No, I'm not dead. But, I will fully admit that my outside life is more important than this site as of right now. No, my characters have not died and they are still very strong (as are the stories that go with them). However, I've been doing a lot of personal growth since the last journal. I've had to come to terms with many of my problems and begin the process of conquering them.
On top of that, I've begun to explore my religious and philosophical views- which has been time consuming in and of itself, as well as incredibly stressful. It is so stressful that I've been having reoccurring nightmares about telling my mother that I no longer follow the religion that I grew up with.
I'm exploring the world and my interests and learning what I can. It's been a rough and bumpy road (and it will continue to be), but I doubt I'll regret any of it. I'll even say that I'm very pleased with what I've discovered about myself.
I've been on here almost daily, so I am keeping up with your guys' artwork. However, I've been uninspired to leave comments. I feel this is mainly because I haven't drawn anything in over a year, and I don't think I have much of a place to give any criticism right now. But I also hate leaving just simple "Hey, this is awesome!" type comments. Bottom line: I've wanted to leave comments, but I can't seem to bring myself to do it as of late.
Hopefully someday soon I'll pick up a pencil and begin to draw again. Until then, I'll be lurking.