Sweet mother of Hades, I have not been active on this site lately. I completely missed the Halloween Art Feature, and I literally go weeks sometimes without checking in. I finally got my inbox down from 500+ messages (when did I start watching so many artists?) and yet there's still a ton of artwork that I need to look at, leave comments and critiques on, journals that are over a year old that still need reading, personally requested critiques, and so, so much more stuff that I need to catch up on.
For my inactivity, I am sorry. All of the precious little free time I have, I end up sitting watching stuff for hours, or quietly procrastinating on homework with personal artwork, or just...sitting doing nothing productive at all. It's a bit scary, since I used to be way more productive with my time. deviantArt was a site I came to to relax and unwind, to share and gain artistic insight, but any more I haven't been making the time for it. And this isn't the only site I've fallen behind on--everything from webcomics I love (and am still, theoretically following) to actual self-educational endeavours have all fallen by the wayside.
The reason? Short answer: college. College isn't something I'm new to--I've been a student for a few years now. But from me to anyone looking into art classes--do not take three studio classes at once, please. Especially not 2000+ level studio classes (aka, not beginner classes). They will eat up all your time. To top it off, I finally got a part-time job, which is great, but now I have barely 48 free hours I can devote to homework. Which means, for the first time in my life, I am usually behind on one project or another, and finishing them just barely in some cases. Mind you, I'm that annoying student who is usually a month ahead on almost all my projects, so this has been a really stressful and tiring semester for me.
On the bright side, Thanksgiving break is coming up, and I will finally be able to sleep in more than one day a week--and I will have five whole days to myself to catch up on stuff. Which means I'll hopefully catch up on some of the stuff I've been neglecting here (after homework, of course, because I still strive to be a good student).
So, long story short: Sorry for missing the Halloween Feature, because there are awesome artists with little to no exposure who need attention, but I'll hopefully have the Thanksgiving Feature ready. Also, sorry to all the people who I normally leave comments for; you're still awesome, and your work is still sitting in my inbox, waiting to be read or viewed. And sorry for the weird, out-of-nowhere personal journal; I know I never talk personal stuff, but I've really needed to get this out of my system, and I really do feel bad for vanishing.