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I Beat Cancer! by FadedDreams5
I Beat Cancer!
This was an art commission for the same girl who commissioned this: fav.me/d8eeb8f
It is supposed to be the same girl, but I fail at consistency and I'm not sure she really even looks the same.  I struggle with drawing people from real life, but that's what all of my recent commissions have consisted of lately so.... Oh well, I guess.  In all fairness, I did warn them that I'm much more suited to drawing characters or people I have a little more artistic freedom with.

Anyways, I really enjoyed doing this because it was such a neat thing to be a part of.  This young woman has been battling cancer, apparently, and recently found out that she is cancer free!  Hooray!  She wanted to send out announcements to her friends and family, but didn't want to take a photo of herself holding a sign because the whole cancer fight thing and chemotherapy has destroyed her hair.  Her friend asked me if I would paint this for her instead, so I was pretty honored to be a part of something like that. 
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I am so far behind with school.  At least it feels that way.  Realistically, I think I'll be fine, but I'm stressing out because I have so many projects and papers due and I'm trying to get a bunch of stuff figured out for USU and it's just crazy.  I have group projects in both of my social work classes and my math class (why did my instructor think a group statistics project was a good idea?  WHY?!)  One of the social work ones is about Native American families and it's been interesting so far, but our third group member dropped out and the other group member is a girl who has maybe come to class half the time throughout the semester, if not less.  I have a sneaking suspicion I'll be doing most of the work on this one.  This is exactly why I hate group projects.  And our professor is like "Oh, but as a social worker in real life, you'll have to work with other people as a team all the time."  Fair enough.  That doesn't mean I have to like it.  Then I have this research paper to write, which I only barely started and then realized it was due a whole two days earlier than I thought, which means I basically have to finish it by Friday because I work all weekend and won't have time for anything besides revisions before it's due.  On Monday, I was looking at my syllabus and realized I had a paper due Tuesday morning, which I of course hadn't even started yet.  So I frantically wrote a six page paper in the two spare hours I had before work on Monday and I'm actually rather proud of how it turned out.  If there's one thing I know how to do (and this is literally 90% of the reason I've done well in school so far), it's spit out a paper on short notice.  It might not be a great paper, but it will do in a pinch.  If only I could write stories that well and that quickly.

So speaking of work, I did a stupid thing and decided to try and be a helpful employee, which has come back to bite me in the ass already.  I usually work Saturday afternoon shift and Sunday afternoon and night shifts (yes, a double shift, because I am crazy like that).  But we have been SO short staffed on the afternoon shift, and when we got the new schedules, there were a bunch of days where that shift was going to be 4 or 5 people short.  Since I don't have class on Mondays, I told the scheduler that she could take me off night shifts on the Sundays they had extra and put me on Monday afternoons instead.  She did that for the first 3 Sundays in April, and after that, I don't know.  So I went to work on Monday, and of course, state inspectors finally decided to show up.  We've been due for our yearly inspection since January, and I was so excited that since I only work weekends, I wouldn't even have to deal with them this year.  No.  Of course not.  And they put me on the floor with just one other person (usually we're supposed to have 3) that day, and it was a nightmare.  I swear the residents know when state is there and they all decide to go nuts.  Every.  Single.  Year.  Me and my partner both skipped lunch and we literally did not sit down that night except to do my charting for maybe 30 minutes.  We started rounds late and I left way after my shift was supposed to end.  It wouldn't have been so bad except that I had started to get this cold the day before, and then running myself ragged like that all day and staying up super late that night to finish statistics homework didn't help, so now I have this miserable cold that's making me miserable and grouchy.  I am so ready to quit this job.  Seriously.  I am counting down the days.  4 more months.  It's been great, and I love my residents and most of my co-workers, but I'm sick of it all.  It annoys the hell out of me that the place has gone downhill so much since I started.  It feels like the CNAs are the only ones who actually care about the residents sometimes, and unfortunately, we don't have much control over their care, despite the fact that we're the ones doing a lot of it.

Anyways, enough complaining.  I actually have been doing pretty good lately.  We went to my Grammie and Grampie's house for my Grammie's birthday on Friday.  My mom and the two youngest brothers who still live at home went too, and my mom made enchiladas and we tried to show my Grammie how to use Pinterest.  She and my Grampie got new phones and Verizon was having some promotion where they ended up getting a free tablet, too, so we tried to get that set up for her.  I think we may have just ended up confusing her more. :P  But we did get all of her church music on there and stuff so at least she can listen to that.

Piper turned 4 today!  What happened?!  It's so crazy.  I've only got 14 more years to not screw her up.  :P  She wanted a blue princess castle cake for her birthday, and I had all these great plans to make it all elaborate and amazing.  Since I've been sick today, though, I just didn't feel like it, so it ended up being kind of lame-looking but she loved it anyways.  And it tasted good! That's all that really matters, right?  I have been collecting a bunch of clothes when I see cute things on sale over the past few months, and that's really all she got for her birthday.  I had to start shopping for her in the girls' section of the store instead of the infant/toddler section, so that's a little weird.  But fun.  There is a much better selection of stuff.  And she definitely needed the clothes.  I can't keep up with her growth spurts.  She's SO TALL all of the sudden, and all of the jeans I got her for Christmas (less than 4 months ago) no longer fit her.  I think the ones I got her today will fit her for a while, but they're a little too wide so we probably need to invest in some belts.  She was super excited to open presents though, even though she didn't get any toys or anything.  I did make her a countdown calendar for the weekend after this one.  We're going to go to the Hogle Zoo in Salt Lake, which should be fun for her.

I did finally finish editing my story a few weeks ago.  It's far from perfect, but at this point, I don't really know what else to do with it, so I sent it out to some beta readers to get some feedback on it.  I did a critique exchange with one of the beta readers as part of that, too, so I read her novel and that was fun.  I haven't heard back from anyone about my story yet, though.  Not the whole thing, anyways.  There was one lady who just sent me feedback on the first two chapters, which was really insightful.  I had beta-read for her back in January or something, and she just released that novel: Avant Nation It's a YA dystopian.  I enjoyed it.  The writing was pretty good, but what I really loved about it was the world-building and some of the social issues that were brought up in the book.  Anyways, it will be good to get her feedback since I think my story falls under the "dystopia" category, too.  I've never been entirely sure.

Ugh, I should probably go work on that research paper some more or it will never get done.  :(
  • Listening to: Glitch Mob
  • Eating: Spaghetti
  • Drinking: Water
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Ugh, my motivation for school is seriously dead right now.  I just don't have it in me.  I think most of that is due to the fact that I had an ton of work to do this past week.  Midterms and all that, plus I had this paper to write about interviewing a social worker.  The interview itself actually ended up being really cool.  I did that in February and really should have just written the paper right after I did it instead of slacking off and waiting until the last minute.  Especially since I decided to interview someone my instructor used to work with at the agency she used to work for.  Now I'm freaking out that I procrastinated too much and since my professor used to work there, maybe she's going to be extra judgmental or something if I screw up some of the details.  I don't know. I also had three tests, one of which was a statistics test.  I spent all my time studying for that and ended up getting a perfect score on it, which is fantastic.  Or it would be, except the fact that I was so worried about the math that I didn't study at all for my two social work tests and ended up with low 80s on both of those.  Whatever.  Lord knows I need the A in statistics more than I do in the other classes, so I'm still celebrating.  And by celebrating, I mean that I am spending the entire day doing absolutely nothing related to school at all (well, aside from this short paragraph I have to write for homework, but that's it).  The plan is to edit a huge chunk of my novel today since I didn't get any of it done last week.

Spring Break is next week though, so if I can just hang in there a few more days, I'll be fine.  I don't have too much work to do this week, so that helps.  I decided not to pick up any shifts at work for Spring Break because I really just want a break, and I seriously need to do some spring cleaning.  This place is a mess.  Since we are planning on moving out this summer, the landlords are going to try and sell the house, which means people will possibly be coming through to look at it and it would be best if it didn't like like a family of crazy monster people lived here.  Seriously though, housework is just not my thing.  As long as the place is in decent shape, I'm happy.  I saw this poem somewhere that was basically like, "Dust if you must, but at the end of the day, there are things that are way more important."  That's basically my whole philosophy on life.  I'm not going to waste all my spare time making my house immaculate. And I just gave up trying to keep up with picking up after Piper and Lexi because it's impossible.  Regardless, a good spring cleaning is probably long overdue.  I figure if I do one or two rooms a day, I can have the whole thing done by the end of the week.

I'm also excited to start working on some short stories and other projects during spring break.  I'll be done editing the novel and hopefully will have shipped it off to some beta readers by next Monday, so I've been trying to think of what to do next.  I've just been feeling kind of discouraged with it lately.  It still needs so much work and lately, every time I look at it, I feel like it sucks and that I'm a failure.  Obviously that's not healthy so I think I just need to back off and take a break from it for a while, shift gears and work on something else.  I've got a few different ideas for short stories I want to write so I'll probably try to get some of those done and then work on editing them, maybe have one or two ready to submit to literary magazines or something in a few months.  I don't know.  A girl can dream, right?  And hopefully, with some new feedback from new beta readers, I'll be able to figure out what's wrong with my story and how I can fix it.  Later, though.  When I don't hate it anymore.

Oh! I finished American Gods by Neil Gaiman a few days ago.  That book, guys.  It was a little weird, at first.  Like, I read the first chapter and kind of went "Oh my gosh, what did I get myself into?"  But the writing was so good, so I just kept reading anyways.  I kind of took my time with it--I think I started it way back at the beginning of February.  But I was just enjoying it so much and there was so much to think about so I didn't really want to rush it.  I read like 60 percent of it between February and last week, and then finished the last half of it in a week.  The protagonist, Shadow, was amazing.  I love him.  He is now on my rather short list of favorite fictional characters ever, right up there with Aragorn, Tyrion Lannister, Daenerys Targaryen, Roy Mustang, and possibly a few others.  Seriously though--I haven't felt such a strong emotional connection to a character for a long time.  You know that feeling you get at the end of a book or series, where you're just kind of sad that it's over and you feel kind of empty?  Yeah--that's how I felt when I finished American Gods, but it wasn't because I was sad the story was over.  I was sad because I didn't want to say goodbye to Shadow.  He was an amazing character, and I loved watching his whole journey and transformation.  Plus the book itself was just good.  Neil Gaiman's writing style is amazing and I definitely want to read more books he's written, but the concept was just very thought-provoking and interesting.

I haven't decided if I want to start reading this other book I got yet (Kindred by Octavia Butler) or if I will wait.  I also pre-ordered Transcendence by GSJennsen, which comes out Monday, so maybe I will read that instead.  And I really need to finish A Dance With Dragons since the new season of Game of Thrones is airing in April, and comparing the events of last season to the books, I think the stuff in this season is going to come out of that book, mostly.  Which means the show will probably catch up to the books--if not this season, then next--and I'm not sure what will happen then.  I read this article somewhere last week about how George R.R. Martin's publisher said the 6th book will not be released this year.  So even if it's released next year, there's still one more book that has to be written, which means the TV show will definitely catch up with the books before the full series is finished.  Basically they were saying how no matter what happens, it ends up being kind of a crappy deal.  Either the TV show goes on hiatus indefinitely, which doesn't seem likely since it's so popular.  Or it diverges from the story in the books and they end it their own way, which also seems kind of lame.  Or, GRRM just tells them how it's supposed to go to stay true to the books, which means we find out how the story ends through the TV show instead of the books, and as an author, that just seems kind of devastating to me.  Especially since he's literally spent decades working on this story. :( I guess we'll see what happens.  I think everyone kind of knew this was going to happen.  I mean, the guy takes 5 or 6 years sometimes to write the next book.  But it's still kind of sad...and annoying.
  • Mood: Artistic
  • Listening to: Two Steps From Hell
  • Playing: Dragon Age: Inquisition
  • Eating: Strawberries
  • Drinking: Milk
I am so far behind with school.  At least it feels that way.  Realistically, I think I'll be fine, but I'm stressing out because I have so many projects and papers due and I'm trying to get a bunch of stuff figured out for USU and it's just crazy.  I have group projects in both of my social work classes and my math class (why did my instructor think a group statistics project was a good idea?  WHY?!)  One of the social work ones is about Native American families and it's been interesting so far, but our third group member dropped out and the other group member is a girl who has maybe come to class half the time throughout the semester, if not less.  I have a sneaking suspicion I'll be doing most of the work on this one.  This is exactly why I hate group projects.  And our professor is like "Oh, but as a social worker in real life, you'll have to work with other people as a team all the time."  Fair enough.  That doesn't mean I have to like it.  Then I have this research paper to write, which I only barely started and then realized it was due a whole two days earlier than I thought, which means I basically have to finish it by Friday because I work all weekend and won't have time for anything besides revisions before it's due.  On Monday, I was looking at my syllabus and realized I had a paper due Tuesday morning, which I of course hadn't even started yet.  So I frantically wrote a six page paper in the two spare hours I had before work on Monday and I'm actually rather proud of how it turned out.  If there's one thing I know how to do (and this is literally 90% of the reason I've done well in school so far), it's spit out a paper on short notice.  It might not be a great paper, but it will do in a pinch.  If only I could write stories that well and that quickly.

So speaking of work, I did a stupid thing and decided to try and be a helpful employee, which has come back to bite me in the ass already.  I usually work Saturday afternoon shift and Sunday afternoon and night shifts (yes, a double shift, because I am crazy like that).  But we have been SO short staffed on the afternoon shift, and when we got the new schedules, there were a bunch of days where that shift was going to be 4 or 5 people short.  Since I don't have class on Mondays, I told the scheduler that she could take me off night shifts on the Sundays they had extra and put me on Monday afternoons instead.  She did that for the first 3 Sundays in April, and after that, I don't know.  So I went to work on Monday, and of course, state inspectors finally decided to show up.  We've been due for our yearly inspection since January, and I was so excited that since I only work weekends, I wouldn't even have to deal with them this year.  No.  Of course not.  And they put me on the floor with just one other person (usually we're supposed to have 3) that day, and it was a nightmare.  I swear the residents know when state is there and they all decide to go nuts.  Every.  Single.  Year.  Me and my partner both skipped lunch and we literally did not sit down that night except to do my charting for maybe 30 minutes.  We started rounds late and I left way after my shift was supposed to end.  It wouldn't have been so bad except that I had started to get this cold the day before, and then running myself ragged like that all day and staying up super late that night to finish statistics homework didn't help, so now I have this miserable cold that's making me miserable and grouchy.  I am so ready to quit this job.  Seriously.  I am counting down the days.  4 more months.  It's been great, and I love my residents and most of my co-workers, but I'm sick of it all.  It annoys the hell out of me that the place has gone downhill so much since I started.  It feels like the CNAs are the only ones who actually care about the residents sometimes, and unfortunately, we don't have much control over their care, despite the fact that we're the ones doing a lot of it.

Anyways, enough complaining.  I actually have been doing pretty good lately.  We went to my Grammie and Grampie's house for my Grammie's birthday on Friday.  My mom and the two youngest brothers who still live at home went too, and my mom made enchiladas and we tried to show my Grammie how to use Pinterest.  She and my Grampie got new phones and Verizon was having some promotion where they ended up getting a free tablet, too, so we tried to get that set up for her.  I think we may have just ended up confusing her more. :P  But we did get all of her church music on there and stuff so at least she can listen to that.

Piper turned 4 today!  What happened?!  It's so crazy.  I've only got 14 more years to not screw her up.  :P  She wanted a blue princess castle cake for her birthday, and I had all these great plans to make it all elaborate and amazing.  Since I've been sick today, though, I just didn't feel like it, so it ended up being kind of lame-looking but she loved it anyways.  And it tasted good! That's all that really matters, right?  I have been collecting a bunch of clothes when I see cute things on sale over the past few months, and that's really all she got for her birthday.  I had to start shopping for her in the girls' section of the store instead of the infant/toddler section, so that's a little weird.  But fun.  There is a much better selection of stuff.  And she definitely needed the clothes.  I can't keep up with her growth spurts.  She's SO TALL all of the sudden, and all of the jeans I got her for Christmas (less than 4 months ago) no longer fit her.  I think the ones I got her today will fit her for a while, but they're a little too wide so we probably need to invest in some belts.  She was super excited to open presents though, even though she didn't get any toys or anything.  I did make her a countdown calendar for the weekend after this one.  We're going to go to the Hogle Zoo in Salt Lake, which should be fun for her.

I did finally finish editing my story a few weeks ago.  It's far from perfect, but at this point, I don't really know what else to do with it, so I sent it out to some beta readers to get some feedback on it.  I did a critique exchange with one of the beta readers as part of that, too, so I read her novel and that was fun.  I haven't heard back from anyone about my story yet, though.  Not the whole thing, anyways.  There was one lady who just sent me feedback on the first two chapters, which was really insightful.  I had beta-read for her back in January or something, and she just released that novel: Avant Nation It's a YA dystopian.  I enjoyed it.  The writing was pretty good, but what I really loved about it was the world-building and some of the social issues that were brought up in the book.  Anyways, it will be good to get her feedback since I think my story falls under the "dystopia" category, too.  I've never been entirely sure.

Ugh, I should probably go work on that research paper some more or it will never get done.  :(
  • Listening to: Glitch Mob
  • Eating: Spaghetti
  • Drinking: Water

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ppgrainbow Featured By Owner Nov 3, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Thank you so much for joining my Secret-Santa-2014 group and featuring your journal! :hug:

It would always be good to submit your Secret Santa wishlist too as a favour!
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FadedDreams5 Featured By Owner Nov 3, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Yeah, will do as soon as I get it made.  Thanks for all the faves
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ppgrainbow Featured By Owner Nov 3, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
That sounds fair enough.

Sorry for not responding sooner or enough, but my network connection is becoming increasingly unreliable recently. :(

Your entire gallery is wonderful! I'll be looking through your older stuff on your page, btw. :hug:
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SabiNoir Featured By Owner Jul 26, 2014
Thanks for the fav! Meow :3 
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Arkiniano Featured By Owner Jul 18, 2014
Nice gallery! and thanks a lot for all the support ;)
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