As I've mentioned to a few people recently, I've been a little out of it recently although I have been lurking in the background. The main issue seems to be that I am feeling utterly drained at the moment and have done since I returned to work a few weeks back. I think last week was the first time I consecutively woke up after what felt like a good nights sleep (although this one has been a bit tentative).
Part of it may have been caused by me getting anxious and stressed about my friend's bachelor party/stag do. The original plan - a weekend at something called "The Adrenaline Jungle" fell through when I asked people to pay me around £91 per ticket, plus a little extra to cover the groom. As I didn't want to end up in a situation where I was £500 - 900 in the red, I wanted to get the money in advanced but sadly it was just after Christmas so funds were a little tight for the others, which was understandable but frustrating and it meant the original plans for the stag do were scrapped. I initially feared we'd have to do a post-wedding stag do, something we were meant to do for another friend after he got married in September and have yet to actually do but thankfully a friend suggested we did something with one of the local airsoft groups which I booked a few days ago. Now it's just a case of heading up to Lincoln the weekend before the wedding to spend some time drinking and shooting the groom, then heading back up to do my duties as best man. It's a little annoying that we couldn't do what we originally planned but we've got something planned and will be doing some drinks the night before although not too many as sadly the event we're going to is on a Sunday.
I think the other contributing part has been work, which has been pretty hectic since the Christmas break. For starters, my team is usually VERY busy; as I mentioned before we've slowly crept from dealing with about sixty tickets a week to seventy - eighty. Granted we did win an award at Christmas as a result of our workload, so it's not like our efforts are going unnoticed, but still. A lot of our sites are annual based but because we're weren't in a position to launch the new version yet, a number of them broke when the calendar switched over. During the first two weeks or so, my colleague Peter (yes, we're a two man team of Peters
) and I had to do about a dozen or so investigations into and hot fixes on those issues. While thankfully they've been nipped in the bud our work load has still been so intense, we've requested a third member (who we sort of have) and recently had to pass bugs and hot fixes back to the other teams as we're still getting overloaded with work we can't keep on top of. As I said, we have recently received a third member, albeit one who only works with us a few days a week but hopefully once he's trained up it'll ease off some of the pressure so I won't be walking away every weekend feeling drained, or worse at a risk of getting a migraine.
I also grabbed a WiiU before Christmas with a copy of Smash Brothers so it's not ALL work and no play
. I find myself seconding what web critic Yahtzee Croshaw has said about this console - it's a machine that's kept "have fun, play games" as it's priority. Yes, it's made some dumb choices, like the tablet controller (heck I've been using Gamecube controllers for Smash so I keep forgetting it's there!) and yes, non-first party titles are quickly becoming rare. However, I'm having fun with it and last I checked that's the point of a console!
As you can imagine, the stress, anxiety and fatigue has pretty much killed my motivation to draw. I did sketch some stuff a few weeks back but have yet to take it any further but hopefully that'll change soon. akeemsam
recently asked me to look at drawing one of his characters, something I offered to do after he drew a great Mewrah pinup a few months back and I've got a few sketches in mind I hope to draw, as well as one I started around Christmas but haven't touched in a while.
And don't forget there's my feature journal from last time. The rules are:
- For the first 7 people who comment on this journal and say they wish to partake in this feature, I will feature one of their characters I like the most and comment my choice. (I will go to your gallery and pick one character and one picture I like, you don't need to tell me which one)
- If you comment, please do the same in your journal. The idea of this is to spread art (and glorious original characters) around for everyone! I'll make my feature journal once all my seven are in.
as I commented on her journal