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Journal Entry: Wed Apr 7, 2010, 11:32 PM
Thoughts and Ideals


Life
So, life is ... looking up. I've been sorting through some personal issues, both internal and external, and consequently my drive, focus, and even ambition has returned. Certain almost-events have also inspired additional motivation that I hope sticks around, because I've missed the level of activity these past few weeks have encompassed. It helps that I've got some awesome things and people to look forward to this month, and the hardest crucible of my early doctoral career is looming nearer every day (Think of me on May 24th, if I recall correctly). Good things, terrible things, all are motivators, and I've stock in both! For the first time in a while, I'm really looking forward to what the future holds, even if it's full of unknowns, half-glimpsed possibilities, and dramatic shifts in landscape.
Art
I still haven't had time to sit down and set up my 35mm comparison series -- not to mention that finances make it a less-than-ideal time to embark on that adventure. We'll see. It's still on my "to do" list, just no idea when! In the meantime, I'm capturing snapshots and the like where I can. I've got several hundred photos to sort through from recent adventures; what I posted tonight is just from the Easter weekend. I've got a baseball game, a bunch of random candids, and who-knows what else sitting around in my "unsorted" folders. Keep your eyes open! As for viewing all your, my friends', deviations ... that will likely remain delayed. I keep catching tantalizing glimpses whenever I visit my message box, but for now I'll let them wait. It's a project that is not high on my priorities, and I hope you will all forgive me this failing for the time being!
A few selections:
Above: Waterways by TheBishounen55 Enveloped by TheBishounen55 Frills and Ripples by TheBishounen55 Sacred Vessel by TheBishounen55
Academics
Things are looking up on the research front. I've got a paper deadline for April 15th, and it's looking ... likely ... that we'll meet the deadline. Of course, the conference we are applying to has a less than 10% acceptance rate, meaning the likelihood of our paper being accepted is very slim. We'll all put our best effort into it, however! Classwork is weighing heavily on me -- projects are piling up, deadlines are getting closer, and regular homework is browbeating me. Still, I've managed to keep abreast of it so far, and my examination scores from before Spring Break are much better than I expected.
Work
The company that I and four of my friends started a few years ago is officially terminated. We decided to do this in January (can't remember if I mentioned that here already), and paperwork is in process. On to the next venture! While I'm sad it didn't work out, I've gained a valuable glimpse into what to do better next time, and I don't intend those hard-won lessons to go to waste. Subsequent to my PhD, I'll probably be moving towards starting a new company. In all likelihood it will be based around my thesis, although that remains to be seen. For the moment, I'm looking to pick up odd jobs to make some supplemental income as the stipend (living wage) I receive from the University is not sufficiently matched to the cost of living in the area surrounding the University. Such is life!
All Else
Taxes are coming due soon! For all my United States resident friends, I wish the best to you each on your submissions (if you submit taxes), and I hope you get an extra large refund! And with that, I bid you all good night.


Life and Reality
  • Listening to: Breaking Benjamin
  • Drinking: Water
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Xailai Featured By Owner Apr 30, 2010  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Life will have its inevitable challenges, it's how you conquer those challenges that makes you who you are. I'm so glad that you can see the bright in a lot of saddening situations. I hope you can maintain that attitude throughout your lifetime. I know I haven't accomplished that aspect of emotional control yet. I'm a bit of a worry-wart.
Sorry to hear that your company fell through, but I' m glad that you're being so optimistic about it. Kudos to you my friend.
I wouldn't worry about your message inbox here at DA. Our art can wait, your life is definately more important :).
Take it easy.
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TheBishounen55 Featured By Owner Jun 11, 2010
:hug:

Thanks so much for your encouraging words -- I've read them through a few times, just haven't taken the time to sit and catch up on messages and responses in quite a few weeks.

I do try to keep a happy perspective whenever I can! It's definitely not easy, and I don't always succeed, but I do try :).

Yeah, the company closing down is a sad point, but it has brought new opportunities and allowed the exploration of other avenues. It also freed me to focus more on my studies; hopefully that pays off!

Take care of yourself, and take it easy too :). :hug:
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Angel-Escondida Featured By Owner Apr 14, 2010
Glad things are looking up sir, even if things sound like they will be getting busier and busier for a while. Looking forward to checking out these new submissions. ^^
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TheBishounen55 Featured By Owner Apr 15, 2010
Thanks for the comments :D. They will be getting busier, but, that's okay. Life's like that!
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Angel-Escondida Featured By Owner Apr 15, 2010
Well... make sure to save some time each week to beat me at a game, okay? :P
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TheBishounen55 Featured By Owner Apr 16, 2010
Hahaha, I'll do what I can :)
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Angel-Escondida Featured By Owner Apr 16, 2010
That better mean "yes, of course". ;)
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TheBishounen55 Featured By Owner Apr 19, 2010
Yes, of course! :P
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Angel-Escondida Featured By Owner Apr 19, 2010
^^
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zAdziorrek Featured By Owner Apr 8, 2010  Hobbyist Photographer
Good luck on May 24th :) I like your new photos.
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TheBishounen55 Featured By Owner Apr 8, 2010
Thanks so much! I hope it'll go well, and thank you for peaking at the new uploads. Take care!
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zAdziorrek Featured By Owner Apr 9, 2010  Hobbyist Photographer
anytime, take care (:
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ottomatt Featured By Owner Apr 7, 2010
hope all goes well for you in every area and looking forward to new submissions when you have time
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TheBishounen55 Featured By Owner Apr 8, 2010
Thanks so much! I'm hoping to put some more up this weekend perhaps, we'll see what time allows. Take care of yourself!
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