||[Mar. 23rd, 2012|11:37 am]
It's been far too long...|
As exciting as it used to be to update about my life bi-weekly, share my views on the world, and publish my art all in one place, I have felt stuck with the format of this journal.
So on that note, I'd like to put out a request... has anybody had any experiences with other blogging sites? Which ones are comfortable to use, that allow for a good sense of community? I'm thinking about Blogger/Wordpress style sites that I can import cleanly my journal entries so they display well on my website. That way, I'll be a bit more current with my goings-on. Facebook is fun and all, but I do find that I edit myself quite a bit because I don't have much of a chance for elaboration. That said, in blog format it is much easier to explain my blunt views on the world, then allow myself to digress, and finally bring it home with a decent conclusion.
But enough about that.
I'll be blunt about a few things: I don't understand small, yappy dogs. Small, friendly dogs are ok. I guess it's a different kind of personality it takes to have these types of animals, but I see it as a trend sweeping the world. Where have all the big dogs gone? I miss seeing German Shepherds, Great Danes, and Labrador Retrievers everywhere. I don't want to be able to carry my own dog... if so, not easily.
People + Roads = Idiocy. I don't care if you're on a bike, in a car, or even running... Stupidity is amplified when people are required to conduct themselves to reach a designated destination. I've had more frustrations en-route anywhere than ever in my life... mostly because I spend more time getting places being that my work and home are six miles apart. That doesn't sound far, but on a bicycle, it really requires one to analyze his surroundings.
I can't think of much else, right now, aside from the things about my own life that aren't easy.... but that would be just complaining. Growing pains are just my main issue right now, preparing for huge changes and really "becoming" that adult I've always hoped I'd never have to be. I feel like this moment in my life could be the conclusion to a huge chapter in my life that I'll look back on fondly, but be pleased to be over with. It's like when a couple talks about when they were young and in love and bohemian as all get-out, but had all the frustrations of living in poverty and working their asses off. That's kind of where I am... where every moment is bittersweet and I can't let it pass for all my wants and needs.
Life isn't easy, but it's amazing. I have been pleased to find someone I am in love with, who makes me wildly happy, who also makes SENSE. It's always a collaborative effort talking about anything we take on. We support each other through the thick and the thin and have both grown so much in just a year's time. We're coming up on our first ever St. Baldrick's event... a culmination of fundraising efforts that ultimately end when we both shave our heads to donate to childhood cancer research. Together, we've raised over a grand... not an exorbitant amount of money, but it's enough to say we put our hearts into this. Shaving our heads will be an experience to truly stand in solidarity with the people who have experienced radiation/chemotherapy and have lost their hair unwillingly. Kelly will feel it probably more than me, being as she has had long dark hair her whole life and it's more of a social stigma to be a woman and bald. I'm excited to start over with her.
All in all, I've been still cranking out the art, madly. Recently, I've just finished my ninth comic book (this one written by one of my students), as well as several commissions, two shows, and a music video. It's been good... I've been motivated... Now let's keep it rolling.