So it seems I have been rendered a liar. Sorry!
As some of you maybe noticed, my "come-back" to dA has been somewhat disappointing. It was cut short last Monday, when my professor called me to say that the updates I was to make to the websites of our big project would have to be made a few days earlier than expected, and that it would be a lot more work than anticipated. Since then I have been inundated in e-mails and phone calls of varying panic levels, and with sometimes conflicting instructions about what to do to which website, when, how and why.
So much for vacations, then.
It's all good, though. I'm used to it, and at least I'll get paid for it. Though I'm not sure what it says about my sanity, that I don't even get that upset about this kind of stuff anymore. Usually I just find it all kind of hilarious. XD
Actual come-back should be some time next week! Assuming no additional emergencies present themselves.
Hello everyone. It has been a while since my computer broke down in December 2012, and I decided to take a 'little' break from comic writing, Deviant Art, and the internet in general, and focus entirely on finishing my thesis.
I thought it would be done in a couple of months or so.
And now we're here, June 20th 2014. Yeeaaah ...
Funny how things never quite pan out the way you thought, isn't it?
To be perfectly honest, my thesis still isn't done yet. It's amazing to think that some people actually manage to finish their Ph.D. within the four year limit, but I guess I'm just not one of them. (This is now my sixth year.) Either my project is just a bit too big, or I'm being too much of a perfectionist (or just tardy?), or maybe I've just been distracted too much by side projects.
There have been so, so very many side projects.
Whatever's the case, I never expected it to drag out like this.
However, while the thesis isn't done yet, I am quite far along. Last week I handed in a new version after the third major revision, and it is due to be evaluated in July. After that I should hopefully only have to revise it one more time, while taking care of some more practical matters such as images and the bibliography. Graduation should be (hopefully) somewhere by the end of this year.
So I have some time off now, for what must be the first time in two years. I've spent the last week cleaning out my room. As it turned out, that was another one of those underestimated jobs. I mean seriously, I thought it would take me like ... a weekend at most. But apparently I've gathered quite a lot of clutter over the last few years. Feels good to have it done now, though!
So what's next?
Well, to be frank, I've missed this place. Art block hit me in the face with a mallet quite some time ago, and it hasn't gone away. The thesis was so demanding in time that I was able to simply ignore it for a very long time, but I figure it can't go on this way. I've had art blocks before, and they never went away by me just waiting for inspiration to come and whack me in the face even harder. And unfortunately I've barely even been doodling since late 2012.
So the best remedy is probably to just pick things up again slowly, and the process of creating should bring the enthusiasm back out again eventually. I am quite eager to draw again, which is more than I could say a year ago! It'll be slow going at first, because I really must still prioritise on my thesis whenever I need to. For that reason I also won't be taking SoL off hiatus quite yet. But I want to get things rolling again, because not doing any art at all for so long really isn't good for progression. I really do feel kind of terrible about that! If you guys want to help, feel free to suggest things for me to draw or boss me around a bit.
I'll probably need it.
What I'm also going to do over the course of the next few days is clear out my DA inbox (and maybe even my e-mails ...), because I have over 400 messages waiting for me, 31 of which are notes. If you see me suddenly commenting on an old deviations of yours, or on a journal, or replying to an old message, that's just me doing some spring cleaning! I hope it won't annoy you too much.
So that's it for now, and my tentative return to DA. Hope to see you guys around. Have a nice summer.
PS. What the heck happened to the journal submission page?! Has it always had so many functions? o.o