I know it’s been a very long time since I have written a post. I apologize for that. The past couple of months has been really hectic and chaotic, especially in the past month. School has been stressing me out royally, and I cannot tell you how many times I want to just break out and cry uncontrollably. It seems like just when I get done with homework for the week, I have to start working on next week. My studying process has also completely changed since starting the Medical Coding/Billing program at my college. I barely have enough time to do the exercises for each chapter (which is not counted towards a grade), and I am just trying my best to be sure I have all my homework done (that IS counted towards a grade). During my normal college classes, I would have time to read and actually study the chapter before and after doing homework. Even though I am complaining about how much work we are doing , I am still excelling in the class and enjoying the whole process of Medical Coding and Billing. Although I am still scared to death that once I get out into the work place, I may feel inadequate…hopefully, that won’t be the case. Please Lord, don’t let that be the case.
Back to the original purpose of this post…
Because I am feeling a bit stressful with school, I feel as though I need an outlet to vent out my frustration. I currently want a creative outlet, and I am thinking an artistic one. I know I was making videos in my spare time before school, but I’ve run out of ideas especially when my favorite videos to make are tutorial ones. I’ve always been into drawing and art since I was a little kid, but I never actually tried it. In middle school, I wanted to learn how to paint. Bob Ross was one of my inspirations, and I blame his happy trees and clouds for that. Some other inspirations I have are Celesse and SleepingFox from DeviantArt. It wasn’t until high school that I got into drawing anime-like characters like Chibis. I was always drawing them in math class and even though I did think I was any good, I gave some of those drawings to friends. Over the years, I moved from drawing onto traditional paper to digitally coloring on the computer. Honestly, the quality doesn’t compare between the two especially if you have the patience. Now, I’m not saying that doing art digitally is better than traditional paper. No. Just No. Don’t even start. I am saying that for me, I like doing my artwork digitally. Because of that, I have discovered programs such as Gimp, Paint.Net, Inkscape, and Photoshop. For the past two years, I have done most of my artwork using these programs and by mouse. Most of the artwork you see on this site is done by me using a mouse. Of course, I am not one with patience. So most of the work ends up….not finished. Here’s one example of work I did in Inkscape for a friend a couple of weeks ago. Notice that isn’t not finished? How the bottom half is missing? Yea, I got tired of it. Don’t get me wrong, I love drawing but that alone took me all day to do by mouse. I am still not happy with it.
Overall, I am planning on buying a Graphics Tablet this week (possibly tomorrow). Mainly a Bamboo Create by Wacom. The Capture model of the Bamboo series is one of the most popular ones, and I am hoping the Create model is just as good. I am not saying that buying a Graphics Tablet will make me a better artist. I am just hoping that it’ll help make drawing digitally easier and more interesting. I’ve always wanted one since I found out about them in high school, but I could never afford them. I originally wanted my first tablet to be a Wacom Intuos but after thinking about it, it’s probably not a good idea. The Bamboo series range from about $80-200, while the Intuos range from $230-800. I figured that since I have never used a tablet before, I will go with the cheaper price to start off with and work my way up. I also didn’t want a “small” tablet. Even though the area where you can use to draw or active area is not limited to the size and fits your whole screen (based on the research I’ve done), I like having a lot of work space. Based on what I have heard and read, Tablets are so much fun compared to using a mouse.
– Isn’t Gaming a way to vent? –
Yes, I know there is gaming as an outlet. But Gaming can sometimes feel like work, especially with the new expansion of World of Warcraft: Mists of Pandaria. I can hear some people say “WHAT?!” in my head, but it’s true. Right now, my only goal in-game is to reach the max level 90. Even though the scenery in Mists of Pandaria is heavenly beautiful, I still feel at war with myself. Must find inner peace and meditate. haha. No really. Anyways, I recently got my Night Elf Holy Priest to level 86 but it took me almost two weeks. Yes, I did say Holy priest. I refuse to go Shadow and to be honest, I don’t feel as though I’m killing slowly as a Holy priest. I do not feel like leveling and doing quests. I’d be happy just to walk in Mists of Pandaria rather than level to 90. I believe that’s why I’m more into the Pet Battles aspect of the new expansion. I find that more relaxing than questing. Guess I could grind out a level instead of questing…
– Real Life now? –
So other than dealing with frustration and stress, the past two weeks have been depressing. On September 21st, I was sitting at my computer when I noticed my left knee swollen. Nonchalantly I got an ice pack, laid down on the living room couch, and iced my knee for the rest of the day. Since then, I’ve been trying to stay off my leg as much as possible. This meant I was stuck to lying on the couch all day and all night. The swelling went down slightly over the next week, but there was still this hard lump. It wasn’t until this past Wednesday (10/3/2012) that hard lump changed into a more fluid feel that felt almost like a water balloon. I made an appointment with a doctor to check it out that day, and I saw him yesterday. The doctor believes I injured a ligament in my knee causing inflammation, which then cause water in my knee or “water effusion” as he called it. He gave me a prescription for a corticosteroid and an anti-inflammatory (Predisone & Meloxicam). He also ordered me to take an X-ray to be sure there’s no fluid effecting the knee joint iteself. I don’t know I injured my knee, but I’m glad I know what is wrong with it.
With that said, I’m done writing this post and do more pet battles in WoW.
P.S – Here’s another good post about Creative outlets, and why we need many of them.