Daydreams Diary: Knots

I am seriously debating closing down CardCastles and the larger umbrella responsible for it (Snapping Turtle) for good.

This is not for lack of trying, let me stress.

March has forever been unkind to me throughout my entire life. You may have even read that here before. I don’t have to tell you the following for privacy reasons, but I’m going to. Holding it in is making me even sicker than I already am.

My sister had her daughter (my niece) taken away from her by her ex. There’s a whole lot more to that, but that is just tier one of a set of things that are rapidly pushing me over the edge.

The tax return we were so heavily depending on (to move out of this hellhole) has been seized for student loan debt. All of it.

To top it all off, I just recently discovered my uncle who was once my legal guardian upon my grandmother’s passing, went behind my back while I was hospitalized back in 2006 and somehow illegally obtained “power of attorney” over me. What that basically translates to is I have no rights. He can sign things for me, obtain any money that comes to me. Fraudulently fill out forms in my name, etc etc. & He’ll be protected from any prosecution because, well, Power of Attorney.

Fighting any of this issues in court are near impossible for me since I am floating just above the national poverty line.

 

I am defeated. Depression has taken a strangle hold over me. & I am not sure if I can keep fighting anymore. The sickness I’ve been suffering from is spreading.

To keep this place standing is starting to feel like a crushing burden. I’m still undecided, but I figured I’d try to keep those of you that care in the loop. There are knots in my stomach and I can’t keep food down.

I hope this all isn’t a complete waste. I’ve worked so hard to get here.

I really love a lot of you and I’m sorry to unload all of this depressing muck on you. Pray/chant/will things for us. We will certainly need it in the months ahead.

 

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Sleepy Sundays: Light Work

Light Work © 2017 Snapping Turtle Publishing | cardcastlesinthesky.com

The running theme for this month among family, friends, and colleagues seems to be that our passions bring us peace of mind. We all go through our trials in life. Some days even harder than the next. Though if you’re working towards or doing something you love, a little light work makes the lights work.

—And not just the lights in the house.

*This custom piece was designed for a friend of mine who’s also a *divine* lady that’s always added a little sparkle to my day.

What brightens your lights lately?

Have a beautiful Sunday!

Best of CardCastles 2016!

Although this year was filled with ups, downs, and downright madness around the world, some truly remarkable things still managed to happen here.

There is still so much left out, but thank you all for an amazing year of growth and opportunity.

Happy New Year

from

cardcastlesinthesky.com!

Blight and Blastoff

Welcome

It’s been a sad last few weeks here at CardCastles. With the announcement of the closing and ultimate demise of my gallery and home décor store, the future seemed uncertain.

While the coming months are still unclear, there is something I am very pleased to (finally) reveal to all of you.

My gallery now has a new home!

There is plenty to tell about it, but I’ll save that origin story for the about section. For now I proudly present to you:

Snapping Turtle Publishing

 

The Launch Notes

  • There is still artwork being added & organized.
  • Same copyrights apply. (All artwork and photography is still property of myself and CardCastles)
  • Kinks are still being worked out. (There may be some bugs and glitches in the first few weeks.)
  • All art and photography is for viewing purposes only at the current time. (Nothing will be available for purchase until if/when a store can be set up. I know, I’m sorry everyone. This is the high price of parting ways with my former employers.)
  • Share! This is launch day! Help my gallery gain some exposure! Who knows, this could lead to opportunities with future vendors…

 

Extras

You will now be able to access my gallery directly via the Artwork page (just like before) here at the top section of CardCastles. Most promotions will be done on the CardCastles Twitter page. Any news or changes made will be updated there or on site.

 

Truth Is…

Behind the scenes, Snapping Turtle Publishing was actually created privately in 2013. It was my personal decision to keep it private until now. The site’s original purpose was to replace an old company a friend and I had created. The site was going to serve as a central hub for any traditionally or online published writing of mine and others, but the goals have changed considerably since then.

You can read more about the origins of Snapping Turtle Publishing on its About page, upon completion.

 

What to Expect for March

Last month the theme for February was “love”. This month, for many personal reasons you’ll soon discover, is going to be about loss, paying tribute, and ultimately, “remembrance”.

As always, I look forward to hearing what you have to say. Lastly, as per usual, when I’m not here you can catch me and a bunch of other talented people over at Stories That Must Not Die.

 

Blowing the Doors Wide Open

Flight

Two weeks ago I announced my parting ways with Twenty20. While the wounds are still a bit raw, I feel it’s a necessary step to inform my most loyal following as to why this decision was made.

For some time now, not having control over the pricing of my own products has disturbed me. While I understood my parent company had to make some profit as well, I felt this was only hurting my customer base. After all, if everything I sell is overpriced, who is going to buy it?

The company made it clear this was an aspect that was not going to budge much. My customers always said my products were of pristine quality – so no complaints there. The high prices seemed to be the only concern a little less than a year ago.

How it Worked

Matters seemed simple at first. All I had to do as an artist was create. Easy, right? Wrong. Although they had the difficult part of transferring all of my designs onto the various products, they often changed bits of our agreement along the way. Over time more features were stripped away.

Before the significant changes the items for sale included: {canvases, photo prints,}(various sizes) prisms (glass art), apparel, greeting cards, throw pillows, iPhone cases, and magnets.

The Killing Blow

Late last year all artists that worked with Twenty20 were informed that our work would now become available via Digital Download. What this was dressed up to mean was our art/photography became accessible to vendors who wanted to purchase our designs for their own products. We were told we would retain all copyrights and other legal rights to our work. Sounds like a win-win, right? Wrong again.

What this really meant was our artwork was now vulnerable to these vendors seeking out original art and photography at a cheap price – royalty-free. For those that don’t know much about art royalties, what this basically translates to is the artist or photographer is paid a small sum of the larger profit for every single use of their work.

While we were lead to believe this was a vital change that we’d want to get on board with, what was actually being advertised to these third-party vendors was “Get high-quality digital art and photography *royalty-free*!”

I was furious.

However, after much thought and consideration I decided to deal with this change. Then, at the beginning of February, another change was announced via email.

Grand Opening, Grand Closing Flight

One chilly morning I opened up my inbox only to nearly spill my coffee on the floor due to what I read. The company heads sent an email stating that the future of the company was changing. The CEO announced that this shift would signal the end of all printed products.

That was the end for any hope I had retained for the company. My partnership with them was over. It wasn’t really a difficult decision on my part. My gallery has always been an integral part of CardCastles. The images along with my artwork helped weave and tell a story. That feature of this site was what everything else here was centered around. In fact, CardCastles itself was built upon the “cards” (memories, photos, artwork) themselves.

Restacking the Cards

Now that key content is missing it’s a clear question of where do we go from here?
I’ve decided to open up a viewing-only gallery (temporarily). As the description suggests, nothing will be available for purchase until (if/when) I can set something up with future vendors and/or sites.

Depending on how I set this gallery up (*Most likely a separate portfolio site) You will be able to leave “likes”, share, and use, so long as you link back/give credit to me.

I look forward to rebuilding this part of CardCastles for you. It’s been far too long already.

Thanks for visiting and coming back, as always.