A Day in the Life

(...or something like that...)

More Chaos
On the dog-training front, I may have a space to start offering group classes. If this works out well, it would be a huge boost for me. Also, it's a church that wants to do something creative. I'll talk with the pastor next week about possibilities. I love community, and if there is something I would like to do with a church right now it's this very thing. I don't know where this will go, but it doesn't matter. It will be nice to have someone to share my ideas with.

Meanwhile, I'm reworking my website under the guidance of someone who does digital marketing. This is stuff I've wanted to learn for a long time.

It's a lot of chaos, but it's good chaos. 
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A Lot Has Changed
When I adopted Loki, I thouroughly enjoyed training him. I delved in deep to understand everything I could about the training world. I got good at it. And in September I had my three weekend slots perpetually full and couldn't take any more clients. Since I didn't want to use up any more free time on work, I decided to take the plunge. Mid-September, I quit my job and started dog training full time.

Getting a business off the ground has been rough. So much to do. So much to learn. A lot of energy went into redesigning my website. I had to figure out how to do so many things. So many hours went into it. But, I'm quite happy with the final product. I even have a Storefront where I can sell things.

When I started, I wanted to do "basic training for beginning dogs" and I called myself the "Puppy Tutor". I've moved on from that, however. I think I may need to rebrand with a new name and web address. I want something that doesn't make it sound like I only work with puppies and beginning dogs. Some thought will need to go into this. Rebranding will mean changing quite a bit (like paying for a new address, business cards, reprinting flyers, etc.).

Thankfully, business is picking up. I live frugally, so my cost of living is less than most. I have a (very) part-time job on the side to help with the bills. Between the two, I'll be able to make it, but I also want to improve my situation while keeping my costs affordable.

On the family front, I lost another family member this year: my brother. Last year I lost my dad. Painful.

So Much Has Changed

...since I last posted here.

Lugh has made himself at home. It's a full house with two dogs and a cat. Luckilly, we're all getting along, mostly. It helps when the dogs don't chase Annabelle. I love all my babies. They are what I live for.

I'm now the Community Manager at work. Unfortunately, right as I was getting ready to take us in a new direction, the decision making was moved to a different level. I don't think I can have much of an impact there now. We'll have to see how this goes.

Ever since I was in junior high school, I've wanted to create a tabletop roleplaying game. It's now in the works. It will be fantasy adventure placed in a celtic setting.

I'm doing a bit of dog training on the side. I would eventually like to turn this into more of a business.

Back in 2004(?) I created my first podcast. I continued it for a while, but eventually stopped. It looks like I will be reviving it. Maybe I can use crowdfunding to help support it.

Last year, my dad died. This year, my brother was diagnosed with pancreatic cancer. He's being treated for it. So, news on family health has been a lot of suckage.

I think it's kind of odd that I still post here every once in a while. Back in my LJ heyday, we had a whole group of people who hung ouot from XGN. (Yeah, I miss them.) I also picked up a few new friends on here as well. But now, everyone is gone. It feels like I'm talking into an abyss. Yet, still I do it. I'm not entirely sure why.

And now, it's about time for bed. Oveall, my weekdays are: Monday, Monday, Monday, Monday, Monday, Monday-is-coming, Monday-is-coming. I try to get to be early so I can (hopefully) take the dogs for a short walk before work.

Funny Animal Video
Aikido Bo
I'm becoming a fan of the Petflow blog. I didn't even know that an online pet store could have such cool content. Anyway, here's a recent gem.
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Loki's Tricks
Aikido Bo
Loki has been doing great with his training. Now that my blazer can handle longer trips, I've enrolled him into Advanced Classes at PetSmart. During our time off, I've taught him a couple of other things. Admittedly, we could have done more. Regardless, I'm quite proud of him.

Beginning Dog Training
Aikido Bo
I have thoroughly enjoyed training Loki. And, it turns out that I'm good at it. So, after a bit of nudging from a friend (whom I helped with her puppy), I'm going to start my own gig on the site. The web page is up and mostly ready to go. Welcome to The Puppy Tutor!

Alien Spaceships and Darth Maul
Something I'm intrigued by is how people take a silhouette approach to drawing in Photoshop. In the first vid, a random sillhouett is used to design the ship. And in the second, it is used to create an already conceived figure. I love it. I really wish I could do this. Before I can give it a shot, though, I will need a new setup, which includes not just a machine but a designated place to work. Oh, and I need a way to keep the puppy calm and occupied. I really can't do much of anything if Loki is bugging me every five minutes. 

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Creative Projects
I have way too many things I want to do on the side.

  • ECF-Net related (blog, books, video courses)

  • A table-top RPG and related materials

  • Fantasy stories in my world (books and Kindle Singles)

  • A sci-fi board game, that can be turned into an app

  • 3-D miniature creation

  • Spirit Flicks (a blog for discussing the spiritual implications of movies and shows)

  • Puppy tutoring, only for beginning puppies.dogs.

Sometimes, it really sucks being creative. I simply don't have the time to pursue any of these in depth right now. The main issue is my puppy. I live alone with my cat and dog. Since Loki isn't allowed to play with Annabelle, that means he only has me. As a developing puppy, he needs extra attention. It's hard to find time to write anything. Don't get me wrong, I wouldn't give up either him or Annabelle for the world. I do wish I had some project time, though. I figure his energy levels will eventually decrease and he won't need my attention as much (though I kind of dread that, too, since he won't be a puppy anymore).

My current focus is on a Kindle Single. It's a fantasy setting, and the story should be between 50-85 pages. I will probably sell it for $0.99. What I'm trying to do is focus more on the revenue-generating projects, since I want to have extra income on the side. 

Life Becomes a Blur
becoming buddiesThis last year has been downright crazy. I've reached the point where I feel overwhelmed constantly. It's not necesarily a bad thing. In fact, so much good has happened. But the good hasn't come without responsibilities.

The top changes:

  1. I bought a house. I love it. It was a foreclosure, so it was reduced in price. However, that means things need to be fixed. Slowly but surely, I'm pulling it all together. I couldn't do this without the help of my friend, LithiumInduced.

  2. I adopted a puppy. Loki is the perfect match for me. He's a German Shepherd/Siberian Husky mix. This first year has been a rough ride...very rough. Since it's just Annabelle (whom he's not really aloud to play with since he could hurt her) and me, he needs to receive a lot of attention from me. That means that he has become the focus of my life. He's developing and he needs to have his relational needs met.

  3. Annabelle hasn't received the attention she used to. She used to have me all to herself. Now she has to share. And worse, she struggles with coming out when Loki is out. He wants to play "chase the kitty," which is distinctly not her favorite game.

  4. I haven't been to aikido in about a year. It's one of the sacrifices I've had to make. I don't want Loki to be in his "wolf den" all day while I'm at work, and then return to it in the evening so I can go to class. I miss class and the activity, but he's worth it.

  5. I have a new vehicle. My car crapped out, so I bought a blazer. It's a blast back to the past, since I had a red blazer in high school.

  6. I've quit gaming. Another sacrifice. I want to return to it, but I have to figure out a way to do it with Loki being involved.

  7. And there are some things best not posted publicly that are extreme frustrations.

Those are off the top of my head. If I had time to type more, I would probably double that list.

On a tangent, I went back through my earliest blog posts today. Wow, what a blast back to the past. It inspired me to post again. I enjoyed the trip through memory lane. Keeping this going is not a bad idea, despite the fact that none of my friends read this anymore (that I'm aware of). 

Updates Coming
Aikido Bo
So much to update, but no time to do so. It has been craziness. The short version is: since the book came out, I bought a house and got a dog. No time. No time. No time. 


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