My 2015 Highlights

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It’s really amazing how time flies. It took me a while to get used to the fact that we were in 2015, and now, as quick as that, 2016 is only a day away.

 

To commemorate New Year’s Eve, I will share with you my personal highlights of this year. There were plenty of them but for now I’m listing only the few that came to mind.

 

My Website – Going viral

For many years I thought about owning my own website but I was always insecure about putting my face and artistic works out there. I was concerned of being made fun of and getting harsh criticism.

Cutting a long story short, one day I broke down that barrier. Now, as well as blogging about various things I own my very own website, my own photo gallery, my own Instagram page, and even opening up a Deviant Art account.

Since going past that barrier I’ve been gaining nothing but confidence and I feel like I keep on improving on my art due to my confidence and motivation.

I’m especially proud of my Ayane fan art from the manga, Dragons Rioting. Tsuyoshi Watanabe, the author of Dragons Rioting, actually liked one of my Ayane fanarts on Twitter! That was a very proud and significant moment in my life. It’s like a couple of years ago when I received a personal message from Britt Allcroft. =)

 

A New Yoga Venue

I used to go to a regular yoga class with my sister but this year I went to a completely new venue/class. Not only did I go to a new yoga venue but I went on my own with no support. Now, I’m a regular at lotusflower. Sometimes I even stay behind at times for a lovely peppermint tea or accidentally drinking someone else’s. Haha!

 

I feel that I’ve improved on my breathing and poses but more importantly, I’ve opened myself up more to the regulars who also go to the same class as me, especially to my teacher. It probably doesn’t seem much but it’s definitely a big deal, especially when I find social situations challenging. =)

 

Passport

This was quite a big issue for me. On the pamphlet it says that I could take someone with me to the interview for support. However, when I got there, the passport people said that having someone with me during the interview was not allowed.

This did distress me as I felt misled. However, I coped very well under stress and pressure and answered all the lady’s questions rationally and truthfully. I think she knew I was genuine as I received my passport within three days! =D

 

Kitacon 2015

This was probably my personal highlight this year. In 2014 I stayed in a hotel in London and that was daunting. But this year I stayed at the Hilton Hotel in Birmingham to participate in Kitacon for two nights and three days.

I would say that this was my first official holiday and probably only the second occasion where I slept in an unfamiliar place. Kitacon was challenging for many, many reasons. There were highs and lows. The highs was talking with random people as well as friends, and, taking photos of people in their cosplay outfits. The lowest part was the hentai panel.

I would say that that was one of my most difficult experiences as I came away feeling sick, nauseous, dizzy and light headed. It was very loud and I was stuck right in the middle of the rowdy crowd. It’s something that I will definitely not want to experience again.

However, even during these low points in my life, I still coped. If I were to go to Kitacon again I would have to think about it very carefully.

 

Summer House

For many, many years I yearned to have a little summer house in my garden. I wanted to be like Roald Dahl and write and draw and generally be creative in my own little house. That very thing happened this year and I was very, very happy. I still have to pinch myself now that I have my very own house to call my own. I haven’t been out in it recently due to the weather but it will be resolved once I get a heater in there. Haha.

Due to affection and for the sake of making an Alan Partridge reference, my summer house is now known as the ‘Business Centre.’ Haha! Now, I just need to wait when spring and summer comes and then I will be able to have my own flower baskets. =)

 

My Niece – Lucy

Family wise, this is definitely among my highlights. I did wonder if becoming an uncle would be life changing and a daunting task, but in all honesty, it’s not as bad as I thought it was going to be.

I’m seeing her a lot more than I thought I would and it’s worth giving up some of my free time to watch over her. I took her for a walk at Pennington Flash (Country Park) and went with her to Bents Garden Centre.

At three months old she’s now smiling and giving out cute little giggles. It’s a massive bonus that she enjoys watching football and Only Fools and Horses!

 

Halloween Gathering

I went to a Halloween gathering for board games and I dressed up as the wrestler, Sting. This was definitely a cool moment as I tried everything I could to make myself a carbon copy of Sting. I like to think I did a good job, especially the face paint.

Playing the board games was a nice change of pace, even if I don’t always understand the rules!

 

2016

 

There are a lot of things for me to look forward to next year, but most of them are just little things.

Stuff like watching my niece grow up, looking forward to the magical season of Christmas (I’m still celebrating the festive season now!). Other things include watching football on TV, yoga, decorating my summer house, spending time with my family, but most of all, my creative works.

My children’s story is very close to being finished and was only delayed as I couldn’t get it done before Christmas. However, once it’s finished I will review it once more and hopefully publish it on Kindle.

I have plenty more of art to share as well as my stories but when they are finished, you will be the first to know. =)

 

Happy New Year, everyone.^^/

Ryan.

The Christmas Spirit 2015

Coca-cola-lorry

Are you getting that Christmas buzz yet? I know I am. Admittedly I am rather sick and have a bad cold but I’m taking it easy and focusing on my favourite things. I managed to put my decorations up, all I need to do now is wrap the presents and I’m done.

 

I can tell you with pride right now that I am on a chocolate diet. I started the diet since the first of December and as of today, I have managed to fit chocolate into my diet and gorge on them every morning. I will continue to gorge on them until my belly is nice and round. Wish me luck!

 

If I can manage that then my diet is a success! Haha. Of course I’m joking. I am doing this amazing exercise that I learnt from yoga. It requires breathing and sucking in the stomach. Apparently if you keep it up, you can get a six pack. In all honesty I’m not so bothered about a six pack but if I get one, so be it.

 

If we were all meant to have six packs, we would probably be born with them. Yet, we are all so different because we were meant to be different. Can you imagine Father Christmas having a six-pack? I know I can’t. He’s my favourite chubby person in the whole world and I would never want to have him any other way.

 

Getting back on track… the Christmas spirit is quite spectacular. Normally all of my drawings, writings and generally everything that usually takes priority is suddenly becoming second priority. Usually I take pride in my writings but I decided to give in to the spirit. Just because, well, why not? After all, Christmas comes once a year, it’s magical, it fills you with happiness and it lasts for one month. =)

 

The Christmas Nostalgia is the best kind of nostalgia. There’s good nostalgia like remembering a book from your childhood and bad nostalgia like someone or an object reminds you of a sad time in your life. However, with the Christmas nostalgia, I remember literally everything good. Opening presents, opening the cards, school plays, the music, and films and spending time with the family.

 

I went to Bents Garden Centre with my beautiful niece the other day to buy some decorations for my house and my bedroom. It was her first trip to Bents and she really enjoyed the lights on the trees. The trip was spontaneous as I nearly said no to the invitation because it was too sudden but I said yes because it felt appropriate. Because I did, I ended up buying some good decorations and spending time with Lucy.

 

I’m now aiming to complete my Christmas picture before Christmas day on Deviant art. When I finish it I will be sure to share it. It comprises some of my favourite anime characters. I will make it the best that I can. So far, it’s in its inking stage and I really like the way it’s going. =)

 

That about does it. I will probably have an early night to take it easy but I will see how I feel.

 

Speak to you all soon. =)

Ryan.

 

Ps… it’s not an early night as I’ve just realised that it’s a few minutes passed midnight. Oh well!

Anime Fall 2015

Life is really fun at the minute.

 

I’m enjoying my time spend with my niece. Like most new-borns she does have the tendency to cry a lot. I actually thought that that would bother me but to my surprise I feel ok with it. I see her crying as her way of talking. I managed to stop her crying though one day when I hummed twinkle, twinkle little star. That lasted for 30 minutes. Haha. It wrecked my throat but it was worth it.^^/

 

I’m progressing more on my stories. I’m not necessarily progressing on the chapters but I am creating a lot of ideas for the plot.

 

Now, enough about my life, let’s talk about this season’s anime. =D

 

ANTI-MAGIC ACADEMY: THE 35TH TEST PLATOON

Anti Magic Academy 35th Platoon

At this moment in time this anime show, along with Shomin Sample, is my favourite from this season.

In some ways, I think the show is rather unique and I think in a way, Kusanagi is unique as a character. I can’t put my finger on why that is. I’m just really enjoying it. I like the set-up that the school has, it has its usual school rooms but it also has special rooms for 35 platoon squads in which certain students are assigned to. Kusanagi and his fellow teammates are part of the lowest platoon, the 35th platoon.

I think it’s funny and I’m enjoying the squabbles between Ohtari and Mari as it’s literally a clash between witches and inquisitors. I thought it was funny when they were trying to one up each other. Usagi’s mishaps are also amusing to watch.

 

THE ASTERISK WAR

The Asterisk War

I couldn’t really get into this anime initially as I felt that this has a lot of similarities as Chivalry of a Failed Knight. They both have strong male fighters and a Princess who has travelled from distance lands to study at an overseas academy. However, this show grew on me.

What I like most about this show the most is the colours. I find this really colourful and in a strange way, soothing on the eyes. The scenery is especially colourful. It makes me wonder as to what has happened to Ayato’s big sister. I’m also curious to find out Claudia’s true identity as well, it seems like she already knew Ayato even before he enrolled into the academy.

 

CHIVALRY OF A FAILED KNIGHT

Chivalry of a Failed Knight

So far this is good to watch. I find Stella to be really cute both in personality and in appearance. She also has a kickass fire ability which blends in well with her pink/red hair.

 

KOMORI-SAN CAN’T DECLINE!

Komori san can't decline

This is a very simple and light-hearted story about a school girl who can’t say no to anyone. I can relate to her strongly as I’m not very good at declining requests but there is a difference between being helpful and having self-respect. So far, I think Komori-san is finding the right balance.

 

OWARIMONOGATARI

Owarimonogatari

Monogatari is a kind of anime that I would describe as an intelligent type show. The directing and storytelling is unique and the plot and art is pretty darn amazing and Owarimonogatari is no different.

However, it’s one of those shows where I have to be in the mood for. With shows like Non Non Biyori or High School DxD I’m always in the mood for them. But as Monogatari is a very intelligent anime I need to watch it when I know I’ll be able to appreciate it. I had my doubts about Ougi but she’s actually grown on me.

 

SHOMIN SAMPLE

Shomin Sample

This is a really funny anime. I laugh literally at every episode I watch.

I do feel sorry for Kimito though. He has to pretend to have a certain fetish in order to stay at a school in which he was forced to attend. Which either way you look at it, he’s in a losing position. Still, he’s surrounded by many beauties who are socially inept. I say socially inept because the refined ladies are familiar with each other but they’re not well acquainted with the big wide world. So, Kimito has been brought in so he can teach them the ways of the “commoner.”

I’m watching this show as it’s making me laugh a lot but the pretty girls and good characters are a bonus.^^/

 

THE TESTAMENT OF SISTER NEW DEVIL BURST

The Testament of Sister New Devil Burst#

I enjoyed this show’s first season and so far I’m enjoying this sequel. I feel that it’s just as lewd, straightforward and packed with action as it was in the previous season. The fights are good and well balance but I especially enjoy the bout between Jin and Leohart. It seems that they’re equal in strength. I’m curious to see Chisato’s connection with Toujou and to see if Kurumi is eventually going to become Toujou’s “servant.” I predict that Toujou will go out of control, more lewdness from all the girls, more cool fights and we find out about Toujou’s mum.

 

 

VALKYRIE DRIVE: MERMAID

Valkyrie Drive Mermaid

Watching girls turn into physical weapons by their partners is funny to watch. Haha. I’m not sure if I understand the story itself but it’s still enjoyable to watch. =)

 

THANKS FOR READING

Is there any show that you would recommend to watch? If there is I would be interested to hear your thoughts. =D

 

I haven’t been active in writing up blogs recently mostly because I have nothing to say. That and I’m having fun doing other things like reading manga, writing up my story and spending time with my niece.^^/

 

Thanks for Reading,

Ryan.

Becoming an Uncle

This week, well, the past few days, have been most exciting as I became an Uncle for the very first time.

 

Lucy Mei was born on 27th September at the very same day when the full moon was out. I also came to learn that the blood red moon was scheduled for the early hours of the following morning. I felt that this was a good omen for her. She was born at the time 19:27, on the 27th day of September and she has 7 letters in her name. Safe to say that I believe that the number 7 is her lucky number. =D

 

I met her in person the this evening and I must say that she is a beauty. I held her for a good few minutes and she kept on yawning and drooling. I wasn’t sure what I was expecting but I didn’t think she would be relaxed and just chilling in my arms. Holding a baby is fun, especially seeing as she is now my niece.

 

One of the best things about being an Uncle now is that not only do I get to watch her grow up but it means that I have someone to watch Thomas the Tank Engine with. =D

 

From now on, whenever I look at the full moon or the number 7 I will be reminded of the day when Lucy was born.^^/