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Ezelle Van Der Heever
Artist | Hobbyist | Digital Art
South Africa
What's up? :D I'm Ez! :wave:

I live in sunny South Africa where I spend most of my time indoors, except when I'm leisurely walking around doing errands, strategically plotting my every route to stay in the shade. B-)

In my free time, I work on my illustrated novel project, The Valiard Mansion. If you want to learn more about that, you can pop by my Gallery or visit:

If you wanna ask me anything, just drop me a Comment or a Note. :meow:

Hope you enjoy my Gallery! :hug: :heart:

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  • Mood: Exhilarated
  • Listening to: I bought an '80s compilation CD on Friday :B
  • Reading: Nothing, I swear!
  • Watching: Breaking Bad S3 (no spoilers please!)
I have to confess something slightly embarrassing in order to share this story with you guys.

From time to time I indulge in reading YOU magazine, a weekly South African magazine that's basically just a general interest publication with one or two trashy articles per issue. You know, the occasional article titled something like "I ate my third leg" or "my mom the drug dealer". It's common practice in South Africa NOT to EVER reveal that you read this magazine, so I apologise to my fellow Saffers for my shame.

Me, I love reading this mag right before bedtime. It's the perfect way for my brain to switch off. It's got news and current events and all that, but it's just vague and vapid enough that I'm pleasantly distracted. And the Agony Aunt styled "Ask Dr Louise" is downright hilarious. Recently, a 20-something woman wrote in asking if it's a good idea to share her boyfriend with her mother. I'm still laughing about that one. :XD:

So it was a huge suprise when I actually found a snippet that was directly applicable to my own situation, and on top of that, really gave me some hope.

It was a short article about a woman named Jo Watson, a South African, who posted her story, Burning Moon, on Wattpad and is now getting it published by some bigwig literary agent in New York because of the attention it got online. I had to go on her Wattpad profile to find out she'd actually done this by winning a Watty award, but regardless of the process, the outcome is the same.

Maybe some of you have read Burning Moon, because apparently it has five million hits and counting. I haven't read it myself, though. "Chick Lit" or whatever it's called isn't exactly my cup of tea, no matter how girly my own novel gets sometimes. At least with millions of readers at her beck and call, I highly doubt the loss of my readership will make Jo Watson weep. :giggle:

I find it so encouraging and heartwarming to know a fellow South African following much the same process as I am has found success. I immediately tore the snippet out of the magazine and stuck it to my wall next to my computer monitor. Just as a reminder that if this woman who's so geographically close to me can get her work out there, so can I. It can really feel so isolated sometimes in this third-world country.

It's a big help that ol' Jo's pulling a terrifyingly smug face in her photograph and she's flaunting a pink-sleeved Macbook — something I will never manage to afford. Kind of like she's saying, "Yeah, I got all this stuff you want. You'll never get on my level, you loser."

It's actually very motivating. :nod:

And wouldn't you believe it, she's got a scan of the YOU mag snippet on her Facebook. Just check the bottom:…

So aaaaanyways! :D I figured this would be a cool story to share with you guys. I know a good deal of you are writers, too, and I hope what you take out of this is that, thanks to the Internet, we're all on a level playing field. :meow:

:star: We can make it, we can be successful and we can serve as inspiration for others along the way. :star:

Let's go kick butt, okay! :w00t:

Your favourite way to read The Valiard Mansion? 

73 deviants said deviantART, right there in the browser
31 deviants said I download the PDFs from
26 deviants said deviantART, but I save the PDF to my computer first
12 deviants said Wattpad



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Hanami-Mai Featured By Owner 1 day ago  Professional Digital Artist
I love your style! It's so dynamic and full of personality! Also love the victorian themes!
Pussycat-Puppy Featured By Owner 2 days ago  Student Filmographer
Hi! you have an amazing talent, I wanna study in art and I was wondering
did you take any courses to get where you are or just practice?
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SandrOops Featured By Owner 2 days ago  Hobbyist General Artist
Omg...:icontouchedplz:thank you so so much for the watch , honestly i feel so happy thank you a hundred times,(you're one of my favourite artists on here, so basically you made my day) stay awesome!! :iconaawplz:
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DracowormArt Featured By Owner 6 days ago  Hobbyist Filmographer
Astounding Gallery! I am in love with your drawings they tell such beautiful emotions!! Hatz Off!! Applaud fella (Reactions)  
SuperHedgehogirls Featured By Owner 6 days ago  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Your artwork is beyond awesome and i`ll be reading your story it looks soo interesting though a question i want to ask, did you ever thought on making your story "The Valiard Mansion" a future movie or show cuz if it ever did become that i would be the first to watch =3
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