I am pleased to say that I got a full-time position, even one that I am trained for (medical technology). I start at the end of this month. It even looks like it might be a fun place to work, though I confess I am apprehensive because I have not worked in the lab for a year. Thankfully, my (new) managers openly told me, "we'd rather have someone nice that we can train than a know-it-all that we don't like." I will be working in the microbiology department in a small hospital.
It has nearly been a year since I last had full-time employment: it has been challenging, to say the least. Still, I saw that God provided for my basic needs during this: perhaps not in the manner that I wished, but He provided nonetheless.
I'm also relieved that I get to stay in Boston in the meantime: this topic deserves a blog post on my, well, blog.
For art news, not much: I currently live in a tiny
space, so not a lot of room for creative endeavors. I hope to move to a bigger space starting in December. Riding on public transit has given me many
opportunities to study the facial structure of different ethnicities, and I find myself picking-and-choosing features for my characters: "I want that nose for Helen, ooh I like those high cheekbones for Elaishar," etc.
The current plan is to pay off loans, get ready for the sequel comic's launch (eventually), and then consider God's leading to Japan.
For other things, I have been rereading the following works:Chronicles of Prydain, by Lloyd Alexander
Set in a fantasy realm with a strange resemblance to Wales, this series of five books will remind readers of King Arthur's tales and Lord of the Rings. While these are considered *kids'* books, they have a lot more character depth than most children's fare that I have encountered. It also has excellent examples of how to make individual personalities with speakings and wordings! Having the characters talk the same is as bad as a porcupine sleeping next to your face.
And, just to make myself clear, I do not acknowledge that the 1980's Disney movie exists.Uzumaki, by Junji Ito
When people think of contemporary horror manga, they first think of Junji Ito. It also has proven to be the first work on paper that made me adverse to something very simple: spirals. The first time around, I didn't even finish the work (it also didn't help that the library didn't have more volumes). When the library bought the single-volume for its patrons, I had sufficiently recovered enough to finish reading the work, and now it's in my private collection. 神様ははじめました (Kamisama Kiss) by Julieta Suzuki
I'll be honest with you: I rarely enjoy manga geared towards girls. I don't know why, but the words of a former co-worker come to mind: "I'm not a romantic person...I'm just a potato." So this anime/manga series came as a surprise (literally) when it came as a birthday present some summers ago. It's a sweet series with characters that are actually...Nice? (mostly) It's a breath of fresh air in the modern world of antiheroes. The heroine is a sweet heart that you will cheer on.