Salam, all!Plan of the Week - 02MAR-08MAR
-Instrument Flight Training COMPLETE
-Stranded Out of Town!
-Art & Upcoming Commission Openings
-Instrument Flight Training COMPLETE
Yes, it is my pleasure to finally announce that I am free and CLEAR of my instrument flight phase of training! As many of you know, this phase began in the beginning of 2015 and has kept me down and out for the past good two months, intense as it was. To give you a better idea just how intense, take a four-year degree in aviation PLUS all of the years of training that professional commercial pilots take to get their ratings, then take away all the GPS and PAR approaches and the auto-pilot programs that they use, cram that all into a matter of a few weeks and then throwing me into a plane, and it's either pass or fail, no 'grades' allotted. That's what I just went through.
Needless to say, I'm very proud that I've passed, and I silently scoff at every commercial jet that flies over my place, knowing just how literally easy those blokes have it.
My next phase of training begins tomorrow, and is visual navigation, i.e; training for bombing runs! Literally. Just without the explosives. This phase is only a couple weeks long, and is far less intense than instruments. (Phew.) Following this, I'll either go crew flight, or formation, depending on if I get assigned a land- or sea-based squadron directly following primary. Honestly, I'm hoping for land-based. Wish me luck!
~~~-Stranded Out of Town!
Now, there's a very good reason that I tend to give commissioners a heads up for a potentially long wait time and always mention 'barring any training delays' when it comes to my being able to do art. Case in point, I got stranded out of town for a couple days last week! It was okay, no emergencies or broken planes, just bad weather. A convective SIGMET decided to park itself over the entire half of the state where my home base is located, and in training aircraft, it's not legal to fly into a SIGMET, (way too risky.)
So myself and five other pairs of students and instructors were standed, haha. Amazingly, we were able to nab hotel rooms at the last minute, but then it was a mad scramble to buy toothbrushes and fresh socks and plan for our new flight routes up north and back to transverse the bad IFR conditions at lower altitudes. All in all, I guess it was a good experience. Kind of like an unplanned cross-country. Would I like to do it again? Nah.
Unfortunately, this does mean that commissions got shoved back accordingly, as the whole half of last week and this weekend was pretty much shot for art time. But, luckily, like I said, my next training phase isn't as crazy, so I'll be able to make up for this delay in no time at all. Thanks for y'all's patience!
Life of a Naval aviator, guys.
I usually don't try to update my journals on more 'personal' things like this, but I feel that this could potentially affect commission wait times, so I felt I should bring it up. Sssshh, don't tell the flight doc!
I'm not really sick, I just...have this weird thing going on with my internal guts. I had a similar thing happen a few years ago, and I'm 90% sure it's just stress-related and will heal up on its own soon. But I'm in a decent amount discomfort and it kind of doesn't let me concentrate on things very well, art included. I won't go into details, but there's a fair amount of unusual bleeding involved, which has me mildly concerned. But again, I think this is the same exact thing I had happen before, and it should clear up here pretty soon. Just wanted to give commissioners especially a heads up in case I do need to swing a day or two at medical.
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I had the chance to debut him at a local con for a little while this weekend, and let me tell you what, it was a blast! Some prime fursuiting, and I was pleasantly surprised that some people actually recognized his species and my username! (It was like a general anime/sci-fi con, not a furry con.) I was suiting with my local bro SmellyGoats and also XerisTheGryphon, SammySkunk, Nate, and a few others! (Shoot me y'all's usernames if I didn't include ya already!)
Also got some great pics and video of Sniper, courtesy of Vext and Sammy, so expect those coming up soon! I'm also planning an Ultimate Reference Sheet as well as a feral form for Sniper, so stay tuned! ^^
And, I would love to get into fursuit dancing... Those of you who have accompanied me to cons know that I'm always headed to the dances, floor wars, and even preliminaries - fursuit dancing just blows my mind. If anyone wants to challenge me to a dance-off, throw your link in my face and let me know! B)
~~~-Art & Upcoming Commission Openings
There's really not much I can say about upcoming openings except for that I'm reallllly hoping to open a new batch by the end of this month. Again, instrument training and getting stranded really stunted my progress. As y'all may recall, I had planned on opening a batch back in the beginning of January, but I've just been swamped and never got the chance, unfortunately.
I am still planning on my next batch being more piece- and species-specific, again, some new icon options, chibis, and I'm thinking Sergals, avians, and insect characters, just to throw out a few species I'll have spots open for.
But again, in regards to regular commissions, shoot me a note if you have something in mind! I'm usually open for just about everything, with the exceptions of complex reference sheets without a preexisting visual ref, multi-character scenes, and super detailed backgrounds. Wait time for everything is still about 1-2 months, like I said, barring any training delays.
But that wait time is usually on the shorter side. Just, again, I can never plan for when a SIGMET will throw off my flight plans.
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