Just in case anyone was wondering what's going on in my life. This is also my explanation for my very spotty activity as of late.
First and foremost, I am finally quitting my current job for a (hopefully) much better, higher paying, new one! I won't go into details but my current job, while I enjoy it, requires me to wake up at unsightly hours each morning (generally during the 5 o' clock hour. Yes that's A.M. ) and is the kind of stressful job that has quite literally kept me up at night. The job is very physically taxing, I generally have no time to eat anything until after my 6-8 hour shift (Just imagine waking up at 5 am and eating nothing until after 2 pm. Just imagine that for a second). So when I get home, all I want to do is eat and relax. I try to squeeze in a couple hours of drawing time here and there, but generally I just don't have the energy. Plus, having to get up early means I have to go to bed early. So around 8 pm I start stressing that I don't have enough time to draw anything substantial and usually give up on it entirely.
You can imagine what this kind of schedule does to my schooling as well. I don't even wanna think about it.
I've stayed with my current job because I really do love the people I work with, and I enjoy the work that I do. But there are days where I'm so stressed I feel like I'm just going to have a nervous breakdown and puke. I've also stayed because I managed to get promoted to manager there, so it's higher paying than most other jobs in the area.
However! Just in time for fall semester to start up again, my family told me about this new job. Again, no details here, but basically it's everything I could want in a job minus free movies (man I miss working at the movie theater). I get to wear anything I want, as long as it's some kind of pants and a collared shirt. But no hat! Thank goodness. I actually get a CASUAL FRIDAY every Friday, which is a foreign concept to someone who's used to a uniform. Unlike my current job, this one requires that I sit at a desk all day and answer phones. NOT make phone calls (though I do have to make some), TAKE phone calls. And yes there is a HUGE difference. A job where I'm making phone calls generally means I have to sit at the desk and make calls nonstop while I'm there. Obviously that gets real repetitive real fast. But this one, I take phone calls, provide information, and solve problems for customers. To further express the gravity of this difference, I have been told by my family, AND the people who interviewed me (without my asking) that people often bring their homework in to work and do it on the job, and that's totally fine. So is bringing in handheld games! Basically the only restriction is that I can't use a laptop or anything else that accesses the internet. So unfortunately I can't sit on Facebook all day. Darn.
So as you can tell, I'm flippin' excited about this new job because it sounds like something that will finally be conducive to me going to school full time. I also get to work AT NIGHT instead of the early morning, so my body can stop hating me for lack of sleep. I will NEVER be a morning person. I've been at my current job for 2 years and I'm STILL not a morning person. Not happening.
But what does all this mean for you guys?
It means that along with having more time for homework, I will also have more time and energy to DRAW. I've even decided that, providing I have no homework that I can work on at work at the time, I will bring my traditional drawing tools and make sketches while I'm at work. Nowadays I generally draw purely digitally, but in order to be productive, I'm gonna see if I can't do a throwback to my old methods. Which is to say, sketch it on real paper, scan it in and ink it from there.
It MEANS comic updates at last. It MEANS Commissions not only finished, but rolling on a monthly cycle as a source of income. It means better grades. It means things finally going the way I want and a hundred other things I don't need to list here.
So that's my update. I've been absent because I'm trying to get ready for school and transfer to this new job, so I'm kind of waiting to settle in to a lot of changes before I try to set any goals. Thanks as always for your continued patience