Hmm... What has happened since last I wrote? Plenty. I started my internet hiatus on September 5th and ended it on October 5th. It didn't start out that well, but got better as it went on. I put a website blocker on a TON of websites to (hopefully) prevent me from getting distracted when I used the internet for work. But I found out I could turn off that blocker by pushing a single button on my browser. Way to go, designers. That really helps... I found myself clicking that button and browsing Reddit.com for hours. So that filter didn't help at all. It was easy for me to avoid Facebook because I barely use it anyways. But Reddit on the other hand, I couldn't go an hour without looking at the front page. I eventually got over that and controlled my urge to click that button and turn of the site blocker. After that I barely used the internet at all.
I started writing a book. Again. For the third time. I like writing but I never seem to get it all out onto a page. When I do it usually turns out alright. Here's the big problem. I don't have MS Office on my computer. Or even MS Word for that matter. So I've been using the generic WordPad that comes with windows. It's DREADFUL. Absolutely awful. There's no spellcheck, it's not divided into pages (it's one long, infinite page) and there's not even a word count. And I don't think I could insert any images if I wanted to. It's pretty bad. It feels like being an artist while being stuck with MS Paint, which I've felt before. I had to scrounge up paper and a pen from somewhere in my grandmother's house. I'm getting by, but as soon as I can afford MS Office I think I'll be getting. There's been more than one occasion where we needed a computer with Office and we didn't have it.
I'm still working on the game my brother and I have been making. In fact, he (my brother Joshua) just made a new post on our development blog! Which you can check out HERE.
He talks a bit about what we've done wrong and we're finally getting right. Like I've said many times before, this is a huge learning experience for us. Mainly learning what NOT to do. But, over the course of all this I have gotten more proficient with making sprites and Josh has gotten exceeding well at programming. I think when we finish this game and start the next, we'll get it done much faster. It actually depends of which game we decide to make. They vary in size and complexity.
I really like writing and this book is very person for me. It means a-lot. I find myself choosing between getting this book done for myself or getting this game done for both Josh and I. I end up choosing the latter, but I still find time to sit and write for a little while. This game needs to take priority because I'm not the only one who wants this game done. It's more than just me in this, which I sometimes make the mistake of ignoring that fact. I glad to say I'm learning not to make that mistake. I don't like being torn between two projects, but I'm getting by just fine and I'm learning to make wise choices in the midst of it.
There's been much more going on in my life, but that's for another time.
Thank you, Joshua, for posting something on our blog, therefore encouraging me to do the same. It's been far too long. I'll come up with something to post on our development blog within the next week or so, so keep an eye out for that.
And thank you to whoever is reading this! I know I don't always have much to say, especially these last few months, but I'm trying to keep up. It means a-lot to me that people actually read this blog. This blog and the one for me and my brother.
Oh! I do have something to show you! I made a wallpaper in anticipation for Pokemon X and Y that was released a little while back.
As of today I'll be taking a month-long hiatus from the internet. Every single time I've taken I hiatus from something nothing but GOOD has come from it. I disconnected all my devices from the internet, like my tablet. I've kept my computer connected so I could at least write this and post it.
I've been getting lazy (for a LONG time now) and it's effecting me and the people around me. The internet has been an enormous distraction for me, and not just with my "business" but my life in general. I'm not keeping in contact with my friends, I'm constantly distracted from working on my game and I'm distracted from getting a REAL job. I can't even tell you the last time I opened my Bible on my own volition, and it's ruining me... very... slowly...
When I was younger I was addicted to comic books. Every penny I earned or received as gifts went straight to getting more comic books. It was all I could think about and I spent every day looking up more info about comic books and what happened in each issue. The Amazing Spider-Man was my drug. I used to be able to tell you exactly what happened in EVERY comic for the first thirty issues and every milestone from then on. I had a mental list of EVERY single comic I wanted and which comics came before and after that would complete the story. I even started a fund for the single purpose of buying Amazing Fantasy #15, which is Spider-Man's very first appearance.
I couldn't drive yet so I always asked my brother if he could drive me to the comic book store. If he said no I got angry. VERY angry. In my puny, stupid mind it was them at fault for never letting me go, or never taking me, to the comic store.
Then one day my parents had enough. My entire family had enough.
We went out for dinner and across the street was one of the comic book stores I went to fairly often. So I asked if we could go after dinner and they said no. I got angry again, accused them of NEVER letting me go there.
Turns out they wanted to talk to me. After they told me shut up and listen (in a kind way, just so you know...), they told me I was grounded from comic books. That included buying and selling my comic books, and even trading issues with my friend. And above all, I could NEVER go to the comic book store. For how long, might you ask?
Three-hundred-sixty-five days without my drug, and NO WAY to curb my cravings.
After a few months, I didn't even care about comic books. Sure I read the ones I had and kept them on my shelf, but I never asked to go to the store, never bought any secretly or traded any without my parents knowing.
I am SO glad I got punished like that. It's seriously one of the best things to ever happen to me. Not only did it FEEL like punishment (and I learned my lesson well) but it opened my eyes to how AWFUL I was.
Every time I've been (unhealthily) addicted to something I've done this to myself. I was addicted to Facebook at one point so I too a hiatus from it. Lasted a month or two and since then, I've never spent more than a few minutes on Facebook at a time.
I used to be addicted to trading cards. That's kinda' what took comic books' place. I had those taken away from me once, and then I even had to take them away from myself again.
(I have this problem with collecting things, you see? At least I'm learning to do so with moderation...)
Anyways, I'm currently addicted to some "thing", and that "thing" is the internet.
It's such a strange thing to be addicted to. It's not even a real, physical thing. Just a complex, jumbled around string of one's and zero's.
So with that said, the only time I'll be using the internet is when I'm practicing my C# coding and keeping my game development blog updated, ONLY to keep myself in check.
(That blog is HERE, by the way. Just in case you wanted to read it...)
I felt like today was a success. I've been having to tighten my belt another notch, which is always nice, but here's what really made today pretty cool for me.
On the game development blog my brother and I have I made a post about updating the graphics. That was all and good until I came to a problem I couldn't get around unless I fixed the graphics again. After messing with the character ALL day I finally got it right. At least I think I got it right. I'll have to run it by my brother and see what he thinks.
Yesterday was awful. Late for work, got a ticket on my way there, we understaffed and I end up covering for two people who work completely different jobs.
...Okay, it wasn't all that bad (except for the ticket part. Oops...) it was just a little stressful. I guess after yesterday ANYTHING better than that is pretty awesome.
I'm working on a logo for the game right now, so when I get that done I'll probably post it. Until then, I'll show you the eye I drew just for the heck of it.
So, I haven't been feeling entirely well. I have a really sore throat, running a bit of a fever here and there... Hasn't been pretty. When I'm sick I'll watch movies and TV shows NON-STOP. Last time I was sick I watched three movies back-to-back until 4 in the morning. This time I started watching a TV show called Trigun. I've been meaning to watch it for quite a while but never got around to it because TV shows take up a-lot of time. So, I finally got into it and I fell in LOVE with it. The characters are well structured, the world they live in is believable and the voice-acting is phenomenal. The main characters' name is Vash, or Vash the Stampede. I love this character. He's so unique and lovable and quirky. You'd think you knew him after a few episodes, but you'd be wrong. His character keeps evolving and when it does it just makes sense. There's no conflicting information about these people to make their decisions seem out of character. After falling in love with this show I immediately wanted to draw Vash. So I did. As I mentioned before I don't have my drawing tablet with me, so it's not a digital drawing. Please excuse the quality as I had to take it with my 3DS...
I know it may be a little hard to tell what's going on here, so that's why I included the links above. It was my first time drawing him and it was all from memory so it's not totally accurate. Anyway, I hope you like it! I'm doing my best to keep this updated, but it's pretty tough you're feeling ill. See you next time!
I really wish I had something new to show you. But I have a very good reason for not having anything. Not home. Out of state and very far away from my drawing stuff. All I have is this laptop with it's touchpad and Paint.
As you can see I won't get very far with that...
I do, however have some pens and some paper so I've been practicing drawing Dex and Ambi. The biggest part about getting them right is their faces, so I've been practicing drawing their eyes and figuring out how wide their faces are, how far apart their eyes are, how far their mouth is from their nose... Proportions, you know?
I'm at my grandmother's house for three weeks. Been through one week and three day already, so only about a week and a half left.
Been keeping myself busy. My grandma has a small orchard and she had a bit of a bug problem. Caterpillar problem, actually. Tent Caterpillars were getting all over her trees and would eventually eat all the fruit. I had to take care of them. I finally finished today and then I found out I'm going to have to bury grandma's dog. He's way too old, has cancer and just can't function. Poor old boy's getting put down and I have the somber duty of digging for him.
On a lighter note, my current favorite band released their newest album to those who pre-ordered it. You should check them out! I was hooked when I heard their song Good Mood. They're called The Joy of Painting. Do yourself a favor and listen to it.
Other than that, I made my way to the local GameStop store and found some great PlayStation 2 games. On the off time I've been playing the latest Monster Hunter game. Super fun game! Very challenging and time consuming but it's also very rewarding. If you have a WiiU or a 3Ds you should try it! LINK
I guess that's all I have for now. I'll keep practicing with the drawing and when I get home I'm going to make a new promo picture for Dex and Ambi (working title). It'll take a little while so relax and listen to some smooth jazz.