adrasteia1
 member, 922 posts
 Time you enjoy
 wasting isn't wasted
Wed 28 Nov 2012
at 01:54
What to do?
My web design course finishes up in the new year and I'm considering whether to study another after it (they've got courses in Photoshop, PHP and other related subjects coming up) or focus fully on finding another job.

Maybe I should just sign up to a course and keep looking for work, but I don't like taking on a course if I may not stick around to see it through.
facemaker329
 member, 5183 posts
 Gaming for most of
 30 years, and counting!
Wed 28 Nov 2012
at 05:23
Re: What to do?
Just had a first meeting with a new writers' workshop group that a friend of mine is starting up.  We talked about some ideas for stories, about setting some easily attainable goals that will still get us to a good point in a reasonable amount of time, and discussed concepts like knowing your target audience and how to write a 'genre' novel without falling into the stereotypes of the genre.

I think this could be a really big...REALLY big...help for me, to get off my butt and get focused on consistently writing again.
adrasteia1
 member, 923 posts
 Time you enjoy
 wasting isn't wasted
Wed 28 Nov 2012
at 17:42
Re: What to do?
I placed an order for heating oil today, so in a few days it should be warm and toasty instead of utterly freezing. :)
bobbofeet
 member, 34 posts
Thu 29 Nov 2012
at 19:11
Re: What to do?
Finishing up work to go on a week long vacation with my beloved tomorrow morning sans the wee ones.   Good, good, good.
facemaker329
 member, 5200 posts
 Gaming for most of
 30 years, and counting!
Wed 5 Dec 2012
at 07:06
Re: What to do?
So, it's official, as of today (well, tomorrow, technically, since that's when the assignment would start).  I have a third job...freelancing as a copy writer for an online marketing company.  And I might have a big costume project to take care of in the next two weeks...find out tomorrow.  I have a makeup gig on Friday.  The last big hitch I was dreading in the script I'm writing (adapting, actually, from a fanfic story in a Star Trek club newsletter that some friends in the club want to turn into a video project) fell into place because the one person I could think of who used to speak Klingon with any degree of fluency still remembered enough of it to translate the appropriate lines for me.

It's been a pretty awesome day.  I wouldn't even mind if the costume project fell through.  With so many things going right, I don't want to get greedy.  Let the good fortune spread itself throughout the season, y'know?
Evil Empryss
 member, 347 posts
 Silently critiquing your
 spelling and grammar.
Tue 11 Dec 2012
at 16:08
Re: What to do?
My gaming buddies.

I'm taking an exam today that will (finally!) fulfill the last of my requirements to get a bachelors degree. I'm pinging off the walls from nerves, but I've gotten nothing but support and encouragement from all my gaming buddies. Some of these people I've known online for years, others are newer friends, but all of them are awesome.

Is it dusty in here?  I think I've got something in my eyes....

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Alexei Yaruk-Mundhenk
 member, 1127 posts
 Ad Majorem
 Dea Gloriam
Tue 11 Dec 2012
at 17:36
Re: What to do?
My son is no longer sick and will get to enjoy Christmas!
Tortuga
 member, 961 posts
Tue 11 Dec 2012
at 17:40
Re: What to do?
Proofs for my paperbacks arrive today, and my audiobook is live in Amazon and iTunes!
facemaker329
 member, 5222 posts
 Gaming for most of
 30 years, and counting!
Wed 12 Dec 2012
at 07:13
And here we are at Chapter One...
So...I just finished the first draft of my first ever freelance writing assignment.  I'd be ecstatic about this, but it was writing a white paper for a technology firm (don't know what a white paper is?  Neither did I, before getting this assignment...)

I'm incredibly relieved that I've actually been able to glean enough for the heavily-jargon-laden information that was passed on to me to be able to figure out where to look online for other stuff that was actually easier to understand, which explained what it was that they wanted me to re-write for them.  I also feel like my brain has flowed out of my ears and congealed in my lap.  *grin*

But, hey...first draft has been sent in for a review, and it's not due until Friday, so if it needs some polishing (and I know it does, in at least two places, because I ran out of brain cells before I ran out of topics to cover), I've still got some time to do something about it!
Iammara
 member, 201 posts
Mon 17 Dec 2012
at 10:27
Re: And here we are at Chapter One...
I was just promoted to team leader! I worked so hard this year and I didn't think it was going to happen because of the crisis. I'm super happy right now :3
sciencemile
 member, 1849 posts
 Sunshine, lollipops and
 rainbows, la la la, la
Tue 18 Dec 2012
at 17:20
Re: And here we are at Chapter One...
I just received reduced rent at my apartment complex, effectively doubling my amount of discretionary income <_< now time to pay off some bills.
Masamunekaigen
 member, 1158 posts
 Welcome to the jungle.
 We've got fun and games!
Fri 21 Dec 2012
at 05:32
Re: And here we are at Chapter One...
Months ago, brother-in-law calls me lazy bum.

Yesterday, I carried out a 50lb. bag of road salt out of the basement and out to his car with one hand.

Tonight, he can barely move it a fraction of the distance out of the car, with no steep stairs involved and employing both his hands and with a lb less salt in it.

Win for ego.
Andrew Wilson
 member, 74 posts
 A cunning Rogue
 HP 6/14
Fri 21 Dec 2012
at 06:34
Re: And here we are at Chapter One...
ikr im a beefy bum too *high fives* :D
bobbofeet
 member, 37 posts
Fri 21 Dec 2012
at 17:35
Re: And here we are at Chapter One...
No zombie-pocalypse on the West Coast yet...
pitademon
 member, 690 posts
 hi all
Fri 21 Dec 2012
at 18:13
Re: And here we are at Chapter One...
been to California....Zombies have been there since the 1960's.  how can you tall if it has apocalypsed or not?
RedWizard
 member, 398 posts
 http://dgsforum.freeforum
Sat 22 Dec 2012
at 03:00
Re: And here we are at Chapter One...
Old Faithful hasn't Super-Erupted yet.  So I got that going for me.
ginny
 member, 70 posts
Sat 22 Dec 2012
at 03:09
Re: And here we are at Chapter One...
East Coast is still here :)
ShadeTheFallen
 member, 177 posts
 Where the tongue slips,
 it speaketh only truth.
Sat 22 Dec 2012
at 06:23
Re: And here we are at Chapter One...
Just passed the biggest exam of my life :)
Diurnal Lee
 member, 29 posts
 Into indie storygames
 TSoY, PTA, DitV, BtI
Wed 2 Jan 2013
at 13:46
More Good Things
In 2012, I reduced my debt by 21% of my net pay. We're not fooling around anymore. *Happy dancing.*
ginny
 member, 73 posts
Wed 2 Jan 2013
at 13:47
Re: More Good Things
The kids went back to school today  ^_^
bigbadron
 moderator, 13340 posts
 He's big, he's bad,
 but mostly he's Ron.
Wed 2 Jan 2013
at 20:20
Re: More Good Things
Elite: Dangerous is going to be made.  Now I just have to survive until next year to see it.
facemaker329
 member, 5245 posts
 Gaming for most of
 30 years, and counting!
Fri 4 Jan 2013
at 23:12
Re: More Good Things
It just dawned on me that I'm trying to make prosthetics for the first time in about 6 years...actually, more like 8.  Considering how out of practice I am at it, it's been going pretty well, thus far.  We'll see whether I come back to edit this point and exult in having managed to get my first attempt right, or if I wind up venting about how I screwed it up...*grin*

But part of me is kinda tickled to just be getting back into it again, even if it's for a project that isn't paying me anything.

EDIT: (I warned you this was gonna happen...)  It took me a few attempts (lucky the stuff that I'm using is quick...well, relatively quick, anyway), but I finally got the right combination of release agent, mold temperature, compound ratios, etc etc etc to come up with two usable Klingon foreheads and a set of Andorian antennae.  Now, I just need to make them up (and figure out how to attach the antennae to the wig...) before the video shoot tomorrow.

Have I mentioned my procrastination habit?  *grin*

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facemaker329
 member, 5251 posts
 Gaming for most of
 30 years, and counting!
Wed 9 Jan 2013
at 02:14
Re: More Good Things
A couple of things...

Went to put the Christmas money Mom gave me in my wallet last night, and discovered a check from one of my pre-Christmas freelance gigs that I had not yet deposited.  This is a two-parter...first, YAY for unexpected money! (over $200 worth of it!)  Second, it's nice to FINALLY be in a place, financially, where I don't feel like my first stop after receiving any check MUST be the bank, for the sake of covering expenses.  I still regard myself as living from paycheck to paycheck...but at least I've got a little bit of a safety net in place (how long that will last, we'll see...I've got a dental appointment at the end of the month and have a bill to pay off with the dentist on top of the new bill that will come from that...)

I also heard back from my 'boss' at my new freelance-writing job.  Considering the fact that I had very few of the reference materials that she told me to use in the style-guide for my last project (stuff the client hadn't bothered to provide for us), her one big note on it was some stuff that she had to change to make it match up with a layout decision that nobody ever told me about (and, yes, she acknowledged the fact that I was never given that information, either.)  She also asked me if I'm ready for my next project with this client.  I must be doing something right...

And, because of the timing of the first paycheck from said freelance job, I finally decided I could afford to buy the drywall stilts I've been thinking about getting for a couple of years, now.  These may open the door to still other freelance gigs, as one of the people I freelance for regularly hires stilt-walkers for corporate events, and the ones that she uses are popular enough that it's sometimes difficult to get them--and some of the alternates are not-so-reliable.  So, if I can get myself to the point of being confident moving around on these things (they should get here Friday), I could find myself getting some additional phone calls for work in front of a crowd (something I really enjoy, but don't get to do very often.)

2013 is off to a good start, I have to say...
Dottie_V
 member, 12 posts
Wed 16 Jan 2013
at 05:39
Re: More Good Things
Yay~ My professor fixed my grade and now I have the GPA to apply for my school's nursing program. On a side note, that also means I finally spoke up for myself and got things taken care of by MAHSELF! Woo! +10 Confidence! :D
Mustard Tiger
 member, 228 posts
Wed 16 Jan 2013
at 18:26
Re: More Good Things
I work from home, so never see my boss. And I only ever talk to my boss during monthly phone calls, or if I've screwed something up. Today I got a call from her, and NOT for our monthly call. Naturally I thought I'd botched a job or something. Quite the opposite: I received a 15% pay bump, totally out of the blue.

Cha-ching!