Holy Lack of Updates, Batman!
I really haven't updated this Journal since the 1st of October? That's two whole months!
Crikey. Well, as you can see, I'm still alive and able to log into my DA. Here are some other updates which may or may not be interesting! 8DThe End Is Nigh!
The end of the year, that is. The end of NaNoWriMo just happened yesterday. Also, my exhausting work week containing Black Friday AND Thanksgiving ends tomorrow on Cyber Monday. At least my life and supply of sketchbook pages aren't ending. Hell, maybe I'll even have time to draw and post something on my day off tomorrow, even though it's only one before I go back to working. Oh, retail. Threshie Has Done Something Unwise
Generally I'm very meticulous about my money. When you work until 10 PM on Black Friday, though, and when you clock out, exhausted, and come out to the counter to find the very last bundled 250 GB PS3 with The Last of Us AND Batman: Arkham Origins is sitting there waiting for you and is $199.00...well, you spend some money you ought to have been saving for rent.
I've been wanting a PS3 for over a year now. I thought for sure people would have bought all of the good things by the time I got off of work on Black Friday, so I wouldn't be tempted. Nope--that box was waiting for me like it was meant to be.
Therefore, I am the owner of a shiny new PS3...and, as always, stressed out about money.
On the plus side...Holiday Bonus!
I knew I got a bonus for the quarter, but I expected it next payday, not this payday. My paystub says I get close to $150 in extra cash for the bonus, so my paycheck will be bigger than usual. 8D Also, payday falls on the same day I receive my employee discount for 25% off of any single purchase in the store. I WAS going to use this on the PS3 bundle, but I wound up buying it early because it was still there on Black Friday...so instead I am planning to try and buy a heap of Christmas presents for friends and family at that 25% discount. Not only do payday and the discount fall on the same day, but it is a day off from work so I won't have any time crunch--it's like somebody planned it that way. XDNaNoWriMo
So, NaNoWriMo came and went. During the last third or so of November, I was just too exhausted from/busy with work to write much. I did not reach the 50,000 words. That's okay, though.
I got some serious headway on a novel, and I plotted out so much about it that now I'm really excited to finish it. During November, I wrote 28,000 words on this story that I never would have written if not for NaNo. I dug the idea and characters out of a concept folder that had been gathering dust for eight years and turned it into something promising and shiny and new, and for that I'm really glad I participated in NaNo this year. I definitely plan to do it again next year! Nostalgia in a 2B Pencil
Impulsively, I bought myself some old-fashioned wooden pencils. I haven't drawn with a wooden pencil in at least five years--possibly more like a decade--but I remember Ticonderoga brand so fondly that I got myself some of those. I thought having the point dull as I drew would be annoying, or that they would scratch the paper and wouldn't erase guide lines for figure drawing well. Instead, they were kind of a delight to draw with again--more like a paintbrush in graphite than a scratchy pencil with lead.
I don't own a pencil sharpener, though, so I'd better remedy that soon. Stuff to Check Out
I have a few links to share, if anybody wants to check out what I have been into lately. This usually means music videos.
Check 'em out:One Republic: Counting Stars:
Like just about everybody at the moment, I love the song "Counting Stars" by One Republic. Not only is it very catchy and relaxing to listen to, but I think the lyrics help the vast majority of Americans identify with it perfectly right now. Probably not just Americans, actually--people live paycheck to paycheck and dream of better things all over the world, if they get paychecks at all. Here's the music video: www.youtube.com/watch?v=hT_nvW…
I find it interesting that the music video has a religious interpretation of the song; I got a vibe from it that was talking about either following your dreams or following a steady paycheck, myself. Maybe I'm projecting a little. Imagine Dragons: Demons:
This song's interesting and a bit mesmerizing with the tune. I think the music video really adds to the meaning of the lyrics: www.youtube.com/watch?v=mWRsgZ…Karmin: Acapella:
Okay, here's a not-so-serious song to finish the list for this entry. XD Usually I do more indie stuff, but lately these songs are what have been stuck in my head, so that's what I've got to share. Anyway, this song's super catchy and the references to gluten-free in there amuse me. The video's very colorful and fun, too. www.youtube.com/watch?v=KJWJfR…Considering Starting a Blog
I know I've said that before. To really stick with such a thing, I need it to be about a subject I'm really passionate about. B-movies, sci-fi, art or fiction-writing could be those subjects. I'm sure there are zillions of blogs about those subjects, though. Hmm.
Okay, Time to Prep for Work.
I'll do my best to be more active on DA again. I miss posting my work, looking at your work, and chatting about them.
Hope everyone is doing well and creating the things that make them happy!