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Well, it's the end of 2012 and the beginning of 2013. Again, I want to thank my friends and acquaintances and fans for all of the great attention I've garnered this past year.

I still cannot believe I've gotten more than 100,000 views ... I originally just started writing and drawing to satisfy my warped little needs and express a side of myself that sometimes is just busting to get out.

I hope your 2012 was kind to you and that 2013 is amazing. Best wishes to all and to all a good night! :heart:


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Sometimes known as David
United States
I was raised by my stepmother throughout most of elementary school and junior high school. She wasn’t a bad person, but like most of us, she had her problems. The most glaring of which, I am sad to say, was a serious jealousy of the father/son relationship I had with my father.

I was a typical boy, I suppose . . . I enjoyed fishing and racing my bike and I dreamed of being a soldier or an astronaut. My stepmother’s way of handling this situation was to bring me into her world, make boyish things distasteful to me and instead make me do 'special' things with her, things that no boy would do with his father’s knowledge, much less his approval.

In short, whenever my father was out of town I spent a great deal of my time learning the mysteries of lipstick, nylons and heels, not to mention household chores, dolls and books about girls. It was rough giving up my GI Joe for Barbie and 'Spider-Man' for Nancy Drew. I wasn’t too crazy about any of that at first, but it made my stepmother happy and kept peace in our home. And so, I just shrugged my shoulders, sighed … and learned to enjoy my predicament.

Anyway, whenever my dad was away, I spent many a Saturday and Sunday wearing girlish clothes, playing the role of 'Daphne', my stepmother’s favorite daughter. Instead of shooting my pellet gun and reading comic books, I would sit with her and watch romantic musicals or help with her knitting or sewing or some other sissy such thing. Sometimes she would 'let' me play on my own, which meant I had to pretend to enjoy playing with my Barbie and carrying a purse around the house.

That was what I had to face whenever my father left me in the hands of my mischievous and conniving stepmother.

Talk about feeling helpless. :please::tears::please:

As much as I hated some of the things I had to do back then, I now treasure the legacy I was given. I have to say that if given the choice ... I wouldn’t change a thing.

Click here… to read my most popular story, Lipstick Discipline.


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TammyGurl Featured By Owner 11 hours ago
I hope you are doing well, and loved My Secret Garden, hope you will come back to it some day, all the best!
TGPL Featured By Owner 4 days ago  Hobbyist Artist
Are you alive and well, Daphne?
Daphnesecretgarden Featured By Owner 3 days ago
Oh, yes ... I am alive and fairly well.  Just keeping a low profile.  Life has been crazy the past year and my creativity has been in hibernation.  I took a bit of a sabbatical from everything ... trying to catch my breath and come up with some new things to write and draw.  
lacentickles Featured By Owner 3 days ago
I'm sad to hear that about your creativity, your storytelling is some of the best on the whole internet, and there are lots of people (myself included) who await the continuation of your works with baited breath.

Still, I understand that sometimes you have to take a breather, so take however long you need, but know that we'll all be thrilled when you come back. :)
Daphnesecretgarden Featured By Owner 3 days ago
Thank you, baby doll.  :heart:  I appreciate your patience and understanding.  It's just that when I don't have much to say, I don't say much.  :confused:  

It's weird how I've become so popular, in this peculiar little genre, I mean.  I still get asked about stories I wrote ten years ago.  And so many people follow me.  I sometimes wonder how that all happened.  I just liked writing and drawing because I couldn't find the stuff that I wanted.  I hope that maybe somewhere out there someone has been inspired, if not by me but by some means, to take up the cause. :please:
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TheFlorifant Featured By Owner Aug 26, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
hello Dapne I'm a big fan off your art and I was wondering if you will get back to your online life soon. If there is anything wrong in your life I pray that it will be set right once more.

Lots of love and kisses 
huberthowhow Featured By Owner Jul 29, 2014
I see you haven't posted in your journal since May. I hope all is well with you?
johnnyspot Featured By Owner Jul 25, 2014
Any news on "The Lovely Tickles: The Misadventures of Princess Billy" ? The excerpt I read was so amazing!!!!!!
COMPUTERMANMIK428 Featured By Owner Jul 16, 2014
hello :)
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