I feel like I should try to update with general life stuff a little more often. The microblogging model of tumblr is so convenient but it does make everything kind of fleeting.
My Granny's funeral was really pleasant. It's the first time I've attended any kind of church service in like a decade but it really made me nostalgic of going to church as a kid with my Granny and parents so in a way it was a really nice closure/coming full circle kind of experience as a result. I felt quite serene and at peace with the whole thing even if it's still kind of weird that she's gone due to the gradual slipping away effect helping to look after her during her final years of ever-progressing dementia as described in my last journal. My brother visited for the funeral of course, so hanging around with him a bit as we did while on holiday visiting as kids also helped with that nostalgia effect. It was all very sad of course but also happy and calming and the first time in a while I felt "on holiday" here rather than just living my adult life. So that was nice, yeah.
Other than that in the past couple of weeks I got a second job (well technically first in terms of priority as my existing one was a volunteer type deal). Been pleasant enough so far. It is working with food again which is something I promised myself I'd never do after finding working at a TGI Fridays way more tiring than I should've done, BUT it is a much smaller/calmer place than a casual dining restaurant overall so thus far it's been much more tolerable. Also in part due to finally getting some decent insoles for my shoes. Molly figured out that I have flat feet and the result has been super tired legs even from four hour shifts. I finally have a really well-fitting pair of shoes with custom correctional insoles now and even after long shifts, so far I have not had dead tired, aching legs.
Art-wise I'm FINALLY after months of putting it off starting to work on Phantasm Dyad again. It's disgraceful how long I've not touched it, and I'm hoping I'll be able to keep this up. I've come so far with it as a series, I can't let it die away even if sometimes I do just wanna quit and draw pretty ladies forever as I have been for the past few months. I also completely forgot that Hourly Comics Day existed this year but it's just as well, that was actually the day Granny died and I didn't do anything interesting otherwise anyway. I'd be more bothered about missing 24 Hour Comics Day.
Games-wise my addiction to Phantasy Star Online 2 continues but I made a bunch of new friends on it over Christmas sort of time so that's the main reason that I've kept playing it daily.
I've also been occasionally playing Majora's Mask 3D but still haven't finished it yet. It's great to have a remake but honestly none of the changes made really appeal to me, they all seem to be designed with making it more accessible to newcomers. I'll prolly continue to play the original to do so on a TV, but I do love the visuals, they've done next to nothing wrong with those. The skies and increased detail in non-interactive areas like the paths to change areas are super nice. But generally it's remained a game I have to absorb myself in so I've only been wanting to play it at home with headphones on. Just isn't suited to a handheld for me. When I AM out and about I started a second file to speedrun it a little just to pass the time, while my main playthrough I'm exploring and taking in all the sights like playing it for the first time again. The only major criticism other than that is that I really feel some of the new tutorials are badly placed - they aren't invalid, but could have been done better. For example, the song of soaring interrupts you the moment you step into Southern Swamp. It would have been better if he appeared and talked to you after saving Koume in the Woods of Mystery, thereby giving an opportunity to warp back to the Swamp Tourist Centre as a form of optional tutorial. Also the Bomber's Notebook interrupting almost every cut-scene is a real pain. They should've made that optional.
Final thing I guess is that I'm ALMOST just dancing around the idea of starting a patreon. I know it's the hot thing to do right now but like some artists I've seen, I'm more interested in having it as a totally optional thing for those who WANT to support my artistic endeavors. No art exclusives behind it or anything that only paying people can see etc, just, if you like my art and want to support my ability to make more, you can throw me a dollar a month or something if you so wish! The only bonuses I was thinking of doing is maybe something like, patrons can vote in polls for what the next fanart I do is, commission discounts, etc, and I obviously I'd have targets where if I reach a certain amount total each month I can guarantee a thing or two like fanart lewds or whatever I dunno. It's just an idea but obviously if you feel you would become a patron even at the lowest level do be sure to let me know (and naturally I won't take your telling me so as a guarantee that you will in the end, things change!). Obviously this is right at the bottom of a general journal entry so not everyone will even read this entry let alone the last paragraph of it, so I'll prolly do a curiosity poll at some point anyway. Actually screw it, no time like the present I will after posting this lol.
Guess that's all for now, nice to have a catch up though.
Decent, been a nice day.
Legend of Zelda: Majora's Mask 3D
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