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I got the job I was applying for! I start the 15th! I'm pretty pumped about it, not only because it means I don't have to be a bartender as much as I used to, but also because the pay is RIDICULOUS. Like... "that must be a typo" kind of ridiculous. It's a part time job, WHAT ARE THEY THINKING?! But, I'm not gonna complain. If this turns full-time I am never going to quit! Haha... I still kind of have no idea what I'm actually going to be doing, but I have confidence that I will figure it out sooner than later. I have my own cubicle, so that makes me happy. I always secretly wanted a cubicle.

But, the only thing standing in my way as of now is THE WEEK FROM HELL in Newburyport. It's Yankee Homecoming- a week of street vendors, live music, and tourists up the ass. No parking, shitty tips, and long hours. But I'm already halfway through it... just have to survive the weekend and I'll be home free. Things should return to normal after that.

Other than that, I suck at making new artwork right now. Haven't even touched my sketchbook in weeks. I think I'm actually going to head down to my studio now to do some drawing. I left my watercolors at my apartment so... I'm an asshole.

more on money

This last month was a close call with my expenses. I have been having too much fun and not working enough, and my bank accounts are suffering. But I have a few things that will hopefully be helping my out in this department, despite the many things I still have to spend a good chunk of change on.

#1. Possible second job.
Last week I went on yet another interview with a company a few town over from me that went very well. I will go back for a "second" interview either this or next week. I am hoping that this comes through. It's only a part time position to start out, but the way they were talking to me about it, it will hopefully become full time sooner than later.

in the meantime

#2. It's summertime.
which means my day job is slammin. The restaurant I serve and bartend at EXPLODES in the summer. It doubles in size because we open both our patios, and if the sun is out, everyone and their mother travel to this nice little coastal town to spend the day. And now that I'm mostly done taking time off to do silly fun things that make me happy, I will be back to my 35-40hr/wk schedule.

#3. Budgeting
It's about time I seriously buckled down and made a budget. This way I won't be so prone to impulse buy things like videogames, pretty dresses, and sushi. Wish me luck with this one, because I love spending my money on videogames, pretty dresses, and sushi.

Mostly sushi.

Heroes and Villains

So I am doing the sketchbook project again for 2012! My theme this time around is "Heroes & Villains". So, to help me with my inspiration, I am asking around- Who are your favorite Heroes and Villains? Some of my favorite characters are the ones that blur the line of hero and villain.

a few of mine include Ferris Bueller, Sailor Moon, Kurt Vonnegut, Severus Snape, Hayao Miyazaki, Dr. Horrible, Poison Ivy, and Gaius Baltar.

So spill- who are your favorites????

Anime Boston

Last day today! What a fun weekend :D Got a bunch of digimon crap- LOVE IT! Doujinshi, Keychains, cards, sculptures, etc. etc. etc. I am stoked.

Looking forward to future cons now! I definitely need to make new shit though, lol. I will be prepared with fresh merch next time, promise!

money vs. art : the never ending battle

I feel like I haven't been making any art at all lately. Probably because this is true. I haven't. I've been working a LOT at nyajoes. They are training me to be a bartender now, which is pretty awesome. I just need to start finding time to get to the studio and work. I feel like I'm at my day job 24/7. I work a lot of doubles and really only have 1 day off each week. Perhaps I should make a new availability sheet for my new manager. I need some time to do the work I want to be doing- even if it doesn't pay!

I have been sending my resume out to other businesses, looking for a 9-5 kind of deal. That would free up a lot of my time, and give me weekends off. Maybe I wouldn't make the same kind of money, but it also wouldn't be so physically draining all the time. And maybe I'd get to wear something other than black? who knows!

But, I got into Anime Boston after being waitlisted for a couple months. Maybe this is the kick in the pants I need to get back to work and start cranking some stuff out. I hope so! I'm gonna go after work today and do something.

MARK MY WORDS:

ART. WILL. HAPPEN.
Stuck at work on a double during this storm. No customers in hours... My apartment has no heat until thursday. 20 inches of snow expected and another storm on saturday... Oh new england... Whyyyyyyy

meme that's goin' round.

Do you know how sometimes people on your friendslist post about stuff going on in their life, and all of a sudden you think "Wait a minute? Since when were they working THERE? Since when were they dating HIM/HER? Since when???" And then you wonder how you could have missed all that seemingly pretty standard information, but somehow you feel too ashamed to ask for clarification because it seems like info you should already know? It happens to all of us sometimes.

Please copy the topics below, erase my answers and put yours in their place, and then post it in your journal! Please elaborate on the questions that would benefit from elaboration.

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MY PENELO ICON IS CUTE!


Jumbo Holiday by *jsheaisaninja on deviantART

I don't know what happened to me the other day, but I have been an art making MACHINE. Perhaps it's the thought of the year coming to an end, and me wanting to get as much done as possible so I don't feel like a total slacker. But maybe it's because my studio is actually kind of cozy and instead of curling up in a corner to keep warm I am able to actually be productive. Who knows, but it's pretty much awesome. I still have a ton to do today, and I am so looking forward to it!

I also may have some job prospects coming my way. Perhaps an interview this afternoon? Waiting on a phone call right now, but it'll be pretty awesome if I can land a 9-5 with benefits. I am so done with waiting tables (but let's face it, I'll probably keep my waiting job and just work the weekends for extra cash- especially in the summer WHAT WHAT!)

I am super excited for 2011! Change is in the air, and it's looking good. Hope you all have a happy holiday :) Stay safe and enjoy!

up, up, and away!

I'm spending my day today designing my airships for my graphic novel. I have this problem where I want to make them believable. This is silly, because it's fantasy. But, never-the-less, I will design something with an engine room and come up with some strange theory on how it will work, even though most likely, it will never, ever be seen or explained in the comic. But I will have my piece of mind! This would be a lot easier for me if I knew anything about flight.

...but, I like drawing cut-aways. soooo win/win, right?

P.S. my airships are based on submarines. SO SILLY!

New Apartment

I'm all moved in to my new place! Very excited about this. I kind of forgot how awesome it feels to have your own apartment. I still have some unpacking to do and I'm bringing my fish over tonight and then I'll be pretty much all set.

It's a second floor apartment, which I love. Maybe it's because I grew up in a one story house that I find living above things so awesome. My room gets nice and sunny and we have a huge kitchen and a back yard and I have a parking space and it's RIGHT DOWN THE STREET FROM A DUNKIN DONUTS! And we're getting oil delivered today, so we can be warm! Hooray!

Because of this move, I got a late start to my Nanowrimo novel. I also put absolutely no thought into the plot of the novel before hand, so the likeliness of it being a huge piece of crap are pretty high. But whatever, like every year I'm still gonna give it a shot! We'll see how it goes.

In other news, my art show opening reception is this Saturday. I hung my stuff on Monday with Sarah and it looks good! I may have to swap out my labels though... the ones I made up keep peeling off the wall. Oops.

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