And to think I’ll be 24 in 12 days…
The New Year is nearing, and with the holiday season already upon us, there are many people who will be partaking in retrospection and reevaluating some of the choices in their lives. I don’t celebrate/observe many holidays besides Thanksgiving, Christmas, Easter and birthdays, but New Year’s Day is easily my favorite. It’s a great time to sit back and reflect on what I’ve accomplished in the past year, what I hope to accomplish in the coming one, and what I need to do to make it happen. New Year’s resolutions are the perfect tradition to make sure the first step to making a new chapter in my life one worth writing and reading.
While there’s always room for improvement, I believe the creative facet of myself has been lacking compared to everything else. So I have only four resolutions for 2018: To improve my drawing, finish making a beat, write my story more often, and learn more kanji.
I’ve been drawing since the beginning of the year and while I have improved, I’m still not at the point I want to be. I know I’m more of the impatient type, but I also haven’t been practicing as often as I like. My final exams will be coming next week so I’ve been spending most of my time studying (or at least trying to). I’m not using this as an excuse, but since I haven’t been practicing every day like I should, it’s no wonder I’m in the position I’m in. However, once the winter break starts, I won’t be doing any of this studying crap which means I’ll have free time. My free time will be spent on a variety of things, and one of them will be drawing. My break starts on the 8th so I will basically have a month start on drawing. In 2018, I want to draw every day for at least 2 hours. I have no idea what my art will look like by the end of that year, but if I stick to it, I’m sure I’ll be amazed and dazzled at the results!
I have FL Studios on my laptop (thanks to my brother), but I haven’t finished making a song. I’ve recently been thinking about this “1k project” where I want to make 1,000 creative outputs. 1,000 pieces of artwork, 1,000 poems, 1,000 songs or 1,000 blog posts… I’d like to make a lifetime’s worth of work. Anyway, during my break I hope my brother will help me in my journey on becoming a better music producer. He’s been doing it for a few years and he’s way more confident in what he makes now.
“Love Conquers All Sins” has been on an unofficial hiatus. It’s been months and there hasn’t been any update. I have a new scene finished so it’ll be on here pretty soon. It’s my first time writing a fictional story so I’m always a little hesitant when it comes to writing AND posting it. Even though there isn’t a timetable on this, I would prefer to finish this story by the time I graduate. 2018 will (hopefully) be my last year attending university so just like my drawing, I need to take time out of my day and make sure I’m writing as well.
I wouldn’t say kanji is part of my creative development, it’s more mental, but I’ll include it anyway. It’s pretty weird being able to speak Japanese, but not being able to read everything. To put it bluntly, having to learn how to read and write kanji stinks. It’s not impossible, and currently, I don’t find it difficult either, but it can be quite involving. In the long run, though, it’s always nice seeing a kanji character and being able to know what it means! I might speak it, but I don’t really know Japanese unless I’m literate in it. I will be going to Japan one day, but I don’t want to when I can’t read! If you’ve noticed, I’ve typed some Japanese words in my blog posts for practice (and because I’m a weeb). If you’re curious, my favorite kanji is 光 which means light.
With a new year comes 365 blank pages. I get to write anything I want in them. So, I should fill the pages of my new chapter with my New Year’s resolutions. It’s time to make 2018 a better year than 2017. I wish you all a Merry Christmas, and a Happy New Year!