Mirth Alia
03 November 2011 @ 03:19 pm
I live! Kinda.  
So those [community profile] aather and [insanejournal.com profile] sabra_la_tau games that I mentioned I needed distraction from?

I kind of joined them.


So that's what I've been doing lately, along with reading Diana Wynne Jones' Enchanted Glass and tearing through all of Kimi ni Todoke in one weekend. I've been trying to push more art practice and writing progress out of me, but it's still really tough for reasons I have yet to figure out. I swear I didn't have this much trouble a few years back. Maybe it's because I'm tired all the time now?

I have made some progress in the character development for the Mahou Shounen thing, so that's encouraging. Research for the game idea, however, is at a standstill, partly because I keep checking out awesome books and then... don't get around to reading them for whatever reason. Stuff for [personal profile] after_nightfall has been progressing in bits and tiny pieces, and I need to keep telling myself that I don't have the time to try and join Dreamwidth's development team, much as I would love to and everyone on there is awesome. (I guess I'll have to keep throwing my money at them instead.)

I did head down to Geek Girl Con last month (which was amazing), and that on top of Halloween on top of friends leaving for Spain on top of concerts a few weeks before might have just been too much. I've been having trouble at work, too. November and December are looking to be much quieter, so we'll see if that changes things.

In other news, I've been hearing very mixed reviews about Wacom's new Inkling. Does anyone actually own one who'd be willing to give an opinion?
Mirth Alia
28 March 2011 @ 12:36 am
I have some questions I need answers to. Telecommuting and auditing?  

Has anyone here ever audited classes or done work telecommuting? I have only the vaguest idea of what's involved in either, and so far I've only been able to see upsides to both, which makes me a little nervous as there has to be some kind of downside. (Aside from the obvious "you won't come out with a degree" and "regular students take priority over you for course openings" for auditing.)

I'm asking because I've gotten the idea to take university classes again while working at the same time, and I think auditing and telecommuting together would be the most efficient option. Auditing because I'm not interested in a degree, just the course material, and I wouldn't be bogged down with homework or studying for exams. Telecommuting because I wouldn't be stuck at a desk all day, would have flexible hours, and could work in class while listening to lectures, thus maximizing my use of time. (I can't think of a single course where I wasn't multitasking on a laptop through half my lectures anyway, so I might as well direct my attention span issues towards something productive.)

Telecommuting is where I'm most in the dark at the moment. I don't know how pay or bonuses tend to work, or whether you're counted as a full-time employee or a contractor or a freelancer. Is there a standard for this, or does it vary from company to company? I assume you'd have to be available either online and/or by phone during work hours, and that video conferencing would probably be expected, but I can handle both of those.

Current Music: Every Subway Car . Barenaked Ladies
Current Mood: thoughtful
Mirth Alia
25 March 2011 @ 01:15 am
Fuck me, I've started quantifying my online presence. I think this is my cue to devise a digital hermitage of some sort.
Current Music: Raise Your Glass . P!nk
Current Mood: thirsty
Mirth Alia
23 March 2011 @ 12:26 am
Well this one's going on my wall.  
Keep a journal, carry a notepad. Draw everywhere. Don't complain about what you do. Exercise. Go out and experience things/people, on rare occasion. Execute dumb ideas beautifully. Turn off the internet. Read fiction. Don't worry about how good it'll be; just make it and do your best. Say 'no' to people even if you like them.
Current Music: Raise Your Glass . P!nk
Current Mood: thoughtful