Hello my friends, it's been a while since my last journal post! A lot sure has happened in my life since my last update, I'll try to stay as organized as I can with the following information. First of all, I hope you guys have been doing well, and I really appreciate the continued support I've been receiving lately! As some of you have noticed, I've been a little more active lately than I have been in months (at least it feels like it here on my end, haha). I've made some amazing new friends here within the past year, so chatting with them, seeing all their artwork, and frankly, just with all the gaming I've been doing in my spare time now has really inspired me to sit down and get some more drawing done. Which brings me to the first topic I wanna cover, my artwork and my activity here on DA.
As you all should know by now, I really love survival-horror games, and I've met so many wonderful artists lately that share the same passion for these kinda games. Through out the month of October I sat down and replayed some of my most favorite games, including but not limited to Silent Hill 4, Silent Hill 3, Fatal Frame 2, Doom 3, as well as few old school horror games like Castlevania on NES and Haunted House on Atari 2600. With how much I've been playing games lately, I've been really inspired to do some more video game fan art. I got lots of new ideas, so hopefully there will be some more new deviations for you all soon. Furthermore, my dear friend suggested that I take a break from drawing soon to get a photo of my horror game collection, that sounds like it would be fun and interesting. Also, I'm still preparing for an art trade with my wonderful sister . Which reminds me, I may consider doing art trades after this first one. Over all, I've improved my DA activity significantly as of late; I've really cleaned out my message box, I've been joining more groups to submit artwork to, and I've been meeting lots of friendly new faces, good stuff.
In regards to my personal life, there's been a lot going on lately, and I'm no longer stuck in my idle daily routines that I've been so used to these past few months. First and foremost, I finally found a part-time job as a cashier at our local Target. Unfortunately, it's a seasonal job only, so I'll be laid off by the end of the holidays. However, a few other stores in my area have contacted me about job offers, we'll see if that goes anywhere. But most of all, I thought I'd mention to you all that I'll be joining the United States Peace Corps, a volunteer organization that conducts humanitarian work around the world. Now for you guys that follow me on Facebook, this isn't new information if you read my status posts on your news feed, but to those of you who only follow me here on DA, I thought I'd keep you guys up to date with this exciting new opportunity in my life. It's a huge commitment to make, as I'll be working in Eastern Europe for two years, but fortunately I won't leave the United States until next summer, so I still have time with my friends and family here at home. Working in the Peace Corps gives me a lot to think about, particularly with future job opportunities as well as the challenges of living abroad again. But with how much I've been thinking about it these past few days, I'm happy to say that I'll be granted some vacation time while I'm working abroad. So to all my friends in Europe, there's a possibility that I can hop on a train or a plane and come visit your country and hang out, that is of course money permits it and you guys are comfortable meeting face-to-face. x3 Even though there's still so much to plan for, that idea alone gives me something to potentially look forward to.
As far as other personal updates go, I really don't have much else to report other than my job status. Well, my family and I took a trip up to Connecticut over a week ago to visit my father's family. It was pretty lonesome to see his childhood home and grandparents again after so many years, as their living situation is a lot different from when I last saw them. But over all, it was very nice to see my relatives again, and we all had lots of fun. We also have all the big holidays coming up; it was Halloween a few weeks ago, but unfortunately I didn't have the motivation or funds to put together a cool new cosplay (sorry guys, no new Clock Tower cosplays this year :/ ). But despite that, I still had a fun and enjoyable Halloween, I really love it this time of year!^^ Also, we got Thanksgiving coming up next week, and I'll get to experience Black Friday from a store employee's perspective this year, that should be interesting. C: As always, I'm excited for Christmas, but I'll discuss that in further detail once we get closer to the December holidays.
That's about it guys! I could probably go on with all the extraneous details in my life, but all that's not really relevant now. All I can say is that my life back home has really improved since this new job, and of course since I got accepted into the Peace Corps. Again, thank you all so much for your support, and thank you guys for motivating me and keeping me happy when I log on to DA in my spare time!
Keep in touch, I love you all!