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25 October 2014 @ 10:33 am
A Post in Which I Ramble and You'll No Doubt Become Bored and Change the Channel  
Heeeyyyy.... how have you been? Are you enjoying this lovely change of season? I am!

So maybe you noticed I've been among the missing? It's okay if you didn't - as much as I'd like to believe otherwise, I do know I'm not the center of the universe. Well, except to our dogs. At any rate, I thought I'd post about what's up in the life of Tkeyla and why I've been AWOL.

As you may or may not recall (and again I understand if you don't remember every detail of my going-ons) in August my sister in Maryland broke her shoulder. I spent two weeks at her house, helping her do those things which require the use of your right hand - like getting dressed and eating. I got home on Saturday and started class on Monday. I feel like I've been playing catch up ever since!

And school has been kicking my butt since the first day. I should have graduated in May 2014 but I screwed up my schedule. Some of the required classes for my major - Simulation and Game Design - are only offered in the spring semester. This meant I couldn't finish my degree and graduate until this coming May. Since I had a fall semester to fill with classes other than SGD, I made the genius decision to take Graphic Arts classes. I am creative but very un-artistic. I knew that taking graphic arts classes would benefit my possible future in game design. I grossly underestimated how all-consuming these classes would be!!!

If you are a Graphic Arts major, your first semester you are expected to take Computer Graphics, Graphic Design, Typography, and Drawing. Since I'm not getting a degree in GA, I'm only taking Computer Graphics and Graphic Design. They are both proving to be very helpful but OMG they have taken over my life!!!! It feels like I spend all of my free time trying to keep up with the assignments. If I was one of those students who was taking typography and drawing as well, I'd never get any sleep!!!!

Computer Graphics teaches and utilizes Adobe Illustrator. It's a great program and once I understood the basics, I wasn't quite so intimidated by it. But I'm not great at using it. And my instructor is... well, he's not my biggest fan. Last week our assignment was to make a poster in the Hatch Show Poster style. I worked really hard on mine and asked him to take a look. He said he was "indifferent to it." Do you know how unhelpful that is??? So I started from scratch. I didn't show him my second poster. I am having it printed to turn it in on Monday so I'll be done with it. If he's indifferent to it, that's just too bad. (If you want to see it, it's here on Photobucket. If you're indifferent to it, you don't need to tell me, 'kay? I'm hoping it will load for you. It takes forever on my computer for some reason.)

My graphic design class is much less stressful although nearly as time consuming. I'm not very good at rendering the work but my instructor is encouraging, helpful, and approving. If she doesn't think something works, she tells me why. That is helpful.

I'm in class Monday through Thursday, 9 to 12ish, some days a little later if I'm behind. On Monday, Tuesday, and Thursday, I work in the tutoring center 1:00 to 6:00. On Fridays, I work 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. I don't work Wednesday so I usually come home from class and fall exhausted into bed. On the other days, I'm usually ready for bed by 9 p.m. Which goes a long way to explain why I haven't written a single word in what feels like years! In fact, the last time I posted to AO3 was September 9. It feels like a part of me is missing!!! October 13 and 14 were fall break from school. I still couldn't write! I think my muses are about to emerge from hibernation - at least I hope so!

Between the stress and the always-tired thing, I came down with a cold which turned into Bronchitis. I missed two days of work and two days of class, which naturally didn't help the feeling that I was already behind in all my assignments. After feeling like I was on death's door for two weeks, I finally admitted defeat and went to the doctor on October 1. He diagnosed the bronchitis and prescribed antibiotics and prednisone. Prednisone is a miraculous medication but Oh My GOD there was not enough food in the entire world!!! I ate and ate and ate. Generally, I am a grazer - eating small amounts throughout the day. Not with prednisone! I couldn't go half an hour before I needed something else to eat. It was, frankly, a little disgusting! I'm finally not starving all the time, which is a relief.

In other news, I had applied to an MFA in Creative Writing program and was rejected. It wasn't pretty when I got the letter. I had a come-apart. I'm still not happy I didn't get in but I figure it's their loss, right? Yeah, let's go with that!

There have been other and various bumps in the road that are a part of life - I'll spare you the boring details. (Okay, I admit this entire post may have been "the boring parts" but I'll leave you to decide that!)

Tell me how you have been! I've missed you and our cozy chats.
Current Location: cozy chair
Current Mood: really really tired
Current Music: Josh Groban and Led Zeppelin
Chris: elmosharpiesgal on October 25th, 2014 03:14 pm (UTC)

It's understandable that school is kicking your butt. It did mine and I wasn't trying to support myself and critters.

Once the semester is over your Muse will come back.

Your one prof sounds like an asshole the other one an angel.

Remember to take care of you.

As for me, I'm still at Wal-hell and the season from hell starts next weekend, so if you hear screaming from Texas, It's just me committing murder...lol
traw101traw101 on October 25th, 2014 07:55 pm (UTC)
Hugs Mate, my son who is in the US at the moment at Uni is saying the same thing about school. Some profs are just assholes, no matter what. As for the creative writing course- its their loss, you are an awesome writer and I love reading what you post. Take care of yourself, Mate .

Ohh by the way I checked out your poster and I think it looks fantastic!!!
seshat0120 on October 25th, 2014 08:20 pm (UTC)
Indifferent to it? Is that supposed to really help you learn and improve? Methinks someone needs to get some people skills. So, does this guy look at something like the Mona Lisa and just "meh"?

I'm not sure I'd use miraculous to describe prednisone. The entire 10 days I took it last year I had the non-stop munchies and constantly felt like I was in a sauna with the heat turned way, way, way too high. And after I stopped taking it...I was like a raging looney for the first couple of days. For job safety, I worked from home just to make sure I didn't start screaming at any co-workers.

Kathy: Alex/Scott smilingkitmerlot1213 on October 26th, 2014 08:11 pm (UTC)
Your classes sound hard to me, so good for you for getting out there to learn something new :)

And did the MFA program give you a reason for the rejection? You can always apply again right?
--♫ Anna--: Dress whitesrocsfan on October 26th, 2014 09:16 pm (UTC)
Hey, Babe!!!

Indifferent? What kind of lame-ass comment is that from a teacher? I peeked, and I like your poster. I think the fonts are perfect, and I like the way they large headline font has the extra details. Nice job!

I'm sorry school is taking up so much of your time. I have total sympathy for you, since I know exactly how that feels! You put so much energy and thought into responsibilities, you don't have anything left for the fun stuff. :( It will be worth it, though! Think of all the hard work that's already behind you. We will drink pina coladas in your honor once you finish, as we all gather in Hawaii to celebrate!

I hope you're feeling better now. Bronchitis can be nasty, so I'm glad you took care of yourself before you got pneumonia! *hugs*

Keep the faith, Babe!

Edited at 2014-10-26 09:18 pm (UTC)
bluedelft on October 27th, 2014 02:05 am (UTC)
*WAVES HI* I've been thinking about you and wondering how you've been doing!

(((HUGS))) I've missed seeing you around!

Sounds like things have been a bit hectic!
kaige68: Drunk Eggskaige68 on October 27th, 2014 05:10 pm (UTC)
He does understand that he's a teacher, that he is supposed to TEACH, right? 'Cause 'indifferent' to me, means that it needs glitter. A LOT OF GLITTER! So right away, you see how you are much better at this class than I would be.

Don't tell anyone, but I haven't written a word all month, and the last thing posted was early Sept as well. Life takes over, and it happens. Know you are loved and appreciated and hugable. And that Eggs misses you.

The poster looked good, and it looked a propos for a chili gala (sparkly and chili don't mix often). And the writing program, well, it is their loss, because you have been one hell of an addition to my writing program. So I am able to say that emphatically!

You have been missed.
a geek in such the wrong wayhaldoor on November 1st, 2014 08:58 pm (UTC)
I think the poster is great, and I hope your tutor will be a little more than 'indifferent' to it!

Wow, that's a lot to deal with, no wonder you're exhausted!

I hope you;re feeling much better and that things are getting back on track for you! *Hugs*