The end of the year is approaching, and one of the typical activities for this time is making goals for the next year, and possibly checking how you did on the past year's goals.
Me and goals is a bit of a fraught relationship. It seems hard for me to develop and keep good habits. I mean things like, for example, going for a daily walk, wiping down the shower stall to reduce calcium deposits, or hanging up my jacket after coming home rather than tossing it over whichever convenient piece of furniture is closest when I take it off. I'll keep it up for a while, think it's become automatic... and then drop it again.
On a bad day, thinking about that makes me feel like a complete failure.
It also invites thoughts like "Why bother even making goals?"
But here's the thing: Even if I drop a good habit after a while, my life will be better for the few weeks or months that I do actively keep it up.
So, I'll keep making goals regarding better habits, and I'll keep trying to meet them, but I'll do my best to not feel bad if I don't meet one.
I'm still trying to figure out what'd be a good way to post stuff I've drawn or painted here, seeing how it's both finished stuff and rough sketches, and I don't really want to post a single rough sketch on the front page.
But for now, have a dozen pics from the last few months that I hadn't uploaded here yet:
I'd like to try again this year (and see if I can finish earlier, and I'd like you to give me prompts to write to.
So, I need at least 26 words or short phrases, one for each letter of the alphabet.
As an alternative, or additionally, you can also give me the name of a character I've already written about to feature. To make that easier, I made a (not entirely complete) List of Named Characters, with links to their respective stories.
Before I started the A to Z thing, I attempted to upgrade the CMS my website runs on.
Something went wrong.
Then something went wrong when I tried to restore it.
Since then I can't create new posts (everything posted since then is repurposed old drafts) or switch on the spam filter.
I had planned to keep going until after the A to Z Challenge was finished, but that was before I knew I'd get over a thousand spam comments a day. After accidentally deleting two legit comments when trying to clean up, I switched off comments, and without a chance of comments, posting's not so much fun.
I'll try to get the page working and updated in the course of the week(end), though I can't promise anything.
I mentioned I didn't keep up with uploading pictures last year, right? So here are all sketches I drew during Sketch Fests. Since I skipped some of them, of this might be unmanageable. I hope this year I can take part more regularly, and finish more things - this batch has a lot of very rough sketches.