Hello. It's been a very long time hasn't it? Last year, I was able to look at some things from 2015 and think, "Yeah, that was totally recent. Lol". Now that it's 2018, I can't quite say that. I'm trying to do some Artist Alley stuff and they need to see my recent work.;; I sent them my dA as my portfolio, but ahhhh I forgot that I don't really upload my work anywhere anymore. So I'm going to dump some stuff, sorry. Some are old, some are recent, but I've actually been doing a lot of experimental stuff so it doesn't quite go along with what my current style is.;; I've seriously been trying to improve my coloring skills, so a lot of it is like, blah. You'll see.
I should say what I've been up to...
1. I've finally transferred to a university! o:
After so many years of not knowing how the heck the transfer system worked and my first few semesters being completely wasted because I really had no idea of what was going on, I made it through and have transferred from community college to a university. Not gonna lie; it kinda seems like a waste of time and it kinda feels like it's actually slowing me down from what I want to do. My major is Japanese in which I plan to use the language for a lot of non-weeby things (in addition to weeby things). OTL I could have learned on my own, but for years (since like 2005), I've had a lot of trouble starting. Sticking with a program has kept me on track so far, but it just still feels like a waste.;; Also, I'm already getting old, so I feel like I should just go do stuff already. Like everyone in my classes seems to be like two years old, and I'm 24.;;
2. I've been working.
For a long time, I was a slave to Carl's Jr. It took everything out of me. Most of my coworkers were kind to me, but one was downright abusive. The hours were brutal. I was supposed to be part time, but no matter how much I reminded them, they always worked me way more than full time. It was really hard to juggle college and work. I feel incredibly lucky because most of our guests were polite and supportive despite the few who treated me like crap. Still the hours, work, making cold as heck shakes on freezing nights because (just one of the many instances) someone (about six different guests in the drive through) wanted five shakes for the family on Christmas, abuse, lack of rest, lack of time to do homework, pain, and other crap led me to make a lot of money. I was able to do something great with what I made. I'm at another job now and I have less hours, which means more time to focus on my homework and learning this language. I can probably start doing other career stuff too. My new part time is so nice that, compared to Carl's, it's heaven. I can sit or stand if I want to. ;o; I can do homework on the job if I really need to. ;O; This job, thanks to my buddy who recommended me for the job, has made my life a lot less stressful for sure. Yeah, I get a lot less money than I was getting at Carl's, but I still get income elsewhere.
3. I bought property.
With the money I made at Carl's Jr., I bought a rather inexpensive property in Arizona. I rent the two little places I have out and that gives me a nice little chunk of change too. However, they didn't just come nice and ready to rent out. They needed a lot more work than we thought, but after putting a lot more money into them than I had left (my parents pitched in all of that), they are okay now... though we're still fixing some stuff. People hadn't lived in it for like eight years. That being said, I'm often going back and forth to Arizona, trying to make sure everything's fixed or just trying to get a suitable renter in one of the two places.
We've had incredibly bad luck with the house on my property. We've gone through about three renters and we've had to kick all of them out. First guy was really sketchy in the first place, but turns out he was kinda a pushover and all these people came and took over his place while he was incredibly sick/in and out of the hospital. We felt so bad for him, but we had to kick him out. Next, there were some people my dad came up with some whatever the heck idea for. I kept on asking him to give me their info so I could do a background check on them BEFORE they moved into my place, but he never did and BEHOLD, THEY WERE METHHEADS like apparently a whole bunch of people in that area are methheads. So we had to get them out. Then some guy I DID NOT want in my place came along. My mom told me he was begging to have the place and no one would give him a chance because he was so young (this guy was born in 1996, so he was younger than me). He didn't have enough rent or anything though, so I was like, "No". My mother had him in anyway. Well, he too was on drugs or...??? I don't know what the heck, but he left for California and said he wouldn't even be back for like three months, and he hadn't paid his rent at all. I just happened to try the door and it was opened. The place was a mess, there were drugs and stuff. Nah. He had been letting some random guy stay on my property and the random guy was rude as heck to my other tenant. Nope. Bye. So I still don't have anyone in. I can't really sit down and get stuff done unless someone's in because I have to keep going back and forth from Cali to Ari. Business.
4. I've been hanging out more.
I've started driving more, so I've been hanging out more. I do kinda miss the bus just because I believe in public transport. Driving your own car is so much more convenient though. OTL I can blast crappy music all I want.;; But yeah, I have a friend who calls me to hang out all the time, which is really nice. ;o; I never really had that before, where I can just go somewhere whenever I want to. I've also been cosplaying more, going to cons, yadda.
5. I've been working on projects.
I've been drawing less and less fanart and actually drawing stuff I plan to do stuff with. I tend not to upload art of things I'm actually going to use lately, just because I feel like every time I do someone else comes along with the same idea? Or when I don't... I dunno. Anyway, I've been keeping my creations to myself, but that also means I haven't uploaded anything like anywhere. OR, there is nothing to upload because the medium I'm using isn't something you just upload. I've been working on a radio play(??). Except radioplay implies there are no visuals. I guess a better word for it would be a picture drama. I plan to have simple but sometimes moving visuals when I finish.
Honestly, it's going to take a long time. Still, I just need to type the script, voice it, draw everything, put it all together, upload it, then work on a new demo reel. OTL Except, I think I told myself I was animating the very first scene on paper and then coloring it online or something. Oh gosh, will I ever be done?
I have a little more time this semester after these first few weeks pass, so I might be able to. I'll be finishing Red Handed eventually (whoops), but a few things took priority. This radio play first (which I actually thought I'd at least be done typing the script by now), then the demo reel, some voice over things, then I wanted to make a game really quick to go along with some characters I made, then I think Red Handed will be back on. I've made some interesting changes to it, so I really am hyped to work on it more.
I guess I'm just not super pumped to do the radioplay thing? It's kinda not flowing the way I'd like it to. Like, my own writing let me down because it was kinda supposed to be more like... some of the characters were supposed to be like actual bad characters, and I think I put a little too much into them and their designs so the whole time I'm writing for them it's like, "Waah, what a waste. :C" And then I get a little bummed and don't want to write anymore. Some of the characters are supposed to seem disposable, but I made them too interesting, but the flow of the story ended up working that way because the actual main characters weren't going to react otherwise.;; Sighs. Maybe I can reuse the disposable characters for something else... I dunno. Anyway, I haven't been completely motivated to work on this project which takes priority over everything else for such a reason, so I'm slowing myself down.
6. I've still been watching a lot of anime.
I've actually kinda been thinking that I'm probably going to have to limit the amount of anime I watch if I really want to get serious about what I want to do. Still, for now I keep up with seasonals and like I've been doing anime watching challenges and all types of time-consuming stuff that actually caused me a bit of stress.
7. Sometimes I'm just like on Neopets.
8. Sometimes I take weeks to just work on cosplays or whatever.
So eventually I'd like to come back here, but I'm actually pretty busy. Every second I spend not doing something productive or something that goes toward my goal, I can't help but think it's a waste of time. Oh, I've also been trying out some different paint programs so I can eventually get away from Paint Tool Sai. I love Sai, I just felt I should have a program I pay for or is free. Even if I choose to use a free program, I plan to donate.
Reading: Bingo Love/ Blank Panther / America (Chavez)
Watching: Citrus (awful)