I'm a little stressed out. I've had a lot going on, have got a lot going on and have got quite a bit coming up. So let's try this: Has Gone-
My dog, Cricket, had to be put to sleep the other week. As sad as it is, it's not like it was the last time. She was 18 years old. I had her for most of my life. We all loved her dearly. But she was getting very old; she was blind, very thin and she couldn't hardly walk. I am glad that she's not suffering anymore but.... I still miss her. I and my mother have sat in these reclining chairs we've got and wished we had her laying in our lap. I've even come to miss hearing her loud, glass shattering bark ring through the house.
I may post some pictures of her later...
All attempts at finding a "normal" job have been fruitless. Just nothing. I'm still gonna keep trying in a few places but I don't really have my hopes up.
My plans/goals of going Full Sail University have been completely sunk. (Not really going there but their online classes.) I had filed for the financial stuff, submitted it to the school and waited for a call that never came. A few Sundays ago, I had made up my mind to call on Monday. Then that night, that still small voice spoke in my ear to look at the reviews of the school. What I found was nothing good; in fact, it was more than enough for me to cancel my plans.
Problems like instructors suggesting students look on YouTube for help or not returning calls or emails at all. Administrative staff being no help at all. The school helping itself to your loan funds even if you're not taking the classes/laid up.
The teachers seem to be polarized in their quality. A few of the teachers are unbelievably awesome; they know way more in their field than any one human should and are eager to teach everyone what they know. The other teachers couldn't care less whether or not you learn anything and don't really know enough about what they're teaching to teach it. Many having only a 2 year degree that they got from Full Sail not too long ago, because they couldn't get a job elsewhere. Some even coming into class high...
On top of all that, their job placement program is a complete joke and the school isn't even really accredited, so NO. I'm out.
You can see the various reviews in their entirety here: www.studentsreview.com/FL/FSRW… Is Going/Coming Up-
As stressful as everything has been, there is a silver lining in it all.
We are now more free to do what we need now that Cricket has passed, we don't have to stay home with her anymore. In fact, I kind of see it as something that had to happen. She was, you know, one of the last things of my old life. Now I can more easily move ahead do go where God wants me to go.
I may not be getting a normal job but I am now going ahead with my own endeavors and make money at it. I have met some one local who owns and runs his own gaming miniature production business. I went into a game shop, handed out some of my cards and the owner (I guess?) stopped me as I was leaving to tell me about the guy who was not 5 minutes away from the store. I was later able to take my some of my own minis up there to show him; he was rather impressed and said he'd be willing to help me cast and sell my minis.
So now, I'm working on making some new ones to sell. It's going slow 'cause I can't make up my mind on things; I wish I had a few people to bounce ideas off of. But there will be a few new and familiar sets popping up.
I don't know yet if I am going to continue with my SCP mini collection. The copyright issues seem to be asking for trouble. I'll have to talk with my guy about it.
Now that I know for sure I am not going to do the Full Sail thing, I now can go forward with other plans that have a chance at working and bring in much more than Full Sail would have.
After doing a little searching, there is a school in Webster that has a pretty good video-game design course, and it's a full 4 year thing too. But it also means I'm going to have to do a lot more of the general studies. So for the next while, I'm going to be trying to CLEP test out of as many classes as I can. I can tell you right now, math is going to be a booger. My brain just does not math.
Now my brain is trailing off, I can't of what else I need to say so I'm gonna end this right here.
Thank you, I love you my friends.