Hey everyone, I hope all is well with all of you. It's officially September! My goodness how time flies. Hence forth in this journal is a general start of the month update.
So! Things have been busy, but both July and August were very good months to me.
Not so much to my family, and that's been eating a lot of my time and livliness, for lack of a better word, but I'm sure those of you who have been through insane situations know how that takes a toll on you. Still, the rest has been going pretty well, so at the very least I'm content at the moment. And I've been seeing a lot of my friends are doing well! That always makes me happy.
Honestly it's the start of the month and I'm looking at my imminent work schedule and wondering how to pace and get things done. But I've learned over the past several months I drive myself way too hard and it took a toll on my health. I actually sat down today and played Ocarina of Time 3D, as in quality "sat my butt on the couch and played for a good few straight hours +" for the first time in months. I still just adore all the little tweaks and subtle additions to that game. I purchased it on opening day and still haven't completed it, because I've been that busy.
But needless to say I cruised through all the temples within a 12 hour period, so that feels good! Just taking a break before Ganon's Castle and some side-questing. I must admit however, that when I encountered the revised Shadow Temple, I felt a bit stupid just because if I had played this game within a proper time frame of buying it, my entry for History of Hyrule's contest would have certainly turned out a little differently. However, it still lines up so well I can't complain, though mentally I'm still kicking myself for missing out on a cool costume design element. Ah well, I can always rationalize that "such a costume addition only applied to the ceremonies within the Shadow Temple regarding evil spirits". But at this point, I've probably lost all of you and you have no idea what I'm talking about, so moving onward--!
I'm really encouraging myself to take the weekend off. I really am a workaholic, and even if it looks like I'm not so active art-wise, it's because I'm 100% active with some other mandatory "work in order to eat and pay the bills" activity. I'm 90% positive I have another game assignment coming in on the 5th, so you probably won't see any commission work from me for a week or two (since my next pieces are both the oldest and the largest)! BUT it will feel outstanding to finally have those done! I've felt so guilty for taking so long, it's like some angry gorilla is sitting on my shoulders and slapping me in the head everytime I think about them. However! Once my
commissions are complete, it should be pretty quick and smoothe sailing, because none of the remaining commissions involve the Deluxe or the normal Pokémon style. Those have been fantastic, but admittedly the death of me regarding pacing. 0_o So once again, because I cannot help myself, I'm so terribly sorry to all my commissionees for taking so long, but I will do my utmost to make the wait worth it in quality, and that's a promise.
Other than that, nothing terribly new here! This month I'm aiming to complete all my commissions and looking forward to the results of the History of Hyrule contest which will leak over into: October we're going to the Zelda Symphony, November we get to fix our sights on the Skyward Sword limited edition package... Oh, and speaking of rare and exciting Zelda stuff, we found out that our rarest Zelda collection piece (the mint Limited Edition Minish Cap box limited to 300 pieces) is worth over $1,300 when we saw another sell on ebay for a bit more than that. My goodness!! We knew it was rare but couldn't believe it until we saw the listing. Craziness...
By now I've rambled on much longer than I needed to I'm sure, so I'll let you all get on with reading more interesting and applicable journals.
Much love everyone.