Friday, May 30, 2008

Blogging Brilliance

So,  I've had this really evocative idea for a while, involving a blog I'd write under a pen name where I'd be perfectly comfortable disclosing intimate details about my life and my thoughts on matters because everyone would be under a pseudonym and there would be relatively little danger of anyone ever finding out it was me.

It could be sexy and risque and totally frank and entertaining, and I'd be drama free.  

I've been having trouble sleeping tonight, and this idea has been rolling around in my insomniac mind for a few hours.  Thing is, the more I think about it, the more a shame I realize it is that I feel like I need to hide behind an alias to write about the interesting stuff; and to be completely honest, I feel like I need to edit out a lot of the good stuff for this blog upon the chance that someone involved in my neuroses might stumble upon it and be alienated.

Plus, the whole reason I love writing so much is because I love peddling my stuff around to my friends and demanding feedback on it.  I like to entertain those I know, moreso than faceless strangers in a cyber void.  However, the problem still remains that if I'm to really rant about what's on my  mind, some poor guy I might be trying to woo could always find out about this page, see how obsessive I really am, and be completely freaked out.

I need an outlet, and I want to share the fun stuff with my friends, but I'm at a loss on the solution to this particular quagmire.  Suggestions are welcome, as ever.

Friday, May 23, 2008

The Plan, Pt. 2 - Expenses

So, I think I might need to pick up a second, or possibly third job.  In fact, if I can just stop sleeping all together, I might stand a better chance of making it to England in the near future.

The more I think through how much I need to save, and the reality of the expenses here, the more disheartened I become.  However, I may come into a surprise windfall of luck, which I found out yesterday.  We'll see what happens.  Below, I choose to share with you, fair reader, the intimacies of my financial woe.

Check it out:

The set of costs here are what I need to leave in July, granting that everything in my bank account right now will be gone come Monday to other people I owe, so starting from scratch  - 

Expense: Cost:
Housing (2 months) $1,000
Cable/Internet (2 months) $90
Plane Ticket $500
BUNAC fund requirement $2000
Add-on Visa $130
Owed to UCF $130
Living Expenses (2 months) $800

Total $4650

Right, so obviously, I'm not making 5 grand in the next two months the way I'm moving right now.  Rent is probably the biggest hinderance here, so, maybe getting out a little earlier would save me a few hundred, but then again, maybe not.

So, right now, I'm doing some fiscal planning, trying to figure out how exactly to push these funds into my bank account in time to get the hell out of here.  Also, I've had the nasty shock today of finding out that most British employers pay monthly, not weekly or biweekly like here.

Oh well, we'll see what happens.

I'll use the above list as a checklist and keep the blog abreast of my success, granted I have any.

In other news, I have some new eHow stuff coming soon.  Perhaps supplementing my income with a few new freelancing gigs wouldn't be a bad idea, considering.

Tuesday, May 13, 2008

The Plan, Pt. 1 - My New Job

Around two months ago, I started working at City Walk's newest club, Rising Star.  The goal here was to find a money-making job, that I would enjoy, and could rely on after graduation to save for London.

So far, most of the time, these criteria are working out just fine.  In fact, I insist that everyone who reads my blog come visit me at work.  I'll get you onto the stage and you, too, can do karaoke with a live band and back-up singers.  Check out the video.

Anyway, aside from the fact that the same ten songs will be stuck in my head for the rest of my life, and that sometimes the repetition grows tedious, it's a lot of fun. Hopefully this week will be a bit more lucrative than last week, which was awful beyond my abilities to express.

Please, please, please come visit me.  And tip well.  I need to get to England ASAP.

Monday, May 5, 2008

I Graduated!

So, Saturday morning, I did the commencement thing and am officially finished with college (that's me on the far left).  

It's been a hell of a semester, and honestly, I'm not sure that I've accepted that college is over.  Though it hasn't been a perfect run, it's been a great experience, and an indisputable cornerstone in my life.  

This week, I'll be wrapping up some loose ends on campus, finishing up our Capstone DVD's, and officially moving into active mode for saving up for London, which is looking like a July move right now.  

I have a feeling it's actually going to be a really good summer. 

On the writing end, CollegeTips finally put up an article I wrote for them months and months ago.  They didn't do a great job with the formatting or coming up with a good title, but here it is:

PT Job Vs. Joining an Organization

I'm actually talking with them about working on some podcast episodes for them.  I need to get some video software onto my computer first.