As you may or may not know, Katharine, one of our spectacular NMG members - and a great Sister to Sister mentor into the bargain - recently turned 17 years old. So I just wanted to congratulate her, and invite you all to join me in wishing her many happy returns!
Katharine, I realize I did already PM a mini essay to you, so I won't go into it all again, but you truly are an incredible friend, and definitely a core member of NMG. Your advice is always so thoughtful and supportive not to mention actually helpful, your OCs are amazingly developed, your art is beyond words. Compassion, creativity, calmness, caring... you've got it all, and that's only the Cs. :)
I think I can speak for all of NMG in that you're a role model/mentor-like figure to a lot of us (especially now you're officially an S2S mentor, but even before that), a friend to a lot of us, and a combination of both for a lot of us (such as myself). With your uplifting positivity, patience, respect, and understanding, your humor in tough or fun situations and spontaneity in both, and that indefinable Author of Dragons flavor you seem to bring to everything, you're such a vital part of the community on here, and I know I'm not the only one whose day brightens up whenever I see your posts.
Thank you for everything you are, and everything you bring to NMG, and simply for being Katharine, and I hope that you enjoy being 17. (See you on the other side in a couple of months!! x0) Have the wonderful year (and countless more) that you deserve. I can't say how fortunate I feel to know you and be able to count you a friend. <33
So, Without Further Ado:
KATHARINE, HAPPY BIRTHDAY!!