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I don't post here nearly enough. D:

I don't have much to say, either, other than my brain weasels have been running around screaming since I've been investing some $$$ into Things That Should Be Good for Me (such as ergonomic mice and keyboards! and a book stand! to make my life easier!), and that I've dyed my hair purple :D!


I'm pleasantly surprised at how well purple suits me...! I've been feeling like only pink and red make me feel like a rockstar. Or maybe I should just say no to the lighter hair dyes and just mix up my own using conditioner and dark hair dye, as I've done here (and with my red hair in the past). Maybe I can re-try blue hair now that I've got some super dark hair dye...

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Also, content note: anxiety over potential hair loss ahaha~ )
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My internet's still awful (one week and going! Awesome.) and my birthday month's still kind of... kicking me in the teeth. But, hey, at least I dyed my hair pink (FINALLY):

under the cut )
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Image under the cut! )

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As you might be able to tell, I am trying to make it a habit to make more public posts to dreamwidth, as I quite miss being involved here in some way or another. *_* I've been kicked in the butt multiple times by freelance work so far, and I am exhausted, but I promised myself I'd pamper myself today and tomorrow before I go back into the full swing of it. Overall it's been all good and I think I didn't do too bad for my first foray back into the writing business on my own. :D

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There was a flash fiction contest I tried to join but then at the last minute, I decided against it, because it was so... vague. Even if it was two corporations that were both legit, all the photo said was, "submit your story to [email] and get a chance to win [x] prizes and get published in [x]!" Not even a link to a post with mechanics, or what happens to your rights after you submit... and they didn't make one, despite tons of people asking in the comments (though they did respond, it seems). I err on the side of caution that if they don't take the effort to make a page compiling their rules and copyright stance, I'll just... not risk it?

On the bright side, I have about 150 words of a seedlet for a possible new short story... about two girls who have run away... I don't know if I can pull off what I want to do with it. Maybe I can even use this for my thesis...?

So many workshops and anthologies I want to join, but one at a time, self. You've just started getting this freelance working thing down again (albeit you kind of overdid it, ahaha, tho some of that was no fault of your own)... it takes time to master something. :)

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I still need to fix my schedule for schoolwork... I definitely did not do well on that. But, progress!

How are you all? :)
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under cut cuz omg big )

*squee* ♥

(Yes we celebrated our anniversary two weeks late, ahahaha.)
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I did the thing that I've been saying I'd do for the past two years!

Image under cut. )

I'm home!

Mar. 9th, 2015 10:59 am
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I am super tired from my trip to Baguio with Aiken because we tried to walk wherever we could. I feel more like I've come home from a hiking trip than a vacation, hah! I had a lot of fun, though. It was our first out-of-town adventure with just the two of us, not counting our trip to Laguna for the Enchanted Kingdom amusement park.

I fully intend to blog all about that experience (because I seriously miss public lifestyle blogging) but I have work to do at day job, then must prepare for my job interview tomorrow. I also have two game feature articles to submit tomorrow and Wednesday.

I hope I have enough energy to:
• go through all our photos and pick the best ones
• edit said photos so that they'll all look nice
• actually write up our 3-days-2-night trip
• finish the blasted thing

I am thinking of blogging it per day, and then doing individual in-depth posts for things like restaurants.

I miss lifestyle blogging...! I just have not found myself to have the energy or spoons for it in the past few years. But I shall push through. I shall push through.

I will also leave this here as a preview: picking strawberries at the Strawberry Farm in La Trinidad, Benguet.

cut because it's a very long panoramic image that may break your layouts! )

Now to start saving up for another trip! Because, yes, kind of costly, eep. But, oh, goodness. It feels so good to allow myself to spend on my happiness and well-being again without instantly thinking myself a selfish human being.
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Buenos dias! Como esta?

Spanish Lessons
It's been a while since I made a post like this. So: yes, I have returned to studying Spanish for my language exam requirement in order to take thesis for my Master's Degree in Creative Writing. Woe. On one hand, I wish I could be done sooner. On the other hand, after 2.5 years of taking classes (and the last semester being bundled up with day job + freelance work), I do appreciate the breather.

I still have to figure out accents, and upside-down question marks, but, yes! Duolingo + Michel Tomas is my current method, the latter listened to via audio lessons during my work commutes.

Not Overworking
I am still trying to figure out how to Not Overload on Work Like a Healthy Person, but I think I am doing pretty okay at it. I've been trying to fix my sleep schedule... I haven't exactly been succeeding in the way I envisioned, but I'm getting there. My struggle is fighting off the sleepiness once I am at the office. My target is to go to bed before 12pm (10pm ideally), and wake up at 6am (5pm ideally). I've been managing with waking up at 6:30am-7:30am... which is a lot better than waking up at 8:30am-9:30am. (Meep.)

I still have backlogs to get to (*weeps slowly*) but I am doing my best. ;_; This is still something I desperately need to work on, turnaround times.

Self-Care
I've been turning down new work (as much as it pains my workaholic heart!) and I think the results are showing. I've been able to take more care with my daily hygiene and self-care rituals. I actually put on sunblock now! Which I should have done... seven years ago. Meep. I've even been putting on lotion after I shower. Normally I wouldn't, because it feels sticky due to the humid weather where I live, but the latest brand of lotion I'm trying doesn't feel so icky. And it smells like berries! Mmm. Berries.

Heck, I've been putting on light make-up too! I almost never do this anymore due to lack of energy or care. But it feels nice and I think I look nice and I love to feel like a magical girl in the morning. *grins* I even did my nails yesterday. Joy.

How about you?
How are you all? :)
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(I wanted to post this in a public entry too, haha)

Lookit what my bestest boss EVER got me for a super early Christmas gift!!!



SHAKE-A SHAKE-A IN WRITER STYLEEEEE it's an apartment housewarming gift, aaaaaa she's too sweet thank you ma'am!!!
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No real reason... just thought it would be nice to post more photos of me in my habitats. Hehe.

The status of the Mellama: I have been quite stressed, but not as stressed as the past few months have been. I think I'm still doing quite a lot of work (including grad school), though still wishing I had more time for personal stuff. But one must pay the bills! And earn money for moving-out plans next year.

Dropping a class and some overworking, underpaying projects has really helped with my health. I have still been coughing here and there so I don't know how long until it totally goes away, but I am doing my best.

How are you all today? Let's sit down and chat. :)
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CW: rains, floods. )

We're safe since we're on the 3rd floor, but… y'know… not looking forward to another week of no water and electricity if this worsens. :(
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… and now I'm really, really sore.

(This is Mt. Pico de Loro in the Philippines! That's the Monolith in the back. I dared not try to climb it since my anxiety attacked me on the summit already.)
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• January was emotionally hard on me, but I got through it.

• February was physically hard on me because of a sudden bad case of vertigo! But I pulled through.

• I hiked up another mountain this weekend! I almost got sick again.

• I haven't forgotten about Icon Day 04! But am still trying to finish it. Sorry for the wait!

• Am applying for a summer writing workshop. Wish me luck! Will be okay even if I don't get in. Mostly trying to get used to making and submitting stuff to places, putting myself out there. Like a professional. *crosses fingers*

• Have been nurturing my writing side because of school. Consequently, feeling bad that I may be neglecting my visual art side. How do I balance?

• Had some trouble with Patreon eCheck but it finally went through *knock on wood* Speaking of which, be my patron? ♥

• Might have a one-month trial run renting out a small room as a studio with my friends. Oh, that dream! Wish us luck? (Patreon tips would come in handy for helping us run and rent it…!)

• Been going out a lot more lately, trying a bunch of new things: commuting to new places on my own, going to events, meeting more often with friends, taking a deep breath and applying to Scary Career Things. It's only March and I feel like I've been on so many big and small adventures. It feels good.

• Finally changed my prescription glasses after seven (!!) years. They are red. I feel good in them. They didn't cost as much as my last pair, either. They have this cool photosun lens upgrade where it darkens when exposed to UV rays. Coooool.

• Speaking of, been feeling good about how I look. Been wearing skirts a lot, something I've always wanted to do but was discouraged from doing. (!!!) Not skirt, but have a photo:

Under the cut. )

Commission me? c: I've cleared out a ton of slots and am going to be free from school soon. Maybe for four months if they change the academic calendar to begin in August instead of June. I still have Iron Artist Challenge slots open too.

• Don't really know what else to say. Miss journaling/blogging. But wanted to at least make an entry. Hello! How are y'all?

Hiking!

Jan. 20th, 2014 06:21 pm
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I am back from my first ever hiking weekend trip (or at least, I define it as my first ever, without my mom). I-- had a lot of difficulty dealing with my anxiety and struggling to climb rock faces and squeezing myself into cave passages and climbing and rappelling, but-- I have learned a lot, experienced a lot, and it has left me tired and sore but I will try my best to catch up with work!

In the meantime, have this photo of my partner and me at the mountain summit.
Kind of big so under the cut for now~ )

Not pictured: me internally screaming and my body locking up as I tried to climb a hanging rope+wood ladder, and Aiken's officemates graciously pulling me up and pushing me up to help me out. I'm so grateful to them for being so kind to me.
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:D

Now if only my hairline wouldn't be so stubborn. I'd like to keep my full frontal bangs in one piece and not cut in half, thank you very much.

Hello!

I'm Mel, a Filipina artist and writer. I'm an MA Creative Writing student working on her own projects at the same time. Nice to meet you!