A little over 2 years since the last journal update, and it was a depressing one to boot.
I realize I've been leaving a lot of people feeling like perhaps something had gone horribly wrong. This is not the case, and I apologize for that. It wasn't my intention to make anyone worry. The truth is that I went in hibernation-mode for a while, because I really needed to get my shit together.
As for how that went, well ... I'm still working on that. I finally, finally finished my PhD. thesis this year and got to defend it in July. So that's that weight finally off my shoulders, and good riddance to that. Don't get me wrong, I love doing research and I learned a lot, but eight years is a long time to be working on something like that. (Especially when you're not getting paid for it.)
Now the next challenge is to find a job. So far I'm only getting temporary stuff, which I suppose is to be expected. Art historians are not exactly in high demand right now. Doesn't make it any less deflating. I'm considering getting another degree, if it continues to be this bad. Maybe something in web design. Also, it seems that when you've spent so many years working your ass off on a big project, exhaustion quickly catches back up to you when you're done, and it likes to throw you into this dark pit for a while. So that's where I'm currently camping out, in a metaphorical black hole. Which means I'm basically just tired a lot.
It's also part of the reason why I've been staying away from social media sites for so long. Too much maintenance. This site alone has over 3000 messages waiting for me. In the old days I would have compulsively gone through all of them. Now I just want to nuke them from orbit, if that makes sense. Flipping through some of the stuff, though, I get the feeling that a lot of my old contacts have left dA over the years. I wonder who is still around.
In other news, I am now an aunt twice over. I still haven't gotten a new cat, but I am considering it now. I am art-blocked like crazy, but I'm starting to feel the old itch to draw again. Also, I've started gaming more again. Mostly WoW and Overwatch. Overwatch is awesome, even though I can't seem to claw my way out of gold rank. Maybe it's because I'm usually the poor schmuck who volunteers to go tank or support, because everybody else would rather go and be DPS gods.
In their own minds at least. Most games see me nabbing medals on Lucio that Lucio has no business getting, if you catch my drift.
So anyway, yeah. I'm still alive!
Sorry for leaving y'all in a lurch.
Who else is still around?