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Journal Entry: Mon Mar 30, 2015, 10:27 PM
Been a while, many months, since I wrote about what's going on with me. Last episode I had talked about coming to realise I'd been living with depression/mental illness most of my life, and how I'd be heading back home to Australia to get help with the support of my family.

It started of kinda rocky, had to wait a month before seeing a psychiatrist, so I abused alcohol a bit here and there. The first anti-depressant I was put on was Lexapro, and while at first it seemed to help eliminate the depression, it soon became evident that it kinda eliminated everything. I was a zombie. I was stuck with it for maybe two and a half months, because during December and most of January my psychiatrist was unavailable. Towards the end I was basically stuck in bed all day, getting up only to use the bathroom and marathon episodes of Star Trek (original series and TNG.)

With that obviously not doing me any good, I've now switched to Venlafaxine (Enlafax, Effexor) which is a big improvement. Still feeling kinda weird, but I've got my mojo back to some degree.

I've taken up photography again in a big way, my shot count is in the thousands. The actual number of 5/5 star photos is far less, perhaps double digits, perhaps triple, but I've certainly got a lot of content to upload.

A relative came down from Greece in the week leading up to Dec 25th, and I tagged along as my family took him to see the sights - a walk through Melbourne, a road trip to Ballarat to see Sovereign Hill, and a trip to the Vic market.

There's a paper mill near my grandmother's house that is being slowly demolished to make way for what is essentially a self contained city state, with appartments, shops, etc. My first trip there I was able to get inside one of the buildings - which has since been blocked by huge lumps of concrete. So I've got quite a few urban decay / urbex photos out of that, some that I'll upload as stock photography.

One of my aunts is an avid photographer, she's one of my early inspirations, and with her I've been out to a rose garden and a garden show that was held in Melbourne recently. At the rose garden I focused on wilting flowers mostly, but I got a few classic shots too. At the garden show however I found myself taking advantage of the density of the crowd and I focused more on taking photos of people. I had a great time taking photos of people taking photos with their phones, tablets and cameras.

My uncle on the other hand, got into photography more recently, and it's through him that I'm a weirdo using Sigma cameras with their Foveon sensor. He prefers landscapes and cars, so it's with him I've been taking trips to the paper mill, but we've also gone to two car shows.

Coming back from the garden show with my aunt we found ourselves approaching a car accident, fire trucks, police, paramedics, the works. An elderly man had backed his car into the local bookshop (from which I've bought Nadia a book on Dali, and myself a big connect-the-dots book) and I found myself leaping out of her car with nary a word said to photograph the event. I think until the news crews arrived I was the only one there with an actual camera camera, and not just a cell phone or tablet.

Aside from shoots with my aunt and uncle, I've gone on a few walkabouts myself with various cameras (even taken a few hi-res shots that might wind up being NEW TEXTURES!!), and this week I'm planning to go on a walkabout with a longtime friend, perhaps into the city so we can shoot a mix of subjects. So... yeah. tl;dr: I've got a lot of photos to share lol.

Lets see. What else. A trip to the office store with my mum so she could print some photos resulted in me buying something like $35 dollars worth of pens, markers and highlighters that I hope to use to draw/sketch with. It suddenly occurred to me that general office/school supplies is the medium I'm most comfortable working with, so why get in the way of it? Embrace it, yeah? When I first came back home oh boy was it a strange experience to go through old doodles and drawings I hadn't seen in almost a decade. They'd even kept the ... lets say... erm... artistic nudes I used to .... mumble mumble

OH HEY! DID I MENTION I GOT A NEW PHONE? ;p :D

It's a Samsung Galaxy Alpha. Pretty snazzy. Still getting used to it, but it's certainly nice not to have to carry my Nexus 7 around in my pocket.

I guess that's all for now.

For anyone that's mutual friends with bleedsopretty, drop me a note if you'd like to be updated on what's going on with her these days. Things being how they are, I'd like to talk about it, but would rather do it privately with her dA friends.

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theevhorscope Featured By Owner Mar 21, 2015
Late thank you for the watch dude ^_^
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tiganusi Featured By Owner Feb 21, 2015  Professional
Why hello there old man. :stare:
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thespook Featured By Owner Feb 21, 2015
Sup dude? Long time no poop joke :)

:peace:
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tiganusi Featured By Owner Feb 21, 2015  Professional
Poop jokes never get old. Life's still life; hope yours is too.
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thespook Featured By Owner Feb 21, 2015
Thanks. To be honest, I'm going through some difficult problems with mental illness where I'm being forced to be patient as I go through different treatments - but it's not for you to be concerned about. Checking through your gallery I see photography and artwork that is far from what I remember of you. The growth and progression is cool to see, good on you mang. :thumbsup:
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rotane Featured By Owner Nov 11, 2014   General Artist
Hey man, hope you're doing alright in Spookhausen!
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thespook Featured By Owner Dec 3, 2014
:manhug:

It's been kinda intense but it's starting to get better.

What have you been up to these days? (and what's up with napalm riot??)
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rotane Featured By Owner Dec 3, 2014   General Artist
Good to hear! 

Me, not much, i hang out in front of the computer way too much these days (as evidenced by this rather quick reply), but the weather is too shitty here to be doing anything outside. Oh, and Napalm Riot? It got rebranded to RiotCore ages ago, but it never got off its feet. Ultimately, Spot decided to pull the plug a couple months ago. It was eating up his life, and it ended up being too much for him, so it's gone. A Facebook group is all that's left now. I'll send you an invite, if you want. 
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CeyDoo-BlueShine Featured By Owner Oct 11, 2014  Student Digital Artist
Hello! Thank you for your awesome stocks, used some here: ceydoo-blueshine.deviantart.co…  :thumbsup: :thumbsup: ^_^
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Cinnamoncandy Featured By Owner Aug 20, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Happy Birthday!
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TeresaClark Featured By Owner Aug 20, 2014  Professional General Artist
Happy Birthday!!! hope you have a nice day :party: 3-0 is an important one!
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CypherVisor Featured By Owner Aug 20, 2014
Happy birthday! :)

Have fun! :party:
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ginkgografix Featured By Owner Aug 20, 2014
Happy Birthday, Nick! Have a great day and get some cake :la: :glomp: :heart:
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AlanRalph Featured By Owner Aug 20, 2014  Professional General Artist
Another solar orbit successfully completed! :salute:
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BloodshotInk Featured By Owner Aug 5, 2014
Thanks for the watch :]
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KnifeInToaster Featured By Owner Aug 3, 2014
Thank you for the fave! :dummy:
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KPEKEP Featured By Owner Jul 31, 2014
wow thanks )
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thespook Featured By Owner Jul 31, 2014
lol, get out of here - thank you :thumbsup:

Your fractal landscapes are what I wish my dreams were made of :)
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exhale-exhalt Featured By Owner Jul 30, 2014  Hobbyist Writer
Thanks for adding my picture to your collection :)
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adokeeffe Featured By Owner Jul 30, 2014  Hobbyist Photographer
Thanks for the :+fav:s :)
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