Here’s the thing about Cliff’s Notes

I have left my blog in a sad, lonely state as of late and I have no excuse for such blatant neglect. Life as of late has been rather hectic, not that I should let that be an excuse. Let’s get you up to speed quickly:

 

  • The company that hired me as an independent contractor to set up their social media sent me to a trade show in Vegas. They now want to bring me on full-time to basically handle all digital marketing.

 

  • I’m still trying to do what I can for JEMA Star Entertainment as well. This has become more of a passion project.

 

  • I completed my AutoCAD course and now my proficiency is AutoDesk certified. I will be updating my LinkedIn as well as creating yet another portfolio of my CADwork. I’ll see if I can pick up some work as a freelance CAD-monkey.

 

  • My parents’ divorce was finalized (for the most part) yesterday. It’s definitely a move for the better for each of us individually, but there’s still an ache whenever I think about it. Details, details, we’ll spare for now.

 

So the past few weeks have been up and down. I may have legitimate reasons for not updating, but I will not allow these to be excuses.

This blog isn’t designed to be a venue to share all aspects of my life, but I made a commitment to providing my readers with new and interesting and original content twice a week. And if not for you, my dear readers, then I should at least make the commitment for myself.

I refuse to let this blog devolve into monthly Cliff’s Notes of my personal life. Here’s the thing about Cliff’s Notes: they get the point across but are never an adequate alternative for the book, the adventure, the story as it’s meant to be told.

And if I expect anyone to read/listen to my story, I (of all people) have to believe that my story will be one that is meant to be told.

‘Press on, ‘Pressers.

~Joey

Here’s the thing about forks…

“Two steps forward, one step back” is an age-old idea I can’t say I have ever really practiced until recently. I found myself walking towards an end I simply did not want. Whatever was left of my heart was battered and broken. I found my reasons to continue on this road flawed and flimsy, but they were sill reasons to move forward. It was only a matter of time before I became complacent, and while I still may have found some happiness and fulfillment in the end, I had left another path virgin, unexplored – undoubtedly treacherous but potentially so much more.

It took months to realize that it was still within my power to go back to the last fork in the road, and still more months before i mustered up the strength and courage to turn back. These were months of family turbulence, depression, and desperation.

So here I am, having taken the first few steps on this new trail – scared and scarred, but healing. I hope and pray I have been wise and will continue to be wise with my decisions. You can only do this so many times in your life – at least at this magnitude.

I have a handful of creative projects on the table and an interview on Monday to become a social media marketing coordinator. Wish me luck, ‘Pressers.

And goodnight.

Self-Affirmation: Excuse me as I Stroke my Ego

Applying for jobs can be pretty disheartening when every rejection essentially means either (a) you weren’t good enough for the position, or (b) there was someone better than you. After recently taking stock of my abilities and goals, I realized that I’m kind of awesome — but I need to believe so if I expect to convince anyone else. So here’s the breakdown:

I graduated with my BS in Civil Engineering from Loyola Marymount University in 4 years – a field some take 5 or 6 years to complete.

I did so while also being fully-immersed in theatre and performance art with leading roles in some productions.

I passed the FE/EIT Exam on my first try with no prep classes. (I went to ONE day of ONE class and rightly deemed it a waste of time.)

I’m currently getting certified as an AutoCAD Technician and will likely finish the course a full week sooner than most of my classmates.

I think creatively. I write effectively. I connect with new people easily and broadly.

I can act, sing, juggle, play the piano and solve ordered differential equations. I can bake pies and build coffee tables from scratch. I can make people laugh. I can rock a spreadsheet. I often ponder the theories of non-linear time travel in Doctor Who and quote lines from Community. I can clear 40 lines in less than 1:00.00 playing Tetris. I rock climb.

I’m clever. I’m interesting. I’m a generally good person.

There SHOULD be something out there for me. I figure I have a better chance of finding it if I go out there and look versus keeping my head up my own ass.

Yes, I’m kind of awesome, and you and I had better believe it.

Well, 2013, that was an interesting start.

You and I met quietly, somberly that first night of January. I was glad you had finally arrived, but I was uncertain of what I should expect from you. I still am. This past month has been… I’m not sure what to make of it.

I’m still dealing with my parents’ divorce, which has recently picked up speed. They met for the first time in months with their respective aides – my mom with her legal representation, and my dad with his usual ignorance. Talks continue and I’m just glad custody isn’t an issue. I’ve been begging to be kept out of it, but I’m still bound to be affected by it all. I may delve into deeper “feels” later, but let’s just keep our catch-up session broad for now.

So I’m back to square one with the job-search – good, old, cursed square one. That opportunity with MAKE Magazine was an amazing offering – right goodly way to start off 2013. I was disappointed (to say the least) that it didn’t pan out for me, but I’m thankful – surprised even – that I got as far as I did. I would have been so good for that project, and it really is a shame it didn’t progress.

In the meantime, my friend picked me up as her Marketing Director in charge of Social Media and Recruitment Campaigns for her music school. It’s a start-up so it’s only a part-time gig for right now, but it could be a path towards something more solid. In the mean time, I at least have something of significance to put on my resume.

Also I’m working on my AutoDesk AutoCAD Certification at CSULB. One class in but I’m already ahead, 7-week class the professor said I would probably be able to finish in 6 at my rate. You know what? I do deserve to brag a bit. Which I will… in a separate post.

Well, 2013, that’s pretty much it for the major items. Other than that I’ve been re-connecting with old friends, making new ones, getting back into rock climbing, getting back into shape, “making” in my small space, salvaging old furniture I’ve picked up off the side of the road.

I’m back and forth between sleepless nights and bedridden days, between anxiety attacks and fits of confidence, between surrounding myself with friends and being a hermit. I suppose there is some semblance of balance there. I suppose that’s alright for now.

Onward, 2013.

Blind Date with a Book

As someone who used to break out into a heavy sweat trying to figure out my next read, I absolutely love this clever concept: Blind Date with a Book. (More info after the jump. Thank you, ThinkGeek for your Facebook Timeline post.)

I’ve always thought that starting a book was a bit of a commitment – once you’ve broken the binding, you’ve forged the bond. Too many times have I left Borders (RIP) empty-handed because I would get too frustrated with my own inability to decide on a new adventure. That’s why I used to exclusively read short-story anthologies and magazines.

I am going to have to look into this program. I expect to see more of it popping up in local libraries. I love how it echoes real life in that you don’t get to choose the adventure, you just have to choose to begin.

I’m not sure if anyone’s used that or similar as a tagline for the program, but someone should…

You don’t get to choose the adventure; you just have to choose to begin.

That reminds me, I have a couple of adventures I must get back to. Wisps of connections are starting to form in Cloud Atlas, and a computer program is about to gain sentience in A Working Theory of Love. I should catch up with Arthur Dent too. See you guys at lunch.

Baby Blogger

I have come to realize today how much HTTASocks is still in its infancy. I’d really like to expand its reaches into other sectors of the blogosphere. So if you think you have a taste of where my interests lie, I’d welcome recommendations for blogs I can follow.

Also, I’m not entirely sure about reblogging etiquette — how frequently I should do it, how much I should comment, etc. This blog will still be primarily original content, but I do come across so many interesting things on the internets.

Thanks for reading,
Wuzzat

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