I’M STILL AROUND: the absent artist


I miss you, WordPress. I am coming back for you.... *weep* *weep*

I miss you, WordPress and Tumblr, too. I am coming back for you….
*weep* *weep*

Hello, my precious blog readers!

I am still alive.

Lol.

I have been gone from WordPress for quite a while due to a variety of circumstances. I haven’t even been blogging on Tumblr, either. Some of the reasons are good, some bad. Some solvable, some difficult. In the meantime, I hope you have been still reading the variety of posts and pages I have here. Like any reading material, blogs can be visited over and over even if the author is not currently active or adding new material. Apparently, people have still been visiting my page because I now have 66 Followers and I am grateful for that! Thank you to all my Followers and to all my visitors!!

Right now, I am having laptop issues, again. I believe the motherboard might have fritzed on me, again. The death of a computer or, at least, a comatose computer, can turn upside-down the world of someone who spends a great deal of time on a computer! Seriously! Yes, life still goes on, but the computer part of my life has been stunted. I have been using my cell phone for a variety of things, but I cannot much use it for blogging (the platform my phone uses will allow me to blog, but I can’t include images with posts and if I dare use my cell to edit existing posts that have images, the images weirdly disappear). I hope to get my laptop fixed, soon (for one thing, a really good friend of mine gifted me with a drawing tablet, thank God!!…so that baby needs to be put to use; right now it is lingering in my room in its box fresh and unspoiled) and I also need to save up for a new one laptop (I love HP; I might try a Mac-the brand that apparently every artist in the world should have). If my laptop was a living object, though, it would be saying to itself, “I like her, but she uses me to within an inch of my tech life! I am glad I do not work right now! I hope she takes a VERY LOOOONG time to fix me because I am on DV Time, right now!!”

DV Time is ‘Device Vacation Time’.

But while I have been on blogging hiatus, I have been working on art here and there, though I shame myself for slowing down on it so much. Aaargh! I need to get back to creating art. I am MAD at myself. While away from blogging, I have also been going to church (I sing on the choir as well), working, spending time with people I am close to, spending time outside enjoying nature (which I might have to withdraw from some, since Fall is already putting a chilly smack-down on us), playing video games (yes, I am a gamer girl and yes……I do rage quit, but without breaking stuff) & various other things. There is also a holiday-themed alumni art exhibit coming up at my alma mater, Claflin University. So, I am now putting myself on a mandatory mission to create 2-3 new works. I have to turn in my works for the show by Nov. 20th, which is not very far off, so I better get to drawing at psycho levels.

Well, I do hope everyone has been well and I do hope that I will be back to blogging regularly, soon! Until then, I am going to re-blog some previous posts and also please feel free to read my blog through and through! THANKS!!

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UPDATE: the extracurricular life


Hi, all! I hope all my readers and those passing through and deciding to stop and read my blog are well!

This month, so far, has been one of those months where it is kind of hard to squeeze in blogging thanks to doing other things (extracurricular stuff…apart from my blogging here!) and just being kinda tired and blogging requires MUCH in the way of staying awake. Bloggers are firstly human. But there are still so many things I know I need to be blogging about, so much so that I keep a list on laptop to order what blogs need to be done and when. I am kind of taking a break right now, but every now and again I will post something that does not require a lot of writing and some art polls, but will still keep you entertained and informed. The informed part has been catching, lately, as I have been getting responses from people letting me know my article helped them and that is AWESOME! I like being helpful! Here are the two I’m referring to: HERE and  HERE.

As I have said, I have been doing somewhat extracurricular things away from my blogging. I’ve been tired, generally (not sure if that is so much an extracurricular, but since it is not blogging then maybe), I have started co-blogging creative posts (do not worry, I like doing that as well, but I am NOT leaving my blogs), I have been getting involved in community, I have a friend whom is having a baby boy today (!); I cannot wait to see him! A life entering the world. Wow…another grand example of God in action! I have gotten my sorely missed HP laptop back in commission and in fact I am typing this post on it! It is the 1st post/page I have typed on it since June 2011! I’d been borrowing a very helpful friend’s nice computers (he has 2) since then up until now. You can read about what happened to mine & updates from last couple weeks HERE. I brought it home yesterday and was SO happy (I think I thanked God and the repair guys a BUNCH of times)!! I mean I spent a nice fat dime on this laptop and it is an awesome device; plus I do my graphic work on it and store art and other stuff on it, so I need it!! I had to hack into my own laptop to reset my password; however, because I could NOT remember my password! 6 hours later (about 4am or so), I finally found free (yes, free!) reset software that was not so limited as the other ones I tried and had no success with (free stuff like that are often understandably limited in what they will help you accomplish; you have to buy full software). I had to rearrange my system’s boot order (be very mindful & read any directions before screwing around in your BIOS menu, your boot order and such, you could really mess something up and have MORE problems; if you rearrange it, remember its original order and after fixing issue make sure to arrange it as it was originally) and then I reset my password. Ta-da! I put in new password and my desktop came up upon my newly replaced glossy screen….it was euphoria……………………………… Well, enough of that. I will return to blogging more relevant, art subjects soon. Stay tuned!

Meanwhile, I know this is an art blog, but sometimes things happen to make you step away from the purpose for a while. There are more pressing issues all over the USA and all over the world. Namely the Boston Marathon bombing that happened on April 15th and the fertilizer plant blast that happened in West, Texas on April 17th.

The bombing in Boston was caused by selfish cruelty; the mind of a weak person allowing evil to stir up the brain. And to add spite to injury, the fool set the bombs to go off at the end of a great, happy day. This person went against God’s Will for us to love each other. But evil did not win and is a big loser because the person or even persons who did this will reap sooner or later. God avenges the innocent. Evil failed because the spirits of those who perished live on. Evil failed because there are survivors and people rallied together to pray, assist, aid, support, comfort and love…acts of God. Acts of love and endurance. Boston is clearly strong! The explosion in Texas was one of those things that no one caused and no one saw coming. It is part of life in this chaotic world: things just happen, sadly so. People perished in this, too, but they are not really gone. Only the body. Please find comfort in this truth. God values life so much, that even our bodies contain a part that leaves the body to live on in a spiritual way. His grace sustained so many in this terrible event, too, and again people came together showing how we should treat each other in even good times.  Texas is known for hardy people, they will endure!

Love, faith and hope. Amen…

God made me and will can me

I will return to post art writings, soon! Please keep visiting my blog. Thank you and smile at somebody today, and any day for that matter. They may need it!   : )

NEW: WAYS TO HELP THOSE AFFECTED IN THE BOSTON MARATHON BOMBINGS: CLICK HERE and HERE

AND WAYS TO HELP THOSE AFFECTED BY THE TEXAS FERTILIZER PLANT EXPLOSION: CLICK HERE

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WHERE’S WALDO (I MEAN, ME)?: i am away, but i’ll return!


Hello, my precious blogreaders (I sound so creepy…like Gollum or the guy from Silence of the Lambs)!
I hope all are well…I, on the other hand, am sad. Sad that I haven’t been blogging in a while. I have not posted for some time, now. It is like I have fallen off the face of the Earth…abandoning WordPress and all who take the time to read my writings…
I haven’t disappeared like Waldo, though. I even still share my blog on FB and Twitter (I am my PR!) so that people will kindly make a bee-line to my site. I have just STILL got to get my laptop screen fixed (you can read about it in my rage-filled post: “AWWW, HELL: my heart broke when my laptop did”). Serious! Go search my posts. It is an ACTUAL article I wrote…
I had been borrowing a laptop, but that came to an end. So, I have been down-sized to using my cell. That is how I am posting this! Thing is…as talented and high tech as my cell is, it cannot upload pics in WordPress like it can w/ some other sites. DRAT. If I could, there’d be a big fat tear or a Where’s Waldo pic to illustrate this post. I like pics w/ my posts; adds to the post.
So, I am waiting to get my HP fixed so that I can blog like a fiend, again! Bags under my eyes and all (bags under eyes are a requisite for visual artists and writers/bloggers…it’s serenely voluntary).
I just came into the wad of cash I need, so I should be blogging like a pro again, soon.
Meanwhile, please read any posts you haven’t, re-read your faves and invite other readers by SHARING or word of mouth! THANK YOU!

Also: Please have a safe and wonderful Merry Christmas! This is a time for us to reflect on what is most important. God is wonderful!
If I do not make a post on New Year’s, do have a safe and happy one! I will make sure to. I gotta try to get all post-post-modern (how many posts can we have??) and paint the town NEON red, somewhere, like a true ARTIST!!

AWWW, HELL: my heart broke when my laptop did


I had alot in common with this guy’s face…

Finally, another post! Yeah! But it’s also a sad one. Boo hoo. I will just keep it laced with humor to keep from sobbing my eyes out. Again.

In my last post (“WhatWhenWhyHow: Artwork Analysis 4”), I mentioned I would do a post on the tragedy that befell my laptop. Here goes: IT WAS THROWN ON THE FLOOR AND THE SCREEN CRACKED!!!! Thrown, you ask? Not dropped? No…thrown. In a fit of your own rage because you hated it updating again, you ask? No…I don’t mind the updates, they keep my laptop runnin well. No…it was THROWN by someone else.

DAAAAMNIIIIIT!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! @%##**@##%&$$%%!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

I rely on my laptop to create digital art on (right now, about 2 projects are on hold because of this and the clients are trying to be patient), upload pics, create documents…play my downloaded music and HP games. *SWOON*

That guy in the pic above, we have one BIG thing in common. No, I’m not White. No, I’m not a dude. No, I don’t have hairy hands. We have that facial expression in common! That eruption of sudden, unequivocable RAGE!

As they say: “see, what had happened waaaas”…I got in a big disagreement with someone I know very well (not naming names, I’m mad, but not childish) & they became pissed at something I said, my laptop became a target & SMASH-O! Laptop on the floor. AAAAAAHHHHHHGGGGHHH!!!! ……. sorry, reliving this nightmare. My laptop was dumped onto a wood floor, landing on it’s classy, black lid. Or was it the bottom it landed on? Can’t remember as all my brain cells that help me to think just fritzed on me-blurring my mental workings. I just remember staring at it for a few quick seconds, walking toward it to turn it over, saw the battery had clicked out of it’s place and lay on the floor, too. At that point, I wanted to do this:

Can I borrow your sword? I have someone to slay.

Again, I’m not White or a guy, but we did have that seething anger issue in common. If only a sharp sword appeared outta the blue…I’d also be in jail.

Anyway, my laptop. My techno jewel that I spent $$$ on. Yes, that many $s. My HP Pavilion Entertainment darling! Keep in mind, I do not value material things to the point of loving them, but I do like my laptop alot. And I did think it was really childish and stupid for this person to trash something they DID NOT BUY, WILL NOT REPLACE because of anger. Selfish.

Later, this person actually offered to get it repaired & stupidly added, “I’m not saying that because I feel bad.” Wow. You are really EXTRA childish to even add that. Why’d you even offer?? Anyway, I told this person that I already gave it to someone (my boyfriend to the rescue) to get repaired. INYOFACE! Thankfuly, only the screen was screwed – cracked badly with it’s black inky stuff (its blood!!!!) pooling behind the ruined LCD like electronic death. I tested the system, holding my breath, to make sure all else was fine. Images are weird & enlarged because of it going into Safe Mode, but actually seemed to run faster (huh???) and my files are all safe. That is only God! for my system to still be running and running well. It’s also Divine intervention that the thing turned on in the FIRST place! I really do believe the good Lord had in mind all the work I need my laptop for and the fact that I can’t afford another one anytime soon, so He made sure the only issue was a broken screen that can be fixed. Ordering a replacement screen & it’s going to be taken to someone to repair. God is good!

So, since that retarded incident, I have not been WordPressing, Adobe-ing or other things much. I get to a computer when I can. Library, cellphone (whatever I can do on it that my mobile can allow, anyway…Wordpress not one of those things) and, in fact, I am typing this up on my boyfriend’s laptop. What a guy! He’s awesome! (random update-2013: single now, but still friends at least…lol)

I am no longer bhut jolokia pepper (it’s 401.5 times hotter than Tobasco sauce) mad. I am now jalapeno pepper mad. Still mad to the point of the memory making me want to wretch, but not so mad that I don’t think it’ll be better because it will. I just have to wait. I am hoping that my laptop’s system will last some more years (maybe even the average 10 years a laptop can last) after that jolt it got. Meanwhile, I will just save up for a new one because I will need one one day. Until then, I will look forward to many more days of projects, journaling & HP games on my laptop…soon…

Do you have any laptop/desktop horror stories? Feel free to share in a comment…

UPDATE (3/30/2013): I posted this on July 20, 2011. As of Mar. 30, 2013, my laptop has been…what?…huh??…NO FRIGGIN WAY…REPAIRED!!!!!!! Hallelujah and praise God until eternity!! Only thing left is to pick it up from the shop. I think I will give that guy a tip. I think I will give him a tip because: it’s been almost TWO years since this happened, I have borrowed two laptops since then, I have come up with the money to fix it ONLY to have to use that money to pay bills or whatever when stuff came up, I have had projects to do that require Photoshop and couldn’t because the laptops I borrow may explode with that amount of bytes (my laptop can handle the program and file sizes better), I have moved to another state during this (I moved for work & a change of locale; the fact that this issue has carried on into another location says something…), I brought the laptop to one guy and he said he couldn’t fix my screen because he could see someone (a friend of mine) had tried to fix it so he couldn’t tell what broke behind the screen during the fall and what broke during the make-shift attempt to fix it (but he did tell me the drive is fine, thank God the system and my files are safe), I wouldn’t give up (it was either find someone who could repair the screen for under $300 or buy a used version which would cost me $300-$500!), I believe God led me to someone who had the guts to take it on and now it is fixed!! I just have to go pick it up and see how it runs! Yes, after ALL that stress and aggravation, this man earned my firstborn child and a tip!! (well….scratch that firstborn child thing, but tip definitely is okay!)

UPDATE (4/6/2013): I went to the repair shop yesterday to pay something toward the pick-up fee (it’s a very reasonable fee, it’s just that I have other priorities and so I am going to pay twice more and then pick it up!). They showed me the newly fitted, glossy screen (just like the original) and it looks friggin awesome! They observed and smiled at how excited I was and I said I would do a cartwheel if that didn’t mean knocking down other equipment, devices they had in the area! The owner offered to move the stuff for me to do the cartwheel, hehe… I said I’d think about it, hehe… They did a fantastic job and I am so glad God led me to these guys. Woohoo!! Even though what happened was done intentionally by someone taking their anger too far, I am still not keen on letting anyone borrow my laptop ANYMORE. If someone wants to, I will have to watch them as they carry it and be in the same room as they use it! Paranoid?? NOPE! What if someone drops it by accident next time? Plus I am just too cautious and too-like-to-have-money-in-my-pocket to deal with such a drawn out headache, again. Boo!

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