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Boot to the Rear, Kicked In Gear [May. 7th, 2013|09:03 am]
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From my DeviantArt.

It's a weird time in life for me right now. I have a rambunctious two-year-old, and my daughter just turned a month old. Tonnes of personal stuff is going down, and by all rights I should be a quivering heap of stress and passive aggressiveness. My spiritual life is robust though, and that is head and shoulders above everything else why I am hanging on. It is also the reason that despite what seems like the most inopportune period in recent memory, I've decided that this is the perfect time to begin work on really working on my art.

What this means in practical terms is that in the near future I will be updating this space much more frequently, maybe starting with batch updates, and then getting more regular as I go. I once told an artist friend of mine to draw something everyday-- I've started taking my own advice. Won't mean I'll draw or update everyday, but I'll at least begin having the mindset of working on my talents instead of procrastinating forever.

Because I do eventually want to go pro, one way or another, by whatever means are provided me. To that end, my first priority is practice. My next priority is output. Also, fairly soon here, I'll make a deliberate effort to get over my distaste for doing commissions, if only to dip my toe in the business side of things and base my next decisions from there.

For the moment, this post ought to serve as explanation for the quantity and quality of upcoming uploads. I don't have the luxury anymore of waiting for perfect conditions, material, or time to work. I will use whatever I get my hands on (lately, it's been blue Bic pens and some strips of cardboard). No time to color? No problem. Just keep on trucking and go back to any I want to render sometime in the future.

I pray I don't fizzle out again like so many efforts of the past. But I feel it will be different this time. The stakes have changed. I have changed. I still believe this is what I'm called to do, next to my spiritual priorities and raising a family. So here I am, doing it.

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From My Facebook [Apr. 22nd, 2013|02:10 pm]
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Whenever one of my friends suffers from depression, I find myself at something of a loss. When I was younger, it was because I felt I couldn't help with anyone's unhappiness, being unhappy myself. Now that I am happy, it is because I cannot communicate the source of my happiness.

It is not so much because it is an incommunicable source, but because I am deficient as a messenger, and my friends are not quite in a place to receive what I have to say-- for the most part, my friends are what you might call 'unbelievers', people self-described as atheist, agnostic, or indifferent to spiritual matters.

I know what to say to my Christian friends, especially Catholics, when they are depressed. But it might as well be hocus pocus to non-Christians. I cannot tell them to visit Jesus in the Adoration chapel and spend some time with Him. I cannot tell them to pray the Rosary. I cannot tell them to keep close to the Sacraments, especially the Eucharist and Reconciliation. I cannot tell them to talk to a priest for spiritual direction.

Nevertheless, to my non-Christian friends who are depressed, I still want you to be happy, so for you I have this piece of practical advice.

The surest way to fight depression is to help others. Find someone whom you know for a certainty is having a difficult time and then make a concrete effort to help them. Think you're already helping out? Escalate it. By this I don't necessarily mean to do more or even to give more in a financial sense. Make it more personal. Go out there and talk to them. Offer yourself and your time to them.

If you think you are doing enough, then ask yourself, are you feeding those who can't feed themselves? Are you bathing those who can't bathe themselves? It can always get more personal.

Now, I realize that there is a very real phenomenon of depression borne out of real psychological and physiological handicaps, but that's not what I'm talking about here. In the realm of clear ideas and clear thought, what I suggest is just as pragmatic and practical as taking a breath of fresh air, or sitting in the sunlight.

Helping others should necessarily remove oneself from that contemplation of self that can do nothing but reveal the defects and deficiencies of the human soul. If one contemplates oneself and finds no lack or weakness, then I daresay perhaps one has a different problem altogether. Contemplate others for but a moment, and you will take part in that unifying pathos that has moved the greatest pagans and the greatest Christians alike.

Never think you have nothing to offer. You have a value you do not see until you give yourself to others.
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Pimpin' the Panels [Mar. 22nd, 2013|07:41 pm]
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HAY GUIZE.

So there's this comic contest going on for League of Legends and I'm pretty pumped that I managed to get three entries out. If you've got an account, please go check them out and vote for them even if they suck, ok? That's what friends are for, right? Don't have an account? Then make one and make sure to use 'The Cobbly' as your reference! Two birds with one stone!

I actually don't know if smurf accounts can vote. GO LOOK ANYWAY.

ReLuxation

Time to End This

Photsynthesisters

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Design Snobbery [Feb. 28th, 2013|03:21 pm]
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Browsing random videos on our TV's Web Videos feature, I found a series called Inu X Boku SS. I'd have been a whole lot more interested in it though if the main male character didn't look like his design was something DeviantArt threw up after gorging itself on desus and sore was.

Tall, androgynous good looks, silver-white hair? Check.
Heterochromia? Check.
Heterochromia, where one of the eye colors is dark gold? Check.
Alternate form is a fox-person? Check.
Alternate form is a NINE-TAILED fox-person? Check.

While the animation is good, and every other character design is decent to good, narrative pacing is weird, motivations are one-dimensional, and cause and effect are completely subordinate to drama and/or comedy. Plus, according to Wikipedia, amnesia will later be a huge part of the plot, and amnesia is almost always a dealbreaker for me.

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What Would You Don't [Feb. 26th, 2013|11:06 am]
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A couple weeks back-- I forget exactly how at the moment-- a coworker brought to my attention a show called What Would You Do?. The premise is simple enough-- a crew sets up situations that appear to have people in some kind of urgent distress while hidden cameras record how the public reacts.

Unreality TVCollapse )

In the end, although I checked the show out because I promised to, I cannot watch any more of it than I already have, nor probably other shows like it. On a mystical level, I say it wounds the truth. On a personal level, I can't even appreciate quite everything masquerading as harmless pranks in various video clips floating about. I thoroughly enjoy jokes where adults act like children-- jumping out to scare someone, taking property but returning it unharmed, silly verbal traps. I am rather unmoved by jokes that treat adults like children. And I feel that What Would You Do? not only treats adults like children, but treats them like bad children.

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Animus [Feb. 15th, 2013|01:51 pm]
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Hey, remember that animated film meme I did way back when? Maybe you'll wish you didn't. Among the notable additions are Cloudy With A Chance of Meatballs, The Lorax, Wreck-It Ralph, and of course, How To Train Your Dragon. Moved some stuff around in categories too, and added years of release where I cared to. I figured it was a pretty good way to procrastinate from posting about life and Lent stuff.

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Where Was God? [Dec. 21st, 2012|10:57 am]
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3 + 1 [Dec. 10th, 2012|02:56 pm]
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It's a girl! :DDDDDDDDDDDDD
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As For Me And My House, We Shall Follow the Lord [Dec. 9th, 2012|07:59 pm]
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On this day, I thank the Lord for my birth, as well as for my rebirth. I rededicate myself to Him, as well as to the millions of children the world over who are denied their own first birthdays.


Posted via m.livejournal.com.

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Gone Fishin' [Aug. 11th, 2012|06:26 pm]
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Going on vacation for a week starting this afternoon! I'm also self-enforcing total social media blackout, so if you needed to let me know anything, leave all messages with my trusty secre... ta... ry... uhh...



Hm.

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