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Quickie update-- thanks and apologies

Mon Nov 14, 2011, 5:19 PM
Hey all---- I thought I'd come up for air for a few seconds to give a quick update.

I've been seeing lots of comments asking about why I don't answer messages or post more art.  I want to offer my apologies.  I just get so, so many notes, and my work is especially demanding these days.  To top it all off, the last 6 months have been kind of rough for me personally and the combination of all these elements just means I don't have the time to answer.

Still, I want to thank every one for the constant supply of kind words, inspiring stories and compliments.  I do get to read most of your notes (I think--- I hope!!) and the vast majority are so thoughtful.  And with the kind of year I've had, it really lifts my spirits.

I'm hoping that by the end of the year, maybe during Thanksgiving or Christmas break, I'll be able to put together an FAQ.  Lots of people ask for advice on how to get into animation, and I plan on answering that one.  Questions about my current works and a LOT of questions about MLP:FIM!  (I can't answer most questions about MLP, especially about stuff that happened after I left, but I will do the best I can.)

Again, my sincerest apologies that I can't answer more notes, but please understand that I really do appreciate them.  Coming to this page and reading about how MLP and my other works have affected people means a lot to me, and keeps me going when times are tough.

I'll be in touch soon, and THANKS!!!!


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  • Listening to: The Beatles
  • Reading: Bossypants
  • Eating: dark, leafy greens - dr's orders
  • Drinking: pecan pie coffee
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ATMahSnowyCharacter Featured By Owner Jan 8, 2012  Hobbyist Artist
frostyfuzz Featured By Owner May 14, 2012
omg i loooovvve kyo
blayzebright Featured By Owner Dec 16, 2011  Student Artist
I figured you just got so many messages that it wasn't humanly possible to answer them all :p
And even if you're not working on MLP now, you're still the reason for G4 being awesome so you still deserve thanks. I hope to see other shows you create in the future.
zERO-LOLz Featured By Owner Dec 16, 2011  Student Traditional Artist
Thank you so much for re-creating the My Little Pony series! It's been like a breath of fresh air after being subjected to the stagnant shows that play on the television these days. I truly cannot single out one character as my favorite, as they all bring me joy watching their antics and the consequences that follow. Pinkie Pie is hilarious; Rainbow Dash is just plain cool; Applejack is a very hard worker and is helpful; Fluttershy is silly because of her uncountable little fears; Rarity fun to watch squirm about cleaniness and poise; and Twilight Sparkle just cannot put down her books!

Anyway, the point is My Little Pony inspired me to draw again, to be able to show how much I have enjoyed this show and how shamelessly proud I am to call myself a Bronie. From the bottom of my heart, thank you. :)
hfdoll Featured By Owner Dec 15, 2011  Hobbyist Artist
Lauren - you rock! I love MLP! Just thought I would let ya know.
Have a Merry Christmas, and a prosperous New Year (from one of many 'bronies')!:)
TheN1K0L4Z Featured By Owner Dec 13, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
I've got one question for you: Are you thinking about adding some new key grips in MLP:FiM? My Pony, Megaten would be happy to assist the Mane 6. He believes music is the weapon against oppression.
BronieBlaze Featured By Owner Dec 13, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
With the amount of work that goes into making even one show, not to mention multiple shows, I'm surprised you have any free time at all to answer questions from fans! People need to realize that animating a network TV show is a lot of work and can be very stressful when you have millions of fans demanding more episodes. So naturally it is difficult to read AND answer every comment, question, and message people send. People need to factor this in, when they send you something and expect an answer right away. We need to be patient, and wait for your reply. Also, we need to accept the possibility that you might not be able to reply at all.

Finding time to look at feedback from fans and comment on that, on top of what you do for a living, is amazing. It's one of the reasons I admire you as an artist.

Keep up the good work.
Kanmeros78 Featured By Owner Dec 13, 2011  Student General Artist
Will there be an episode that tells how Luna became Nightmare Moon?
Particlez Featured By Owner Dec 11, 2011
I suck as an artist and am more technical (computer programmer by trade, game design), but honestly, MLP is so well done and stands out to me in a market that is saturated with garbage shows.

I really hope that I have the opportunity to work with the same kind of talent that you have.
skullzie9 Featured By Owner Dec 11, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
... you are my god(dess)
lol jk but i am in love with MLP:FiM, and, its odd, because im 14 and a total punk, goth, metalhead, rocker. i really hope i can get to know you or atleast be able to show you some of my work ive done about MLP:FiM
Kanmeros78 Featured By Owner Dec 10, 2011  Student General Artist
Was Sailor Moon one of your inspirations for the elements of harmony?
ALonelyWeeaboo Featured By Owner Dec 7, 2011  Student Artist
I can't stop listening to Hey Jude!
Manden Featured By Owner Dec 5, 2011  Student Digital Artist
Whenever I read stuff written by you I imagine it comes with the voice of Princess Celestia. owo
nicoflare Featured By Owner Dec 6, 2011  Hobbyist Artist
lol iwas thinking the same exact thing
ZebulonSmiley Featured By Owner Dec 5, 2011  Hobbyist Artist
I can totally understand. I don't worry, I'm simply honored that you give us, simple fans, the time of day. I'm sure the Pokemon people wouldn't.
SonicFan74 Featured By Owner Dec 4, 2011
Apology accepted.
guywithpasta Featured By Owner Dec 3, 2011
Huh, Interesting journal. Kinda dislike that people are pushing you for art, but-

"Drinking: Pecan Pie Coffee"
darkdoomer Featured By Owner Dec 3, 2011  Professional Digital Artist
oh yeah about mlp. well; you really should take back the control because actually, every ep. is about TWILIGHTSPARKLE the very special, intellectual poni serving her morals all the time.

i thought i hated Rarity more for being selfish with time but i was so wrong. Rainbowdash saves people? fine let's troll her with something ŕ la anonymous dark knight because she dared to be pretentious about it! Rarity is being Rarity? nah, TWILIGHTSPARKLE wants to get HER birthday done in Rarity's place bringing everypony there, and wear the worst dress rarity made to her, becayse she's TWILIGHTSPARKLE !( holy shit i saw something coming but i wonder by how miracle Rarity managed to stay calm in a situation where any buddhist monk would had gone postal. that was remarkable, and scary a bit. does she knows TWILIGHTSPARKLE is manipulating her and others ?)

that friendship must be solid. i mean, like strong interaction between particles, because with an arrogant person like TWILIGHTSPARKLE being full of herself and serving the interests of some god-queen in some castle who don't give a rat's ass about their people, shit gonna hit the fan.

since they defeated their last enemy at the inception of season 2, they have no more threats or something to fight but themselves and noone can imagine what could happen in ponyville.
DessaB Featured By Owner Dec 1, 2011
Aww, but the stuff that happened after you left is the stuff I wanna know the most! Phooey to professionalism, sez I.
maniacaldude Featured By Owner Dec 1, 2011  Student General Artist
I am indeed aware of how busy you are, but I didn’t know that things have been rather rough for you lately, and it seems like you might have kept that under wraps. Regardless, I hope you're doing better and I’m glad that you appreciate all the praise, even if mine hasn’t always been the most kind, for reasons that I really wish to discuss with you personally about, but I digress. I still love what all I have seen of the show, though, so I don't want you to get the idea that I hate it. I'm just displeased with certain parts, that's all.

I would definitely like to learn how to get into animation. Even though I’m still an aspiring cartoon student, I figure some of what you have would be helpful.

I figure you wouldn’t have every answer about MLP, but this was YOUR vision, after all, and I still think that you have something on the history and back-story of the setting and the characters that you could answer, since the back-story is the only aspect about this show that I dislike thus far. Not the Luna/Nightmare Moon story, mind you, but anything related to character origins and reveals that I found disappointing and disillusioning. Forgive me if I keep pestering you about that, but it’s really bothersome to me, and I hope that you would be willing to hear me out about what I have to say, since I want this burden to be taken off my shoulders.

I figure this comment will most likely get ignored among the hundreds of other fans commenting here, but I do hope that these words get to you somehow. Even if I disagree with some of the things you’ve done to the show, I still have respect for you and what you’ve done and plan to achieve, and I think your contributions have been, directly and indirectly, an influence to us all.

Hope to hear from you if at all possible!
killerKASKET Featured By Owner Dec 1, 2011  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I'm hoping that you're doing a lot better (I know it's a bit late, but still), I just wanted to say hello and give my sincerest wishes to you. Stress bad, but I'm 100% super-duper positive that you can get through the toughest times with the love and support from your friends, family, and your ever-loving fans! I hope your day becomes 20% cooler from the comments all of the bronies and pegasisters (and who could ever forget the children of the 90's) are sending you!!
RurouniZanza Featured By Owner Nov 30, 2011
As a US Army Iraqi vet, I want to say that you are an inspiration to many. Not a lot of people can say that they bring joy to so many people, but you can most certainly say that with your head held high.

Your good nature shows in your work and your words, I wish you nothing more than happiness! Hang in there!
RurouniZanza Featured By Owner Nov 30, 2011
As a US Army Iraqi vet, I want to say that you are an inspiration to many. Not a lot of people can say that they bring joy to so many people, but you can most certainly say that with your head held high.

Your good nature shows in your work and your words, I wish you nothing more than happiness! Hang in there!
TavoGDL Featured By Owner Nov 29, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
We love you!!
FluttershyFangirl1 Featured By Owner Nov 29, 2011
You're welcome (:. I wish you good luck in the future!
VeryOldBrony Featured By Owner Nov 28, 2011
You don't need really to apology. We all know you did an amazing job and you will do something new pure awesome. We all have to say thanks for your attendance on dA

I guess you never image what today happen as you start MLP:FIM. Meanwhile you are famous like the President Of United States. The difference is you're able to join thousand and thousand of peoples together in one whole big community with harmony and friendship. And this is +1
DeadEye-0X Featured By Owner Nov 28, 2011
all we ask is that you keep working hard on your projects, that is enough.
CareerFromDistrict4 Featured By Owner Nov 27, 2011  Student General Artist
okay well good luck
SolestiaL Featured By Owner Nov 26, 2011
Good luck with your new projects.

I have a question, would the ponies reproduce conventionally or would they use a more G-rated method like a stork bringing the baby? I just wonder because a stork seems like it'd tie into the cutesy mythology theme.
*This comment has been removed by Dr. Horrible*
zolosluver Featured By Owner Nov 25, 2011  Student Traditional Artist
It's okay, I understand that a busy life always gets in the way of online-social and fun time. I barely get on DA either.

I can't wait to read your FAQ. ;)
ChrisSpartan117 Featured By Owner Nov 24, 2011  Hobbyist Writer
It says you drink Pecan Pie Coffee. Is it any good? Because I love pecan pie. So gooey, sweet, but not so sweet that it's disgusting.
tyrannosaurusrocks Featured By Owner Nov 23, 2011
Pecan pie coffee sounds amazing. Where would you find such a glorious abomination?
Caswin Featured By Owner Nov 22, 2011
Ooh. I'm sorry to hear that. Poor timing on my part for a clumsily-worded message.

I did think you ought to know, though. (Could you pass it on? Or am I breaking a rule here without realizing it?)

Best wishes.
Caswin Featured By Owner Nov 24, 2011
Y'know what, scratch that. Except for the "Best wishes" part.
CrazyRabidPony Featured By Owner Nov 22, 2011
It's cool. Take your time, chica! ^^

Oh! I'm especially looking forward to the animation question. I've been a fan of cartoons since I was a kid. Don Bleuth, Tex Avery, Chuck Jones, the nine old men from Disney are the shiz. ^^

I do have a question... Exactly, how old are the ponies? Including the royal sisters. :3
Foedus Featured By Owner Nov 22, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I think all awesome people hit a rough spot in their lives, and I'm more than certain things will clear up for you in the future.

As for the stress, I offer a nice cup of Chai Tea?
dr-evil99 Featured By Owner Nov 22, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
Sorry to hear you've been hitting a rough patch, but I can certainly say I relate, and I don't think I'm the only one!

But thank you for all that you've done, and know that you've been a real inspiration. Heck, you've inspired someone who hasn't ever pursued an artistic endeavor his entire life to pick up a pencil and take up a new hobby (rather childlike pony-sketches on my page **shameless plug over!**) I'm really looking forward to the DCU shorts, and seeing your take on that universe.

Happy Thanksgiving, Best Wishes, and remember you've got a lot of people in your corner!
nexgencn Featured By Owner Nov 22, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
I hope you feel better soon Lauren, its not good to be so stressed out. I wish the best for you in the future and wish you the best of luck. Know that mine and many others interest is in rooting for you. I am behind anything you do and support you fully.

A nice bubble bath does wonders for my stress, just saiyan.
Cuttershy Featured By Owner Nov 21, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
2 words...
you're awesome...
or does that count as 3?
(you + are = you're which is 2 words put together)
AUGH! i'm just confusing myself again... XI
S008 Featured By Owner Nov 20, 2011
I'd very much like if there were an announcement (journal) where we could ask our questions when it's time. Sending yet another comment onto the message board just doesn't feel right.
athousandknives Featured By Owner Nov 19, 2011  Student Digital Artist
No worries... I am grateful for you keeping the fans up to date and interacting with us, and we look forward to seeing an FAQ from you soon! Thank you, Ms. Faust!
GalacticRainbow Featured By Owner Nov 19, 2011  Student Traditional Artist
Are you the creator of MLP?
flcl1000 Featured By Owner Nov 19, 2011
she revamped it and brought us the glory of G4. shes awesome
Em0Furry Featured By Owner Nov 25, 2011  Hobbyist Writer
as well as much more animated awesomeness.
Th3m0vingshad0w Featured By Owner Nov 19, 2011
No worries! We know you're busy! I'm happy enough knowing that you care enough to to say something! Best of luck in everything!
Xtos12 Featured By Owner Nov 19, 2011
Thank you for your kind words!
megadrivesonic Featured By Owner Nov 19, 2011  Student Filmographer
Well it's good to know your thinking about the fans. And I'd like to know if there will be more griffins in the show? Just wondering
Tyros Featured By Owner Nov 18, 2011
Don't you worry about it, every (reasonable) person here completely understands that you're an extremely busy individual, what with the hectic life of a successful artist/animator/what-have-you. Additionally, I'm sure I speak for everyone when I say I'm sorry to hear about things being rough on you lately. I do hope things get better.
TheFangirl01 Featured By Owner Nov 18, 2011  Student General Artist
Well always remember when you're having a bad day,remember all of the fans you make happy with you're work!

Always stay calm,even in the moust rough times~!

If you do you'll be just fine!
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