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Literature and, to a slightly lesser extent, art are my hobbies, but I am very passionate about them. I have been writing and drawing for many years, and I am always seeking improvement and learning new techniques. I, also, really enjoy making friends, so if you'd like to chat, please don't be shy! Contact me! Feel free to send me messages here, on any of the sites linked in my journal, or on Skype (rabidchimera, send me a contact request). I hope that you'll enjoy my gallery, and if you do, feel free to add me to your watch! Thanks for stopping by!
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I'm Having My Ups and Downs...

Journal Entry: Wed Oct 15, 2014, 6:24 PM



I've had conflicting feelings about life lately. A lot of things have happened since I last wrote a journal entry. (I seem to be marking the stages of my life with the journals I write anymore.) For one thing, one of my cats got sick and didn't make it. I'm sort of lodged in this stale pit of emotions. On one hand, I feel like I've handled it well, but on the other, I feel like I never really faced it, like it's just festering there inside me. I mean, she was special to me. I did rescue her from starving to death, and she was a very lively pet with a unique personality. Given, I didn't have much time to get attached to her, but I feel like I didn't have much of a reaction to her death at all. When I think about her now, it feels like she never even existed. It's really weird, and I'm more confused about it than anything.

However, I got a kitten, not to replace her but to help me move on. Maybe that's why it didn't bother me as much as I would have expected it to. She's a very good kitten, and she's fun to have around. In a lot of ways, she reminds me of the one that passed away, so I guess that's helped me cope with it, too.

Regarding Wal-Mart, I'm still there. There's been a lot of drama at work lately. Drama is one thing I'd rather not deal with anywhere, least of all work. Is it too much to ask to just be able to come in, do my job and go home? Apparently so. My department has a new manager, and she's best described as arrogant and pretentious. It's not that she goes out of her way to seem more intelligent than everyone else; she just obviously has this complex of being more intelligent even though she's clearly on the same level as generally everyone else. She expects you to know exactly what she wants of you before ever making any indication at all as to what that is, and she gets annoyed with you for just trying to do your job. I've never spoken to her a single time that she didn't go out of her way to make rude remarks that are demeaning in their intonation and obvious wording alone. She, also, speaks to her employees as a teacher does toward her least favorite student; she treats us all like children. The ironic thing about her attitude is that she is so ignorant as to how things are actually done in our department that I'm fairly certain she has no clue what anyone does back in the bakery. And because she's so derogatory toward all her employees, no one wants to do their job. Work is being left undone and usually ends up piling on somebody else, me included. And I've recently discovered that one of my co-workers is telling lies to the assistant manager to get me in trouble. I know for a fact that the head manager doesn't like me just from the way she acts, and the assistant manager is her lapdog, so I'm sure they'll jump on any opportunity to treat me like I've done something wrong. It's just a big fucking mess, and if you're thinking of applying for a job at Wal-Mart, I would recommend trying literally anything else first. You'll definitely be happier.

On the bright(er) side, I received a call from one of the two local video game stores today asking me to come in for an interview tomorrow. I have high hopes for getting a job there, and I'm just really hoping that they won't turn me down despite calling me in for an interview. It already crushes me when I submit applications and don't hear back, so I know that would be a devastating blow to my self-esteem. I know I'm paranoid and that I tend to assume the worst of any situation, but there's two ways it could go, and it should be obvious which one I'm hoping for. That's not the one I want to talk about it.

But I'm being over-dramatic. I'll get to what you're (probably... maybe?) interested in. I haven't done any writing since the death of my cat kind of just sapped all motivation from me for awhile. I'm pretty motivated right now, though, so I think that's what I'll go do. Hell knows what I'll end up working on, though. Keep your fingers crossed that it's something I need to finish... >>;

Well, thanks for reading. I know I'm probably more of a downer than anything. I'm honestly not as depressed as I sound in journals. I don't even know where all that melodrama and drear comes from half the time. I'm fine, just sort of perpetually laughing at the world and my own misfortune. lol Don't take me too seriously. Being melodramatic and negative is humorous to me, even though I'm fairly sure it's lost on everyone else. But yeah, thanks for reading. I hope I can get something done for you all to read soon. It may just be another stupid one-shot, but I hope it'll at least be decent and entertaining. Hugs and kisses for all! :heart:

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  • Drinking: water and watered-down kool-aid.

What creative genre of literature do you most prefer to write out of the following? 

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I'm Having My Ups and Downs...

Journal Entry: Wed Oct 15, 2014, 6:24 PM



I've had conflicting feelings about life lately. A lot of things have happened since I last wrote a journal entry. (I seem to be marking the stages of my life with the journals I write anymore.) For one thing, one of my cats got sick and didn't make it. I'm sort of lodged in this stale pit of emotions. On one hand, I feel like I've handled it well, but on the other, I feel like I never really faced it, like it's just festering there inside me. I mean, she was special to me. I did rescue her from starving to death, and she was a very lively pet with a unique personality. Given, I didn't have much time to get attached to her, but I feel like I didn't have much of a reaction to her death at all. When I think about her now, it feels like she never even existed. It's really weird, and I'm more confused about it than anything.

However, I got a kitten, not to replace her but to help me move on. Maybe that's why it didn't bother me as much as I would have expected it to. She's a very good kitten, and she's fun to have around. In a lot of ways, she reminds me of the one that passed away, so I guess that's helped me cope with it, too.

Regarding Wal-Mart, I'm still there. There's been a lot of drama at work lately. Drama is one thing I'd rather not deal with anywhere, least of all work. Is it too much to ask to just be able to come in, do my job and go home? Apparently so. My department has a new manager, and she's best described as arrogant and pretentious. It's not that she goes out of her way to seem more intelligent than everyone else; she just obviously has this complex of being more intelligent even though she's clearly on the same level as generally everyone else. She expects you to know exactly what she wants of you before ever making any indication at all as to what that is, and she gets annoyed with you for just trying to do your job. I've never spoken to her a single time that she didn't go out of her way to make rude remarks that are demeaning in their intonation and obvious wording alone. She, also, speaks to her employees as a teacher does toward her least favorite student; she treats us all like children. The ironic thing about her attitude is that she is so ignorant as to how things are actually done in our department that I'm fairly certain she has no clue what anyone does back in the bakery. And because she's so derogatory toward all her employees, no one wants to do their job. Work is being left undone and usually ends up piling on somebody else, me included. And I've recently discovered that one of my co-workers is telling lies to the assistant manager to get me in trouble. I know for a fact that the head manager doesn't like me just from the way she acts, and the assistant manager is her lapdog, so I'm sure they'll jump on any opportunity to treat me like I've done something wrong. It's just a big fucking mess, and if you're thinking of applying for a job at Wal-Mart, I would recommend trying literally anything else first. You'll definitely be happier.

On the bright(er) side, I received a call from one of the two local video game stores today asking me to come in for an interview tomorrow. I have high hopes for getting a job there, and I'm just really hoping that they won't turn me down despite calling me in for an interview. It already crushes me when I submit applications and don't hear back, so I know that would be a devastating blow to my self-esteem. I know I'm paranoid and that I tend to assume the worst of any situation, but there's two ways it could go, and it should be obvious which one I'm hoping for. That's not the one I want to talk about it.

But I'm being over-dramatic. I'll get to what you're (probably... maybe?) interested in. I haven't done any writing since the death of my cat kind of just sapped all motivation from me for awhile. I'm pretty motivated right now, though, so I think that's what I'll go do. Hell knows what I'll end up working on, though. Keep your fingers crossed that it's something I need to finish... >>;

Well, thanks for reading. I know I'm probably more of a downer than anything. I'm honestly not as depressed as I sound in journals. I don't even know where all that melodrama and drear comes from half the time. I'm fine, just sort of perpetually laughing at the world and my own misfortune. lol Don't take me too seriously. Being melodramatic and negative is humorous to me, even though I'm fairly sure it's lost on everyone else. But yeah, thanks for reading. I hope I can get something done for you all to read soon. It may just be another stupid one-shot, but I hope it'll at least be decent and entertaining. Hugs and kisses for all! :heart:

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  • Listening to: not much of anything right now...
  • Watching: Dumb Ways to Die
  • Eating: animal crackers!
  • Drinking: water and watered-down kool-aid.

I Got Tagged

Journal Entry: Wed Oct 1, 2014, 4:36 PM



Rules: 
1. Answer the questions.
2. Tag at least two people.
3. Have fun, and make the answers as short or as long as you like!

1. When did you discover you enjoyed writing?

I always seemed to enjoy writing from a young age, and this probably had a lot to do with the fact that my English teachers always told me I wrote at a "college level." (Though, after having attended college for a semester, I can confirm that college students write at a fifth grade level, if the school I went to is a reflection of the average college.) However, it wasn't until I tried writing with my own characters, at my own pace, and with my own ideas that I realized how much I truly enjoyed it. I, also, believe that my history with role-playing largely contributed to my interest in writing.

2. What are your strengths in writing?
I've been told that I write very vivid but well-restrained descriptions. I can divulge a lot of detail in few words while avoiding straying from the focus of the plot. I, also, believe I am skilled in writing "hooks," or the few opening paragraphs that serve to interest readers in my stories and urge them to read on.

3. What are your weaknesses in writing?
Staying focused on one piece is definitely one of my weaknesses. As I write one thing, different ideas diverge from the one I'm already working on, so I end up with all these little plot bunnies that I simply can't wait to write. And when I indulge them, I lose focus on the story I was initially working on. In the same vein, I also struggle with completing stories and closing them in a way that I feel actually brings closure without rendering the conclusion completely boring. I believe the conclusion of a story is just as vital as the beginning because, if you have a bad conclusion, what was your audience waiting for the entire time they spent reading your story? I tend to focus a lot more on wording than actual succinctness of the plot and techniques for conveying said plot, and I need to work on that.

4. What is your favourite genre to write in?
I know that I really enjoy writing horror, but I'm not very well-read as far as horror goes; I don't have much confidence in my ability to write horror scenes, as much as I love them. The majority of my pieces fall under the urban fantasy/dystopia or sci-fi dystopia genres. However, I really enjoy writing slice-of-life or general angst. Tragedies are also something I enjoy; I like a bad ending as much as a happy one. One thing I am certain of is that I can't write without some form of romance or tight bond, such as a parent/child or sibling/sibling bond.

5. Do you consider yourself a good writer?
I have my strengths and weaknesses just as any other writer. There are definitely fellow amateurs that I envy, let alone literary masters. However, I know that I've come very far since I first began writing, and I'm proud of my progress. Maybe I'm not a great writer now, maybe I never will be, but I'm confident in my ability to improve.

6. Do you like to let a lot of people in real life read your work?
That depends on who is doing the reading. My pieces tend to contain some form of homoeroticism, so there aren't many people I can trust with my pieces. In high school, I had some close friends that I always shared my writing with, but I am no longer in contact with any of those friends. Mostly, I just share my writing with my closest online friends, if I don't just publish it to one of my accounts.

7. How often do you write?
I'd like to say I write often due to the sheer amount of role-playing I do almost every day, but as far as real literary pieces go, it varies. Sometimes, I go through periods wherein I write every single day, even if it's just something short. However, there are plenty of times that I won't write anything other than rps for weeks. I try my best to write a little something every day, however, or most recently, when the inspiration strikes.

8. Who are your favourite authors and why?
Most people find it strange when I tell them that I don't read very much at all. The last time I finished a book was literally four or five years ago, and before that, it had been even longer. I've really been trying, recently, to read more, but I always seem to lose focus before I can finish a book. Some authors that I would like to read are Stephen King, H.P. Lovecraft, and George R.R. Martin. As of right now, I am waiting to read Metro 2033 by Dmitry Gluchovsky.

9. Do you have any OC's? If so, describe your favourite ones.
Wow, this is going to take some time... I have less OCs when compared to others, but the ones I do have are quite detailed and lovingly crafted. I think of new ones quite often, however. Probably my favorite OC of all time is Keith; I've written some pieces with him and published them here on dA. He is a very curt, taciturn and cold man with a ruthless drive for revenge. His entire life has become devoted to vengeance, and he seldom cares who is mowed down in the crossfire.

Another favorable OC of mine is Nolan. I haven't shared any pieces with him as of yet, but he has been around for quite some time. Despite being staunch and pretentious on the outside, he is a very passionate and driven person that cares for those closest to him to a fault. He's, also, a raging workaholic and possesses a very healthy sex life despite his seemingly prudish disposition. In the words of my step-father, he seems "so prissy you'd have to make an appointment to hit that," but he rarely refuses a good romp with an, to him, attractive partner.

It's incredibly difficult for me to choose between my OCs, and if I hadn't stopped myself, I could have listed many more that I consider to be my "favorite." As of now, many of my OCs are under-developed, so there are others I would like to list here but won't because I consider their characterizations too fickle to summarize accurately.

10. Do you write fan-fiction? If so, for which fandoms?
I used to write nothing but fan-fiction (solely for the Devil May Cry fandom), but I have been branching off from it for awhile now.

11. Do you prefer writing by hand or typing?
I enjoy writing by hand because it allows creativity to flow more easily from mind to paper and because I simply enjoy writing on paper (because I write in cursive, which I think is fun, for whatever reason). However, my hand gets far too tired far too quickly and easily when writing on paper, and the last thing I want is to have to quit in the middle of a burst of inspiration simply because my hand is aching. I believe typing is far more quick and efficient, and with a little concentration and the right mindset, the differences are virtually nonexistent.

12. Are you a huge critic when it comes to writing?

I tend to be extremely picky regardless of whose writing I'm reading, whether it be my own, a friend's or a stranger's. I could easily be described as a "grammar Nazi," though I don't act pretentious or look down on others for simple mistakes or even great ones (because I'm not perfect and I often make the same mistakes myself). I believe a good piece of writing will speak for itself, whether the grammar is perfect or not. I've simply possessed an excellent intuition for grammar from an early age, so I can easily spot most general mistakes, and they tend to irritate me if they're not corrected. For me, it ruins the immersion of a story when I come across a typo or grammatical error. Proper punctuation and, to a lesser extent, spelling tell a story as much as the author's vision does.

Disregarding grammatical mistakes, I tend to focus on what I view as most significant amongst the errors I find, when critiquing someone else's work, and leave the remaining errors out or mention them very briefly. I don't like to seem pedantic or harsh, so if I can't explain to someone how they could do something better, I usually won't criticize it, even if I view it as lacking. When it comes to my own work, I'm definitely my harshest critic, and I'm not satisfied with my work until I feel it is perfect, to the extent of my ability.

13. What format do you like to write in the most? (Prose, short story, vignette, poetry, etc.)
Definitely prose; I have attempted writing poetry several times with humiliating and disappointing results. Thus far, I've mainly written vignettes, as far as original fiction goes. I have yet to finish a short story, and I always start them with the intention of writing something comparable to a novel or novella.

14. Who do you tag?
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(Please send links when you're finished because I would really love to read your responses to these questions!)


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I'm Back~

Journal Entry: Sat Sep 27, 2014, 8:18 AM



I had a great vacation, thanks for asking. It was a really nice place. I think it was the first vacation in ages that my mother actually enjoyed, so that's something. The beaches were pristine and untouched; honestly, I can say without a hint of exaggeration that the sights took my breath away. It was unlike any of the heavily commercialized beaches I'd been to before. There were other tourists there, of course, but the place wasn't crowded and everyone there seemed to be there for the same reason: to enjoy the tranquility. It was just an amazing place, and I really long to go back. It's hard returning to normal life after such a peaceful week in such a beautiful place.

I have to admit, though, that I've been a little naughty. I haven't worked on my stories in awhile. I didn't write very much at all during vacation with the exception of role-plays. I'm going to start back, soon, however. Probably tomorrow, I will pull up my short stories and reread them so that I can pick up where I left off. I know it's taking me forever, but I promise that you will get to read them. I just want them to be well-done and eye-catching when I'm finished with them; I'm sick of publishing stories that I feel are incomplete and lacking. I'm also thinking about rewriting some of my fanfics; I've already started on a couple of them, so when I do decide to revisit them, I'll probably finish those before starting on any others.

That's about all I have to share right now. I'm doing fine. Work still sucks on most days, but I manage. I have my mind set on returning to school next fall because I know that's the only chance I have of getting out of this place and finding a career I will actually enjoy doing. Not that that will absolutely happen as a result of me going back to school, but I have no other options. It's either stay here and keep working a minimum wage job until, one day, I look up and realize, hey, I'm thirty years old and I'm still stuck here or try to move my life forward. Anyway, thank you for reading, and I hope you're all doing well! :heart:

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  • Watching: Dumb Ways to Die
  • Eating: animal crackers!
  • Drinking: water and watered-down kool-aid.

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Sleyf Featured By Owner Jun 10, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thanks for the fave...your webcam is hypnotic
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eclectic-reception Featured By Owner Jun 11, 2014  Hobbyist Writer
Yw :3 I know, right? I love goats. ^3^
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Sleyf Featured By Owner Jun 11, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
My twin adores them, personally I can take or leave them, she claims she wants a farm with them...and yaks, all I want is chickens...and thousands of rabbits
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eclectic-reception Featured By Owner Jun 11, 2014  Hobbyist Writer
I want chickens, goats and ponies. That is my ideal farm. xD Oh, and ducks. Bunnies wouldn't hurt either.
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ZelphieGray Featured By Owner May 10, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thanks for the Llama and the watch ahh :')!! Have one back :rose:!
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eclectic-reception Featured By Owner May 10, 2014  Hobbyist Writer
Thank you! ^^ I think your art is very... um... pretty? I just like it, don't know why. x)
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Edges-to-Everything Featured By Owner May 5, 2014  Hobbyist Writer
A very Happy Birthday to you, Lea! :nod:
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eclectic-reception Featured By Owner May 5, 2014  Hobbyist Writer
Thank you so much! I have to say, it's been a good one! :D
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Edges-to-Everything Featured By Owner May 5, 2014  Hobbyist Writer
Wonderful! :squee:
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eclectic-reception Featured By Owner May 5, 2014  Hobbyist Writer
Yiss. -3-
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