[Don't mind the old scribble, I couldn't find anything recent to put up.]
It's been a while since I last wrote, I figured I drop a long yarn to let some people know what I've been up to lately.
A lot has happened in the past couple months. On the personal side of things, I've been dealing with a lot of family problems. [Who hasn't?]
Squabbles over a family inheritance raised more rifts between the relatives, finding out my father had a 3 year long distance relationship with his ex-fiancee, and the icing on the cake, finding out my parents were in an arranged marriage from day one.
My father and the love of his life were broken up by my grandfather just because he didn't approve of their marriage and set him up with my mother because she was from a seemingly well off family. That's the sob story I was given.
Truth be told I never thought I could be so angry in my entire life. I was thoroughly disgusted at how pathetic this all was. Of course I was angry at myself as well even though I knew there wasn't much I could do about it.
All boils down to one thing: Nothing will change who I am or what I want to do.
I've managed to talk to some friends about all this, and I'm glad I did. At the very least I know I'm not going crazy.
On the more professional side of things, last month I got to work on a tv commercial in making storyboards and some of the props: http://www.nohasslerewards.ca/index_puppets.php
[If you guys so happen to see an office phone, a computer, a suitcase, some snowy houses, and a birthday cake, you'll know I had a hand in making those.]
I also got to see a music video in the making by a local band called Rides Again with their song called "Wonder Why", it plays the second you go to their myspace page: http://www.myspace.com/ridesagain
Crazy multiple camera setups, fog machine, a turning platform, green-screen, a couple bright spotlights... Looked nuts!
This summer I didn't get to work on some freelance flash animation jobs like I thought I would. Got sidetracked by the colouring comics gig.
I'm working on the third issue of Neozoic as I speak. The mini series will end after the fourth issue, but I'm trying to negotiate a longer contract just so I have more work coming in for the next while. Just in case I don't find any on my own.
I've got a job interview with a small videogame company coming tomorrow. I have no idea how that'll go, but it was nice to hear that one of my job applications got through.
Which brings us to the crux of the matter.
I'm being emotionally blackmailed by my family into staying here in Markham by the way. Not fun. The prospect of taking a job offer outside the city away from them is incredibly tempting. I feel like I needed a break from it all.
A co-worker had also advised against making such life-changing decisions when I'm desperate or pressured. This confusion is combined with the need to make something of myself quickly and being unsure of whether videogames really is the way to go for the next couple years.
All I really want is to work on my own projects without having to worry about getting by financially or putting up with my family. Sound silly? I agree.