It’s a New Year! Hello 2017, Good-bye 2016.

New year, new resolutions, new goals!

Although, before I let you know about my new goals, maybe I should review my progress in 2016. I had goals and did make some progress. Here’s how I listed them in my deviantArt journal at the start of the year:

The important resolutions in 2016:

1. Art every day.
2. Draw every day.
3. Social media/blog every day.
Then there are some others to help me accomplish those and all around be more productive, like limiting how much I spend watching TV (*cough* anime *cough*) and gaming (Yay Guildwars 2!).

The Goals for 2016:

1. Start posting pages for my web comic Fur & Fangs!
2. Finish the outline for F&F.
3. Finish the script for F&F.
4. Audition for Hiveworks with F&F!
5. Start the next drafts on Mythics & Chook’s story.
6. Make stuff to sell.

Writing every day was also part the the resolutions, so I don’t know why that didn’t make it onto the list there, but I guess this was the deviantArt journal, so it was geared towards art.

How did I do on these goals? For the start of the year, great! Up until I had two consecutive family visits I was writing and working on my comic (arting) almost every day. About 85-90% of the time? I still watched too much TV and played too many games, though. My time-management left much to be desired. I did start posting comic pages! I did audition for Hiveworks (and was rejected, but hey, I applied)! I almost finished the outline for F&F (still have the last act to fill out).

I did NOT social media/blog every day. Major fail there. I got nowhere near close to finishing the script for F&F. I only made 2 necklaces to sell and never posted them anywhere. I strained myself in the Hiveworks audition process and put a hiccup in my updating schedule for my comic, and once those family visits happened I completely fell off the wagon due to situational depression and then even after I recovered from the depression I failed to get back on the wagon art-wise. I did get back to writing, though, and finished the year pretty strong in that.

You want to know how strong I finished the year writing-wise? I managed to write 158,682 words! Most of that was comic script, some of it was fun fluff, and some was on my novel.

Overall, I’d say I succeeded and failed enough to neutralize out 2016. I plan on learning from all that and doing much better in 2017!

Here’s my resolutions and goals for the year ahead!

2017 Resolutions

  • Become a professional from-home worker by establishing and maintaining professional practices and self-management.
  • Write every day.
  • Art every day.
  • Journal every day.
  • Be kind and helpful. Make friends and uplift others. Be a light.

2017 Goals

  • Finish a draft of Mythics.
  • Finish the F&F Outline.
  • Make merchandise.
  • Resume posting F&F and maintain steady update schedule.
  • Create a couple short-form comics.
  • Establish myself as a streaming artist.
  • Build my audience.

I’m already slipping a little on my resolutions, but this week I plan on taking them by the horns and showing them who’s boss!

How did you do on your goals/resolutions for last year? Do you have any new ones for 2017? Tell me about it! 😀

So, I live in Canada now.

Wow. It’s been a while, and things have changed! I went from living in my parents basement with my husband, a cat, and a snail, to living in a 3rd floor apartment in Montreal, Canada, with my husband, 2 cats, and no snail.

Sadly, I had to leave Gandalf behind. It’s illegal for snails to cross state borders without an education permit, let alone international borders. They’re considered agricultural pests. I released him out into the nearby wilderness between neighborhoods.

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I put him under a sunflower. Those are his favorite.

As we were moving in we met a nice lady on the floor above us who had rescue kittens in need of a home. We fostered them for a couple days to see if either would get along with Waltz, and one did! Hazel and Waltz hit it off immediately, no adjustment period, and they hang out and play happily.

Hazel also likes to chase things on the computer screen, especially when I’m playing Guildwars 2, but the mouse is her favorite. Gotta catch the little pointer thing!

Behold my new kitten. Such majesty, such grace. She’s a dork. Hazel chirps and squeaks and begs for pets on a regular basis. She also comes running whenever I start to sing, even if she’s napping.

Waltz remains as adorable and handsome as ever, and is very happy to have a friend. He was getting lonely before.

I also started updating my web comic! I’m plugging along writing the script and drawing pages. It’s exciting! I’ll tell you all about it soon, probably in my next post. I’ve got lots to tell you! Life, moving, Canada, comic, my cosplay & Salt Lake Comic Con 2015. So much! It’s exciting times. I promise I’ll post more now. I won’t promise how often, but expect things to become more regular. 🙂

 

i got a haircut

So, I got my hair cut at the start of summer.  I went from sporting a pony-tail to a short a-line cut with layers.  I think it looks pretty cool and I like it.

When I got it cut the last time, they asked me if I wanted to leave with it curly or straight.  Since I hate spending time on my hair, and I don’t know how to do anything with it other than a pony-tail anyway, I said to straighten it because I would never take the time to do it myself and I wanted to see the result.  Well, I’ve had people straighten my hair before, but it always came out poofy and just looking like straightened curly hair.  These people knew what they were doing, though, and I came away with legit-straight-looking hair.  My husband didn’t recognize me when I met him later in the day.  He had to do a double take.  🙂  That was funny to watch.

While my hair looked great and I got a lot of compliments, it wasn’t very me and I couldn’t stand how it felt and got in my face all the time.  Hair in my face drives me bonkers.  So I showered the next morning and got my curls back.  Since the straight hair will never happen again until I cave and let someone play with it, I got out my camera and took a bunch of reference pictures.  I’ll share them with you here.

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See, my hair’s naturally curly. This’ how it looked after a couple days of recovering from the torture of straightening. It looks even better now. I should take another picture.

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And ta-da! Straight hair!

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It’s hard to get good under-side hair-cut pics, so I made sure to take one.

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There you go!  Proof that I got my hair perfectly straight once.  It will probably never happen again.

so my parents got artificial grass…

and then it snowed, pretty much two weeks later.  A friend came out to visit from Kansas over Christmas, so my husband dug some snow off of it so she could see.  I took a pic so you could see also.

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Ta-da!  An artificial yard.  My parents decided to get that instead of real grass since Utah is a desert and they don’t want to water or mow a real yard now that they’re getting old and creaky.  Probably a very good idea.

happy halloween!

Let’s see, over the last few days I’ve been working hard at work rotoscoping away on a shot that’s due before end of day saturday and making good progress.

Gandalf laid eggs again three nights ago. That’s his third batch since I found him, and his second batch hatched yesterday. They still haven’t dug themselves out yet, but I guess I’ll have baby snails to release in the wild tonight. I don’t think I’ll let Gandalf keep any more of his eggs, seeing as he’s far to happy and I’ll be buried in snails at the rate he’s going.

I made French toast this morning for the guys at work. A couple of the loaves were dyed orange for Halloween and I didn’t realize it until I sliced the loaf open. It was surprising.

And now I should get back to work.

life and stuff

My life has been a little crazy the past while. I started a Mary Kay business, got swamped at work (I work at the LDS motion picture studio in Provo,UT, right now), found a snail to keep as a pet, continue to run a dungeons and dragons-esque campaign, struggled to find time to write on my novel(s) and work on art, and had to deal with the stress of dealing with my dad going to the hospital with a perforated bowel and high chance of death. He survived just fine and is now recovering. Next week looks like it’s going to be my first normal week in a while.

Along with that normal week I hope to get back on top of being productive on all the things important to me like writing my stories and drawing my comics. I also want to get back to blogging, so keep an eye on me here and chastise me if I fail to post at least a sentence every day. We’ll make it through together!