Hey guys, how’s 2017 been so far for you? We’re 2 months in! Time really flies by! I hope 2017 has been treating you well! It’s been a while since I last did a wrap-up, so I’ve a lot to talk about.
2017, for me, has been a year of change. And I’m super uncomfortable with change, so this last two months has not been the most enjoyable experience for me. For most of it, I was job hunting, putting the finishing touches on my thesis and trying to work out which novel I want to revise. And then in almost a span of a week, I finally passed my candidature and landed two jobs. A full time job and a part time one.
I had a LOT of worries about what I’ll be getting myself into. I still am worried. It cuts a whole lot into my free time, which I VALUE a lot. I even wrote a post about it which I planned to publish last month, but it felt very hypocritical considering the decision I made, so I didn’t publish it. Still, the part time job (which is a teaching job) would give me some experience and self-improvement in areas I sorely need (*cough* communication *cough*). Plus it pays well. Even better than my full time job actually >_< But it’s only a temporary job, so I can still see the light at the end of the tunnel if things get a little too hard to handle.
My full time job, on the other hand, caught me off by surprise. I had applied for a few companies and those that did reply told me that they would only process job applications once their ads have run their course. A few had application closing dates in early March. So I was expecting like an April start day or later. This one offered me the job right away, but it pays a lot less than what I’m expecting to get. It was a stressful three days for me when I struggled with what to do with the job offer. Ultimately I decided that a bird in hand is worth two in the bush, right? And the pay is still fairly decent. Besides, I think it would be great to start at a smaller company and learn the ropes first before getting into something that pays better but is more stressful. At least, that’s what I hope it would be.
This unexpected job offer also meant that I’ll be starting both jobs on the same week. I DON’T KNOW ARGH ARGH ARGHHHHHHH!!!!!!! *ahem* Anyway, if you’re not hearing me from me in the next few weeks, you’ll know why. I’ll probably be dead asleep on my bed during any free time I have.
At first, I though I’d try my best to keep blogging at least once a week, but I don’t feel like I’ll actually be able to do it, seeing as I’m already having some issues (especially the comments. I’m so behind as it is.) So I decided that I’ll write some post, but at the same time, I don’t want to stress myself out thinking that I have to get one out each week. I also made that decision knowing that without a deadline for myself, I probably will lapse A LOT in blogging. Gah, adulthood sucks.
That leaves me with revisions. I’ve set aside this year to revising my previous works, but I still haven’t decide which one. I’ve been reading through my first works and… well… it’s incredibly cringe-worthy and difficult to get through. I’ve only managed to read two and decided they weren’t salvageable. I mean there were entire chapters talking about cake eating and movie-going. Yeah, not my finest work.
The third novel I’ve put aside for a while. It has some good ideas, but I’ll have to gut the story a lot. There are side plots that went nowhere and a few topics I think I’m not quite equipped to handle. I’m currently looking at the fourth one. This one is super clichéd, but I do like the story beats. Characters need some work but overall, I have a good feeling about it. If the others don’t turn out any good, this might the one I’ll revise.
And now, the things I’ve done for the last month (and then some. I forgot to keep track of them for a while.)
Your Name is an excellent anime film about love, desire for greener pastures and body switching. It’s really awesome and I would HIGHLY suggest it, even if you don’t like anime in particular. XXX: Return of Xander Cage was a fun movie, though not something I’d recommend. Check out my review about it. I’ve been rewatching Community during that few days I was stressed about the job offer. I just wanted to laugh and forget about my worries for a time. It was still as good as I remember it.
Shadow Tactics: Blades of the Shogun is a very fun game that hearkens back to real time tactic games of old, like Desperados and Robin Hood: Legend of Sherwood. I’ve just finished the game recently and it’s been an enjoyable romp. Planning to do a review on it, so do keep an eye out for it. Alienation is a twin stick shooter by House Marque. I’m playing it with my friend. While it’s been fun, there are times when I’m wondering if I’m just stuck in an endless grinding loop. Rimworld was another game I played a lot of this month. I have it open by the side most of the time, while I listen to podcasts or watch YouTube videos. I’ve also played a little This War of Mine: The Little Ones on the PS4. On Day 20 on my current save. Still haven’t tried it out with children. I’m waiting until I complete this play through. If I do finish it, that is.
So… I’ve been on somewhat of a graphic novel/comic strip mood lately. I reread Calvin and Hobbes: the Complete Collection in its entirety. There are a lot of things I’ve forgotten about the comics and I’m glad I did it. I finally finished Scott Pilgrim. I reread the first few and finished the rest of them. It’s hard to compare it with the films. Some of the changes I liked (the Katayanagi twins fight), others I wished the film had kept (Lisa Miller and more of Envy Adams). Nimona was another fun graphic novel. It’s not something I would necessarily recommend, but it’s a short, enjoyable read. Next, I read Seconds another graphic novel by Bryan Lee O’Malley. It’s another short, enjoyable read. I also finally started Saga. I’m currently on the 5th chapter. It has been a blast thus far. Can’t believe I waited this long to read it.
And that was my February. Wish I had spent my time a little better, considering I’ll be working from March onward and free time will become a premium, but all things considered, it’s been one of the better months recently.