I have only a short post for you today, but it’s another important one. Another opportunity to support one of our own has come up, and I wanted to pass it along. I’m sure you remember the previous times, where I appealed to your better instincts to support Ferrel, a now-two-time published author with a revision coming out shortly (measured in publishing time). This time, I’m appealing for a visual artist, Vidyala, who some of you may know from her site, Manalicious. If you don’t, I suggest you head over there right away and give her work a look.
She’s written an excellent explanation of her decision to make her art more commercially available, and for the most part I’m going to just point you there. However, I want to encourage you all to consider purchasing a piece of art. To be frank, the prices are ridiculously low for a character portrait from someone as talented as she is. After all, you’re getting one-of-a-kind, hand-made visual art for pennies compared to what the machine-made WoW figurines cost.
In the end, regardless of how much you want a piece of art, also consider this: arts are getting more and more ignored by our culture today. Art programs in schools are among the first to be cut due to their cost. Museums in smaller cities are shutting down from lack of funding. Yet, on the other end, we have pieces going regularly for record-breaking prices at auctions. Art is becoming a fashion for the rich while children and “the common man” are being deprived of a chance to experience and enjoy it. Here’s your chance to help a figure in your community, whose art you can preview up front on her site, who you know will be personally benefited from your support, and on top of all that, you get an awesome character piece of your own to frame and hang on your wall.
At any rate, as a teacher, I have made it a goal to always support artists, budding (in my classroom, usually) or established (in Vidy’s case). I hope I can convince you to do the same, dear reader, or at least to head over to her site and check it out.
On Wednesday, we’ll move back to D3, which I’ve finished on normal mode and am moving into nightmare mode. It’s kept my attention so far, but to be honest, with the exception of the suicide bombers, has been mindlessly easy, so much in fact that I’ve gone back to Civ 5 just so I feel like I’m thinking about a game (and since I just crossed 300 hours in Civ 5, I’m getting bored with it. Any suggestions?). However, I’m seeing a glimmer – just a tiny firefly spark – of challenge in nightmare mode, so my hope is up that future modes may be even more entertaining. More on that on Wednesday.
Stubborn (and supportive, I hope!)