This year is drawing to a close, and while I did not create as much artwork as I would have liked, I feel that I have made significant progress nonetheless. My hodgepodge schedule has become increasingly demanding and hectic, but with that, I finally reached the tipping point of physical activity that my sleep issues have all but disappeared. I rarely use pain medication anymore except on the worst of days; I need almost no medication of any kind. While I enjoy the occasional drink with friends or puff of shisha, I have managed to mostly eliminate daily dependencies like caffeine. (Still working on sugars!) I started reading books about self-improvement, and less random Internet chatter. My social skills are being reestablished after years of atrophy and isolation.
In response to the previous entry: an immeasurable thank you to those who helped me purchase my first DSLR camera. There is no word to express how excited I was to receive it. I bulldozed through enough of the user manual to understand the basic functions of manual mode, and then went nuts learning by trial-and-error. Now that the itch is scratched, I am going back and taking the time to learn more slowly and develop some skills as a photographer.
It’s like a fucking Voltron made out of paycheques.
We recently travelled to Corpus Christi, Texas, and the Florida Keys for family and work-related reasons. My photos are online in Photos All Over: Places.
I have been practicing painting as my obligations allow, including getting help from another, more experienced artist. Nothing finished yet, or worth sharing, but what I have accomplished thus far has been rejuvenating. There remains more website work to be done before I start producing pieces for sale. I am also earning as much income I can, just about everywhere I can, banking for the chance that my creative business becomes viable on its own again. With good luck and hard work, hopefully when that day comes, I will be rebuilding from stronger mental, emotional, and financial foundations than the one that crumbled beneath me years ago. Lunch Break is more than ten years old.
Beautiful Minecraft was upgraded from a single page to an image gallery, for no other reason than it makes me happy. Building castles and tending virtual flower gardens and drawing creepers makes me happy. Minecraft forever.
I am now on Instagram like all of the cool kids. Follow me!