Mood: Nothing special
Listening to: Wakeshima Kanon – Suna no Oshiro
Not really much to report. As noted in an edit in my last post, I’m on extended hiatus on Allods Online until I evaluate how much damage the new patch is going to cause. If it looks like nothing’s going to change, I’ll probably leave until it’s fixed, or indefinitely. I hate to sound all whiny about it, but it’s a problem when a F2P game becomes not really F2P anymore, but they’re still calling it F2P. It’s still free to make an account and logon, but once you’re playing, it becomes increasingly difficult to play without shelling out a steady stream of currency to the cash shop. Might as well play P2P.
Still playing a smattering of games – at the moment, mostly Star Ocean 3 and 4, and Mirror’s Edge when I feel like taking giant leaps across buildings. Once you’ve settled into the learning curve and have a fair amount of experience, it’s actually kind of therapeutic.
And speaking of P2P, I signed up for the FFXIV beta a few months ago, but I haven’t gotten in – doubt I will. The pricing plans are up, and it really doesn’t look good. It seemed fine, and I was actually considering trying it when it came out - about 12-15 dollars a month – that was until I saw the ADDED fees – $3.00 extra a month per character. Quite frankly, it’s really kind of ridiculous and makes me sad. Squenix loves the money, don’t they?
Over the course of yesterday and this morning, I made extensive updates to my fanlistings page. I went through and fixed or removed the badges that were dead links, merged an unnecessary section into an existing one, and edited my wish-list a bit, mostly removing fanlistings that I found from it and adding badges for them.
I’ve always lamented my lack of drawing skills. I’m really not very good at it – and I could probably get better with years of extra practice, but my writing, reading, and video games have always been more important. I can however, edit my way around photoshop. Making wallpapers, avatars, signatures, doing photo editing – basically digital art that doesn’t require freehand drawing. I’ve done some pixel art (mainly dolling) in the past, but I’m not exceptionally good at it so I don’t do much of it anymore. Always had trouble pixelling hair, and the lack of freehand skills meant I used pre-existing bases.
HOWEVER. I also like taking pictures – as does my dad. Mostly nature and architecture stuff – I don’t photograph people, it comes with being extroverted. Anyway, my father made me an offer – he’s thinking about starting to sell some of his photography, and he wants me to edit any that need editing, and we’d split the profits. I’m kind of excited about it, because it’ll be nice to have something constructive to do with my editing, and a steady source of practice/improvement. And once my photograph skills improve to a professional level, at least, I might start selling my photographs along with his. It could be awhile before the side-business gets going, buuut once it does I might plug it just a little in an entry (or make a page for it). Not sure how it’ll be advertised yet, but if it’s done online and we make a joint portfolio, I’ll add it to my link list and link it in an upcoming entry. I’ll have a bit more money to buy video games and books with, and I can save some of the money toward more college. Might mean a few less loans and hours of minimum wage jobs – exciting!
Anyway, I’m off to go have lunch now. Wisenri out!
~Aurelia – working on making new entries less wall of text-y, expect more paragraph splitting!