Hello, how are you? I hope the festive season is being very kind to you.
It’s around this time of year where I talk about my highlights. It gets tougher every year, I reached that stage now where every day is my best ever day. This year I’ve grown mentally stronger, tougher and growing in self-confidence in myself and in my talents. I’ve been going out more times than I ever had, and never have I seen so many films at the cinema in one year. That feat is especially a big deal to me.
I tried many times to let go of my past, sometimes I felt I did but there were some things I hadn’t considered. Perhaps deep down I was trying to convince myself rather than accept that I wasn’t quite there yet. But now, I do feel that I have reached that place. Right now I feel that this is the best month of the year, partly because it’s Christmas, but also because I reached a good place in my life.
To add a few things that happened recently- I looked after my niece a few times with my Mum, I did yoga, I went Santa-Sack shopping with my sister in Manchester and dined at AskItalian with my brother and co for our traditional Christmas Jumper Meal. I also got amazing feedback over my small overview review of Kase-San and Morning Glories which I will expand on further down the page. =)
I think perhaps my most significant encounters all happened in anime and art.
My art is slowly starting to take off and becoming more popular. I improved my technique, polished my style and I’m enjoying my drawings much more. I received a few commissions, a donation and a dozen of requests and was rewarded with customer satisfaction. That especially made my job worthwhile. I also did a birthday picture for my Mum of Beauty and the Beast, her favourite Disney couple. =)
I’ve always known that I wanted to be a writer but I did drawing as an aside. Yet, over these past couple of years I gradually turned my favourite hobby into something much more important.
I never do New Year’s Resolutions but I will summarise very quickly what I intend to do next year.
I like to celebrate my birthdays as peacefully and quietly as possible but as it is my 30th I decided to try and make an effort. I’m going to celebrate it in a cinema whether it’s playing on the Wii Switch with family or watching an anime like One Punch Man or Non Non Biyori.
Updating my Website
I just want to give my website a revamp.
Twitter Manga Reviews
I found a new refreshing way to review manga and light novels, instead of writing an lengthy evaluation I now write a short synopsis.
So far I reviewed How a Realist Hero Rebuilt the Kingdom vol 4, There’s a Demon Lord on the Floor vol 4, Hybrid x Heart Magias Academy Ataraxia vol 1 and Kase-San and Morning Glories. I was surprised when I got positive feedback on my Kase-San review with the amount of likes and retweets.
I won’t go so far as to say that I won’t review a manga/light novel ever again but I won’t do it any time soon.
I am hoping to attend anime conventions and if appropriate I would love to have my own art stall.
Manga Books and General Art
In light of these conventions I’ve been developing and storyboarding my stories with my own characters.
I don’t want to give anything away but I’m working on a short manga story and a picture book. These are very exciting times. I have basic ideas for the monster girls and I have a full completed story in mind for my short manga, I just need to draft it and get to work.
If I’m successful I will be able to complete all of this in time for one of the conventions next year. I won’t rush to complete them as you should never rush art but I’m very keen to get on with these projects and show everyone my work. =)
Happy Christmas everyone, see you next year. =)