Hello everyone!! ^^ How have you all been? It's been a really long time, hasn't it?
I haven't had much time to use the Internet at all except maybe aside from Facebook, mostly due to lack of Wifi haha but I hope you all are doing well! I was shocked that I was still getting messages and gifts for my birthday on here and on Deviantart haha, so thank you all SO SO much!! <3 I'm so so grateful for all of you and I can't thank you guys enough for all the support! >.< <3 Also, message me if you're interested in being friends with me on Facebook and we'll work it all out!
It's been hard getting art up in general because I don't have a scanner here in Japan, but I'm figuring out ways to scan and copy my art, so hopefully I can show you all what I've been working on here! I've been so busy with my manga class at my university here in Japan and all of my midterms just finished last week, so it's been non-stop busy if you couple that with being with a host family and traveling!
I have class in a little bit, so I only have a little bit of time to write while I'm here in the computer lab, but I just wanted to say thank you all so much and I'll try to come back on here more often to check up on updates! Love you all so much and take care! <3
Hello everyone! How are you all doing? Seriously long time no talk, huh? >__<
I've been in Japan for only a week now, but prior to that, I was in Korea and with serious lack of WiFi here especially so...it's been really hard maintaining my status on dA and theO to keep you all updated but I hope you all are doing well! Things have been busy here like no other-- I met my homestay/host family today and just moved in with them and classes start for me tomorrow HERE, IN OSAKA, JAPANNNN!! <3 It's really unbelievable that this is all happening, but I really want to make the most of it, so yeah!
Don't worry, I've still been trying to squeeze in some time for sketches and you know what else? I brought my tablet and all 132 colored pencils with me! LOL >__< So yeah! I'm hoping I still have some time here to draw and such because it's always so busy everyday. T__T
But I guess yeah, just rest assured that I'm still alive and hoping to get back on here again now that I'm settled in and about to really start my new life in Japan now that I'm all moved in to the house I'll hopefully be staying in for a year! I watched Princess Mononoke the other day with my former roommates and it got me into wanting to do some sketches, so I'm going to try to get back into the art scene again! >__< I'm even actually taking a manga class here LOL so we'll see how that goes but...I hope you all are doing well and I guess take care! <3
Hello everyone!! Gosh, it's been WAY too long since a World post or even an art post, huh?? >.< I'm so so sorry! I've been away with sooo many things--there's just too much to prepare for Japan and Korea! @__@ It's still kinda unbelievable that I'm gonna be there for 9-10 months before I come back to the States again (though my father is now saying he might just want me to come visit the States during winter break haha), so it's gonna be a lonnnngg while! I'm just hoping it's a fun experience and that I can truly make the most of it! I plan on bringing my art supplies with me and everything, so yeah! ^^
I'm currently cleaning my study room in preparation for my dad's arrival to the house lol, so it's been a bit busy (and I really need to pack too still and waahhhh! @__@), but everything has overall been fantastic! I have to make some special mentions to Kaijin and Panou-chan for their amazing packages/letters!! >///< <3333 I LOVE THEM SO MUCH AND I'M GONNA SEND AN ADEQUATE RESPONSE BACK, I PROMISEE! BUT PLEASE JUST KNOW I RECEIVED THEM AND THAT I LOVE THEM LIKE NO WORDS CAN EXPRESS AND THAT I'M HOPING TO REPLY TO YOU BOTH IN THE COMING WEEKS!! THANK YOU SO SO SOOOO MUCH!! <33333333333333333333333333333333333333333
And now that I'm dong spazzing... xD
Goodness, where to begin? Well I've been volunteering in the beginning Japanese courses again this summer-- so I've made many new friends and am currently in the process of making some new life changes for myself as well! I exercise 4-5 times a week with my friends in my amazingly fit friend's intense fitness program LOL and though I probably shouldn't because it's not good for my heart (long story, I'll explain later xD), I do it anyways because what will really help a person get into shape aside from good diet and exercise? Not much. xD
And goodness in the art realm...well I think I had a serious period of just being exhausted with trying to attempt so many big pieces and not finishing any one of them, I think I just need to take them each one step at a time. I've been slowly reviving my desire to get back onto the online art scene again by flipping through art books and finally reading Fruits Basket thanks to my friend letting me borrow the books! (I know, I know, I'm late coming on to the Fruits Basket scene, but still...better late than never, right? xD) So that's been a bit inspiring, I think!
I need to be a bit truthful here-- I've actually been experiencing some serious personal struggles in the past few months (namely the past month or so, but it's been a general thing over the past couple of months), and they've mostly been what's been hindering me from doing...well mostly anything haha. The main things I think have been struggles with friends and family, but overall I've started going to counseling as an outlet for my stress along with journaling and, of course, drawing and music haha. It's been really difficult trying to get everything straight with so little time before I leave for Korea and Japan, but I think I'll be alright! It helps me a lot to be around the people I care about and love most of the day, so I'm usually out socializing and with friends nowadays. I'm starting to find more and more that it's difficult to come home because of my mother's demeanor and other things, but I know that I'll be in VERY different circumstances soon, so I'm staying hopeful and optimistic as much as possible.
In other random news...well, I finished watching my first Korean drama (from beginning to end) ever: My Name is Kim Sam Soon!! Have any of you heard of it? It's WONDERFUL and I like that it's so real haha. It also gives unrealistic expectations about love like most dramas/anime/manga LOL but I think everything will fall into place eventually and am just trying really hard to remain patient. There's no use being desperate for a guy when I already have so much on my plate to worry about! xD I can deal without a man for now! =P
Anyway...I'm about to leave for a family trip to Atlanta, GA and the Smoky Mountains tomorrow, so I'm really hoping for a fun time!! I've been thinking about something else for a while, too, and that is...what do you guys think about my making a sketch/video blog for my Korea/Japan travels? I'm really horrible at making nice-looking videos lol but I'd put in the effort for you guys or at least for my own records if no one was interested. xD I just really want to keep a good record of my travels, I think! The sketch blog part would probably just be me drawing pictures inspired by my experiences or something like that haha.
I really have to clean up this room LOL so I should probably get back to business with that but...I realized that I had a TON of explaining to do and when I was sorting through some old letters people had sent me that I never replied to, I realized that maybe I was taking what people sent me a little too much for granted. I'm going to work hard on sending letters and more-than-adequate responses back to those who have sent me things! >.< It'll take a while, but I think it'll be good for me to do haha. I owe a lot of people a lot of different things--not just materialistically speaking, but just in general. I'm a really lucky person, I really am.
Also, on another random note-- I've seen Man of Steel, Star Trek Into Darkness and Now You See Me along with The Croods and I HIGHLY recommend all of them (particularly the first two haha)! So go watch them, if you haven't! (I still have yet to see Iron Man 3 though lol so I'm a bit behind on the times but...)
Overall, thank you all SO much for the wonderful support and comments~! I really REALLY am grateful to you all and I can't say it enough. I'm SO sorry that I haven't commented or anything in response, but please PLEASE know that I've read them! I love you all so SO much.
Hello everyone!! haha How are you all doing? This post will be short, so don't worry! xD
As the title says, now that I actually have free time, I've actually gotten kind of scared to pick up a pencil and get back into the online art scene again! >__< I haven't drawn a proper picture in a while, so I'm a little frightened by the prospect of having possibly forgotten how to draw LOL but I'm gonna slowly ease back into everything! And that includes getting back into being active on here and DA as well. It's been a crazy couple of months and it'll continue to be so in the coming months as I get ready to leave for Korea and Japan in August!!
Right now, I'm in Houston finally just relaxing and enjoying myself, so thank goodness haha. I'm not really sure what to do with myself while I'm here (I don't even have a sketchbook lol...), but I'm finding that scrap paper isn't so bad for sketching xD
It's time for me to finally get back into everything on here! >__< Hope you all are doing well and thanks to everyone who has kept up with me up to this point!! Take care and don't be afraid to shoot me a message!! <3
Hello everyone!! How have you all been? I guess I have a lot of explaining to do, huh... >.<;;
So...well basically it's been a really large roller coaster ride since I last left a post. So many wonderful and not-so-wonderful things have happened, but I think it's a little too early for me to write about everything just yet. Maybe after I've come to terms with some of it, I'll be able to finally tell you all.
What's been occupying my life for the past 2 months? Haha everything, really!! School work, especially, but it's been SO much more than that! Lots of friend drama and even some issues with people who have made it their business to make my life kinda difficult (don't ask haha), but also a lot of pleasantly unexpected surprises too!
Over spring break in the first week of March, my older sister came to visit and she, my mom and I all went to Universal Studios and Islands of Adventure in Orlando for 3 very fun days! The first day was horrendously cold, which made a lot of things really difficult to ride (and I discovered that I am, indeed, prone to motion sickness, though mostly headaches, in the form of IMAX/3D simulators), but it was really fun still!! None of us really remembered anything about Universal Studios, so it was really great~! The last day my sister and I decided to bring a spare change of clothes so we could spend the entire day riding water rides (and the weather was thankfully warm enough for it), so we pretty much got soaked and spent the whole day doing that, which was hilarious and really a lot of fun.
The really crazy surprises have happened in the last 2 weeks though. I had a speech/skit competition in Japanese down in Tampa, Florida, on April 6th (which is 2 weeks earlier than it was last year) and it really was a blast, despite it being a horribly stressful endeavor prior to the day of competition haha. The weekend right before that, I had to write a 10-page double-spaced paper that was in the form of fiction writing in ANOTHER author's style, so I had a REALLY rough time with that since I'm REALLY bad at both of those things. xD But yeah, by the time the Wednesday right before the Saturday competition had rolled around, I had made 7 drafts of my speech and 3 drafts of my PowerPoint and my professor was even so kind enough to go out of his way to record himself saying my speech so I could practice my accent >.< So I only ended up having 2 days to memorize and perform it all with a PowerPoint, but I got it all down despite a few stumbles during the actual competition and...
I GOT FIRST PLACE IN MY LEVEL!! >.< <333
I'm Level 4, which means I've only taken 4 semesters of Japanese, but I was apparently considered as the runner-up for the Grand Prize Overall award for the entire speech section of the competition, so I was really surprised! My Level 7 friend got it of course (because it's kinda natural that a Level 7 would do better than a Level 4 haha), but the fact that I was even considered was the most surprising aspect! And I was also the only competitor who used a PowerPoint at all, so that surprised me a lot--and a lot of the judges came up to me and said that my topic was really interesting and that they wholly enjoyed it. A lot of people also came up to me and told me that I should have gotten the grand prize and that I even could have competed with the Level 6 competitors, so that REALLY shocked me haha. It was just an all-around good day and all of my friends from my university who also competed got first or second place in all of the categories they competed in too, so it was really an exciting day for everyone and I had SO much fun! We even got to eat with our Japanese professors over dinner right afterwards! So overall, it really was an unforgettable day!<3
The second biggest surprises have actually happened in the past 2 DAYS though! haha. On Friday, I found out that I had won the Alice M. Zirger scholarship, which is a merit-based scholarship that's usually awarded to one student who is the best Japanese student in the entire department, but this year it was awarded to TWO students and I was one of them! >///< Really too much shock because I know the other girl who won and I knew I probably didn't stand a chance against her and her crazy academic record xD But apparently I also got another award for me alone known as the Japanese Intermediate Award??? And they're having a reception for me for it, so I'm really surprised! haha I didn't even know this award existed, so well. xD Just too many surprises because I've never EVER gotten any scholarship before aside from Bright Futures(which almost every high school in Florida is designed to have you win), much less a merit-based one as big as this, so it was really a shock! >//< Too much happiness over all of it, so it's really been overwhelming!
But yeah, so aside from those two things...well basically I've been trying to squeeze in time to finish my big art pieces(I might put up a WIP collage so you guys can see what I've been dying to finish xD), but mostly I've literally had/made no time to draw anything at all! T___T So the submission from yesterday is really a small bit of happiness for me because it's so nice to finally finish something haha! And the person I drew it for really liked it, so that's more than enough for me ^^
I currently have a presentation, two 5-page essays and three final exams coming up, so it's gonna be quite a bit of a ride for the last 2-3 weeks, but I'm really excited for all of it to be over and for summer to start because those will be the last weeks I cherish most in the States before I head off to Korea and Japan for a year! haha
I hope all has been going well for everyone though, nonetheless!! I'm so so sorry for my lack of activity on here, but it's been quite a ride, so yeah! >.< I'll try to get back into everything soon, and good luck with everything! Take care!! ^^