Hi everyone! Just a quick note to tell you I'm still there. I finally have got a working computer again, as well as recovered most of my old data from various places. It turned out my harddisk had had it. This wasn't just your usual software failure but real-life physical damage, so it all took a lot longer to fix and was much more costly at that. I'm glad I had the help of an acquaintance of my father's, else I couldn't have afforded it at all. Soon I should be able again to scan and letter my drawings the way I used to.
At least I'll have a lot to read now (my various inboxes show a 4-digit number of new messages, not to mention all the webcomics I'm looking forward to reading again).
In my last journal entry I joked that everything must be running smoothly now, as I had already had a year's worth of catastrophes behind me. Well, now I'd like to rephrase that as: NEVER TEMPT FATE!!
In the time I forcedly played possum I had a very painful injury on my right foot that took a month to heal. You might think: oh well, you don't draw with your foot, do you? But I found drawing under the influence of strong painkillers is almost as impossible as drawing while something hurts below in a most annoying way. Then my grandmother fell and broke her arm - and with a nonagenarian who had her other arm broken only two years before this really means deep trouble indeed. Most of it is Ok again, but you can tell that none of us really had many peaceful minutes in the last few weeks.
On a more positive note, my cat has made a complete recovery to the point of bringing in more half-dead mice than she had done for ages, as well as jumping on the garage roof and demanding in a loud voice that someone may help her down again ("Sometimes I really wonder what I keep those lazy humans for!"). Also, I was able to get some teaching practice at a Bremen school (that's what incidentally gave me the flu), which is a very welcome change from the doldrums of the previous months.
Also, I was asked to contribute a few drawings for a public Plattdütsch (Low German) project in Bremen that will take place later in the year, and even get paid a modest sum for it. Of course I said yes, even if the deadline is due in ten days. I will keep you informed about this and provide details when everything is home and dry.
Last but not least, I was able to get into contact with an old friend of mine. We hadn't heard of each other for at least 15 years, so this makes me extra-happy.
And now for the really important part:
I'm drawing all those things I mentioned in the previous journal entry, and it feels good finally to be able to do so again. However, everything goes much slower than I had expected, so I'm afraid, I haven't got much more than half a dozen very promising pencil sketches so far. However considering that I couldn't really start until one and half weeks ago (for reasons stated above) it seems I'm finally making some headway. I still want to get some stuff together first so I can ensure more or less regular updates after the restart, so I may be a while still. I can't give you any real ETA right now, but I hope I can finally get this on the way unimpededly. GUNDI & TIGER WILL BE BACK!