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  • Listening to: Random Playlists on 8tracks
  • Reading: Elephants can Remember - Agatha Christie
  • Drinking: Lots and lots of water
I don't even know how long it's been since my last journal. Hopefully, there won't be such a big gap between this one and the next. If you've read my previous journals you might know that last August I moved from Portugal back to Brazil, the country where I was born but had left when I was but three. So, I have returned 20 years later and it's been hard. Not horrible, but a bit hard. Still, I have a job and I have my own room again. I've settled at this new house for about a month and finally it's feeling like home and I my creative juices seem to be flowing again.
That makes everything easier! The fact I really like my job helps too, of course. Teaching ESL is something I never thought I'd like as much as I do. Main goal is still to write, write, write. I have two projects right now, one with IntriguingBeast and another solo one that seems to be going well. Hopefully, the solo's first draft will be wrapped up in mid March.
It feels good to be active again even if it doesn't show here.
Missed you all guys.
  • Listening to: Artic Monkeys
  • Watching: The Matrix
  • Playing: Rayman Raving Rabbids
It's been a while since I've been here. I just submitted a poem and it was a very old one xP
Still, I'm very happy to say I have found a job and I'm enjoying it immensely. I am an English teacher at a language school and... well, it's great. I like my students, I like my colleagues and it's not too far from where I live. I have some crazy schedules, but I was never a big fan of pretty, regular time tables. I end up having more free time during the week, and that's pretty nice, honestly. For the last weeks free time has been filled with chores and all, but yeah...
So, I just wanted to let you guys know I am alive and, if things go well, I'll be here more. My schedule will stabilize and so the things at the house!
See you guys soon.

P.S. Exactly a year ago I was about to start a job I thought was going to be awesome. It was horrible and depressing. Can't help but smile at the differences...
I can't believe it's been a whole month since I wrote that last journal. I am officially living in Brazil now, staying at my uncle's house for the moment but yeah... there's no going back now. At least not to how it was before. I'm enjoying it more than I expected, but till now it's been like this very weird vacations, so I really can't say definitely if I like this here. Still, I'm willing to discover and looking forward to making my life here. Being able to earn a living it's exciting and something I really want to do. Being able to buy the things I want and need...
I think I'm going to start writing again soon. I'd like to be up to do NaNo this year, since CampNaNo and Story a Day May were a bust. I don't think I'll be able to do Story a Day September as well, but I'd like to try and do a couple of days. Maybe one each week.
Well, I'm just doing the report. Tomorrow I'm heading to the fair and try new stuff, so I need to wake up early. Wish me luck!
  • Watching: Stranger Than Fiction
I'm moving to Brazil. I don't know if I should say back because, truthfully, even though I was born there, I have been living in Portugal since I was three. So, I'm as nervous as if I was moving to a new country, even if I have so much family there. I'm so scared and... nervous.
I don't know why I'm writing this down, maybe I just need... to write. To share this.
That's it.
I'm moving. To the other side of the ocean.
I'm scared.
And that's it.
  • Reading: The Scarlet Pimpernel - Baroness Orczy
  • Watching: Star Trek - Original Series
Hey everyone!
Recently I have started to play with my Goodreads account and it's pretty fun, but I'd love to have a couple more friends there, to talk about books and share reviews! So, if any of you would like to add me as a friend you can do it here!

Camp NaNo

Journal Entry: Mon Apr 7, 2014, 4:53 AM
  • Reading: Senhora - José de Alencas
  • Watching: Star Trek - Original Series
Camp NaNo

And yay! Journal skins!

Ah, my favourite time of the year at deviantART! The day when we can use everything it doesn't matter if we pay or not! So, here I am using my favourite skin just because I can.

And, of course, another wonderful time of the year. NaNo! Camp NaNo, this once, first round. Next round is in July, but that's not important right now! What actually matters this month is that I am ready to aim for 30k words yet again.
And on day 7 I'm already 4.5k late! xD
I'm not too worried. I am sure I can cover it and, right now, the important thing for me, is to get the story down on paper, if I don't reach the 30k what the hell! xP

I have tonsillitis and I'm a big scared to be honest. Last time I was like this, the doctor prescribed the wrong antibiotics, and I got even worse. Penicillin shots were needed... I don't want to go through it again.
It's not as severe this time, I hope, but I still just want to sleep. I doze off every ten minutes, no matter what I'm doing and it's kinda annoying... Like now. And this is it. Before I fall asleep again.
  • Reading: David Copperfield
  • Watching: Star Trek - Original Series
On December 17th, IntriguingBeast put a package on the mail.
By mid-January we were both panicking. I went to the local post office, she went to grunt and complain at the UPS office. My theory was that the plane was too heavy and they threw the package through the window in the middle of the ocean. It didn't help when the UPS guy told IntriguingBeast something like: "Calm down, it will get there eventually."
C'mon! After we went through all the channels, even talking with customs and no one knew where the package was, having them tell us that, won't make us feel calm!

February 17th... I got a letter from customs! 2 whole months!

Well, they needed documents from me... And today...

After almost three whole months... LOOK!

Such lovely things! Thank you IntriguingBeast! :iconspazhugplz:
  • Listening to: Imagine Dragons
  • Watching: Star Trek - Original Series
Really... Nothing much happened, but it made it a very good day.
It has to do with my previous work, the one that was making me very depressed... From today on, I'm officially free.
So happy...
  • Listening to: Imagine Dragons
  • Reading: David Copperfield
  • Watching: Star Trek - Original Series
  • Playing: Pangya for the PSP
  • Eating: American Chocolate Chip Cookies
So, yesterday IntriguingBeast made a very good point: we're neglecting our writing! Since she sort of became my writing conscience when I just feel like postponing things and RPing my free time away, I'm guessing she is right! So, today I decided to go look at 'The Entity' chapters I had posted here last summer and I reached the conclusion they are very good and I want to thank from the start whoever critiqued it and is now helping me to see why some parts sound so strange to me.

I have put them on storage though and, maybe when I start working on the next chapters I'll put them up too. I remember why I had stopped posting perfect - the plot wasn't taking the direction I wanted and I was trying to correct some wholes - and I feel like I just need to focus now! And I will! It's one of my year's resolution and this year I'm very focused - or trying to kick myself into getting focused! xD

So, yeah, just if any of you wonder where the hell the chapters went. And why suddenly they're back followed by two or three new chapters!
  • Listening to: Imagine Dragons
  • Reading: David Copperfield
  • Watching: Star Trek - Original Series
  • Playing: Harvest Moon
  • Eating: Apple Cake!…

Have fun!
  • Reading: I, Robot
  • Playing: Harvest Moon
So, yesterday I was not okay at all.
The problem is not solved completely, but I now know that it either works or is a bust and I'm more comfortable knowing where it's going.
Anyway, I refuse to give up (mainly because I can't) and today I'm feeling better. Happy! Good thoughts! Good friends! Good kitties!
I hope that, with this new state of mind, I'm more active on DA again. I miss writing, pixeling, browsing and whatever I did around here! So, see you soon, I hope!

Miss you guys.
  • Reading: I, Robot
  • Playing: Harvest Moon
Work's not going well.
I feel paralyzed, sick to my stomach and about to cry at every single moment.
Yeah, I'm not happy about it at all. I don't think I'm good at it.
I think I'm going to be fired tomorrow, and I don't care. I'm not happy and I hate this.
I'm a happy person.
I'm not feeling happy.

/end whining

  • Reading: I, Robot
  • Playing: Harvest Moon
  • Listening to: Imagine Dragons
  • Reading: I, Robot
  • Watching: Elementary
I don't hate it, but I don't exactly like it.
Honestly, it doesn't have much to do with the job itself but both my bosses. First week and I feel no support from either of them and, even though I'm the newbie and they said they would be by my side every step of the way, I've had little to no actual attention. Yes, they've been with me some time (not as much as they said they would) but, especially with one of them, her mind was always somewhere else and she was usually late to get some other place - we work selling stuff from one place to the other.
And, today, they started whining and... well, not bitching, they were too nice too bitch but something like that, that I haven't reached the standard goal for the week. Alright, my week didn't go as I planned, but it's my first week! OF ALL! I've never done anything like this.

Today, after a presentation at 9pm and arriving home at 11pm, I was feeling so discouraged that I just felt like saying 'fuck you all! I don't wanna do this anymore!' Instead I just ranted around and I'm feeling calmer. I know there's next week still, but my bosses don't seem like they do. I just wanna either give up on this or curl up in a ball and whine for the next two weeks, waiting for everything to work. None will work...
So, I need to suck it up, hear whatever bitching that might come and keep working.

Btw, thanks everyone for the birthday wishes. Since I had a crappy first day of work (which was my bday, actually), it was wonderful to get home and see the messages.
  • Listening to: Imagine Dragons
  • Reading: The Aventures of Sherlock Holmes
  • Watching: Elementary
Oh my... So, for the last two weeks I was working on studying for the Insurance Seller course and today I had the exam. I passed, I didn't expect nothing less, but still it was pretty nerve wrecking. Now it's two weeks at an hotel in Lisbon (that's the good part and I'm really excited, not to mention the people I'm with I'm great) learning how to do the company's work. Holy fuck, I'm nervous. I'm not sure if I'm good at this, not sure if I'll be able to do this, not sure if I'll be able to write in my free time... Or if I'll have any free time. I know money is important and I'll love to be able to save for several things I already wanna do. Visiting friends, buying a new laptop (my poor thing is dying).
Still, I'm going to enjoy these two weeks. I hope I have the chance to write and create while I'm here, especially that NaNo is coming. Friday. NaNo is Friday. Crap, so soon.

That's all for today. Very nervous. Or something.
  • Listening to: Imagine Dragons
  • Reading: War and Peace
  • Watching: Elementary
Today... I was done with work!
Last day, last chores, last hours, left work early and with a bunch of postcards my boss gave us - we work with postcards and calendars and there's always a LOT left by the end of it, so he gives us some.
So, I'm free... I don't know for how long. I might find another job soon, but it will be a desk job. This means: less tired both mentally and physically. Still, not 100% sure about this job, but a friend also spoke about a company who needs someone to translate stuff to English. That would be a job from home... Also good. Damn, I'm just free from one job, and already thinking of others... I just want more time for myself, actually.

Ugh, moving on!! I'm free! :iconfeelingfreeplz:
I have ideas for two short stories and have a little notebook with ideas for some of my WIPs. Those are the good news! I want to have a lot of time to write, especially during November! It's NaNo! I want to work on my novel with IntriguingBeast

So... yeah, that is it. Tomorrow I'll have more news about... stuff! For now, that is it.

I'm back! Alive!
  • Listening to: The Academy is...
  • Reading: A Tragedy in Three Acts
  • Watching: The Dog Whisperer
  • Eating: Nestlé's Snack
  • Drinking: Green Iced Tea
This is what has been keeping me busy lately. Work has been better after the first week and a half, since now I have been sitting instead of being on my feet all day. It will return to that sooner or later, but I'm happy where I am right now.
As for NaNo, it's going good as well. Unfortunately, I was working on The Essence, but I've reached a plot point that I can't solve when I have a word count to keep up with! Ugh! On the other hand, it's giving me the chance to work on the back story of a wolf shifters' pack of my own. I need to, because they will all be part of the novel IntriguingBeast and I are working on. Without a good back story, things might go down hill. It's not going as smoothly as I like, but I can make it up as I go! xD

Still! Good news, I managed to be picked to test a new brand of cat food and I've received some free cat food xD My cat's loving it and I'm saving money. I just need to test it for three weeks and speak with other people about it. It's the first campaign like this I'm participating in, but I'm excited and I hope it goes well, because I really would like to participate on others. This has also kept me busy, because I have been trying to be organized and efficient with it.

So, this is what has kept me busy. I have also some chapters from other deviants to read and critique! I have not forgotten you! I PROMISE! NaNo months are just horrible to do anything but write, especially when I'm working. I'm trying to keep a good wordcount during the week so I can work on that this weekend! I'll do my best!
  • Listening to: fun. - Aim and Ignite
  • Reading: War and Peace
  • Watching: The Glades
  • Playing: Cut the Rope
I'm sure you might remember when I said I planned on featuring art and artists on my journals... Yeah, I do too but I haven't done that much, have I now? However, the Synergy project I'm part of is encouraging me to do so, lets see if I use it as initiative!

I will start by my wonderful partner on the Synergy project: KnittedBunny. She has many poems and some short stories on her Writings folder, you should check it out! Today I'm featuring her piece: Dark Tiles. I loved it and even wrote a critique for it. Here it is:

Dark TilesThere is nothing as wonderful
As stepping out onto a cool patio
And feeling the sun's warmth
Through your bare soles
From the dark tiles
As the sky turns dark.
There is nothing as wonderful
As watching the sky rainbow
From an egg-blue to a velvety black
With that orange shimmer
And yellow dusting
And parrot-green veil
Sitting on the horizon.
There is nothing as wonderful
As seeing the first star wink into being
Amidst the turquoisey blue;
Venus shining out below
That beautiful deep purple
With the sky all to herself.
There is nothing as wonderful
As waiting for each light in the city
To blink on across the dark water
With cars streaming across an empty space
Not noticing their being noticed.
There is nothing as wonderful
As walking out to a place you've known forever
And feeling something different
In your heart
And the emotion is so much that you
Have to sit down and
There is nothing as wonderful
As stepping out onto a cool patio
And feeling the sun's warmth
Through your bare s

  • Reading: D. Quixote de la Mancha
Something I really love in DA is to browse the "Landscape and Scenery" category. It is just full of beautiful settings that go from forests, cityscapes, deserts, caves, rooms in houses, and so much more. They inspire me so much. I love coming up with little stories for some of the works, inspired on an idea that landscape gives me or a character that would fit that place. So... here are some of my favorites!

Oak's Crossing by JonasDeRo Myranor Cover 2 by Fetsch Library by daRoz Feudal Lands by ReneAigner

Salty Enclave by ReneAigner Canyon Environment Final by Balaskas :thumb364958527: OSMADTH - Nasreddin by flaviobolla

OSMADTH - Dun Artorith by flaviobolla the Black Stone by thomaswievegg Landing by Wildweasel339 Half Remembered Ruins by JJcanvas

Castle Alexandria by WestlyLaFleur ruins by digital-fantasy Feel the Quiet River rage by xpsam The Mall by TitusLunter

Chapter 2, Panel 15 by daniellieske The Ratway by TheMinttu underwater by maringouin Skyrim Fantasy Ruins by AlexRuizArt

I have many more of course, but these are some of the beautiful ones that fill my "Landscape" collection. Hope you like them.
  • Reading: The Mystery of the Blue Train - Agatha Christie
Day 16 and I haven't missed one yet. I started posting some here, but got discouraged by day 4 or 5, mainly because some of my stories are closer to drafts to be worked on later or snippets for novels and character back stories.
Still, it's a fun challenge and you can follow some prompts or just write your own thing. I've been doing both!

I've also been sure to keep up with my goal of writing, reading and doing something else artsy everyday. Well, the something artsy has been writing lately, but I plan on working on pixels again. Or sketching. I haven't drawn in a while. Not that I'm that good, but I like it, and that's what's important, right? I still have a reference challenge to finish that I was doing with IntriguingBeast! I had totally forgotten about it, but she picked some evil references and I guess I wanted to forget xD