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It seems that I haven't uploaded anything to DA in a while. And by a while, I mean a couple years. :( I suppose, it's mostly because I've been doing a lot of furry related artwork, and it's been getting posted on FA www.furaffinity.net/user/glows…. To remedy that, there's a serious art dump incoming.
It's been a while since I've made a journal post on DA.  Some of that's because I'm busy, but a lot of it's because I put my thoughts into my LJ and occasionally on FA.

Within a month of my last post, I lost my job with JLL.  They were... not happy with my performance and refused me the help that I needed (and requested) in order to improve to their liking.  Since that time, I've been on unemployment and on the job hunt.  I've had a refueled desire to find a job in my field and put my degree to work.  

I jumped back into school in pursuit of a teaching certification, though I've been questioning whether or not I want to continue this pursuit.  I have doubts and frustrations regarding the program, the teaching staff, and the advisors, and while I sit idle during the summer (because of issues with CCAC), I have plenty of time to reflect on things and wonder if this is what I really want.

One good thing that's come of my considerations last July is that I am the Desktop Publisher for Anthrocon now, and they'll have to pry the position from my cold, dead hands.  It makes me extremely happy to be able to put my degree to use, and even more happy to be able to give back to a fandom that I love.  I'm also hoping that the pieces I've completed for AC will help me to find a Graphic Design job in the near future (preferably before the end of the summer).
  • Listening to: Shin'a'in Warsong - Larry Warner
  • Reading: Gryphon Mage Trilogy
  • Watching: NatGeo
  • Playing: WoW, of course
  • Eating: Not hungry
  • Drinking: Black Cherry Kool-Aid
Though I'm sure it hasn't gone unnoticed, there's been a recent wave of art uploading going on around these parts.  Some of it was things that I did for AC (speaking of which, I have to track down pictures of other pieces that I did...), and other pieces were drawn at work, or at random.  I'm grateful when my muses actually sit down with me and show me the things that they want to see on paper.  Interaction with them has been so fleeting anymore that I consider it a blessing when they show up at all.

Things that my brother and mother said last night have left me rather depressed as far as work and art goes.  I suppose it's mostly because it struck a chord with me, and I know that they're right.  While I know I can probably have a solid career with Jones Lang LaSalle, I'm not happy there and my BFA is going to waste.  It was supposed to be a job to tide me over until I could find a design position somewhere that wasn't going to cost me hundreds in gas each week (I still regret turning that job in Kittaning down!).  But at this point, I think I've become so out of practice that it gets harder and harder to find a job in my field.  Sure, I have these grand, noble plans of getting back into design somehow (maybe by helping with the conbooks for AC?), but without the ability to pursue those channels, I'm left with skills that grow rusty from disuse.

At this point in time, I'm trying to plan out some projects that will help me get my swing back with design.  I owe a friend a logo for her crochet/knitting endeavors, and I'm working on a logo design for personal purposes.  With any luck, I can turn both of those into branding exercises.  I also have a calendar project that I want to get off the ground, but that one will require more time... more time and probably less WoW until it's done.  Beyond that, I've been given the suggestion to whore out my design services for cheap.  I haven't quite decided how to go about that at this point, but we'll see what happens.
  • Listening to: Use Me--Rockapella
  • Reading: Treason Keep by Jennifer Fallon
  • Watching: NatGeo
  • Playing: WoW, of course
  • Eating: Not hungry
  • Drinking: Water
Over the course of this morning, I managed to get my personal site broken into two galleries and updated.  I now have things broken out into my design gallery and my personal gallery, and then broken down from there into smaller, specific galleries.  I'm quite pleased with how it turned out.  <3
  • Listening to: Up in the Loft--Uffington Horse
  • Reading: The Riley Jensen series
  • Watching: the Weather Channel
  • Playing: WoW, of course
  • Eating: Not hungry
  • Drinking: Barqs
It's a shame that work has this horrible habit of killing my muses.  =(  Current troubles go thusly:

I'm having troubles with one of my agents again, to the point where she basically blew up at me on the floor last night. All over a simple reminder that I offered to her that we have to take our breaks and lunches off of the floor. This is an account, if not company policy, and I've reminded her of this once before. It's an almost nightly occurrence with her--that she remains on the floor during her breaks. The last time, she came back from lunch late and blamed me because I told her that we aren't to be on the floor during our breaks and lunches. I had been reminded earlier that day that it's not my responsibility to ensure that the agents are coming and going on time. That's their responsibility, and if they're late, it falls on them.

She told me that she was "letting the things I did slide" and how she was sick of my "disrespecting her". As far as I'm aware, I haven't disrespected her at all. I've treated her like the adult she is, been mature in my interactions with her, etc. And I'd love to know what things I'm doing that she's letting slide. I told her that if she had issues with me, she needed to take them up with Greg. And she continued yelling. The night Supervisor for Multi-Client (my cubicle buddy!) came over and told her that she needed to take it off the floor. He made sure that I had the number for Security when I got back to my desk and before he left for the night.

I'm sure that I could have handled the situation better than I did, and trying to defend myself against someone who insists that I'm disrespecting her probably isn't the best way to go... but her behavior was not professional by any stretch of the imagination. Her outburst was embarrassing... for her, for me as her team lead, and for our team as a whole.

I remain at a loss for how to deal with this woman, who seems clearly offended that someone practically half her age is in a position of power over her. My boss's suggestions of "just keep smiling" and "kill them with kindness" aren't working in this regard.
  • Listening to: Up in the Loft--Uffington Horse
  • Reading: The Riley Jensen series
  • Watching: the Weather Channel
  • Playing: WoW, of course
  • Eating: Not hungry
  • Drinking: Barqs
Managed to upload some more artwork over the course of the last week.  Of course, a lot of it was very furry in nature, but I've been in one of those moods.

I'm to a point, with one of my friends, that if he doesn't leave me the hell alone, I'm going to tell him where to shove it and stop talking to him completely.  I don't want it to come to this, but if he doesn't stop pushing me, it's going to.

And the worst part is that I was supposed to move in with him and his wife... but I just can't stand to be around him right now...
  • Listening to: Up in the Loft--Uffington Horse
  • Reading: Night World
  • Watching: the Weather Channel
  • Playing: Nothing. D=
  • Eating: Not hungry
  • Drinking: Barqs
A little early, of course, because silly pandas don't take off work for conventions in Pittsburgh.  @_@;

Thursday, July 2, 2009
Thursday was pretty much registration day for me.  After work, I hike the couple of blocks to the convention center (and Westin Hotel) and headed up to the Zoo.  This was where registration was located last year, and I was unaware of the location change.  I ran into my friends and Blaze (Mike) showed me where registration had moved to.  He was going on and on about how long the line was, and blah blah blah.  When we got to registration, which was across the convention center from the hotel, I was amazed by the on-site registration line and smiled.  I had pre-registered and there was no line for me to pick up my badge.  And thus, badge in hand, we headed back over to the Zoo to hang out.

My brother rode us home because Fris flaked out on us and we had a late meal at Denny's before we headed to bed.

Friday, July 3, 2009
What a busy day!  Opening ceremonies was a lot of fun!  By 11am on Friday, we had over 3400 people registered for the convention.  Of course, the rules were outlined for the convention, and threats made to those who kept breaking the escalators.  Apparently, someone was unscrewing the lightbulbs in the elevators, too.  Uncle Kage wasn't happy about it, and the person who was doing it has a permanent lifetime ban from AC, and probably a lot of other furry conventions, too.  I wonder if they ever figured out who it was.

We spent a lot of time just hanging out, chatting with random furs and enjoying the company.  Unfortunately, Silver's silent rave didn't work out.  No one showed up.  =(  I've heard, though, that he's going to try and get it to be a sanctioned event for next year.  I hope it goes through.

Uncle Kage's Story Hour was, of course, hilarious.  The stories that he tells are always so funny and always true.  He really has a way with words and story telling.  Afterwards, we headed to August Henry's for Furryoke.

Saturday, July 4, 2009
Saturday was a busy day.  First we went to the Women in the Fandom panel and got to meet a lot of ladies.  There was chocolate covered pretzels there, among other things, and balloons.

Following that, we set off for the Dealer's Den.  I commissioned two con badges in Artists Alley and then picked up a pillow and T-shirt from the Dealers side.  Andri and I went and sat down for a while and caught the backs of the furs in the Fursuit Parade.  Apparently, there were 640 people in the parade.  That was a lot of furs.

Got pizza delivered to the Westin for dinner and chilled in the Zoo for a bit.  Then we headed over to 2's Rant.  Let me tell you, 2 the Ranting Gryphon with fireworks in the background was just plain AWESOME.  And he was, of course, hilarious.  Following that, we went to see Jibba and Spazfox perform, which was also a lot of fun.

We actually headed out a little bit later than the night before, but we all passed out pretty fast.

Sunday, July 5, 2009
Andri and I headed to the Fursuiting 101 panel this morning.  I think we learned a lot, and it just makes me want to build a suit even more.  I'm actually excited for the prospect.  Following the panel, I swung by the Dealer's Den again, spoke to and artist and got things worked out for the badge I had commissioned the day before.  Morgain (Trish) is going to have to pick it up for me, since I'm at work now.

Unfortunately, I really just want to go back over to the convention center.  I really don't want to be at work right now.
  • Listening to: Up in the Loft--Uffington Horse
  • Reading: Night World
  • Watching: the Weather Channel
  • Playing: Nothing. D=
  • Eating: Not hungry
  • Drinking: Barqs
In case it hasn't been noticed, there's been an influx of furry art lately.  Okay, so not really an influx, but it's been everything I've posted for a bit.  It comes with good reason.  AC is next weekend and I need arts done.  XD  There's more coming, too, and I'll try to get it scanned as I go.

I'm so excited for AC.  Seriously, it's going to be amazing.  I think I'll enjoy it a lot more this year.  I'm not going in as shy as I did last year, and I'm not dealing with depression like last year, either.  So it'll be fun.
  • Listening to: The Garden--Heather Alexander
  • Reading: Night World
  • Watching: the Weather Channel
  • Playing: Not WoW. Lol @ 72 hour ban hammers
  • Eating: Lunchables
  • Drinking: Powerade
I've been rather busy of late, especially with work, and raiding.  It's been rather hectic.  At least, though, I'm able to sketch while I'm at work, especially when I don't get caught.  =)  And it's been great for my muses.

Today is looking like it'll be interesting.  It's my birthday, and we're transitioning in a new account today.  Nevermind that Jaymee and I have already taken calls for this new account, and that we were informed yesterday that they transitioned over at 5pm on Friday.  Yeah, we're just going to ignore that part because in the "Big Picture," the transition happened this morning.  XD

We got a new printer/copier/scanner thing.  And now, I can scan my art directly to my laptop, rather than having to go through my mother's machine and send it to myself.  This makes me happy.  =)  It means that I can work on art a little faster.
  • Listening to: Cat &amp; the Fiddle--Heather Alexander
  • Reading: The Mageborn Traitor by Melanie Rawn
  • Watching: the Weather Channel
  • Playing: World of Warcraft; Ghostlands server Alliance side
  • Eating: Lunchables
  • Drinking: Powerade
Busy busy busy. At least, that's how I feel right now. It's slow at work, and by slow I mean very slow, but I'm still finding things to do. Website trolling, of course, and working on art. I don't really have much else to do, of course. And I'd rather art than not. =)

I'm getting back into the swing of requests over at the Tower, which is good. I'm hoping that it means that I'll be a little more active around the forums, as well. We'll see, I suppose.

Work has been good for my muses. I doodle when I have nothing else to do, which means that my cubicle walls are slowly becoming covered in artwork. I just forget to scan in when I get home, which is unfortunate.

WoW has been okay. Not amazing, though. Trying to find a guild that suits my needs is proving to be a more difficult challenge than I first thought, and while I did find a good guild, the raid times are just not working for me. =( I'm going to try and stick it out and see what happens. Maybe, if I speak with the right people, and in the right way, I might be able to get things adjusted just enough to work. I don't know, but it can't hurt to try, right?
  • Listening to: Carpe Noctem from Dance of the Vampires
  • Reading: The Phoenix Endangered (Lackey and Mallory)
  • Watching: the Weather Channel
  • Playing: World of Warcraft; Ghostlands server Alliance side
  • Eating: Little Caesar's Breadsticks
  • Drinking: Pepsi; I should be drinking water
With my graduation set in May, May 17 to be exact, I find myself strapped for cash to complete my pieces for my Senior Capstone, as well as for covering my lab fees for the semester.  As such, I'd love to take on some commissions to offset these costs.

You will receive the original and a digital copy of the piece.

Prices

Ranshi by sweetmorpheus
Lineart--$5
Notes:  This is straight lineart of your character and will be inked.

Sileny by sweetmorpheus
Black and White--$7
Notes:  Samples are examples of shading only.  Pieces will be lined in ink and shaded with pencil.

Technomage by sweetmorpheus
Colored Pencil--$15
Notes:  Colored with Prismacolor Colored Pencils.

Sailor Garou by sweetmorpheus
Marker/CG--$20
Notes:  This one is your choice, either Prismacolor Markers or CGed work.

Extras
Background--$2-$7 depending on complexity
Extra Characters--$5 per character
TCG Card--$5
TCG Card with Back--Note Me.
  • Listening to: Dark Passion Play, Nightwish's new album
  • Reading: Environmental Geology
  • Watching: the Weather Channel
  • Playing: Paixao. Go join. &gt;&gt; Or find me on WoW
  • Eating: Little Caesar's Breadsticks
  • Drinking: Pepsi; I should be drinking water
Sleep is all well and good.  However, I'd like it better if it didn't drag on me and cause me to miss a meeting and then class this morning.  Body, I know you're tired, but drowsy, sleep-inducing medication or not, I need to go to class.  Knock it off.  >>;

*wants to go back to bed*
  • Listening to: Dark Passion Play, Nightwish's new album
  • Reading: Environmental Geology
  • Watching: the Weather Channel
  • Playing: Paixao. Go join. &gt;&gt; Or find me on WoW
  • Eating: Little Caesar's Breadsticks
  • Drinking: Pepsi; I should be drinking water
So, my college officially sucks.  I lose $14 a week for a 15 cent pay raise.  Bullshit.  How the hell do they expect me to afford things when they expect over $30,000 from me for tuition and then refuse to give me the full $2000 of my work study allotment?

Seven hours a week is fucking bullshit.  >>;  I suppose I'd better go find another job.
  • Listening to: Dark Passion Play, Nightwish's new album
  • Reading: Eclipse
  • Watching: Family Guy
  • Playing: Paixao. Go join. &gt;&gt;
  • Eating: Cake
  • Drinking: Pepsi; I should be drinking water
Someone remind me again why I'm an art major??? Man, I feel like I'm going to my own funeral this morning, when I go to my last critique for capstone. I hate the professor. She has her own opinions on what art is, and if you don't fit into -her- perfect world, you don't get good grades. I feel like a fucking failure in dealing with my capstone for just this reason.

On top of it, from what I understand, we have guest artists coming in tomorrow to assist in the critiquing process. One of the guest artists is the professor that I was more than happy to see leave. I hate her, too, and don't want to deal with her shit tomorrow. And the other artist is her employee, and once star student. Don't like her, either. She seems like a bitch.

It bothers me that our professor allows the students to rip each other apart. It also bothers me that she's allowed this former professor guest artist to reduce another student to tears. Complete and total bullshit in my book, to be honest. I am not going to be giving a good review during course evaluations, either.
  • Listening to: Dark Passion Play, Nightwish's new album
  • Reading: Twilight and Wild Swans
  • Watching: The Weather Channel
  • Playing: Paixao. Go join. &gt;&gt;
  • Eating: Considering McDonald's before donating blood
  • Drinking: Water... I should wash my water bottle...
This past week has been horrendous in terms of the things that I've had to do, especially with regards to my computer.  The poor thing came to a point where I could *only* load it in Safe Mode, otherwise the OS would crash.  I have no idea what I did to fuck my Mac up that badly, but I managed it.

So now, I've got my computer working again, after reinstalling the OS...  And I've had plenty of trouble since then.  Illustrator wouldn't work, have to find a new copy of InDesign...  And my ftp programs are all fucked up to the point where I can upload things and somehow they never actually make it online.  WTF?

And on top of all this, I have an article that I'm supposed to write for tomorrow, and I don't think it's going to get done.  I shouldn't have said I'd do it... @_@
  • Listening to: Wonderwall--Oasis
  • Drinking: Coke in a Root Beer bottle
So, in a fit of randomness, I've decided to update my journal.  Wow!  You'll have to bear with me, though, because it's really not art related today.  I'll see if I can't get onto updating with something resembling consistency...

Well, I'm home at last, after a wonderous week in the Caribbean. I know it's going to take me a few days to get caught up on everything, Paixao, Gaia, artwork, the works.

Saturday was spent mostly in a haze, as I slept for most of the trip down to Charleston. Getting onto the ship, the Norwegian Majesty, wasn't all that bad, though the room was a lot smaller than I had anticipated. I joined Rachel, my roommate, on the deck for the party as we left. Sea-sickness had us both at the shops as soon as they opened, trying to find remedies for illness that we weren't prepared for. I managed to get dinner into my stomach, though Rachel wasn't so lucky.

Sunday was our first day of class, and I discovered the joys of being able to lay down while in class. Luckily for us, the lectures are going to be available on WebCT, as about half of the class was sick, including one of our professors. He got sick watching us look like we were ready to barf.

Monday was more class, and pictures of the Florida coast.

Tuesday we docked outside of George Town, on Grand Cayman. We had to take tenders to shore, and let me tell you, the way they were moving definitely made me feel safe. </sarcasm> I spent the day, shortened by a late arrival, walking the streets with Miranda. We stopped at Margaritaville and got drinks before we headed back to the ship. I picked up a few souviniers, an owl for the Chi O house, a t-shirt, and a few keychains. I also got a bracelet and a necklace. We also went to Hell, and I sent a postcard home. =)

Wednesday we docked in Cozumel, right across the pier from Bill Gates' yacht, apparently. It had a helicopter on it, and everything. I spent the day with Rachel and Amy, as well as another girl whose name escapes me. We wandered the strip, poking our noses into this store and that. And then we stopped at Senor Frog's for drinks before heading back to the ship. Senor Frog's was the agreed upon meeting place to the group. In Cozumel, I bought keychains, earrings, owl earrings and a pendant, and a Pepsi. The Pepsi tasted funny, though. Differences in the bottling, I'm sure.

Thursday was Key West, and after the ardourous task of dealing with Immigration, I visited the aquarium before my Ghost Tour. The sea creatures in the aquarium were amazing. They had so many sharks! The Ghost Tour was a lot of fun, too. I learned quite a bit about Key West, and had an encounter with some ghosts. It was pretty cool.

Friday was our last day of class, and our last day at sea. We has a cocktail party on the ship, and were able to get alcoholic drinks, which made us all pretty happy. We were even able to put in requests. Midori Sour never tasted so good!

And Saturday, well, Saturday we disembarked. The ship docked in Charleston around 5, we're almost sure, but we weren't able to leave until about 9.30. Naturally, we spent the day on the bus, coming back. We watched four movies, World Trade Center, Star Trek: Nemesis, Mean Girls, and Shrek. And now, I'm back.

I felt woozy all week, which makes me think that I'll never make it working on a cruise ship. Even when on dry land, I felt like I was rocking. In fact, I kind of feel like it now. I don't think I ever got my sea legs, and now, I'm trying to locate my land legs again! Hopefully, a good night's sleep will be all I need to fix the problem.
  • Watching: Cartoons
  • Playing: WoW but not Burning Crusade
It's been a while since I've posted, both artwork and in this journal.  I've just been really busy, trying to keep up with classes, and everything.  Despite drawing to the close of my sophomore year of college, I feel like I'm starting to have doubts about my chosen path.  I want to do Graphic Design, really I do.  It's just that I'm starting to think that I'm not good enough for it, when I keep getting Bs on all of the assignments.  I really feel uncreative in my design classes, and it sucks big time....

But, I'm just going to have to keep moving.  Perhaps, this new design professor that we're getting will look at my work with a more approving eye than our current one.  Who knows?
I figure I might as well post this here, too.  ^_^

The trip to New Orleans was definitely an experience. The city is still a mess, after four months of clean up, which means that we could only imagine the kind of damamge that they had to deal with right after the storms and flooding. We did a lot of work in order to help Delgado Community College get its City Park campus ready for the upcoming semester, and it was satisfying to know that even the little things that we were doing was helping them out so much.

Bourbon Street was a definite trip, and a delight after a stop at the House of Blues. We got carded, but at 19, they seems to let the ladies into the bars to drink. We got to hang out on the balcony of a bar, and while we were up there, guys gathered below and were throwing beads up to us. All of us brought home a bunch of beads.

The 18-20 hour trips in the van going to and from New Orleans was rather exhausting, to be honest, but I'd like to go back sometime. I'm just kind of sad that we didn't get to see much beyond Bourbon Street.
So apparently, I do remember that this place exists, occassionally.  ^_^;  Anyway, I just uploaded a bunch of photos that I did for my photography class, so enjoy.
Yeah, so for the first time in about four months, I've uploaded something.  Definitely an accomplishment, if I do say so myself.  Kind of sad that I really haven't drawn much in those four months.