Before I tell you what was so short lived, I'd like to take another moment to appreciate my good grades this semester. It's still absolutely amazing to me that I managed to get such good grades - nothing below a B- despite my horrible testing abilities. I literally got C's or less on almost all of my tests. I honestly don't know how I managed to get A's and B's. I really need to work on my test taking skills. I have some new study techniques that hopefully will help me pass this next semester.
Now for that which was short lived... staying at home. It currently looks like I'm going to be staying on campus all summer. I move back tomorrow, which is quite nice. I honestly can't wait. I haven't even been able to sleep in at all since I've been home, my brothers have found it hilarious to get up for school and then have a screaming contest with my mother as they get ready. This morning, it was Nick, and he won the "I'm sick, so I'm not going to school" argument with my mother. But hey, what can you do? I'm just glad there won't be family drama on the weekdays because there can't be family drama if I'm not with my family!
I guess you're all wondering why I'll be heading back to school, well, I have an unpaid internship and it will look amazing on my resume. I'll be working with microarrays
and continuing to learn about the effects on embryonic development using different drugs. If you recall, I studied Baclofen
this semester with my lab partner and found it to be very detrimental to development. This summer it looks like I'll be helping to write protocols, going over old microarrays, and maybe even starting another analysis.
Don't worry, I haven't forgotten about the commissions. I am working on ideas for all of them, and considering how to sketch them out. I do warn you, my style is those crazy boxes, and I do not plan on coming away from my odd boxes. That's just how it is. I'm happy that my commissioners seem to appreciate this. It is my style, and I want people to be able to point at it and be like "I know who did that!" because it stands out so much. I really want to make a place for myself when it comes to art, even in my commissions.
Dreams and Magic Notions
I had an interesting dream that will tie into the craziness that is magic notions. I haven't written it down yet, but it's been engraved into my mind. I will be writing it down soon after this journal is finished. I hope that you all will like the preview to Magic Notions - it's going to be in a much later chapter. I'm thinking about re-writing in third person in order to challenge myself, but I'm not sure if it's going to be as powerful. I might end up having to write two different versions and allow people to judge which one is better.
I'm really happy that my dreams are giving me things to continue, and last night's dream was incredibly powerful. I don't know what chapter it will be part of though. Actually it might end up being sooner than I first thought. Hmmm... Anyway, that will be for later. I do like to keep some surprises. I don't want to give too much away after all.
The skeleton project is going quite well. I still have the mirror to work on, but I'm not quite sure how to go about it. I finished up the curtains so that they look nice, but the mirror looks like a painting right now, and I'm really just not happy with it. I want to make it look realistic, but it's just not getting anywhere and I think I need some help. My professor is just pretty much leaving it up to me, which doesn't help all that much. I feel upset though, because once this project is over, I feel like I'm going to have a hard time pleasing myself with anything else. I mean how many pictures will actually make your professor say "wow"? I can't even begin to explain how amazing that made me feel.
The 100 Themes Challenge
has been taken on by many artists, and I'm looking forward to starting my own. These 100 themes will be intermingled among all the art trades, collaborations, gifts and (of course) commissions. I've been concentrating pretty hard on them and am trying to figure out how to start. The skeleton project will be part of the 100 themes under "mirror".