2012 in review – Whoa, this is pretty rad!

Well done WordPress. This is pretty cool!

Here’s an excerpt:

4,329 films were submitted to the 2012 Cannes Film Festival. This blog had 51,000 views in 2012. If each view were a film, this blog would power 12 Film Festivals

Click here to see the complete report.

 

Happy New Year’s, everyone! I’m going to go back to playing Assassin’s Creed III now.

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I will never be an organic chemist, but I sure can draw spoons and cups. (Things I learned in college)

I’M DONE FOR THE SEMESTER!

I’m done. I’M DONE! And I will be for quite a while, since next semester I won’t be taking classes. Instead, I’ll be on co-op full-time.

Which I might as well be. This semester has burned me out. 

The classes were harder, everything was time-consuming, I took on too many part-time jobs again…

But it’s fine! Because college is a learning process, and I sure did learn a lot!

THINGS VY LEARNED THIS SEMESTER

In her advanced writing class:

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In her genetics class:

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In her organic chemistry class:

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Alright, so that may be an exaggeration. (Besides organic chemistry.) But to be honest, I really only enjoyed one class this semester. Of course, it was the class that had nothing to do with my major at all: Drawing Foundations 1. But it was that class that I feel as though I learned the most!

I think.

THINGS VY LEARNED FROM HER DRAWING CLASS

How to draw a naked old woman.

Remember this lady? Well, here are the results of my labor!

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(My parents: “Why is she so saggy?” Me: “WHY DO YOU THINK?”)

How to draw lots and lots of kitchen utensils.

I refuse to draw another goshdarn cooking tool for at least a month. Here’s why:

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I AM NEVER DRAWING ANOTHER SPOON, CUP, OR BOTTLE AGAIN.

Charcoal is the silliest drawing medium out there.

…because every time I use it, I end up looking like this:

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Okay, I did learn real things, I swear. I improved! I really did! I mean, my self portraits went from this

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to this:

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Also, I can draw imaginary cities now!

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Really, though, this is the class that was the most… fulfilling to me, I guess. All my biology classes are full of boring, Powerpoint lectures, useless memorization, and seemingly pointless information. They’re challenging, but for the wrong reasons. My art class pushed me out of my comfort zone, forced me to think and draw in ways I hadn’t before. It was tough, and at times I wanted to give up– I even considered dropping the class– but in the end I really tried hard to produce good drawings.

It was worth it, I suppose.

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Happy holidays, everyone!

So I kind of worship AWOLNATION now.

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I saw AWOLNATION in concert. 

I feel the need to share. AWOLNATION, an electric rock group from LA, is one of my all-time favorite bands. I love all of their songs. I can (and have) listen to them on repeat all day. I’m kind of in love with them.

And, as it turned out, they were actually coming to Boston. During my last week of school, no less. In fact, their concert was a few hours after my last final exam in organic chemistry.

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I managed to drag along one of my friends with me– although I would have totally gone alone if need be. I even managed to drag her out a good hour before the doors to the venue even opened. Our tickets were for the floor, and, as a short person, I wanted to be able to see. 

So we waited.

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But it was worth it. I’ll be darned, it was worth it. 

Because my friend and I got in early enough to be in the very front of the floor. At first, we were in the “second row,” so to speak– right behind the people at the front railing. We watched on as the opening band, A Silent Film, graced us with their smooth tunes. (And let me tell you– they are good.)

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The beautiful lead singer with his beautiful voice!

The concert-goer in front of us was a huge Silent Film fan! So much, in fact, that she had actually come to the concert only to see them. She left after A Silent Film was done. This left a nice gap at the very front of the concert floor, which she graciously offered to me! 

Did I take it?

Oh, did I. 

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To further demonstrate how close I was, let me show you this extremely blurry picture I took of the next band, the Youngblood Hawkes.

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Oh, yes.

After they were done, and after several minutes of light-checking and sound-checking and instrument-switching, it was AWOLNATION’s turn. And the crowd was pumped. Even before AWOL came out it was clear that this was a group of devoted AWOL fans.

And out came the band, to tumultuous cheering.

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I love AWOLNATION’s music, but I wasn’t sure how good they’d be live. Their music is pretty well-synthesized and electronic. That stuff is hard to pull off live!

Or not.

If you’re them.

When they performed their music, they truly performed it. All the songs were lengthened and mixed and juiced up so that they were even more epic than the recording. The lead singer, Aaron Bruno, knew how to pump up the crowd.

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Post-exam stress plus being almost within touching distance of my favorite band equaled me dancing around like a fool. The crowd was so into it. I was at the very front. I’m positive I looked like this the entire night:

Not that it mattered. The entire audience was jumping, dancing, and fist pumping like there was no tomorrow. The band nailed every song. They didn’t need any confetti, light shows or special effects– their incredible energy alone drove the concert.

So, yeah. By the end, I had pretty much lost it.

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I couldn’t even speak full sentences anymore.

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I am now the proud owner of an AWOLNATION poster, keychain, and t-shirt. I might be wearing the shirt for the next week or so. I might also be listening to nothing but their (one) album for the next month. It’s fine. 

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Also, I’m going on vacation for the next week! I’m going to be without internet until I get back on the 23rd. See you then!

I got nominated for a Liebster Award!

Heya! The awesome folks over at A Mix of Things were kind enough to nominate me for the “Liebster Blog of the Year Award“! I’m honored, flattered, and also a little shocked that a blog as popular as theirs would have even heard of a blog like mine. Regardless, I’m extremely grateful!

Being nominated for this award comes with a few rules, though, which I will also kind of follow:

  1. Answer the questions your nominator gave you
  2. Nominate some blogs
  3. Let them know you nominated them!

And now, I have to answer the questions given to me. Let’s go!

(By the way, I accidentally left my tablet stylus at home. Therefore, I have to use my old one– so the drawings are going to look a little wonky in the next post or two. For some reason, the pen pressure isn’t working!)

1. Do you know the origin of the Liebster Blog of the Year Award?

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As far as I can understand, the Liebster (German for “dearest”) Award seems to be a blog meme. You know, like the a blog tag or a chain letter. You get nominated, answer some fun little questions, and then pass it on to your favorite bloggers. While it’s not an *actual* award, it’s a great chance to promote the blogs you love! And I’m still hugely flattered to have been nominated.

2. Are you flattered that we nominated you?

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3. How has your blog been progressing since its initial launch?

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So, all in all, not bad!

4. What do you love and hate about blogging?

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5. What makes a blogger different from a journalist?

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Okay, so the blogger vs. journalist debate is a real thing. After all, more and more news content is being distributed online by independent authors– much like a blog. However, while I believe that some blogs can count as journalism, not all bloggers are journalists. I mean, do seem like a journalist to you?

6. Do you think that bloggers are an important part of today’s media? Why?

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I mean, microblogging (via Twitter, tumblr, etc) is hugely popular. People can share their opinions and thoughts in seconds. Information can spread rapidly these days!

And then you have more traditional blogs, that provide different insights on news, fashion, politics… adding their own thoughts and ideas into the fray.

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7. What makes your blog different from your counterparts?

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8. Is it important for bloggers to stick together? To what extent?

One of the things I like the most about blogging is, well, other bloggers! So far, the comments and messages I get from other bloggers have been nothing but positive and supportive. In turn, I really enjoy reading and commenting on other blogs. I think this “sticking together,” in terms of creating a vibrant, diverse community of writers, is important and also really awesome. I mean, I once got a comment from a girl from Finland. How cool is that?!

“Sticking together” while blogging can extend even further. A single blog can have multiple authors. Writers from separate blogs will collaborate with each other. Working with other bloggers can both provide a sense of competition and provide a network for advice and support.

I admit, though, that I haven’t done this. I mean, I write a blog about myself. Nobody knows my life quite like, uh, me. But collaborative blogging can be extremely valuable! (I even tried it once!)

9. Do you pay attention to your stats? Is it important to you?

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Although I cared even more when I first started blogging. But now, I know that– even if everybody else stops reading I think in comics– my mom will always be there to stalk my blog.

10. Who’ll win in a Thor vs. Hulk fight?

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11. Ever been to NYC?

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(Wall Street!)

And that’s that.

Here are my nominations:

  1. notlateone
  2. Reasonably Ludicrous
  3. The Nomad Grad
  4. The Chronicles of a Skinny-Jeans Wearing Toronto Girl
  5. A Word from Japan

And here are some questions for them!

  1. Why did you start blogging?
  2. What’s your favorite aspect of blogging?
  3. What do you NOT like about blogging?
  4. Do you pay attention to your pageviews? Are they important to you?
  5. What’s your go-to comfort food?
  6. How do you deal with writers’ block?
  7. Do you think you will ever stop blogging?
  8. And finally, what’s your favorite kind of chocolate? (Brand, flavor, etc.)

Why Vy deserves an A in her Advanced Writing class

I have this really bad habit. Whenever any teacher of mine assigns any “creative” project, ever, I always turn it into some excuse to draw a comic.

This semester was no exception.

And in this case, my assignment was kind of weird. My Advanced Writing class had to write a “reflective essay” proving that they met the “learning goals” of the course. Except this essay could be in any format we wanted, including storyboards, scripts, videos…

Or in my case, comics.

And so I present to you: The dumbest comic I have ever written, ever.

Other instances where I’ve drawn comics for English class: Hamlet /Robert Frost

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(Man, I had better get an A in this goshdarn class.)

What exactly IS cancer?

I recently had to make a video for my Advanced Writing class and thought I’d share it with y’all! Watch me awkwardly talk on camera and draw cancer cells!

Also, I am never, ever, EVER using Windows Live Movie Maker again. It literally brought me to tears. I DO NOT RECOMMEND!