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I feel very frustrated right now.
I've been trying to find a new job for about two years.
I'm working on some front end web development classes right now, but my job had been technical writing (and is currently "data entry").
In taking these classes, I haven't done any art for so long. And even though I do doodle stuff like Spindrift on a daily basis (just not generally good enough to post here), I haven't touched clay for a full year, I think. I bought a few beads, because there is a somewhat complicated wirework necklace I want to make, but those are sitting in a bag too. I'm just.. am I even focused on the right thing? Working on front end web development? It's hard to know. It isn't one of those things that has immediately clicked or anything like that, but I think it will fit well with my writing and graphic/design skills. I'm getting old and going back to school (even if not full time) is frustrating, and I hope employers don't pass me up when I have new skills but an old job history.

When I finish this online set of classes I will consider going to an actual "bootcamp" for more intense web development skills. Or at least that is the plan. Yet a friend has said "I may have a job for you" in another state. I'm torn and frustrated and trusting God that I'm not going to screw up. Also both my folks have some health problems, and my grandpa is likely going to need to move into assisted living.

Yes, no matter how old you get, you basically will never feel like everything makes sense and is in control.
From many sides I have lately heard the adage "Get comfortable with feeling uncomfortable." 
It is in these times that you grow in faith and in skill.

I don't know why I feel more comfortable barfing this out here than on facebook where my "actual close family and friends" are, as opposed to you grungy lot from around the multiverse that I will probably never meet. (Oh, that's probably why...)
  • Mood: Distressed
  • Watching: Tutorials
Well so far I have only kept it up for four days.
But you can see them here:  nycteris.tumblr.com/

The "best ones" will end up here, but some of them aren't "finished enough" to end up here.
  • Mood: Cheerful
  • Watching: Tutorials
  • Playing: Hearthstone
Glimmerville is my web page (glimmerville.com) and NycterisA is my dA page.
I know that if you want to be "serious" and get people to actually find you/your art, you really should not have a million different user names.

So I have made a dA account called Glimmerville, as well. 
I haven't yet decided what I'm going to do with it. This is the account I really enjoy, I don't want to start over.
If I could have gotten Nycteris without the A I would have liked that, but it is taken.

Anyway.. just throwing that out there.
Still using this account, though.
  • Mood: Cheerful
  • Watching: Tutorials
  • Playing: Hearthstone
Still spending most of my free time working through the Udacity.com "Front End Web Development" course. I am learning a lot, but there is a LOT to learn. 

Today was a beautiful sunny day! And I woke up to find dozens of what appear to be woodworm beetles in my bedroom. I haven't entirely figured out where they are coming from, but I am sure I killed at least a hundred today. I have a strong suspicion they came from the one stick I saved when my apple tree died. (Not to mention, when I looked at the stick, it was riddled with exit holes.) That memento has been discarded! 

I have been doing a better job keeping up with my blog, but it is currently full of pretty dry stuff. Still you can read it here: www.glimmerville.com/
  • Mood: Cheerful
  • Watching: Tutorials
  • Playing: Hearthstone
My Grandma died today. I am not upset; she was really doing badly, and she hadn't been "there" for a long time. I am confident that she is a Christian, and to be absent from the body is to be present with the Lord.

I am not there to be with my Grandpa today because I am home with a bad head cold. 
I was also supposed to go to chaperone an all day teen Bible conference for the churches in the area, but the head cold prevented that too.

In other news, I am enrolled in an online "Front End Web Development" class and that's taking up some of my free time (about 10 hours a week). I'd say that's why I haven't been drawing but I'm pretty sure that isn't a real reason. It IS a real challenge though.
  • Mood: Cheerful
  • Watching: Tutorials
  • Playing: Hearthstone
I will take some requests.
I don't have to say "first five" or anything because I don't expect to get that many. ;)
  • Mood: Cheerful
  • Watching: Tutorials
  • Playing: Hearthstone
I want to do some art, but I'm kind of busy.
Pretty frustrated about everything at the moment.
It takes a lot to get me down but eventually I get there! :lol:
  • Mood: Cheerful
  • Watching: Tutorials
  • Playing: Hearthstone
From some little kid at my church, probably (I worked with the 2, 3, 4 & 5 year olds last Sunday).

Now I am tired.

But the antibiotics are working.
  • Mood: Cheerful
  • Watching: Tutorials
  • Playing: Hearthstone
I am taking a "Craftsy" art course by Eric Johnson www.ericjohnsondraws.com/
It's fun, and I hope I can actually finish some kind of art to post.
  • Mood: Cheerful
  • Watching: Tutorials
  • Playing: Hearthstone
Point 1:
When I was a little kid I really liked My Little Pony, Strawberry Shortcake, Care Bears & Popples, (and later Darkwing Duck and Gargoyles) and copying those is pretty much how I learned to draw.
(Ok I really liked Transformers too, but I could never draw those)

Point 2:
It's crazy to think so many of those were created in Cleveland (at American Greetings, by "Those Characters from Cleveland" en.wikipedia.org/wiki/American…). I live in Cleveland but I've sure never thought of it as a mecca of character design.
  • Mood: Cheerful
  • Watching: Tutorials
  • Playing: Hearthstone
Ok so.. now it's November.

Argh, I want/need a new job.
  • Mood: Cheerful
  • Watching: Tutorials
  • Playing: Hearthstone
Hey! It's time to DRAW!
There are two challenges going on right now:

Inktober mrjakeparker.com/inktober

and

Month of Monsters www.thefuzzyslug.com/2014/10/m…

So do one or both!
  • Mood: Cheerful
  • Watching: Tutorials
  • Playing: Hearthstone
Congrats to Lord-Hayati for getting the Kiriban. :clap:
  • Mood: Cheerful
  • Watching: Tutorials
  • Playing: Hearthstone
I got a FitBit (sort of fancy pedometer) that tracks how much I walk, and so, since I got it last week I have been trying to walk 10,000 steps a day and eat less (you can track that too). So far I have gained 3 lbs. What the heck.
  • Mood: Cheerful
  • Watching: Tutorials
  • Playing: Hearthstone
Thank you for the birthday wishes. :)
  • Mood: Cheerful
  • Watching: Tutorials
  • Playing: Hearthstone
Please pray for my dad. He's been undergoing some cancer stuff, and the next test is the 15th.
(Also I've been looking for a new job for awhile, and my mom is feeling rather sick right now, too.)
God is faithful, and these things that I think are "deep waters" are nothing compared to what some of you go through every day!
  • Mood: Cheerful
  • Watching: Tutorials
  • Playing: Hearthstone
I was tagged by GreyOfPTA

1. What is your favorite coffee or coffee flavored thing?  Coffee.  I like pretty dark roasts.

2. What do you take in your coffee (or tea if you prefer)? I do put a little sugar and cream in coffee, but not usually in tea.

3. Do you lean towards the skeptical side when you read about supernatural things or suspend disbelief?
I am a firm Christian, so I believe the Bible, and the supernatural things in the Bible.
But if you tell me you saw a ghost in your house, I'm going to very skeptical.

4. Ever add bacon to anything not typically considered bacon-compatible?
I ate a bacon-chocolate-chip cookie the other day, but it was not as good as I hoped. 
(Also I did not make it myself.)

5. Do you have an emergency plan, go-bag, etc. in case of a disaster?
I probably should, but I do not.

6. Have you ever had to turn down a commission?
Yes, due to time constraints.

7. Have you planned a character's life only to have fan interaction take them in new directions?
Not really.

8. Have you ever had fried Oreos?
Alas, no, though they had them at our fair in August.

9. Do you enjoy hot sauces? If yes, which kind?
I like Tabasco, most versions. I also like "Wizard's Hot Stuff" 
I am biased  by the cool bottle ( www.edwardandsons.com/thewizar… )

10. What's your guilty pleasure? Spindrift

I'm not actually tagging anyone.
  • Mood: Cheerful
  • Watching: Tutorials
  • Playing: Hearthstone

Happy Late August

Mon Aug 25, 2014, 9:08 AM
Last week was "County Fair Week" in which I ate some fried things and a lot of shaved ice (For SCIENCE! Ok maybe not for science.).
I also worked in our church's tent on Monday, giving out free water and literature. It was a great week!

I'm doing some online tutorials in HTML, CSS, PHP and SQL/mySQL. 
And not doing much art at the moment.

What are you up to these days?

IADACE, traveller.
  • Mood: Cheerful
  • Watching: Tutorials
  • Playing: Hearthstone
No one wanted to do the meme. It's ok. :)
Um. Hi! 

What's your favorite board game?
I can't pick one but I will give you a list.

Carcassonne [euro tile-based building game], 
Kingsburg [worker placement],
Dominion [the first deck builder, everyone says Thunderstone or Marvel are better, though],
Pandemic [co-op trying to save the world!],
Sentinels of the Multiverse [card based, co-op vs evil villain!],
Smash Up [card based, every man for himself!], \
Forbidden Island [co-op get the artifacts before the island sinks!] and
Small World [attack each other and get area control using a sequence of different armies]
are all very good.
There are loads of other great ones, but those are the first ones I named off the top of my head.
Ticket To Ride is another classic (with about 20 flavors), but I have never really finished a game of it. Have you played it?
  • Mood: Cheerful
  • Watching: Tutorials
  • Playing: Hearthstone
Oh no! I wasn't paying attention and walked right into a meme.

-The first 10 people's avatar commenting in this journal, 
and the three deviations like most from their gallery, 
will be put on the list below!

-If you comment, you have to do the same in your journal, 
putting the tagger (me) and three of my art on the first place.

-The idea of this is not merely to get a free feature, it is 
to spread art around for everyone!


Thanks :icongreyofpta: !

I will pick 3 of his (and not all art of Spin, though his art of Spin is awesome):
So much goofy, goofy win:
 Stereotypes Are FUN! by GreyOfPTA and 
I really like his character Belle. 
I could hardly pick just one, but I had to, so I picked this one because it shows Grey's humor:
Brighteyes Tumblr Response by GreyOfPTA
I have to have ONE of his Spindrift drawings (thank you so much Grey!):
Spindrift is ful of it by GreyOfPTA
But one more just because the man does amazing pumpkin carving:
Celtic Dog Jack O' lantern by GreyOfPTA
  • Mood: Cheerful
  • Watching: Tutorials
  • Playing: Hearthstone