Well, it’s been a hot minute since I last posted. Time is weird, isn’t it? I’ve had some not so fun health issues pop up, and it’s really taken a lot out of me. I’ve had to really stop, drop, and take care of myself. I’m sorry if you missed me – I’m still around, and I’m ok. Just going through some tough times. If anybody or anything could motivate me to create art, it’s the Digital Dozen. Those girls are just amazing and supportive. And here we are at another challenge week, and my life is stabilizing, and you know – I just miss this.
The challenge this week is Fandom. I think I even voted for that theme, and at the time I thought I had a ton of ideas! Turns out, it’s kind of a tough one. So this may be a little abstract, but bear with me.
But she didn’t look like Hermione at all. She had done something with her hair; it was no longer bushy but sleek and shiny, and twisted up into an elegant knot at the back of her head. She was wearing robes made of a floaty, periwinkle-blue material, and she was holding herself differently, somehow – or maybe it was merely the absence of the twenty or so books she usually had slung over her back. She was also smiling – rather nervously, it was true – but the reduction in the size of her front teeth was more noticeable than ever; Harry couldn’t understand how he had never spotted it before.
JK Rowling doesn’t describe Hermione’s awesome nail art, so I’ve filled in that gap.
I have some pretty amazing friends. In high school, three of us bonded over Harry Potter – I think it was when the fourth book had just come out. A teacher jokingly called us the “coterie of readers,” because we often were talking over books. We’re still in a book club to this day! Anyways, my friend mentioned that although Hermione does take the effort to prettify herself for the Yule Ball, she goes back to normal the next day. Her teeth return, her frizzy hair returns. She’s just herself. And I love that idea – make up is fun, hair is fun, nails are fun. But only because I like those things, and not because somebody expects me to look or dress a certain way.
So, it’s fandom week! Keep your fingers crossed for me – I hope to be up and at ’em this week.