I’ve been trying to wrap my head around posting on a regular basis again, but I’m having a real problem making it stick. After some consideration, I’ve decided it’s because so much has happened since my lapse into bloglessness that it feels dishonest to return and continue on as if nothing has changed.
Therefore, a quick update before I get back to the fun stuff. Here we go: what’s happened since January?
1) The Packers blow their Super Bowl chances in week 1 of the playoffs.
I…don’t even want to talk about it. It was a circus. But I will say that this event is partially to blame for my lapse. I had been planning on having at least another week or two of football posts before the end of the season. When it all slipped away, I was completely thrown off track.
Still excited for fall though.
2) I quit my job, kind of by accident. After the holidays I was feeling really down. I had worked a ton of extra hours in December so I could afford presents, so by the time New Years rolled around I was burned out. Combined with the Packers tragic loss and the end of my temporary teaching assistant job on Jan 26th, and I realized that all I had to show for myself at the moment was an ill-fitting job that appeared to have no real room for advancement and that left me no time to do any of the stuff I cared about, like writing or filming or spending time with friends and family.
So I quit. February 15th was my last day. I didn’t have a new job in place, and I still don’t. However, I’m fortunate that I have skills that work well in a freelance, temp kind of field. So…I’m making my way. It’s a scary time, and it was a scary decision to make, particularly in this economy. But at the same time, I think it might be one of the best decisions I’ve ever made.
Ironically, that ill-fitting job I quit also led me to a long-term temporary video production job. Instead of captioning phone calls, I’m helping to make the training videos for the phone. You see it’s true what they say: always leave on a good note, because you never can tell who will give you that next break.
3) I wrote a superhero story. Kind of. I wrote the origin story, which is the first half of the first installment of what will hopefully be a series. The main character has the power to control people’s emotions, and the supporting heroes all have other telekinetic or telepathic powers. That’s another reason why I haven’t been writing on the blog–I’ve been writing somewhere else.
I hope to have it illustrated and posted online by summer. In the meantime, here are some rough sketches I did of the hero. I’m probably not going to be one to do the final illustrations–I’ll leave that to someone who’s better trained than I am–but these helped me put a face on my character.
BTW: When she goes into her emotion-controlling mindset, her eyes become blue with falling snowflakes in the pupils. That’s why in some of the pictures her eyes are different colors. Dramatic effect and whatnot.
4) I suspended my gym membership. I had no choice–I’m “unemployed,” remember? Maybe it seems like a silly thing to note, but keep in mind that by the time I had to cancel it I was working out 4 days a week, so giving it up was an extreme shift in my routine. Bad for me, but potentially good for you, if you are interested in the mostly free online gym alternatives I’ve discovered. More on that later…it’s one of the many things I’ve wanted to write about but that kept getting waylaid due to my major lifestyle shift.
Is that all? I think it might be, at least for now. Thanks for indulging me.
And…on we go.