Three weeks ago I received an e-mail from fellow fan Aquilea. She wanted to know whether I was up for a commission. I always am
although I am slow to work through them *ahem*. This one, however, had to be done in a timely fashion. Because Aquilea told me “The end of my degree course is near! I have already submitted my master thesis, but now it is all study, study, study.” For the next two and a half to three months she was going to sit in her university’s library and prepare. And any kind of motivation to keep her on track and do the work was appreciated.
Nothing is better for that purpose than a RAPS. It’s *exactly* the sort of purpose the little shrines are designed for – small enough to fit into a pocket or the pencil-case, discreet enough to allow a quick mood boost when motivation is needed. Off I went and designed a little drool box…
With “Aquilea” the name of my client, it was pretty clear what I needed to do…
That’s right – “to the fight”! Attack the books and learn the stuff, Aquilea, Thorin is running ahead, forging the path. He’ll come running out of the uni library with you, he’ll back you up when you are stuck, sitting in front of the examiners. Just remember – he believed in his goal, and he conquered the lonely mountain against a mighty big opponent. So can you. So *will* you.
Should you need a little bit of distraction along the way – let’s face it, *no one* can study 8 hours at a stretch – then give your mind a little bit of rest. This is pretty easy on the eye:
(Difficult to see, but the red foil background has the word “distRAction” embossed) Just to make sure, there’s both Earth and Middle Earth hotness included here for Aquilea’s pleasure. Both of them – fictional character *and* real man – are great role models. Hottest man or not, Richard’s disciplined approach to his work is pretty impressive, too. You don’t get to where he is without diligence, ambition and hard work. And if he can do it, then we can, too!
So there we are, a motivational shrine for a diligent student, to give her courage when she needs it, and distraction when she wants it. You may want to refrain from lighting the candles in the uni library, though, Aquilea… Only dry drooling among the books, please, otherwise that fancy library building behind Thorin might burn to the ground… However, that shrine comes with the best wishes from me for an efficient preparation period and a successful exam at the end of it. Du bekâr!
This shrine commission came by way of a creative exchange, btw. And Aquilea was much faster than me with her surprise. Only a few days after we had struck our deal, she sent me a package that contained a fabulous, original gift, straight from the banks of her local river… A message in a bottle – and a cool tin to boot. Wet Guy is always good – and I love the little Guy ❤ ❤ that are hiding in the sand. Gorgeous! Thank you 😘
If you have read until here, then please join me in wishing Aquilea all the best for her upcoming exams. You can also do so directly on her Twitter, on her WP blog, or on Tumblr where she is Oakenshieldmaiden.