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Wet LeatherWell I'm depressed. Tired and freakishly sad.
That week and a half passed way too quickly and I already missed VanoVaemone the moment she stepped on the train. Argh. *digs a deep hole and jumps in*
We've had a great time. Yep, I'd been worried I wouldn't be a good host but in the end we really hit it off. Which made it all the harder to part this morning.
I've drawn some as you could see. That's great. And I feel like drawing more. That's even better.
But right now I'll stick with being tired and sad.
I'll sit down and reply to all your comments and other feedback as soon as I can pull myself a little bit together.
I'm sorry for my inactivity.
Just a ZombieReally, I swear, I'm not dead.
I've got messages PILING up like crazy in my inbox and I just can't get myself to clean that mess up. A message or two per day, that's all I manage.
The good thing is: while I'm partly still tired from my meds, in general it's good reasons that make me so absent. The only thing that kinda sucks is the fact that my artistic motivation is at an all time low. I just can't WANT to draw. It'll come back. Eventually.
Right now there's two things that have been messing with my rhythm.
1) I've got a definite confirmation that I've been accepted for my education which basically made me cry of joy and relief. This affects my sleep 'cause anticipation and stuff. But not even remotely as much as...
2) In two days I'll be picking up the most amazing girl on this whole planet at the train station here and I'm gonna be able to keep her here for a whole week and a half. (this girl here of course: VanoVaemone <3 )I swear this literally messes up my sleep like shit
First Stream (Castlevania 64) overThanks to eveybody who was there, I had a great time!
I've recently, with the help of my lovely assistant VanoVaemone, configured my livestream channel for gaming streams so you can expect some of those very soon!
I will be streaming two games:
No idea what I'll start with, it'll depend on my mood. :>
Time will most likely be late at night, between 22:00 and 00:00 GMT+2.
If this would be SUPER inconvenient for you, let me know and I'll see if I can add differently timed sessions too.
Either way I'll keep you guys up to date!
300 Points Giveaway! - WinnersCongrats to sbslink and Viokcha who both scored a perfect 10/10!
150 each are on the way! :>
(For those interested, I've highlighted the correct answers underneath. )
So I've got some spare points rotting away on my account and I figured I'd give you a chance to win them so they'll go to better use.
There will be no, 'comment on this journal, fave this journal, share this journal' or any of that bs, you just have to reply to the following 10 questions which should be an easy task if you're a loyal watcher or even simply know where to look.
Do NOT reply in the comments (I won't let that count!), just send me a note with the answers, the highest score gets 300 !
I'll give you until tomorrow night for this; if there's gonna be several equally high scores the points will simply be divided.
Off you go!
1. I was born in...
2. I live in...
3. I am
Austrian Pride, B*tches!Yes, guys, YES! We haven't won since 1966 and holy f*ck, I can't believe we won with such an awesome act! Freedom, acceptance and equality for the win!
And Conchita for president!
Got a Date to Prom Yet?Well I sure do. I'll be taking my lovely VanoVaemone out on May 10th.
No idea what I'm talking about?
Have a look at this journal by Rising-Artists and you'll understand:
It's a neat event that allows you to get a feature for both you and a friend, so why not join and spread the love?
And while you're at it, I'd love it if you could give my beautiful date some love as well! ovo
Have a look at her gallery that is filled with wonderful poetry, fanfics, stamps, original stories and much more!
She even offers ultra cheap poetry commissions, so seriously, go check her out, I promise it'll be worth your while!
Even if you don't speak French, why not just leave a nice comment? You'll have the chance to get to know a really incredible person that way! :3
Vano's Profile (& Commissions)
Well, maybe I'll see you at prom.
Just so you know...I'm really sorry for being so inactive and f*cking slow lately. I'm working on some pieces for others but some sh*t has been stealing pretty much all my energy so I spend half the day trying not to fall asleep. As you can imagine, not very helpful when you gotta draw.
But don't worry guys, I'm doing fine otherwise, I just need my body to learn to play along. I've even got my dream education pretty much within reach now so things are going pretty darn well for me. I actually feel that for once things are going just right in my life. I'm finally actively fighting some health issues that have been with me for almost a decade now, I'll soon be going back to school, I've got a wonderful hubby and to top it off there's this amazing girl that has been making me very happy lately as well. (you know who you are )
So...what's up with you guys?
Quite the AchievementFollowing the spirit of my current poll I figured it would be fun to talk about favourite achievements. There's been a few that really stuck with me for different reasons and I'll tell you why below. (might contain very light spoilers)
As always I'd love to hear about your faves as well! :)
Most of my faves are combat related so you can guess what I voted in the poll but you'll see that not all I chose here fall into that category.
'Goliath, Meet David' - allowed a Goliath to level up four times before killing him
Hands down my favourite achievement so far. The description is pretty straightforward, you have to let a Goliath reach at least 'GODliath' level before killing him. You'd think that's tough because he gets freakishly strong at that level but that's honestly not even the problem. Have a rocket launcher or bazooka ready and he's down with a couple shots.
Nightmare Mode?As of last night 2:15 a.m. another thing I can cross off my list.
I couldn't let that darn glitch that killed me last time sit on me so I instantly restarted the next day, breezing through every dungeon since I literally know them by heart now.
The day before yesterday I made it past the City if the Dead where I died the first time. That gave me such a boost that yesterday I completed everything from Earth to the Black Stone and finally the big boss, with a total completion time of 16:28:43. Can't say I'm not at least a little proud.
Now I'm really looking forward to continuing the Abyssal Forge and later on starting Demonlord Belial. That'll be so ultimately relaxing after Nightmare mode. xD
So how about you guys tell me about one of the things in a video game that has made you super proud? Some challenge you were incredibly happy to finally overcome? Some achievement you finally unlocked? Some generally hard game you managed to finish eventually? I'd love to hear about your
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