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A Survivor's Tale
You know how sometimes when you have a plan, a drastic change of direction, things just seem to start falling together for you? OK, sure, it's just... what's the term... I can't remember but it means 'selective noticing', where you pay attention to the stuff which supports your beliefs and tune out the rest.

Anyway, that went off-topic fast. I've just had a coffee. SO.

Things seem to be falling together. I've made contacts at Blue Rocket Studio, an animation mob in Hobart. No job going yet but they asked me for my CV and they're keen to meet up when I'm down, which is great. I've made it clear I'm only looking for part-time work.

I've been in touch with UTAS regarding a tailored Fine Arts degree - I want to take a mixture of art and creative writing subjects with the aim of moving into writing and illustration, and building upon the skills I already have. The Fine Arts studio subjects in particular are freeform to the point where I could justifiably use that time to do illustrations for the picture book I'm writing.

Conveniently, the lovely guy I spoke to at UTAS tells me my timing is good because they're changing their curriculum rules next year so that courses are far more flexible. That is most excellent, because if there's one thing university is good at, it's cramming time-wasting subjects down your throat; I intend to wriggle out of as many of these as possible and focus purely on that which I will be able to USE in my career. I may also be able to get RPL for my first year of uni (which was almost all Art Theory; loathed it at the time but got Credits, which I'm grateful for now!) so I can get my degree in two years. Will be flying down in a month or so to meet with a sub-Dean who can help me nail it all down in greater detail.

What else.

Oh yes! My coworker Aaron is planning to sell off his scooter. I've always wanted a scooter. He's offering me very, very generous mates rates and I'm going to go for it. A scooter will be brilliant for Tassie, where the concept of driving more than half an hour is foreign to the natives. ;)

My tax refund this year is going to be epic; buying all my new computer gear just before the end of the financial year was definitely the right decision. That's due to hit my accounts in a week or so, and when it does I'll be able to completely pay off my new beast of a computer and have plenty to spare. I've also already paid off the Cintiq completely... now if the fucker would just show up I could get cracking on my portfolio.

Joe and I have been perusing rentals in Tas and even if we're both students down there to start with, the rates are affordable enough (providing we don't rent RIGHT IN Hobart) that we should be able to get a place of our own together. Housing-wise, whether you're renting or buying, you get a hell of a lot of bang for your buck in Tassie.

The news got out to my coworkers yesterday and they are all sad that I'm going to leave, which makes me sad, but it's also sweet... they have been the best thing about this job for me, and I'm glad that I've had a positive impact on them in return. I am going to miss them all terribly. This is something I'm putting in the back of my mind until much, much further along in proceedings, because right now I need to focus on the practicalities only.

And there's Joe. I don't like airing my private life as much as I once did here, but the upshot is that he is as excited and happy as I am. And to be heading in EXACTLY the same direction with one's partner, with joy and committment and excitement, is a wonderful thing. There is no doubt between us these days.

With every fiber of my being, I feel I've made a good choice.
2 have fought ~ fight the power!
From: dawnstar_au Date: July 10th, 2009 03:09 am (UTC) (Link)
Double thumbs up. Here's hoping all goes well
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tania From: tania Date: July 10th, 2009 05:00 am (UTC) (Link)
All my relos are up here, so I'll be back periodically. :)
2 have fought ~ fight the power!