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I rise from the ether briefly to let you all know that the amazing :iconportmeirion: has also risen from the ether to gift us all with another story set in the Successors MLP universe! Not only is it in said universe, it is a story about my Valkyrie ponies! Specifically Queen Brising (pictured below)!
Queen Brising by Valkyrie-Girl A Queen's Companions by Valkyrie-Girl Queen Brising by Valkyrie-Girl
I was always amazed with each and every chapter of the Successors that Portmeirion posted. At every turn, he captured my characters perfectly in his writing and, in many cases, even improved up on them. I am pleased and honored that, once again, he is choosing to write a story about my ponies. Chapter 1, though short, is a delight to read. If you've enjoyed my Valkyrie pony posts and have wanted to know more about them, now is your chance. I promise you will not be disappointed.

The Farseer Queen: Chapter 1It was raining again.  Brising could feel it; she could smell it on the wind, on the cool breeze that caressed her face.  She stood on the edge of the precipice, hooves rooted solidly to the stone, spread her wings wide, and inhaled.  Her eyes squeezed shut.
Open your eye.
She looked down.  She was a raindrop.  She was racing toward the great flat earth as fast as a falling stone.  Her stomach plunged.
Brising grimaced.  She pulled back, breathing harder for just a moment, and steadied herself.
That’s better.
Now she was a snowflake, gentle and lazy, floating over the landscape.  And she could see – oh, could she ever see.  She saw the rivers that crept down the mountainsides as glimmering veins of silver, half-choked with ice and fallen timber.  She saw the forests of shaggy evergreens, their limbs dusted with melting snow, shivering like giants in the cool wind.  She saw, on the far edge of the Midgard V

  • Listening to: Audiomachine: Chronicles
  • Reading: Various short stories by Blackwood and Lovecraft
  • Watching: I'm currently in a Show Hole
  • Playing: Dragon Age: Inquisition
  • Eating: jalapeno cheetos
  • Drinking: Dr Pepper
I just wanted to throw a quick note out to say a huge thank you to every one who sent me birthday wishes!! Most of last week was pretty terrible for me but thanks to all of you and my family and friends, by the time my birthday rolled around, I actually had a really great day. So thank you so much!
  • Listening to: Office noises?
  • Reading: Black Widow: Forever Red
  • Watching: Sailor Moon Crystal
  • Playing: Crypt of the Necrodancer
  • Eating: Peanut M&Ms
  • Drinking: Dr Pepper
:iconportmeirion: has posted another wonderful chapter of The Successors! Find it here -> www.deviantart.com/art/The-Suc… and enjoy! Seriously, this is one of my favorites so far.
  • Listening to: Printer noises
  • Reading: Till We Have Faces, The Dark Tower
  • Watching: Nothing at the moment
  • Playing: Mass Effect 2 and the Banner Saga
  • Eating: ...need...food...
  • Drinking: ...need...beverage...
You're all probably getting fed up with my and these new chapter journals. But you know what? I'm excited about Successors and I'm not afraid to show it! Have a new chapter here www.deviantart.com/art/The-Suc… in which there is action and excitement and just a touch of violence! Enjoy!

'Til next time,

~Val
  • Listening to: Computer hum
  • Reading: Till We Have Faces
  • Watching: Nothing at the moment
  • Playing: Mass Effect 2 and the Banner Saga
  • Eating: nothing...
  • Drinking: Dr. Pepper
Hey everypony!

Just a quick note to let y'all know that :iconportmeirion: has posted a new chapter of The Successors! Please read and enjoy! www.deviantart.com/art/The-Suc…
  • Listening to: Computer hum
  • Reading: Till We Have Faces
  • Watching: Star Wars: the Clone Wars
  • Playing: Mass Effect and the Banner Saga
  • Eating: nothing...
  • Drinking: Dr. Pepper
Hey everypony!

I just wanted to say a huge thank you to all of you that took the time to wish me a happy birthday yesterday! It always means a lot to me to know that you all appreciate me so much. Warm hugs to all of you! You are the best!

In other news (but also kinda connected) :iconportmeirion: has posted a new chapter of The Successors! Go read it. Seriously. If you like my OCs and you like pony fanfiction (the superbly written variety) and have some time to kill, there are 11 fantastic chapters chronicling Aurora and Corona's journey to princesshood just waiting for you to go read them. And there's more yet to come and I, for one, am super stoked!

Well, that's all from me for the moment. Thank you again everyone!

Until next time,

~Val
  • Listening to: The sounds of people walking around upstairs
  • Reading: Till We Have Faces, Avengers and some Transformers
  • Watching: The last season of Psych
  • Playing: My sister just started Child of Light, that count?
  • Eating: Japanese gummy candies
  • Drinking: Dr. Pepper
Hi, everypony!

Just a quick note to let you all know that :iconportmeirion: has posted a new chapter of The Successors and, my goodness is the plot thickening! Find all the excitement here -> portmeirion.deviantart.com/art… (Note: he actually posted it way back on Valentine's Day but I'm a bum and didn't let anyone know till just now. Sorry Port!)

And in other news....there is no other news. Go about your business!

~Val
  • Listening to: The space heater
  • Reading: Ummm...like five things but not really?
  • Watching: WHY AM I NOT WATCHING FROZEN
  • Playing: Skyrim...again
  • Eating: Cheeze-Its
  • Drinking: Dr. Pepper
Howdy every one!

And I am once again the absolute best at keeping my journal up to date. Yay me! Ahem.

Anywho, I hope you all had a wonderful holiday season with friends and family. Mine was alright for the most part and the world didn't end when the new year came (though it was really cold and for some reason everyone wanted to stand outside and watch the fireworks) so all is well.

In other news, :iconportmeirion: has posted another chapter of The Successors! Find it over here portmeirion.deviantart.com/art…. The plot s picking up speed! Huzzah!

In other other news you may have noticed that I haven't posted anything lately. This is partly because the holiday season was busy, partly because I'm still settling into the new job (which is so great I can hardly stand it!), but mostly it's because all I have been able to draw lately is Frozen fanart. I've seen it seven times now and I LOVE THAT MOVIE SO MUCH YOU DON'T EVEN KNOW!...Ahem.

And in still other news, for the most part I am liking season 4 of Ponies so far. It's been a bit hit and miss (I'm still not quite sure what to do with Flutterbat) but for the most part I'm liking it (BUT NOT AS MUCH AS I LIKE FROZEN OH GOSH). How about all of you? Flutterbat yes? No? Maybe? On fire?

Well until next time,
~Val
  • Listening to: Computer humming
  • Reading: Nothing...I should probably fix that
  • Watching: Well I wish I was watching Frozen...
  • Playing: Legend of Zelda: A Link Between Worlds
  • Eating: Why is there no food?
  • Drinking: Dr. Pepper
Hello again after yet another long break! As the title suggests, I have a few announcements.

The first one is that my dad and sister and I have moved! And that is why I have been gone for so long. Settling in didn't take too long but I think the cumulative stress of the move and the hordes of other personal things that were going on (and are still going one) at the same time got to me because I was terribly burnt out for what felt like forever. The whole time I was gone I really wasn't drawing anything. I finally had to force myself to start drawing again or I might have just drifted along all burnt out and drawingless for quite some time. But it's all good now!

The next thing is I HAVE A GRWON UP JOB!!!! A couple of weeks ago my pastor texted my dad, asking about my major and such and one thing led to another and I am now the full time graphic designer at my church!! No more monotonous cashiering for this girl!!

And the next thing is that my sister and I have started up a channel on youtube. I don't know how many of you are familiar with let's plays but I shall explain either way. We shall be recording ourselves playing various video games and giving commentary as we do so. We're starting with Spyro the Dragon for PS1 which was a major feature of our childhood. Hopefully it will be all kinds of fun for us and for you. You can find our channel here. www.youtube.com/channel/UCAdms… Enjoy!

Another thing is I've been playing Pokemon Y for a bit now and I think begging for friend codes might be in order. So have mine! 5069-5221-8016.

And the last thing is that tomorrow my sister will be getting a 3DS XL and, in light of the above thing, I need you all to convince her to get Pokemon. Thank you in advance!

Until next time,
~Val
  • Listening to: Various ambient noises
  • Reading: Glorious 70's Wonder Woman
  • Watching: Once Upon a Time in Wonderland
  • Playing: Skyrim and Pokemon Y
  • Eating: Sadly, nothing...
  • Drinking: Dr. Thunder
Howdy all! And once again it has been ages since updated my journal.

First order of business is that there are TWO new chapters of Successors up! Go give :iconportmeirion: a pat on the back and then read chapter 7 here and chapter 8 here. Enjoy!

Secondly, I will be on vacation for the next week starting Saturday night so if you want to know about commissions or have any other questions I probably wont be getting back to you until after I get back on the 17th. Please be thinking and praying for my family and I as we head off to the mountains. Life has been really hard for us for a while now and I think we are all in desperate need of some time away.

And finally, I just found out last night that my best friend is coming to visit for two weeks on the 19th!!!!!!! I haven't gotten to see her in person in over a year (stupid geography!) and I am pretty much dying of joy at the prospect of her coming! So you may not be hearing much from me while she's here. Eeeeee!!!

Oh and I guess there's this thing called school that's starting up again in September? Whatever that's worth.

Until next time,
~Val
Hey everyone! Man it's been a long time since I updated this.

Anywho! First of all I would like to thank  each and every one of you that took the time to send me birthday wishes on Monday. It was just really super fantastic to find so many happy birthday messages waiting for me and it made me feel really great. So thank you! All of you!

Second, :iconportmeirion: has posted the long awaited chapter 6 of The Successors! Which was the most splendid of birthday presents to receive so thank you Port! All you fine folks can read it here

Third, I'm almost done with my finals! Yay! This will most likely mean more time for ponies and more time for commissions should anyone be interested (send me a not if you are).

And last I'm going to Springcon this weekend! I won't have a table there or anything. It's my first time going so I'll be meandering about, taking in all the sites and whatnot. So that's where I'll be this weekend, you know, just in case anyone was wondering.

And I think that's all the relevant news at the moment.

Until next time!
~Val
  • Listening to: Halo 4 soundtrack
  • Reading: Illusion by Frank Peretti
  • Watching: Mythbusters
  • Playing: Ultimate Marvel vs. Capcom 3
  • Eating: Stir fry
  • Drinking: Rasberry tea
So, wow, it's been a while since I posted one of these. I feel so negligent.

Anywho first thing's first. For all of you who've contacted me about commissions I'm available now (finally)! If you could shoot me another note that would be great. Thanks!

Next thing :iconportmeirion: has put up chapter five of The Successors! fav.me/d5onu3v Please go have a read especially if you like my OC Ghost. Enjoy!

...

I feel like I had more things to say but apparently I didn't. Huh. Oh well.

~Val
  • Listening to: Ambient noises
  • Reading: Day of the Triffids
  • Watching: X-Files
  • Playing: Transformers: Fall of Cybertron
  • Eating: Candy
  • Drinking: Dr. Pepper 10
Oh my goodness. Where to start...

Well, it has already been a week since the 21st. What is so important about the 21st? you ask. My younger sister got married is what happened. Now this is not the same sister I've talk about before, the one who gave me about a third of the ideas for my ATG themes. There are in fact three of us; Me, newly married sister and then super smart youngest. But back to the wedding. we've always been pretty sure that she would be the first of the three of us to get married and as it turns out, we were right. The ceremony was absolutely beautiful. I cried like a small child which was kind of unfortunate because I was a bridesmaid. Yeah. The next day, the new couple, my cousin, my youngest sister and myself all jumped in our cars and drove two hours to attend The Legend of Zelda: Symphony of the Goddesses. And you're probably wondering why they would go to a concert instead of going on their honeymoon. Well we had actually gotten the tickets before they'd gotten engaged then they set the date for the wedding completely forgetting about the concert. So rather odd but it made for an epic weekend. The concert was amazing. Just amazing. If any of you ever get the opportunity to attend said symphony, do it. It is so worth it. Ballad of the Wind Fish you guys. BALLAD OF THE WIND FISH. I cried. It was kind of a weepy weekend for me.

However, as epically wonderful as the weekend was it didn't leave a whole lot of time for artwork...or homework...or anything really. It's been kind of tough 'cause I actually have a ton of homework to do. So as the title says it feels not unlike life has been transformed into a rug that has been pulled out from under me. It was really bad yesterday but thanks to my mom and my best friend who is amazing enough to be able to send all of the warm comforting feelings of a a hug through text I'm doing much better. I have a busy week ahead of me but I don't feel so much like my head is going to explode or that I have an overwhelming to strangle whistling customers at work (uuuuuugh whistling).

However there are two things that detract from the bummerness and add many, many points to the awesomeness of this last week. The first thing is ...(drum roll)... Chapter 4 of Successors is up!!!! fav.me/d5g0o0r Go read it!
Number two thing is that :icongargegecko: an absolute wonder and has composed a theme song for the Successors. Go and listen. Do it now because it's beautiful! soundcloud.com/gargegecko/the-…

Seriously, what have I done to deserve such wonderful gifts? I just made up some pony princesses and drew some silly pictures of them. Thank you. For everything. To everyone. Everyone who has commented or favorited or drawn fanart of Ghost (yes she has fanart!). You are all the most wonderful! Thank you!
  • Listening to: The microwave
  • Reading: Text books some more
  • Watching: Bones
  • Playing: Metroid Fusion
  • Eating: Hotdogs!
  • Drinking: Dr. Pepper Ten
EDIT: So you know what makes the first week of school eight billion times better? The third chapter of The Successors by :iconportmeirion: is up!!! fav.me/d5e1wqe Go read it! It's awesome!!

Hey everyone!

I know the Equestria Daily Artist's Training Ground ended, like, a week ago but I still wanted to mention it. I really wasn't expecting to be able to do every single theme of the even so I feel really proud of myself that I did. A lot of credit goes to my sister. There were a few themes that I had spent the entire day at work thinking about it and still couldn't come up with anything that would fit the theme and fall into continuity with the previous entries. Then I would come home and tell my sister, she would think about it for a second, then say "Do this, this and this" and it would be perfect and so obvious and then I would feel silly for not thinking of it myself. So, she is pretty much the best. There is a lot of her and me in Aurora and Corona which is part of what makes them so fun for me.

Also, I want to say a big Thank You to everyone who commented, favorited and started watching me during the ATG. Knowing that other people were seeing and enjoying my my work was a real encouragement during the event and a great motivator to finish things off well. So Thank You everyone! You are the best!

So now it's the end of my first week back at school. Summer is over (along with the ATG) and there was much weeping and gnashing of teeth (not really). From the look of things I am going to have my work cut out for me this semester. Seriously. So much work! But it'll be good for me.

In saying that I just wanted you all to know that I am not dead, I'll still be here just posting a lot less. I might put up some of my class work if anyone is interested in seeing that. And I promise there will be more of the Successors, including Ghost and Crackers and probably some new characters as well. So don't panic.

I am still open for commission just know that I will be much slower finishing them than I was over the summer. I had a pretty quick turn around time when I had nothing else to do but that's right out the window now.

I think that's about everything...Yep.
~Val
  • Listening to: The cat purring
  • Reading: Text books
  • Watching: Bones
  • Playing: Possibly Dragon Age Origins if I find the time
  • Eating: Nothing
  • Drinking: Vitamine water
More of me freaking out with joy again!

The fantastic :iconportmeirion: has posted chapter two of The Successors, the epic tale of my OC princesses Aurora and Corona! It can be found here => portmeirion.deviantart.com/art…

Go read it! Really!

Ok I'll be quiet now.
  • Listening to: Computer noises
  • Reading: Fairy Tail
  • Watching: Tears to Tiara
  • Playing: New Super Mario Bros. Wii
  • Eating: Nothing
  • Drinking: Something citrusy
So everyone seems to be enjoying my OCs Aurora and Corona and all of the nonsense that has come out of the Equestria Daily Artist's Training Grounds that has to do with them. If you aren't one of the people who are enjoying them, feel free to disregard this journal entry. However, if you like my princesses and want to know their story head on over here => fav.me/d5bc4dq and read the first chapter of their epic journey to become the Princesses of Equestria they were chosen to be. This story is being written by :iconportmeirion:. This fantastic brony came to me not long after I put up my first Successors piece asking if it would be alright with me if he wrote a story about them. You guys. He volunteered to write a story about my characters! Do you know how much of a compliment this is? Do you know how awesome this guy is for doing this? And on top of that, he asks me if I wanted anything specific in it so I give a rough plot outline of the great big adventure that the princesses have in my head. And it's pretty long so I'm thinking "oh he probably only wanted to write something short, right? Just a one-shot, something simple." But no! He says he wants to write the whole thing! Words cannot describe how excited I am to see this first chapter written out. It's one thing to have characters in your head, having adventures and whatnot. It's another thing entirely to see someone else write them and have them come alive in a whole new way. Even within this first chapter, Portmeirion has captured the characters of Aurora and Corona so perfectly. But enough of me freaking out. Just go read it. It's fantastic. And Portmeirion? Thank you, thank you, thank you!
  • Listening to: Crickets
  • Reading: Fairy Tail
  • Watching: The BBC version of The Silver Chair
  • Playing: New Super Mario Bros. Wii
  • Eating: Nothing
  • Drinking: Dark Berry Mountain Dew
Edit: So it seems it was a bad idea to say I was only taking five to start with as it seems to have scared everyone off. Rest assured I am still open for commissions.

***

So as I've been promising for ages now, commissions are finally open!!!

Prices:
All prices are in US dollars and Paypal is my preferred payment method. Also These are all just estimates. Prices may vary depending on the complexity of the piece. If you've got an idea for a commission but you want a more specific price go ahead and shoot me a note.

Single characters with little or no background:

Cleaned up sketch: $8
Lines: $12
Flat colors: $20
Inked with shaded color: $25

Additional characters: $12 each

These are not your only options. If you want something more complex, or you would like a specific style go ahead and send me a note and I will get back to you with a price estimate. Also I do more than just ponies.

Things I will not draw:

Explicit sexual content/pornography
Graphic violence or gore
Satanic or demonic imagery

I reserve the right to refuse to take a commission for any reason and to not disclose that reason.

I will not display any commissions here or anywhere else unless I have been given permission to do so by the the person who commissioned me.

If you have any questions, go ahead and send me a note.
  • Listening to: The kitty trying to take over my lap
  • Reading: Sleeping Murder
  • Watching: Star Trek Deep Space Nine
  • Playing: Ico
  • Eating: Dinner
  • Drinking: Strawberry soda
So as I've been promising for ages now, commissions are finally open!!!

Prices:
All prices are in US dollars and Paypal is my preferred payment method. Also These are all just estimates. Prices may vary depending on the complexity of the piece. If you've got an idea for a commission but you want a more specific price go ahead and shoot me a note.

Single characters with little or no background:

Cleaned up sketch: $6
Lines: $10
Flat colors: $20
Inked with shaded color: $25

Additional characters: $8 each

These are not your only options. If you want something more complex, or you would like a specific style go ahead and send me a note and I will get back to you with a price estimate. Also I do more than just ponies.

Things I will not draw:

Explicit sexual content/pornography
Graphic violence or gore
Satanic or demonic imagery

I reserve the right to refuse to take a commission for any reason and to not disclose that reason.

I will not display any commissions here or anywhere else unless I have been given permission to do so by the the person who commissioned me.



I am really quite new to this commission thing so all this is subject to change as I get better at it. And because I am so new at this I'll only be taking five to start with.
  • Listening to: My sister giving me advice
  • Reading: Snuff
  • Watching: Rosemary and Thyme
  • Playing: Ico
  • Eating: Nothing
  • Drinking: Root Beer
I just wanted to say thank you to everyone who wished me a happy birthday. It was quite the awesome surprise. And a huge thank you (again) to :iconzekaire-aquanimus: for the premium membership. You are all the most awesome!

P.S. Got to see The Avengers for my birthday. ALL OF THE AWESOME.
  • Listening to: All the quiet
  • Reading: Psyren
  • Watching: Various super hero related things.
  • Playing: Soul Calibur 5!!!!!
  • Eating: BIRTHDAY CAKE!
  • Drinking: Milk to go with the cake!
I should probably mention the fact that I'm on Tumblr now.

valkyrie-girl.tumblr.com/

See? Am I cool now?
  • Listening to: The 3DS that isn't mine.
  • Reading: K-ON
  • Watching: Howl's Moving Castle
  • Playing: Still Skyrim!
  • Eating: So full I don't need anything just now.
  • Drinking: Where did my Sprite go?