Listening to: Samurai Champloo Soundtrack
Reading: German Hero-Sagas and Folktales
Watching: Ah! My Goddess: Flights of Fancy
Wait, what? 2011 is over already? But I was just getting started! Ah well.. By now I'm sure you guys know me well enough that you've noticed just how positively worked up I get when the New Year comes around, haha.
It's a time of year that means a lot to me, probably more than any other time. There's just something special about it, and not in a New-York-City-ball-dropping kinda way. New Year's reminds me of when I first set out to be a professional artist only 3 years ago. Coming off of some heavy emotional trauma, I sought refuge in my pursuit of the arts, namely the art of creating manga (or comics, whichever term you prefer). I remember the feeling, the excitement, the reckless sense of obsession that spurred me on with boldness into a field I really didn't know anything about.
I've been extremely blessed and fortunate to have met with such excellent people (both online and off) like yourselves who have always been there to encourage me along the way. I'm reminded of all the incredible opportunities that have come my way since I started this crazy expedition. There's been ups and downs, highs and lows, success and failure, but hey, it's all been amazing.
Those are the kind of feelings that well up within me this time of year. And I hope that perhaps to some degree, New Year's does the same for all of you. The concept of starting anew, and leaving the old behind is something I find incredibly moving, and then again, it's only natural.
It's been a full year, so I reckon it's time to start another one. Hope all of you have had a safe Holiday and continue on into a dazzling New Year.
Best of Luck,