Hey guys, and Merry belated Christmas and New Year! I hope everyone had a wonderful, safe, and fun Christmas with their family and friends. That's what this holiday is all about. Forget about it being just "religious"....it's more than that..it's about family, remembering the past year, reconciling and looking forward to a better, new year. That's why I always rather say Merry Christmas than the generic "Happy Holidays". Too many people are up in arms taking this holiday and making it into something "political", we can't say it because it's "politically incorrect." But say it's so much more than that. If you want to say Merry Christmas, then darn it, say MERRY CHRISTMAS! Yes, there are other holidays at this time, and I respect those too, but I don't want to be made to feel bad by saying what this season is truly about, you know? Ahh well. My brother is in the States now and in rehab. I'm happy to announce he's getting the help he needs...but you know the old saying..a person can only be helped if he WANTS to be helped, and hopefully, my brother WANTS to be helped.
Anyway, in other news, I graduated college! I graduated on the 21st and it's SUCH a nice feeling to finally get this done ON MY OWN. I graduated with a 4.0 average and straight A's! It was hard, and there was time I just wanted to give up and hide in my bed, but I knew I couldn't. There are so many people out there in the world..especially women, who would do just about anything to go to college....but they can't, mostly in underdeveloped countries. My parents were one of them. I went back to college to honor them as well as for myself. I had a chance to go to college, and I knew it would be disrespectful to those who WANT to go to college and can't for me to quit. That's what I told myself to keep going..."do it for them as well as for myself." Thanks to all of you who gave me the encouragement to keep going on college, you truly inspired me. You know who you are. Now the next step is to find a decent job and save up so I can be sure I can comfortably go back to New York soon. When I go, I don't want to depend on family I haven't seen in so long. It would be...awkward.
Also, thank you all who've been reading and commenting on my story Okami No Hime. It's really an honoring hearing from you, my friends, and letting me know what you think. You guys definitely know who you are and you should be proud of yourself that you're not one of the "silent" ones. My thanks to you. I'm still going strong with this story, and again, if anyone would like to contribute some fanart or would like to do a commission for me, please let me know!
Speaking of stories, I thought I'd share just a tiny sneak peek of a new story I'm developing after Okami No Hime is finished. It''ll actually be a series instead of a one-shot that I usually do...which will be a bit of a challenge since I've never done a series before. The series will be based on the Yoruba African gods and a group of teenagers they must work with to help save the world. It'll be a bit like the Percy Jackson series, but different. I don't read the Percy Jackson series anymore, but I used to be a big fan and it's cool that it's a slight influence. Take a look at the characters I've come up with so far:
Billie McKnight - Black American and the avatar of Aja, African goddess of forest and the wild, as well as goddess of herbal healers. She's a bit of a tomboy, but does have a little feminine side. The Greek goddess Artemis is derived from Aja.
Hazelynn Wilkins - Half Black American, half Italian, avatar to Oshun, African goddess of love, beauty, wealth, and diplomacy(Greek goddess Aphrodite is based off her). She's the "girly-girl" of the group and detest messiness.
Dante Jefferies - Black American, avatar to Aganju, African god of volcanoes, the wilderness, and the river, whose symbols is the sun. The Greek god Hephaestus is thought to be derived from her. Dante's a bit of a hot-head and sometimes acts before he thinks, but still has some heart and likes sports.
Kwame Jones - Originally from Nigeria, but adopted, and avatar to Eshu, god and protector of the protector of travelers, deity of roads, particularly crossroads. He is also the deity with the power over fortune and misfortune, and the personification of death, a psychopomp, who are said to lead souls to the afterlife. Hermes, the Greek god of travelers, and messenger god is based on him. Kwame is the jokester of the group and is a bit of a trouble-maker.
Maybelle Smith - From Jamaica and the avatar to the Ayao, the African warrior goddess of air, who the Greek goddess Hera is derived after. Although not the oldest, she is the maternal one of the group and cares deeply for her friends. She never likes to see anyone she loves get hurt.
Antonio Sanchez - Half Black American, half Puerto Rican. He is the avatar of Shango, god of lightning and thunder. For someone being the host to the god of violent storms, he'll be sort of a quiet guy, especially around girls. But when he does have a crush, he can be a lady's man. The Greek head god Zeus is thought to be based off him, as well as the Norse god Thor.
Keisha Sowande - Parents are from Nigeria, but born in America...and albino (a Black or colored person with very light skin and blonde hair). She is the avatar of Yemaja, goddess of the ocean, the essence of motherhood, and a fierce protector of children.She's smart, but sometimes a loner, due to her looks, but once she makes friends, she sticks by them. The Greek goddess of the ocean Thetis is heavily based on her.
So there you have it so far. All of them are gods and goddess of the Yoruba mythology, which is about 7 to 8,000 years old. So yeah, they're been around a lot longer than the Greeks. I don't know if I'll make anymore, but we'll see. Let me know what you think. I won't be working on this for quite a bit yet, perhaps not until a year from now, but I'll be researching. Thanks so much guys, and I hope to be back a bit sooner. Take care!