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    State of the Mono – 2023 update!

    Hey all!

    Just wanted to wish you a happy New Years and give an honestly small update.

    The update is that… things are okay! For the first time, genuinely!

    Freelance is really hard financially and it’s been a struggle, but I’ve been super productive, and… happy? That’s so wild to say, but it’s true. I’m happy, and hopeful for the future for the first time in forever. I’m barely making rent, and stressing out so much about finances, but yet I feel happy despite that??? I don’t feel like a shell of a person??? It’s just really weird! To be like “I will pull through!” for once, as opposed to like “man, what if I jump off a building, huh?”

    God, I wish I’d quit my job years ago, lmao.

    I’ve also been posting a TON of oneshots, so be sure to check those out if you haven’t!

    Lastly, I wanted to thank everyone who’s stuck around here. I read every comment, and I genuinely can’t express how much the support means to me, and how much it’s helped me truck on with my new life. Thank you, thank you, thank you.

    Onwards to a great year!

    Mwaaaaaa

    Mono

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    1. A Deer
      Jan 18, 23 at 7:03 am

      Keep on doing your thing. Keep writing and creating and building! Punch 2023 right out the gate. Punch the gate too.

      Good to hear you’re happy. Glad you could quit a job that was weighing on you. I’ve been there and there’s that feeling of freedom when you get out of such a job. Looking forward to what you create. Been great to read all that I’ve read so far. As long as I don’t forget how to read or something just as devastating then I’ll be here being a fan.

      Also no one should punch gates – just a PSA announcement – probably hurts.

    2. FantomPonyansky
      Jan 17, 23 at 2:34 pm

      Hey Mono! Happy new year for you too. I’m glad to hear that your life is getting better. Was worried for ya.

      I found great support in your fics. It’s just such a pleasure to sometimes dive into them and out of my life. Also, relationship between Twi and Rares in TEL/TEK kinda helped me to get a fresh look on mine and appreciate it in a new way. Thank you for it and for several sleepless nights last week due to your stories.

      I wish I could support you just as much as you supported me with your work.

      Take care.

    3. cepzy
      Jan 14, 23 at 7:32 am

      happy new year as well, mono! i think it’s the first time that i’ve written a comment here as well as on fim.net but i’ve always really loved your works and writing style. i remember i started getting into mlp back when i was in 7th grade and now i’m a college student lol. time really does fly, huh? but one thing is for certain, and that is the fact that rarilight has stayed as my otp throughout it all.

      i can’t thank you enough for all the work you’ve done for our niche part of the fandom. the way you evoke emotions and perfectly encapsulate the essence of whichever character you’re writing is truly inspiring. in fact, i often use some of the things i picked up from reading your stories and applied it on my own writing style.

      i guess what i’m trying to say, in a rather roundabout and long-winded way, is that you and your works have made quite an impact to a lot of people, including me. life is filled with daunting trials and tribulations so i understand that it can get overwhelming at times. perhaps, to the point that it pushes you to sink deeper and deeper into a state of chronic pessimism.

      however, i can confidently say from experience that it really does get better. it might take a while, but we all get there eventually. one of the things i found helpful while dealing with those feelings is to indulge in the small things in life that brings me joy. coincidentally, reading your works is one of them. i’m glad that you are genuinely happy now and i hope it’ll only go up from here! so yeah, we really should be thanking you and not the other way around.

      you have helped me more than you will ever know. for that, i am eternally grateful.

      much love and care from ph,

      cepzy

    4. Gaby
      Jan 12, 23 at 8:30 pm

      Happy new year Mono! It’s awesome to hear that you’re enjoying this new chapter in your life. I wanted to thank you for everything you’ve written this past year. Your stories helped me through some really dark moments in my life, and they brought me a smile or a tear when I needed it the most. I’ve learned that life can get hard but it’s okay to sometimes lose yourself inside your favorite story. And I couldn’t have done that without you.

      Hope you feel joy and happiness throughout this year! <3

    5. Lauralite
      Jan 11, 23 at 6:19 pm

      Happy new year, and hope things continue to go well. I’m quite happy to hear that you’re doing well in the start of the year!

      Be safe, keep at, and be well!

    6. Tigra
      Jan 3, 23 at 8:47 am

      Happy new Year too.

      If the Money grt a Problem, maybe there enough who would help you over a GoFundMe Page to cover some of the Bills.

    7. JMP
      Jan 2, 23 at 1:21 pm

      Happy to hear you’re happy, Mono!

    8. ShadowLDrago
      Jan 2, 23 at 10:32 am

      Happy New Year, Mono.

      1. @ShadowLDragoJan 2, 23 at 10:37 am

        Happy new year, Drago!! <3