This was a really great story. I'm glad you shared it.
As I said before on these forums, I can cry easily, and your story made me teary eyed. Very moving, and relatable for me (in some ways).
I think I can only reverberate what others have said. I'm glad that you could get this off your chest and that I could have a small part in your recovery. It was a real heartfelt story that I think is both relatable and inspirational. As a matter of fact, the story was so rousing, the midnight oil will be burnt tonight. Aura, you're a badass and don't you forget it!
@aurahack: Damn. It's been a while since something I read online nearly brought a tear to my eye.
This is the stuff. This is the magic that life is made of. Even as a million things try to tear the world apart every day, it's occurrences like in your story which make life truly worth living. Just awesome. Godspeed, man.
Hi, this is my first post and I've been reading this site since Jeff started it as a blog 4 years ago. Watched all the reviews, listen to the podcasts, lurk the forums, love the quick looks....and I just wanted to say that reading this really inspired me. I'm still wiping away the tears...
Everything you wrote about after your relationship ended was word for word exactly how I've been feeling these past few months. After I lost someone special to me. Figuring out how to enjoy life by yourself after spending nearly 2 years enjoying it with someone very close to you. Dreaming that everything was magically back to how it was only to wake up and realize that you can't go back. Not even getting out of bed because you can't even think of a reason to move.
But as I was reading this...fuck I'm tearing up again lol....it really inspired me. You see lately I've been filling the hole in my heart that got ripped out when she left with drugs, partying, and drinking. I quit school because I didn't have the drive to do anything besides make myself feel good. Not going near other women because I got this irrational fear that I could end up falling for them and repeating the cycle. And this made me realize something: That all I can do now is move on. Learn that I can make myself happy again, and make my life better than it was with her.
I'm going back to college to figure out what I'm going to do with my life. Maybe find someone special again. Who knows :D
THANK YOU FOR THE INSPIRATION! You've touched more than one life with your drawing!
That is quite a story. I started reading it yesterday when I was about to nod off but because I knew I had to finish it, I bookmarked it and came back today to finish it off. Nice to know that you're feeling better and I hope for all the best things in your future. I know for myself that emotional highs are always passing but if you've got the right environment supported by the right attitude it will carry you far.
Well I just bought Indie Game: The Movie on steam, which I had considered doing for a little while, and am off to watch it.
Best of luck to ye!
@Red12b: Thanks, man. :D
@dudeglove: Things have more than looked up since. Everything has a brighter side in the end. :) Thank you.
@ThePhantomStranger: Thank you. :) And I can't say! :x We're still in pre-production, but when we're ready for a reveal, you can more than guarantee Giant Bomb will be where we show it off!
@S0ndor: I can't believe I wrote all of it, either. ._. One of the longest things I've written.
@Chaser324: Thanks :D Life is so wonderful now that I have a direction. I can only hope others find the same light.
@CornBREDX: Thank you. :) It did a lot of good to share it, too.
@CommodoreGroovy: Thanks, man. We'll fight the good fight of indie development together. :D
@kyle576: Thank you! :)
@TruthTellah: Thank you. :)
@Vigorousjammer: It really is. People being able to appreciate your art is such a great thing... but man, it really is something special when they can connect to it in such a deeper way. I can only wish other artists can eventually share the sentiment with their own art.
@caleb1915: :'D That is amazing. The bestest of luck to you! If life ever gets to be a downer, just talk about it. Shit, talk about it with the dudes over here. Giant Bomb has the best community I have ever seen. They'll always be there to lend an ear, offer support, or make light of any situation.
@RockmanBionics: Thank you! :)
@Masha2932: Thank you, and I am! I've never been happier, mostly because I've finally learned to live for myself. I'm excited about things I never could of allowed myself to be before, and it feels amazing.
Much of the time when people say things happen for a reason, it's really just an inexplicable reaction to a turn of events that no one could predict and an assumption that a negative event was the catalyst for growth or for in turn a positive change to take place without any real evidence. I mean it's a necessity for people who go through something difficult to think this way I mean what else can be done. However in this instance it seems that this bad thing really did happen for a reason. Great blog post, allows all who read it to register and apply your situation to themselves. It's important to listen and to take positives from eachothers' experiences, it's quite inspirational thank you for sharing with us. :P
@Eddie_and_the_Fist_Monkeys: Thanks. :) I can't really say everything happened for a reason, I don't particularly subscribe to that way of thinking, but I am glad that the events that happened happened. The happiness I feel now is much more fulfilling than the happiness I felt before.
@pornstorestiffi: It is! James and Lisanne did an amazing job on it. Thank you. :)
@fisk0: Thank you. :D
@Zacagawea: Thank you, and I hope you enjoy it!
@Little_Socrates: I'm sorry I possibly emasculated you in front of your friends D: Thank you!
@Catolf: Thanks, Cat. :D
@ShaggE: It's the bestest feeling in the world. :'D
Also woo, 1,200th post.
God, that is crazy. You know, I was thinking to myself when watching the movie "I wonder if the person who drew that has seen this movie yet?"
If I was in that theatre and it was me who had drawn that I would have instantly burst in to tears.
I'm glad it's affected you in such a big, positive way. It really is an inspirational movie. I enjoyed it a lot.
All the best,
Wow. I don't usually read blogs this long but this one was brilliant. A really heartwarming story and I'm and glad things are looking brighter for you! I watched the movie yesterday and thought that the moment Edmund saw that drawing was one of the high-points of the whole film. Really great stuff man. Congrats!
Great blogpost! Just saw the movie today after dl it from steam and I was really excited to read the blog when I saw up on the community spotlight and instantaneously recognized the art (Which rules btw) and your blog really but a smile on my face and some chills when I cam over the point where you talk about your experience in the theater watching your art on the big screen. SO thanks for sharing!
I really wish I could read this whole thing right now, but my brain and eyes can't handle that much text on a computer screen at the moment. I just skimmed what I could, before my brain set afire.
But from what I did read, when I see the movie, I'm extremely looking forward to seeing the scene where they react to your art. It'll be a little super feel good moment hidden in there, and I'll feel extra good knowing how psyched you are about it all. Congrats! That is really fucking cool.
HUGS. HUGS FOR EVERYONE.
Very cool story, and your artwork ain't nothing to sneeze at, neither. I haven't seen the movie yet, although I definitely will now. I wasn't aware Lemon Lens was in the movie, so I guess now I have two instances where I can shout "I know that guy sorta not really" in the theatre. Still, reading this definitely made my week. Nice going!
This is a very inspirational story. Probably the coolest story about fanart ever. The peaks and valleys of your story, feels like I was right there with you even though I wasn't.
I'm sure this will be stuck in my head for years. Love yourself, before loving others no matter how cheesy that sounds.
Yaaay. After a hard day, this made me so happy and encouraged me to carry on. You definitely deserve to feel proud of yourself, man. You clawed your way out of a painful experience and managed to open yourself up to life again. Do not underestimate the value and courage of this achievement. It can be so hard and scary. Lots of people refuse to do it after a bad experience and stay stuck where they are, forever. I have been there, believe me. And, you managed to touch others' lives just by being yourself, basically, doing what you love and what comes naturally to you. I can't imagine the feeling when you saw your art up on the big screen. Congrats!!
@FelixCulpa: :3 I am glad I was able to enhance your viewing experience. Thanks!
@pyromagnestir: Thanks! :D I hope it does improve your experience with the movie. It certainly was the most heartfelt moment for me. :'D
@MarkWahlberg: Thanks! :) The Lemon Lens moment was especially neat. I giggled in my seat when I saw it. I felt like it was way funnier to me because I knew where it was from.
@Vexxan: Thank you. :'D
@AssInAss: I've actually been in your head this whole time. Thanks, man. :'D
@StarvingGamer: Thank you. :]
@pekoe212: Thank you! :'D I never plan on going back to how I used to live. Living for my own happiness has done far too much good for me. If there's any kind of advice I can give to anyone else, it's to do the same. The only person who can truly understand how to make you happy is your own self.
@Tim_the_Corsair: Thank you. :'D
@MetalBaofu: Thank you! If you'd like, I have a tumblr blog (where I don't reblog garbage) that I keep updated with artwork and stuff. I plan on releasing things about the game there, too. :)
@Redbullet685: Thank you. :)
@Akrid: Many tears were had by both myself and the readers, it seems. All of this has been the most impactful thing ever. ;_;
@AssInAss: So I was told! My friend Marysa, mentioned in the story, watched the Steam release and let me know via Twitter. I haven't seen it yet, still waiting for my DVD copy to come in the mail, but I am excited to watch it again. :D
@nrh79: I am more than thrilled that so many have already read it. Thank you. :')
This is such a fantastic story, I almost teared up while reading it and now I have this stupid grin stuck on my face! :D
Now I'm pretty excited to see the game you're working on. And after checking out some of your artwork I'd totally get you to draw me something if I lived anywhere near Montreal. Consider me a fan!
Best story ever written on Giant Bomb, ever!
"Dude, that doesn't say much, look at the other blogs on here, it's easy to write better than those!"
Well sure, but It's not easy to have a blog that someone knows will never be be out..written(that's not a word!)! So suck it, losers!
It's funny how it takes just something like that to make you go from "fucking terrible" to feeling fucking awesome.
Glad to hear it! Keep on keeping on!
@paulunga: I don't blame you for thinking that. I feel silly looking back on it too, but I had a very serious problem that I took way too far. It seems really stupid from the outside but when you start your adult life around a single person, and continue to do so for another three years, having all of it taken away... It's a sense of hopelessness I wouldn't wish on anyone, ever. Thank you, though, for at least being honest with your comment. :)
@ZeForgotten: I certainly won't take the title of best blog on the site, (I think my writing skills are far too shitty for that) but thank you very much. :)
@mscupcakes: Thanks! If you want, I'm still open for commission work. :D I'd certainly have problem mailing the artwork to you. (or sending it to you digitally if that's how you float)
@nick_verissimo: Thank you! :D I also hope money gets thrown at me. I like money.
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