What I do in my free time

When I’m not working on freelance projects, reading, or expirementing with new things, I indulge in my passion: Link. I won’t post a link here for the time being on what that is, but I’ve been working on it since 2003 with Shiver. Between the two of us we have thousands of drawings and 120+ original characters and I’ve penned over 300 short stories for Link.

Today I’ve decided to share a bit from my latest written piece.
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Problem with AIM Chat Logging

I found out last night that AIM verision 6.8.12.4 has been deleting my AIM conversations despite the “chat logging” option being checked. I’m furious. I spent last night trying to fix the problem with no luck and today posted on a few more communities hoping for insight. On the other hand, I’ve downloaded a program call “IM-History” which is suppose to help keep a better track record of my AIM conversations with Shiver. We’ve been storybuilding these last three weeks and all those conversations are gone. Ugh.

My DVD burner is also dead, so I ordered a new one off Newegg. It should be here by this weekend so I can get to making back-up copies again. My new back-up plan for the important stuff will be to keep a copy on two hard drives and then over on my server. Then once every couple of weeks, burn a physical copy. I’m tired of my back-up devices failing.

Old layout is up again on Godaisies

It took a bit of digging but I found my senior project portfolio flash website. I’ve decided to stick it up over at the main website, Godaisies. It’s mostly filler and admittingly imperfect. At least you can see a few of my projectst though!

I managed to lose the original .fla file that I finished the project up with, so I can’t go back and correct it, but I’ve got a bunch of previous versions. When I have time this weekend I’ll try to make it look a little nicer, so in the meantime, forgive the none too elegant appearance.

Thanks!

Politics

Today I’m all wrapped up in politics. I did not have this love in 9th grade, but back in 2004 it came out in me with a raging passion. I’m trying to keep it under wraps this year, but it looks like I’m falling behind already in that promise to not get all worked up.

In other news, I’m reading a book on Adobe Illustrator and one on website creation from Friends of Ed publishing.

Library Jobs

I’ve spent the morning and afternoon talking with librarians across the globe about their jobs. Occasionally it is discouraging, but more often than not, the librarians stress what a rewarding job it is. One fine lady squashed any interest in working in book publishing as an editor after she pointed out how status driven the industry is. I will not lie here and say that I’ve been popular. More often than not, I’m seen as the quiet one and I would never be voted for any office despite my qualifications for the position.

I am not producing any quantifible freelance work at the moment, but am trying to carve out a future. The path ahead is covered in branches and bends out of sight, but I am hoping that any day now, someone will light the way and I can see where my footsteps are leading me.

Trying to find my perfect job

I found the O*NET website which is to help one find their perfect job. So far no luck. I took the skill part and got that I should be a motor boat operator, lol!

Yesterday I was fantisizing a little about what I want to do in life. I had some image of exploring places in far-off European cities, notebook in hand, camera at the ready, pushing my glasses up my nose as I enter a building. I’m not sure what sort of job this would be! If you have any idea, let me know in the comments, please. Meanwhile, here are more ideas if you can piece something out of them, I’d really appreciate it:

According to my Strong Interest Inventory Results from last year, my top five interest areas are:

  1. Politics & Public Speaking
  2. Visual Arts & Design
  3. Religion & Spirituality
  4. Programming & Information Systems
  5. Writing & Mass Communications

Compare that to the 5 Values I got from Job Hunting Made Easy:

  1. Security
  2. Creativity
  3. Family
  4. Change & Variety
  5. Leisure

I put so much emphasis on Leisure because I’m an introvert and need time to recharge my batteries. People, even those I love best, exhaust me mentally after a point. The family bit is because I realized I could not go into the medical field because I really like rountine and knowing when I’ll be off. It is important for me to plan ahead.

I have not been working diligently on my portfolio website (slaps own hand) or projects because I’ve been consumed with trying to figuring out what to do with my life. It’s very difficult. In no particular order, here is the list of occupations I’ve considered doing:

  • Veterianarian
  • Zoologist
  • Animator
  • Astronaut
  • Music Video Director
  • Video Editor
  • Midwife
  • Sex Therapist
  • Fashion Designer/Seamstress
  • Kindergarten Teacher
  • Writer
  • Illustrator

As you can see, I’m really no closer to figuring out what I want to do than I was when I was a kid. I was really into science as a kid (I pretty much had a book on North American Birds on peramanent loan when I was in third grade). I ultimately gave up the science idea because I have trouble with mathematics and I’ll never be athletic enough to be an astronaut.

The second scary confession here (besides the fantasizing above) is that I really don’t care for web design. I like critiquing websites, but not so much designing them. This poses a problem…

Myers-Briggs Results

I took the Strong Interest Inventory and Myers-Briggs test for the career counselor at UNCA. My Myers-Briggs results lists me as an INFJ (Introverted iNution Feeling Judging).

What I took particular interest in were my potential strengths:

  • Imagination
  • Sense of Purpose
  • Creativity
  • Ability to get things organized
  • Can develop human resources

I’m in awe of just how much this is me.