Archive for May, 2009
Sunday, May 31st, 2009
Today, I started another goal, a simple one: to watch one movie on my Netflix instant streaming queue a night until… well, until whenever. I’ve got about two hundred movies on the queue right now, mostly classics, documentaries, etc.
See, I used to be a big film buff, and over the course of about a half-dozen film classes, I’ve seen my share of good movies. My goal is to find and watch those I haven’t managed to see yet (and re-watch those that are too awesome not to). Tonight, I started off with Dr. Strangelove. Because Peter Sellers is great.
Saturday, May 30th, 2009
About the only thing I had to do was recap the work I did over the course of the work week and log the hours and details into this web-based project management system. It’s about time I get to use the term “work week” again. Actually having a work week gives the weekend meaning again.
I hung out with friends at a local British tavern yesterday, a fitting cap to the end of said work week. And I spent today mostly running errands; Saturdays are good for that.
Friday, May 29th, 2009
My first full week working in over a month has finished, and I’m beginning to feel like myself again.
I finally got around to sending in a job application to a big tech company; what have I got to lose? All I know is, I work better when my plate is full; a full-time job and freelance on the side is exactly what I need to stay focused.
Thursday, May 28th, 2009
Contrary to popular belief, Florida is not “the sunshine state”, at least, not for at least half the year. From about April until October, most afternoons looks something like this photograph.
While I did get more work done today, I still need to work on getting to sleep at a more reasonable hour than, well, 2 AM. And now that I’ve finally got some work to do, I think it’s time I get back on my personal projects as well. Why do some work when you can do a lot of work?
Wednesday, May 27th, 2009
Either I’m not working at all, or I’m juggling several projects at once. I absolutely prefer the latter.
I had just a moment for searching out a good photo today, and fortunately, that’s all it took—how could I resist such a subject as two old car seats in some back alley? I spent most of the day, like yesterday, working through a few different projects in spurts.
The dev project I’m working on will, I think, be the last one I do for the person I’m working for. I’ve made my decision: I’m moving away from development and toward design. Design doesn’t feel like work to me; it comes naturally.
Tuesday, May 26th, 2009
This has been my first day back to working, and it went quite well. I knocked out some of the basic set up stuff needed for the project I’m working on, read some, and worked some more.
As an added bonus, I ran into someone who used to work with me at Starbucks and after catching up for a bit, found out her roommate could be a good addition to my nascent network, as he works for a certain big-ass video game publisher.
After all the work and networking I managed early in the day, I decided to go on a photo drive, which took me to this lake seen here.
Monday, May 25th, 2009
Just as I’m starting to get a handle on everything, something new gets thrown my way. I really should have expected it. I was thrown a curve-ball of sorts, and don’t want to get into details.
I feel as though I interacted with a parallel universe, though, or touched something from the past. It was strange.
Sunday, May 24th, 2009
Whether simple errands, or actual paid work, every item I scratch off my list has become an accomplishment to me. Small steps toward larger goals.
I knocked off several errands today, including some computer shopping research (my laptop is not long for this world) and getting some new pants at the Goodwill. Tomorrow, despite the holiday, I’m kicking it into high gear and getting some paid work done.
I’m on a project that needs finishing within just a week. I’ve also got a flier to design for an upcoming concert (my first foray into that medium), and plenty of art or portfolio work to nail. I’ll be keeping busy. This is good.
Saturday, May 23rd, 2009
Alright, I feel as if things are beginning to come together suddenly. Granted, it’s all the culmination of a few side-projects that I’d been doing during all the free time I’ve had since I haven’t been working, but still, it’s coming together.
After some thinking and discussing, I’ve decided to go full-on design/art and make programming/web development my second-tier. I might be sticking some of my photography in an art show in a month or so, and I’ve got a few website leads which involve as much design as they do coding. I’m also going to start making band performance flyers for my roommate’s band because I’ve been wanting to do flyers for ages now.
Suddenly, the art side-projects that had been kicked to the side as hobbies are coming in front and center. This is the start of the life I wanted to build for myself at the outset of 2009; I just didn’t realize it then.
Friday, May 22nd, 2009
The layout I had been working on is nearly finished now, and it’s finally looking right.
And speaking of design work, now that I’ve been away from coding and focusing on graphic design and photography, I think it’s settled: I’m going to keep the focus on art, and try to get freelance gigs that involve more design than programming.
Programming had been paying the bills, but now that it’s not, I’m stepping back and realizing that it brings me no joy.
I can get design work to pay the bills just as well. And I will.