Hey ho everyone!
yes, it's been a while, but this time the reason is legitimate; I've started college at the end of August, and before that, I was using the time just to get myself ready financially, emotionally, psychically. College is expensive...well, not this one really, but still costly, and I'm thankful that I followed my mother's and my own advice in saving up some money for unexpected costs. So that's taken cared of, and I'm actually doing pretty well. I'm passing my quizzes and papers, and if I get the good grades, I won't even be in college that long, since I already have college credits and hours that transferred. If everything works out, I'll graduate no later than 2013...if the world lasts that long.
So yes, things are going well with school, and I'm more than grateful for that.
Other than that, nothing really much else. I did see a couple of new movies that I thought was cool:
The first one was The Help, based on the novel about living in the American South during the '60's through the eyes of Black American maids. Man that was an awesome movie. Honestly, it has got to be one of the few movies that affected me so emotionally. While the Southern dialogue and accent was a bit hard for me to follow, I truly felt I somewhat got a sense of the struggle and hardships of living in the South during the '60's and before. It was painful, frustrating, scary, hard, and lonely I'm sure, especially for the Black Americans and immigrants, as well as poor White Americans. One of the most surprising things I've learned about Southern history is that poor White Americans were treated nearly as badly as the Black Americans...many of them were also denied so much. *sigh* There were other things I just couldn't understand or believe either...like the Black Americans having to walk into a business or building at the back or the side just for being Black. The signs that said "Colored Entrance" really got to me. I can barely imagine being told to enter a building in the back just for my skin color. How humiliating that must have felt for them. My family and I were not here in America in the 60's, but I've spoken with older Black Americans before, and there's no way I would be able to empathize the hardships they went through, even today what Black Americans are going through, as well as recent immigrants from other countries. I actually teared up a few times during the movie, but I knew how important it was, especially how important it was to the Black Americans today that lived through it. The story was gripping with wonderful historical references, especially the funeral of John F. Kennedy. In all, I'll definitely see it again.
The next movie I saw that I really enjoyed was Rise Of The Planet Of The Apes. I've always been a fan of the original movie with Charlton Heston...the sequels, not so much...well. Conquest Of The Planet of the Apes was pretty cool. My mother told me of how much of an impact the movies were, and in a way, I can see that with this movie. Basically it dealt with a theory of how the monkeys and apes rose to power, thus creating the world of The Planet Of The Apes movie what was based off the novel. I really liked the idea, and it really brings to light about who are really the animals...the ones in the cage, or the humans who put them in cages. The CGI was pretty state of the art too, as the technology used in Avatar was used in this movie was well. I enjoyed it, and the ending had a bit of a twist that I'm sure a lot of people saw coming if they were paying attention. Let's just say that it wasn't the monkeys that nearly destroyed the humans, but something of their own making..something that they should have respected, even for their size.
Last but not least, Cowboys And Aliens. Although according to reports it didn't really do that well, it was actually pretty good. I'm sure the reason it didn't do as well as predicted is because most audience having seen or thought about mixing science fiction with Westerns. They were their own genre, and I'm not sure many people thought about mixing them. I'm pretty sure if Hollywood tried again, it would do much better. I admit, the storyline could have been better, but it was intense when it needed to be, and to me, that's important. The movie was basically about an alien visitation during the mid to late 1800's, and I thought it was a bold move for Hollywood. I hope they try again.
So those are my reviews. Plenty more to come....Yes, I'm a movie fan.
Heck, I'm even thinking about being a screenwriter if things work out. We'll see.
Other than that, I've just been continuing my own original novel, An Angel's Prayer. Thank you all, those of you who were awesome and mature enough to read and leave comments, as well as for the faves. You truly made all the hard work pay off. There's no words to describe how much your words mean to me. You guys know who you are, who commented and faved.
Also, I'm looking for anyone who are doing commissions. I'd love to have more pics of Aiko and Jahmiel, the main characters of my story. I'd really appreciate if anyone doing commissions would contact me. I did try to contact someone for doing a commission...someone who shall remain nameless, but is very popular here...but she completely ignored and brushed me off...even though I noted her twice.
Well, her loss, there are plenty of other talented artists here.
Speaking of popularity and ignoring artists here in Deviant Art, I've been noticing something here that's been going on the rise since I've joined; ignoring. I've noticed that some artists don't acknowledge or answer back comments on their art, even though the comments are very positive and supportive. That's been concerning me, because personally, I do NOT tolerate ignoring. I've always had a problem with ignoring...I know how humiliating it feels, and I try myself not to do it to others. To the "popular" artists, yes, I can understand that life is busy, and that you can't answer back ALL the comments you get in a day. And yes, I understand that getting those one word comments like "COOL!" or "Nice!" or "Score!" can be annoying as well. But still, people took the time to comment, to enjoy your work, and even though it'll take a couple of days, the most respectful thing you can do is at least write back and say "thank you". You don't have to say anything else. "Thank you" are two words that put joy into a person's heart, makes them feel appreciated and welcomed...makes them know that their time was not wasted in visiting your gallery and art. I find that completely ignoring someone's comment is just immature, sad, rude, and just plain mean. I know this might start a riot, but that's just how I feel. I just feel so embarrassed for the people who truly enjoyed someone's art and says so, but the artist just shrugs them off. That's why I decided that when I see a drawing I like, I look to see if the artist replied to any of the comments. If they do, I'll comment...if not, while I may fave, I will NOT comment. End of story. So yeah that's just me. Please don't write and start an argument with this, I'm just stating my feelings on this and opinion. I'm not here to change anyone's mind.
Alright, enough of that. I'm sure many of you heard by now about the earthquake that struck the East Coast of America about a couple of weeks ago, which started in Virginia. Yes, I felt it, and it was one of the most scariest things ever. I've never felt an earthquake, growing up in New York, but it was an experience I hope to never feel again.
I'm glad that it wasn't as bad it could have been, as well as glad a lot of people didn't die.
Well, that's about it with me until next time. I hope everyone had a wonderful, happy, exciting Summer, and Labor Day!
Hopefully I'll be back with more chapters of An Angel's Prayer, and some commissions. Thanks everybody for dropping by!