There are a mixed bag of feelings out there about how 2016 went. For me it was the worst year I've ever experienced and yet it was filled with the most personal growth I've ever experienced. Would I want to go through it again? Never. And I wouldn't wish a year of panic disorders or depression on anyone either. But I see great value in the lessons I've learned.
I have no feelings about 2017. It's the year following 2016 and at this point I've learned to just live day by day. Some days it's harder than others to stay afloat but all in all you manage and things move on. I have no real resolutions either. I know as far as my art goes I want to polish my approach to my art career. I want to have money saved on the side for new items to invest in. I want to have a plan months in advance before going to a new con or expo. I want to develop my comic and move it forward.
You know that moment after a violent and terrible storm? The moment when you realize it's over, you come to the surface and breathe fresh air but the impact of the devastation is still there lingering in the bones of every warm body and twisted piece of metal that made it through. That's a bit how I feel. I imagine it's how a realist feels. There is no good or bad anymore, just the way things are and sometimes those things hurt or feel alright.
There are things to look back on with a more positive view. I recently moved into my own apartment that I love. My bunny has so much space to run around in and everyone knows that my heart is directly tied to how happy my bunbun Eevee is. I have money to pay for things and quiet times with friends to draw and relax. I'm not upset.
I have big plans for this website and my art in general but after paying a pro-rated rent for December, first month's rent, a security deposit, and a number of other small fees and inconvenient payments I have to take a break from investing in my art. I'm rebuilding my money, paying off debts and have plans for the near future when things start to settle into place.
Anyway that's all I got. Just wanted to check in and give an update on all that's happening with me and the Incomplete. Oh yes, I'm working through the road block I've hit with my Incomplete comic by ordering a series of books that are helping me develop my characters and the plot of my comic. If you are interested in learning about character building and plot development I would recommend the books below. These storytelling masters know what they're talking about. Just click on the book and it'll take you to the Amazon page to purchase it.