Hey guys, I spruced up the website and updated it!
There’s a lovely little intro video on the front page, a section under portfolio for my still motion graphic videos and my speedpaint videos (and one 3D turntable)
And I’ve moved things around a bit to make it look a little more clean.

There’s also links on the Hailey Balam information page for barnes and noble and amazon to take you right to my paperbacks








I’m so glad to see the younger generation waking up to this hypocrisy. 

The homeowner at 22 one is killing me.


This meme makes me so angry because it’s so on-target.

I am screaming

this isn’t even funny to me it just makes me want to find the nearest baby boomer and deck them in the mouth

I reblog this every time because it always re-ignites my anger.

I feel you sphynx-prince.  



Guess who’s going to be a print at Awesomecon?

Guess who’s going to be a print at Awesomecon?


Yeah cats TOTALLY only like us for food and have no emotional dependency at all.

My cats are so emotionally dependent. 

Moonpie (Moony) I think imprinted on me and thinks I’m his mom.
He pines when I’m not home, and likes giving me nose kisses.

And Sunbun (Sunny) acts so standoffish most of the time, but then she’ll randomly just come over and curl up on my lap/chest/legs and purr to get my attention. Or rub up against my legs when I get up in the middle of the night or a drink or such. 

They both wait by the door for me to come home from work and/or school.






This drives me mad. I used to work in a bookstore, and was talking to my coworker and he just yelled out “stop flirting with me!” at this ridiculous volume and it was humiliating because 
1. I wasn’t
2. I got in trouble for acting unprofessional 
3. He embarrassed me in front of a line of people
4. And he only stopped insisting that I was flirting when my boyfriend (who is now my husband) said, “dude, trust me, she’s not flirting with you” to him

That asshole respected my BOYFRIEND saying I wasn’t flirting more than he respected me saying it and I was the one who was talking! The whole scene got me in trouble at work. And the most ridiculous part is we were talking about a fucking book. In a bookstore.

One time, my ex boyfriend had a crush on some girl, and said that he thought he might have “a chance” with her.

When I asked him what made him think that, he said “Well, she talks to me.”

And this is why it is so difficult to be a girl and be friends with men who are attracted to women.

Can we also add that this is why a lot of women do the resting bitch face when out in public. Cause dudes swear a glance or a smile is flirting.

So yesterday something that perfectly illustrates this happened. I work at a fast food place and this guy comes in at 7am on a Sunday, still probably drunk from the night before, and when I smiled and said goodmorning he said “Did you just say that because you’re being paid to say that?” 

I repressed my urge to sarcastically answer, and said “Nope, I just enjoy saying hi to everyone!” To which he responded, “Oh, so you weren’t flirting with me then.”

Dude, I’m not flirting with your gross 7am-on-a-Sunday-ass, trust me.

My defense mechanism when I’m uncomfortable at work is to smile, so I did that and said “Is there anything I can get you this morning?” to which he responded,

"There, you just smiled! What does that mean?"

At this point I was fed up, so I said, 

"I smile at everyone sir, its just what I do. What can I get you, coffee, a bagel?"

And he said “I’m gonna be watching to see if you smile at everyone. I don’t like it when girls lie to me” and then ordered a coffee and a muffin like he hadn’t just said something at 11 on the “Is this guy a serial rapist” scale (where 0 is ‘no’ and 10 is ‘Yes, run away as fast as you can right now.”).

Then he sat there for another hour and a half, staring at me from his table. When he got up and left he came back to the counter, and said “You do smile at everyone. That’s fucked up.” and walked out.

I can’t even be innocuously polite and pleasant to people at my job (where customer service is the number one thing we are supposed to be focusing on) for fear of this shit happening. What happens if he had decided to wait until my shift was over? 

New Rule: If she’s at work, SHE’S NOT FLIRTING WITH YOU.

WIPW (An important announcement at the end)

Well… it would be. But I finished up my video today…  And I’ve had a pretty hectic time of things lately so I hadn’t been working on anything extra on the side with it.
So instead I have some updates for you guys!
I got an email confirming my payment and reservation for Awesomecon Indy! So I will absolutely be there October 3rd-5th. 

I am also transitioning jobs! So for those of you that know me well, you’ll no longer have to listen to the woes of mall retail. Instead you get to hear the woes of department store retail. However, I anticipate being much happier at my new day job than I am at my current one. (Only a week and a half. I only have to maintain composure for a week and a half.)

Meanwhile, the big announcement.
For those of you deeply engrossed in the world of Hailey Balam, I give you the title of my sequel.
Shifter Awakening.
I am hard at work sewing more plots for you guys. 
In the meantime, I would love it if you guys that have read Shifter Becoming would give it a quick review on Amazon or the Barnes and Noble websites. It would mean a lot and sales haven’t done so well, even with the paperback release, so any boost would be appreciated! 

Beaumonde Halloween Prom Commercial

You shouldn't raise the price of your commissions at all. You make fantastic artwork for 20 dollars. It is a perfect price.







Wow I’m sorry but that made me feel really degraded. I wasn’t going to raise it to $100 or something. It’s a perfect price to a buyer, but my art isn’t worth 20 dollars but that’s not my point. 

 Yes I know it’s a good deal, but I’m not a robot. Even if I’m someone that “sucked” at drawing, the matter is all about the time spent on my drawings. On average it takes me 6 hours to create 20 dollars worth of a drawing. That’s like 3.3ish dollars an hour. Working all day. Possibly no sleeping until the next day. No breaks except to use the bathroom or to eat 1 cup of ramen or not eat at all. Because of the time limits I’m receiving.

Please keep in mind the only reason people ever charge 20 dollars for a commission is due of the crippling trend of amateur artists selling themselves short at those prices- a trend that artists like Rinji has to compete with. Any self respecting artist knows that is hardly an acceptable price for their works. Rinji knows that. And that is why I applaud them for raising their prices because it is our responsibility as artists to educate people like you that a 20 dollar commission is not a perfect price at all.

I hope you have learned something from this, anon, and please, never, ever assume nor determine the price of an artist’s time if you are the client and they are their own employer. The price is set by them and it is your choice to either comply or move on.

can we talk about how living wage is $15/hr?

Can we talk about how artists should have THAT as a baseline, and because they are SKILLED WORKERS IN THEIR PROFESSION, should actually be charging even more?

I charge at around $15-$20/hr. My dad’s a freelance graphic designer and has been in the industry for over 20 years; he charges $80/hr.

Rinji works at a little over $3/hr

can we talk about how the expectation for low commission prices is a issue, or…?

because $100 is NOT a ridiculous price. At ALL. That’s ~$16.60/hour for a 6 hour commission, which is cheap as hell.

I mean I get why people price the way they do; competition.

HOWEVER: Each commissioner is commissioning YOU because they like YOUR style. Usually? People are more than willing to pay more. Fuck, dude. I worked at a place that sold knife sets for like $2000/set, and people ate that shit up. People spend money on whatever they want as long as they know it’ll be quality work that they’ll enjoy.


We should really be encouraging our fellow artists to charge themselves as they would as a professional. You’re offering your services because you know your art is worth doing business with. If we’re not going to stand up for our own industry, no one will.

Agreed. I had someone just this past weekend practically run from my table when I told her it’d be at least $30 to do a new keychain from scratch and, no, I was not budging on the price. I had to explain to her that she would have to pay for the time I took to do the artwork that would go on it, for supplies required to make it, and for the actual shipment of the item to her (and the only reason I’d priced it low was because it was something generic I knew I could resell). She honestly had no clue the work that went into making them and seriously thought I’d give her the thing for the same measely $3 I charge for the stocked keychains. In direct contrast, I had another customer who happily forked over $50 for a badge and thought the pricing was fair and reasonable based on my estimate of the work involved (and shipping, naturally). And there was another who thought my work warranted more than what I’d quoted her initially, so she gave me extra and it was just a sketch. So yes, charge on what’s fair to you. Always. Even if it means you have to explain the cost breakdown sometimes because some people will be okay with that when they understand why - and if they’re not okay with that, well… you can refuse their commission guilt-free.

Whats even sadder is how many “professionals” and corporations and businesses have the same perspective as those customers who only want to pay $3 an hour.  After all, isn’t art jsut something we do for fun? 

What’s even more sad is sometimes it’s our fellow artists telling us we should lower our prices because we aren’t a big name, that we aren’t a “professional” in the industry no matter our skill level or the time involved. 

And the zombified version!

And the zombified version!