After a rather pleasant weekend, I had one of those deep conversations with my wife once more.
This time we discussed the whole rationale and idea about being a "furry" and it is pretty clear that I should and must come out of the closet about it.
Let's face it, after decades of hanging with the blue hedgehog, assuming the identity of the blue hedgehog and his friends, it comes as no surprise that this is pretty natural stuff to me. From my viewpoint its merely a transition from a known character, to one of my own creation.
Now, of course, I cannot claim to be Sonic The Hedgehog. That wouldn't be right for a number of reasons, not least that SEGA-SAMMY Holdings might have a shit fit about it and send me nasty lawyer's letters. It also doesn't mean I don't like Sonic any less, it just means that its time for me to express my own sassy and artistic side via my fursona. And for this purpose, ArtyLoop the Wolf was created.
At this time I am working on the design of the character, and I am already signing my own art as my fursona. I am in the process of commissioning Nanukk Luik for the ref-sheet, from which I am going to create (make, stitch and whatever else is needed) the matching fursuit.
Dispelling some common myths (for the sake of the family and relatives who read my blog)
So let's leave a nice picture here, one of which is used in the Wikipedia articles. As can be seen, its all about roleplay, all about having fun with other people. I don't see anything untoward here.
This is a general update of what I have been doing
Furry Times was successfully launched this past Sunday. While I have not received direct feedback it seems the local and international furry community received it very well. A few furries, of course, are butthurt, but I will reserve my comments about them.
The downside to this success is that, in any small community that bursts at the seams with special snowflakes, is that anything that one does and gets recognition for, is seen as a threat. Jealousy sets in rather quickly from that point onwards. So this has led to a massive blowup over at zafur.co.za again, the vent about "Community Representatives" [which by the way is the first ever incarnation of a furry union] became a free-for-all bar fight.
Furry Views and Explanations
What is a "furry union" you might ask, well, let me give you my personal view.
Over at zafur.co.za we have a situation where we have supreme leader, Lord Rakuen (a hopelessly obsessed nerd who thinks he is a Pokemon, despite 99.9% of us not taking copyrighted characters as a rule). This supreme leader cannot handle criticism, is slow to adopt any decision, no matter how good it is, and basically just says no to any suggestion or constructive input [is it any wonder the site looks like it has escaped from 2003 and looks just like it did in 2009]
So because this particular fur is such a tonsil, they need community reps i.e. the union, to fight him for change. Its a shitty job, nobody wants to do it (hell the lead CR resigned), and the two teenagers who are handling duties now decided to appoint their best bud into the position. This didn't go down very well.
On the 1st of August 2016 I was diagnosed with Adult ADHD. So since this basically means that my life, until this point has been nothing but a clusterfuck,- this is as good a time as any to ring in the changes.
So I am now working with Wogan May, on getting AnthroCulture going, and other new sites he is working on. We work on Furry Times together. This is by far, the best kind of work, I could do this for the rest of my life.