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A Survivor's Tale
The problem with only updating once every two months is it's super hard to pick a subject.
I'm here because I'm procrastinating, and I'm procrastinating because I'm in the middle of playing catch-up on everyday life. For the past couple of weeks I had three of my QLD friends staying - a few of the old Reel Time Gaming crew - and we explored the living hell out of Tasmania. We frolicked in the snow on Mt Wellington and (on a particularly clear, sunny day) in Mt Field National Park, on the ski run atop Mt Mawson. We drove to the west coast, through the stripped-bare hills of Queenstown, stopped at Strahan to watch the curlers come in all the way from Africa, spotted a whale, took goofy photos in front of Cradle Mountain, and loads more.

From left to right: Joe, JB, Mark, me and Rosa.

Why is planking a thing when there are jump photos to be had?

I've been doing well with the Diploma; good marks, and I managed to keep my righteous indignation to myself (well, and Twitter) when a teacher marked me down for using a sentence fragment in a creative writing piece.

At the moment I've got two job applications in for consideration: I'm chasing a web services officer position with the University of Tasmania, and a graphic designer position with the Department of Health and Human Services. I need full-time work to do some of the things I want to do with my life and I also need some time out from the private sector. Judging by the pay and conditions offered by these two jobs, jumping over to the public sector is something I should have considered a long time ago. Wish me luck; either job would be brilliant (but I'm really rooting for the DHHS one).

In art news, when I finish my next two assignments, I'm finally going to update my portfolio. Gasp and shock, I know. Going to give it a more illustrative bent.

In writing news, I recently finished a picture book manuscript that I'm quite fond of. I've run it through various students and teachers at my course plus a pro picture book writer and they're all keen on it. I wish I had more confidence in myself. Pretty sure that my perfectionist streak and crippling self-doubt have been holding me back for quite a while now. Possibly since Disney. I don't feel like I've done much with myself since then, creatively - too wrapped up in uncertainty and indecision. It's about time I cut that shit out!

...right after I finish these assignments.
5 have fought ~ fight the power!
earthminor From: earthminor Date: June 19th, 2011 05:31 am (UTC) (Link)
I hope that working in web services for a uni is better than it was doing it for local government! A university should have more vision, surely...

And are you going to illustrate your picture book manuscript? :)
tania From: tania Date: June 19th, 2011 06:09 am (UTC) (Link)
I imagine it'll be about the same... but I've learned my lesson about getting creatively invested in jobs and trying to Shake Things Up. My bosses can be boring and stodgy if they like as long as they pay me for being there; I'll reserve most of my creative energy for my own stuff at home this time. That's the theory anyway; I hope I get the chance to put it into practice!

I'll do a couple illustrations for it, but not the whole thing - publishers like to be able to choose their illustrator; if the PB gets accepted there's no guarantee they'll want me to be that person! Would be nice though... so having a page or two of it in my folio can't hurt. :)
c_eagle From: c_eagle Date: June 19th, 2011 07:39 am (UTC) (Link)
Spectacular shots!!... :D ... I hope the best job wins!
ninjafaun From: ninjafaun Date: June 21st, 2011 05:57 am (UTC) (Link)
That third photo is kind of amazing!!!
emurphy42 From: emurphy42 Date: June 22nd, 2011 03:07 pm (UTC) (Link)

Why is planking a thing when there are jump photos to be had?

Lack of proper camera? I don't think the one built into my phone could do a jump photo to save its life.
5 have fought ~ fight the power!