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"... Madison, you mad as a hatter take your medicine,
damn, you in worse shape than the national debt is in!"

WHOA, A JOURNAL? WTF!

Yeh, I know, I don't update this very often at all. But I figured it was about time I gave you guys some kind of actual update with where I am and what's going on right now, since I'm probably going to be active online more over the course of this year. So let's get to it!

WOO! NEW YEAR! YOU EXCITED?

No, this year is a write-off right from the start.

OH SHIT, WHY?

Well, it became obvious going into the middle of December that my various attempts to get the ball rolling on Canadian permanent residency throughout 2017 were not going to yield permission to stay - or even just implied status - before my current status expires in March this year. I'm going to have to leave Canada, lose my animation job, do long distance with Alexx again, and move back in with my parents. Assuming all goes smooth, it should be just a six month period away from Canada, but that's still half the year, and it's already ruined the months in the lead up to it, so really it's most of a year. So yeh, I'm not hype for 2018. It's going to suck balls and it already sucks balls, even though so far nothing has changed in the actual day-to-day living of life yet. But the anticipation of it is now an undercurrent beneath the surface of everything, so I feel like I can't enjoy anything without a twinge of sadness anymore.

MAN, THAT FUCKIN' SUCKS.

Yep.

ANY OTHER NEWS?

I got a tattoo, and I'm pretty happy with that. It's a Canadian maple leaf on my wrist to remind me of everything I'm aiming for, everything I'm holding onto, where my heart is right now, and what the future is - stuff I'll need when I feel like absolute shit in the time where I'm out of the country.

I'm also going to finally try and get that Doctor Chaotic short done this year. I want it done so that I have it for whenever I try to take Doctor Chaotic to the next step towards being, y'know, a proper thing. Like, it's a thing at the moment, but it's limited to people who know me or follow me here on DA. There's stories I wanna tell with him that I literally just don't have the time to make, and I'd love to make it my actual paid job to do it, and I see this short as maybe a step in that direction.

Grave Mistake blew up on YouTube (it's rapidly approaching 400k views), so I made a video breaking down all the Easter Eggs inside of it, for anyone interested in that.

Also I've got a new cat, she's called Duchess and she looks like she swallowed a barrel and she's great.

But everything so far probably ignores the biggest news that happened between this journal and the last one.

YOU GOT MARRIED!

Yep! Me and Alexx are married now! The wedding day (August 18) was easily the best day of the whole of the last year, I got to confirm my love for the woman I hold dearest, I got to see my family again for the first time in over a year, the food was great, and now I have a great anecdote about throwing up in a broken bathtub, so that's neat! Alexx deserves most of the credit for that day going as well as it well as it did, and I would marry her all over again if I could (which I did - we had a second ceremony in the UK during our honeymoon). 

ANY CLOSING WORDS?

Annihilate ethnonationalism.
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ImSooMuchCoolerThanU Featured By Owner Feb 9, 2018  Hobbyist General Artist
Damn dude, that sucks :/ but I'm glad you at least had a nice wedding!
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karkovice1 Featured By Owner Jan 21, 2018
Maybe I'm reading this wrong, but... if you're married to a Canadian citizen(which I'm assuming Alexx is), why the hell do you have to move back to England!?

I thought marriage automatically gave you the right to stay in whatever country your spouse is native to!

I just don't get it. 
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timsplosion Featured By Owner Jan 22, 2018  Professional Filmographer
Permanent residency isn't automatic. It takes 12 months to process. We got married in August and my current visa expires in March. So I tried to get a visa that processes in 6 months instead, but every time I tried to take a step forward, I discovered another step that added months to the time it takes. Marriage gives you more options, but it doesn't guarantee jack shit.
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karkovice1 Featured By Owner Jan 24, 2018
A shame. :(
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FrustratedInExcelsis Featured By Owner Edited Jan 20, 2018  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Ugh. I don't really know what you're going trough right now (I went through the same general process myself, but I was much younger than I am now and don't remember a whole lot), but my sincere commiserations and best of luck with the coming months and future attempts.

And congratulations on the marriage!
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timsplosion Featured By Owner Jan 26, 2018  Professional Filmographer
Thanks. It's been hard, but we'll get through it.
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