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---The Life and Times---

I have returned! (Although technically I never really left but you know what I mean.)

My last journal entry is dated December 2011. It talks about how happy I was to get a job.
Well that job has now turned sour. I can't stand it anymore. Without going into detail suffice to say the work place is really dysfunctional.

I suppose in these dark times I should be happy that I have even have a job but the thing is I am not merely trying to hold down a job. I am trying to build a career. The money may be good now but in the long run I don't see myself growing as a professional if I stay with my current company.

Sooner or later I've gotta leave if I wanna go anywhere with my career.

Unfortunately I've got nowhere to go. So far I haven't been able to find another company to jump to. It doesn't help that my portfolio is in shambles. I really need to set some time to build it up, but having to sit in an office all week kind leaves me tired at the end of the day and on weekends.

Still I've gotta try. I'm trying to do little things here and there, whenever I can muster up the mojo to move forward which brings me to...

---The Arts---

So the other week,:iconvarawdn: asks me to beta read for her and tells me that I should really update my journal.
Beta reading her work inspired me to get back on the horse in regards to pursuing my artistic side projects and I had this burning urge to update my journal and tell Deviant Art I was active again and doing stuff.

I would have done so to except that I still had an unfulfilled request from last year. It would have nagged at me to make such a bombastic proclamation when I still had unfinished business. So I sat around for about two weeks until I finally set aside some time just to sit down and get stuff done. And get it done I did. Aleyxs is finally up for viewing and after more than a year my request slot is open again, but more on that in a moment.

Beta reading for :iconvarawdn: got me thinking about writing and pictures. As someone who's written stuff before I know how hard it is for writers to get eyeballs on their work as opposed to artists. It's easy to just open up a picture, look at it then mash that fav button but reading something takes more effort.

In the past I've tried giving some love back to the writers out there but browsing written deviations quickly becomes a chore whereas breezing through the pretty pictures is easy in comparison. That's why I think beta reading is the best way for me to give back to the writing community. Someone else already goes through the trouble of pushing stuff under my nose and the fact that they are waiting on me specifically to give them feedback helps keep me motivated.

Now I'm trying to cultivate both my artistic and writing skills and I can't help but notice a difference between the way I react to failure in the two mediums.

When my writing is bad I look at it and I'm like:
"Well this sucks. I better go over it again and see what I can do to improve it."

When my drawing is bad I look at it and I'm like:
"OMG! It's sooo UGLY! For the good of everyone's eyeballs I must never draw again!"

For some reason I take a bad drawing harder than I do a bad piece of writing. Oh well.

So I'm back and I'm feeling a fresh burst of motivation to start practicing my drawing skills again. I don't know how long it will last but it means that my request slot is open again.

Terms and Conditions apply:
-No asking for anything that violate's DA's policies
-No >30% Furries
-No sex or full frontal nudity
-Other than that tell me what you want and I'll see what I can do. Bear in mind the more complicated the thing you ask for is the longer it'll take me to do and the more likely it is to look horrible. (But that's okay. I'm doing this to learn.)
-Request slot is filled on a first come first served basis. If you were the last person to have a request fulfilled then you can't ask again until someone else has had a go.
-You may have to wait a veeeeery long time for your request to be granted. I'm a busy (and lazy) man.
  • Mood: Neutral
  • Listening to: Red Fraction by MELL
  • Reading: PsychoBabble
  • Watching: Sasami-san@Unmotivated
  • Playing: Anno 2070
  • Eating: Food
  • Drinking: Cider


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Making Silly Things Serious
Engineseer is a man who writes things. He writes to soothe his soul, he writes to work out his frustrations, he writes to say something he feels is important, he writes for fun, and he writes because he can't draw. Occasionally he may actually draw something despite the previous sentence but mostly he's too busy playing videogames.

Current Residence: Singapore
Favourite genre of music: Anything that fires my imagination
Operating System: Windows 7
MP3 player of choice: Creative Zen

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SavageScribe Featured By Owner Jun 1, 2014  Student Filmographer
Very many thanks
Engineseer Featured By Owner Jun 2, 2014
Cheers, stuff like that is always good to know.
Korokage Featured By Owner Nov 11, 2013  Hobbyist Writer
I have detected a... Schnoz. You probably don't remember me but what's up?
Engineseer Featured By Owner Nov 13, 2013
 Hey I remember you. How'd you know it was me? I'm doing fine. Going through a very interesting period in my life moving around between jobs and all.
Korokage Featured By Owner Nov 13, 2013  Hobbyist Writer
I was looking around for some of the peeps and there you just happened to be, commenting on a page not so subtly implying that it was you.

I'm all right. trying to get through college. So like, stuff is just happening.
Engineseer Featured By Owner Nov 16, 2013
Well I'm trying to get into college. Just got out of working job for 2 years and I realized I really, really needed to upgrade my skillz.
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starburst98 Featured By Owner Jan 10, 2013
hey man, how you doing? i've been well. moved to a new place come hang out sometime.
Engineseer Featured By Owner Jan 18, 2013
Wow, of all the people to suddenly walk out of my past... I'm doing alright though I'm afraid this DA is quite inactive. What goes on in tgchan?
starburst98 Featured By Owner Jan 22, 2013
it's a quest board. as in, one person posts a picture and text and asks what the character should do next. everyone else then posts their ideas and the artist then draws it up. how they pick an idea is up to the author in question.

pictures are also technically optional except in the first post of a thread.

need more help come on IRC Server: Rizon channel: #tgchan
varawdn Featured By Owner Jan 24, 2011  Hobbyist Writer
Thank you for the :+devwatch:
Engineseer Featured By Owner Jan 24, 2011
Ah...heh..heh. Just decided to keep tabs on you since you're my beta reader and all. <.<

Still thanks for the watch and fav. :)
varawdn Featured By Owner Jan 25, 2011  Hobbyist Writer
Ah... ulterior motives... :D No prob. :D
Engineseer Featured By Owner Jan 25, 2011
I did the same for the author I'm beta reading for.

Glad to see you liked Ode to Bullshit. I think it's my opus. Even if people don't like my stories they all enjoyed Ode to Bullshit. :P
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Mana4X2 Featured By Owner Jan 24, 2011  Hobbyist Writer
Heya Engineseer,

You've been very quiet lately. Are you okay?

Engineseer Featured By Owner Jan 24, 2011

I've been very busy. Lots of work to do at school. I've been trying to move forward with some of my own projects too but there's so little time. Plus my work usually goes through a period of revision after it's finished which means it's even longer before I put it up.

Thanks for saying hi.

How have you been?
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