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Let's start that DA's helpdesk is actually... not so helpful at all. 
My ticket more or less came back with a generic response. The so called bug is apparently already known for a for a full month and with that message my helpdesk ticket was closed :') 

As for now I've got some good stuff coming. Both articles (journals) and art. But it seems to make little sense to post them if half of the watchers doesn't even get notified (it basically feels like they fell off the face of earth), and the other half gets the notification with a 3 hour to 2 days delay. Not to mention that I stare at a blank page half of the time, because of the bugs. So I guess I have to postpone posting the really cool and awesome stuff until DA gets their shit back on track. Sorry guys T__T 

For now, a few small updates

First of all, I want to say that, among many other amazing artists, my work has been featured in the artbook of my dear friend Yuuza 
For more information on this artbook, its content, and how to obtain it.
Art Book Pre-orders by Yuuza
:star::star::star: Please check it here! :star::star::star:

Futhermore... random meme's :la:
50 random facts about me

01. I prefer writing over art, mostly for the reason because I think it's easier.
02. I've saved my drawings/writings from ever since the time that I was 6 years old.
03. As a kid, I've always wanted to be a writer when I grew up. It wasn't until I became older that I realized it was a near impossible career for a non native English person.
04. The sole reason why I started drawing, was because I wanted people to show what my characters looked like.
05. My desk is always somewhat messy. I can't be creative on a clean desk (Most bosses hate this aspect of me XD)
06. I own over 50 art related-related books. Most of them are how-to books on various subjects, like anatomy, color and environments.
07. Watching art related Youtube tutorials is one of my favorite ways to spend idle time. I don't really mind how good the artist is. There's always something to learn.
08. I started writing motivational texts in an attempt to motivate myself.
09. I have Google translate open in another tab whenever I write an English message or journal. English is not my native language and I don't fully master it yet.
10. I've made video tutorials. But I decided pretty soon it's not my thing, since I'm too shy to actually talk in English (The accent. The horrible accent. Arrrghhh!!)

11. I learned to know Yuki Kajiura's music through the anime hack//sign. And although I could never finish the anime (didn't like it that much), I've been a Yuki Kajiura fan ever since.
12. I've been playing Pokemon since the early Red/Blue games came out, and am in fact still a fan.
13. I watch a fair amount of anime, even though I never feel like making fanart for any of them.
14. I rarely make fanart, since I'm never an avid fan of anything for a long time. My liking's switch a lot of time and they usually switch fast. 
15. I see my creativity as a rather fluid thing that stems from raw emotion. No matter if I draw, design, write or code, it all comes from the same place. And in my mind it all blends together.
16. I wasn't any serious with visual art until 2010. It pretty much shows in my improvement meme. Everything prior to 2010 is the same shit all over again.
17. Most of my drawings are from a novel called Emion. It's a book I'm still writing and that's already 1000+ pages.
18. Most of my drawings take hours. I'm a terribly slow worker.
19. I actually enjoy drawing together with other people in real life. Unfortunately I don't know many people living close by that actually draw.
20. I want to be more active on Tumblr but I have a hard time figuring out how the thing actually works (and I'm usually too busy answering messages at DA. That too XD)

21. On contrary to popular belief, I was never actually awarded a Daily Deviation. Look! My DD gallery! It's completely empty! XD
22. This artwork was the one piece that got me seriously interested in digital art, and therefore holds a lot of memories for me. I still want to buy a print of it one day, if shipping costs weren't that expensive T__T
23. I never used HTML for my DeviantArt profile. Not because I don't know how to use it. But because I'm too lazy to sort everything out
24. I prefer the default DeviantArt journal skin as it's clean, and loads great in both the journal portal and on mobile. Many other skins lack that aspect (Again; too damn lazy to html one myself)
25. I have this odd fascination with statistics, that has led me to build a tool to analyse my watchers for no other reason than pure curiosity (I might publish results, if anyone is interested)
26. I've never actually done art commissions. I didn't want to do any extra work beside my full time office job. 
27. I'd like to do art commissions just once, out of pure curiosity just to see how they'd sell. I know, however, the obligations would totally kill me.
28. I think my character Sato is a horrible person, and I wouldn't want to meet him in real life.
29. I like writing about him in the novel because he is horrible
30. I created Sergei Kazimir and his love for fire, just because I wanted to experiment with a character that loved everything that I hated.

31. I'm currently a webdeveloper in real life. But I've done all kinds of jobs in IT, webdesign, graphic design, social media marketing, and alike.
32. I started programming because high school bored me to death.
33. I used to be a moderator on various Dutch internet forums, going back as far as 2002. That is where I got my first internet experience. 
34. Some of my earliest friends on the internet were hackers. I've been fascinated by hacking techniques and web technology ever since.
35. I've hacked. Though I've never destroyed something. Being in the web-building business it always made me sad to see something getting destroyed.
36. I know how to build a computer. I learned how to do so because I needed a new (faster) computer for school and wasn't able to afford a pre-build one.
37. I hate people that declare their selves "nerd" just by taking a selfie with over-sized glasses. Imo you aren't a real (computer)nerd unless you know how to either hack, code, or build a PC.
38. I've been severely internet addicted.
39. I still am. But my job provides me with a solid excuse now.
40. The worst thing about being without internet is being without Google. I use the website all day to basically look up anything and everything (Oh? Did I already mention I'm a curious person?)

41. I rarely watch movies because I have a hard time recognizing faces, and thus telling the characters apart.
42. I was called 'manga girl' at the first office where I worked. Not because I drew manga. But because I have a roundish face with big eyes.
43. I have a terrible fear of speaking in public.
44. I dress myself very mainstream. Part of that is because of the budget (I don't want to spend a lot of money on clothes). Part of it because I hate to stand out too much.
45. I'm afraid of fire, and I have been so ever since I was a kid. I don't even want to lit a candle.
46. I'm physically weak because of a wrist injury. I can only lift a few kilo's. Heavy shopping bags give me a hard time.
47. Despite my apparent outgoing nature, I'm a real introvert. I need alone time. And if I don't get it, I'll get very grumpy.
48. I love cooking, but only when I have plenty of time for it.
49. I own a cat.
50. My favorite emoticon here is :la:

That's it for today.
Expect more awesomeness as soon as DeviantArt fixes their bugs :happybounce: 
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:iconladyelasa:
LadyElasa Featured By Owner Sep 3, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Cool. ^ ^ I love writing and drawing and cooking and I'm a major introvert too. XD Good to know some more about you. ^ ^ Your English is pretty good. I didn't know you were Dutch until a few weeks after I started watching you.
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DamaiMikaz Featured By Owner Sep 3, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Kinda makes me wonder; what nationality did you think I was before that? ^^
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LadyElasa Featured By Owner Sep 3, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Not totally sure ... Somewhere English-speaking. XD
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xXMintyFatelyXx Featured By Owner Aug 31, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
that is a cool kitty La la la la I tried to learn coding for Neopets but then I got lazy XD
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Light-Lein Featured By Owner Aug 28, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Your work is in someones artbook!That is so cool, congrats, must be an honour :D. I like all the facts about yourself. many things I knew but I didn't know you are affraid of fire! Then you probably don't like new year as well with all the fireworks... ?
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DamaiMikaz Featured By Owner Aug 28, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Lol. No, I hate december 31st as hell.
I prefer to stay inside all day XD
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Light-Lein Featured By Owner Aug 28, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Just eat a lot of oliebollen than I guess :( but too bad you're so scared of it :S! 
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DamaiMikaz Featured By Owner Aug 31, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I can't eat oliebollen either.
Bad stomach T__T
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Chitsuu Featured By Owner Aug 26, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
One day, when I'll have more time, I'd really like to learn how to build my own computer and things like that.
After I finish my studies though.

Then maybe programming, but I was pretty disgusted by the programming classes I had this past two years, where it was just building calculations programs.
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DamaiMikaz Featured By Owner Aug 27, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
That's a shame.
Programming is really awesome. You can pretty much build everything you want with it.
I build a took that analyzes statistics from my DA watchers... just because I could. It's cool ^^
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Chitsuu Featured By Owner Aug 27, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
It does sound fun, I'll definitely give it a try later ^^
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Nokinami Featured By Owner Aug 24, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I can relate to 38, 41(it happened a few times ;-;), 44, and especially 45, since I once burned my thumb really bad., though I'm fine with bonfires or Grills o.o
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DamaiMikaz Featured By Owner Aug 24, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I hate everything fire related.
Including bonfires and cooking in heat oil... or frying pans XD
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Nokinami Featured By Owner Aug 24, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
That's awful :c I figured it's moveable fire(or whatver you call it)
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hosseinkhoramnezhad Featured By Owner Aug 24, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
 my friend ... i`m doing it again (being stupid) .because i think i read this journal ...and crazy thing is that i want to write you a note(msg) and saying hey Damaris where are you ? i miss you my friend (that i really miss) . but know i just see 20 Aug you write it and where were i at that time ?!! in a stupid land !!!:( (Sad) .... any way since that time (or at) until now you don`t do any thing ....i`m really eager to know about you (day events ).Hug  Rose 
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Unidentifiable-Alias Featured By Owner Aug 23, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
I kind of want to see the results of the statistics. :P :D (Big Grin) 
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DamaiMikaz Featured By Owner Aug 24, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I'm currently working on fancy output graphs and alike.
Expect publishment when I'm at 50k watchers or something alike
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Unidentifiable-Alias Featured By Owner Aug 24, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Yay fancy demography! Clap 
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stormfeather-cat Featured By Owner Aug 23, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
:) Your kitty is so cute :D
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JaxxAzlanCosmos Featured By Owner Aug 23, 2014  Hobbyist Artist
huh...
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M-A-F Featured By Owner Aug 22, 2014
For me, I still jump a little when I have to light a fire since our stove sucks and just blows gas. XD I'm forever terrified of boiling oil though. *shudders* I literally have to guard myself while frying stuff. ._.


For a moment I thought you were awarded a DD too but I think I just saw your art featured in journals. D8
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:icondamaimikaz:
DamaiMikaz Featured By Owner Aug 23, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Lol... I have the thing with boiling oil to. I never fry anything. I have a oven, and cook on electricity at home (no flames). Otherwise, I can't cook XD

As for DD's.
I just can't match the level of skills needed for a DD. As for features; my journals get featured ever so often. So I got that going for me... which is okay ^^
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abyss1956 Featured By Owner Aug 22, 2014
I'm glad to know you better and thanks for sharing about youHug 
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ClaudSki Featured By Owner Aug 22, 2014  Student Digital Artist
Yuki Kajiura. xD Try listening to Hiroyuki Sawano's soundtrack too. 

And hey, your English writing is actually fluent. I don't see any problem with it. 

Pokemon. Heh heh. I am already 17 year old, and still playing it. My friends remind me that I am already old for Pokemon. But meh. Nobody is too old for Pokemon (right? xD)
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:icondamaimikaz:
DamaiMikaz Featured By Owner Aug 22, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Yep, he's good too.
Or Kalafina. It's Yuki Kajiura... but with singers :D
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EeNii Featured By Owner Aug 22, 2014  Student Filmographer
woo~ You also like Yuki Kajiura *^* :dummy:
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dreamermist Featured By Owner Aug 22, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
I really do enjoy reading your journals :) 
I applaud you for doing so much in English! This is not just because I am a native English speaker... nor am I a person that thinks that everyone can understand you if you just say the same thing louder. I say it because I have always lived in parts of the US where other languages were still used occasionally. I tend to throw in the odd Spanish word for instance since I was born in New Mexico. And now that I am trying to learn German it is very apparent that the English language is simply a dirty thieving bastard. I still think the best description for it is " English lurks in dark alleyways trying to knock out unsuspecting languages to rummage through their pockets for bits of loose grammar." So kudos to you for attempting our bastard tongue! lol. 

Anyways, I hope you have an epic day! :D
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DamaiMikaz Featured By Owner Aug 22, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Well, most languages somehow related to each other.
Dutch is my native language. I speak English fluently. And indeed a lot of words are similar. I can understand German, that is in many words similar to Dutch (grammar is a bitch, though XD). And from the few years that I've had French in high school I noticed even some French words are incorporated in the Dutch language... so yeah... it all overlaps ^^
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taquiachi Featured By Owner Edited Aug 21, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
You got inspired by yuumei? Holy wow because she's also inspired me to attempt painting and seriously do digital art! ;w;
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ItaloAmericana Featured By Owner Aug 21, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
You sound like a wonderful person, and your English is great!
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Boomblox5896 Featured By Owner Aug 21, 2014  Student Digital Artist
Part of reading this gives me grief and seems so sad, yet the other parts say that you're a rather wonderful person. I hope you can overcome any problems in your life.
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DamaiMikaz Featured By Owner Aug 22, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Oh, well.
We're mixed bags of experience. All of us ^^
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Boomblox5896 Featured By Owner Aug 28, 2014  Student Digital Artist
Indeed.
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Debo-chan Featured By Owner Edited Aug 21, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Yeah I for one would love to see your analyse! Your English is great ^^ but would you take offense if I corrected anything? I honestly don't know how to say that without is sounding stuck up and mean (it's not like I have perfect English myself) but all I mean is that your English is really good already and it can be hard to know if you make a mistake in a different language once you reach a certain level, unless someone points it out... plz don't take that the wrong way.. So do you have a character that you like/love in the book your writing? :) Oh and another thing, what artwork is featured in the artbook?
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DamaiMikaz Featured By Owner Aug 21, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Yeah I for one would love to see your analyse! Your English is great ^^ but would you take offense if I corrected anything?
You're free to go, as long as you don't take it to the level of a grammar nazi :)

So do you have a character that you like/love in the book your writing?
I actually love all of them, in my own twisted way :la:
They're messed up persons. I wouldn't want to meet any of them irl. That doesn't mean I don't like them as characters, though. 

Oh and another thing, what artwork is featured in the artbook?
Crowned with chaos by DamaiMikaz  
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Debo-chan Featured By Owner Aug 22, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
wow thank you for the reply! ^^
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RAMWOC87 Featured By Owner Aug 21, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Can I just say
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Dear god your cat is beautiful O_O
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Queen-Soulia Featured By Owner Aug 21, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Oh yeah! Time to bore some watchers with me doing this 50 meme thing! :D I am sure everybody loves everything you do
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DamaiMikaz Featured By Owner Aug 21, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I'm sure they don't XD
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Queen-Soulia Featured By Owner Aug 21, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
I am not joking... most of the stuff about me are rather tragic. So it is hard for me to think up something nice.
I can't add stuff like " Was homeless and lived on the street" , " My mother abused me from age 7." or " My mother threw away all my childhood art because she thought it was trash according to her."

You seem to be a way more interesting person , which makes it easy to market to people who adore you.
People love them smart and nice characters with a great past.
Not the tragic and sad people who draw boobs.
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DamaiMikaz Featured By Owner Aug 21, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Never assume that people that don't tell about that kind of stuff, didn't live through it.
The point is, things in life happen. We all fight our own battles. It shapes us into the characters we are. Interesting characters, because we are all different. 

To quote Tyrion from GOT;
"Never forget what you are. The rest of the world will not. Wear it like armor, and it can never be used to hurt you" 
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Queen-Soulia Featured By Owner Aug 21, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Wise words..even if it came from  Game of Throne . *cringe*

Let's see if I can give you any as good

"Nothing is more badass, then treating a woman with respect" -Mr. Torgue Borderlands 2

"Always the shit closest to home that hits you the hardest." — Marcus Fenix, GOW

Ok something wise:

"Suppose you could not be sure whether or not there was any ground behind you. Knowing that, would you still have the courage to take a step backward? At certain times in life, does it not take much more courage to take a step back than to take a step forward? Would you be courageous enough to do it?" ¨- Princess Serenade, Eternal Sonata
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iFANCYu Featured By Owner Aug 21, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
#10
i feel you...
DARN YOU DUTCH ACCENT D|<
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ShadowSketch91 Featured By Owner Aug 21, 2014  Student General Artist
i am dutch as well yet talk with an american accent.
it's really fun to hear/see peoples reactions when i tell them i'm not american
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iFANCYu Featured By Owner Aug 21, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
fff then you must be one of the lucky ducks that aren't doomed with the horrible dutch accent !!
I'm super jealous aa-
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ShadowSketch91 Featured By Owner Aug 21, 2014  Student General Artist
well i've been playing games since i was 7, and my guess is i took over the accent from them :shrug: 
I am kinda grateful for the fact i just picked it up like that, but now every other dutch person i hear speaking english sounds terrible to me xD
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iFANCYu Featured By Owner Aug 21, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
ffff lucky duck ;O;

My accent isn't too terrible, but it's still noticable when I speak english ;;
but yeah, some dutchies don't even seem to try and speak in this Steenkolenengels accent
which is SO ANNOYING THAT I ACTUALLY ANT TO SLAP PEOPLE AND SAY
"PLS STAHP. PLS. P L SSS."
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ShadowSketch91 Featured By Owner Aug 21, 2014  Student General Artist
that's happening in my class right now, everyone has that accent, like they've learned english from badly written movies, which i just don't understand, we have english movies, songs, series/shows, youtube channels, yet so many young ones just seem to be incapable of learning proper english, it's so frustrating...
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iFANCYu Featured By Owner Aug 21, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
oh my god same here !!
And yhen there are like 99% of the english teahers that can't even speak english themselves??
my teacher didn't even know how to spell loyal
so I like... lost my shit right there.
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ShadowSketch91 Featured By Owner Aug 21, 2014  Student General Artist
i asked mine if i could get the right to "skip" english, but unfortunately i couldn't because there wasn't a proper test for it at the time :s
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