Just noticed that I haven't written a journal entry in a while, so I figured I would.
Not really sure what to talk about though. I finally got a desk-mounted arm for my beloved Cintiq, and I got to do a little painting tonight on a new book cover.
My wife, the more engineering oriented of the pair of us did a great job assembling the rig, and it seems to be working really well.
The book cover is for an erotic vampire novel that I recently finished, and I had a lot of fun with it. I'll be sure to let you folks know when it goes live. It's kinda my take on the whole "Harem" genre, featuring a vampire who is starting to rebuild his collection of "Brides" following an attack by vampire slayers that leaves him on the run and seeking vengeance. Anyway, I'll let y'all know more soon.
As for me, I'm still slogging through my usual bout of summer depression, but keeping to a schedule is doing wonders to help me keep from just unraveling completely. I've been through it enough to know that I'll come through the other side, but it can still get pretty rough at times.
People talk about personal demons, and it really is something like that. It's like a group of entities that just show up from time in your head and start pounding you in all the places where you have wounds that just won't heal. The only real encouragement I have is in knowing that these attacks always pass, and that some of the wounds that I carried for years have either healed completely or scarred over to the point where the voices can't really hurt me there anymore. I really am much stronger than I used to be, so, to anyone else that has to face the same sort of thing, just know that, well... while I can't promise that life will get any easier, I can tell you that living through it will make you stronger.
Anyway, I'm having fun telling stories and drawing pictures, and the better part of me knows how truly lucky I am to be able to do these things.
I still miss my home, but I've got a fighting chance of getting back there again, someday, and that's pretty cool.
It's like I told my wife, there was a time that I dreamed of being a knight in shining armor, but I discovered somewhere along the way that I was really just a gladiator, fighting for the amusement of the crowd... and I discovered as well that, I'm OK with that. People need entertainment, and I'm not a half bad gladiator.
Thank you all for cheering me on, and I hope you're enjoying the show.