul with stuff until 11:30 at night, only to have the truck's battery die, resulting in you not getting on the road until 3:00 in the morning as you waited on roadside assistance to come (fun fact: AAA won't bail you out if you're in a rental vehicle).  On top of that, I think I severely sprained my foot, and a few other not-so-fun injuries to my body from moving things, and I won't even get started on Sears and their inability to order applicances.  But all in all we are moved in, the internet is on, the boy is asleep and we are home, where we want to be back in the Tarheel State where friends and family all live within an hour of us instead of 7.

So now what?  Well, to be honest, I don't know.  I'm really burned out at the moment.  Holidays, moving, losing a job/getting a new job, packing, family death and winter all at the same time really wears a person down.  And then you throw in the fact that my wife bought me an Xbox One for Christmas and Halo and Mad Max may have diverted my free time away,  so I don't know when I'll knock something new out, I have a lot of "real world" projects that pay that I need to take care of, but of all things more than likely I'll probably get back to editing Chapter 3 and get that out.  That's my primary goal this year: to get that damn story finished, lol.  

Anyways, I just wanted to check in.  Thanks to those who checked in on me, it's appreciated and hopefully I'll be back to providing entertainment soon.

~HR
  • Mood: Tired
  • Listening to: White Stripes
  • Watching: Wild Kratts
  • Playing: Mad Max
  • Eating: Sheetz
  • Drinking: Emergency Drinking Beer

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hotrod2001
Tk
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I've been a graphic designer for seven years...for some off reason or another, I got to liking the show Kim Possible...and then for some other reason or another I tried drawing her, and then for another reason or another discovered that I was kind of good at it. So for *looks at calendar* about 2 years now, I've been drawing a continuation of Kim and Ron's adventures from where the show left off, compiling of several major events, including their engagement, wedding, honeymoon, and to some extent, their eventual step into parenthood.

It's fun, and a way to pass the time while waiting for other events in my life to come to fruition, it keeps me out of trouble (most times) and keeps me fresh in my illustration skills.

Yes I take commissions, no I don't take requests....I used to but it got to be too much and well, I finally came to terms and decided that I had to pick my battles instead of running the gambit...most of that comes from switching from a 2-10 job to a 9-5 job...but it is what it is.

Sooo, hopefully you like what you see, feel free to drop me a line.

Current Residence: Uncanny Valley, USA
Favourite genre of music: Rock
Favourite photographer: Storm Thorgerson
Favourite style of art: The type that makes sense
Operating System: Windows XP
MP3 player of choice: iPod
Shell of choice: 85 Octane
Wallpaper of choice: My own photographs
Skin of choice: The soft kind
Favourite cartoon character: Kim Possible, Transformers, Deaths Head, Megaman
Personal Quote: "uhhh..."
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:iconalchemyteacher:
Alchemyteacher Featured By Owner Dec 28, 2015
I know it's a little lasts but merry Christmas! And have a happy new year
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Danny-Art-project Featured By Owner Dec 25, 2015  Hobbyist Artist
Merry christmas hope you are having a wonderful time in this year.
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qjs83 Featured By Owner Dec 24, 2015
Luigi Christmas Icon I want to wish you a Merry ChristmasPatrick (Happy Happy Xmas) Merry christmas everybody  may you have peaceFeelin' Dippy Fresh  and happinessTwilight Icon (NOT FREE TO USE)  in your life  Pika 
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ErikArtFan72 Featured By Owner Dec 22, 2015
Hi, TK. I just want to wish you a Merry Christmas & a very Happy New Year.:D
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hotrod2001 Featured By Owner Dec 23, 2015
And also with you!
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T-Money317 Featured By Owner Edited Dec 20, 2015
Happy Belated Birthday after nine days.

So, I'm just wondering.... can you do the Christmas work of Kim, then Bonnie, then Kim and Ron, please? It would be a holiday tradition. :)
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hotrod2001 Featured By Owner Dec 23, 2015
Thanks. I submitted a Christmas pic yesterday you should check out. Probably the last one for the year though so probably no Bonnie, although in sure the sassy brunette will be popping up soon.
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jkrolak Featured By Owner Dec 15, 2015  Hobbyist Photographer
:iconclearspaceplz::iconclearspaceplz:ChristmasGirl by KmyGraphic
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uberbomb Featured By Owner Dec 11, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
Happy B-Day pal Hug  Airborne  enjoy your special day  :happybounce: 
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magic713 Featured By Owner Dec 11, 2015
HAPPY BIRTHDAY!!! :D
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