You all knew this would come.
I admit, it was very hard for me to make this decision.
The characters I created, both humans and horses, grew very dear to me after I created and played with them. Even if I did them no justice by entering competitions, draw normal pictures to show them interact or similar things, I still don't like the tought of killing them off after my almost 3 year long "vacation" from dA.
Still, it's a necessary step. For me and my characters.
The story I had planned for DLM was never really developed, it was forgotten after a while and I didn't pick it up again. Same with the staff introductions, stable map, horse training and all that stuff that is simply necessary for a stable as I wanted it in the beginning.
So, I have decided to close down DLM for good. I am not sure yet whether or not I will sell or simply delete/kill the characters I created but don't want anymore. Some I will definitely keep. Whether as story characters, OCs, 'horse to other creature' transformed character or maybe just as "new" stable horses.
Yes, you heard right. ^^
DLM might close down, but that is only a start for something new I thought about from the moment I took a break (that was, unfortunately, extended...) up until now.
I will stop playing in the HARPG world, more or less. But not leave the group since that robs me off some breeding advantages.
I will work at a very slow pace with my new stable, focus on the story and staff first to introduce them properly since it IS a roleplay stable more or less. And of course, I will make sure to introduce horses properly before aging them and throwing them into competitions if I ever do that again.
For now, I will start with looking through all my characters and choose which ones I will keep and which ones I will delete or sell.
When I'm done with that, I will practice to find a style I can work with. That way I actually might have a chance to win in a competition...
After I have found a style, I will start (re-)drawing references of horses I will keep and maybe of those I will sell. Though I will not upload them right away since staff and stable are my priority for now.
With all that said, I want to remind you that I have not much time on my hands for an unknown amount of time. (Those who know about my financial and living situation know why.)
I will, most likely, focus on the story of my characters and breeding. Since I am only good at designing and love it a lot, everything else has no appeal to me anymore. Or at least not now.
If I owe you any foals or designs, please note me with a link to the agreement and I'll see to it that you'll get your designs as quickly as I have the time for it.
Also. Any and all leased horses I handed out some time ago will be claimed back (unless otherwise stated) since I have to sort them out and figure out what to do with them. I'll note everyone about that personally.
For now, that's all.
I'm very sorry for the long silence and for maybe worrying you.