And once you fall off, you just lie there, staring at the sky, smelling the grass and picturing every cloud as something from a TWSS joke.
But really, I've been busy...just not with dA stuff.
School, archery practice, fletching arrows, getting my claws into the college I want to go to, and of course, catching up in my gaming, I've been quite busy!
I haven't been drawing much, except for some skull and eye studies I did the other night. I'm getting geared up to go in a drawing rampage soon; I plan on presenting a sort of portfolio to the local private college and see if that wins me any favors. It probably won't, but everything counts.
I'm also going to need to start seriously studying for the SAT. I have been all year, more of a lax effort, but one that's steadily progressed. But I need to kick myself to get INTO it more, before I take it in June. I'd rather not re-take it a bunch of times if I can get away with it, lol.
Also, I'm absolutely drowning in delicious books to be read. I'm a very slow reader, so it's taking me a while to get through anything, and it doesn't help that I'm juggling three or four books at a time. I've got Inheritance going, and War and Peace, both of which I started like four months ago. In my defense though, I actually only just picked Inheritance back up, and I'm already about a fourth into it, while I've been chipping away at War and Peace nearly every day. I've gotten into the habit of reading nearly everything at least twice, so I can better understand what image the author is trying to portray, and what holes he or she might have left in their writing. I've been picking apart W.A.P. especially. It's just so...so...
...it deserves its place in great world history. I'm surprised at how well it's held up over the years. It actually still makes sense in today's world, and has a beautiful way of developing its characters. Andrew Bolkonski and Natasha Rostov are two of my favorite characters, and I've been reading for what seems like such a while that I feel like I know them personally. And I'm not even half-way through the book yet. That's skill right there. I tip my hat to you, Mr. Tolstoy.
I also picked up a copy of the Hunger Games, which I will devour shortly. I've been curious as to what all this hubub is about.
Also, I found a copy of Bioshock: Rapture, which is so amazing I haven't even gotten past the second chapter. I started fanboying so hard I had to put it down just to catch a breath, and I haven't tried reading it for a few days.
So here's my brief mental sketch of what I have my time more-or-less organized into:
4 and a half hours of school every day, writing not included
Another hour and a half of SAT study, which I seriously need to start cracking down on
At least and hour and a half to two hours of archery practice every day, (gotta start building muscle!)
at least an hour towards drawing exercises, I won't reach my dream of illustrating my book without practice
an hour and a half to two hours of reading time, which helps for SAT study, my own writing, and shortens the pile I have on my desk
about half an hour to an hour spent with my animals, particularly my dog, who won't even pee in her own pen and has to be let out for stretches
undefined amount at night spent answering messages on dA/playing games. I have horrible sleeping habits. I find it very difficult to even consider sleep before one in the morning. It's pretty bad, but I see 1 as early, especially on the weekends.
Oh, and I've been writing. A lot. I never stop writing, or editing, or re-reading. I just haven't posted anything onto dA.
I don't know why, really. I guess I just want to present a finished piece to dA, and I can't, yet. Everything I post is still kind of mushy and malleable, and subject to change. I like the idea of dropping my work into a bubbling, boiling vat of input and suggestions from you guys, but so far everything's only been lightly fried, with a few tasty morsels cooked to perfection. I dunno, I guess I want it to be read and enjoyed more, and I feel like I fail at that a lot of the time.
I'm not complaining here, I don't mind my schedule at all. I'm well aware that, since I don't have a job, I have a very rare opportunity to actively practice and hone my various skills and interests, and I'm also aware that this window of time is closing rapidly. It's just a lot, and I need to get myself in gear if I want to make anything of these last free months before work/college.
K, journal rant over.
Since I've been gone for a while, a lot of my messages have piled up, to the point that a few of them have gone unanswered for such a long time that I almost feel a bit awkward answering them. Tell me, would you guys prefer it if an old comment just not be bothered with, and to move on to new stuff, or do you like getting replies, no matter how long ago you originally commented?