Hello friends. I actually like doing these mini-updates. One, because I can practice being concise and not ramble forever (though if there’s anything I’m pessimistic about, it is these lofty goals of me being concise), and two, it feels somewhat productive writing these. And I love indulging all of you about my wonderfully boring life!
In December, I’ll find out whether my life will drastically change forever… or not at all.
So, I am going to apply to study next year. Which is a big, crazy step for me because I have spent the last year and a half working. I mean, the higher cognitive processing I’ve done as of late with my brain involve reading, writing my reviews, and trying to figure out how some of my friends are getting married, having babies, and buying their first homes. (STOP. GROWING. UP.)
It’s exciting, I suppose. But I am also very scared. Scared because the application process is daunting, especially for the program I really, really, really, really, really, really, REALLY REALLY want to get into. And it’s tough. Out of the hundreds that get in, only 30 people or so get shortlisted and interviewed. (INTERVIEWED.) And then of those 30, the list is culled and only 11 are offered a place in the program.
So my chances are slim, I have no illusions about that. (Okay, maybe I do have a few.) Still, it’s one of my dreams and I’m going to try. (I’m actually really hoping.) Because if you don’t try, nothing will happen.
And if I don’t get in, I’ll keep trying until I do. And then cry about how gargantuan my student loan will be.
Are there any big changes coming your way next year? How are you feeling? *sends you love and support regardless*
Initiating INTROVERT MODE.
My nature as an introvert involves going through these high, crazy extroversion phases (“Hey I haven’t seen this person in awhile txt txt txt okay I now have like six lunch dates hahahaha!”) followed by these weeks of withdrawal from everyone and/or anything that talks.
What I have learned is that my introversion, though spent cooped up in the peaceful seclusion of my room, extends to blogging. I have fallen weeks behind on everyone’s blogs and reading people’s posts and commenting feels like running a marathon. (I’ve actually never run a marathon before but I’ve run an 8.4km race; does that count for anything?)
So that’s me now. I’m sorry to all my blogging friends who have been blogging wonderful posts and I haven’t read/commented. I am there with you and support you in spirit.
Are you an introvert? Do you go through these phases too? Extroverts! Do you guys go through something similar?
It’s Spring in the Southern Hemisphere!
Answers to questions that people have actually asked me:
Yes, it is October in the Southern Hemisphere when it is October for you.
Yes, when you celebrate Christmas, I also celebrate Christmas; yes, December 25th!
Yes, that does mean I’ve never experienced a Winter Christmas; my Christmases are beaches, sun, and filled with pohutukawa.
I’m sick of winter and the cold. Bring on the spring weather and summer! I would say that I love the beach, but the truth is I hardly go to the beach. Work curtails the opportunity to have fun by 73%. (Probably a real statistic.)
What do you like to do in Spring/Summer? If it’s Autumn/Winter for you, what are you guys looking forward to?
I can’t believe I forgot this because this was the whole reason why I wrote this post —
I’m still trying to figure out my identity when it comes to illustration, so bear with me and the inconsistency.
So, I drew book covers. I thought the idea was pretty cool.
And then late at night at one in the morning when the world becomes a hell lot scarier and you become a hell lot more introspective and you are trying to draw the cover for a book, you begin to think: “gee, this is actually very tedious and I’m not challenging my artistic ability at all when I am drawing these book covers over the actual book covers.”
I had a mini-existential crisis. Sorry bookish Twitter friends, and also thank you for slapping me out of it with your kindness and empathy.
As evidenced by most recent book review, Nirvana, I’m going to follow the sort of illustrations I usually do for my tags. I think that is more my style. I’d like to approach these illustrations by exploring the themes and symbols through drawing and objects. I suppose we’ll see where that goes. So expect some experimentation! If you see something weird in my blog, it is probably me going crazy.
My goal for next month:
Write a blimmin’ Let’s Talk About discussion post. I have started three discussions, but I just lose inspiration halfway.
Do any of these interest you?
- Why I Need Diversity – A personal account of why diversity matters to me.
- Do Problematic Characters Make Bad Books? – Why are we too quick to renounce books with problematic characters? And should we?
- Dystopia/Utopia: Why the Pair are Important Genres – Enough said.
Help? Any? None? I need your honesty.
These mini-updates should not be a thing, but I think they are a thing.