It's been quite some time since I posted here -- and my, how life has moved on, and on, and on. Three years and a few weeks since my last journal entry, and in that time I've left the PhD program with a Masters (decided I was tired of school, wanted to move on with my life, needed a change of pace, and the concentration was not inspiring me -- in short, I lacked the passion to complete the PhD in the topic I was studying, so I left), started dating and married the love of my life (Katie!), had my first child (who is now over a year old!), took on a full-time job in New York, moved to a nice neighborhood, upgraded cars, ...
LifeHello, deviantART. It's been a while! I see some 6k messages and artwork and such waiting for me ... you my friends are so very productive and talented! Hopefully I'll be able to look through some of them soon.
So, life. My last update was in April; much has happened since then. I found summer love that ended entirely too soon, but was full of happy memories, good friends, and self-realizations. I passed my qualifying examination (barely), so I am officially a PhD candidate in the field of Computer Science. I began a new semester of university; I have three jobs now as an academic -- student, teacher, and researcher. I'm experiencing the
LifeSo, 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 t
LifeThis morning is a sad one for me. My Grandma Willis, a woman full of love and giving, and with the world's most beautiful smile, passed away around 6AM while in the company of my mom (her daughter) and uncle. She passed peacefully and quietly, but I will miss her more than I can express.
I know many of you my friends aren't religious, but I found these lines from my Grandma's last Christmas letter to be most comforting:
'I wish to leave you with these versus from God's word:
John 14:1-3, 6 "Let not your heart be troubled; ye believe in God, believe also in me. In my Father's house are many mansions; if it were not so, I would have told
LifeHappy New Year! I hope 2010 is a blessed year for all of you, my friends. Make beautiful art!
ArtSomething wonderful has happened! For Christmas, my father gifted me his Minolta XD-5, an older-generation SLR (35mm film). Besides two lenses, it also has an auto-winder and an autoflash -- "Auto 320-X" -- which, amazingly, works with my Canon Rebel XSi. Of course I still have to set the flash manually, which is going to take a good deal of experimentation to get accustomed to its features and abilities. Needless to say, I'm excited. And very grateful -- the camera my father gave me was also a gift from his father, who passed recently. It ho