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Okay, so in a moment of nostalgia I logged back on here, and noticed that some of you still mention me (and this account). So I'll just go through an amalgamation of thoughts that you may find interesting.

If I pause to think about it, being here on DA was pretty much the awkward start in terms of writing, as well as making friends with other people online. And well, I wasn't very good at both. Thinking back, I started this account in 2010, and, was most 'active' shall we say until about 2013. I guess, I fell out of love with this site because in the beginning, it was a place where I felt I could grow as a writer. But then, as time when on, and from advice from more experienced writers I met, I came to realise that there really wasn't much of a future here. I think we're familiar with the notion of DA primarily being a visual art site, and perhaps despite the efforts of various literature groups, that would never change. Moreover, it became clear eventually that there was a choice to make - stay on the cozy website where you can upload anything when you wish (but have little chance of progression), or strike out in other places and try to get something in print. That's a pretty big gulf, and, honestly, I never felt that DA could realistically breach the gap. In visual arts here, there's a rather large gap between amateurs and professional artists, and well, when we look at literature, you don't exactly see many professional writers here at all. Perhaps I didn't look hard enough though.

The main point is this though. I simply felt DA had become stifling, and I couldn't separate what I'd previously done as a bit of a frankly crazy teenager, to what I want to do now. A lot has changed between then and now, with a lot of necessary growing up.

Anyway, I still think I was unfair in leaving DA, as I pretty much drew the process out, and then announced an indefinite hiatus after most people had probably given up on any meaningful signs of life coming from here. Still, I did miss the sense of community that developed here in the early days, and while you can't resurrect the past, I feel I should give things here a go once more. So, if you're interested, let me know, and I'll send you the information of where you can find me.

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Okay, so in a moment of nostalgia I logged back on here, and noticed that some of you still mention me (and this account). So I'll just go through an amalgamation of thoughts that you may find interesting.

If I pause to think about it, being here on DA was pretty much the awkward start in terms of writing, as well as making friends with other people online. And well, I wasn't very good at both. Thinking back, I started this account in 2010, and, was most 'active' shall we say until about 2013. I guess, I fell out of love with this site because in the beginning, it was a place where I felt I could grow as a writer. But then, as time when on, and from advice from more experienced writers I met, I came to realise that there really wasn't much of a future here. I think we're familiar with the notion of DA primarily being a visual art site, and perhaps despite the efforts of various literature groups, that would never change. Moreover, it became clear eventually that there was a choice to make - stay on the cozy website where you can upload anything when you wish (but have little chance of progression), or strike out in other places and try to get something in print. That's a pretty big gulf, and, honestly, I never felt that DA could realistically breach the gap. In visual arts here, there's a rather large gap between amateurs and professional artists, and well, when we look at literature, you don't exactly see many professional writers here at all. Perhaps I didn't look hard enough though.

The main point is this though. I simply felt DA had become stifling, and I couldn't separate what I'd previously done as a bit of a frankly crazy teenager, to what I want to do now. A lot has changed between then and now, with a lot of necessary growing up.

Anyway, I still think I was unfair in leaving DA, as I pretty much drew the process out, and then announced an indefinite hiatus after most people had probably given up on any meaningful signs of life coming from here. Still, I did miss the sense of community that developed here in the early days, and while you can't resurrect the past, I feel I should give things here a go once more. So, if you're interested, let me know, and I'll send you the information of where you can find me.
First sort of login for ages, and I'm surprised that I still have some messages here. I'll get round to answer them shortly. For those of you still reading this, I'm just going to give a summary of what's been going on, if you're interested. I still don't know whether I should just close this account (it would be smart), but I'm quite nostalgic about this place. In spite of the reasons why I left too. Anyway.

University is keeping me busy, and alternating between wanting to push and get a 1st or just coast and settle for the mark I'm currently on. Recent feedback on various things made me consider whether I wanted to continue going into academia, which would involve doing a masters and a PHD, or going out into the world and earning some money. At the moment, the latter feels more like me. For one I would like money to live by - scrimping and saving as a student is really tiring after three years, and academia doesn't exactly pay well over here. It's also very competitive too. Part of my disillusionment about academia is also how politicised it is. I originally wanted to believe it was about pushing knowledge forward, but in reality, a lot of academic books are written to secure promotions or to flesh out CV's, and as such, they can be very poor. Needless to say it's disappointing. At the same time, I'm fed up of the limits of academic prose - how many articles are written not to increase understanding by explaining, but by using a system of complex language in order to address an educated few - the result being knowledge withheld rather than spread. Besides, I'd rather spend time writing creatively than writing academically.

My dissertation is keeping me busy. That's all on that.

Writing wise, I did manage to get something in print. Mind you, when I say what the actual print publication looked like... I'm not so happy. But hey, it's a start. Something went through an editorial process and was selected. In the meantime, I sent off another story for publication is a more reputable-looking publication, and am working on another story for the 28th. After that, it's back to writing my latest novel project, which is keeping me occupied. I've also been writing more poetry.

I have been making improvements in drawing, but I have no desire to post it like I used to do. It seems relaxing about it, and drawing for my own pleasure, rather than trying to do things to show to people (like I used to upload things here) is brining results. That and oh, always get references and study them. I've also managed to save up some money and get some commission work from various artists. It's been really fun to see concepts from my writing get fleshed out, and useful for fleshing out how the world looks visually, and how people interpret it.

That's pretty much it. How are the rest of you doing?

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MunchyPaws Featured By Owner Jun 23, 2015  Hobbyist Writer
Happy Birthday, man! Hope all is going well for you : )
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WhIppIng-b0y Featured By Owner Mar 17, 2015
Hi ;D
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Bianor Featured By Owner Mar 8, 2014
Thank you for the fav+!
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W-Lupus Featured By Owner Mar 9, 2014   Writer
You're welcome - keep up the great work!
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introverted-ghost Featured By Owner Mar 8, 2014   Writer
Thank you for the watch! :la:
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