small person in hat, with galaxy


She started off, come to think of it, a doodle on a whiteboard at work -- an unusually cheerful creature to come through my hand. I put her into digital form to save her (after all whiteboard art is even less permanent than online art). I was unexpectedly pleased with the result, and added a starry background (I used to love making XBM bitmap starry backgrounds, but found I was out of practice). I like to think she's on a tour of the universe and she's just stopping by to lend some cheer.

She became the background image for my screen at work, reminding me to smile. (I think I needed the reminder.)

Well, I no longer have that job, but I still have the Smiler and her Coattails.

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