Having an eep! moment

I am travelling 14 hours, about 20,000 kilometres to a country where I don’t know anyone. I will be on my own for nine days, relying on the kindness of people I’ve never meet before. My thought this morning¬† before dragging my sorry arse out of bed was I’m going to be staying with people who I’ve never spoken to or seen in real life – I must be crazy.

Eeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeep!!

But really, isn’t that what all overseas travel is about? You’re in a country where you essentially have none of the usual supports. I’ll really be on my own and that is a little freaky.

But all this still can’t overwhelm the excitement I feel. I’m going overseas! I’m going to meet some people who I spend more time communicating with then my friends who live two blocks away from me. It’s going to be brilliant, fantastic.

Oohh… QANTAS lets you check out what the inflight entertainment might be and I can watch Iron Man again. My god, I’m nerdy! I get distracted from freaking out by the fact I’ll be able to watch Iron Man.

Hoorah :)

The mini-moo cards came out brilliantly and I didn’t mess up the text on the back. Booyah! Man of steel is my favourite I think, followed by Haunted Knight and The Long Halloween. Now all I have to do is make myself give them out when I’m in Baltimore. I’m going to keep a few for myself as well.

Also, there’s a suitcase in my bedroom that’s just waiting to be filled.

A moment of insanity?

An idea is stuck in my head of once again venturing back to uni. I got curious and checked out what courses Open Universities offered and I found a Communications degree that offers a journalism major. Now the idea is stuck in my head and I’m seriously contemplating whether or not to enrol. The timing is wrong for session three (running from Sept 1 – Nov 28) but session four could be a goer to start it as it’s over summer.

I’m crazy.

I told myself after finishing my multimedia degree that I would never ever go back to school. However, right now I feel a really strong desire to re-skill. I don’t want to do IT support for the rest of my life but it’s really hard to get a decent job these days unless you have either a university degree or loads of skills. I was interested in journalism when I was still at high school and wanted to study it at uni but I was heavily discouraged from pursuing it (in other words, everyone told me I was crap and wouldn’t be able to hack it). I’ve always wanted to be a writer but I don’t feel I have the imagination for it. Writing for a newspaper really appeals because I’d get to write but it’d be factual so I wouldn’t feel pressured to come up with something.

If I did a degree through Open Universities, I could still work. It’s all online learning, which would really suit me. I’m also entitled to FEE-HELP so I could defer the fees (and accrue an even larger education debt).

Can I afford it? Do I really want to commit to something like this? How big a change do I want to make? Do I really want to put myself through the pressure of studying again? Am I having a mid 30s crisis?

I don’t have to rush to decide. Enrolment for session four doesn’t close until November 14 and by then I could’ve decided this is a crazy idea and I was mad to even contemplate it.

I have travel insurance

I finally got my travel insurance. Yay me. Now people can stop asking me about it.

And seeing I’ve decided I’m taking my laptop, I have a sexy new Crumpler laptop bag. I checked out sleeves and they cost around $60. So I decided to spent an extra $20 and got a “Reginald Transfer” with handles and a shoulder strap. It fits my laptop perfectly and I went the green even though I have a red backpack and suitcase. Going to clash horribly!

Only one month and two weeks until I get to use it for the purpose it was bought for. Hoorah!

Oh… and I got some more mini-moo cards featuring five of my Long Halloween action figure photos and five of my Trinity action figure photos. Fingers crossed they come out okay and I got everything on the back of the card right.

Things to get for my trip

1. Travel insurance.
2. Power plug adaptor.
3. Sleeve for laptop. I’ve decided I am going to take it with me.
4. A few packets of TimTams. Those yanks are going to learn how to suck milk/coffee/alcohol of choice through a timtam!
5. Vegemite. If I’m having toast, I’m going to want vegemite.
6. A variety of lollies, chocolates and sweet things to give away.
7. Chocolate coated macadamia nuts.
8. Some new moo mini-cards featuring my action figure photos. Might actually drum up some sales.
9. Sketchpad.
10. Presents for my generous hosts (still working on exactly what they’ll be).
11. Bigger memory card for camera.

Everything’s blue in this world

photo title: everything's blue in this world

Much to my surprise, this is a minimally edited photo. I tweaked the exposure down one step to remove some of the white burn in the corners but it really did come out of the camera that blue. And many thanks to Trent Reznor for such a great title. It’s a lyric from a NIN song but I have no idea which one.

The way out is through

photo of snake walkway melbourne

I’ve been flicking through some of my old photos and I found at least one that I thought deserved an outing. I probably ignored it when I took it because I didn’t know how to do what I wanted to do to it. I’ve got Lightroom now and I’ve discovered a whole new world of post-processing.

And now we have…

scarecrow
Scarecrow

I’m still not 100% sure about it. I think I blew out the white too much but the hands look really cool and I like to think I captured a little of why scarecrows are so damn creepy. Not being able to see his face makes you start filling in the details and there could be anything under that big, pointy hat.

Fandom gone too far?

I know so many people who have themed sketchbooks or a particular character they request from comic book artists when they’re at a con. Well, I’m having a totally crazy theme idea for a sketchbook for my trip to Baltimore (and any other future cons I get to): Doctor Who. Specifically, David Tennant’s Doctor. I’d obviously have to get some reference pictures because most of the artists aren’t going to know who he is but I think it could be a brilliant idea. And it combines two of my loves – Doctor Who and comic books.

The state of Kelly’s heart

I bought a scarecrow action figure that’s based on a Tim Sale design today and I’m looking forward to photographing it. It’s so creepy looking. I can’t wait to hit it with some good harsh lighting and see what comes out.