Ringing in 2019

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The door has closed on 2018 and opened on 2019.  Sitting down to write this post, it’s hard to believe 365 days passed so quickly.  Those winter days and weeks last January and February don’t feel as though they happened that long ago, let alone summer and fall.  Somewhere in all that quickly passing time it was an eventful year and a good one.  I visited friends and family in Buffalo, New York City, Central and South New Jersey, and had a great staycation at home.  I updated some furnishings, organized, and made plans for my house.  My workout schedule got back on track in June, and I’ve been at the gym 3-4 days a week.  Both my health and the health of my dogs has been good throughout the year.  An organized house, cardio, healthy pups, the friendly skies, and poutine all add up to a pretty great year.

Last January, I wrote this blog post regarding the desire to be more creative throughout the year.  Without quantifying exactly what I’d produce and when, I’d hoped that by simply keeping creativity in mind, I’d have a more successful year in terms of the things I love to do.  Although I haven’t posted as much in this blog as I’d planned, I’m happy to report that I met my objective.  Last Valentine’s Day I wrote four short stories for my characters’ significant others (see the blog posts from late February 2018 here and here), in May I completed a massive set of drawings of my characters and Nezumi’s characters (here), in June I joined up on a monthly art challenge (the first theme is posted here), and in December I completed another set of stories for Nezu as part of her Christmas gifts (including a mini comic!)  In between all that, I was sketching much more than I have in the last several years and completing RP as usual.

One of the best decisions I made art-wise in 2018 was to create a separate art account on Instagram.  Ever since I joined IG back in 2013, I posted everything to my main account (pups, food, vacations, art, stories, dolls, memes, life stuffs, whathaveyou).  Early last year I suddenly started getting an influx of coworkers, family members, and other folks starting to follow my account (my IG somehow got connected to my FB, which I never use).  I am a rather private person, and I generally don’t want my coworkers or some  family members seeing my art work or reading my stories because really it’s none of their business.  I don’t draw or write or create characters to make any money or gain success, it’s strictly for fun.  If I know people have the same interests as me, then I’m perfectly okay with them seeing all my artistic stuff, but otherwise not so much.  So all these people on my IG were stressing me out and I found myself more and more reluctant to post anything creatively related, even in my IG stories.  I wasn’t sure about managing two IG accounts, but Nezu convinced me to give it a try and it was an excellent decision.  Now I have a separate space to be the massive dork I am.  So if for some reason you follow me on IG, all creative things are now located @goldshotmidnight.

So where am I now as 2019 dawns?  The same place I was last year.  I have more art and writing ideas already spinning around my head, waiting to be produced.  I’d like to take photos of my dolls since I didn’t take any last year (which is unacceptable).  Frequent posts on this blog would be great, to catch up from 2018, to document current projects, and to finally update the character and world info pages.  Mostly what I’d like from 2019 is simply more.  More of what I love and what makes me happy.

Overall, 2018 was a satisfying year, and helped set the stage for what I hope will be a good 2019.

These girls helped make 2018 pretty great.

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