Hey, friends. Sorry for the radio silence. Things have been kinda tough here. My mental health hasn't been great and I'm kinda just hanging on and doing my best.
A friend of mine, Robi Dean, passed away a couple weeks ago. He was a member of the Phoenix Gaymers and one of the nicest people I'd ever met. We collaborated on some LGBTQ+ signage and flag stuff for Tempe Fancon and Spring Anime Fest. He helped me with the Book of Heroes layout and was a great source of excitement and encouragement for any project I was working on. I didn't know him for very long, but I miss him very much. I was never brave enough to attend the Gaymer functions. I'm not exactly out and proud to all my family and friends. But, here it goes. I'm bisexual. I'm non-binary. I prefer they/them pronouns. I go by TK. Thank you, Robi. <3
Thank you for giving so many of us the courage and the strength to be ourselves.
After Spring Anime Fest, the rest of our conventions were cancelled or postponed and I have had kinda a hard time with that. Selling at conventions is basically my dream job. So, not only have we taken a hit on income, we're in the hole for all the purchased tables that haven't been refunded, all the new display stuff for the year, and a bunch of product I had just had printed. On top of that, my dream job is basically just gone now. It doesn't exist in the same capacity and I don't know if it will ever again. :( Fortunately, my full-time job is able to be done from home and we are still able to make bills. But, that's been difficult as well.
At the beginning of the year, I started struggling with some severe anxiety issues. I've dealt with anxiety most of my life, but around January, it became much too difficult to manage. I'm currently working with a therapist and psychiatrist to get stuff straightened out, and back under control. But dude, that stuff is hard.
I've also been playing absolute shit tons of Animal Crossing. And the past week or so I've started feeling well enough to start drawing up some stickers! I've finished a few of them and will be having them printed soon.
I'd also like to announce that all of the pride stickers are currently 3 for $5. Use code "GAYMER" to get $1 off of your purchase. All proceeds from pride sticker sales will go to the Phoenix Gaymers.
Take care, friends. I love you all and I hope you're doing well.
Stay safe and healthy.