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It's been a long time since I've written anything here.
Plenty has changed. I finished my first semester of college, and barely managed to skate by passing my courses. It's been a pretty rough year, and I've lost a lot of friends and family to the troubles it brang. My family situation has worsened quite a lot, but I still hope for light at the end of the tunnel. Working, attending university, and maintaining personal relationships quickly became an impossibility, and all sorts of personal sacrifices followed. If it wasn't for the support of my long-term partner, I'm not sure how much longer I'd have been able to take it all.
I'm doing reasonably well these days, though. I recently adopted Arch Linux as my operating system of choice, and it honestly reinvigorated my interest in programming as a hobby. After many late night sessions of advice from a friend, I figured it's about time I move from web development and into Python and other object-oriented languages. I'm not really sure I'll be making any monumental contributions to society any time soon, but I think it'd be nice to make a video game.
I've always thought art was pretty interesting, and I've grown up around artist friends basically my entire life. I've tried my hand at traditional art numerous times, but I've never felt quite at home with the medium. For me, it's always been too imprecise, and I've never been very thrilled with the idea of sitting down to draw. Maybe it's my one-track mind, but art on pen and paper, or even on a tablet, has never been for me. I did freelance graphic design for a few years, and I broke into professional work for small businesses, but it never felt thrilling or rewarding to do corporate logos, and I never cared enough for the gamer aesthetics that came with streamer work. A video game needs graphics, so I guess I'll need to learn that too.
All I really do these days is sit around and play video games when I'm not working on uni work anyway, so with the semester coming to a close, hopefully my free time can result in someone else's enjoyment one day.