Wow. It's been a crazy year, and unfortunately, I spent little of it on DA. As most of you know, awhile back my Wacom died, and I had to set art aside. It was okay, because honestly, I was a little burned out at the time... but that didn't make it any less painful. I'd been making leaps and bounds in my art for the past year, and I was a little bewildered at having to put everything on hold. So, I spent my year working on my Book Review Blog, practicing my copy editing skills, and working on my writing. It was a bit of a journey, and although I didn't do any art... it was still a productive, and fun year.
I revamped the outline for Khet (once I learned that writing by the seat of my pants wasn't a great idea). I'm about 20 chapters into revamping the initial outline into a more thorough detailed plot.. and then it'll be on to the 1st official draft. I'm hoping to have it done by the end of 2015 so I can look into getting it published.
I also worked on my copy editing skills by taking in chapters from people here on DA. I still have a few to finish up. I'll be honest, getting the first dozen out and sent back to people was an awesome feeling... although half of them didn't reply back (Naughty you.) I didn't set a deadline on getting them done (this was practice after all) but I am planning on getting through the rest (soon I hope) and getting them sent out as well.. and then -hopefully- this year opening up my copy editing business.
As for my blog, I managed to read through and review 112 books this year... which for someone who had stopped reading all together for a decade (who has time to read when you're doing art?) is nothing short of amazing. I'm pretty proud of myself. I got to meet a lot of authors, publishers, and editors along the way, and I even got interviewed in a podcast just a few weeks ago. It was awesome.
It wasn't all fine and dandy though. At the end of the previous year, and the start of this last year, I was majorly sick, and I ended up going deaf in both ears for a few weeks. I'm now partially deaf permanently, but I'm learning to adjust. It does get super annoying at times (especially when I'm out at restaurants) because if I'm not used to someone's voice, or there's a lot of background noise, I have trouble distinguishing what people are saying. My TV/headphones are permanently 10-20 marks higher than they used to be in order to hear like I used to. I tend to talk a little louder now - which annoys the crap out of my family... but we're all adjusting On the upside, because of my hearing debacle, we learned that I was allergic to about 140 really common things, and deathly allergic to six... so my allergies have been better under control after a year of allergy therapy shots and a daily regimen of medication. I'm rarely ill anymore (in fact, right now i'm sick for the first time in a year. How amazing is that? I used to be sick every week).
I also started to teach home school over this last year, and that's certainly been an endeavor... who knew I'd make a decent teacher? But it's been fun, even if it leaves me with a lot less free time.
So what's next for 2015?
I'm not entirely sure. The good news is, I fixed my Wacom. I -CAN- draw again... but I don't know what I'm going to do with that yet. I'd like to continue on with my blog, my writing, my copy editing, etc. I'd love to get back into art again... but honestly, I don't know if I can find the time between everything else I'm doing. We'll see. I may start slow here and there... or I may upload nothing at all in the next year. I don't know. I have been trying to stick around and respond to messages though, and I'd like to continue that. I'd love to get some more tutorials out this year, with writing or art... either one. We'll see how it goes.
I hope everyone's had a great year, and that the upcoming year treats you equally well. As always, if you want to get a hold of me, you can send me a message here on DA at any time, on Facebook (Cary Morton), my blog: Author Unpublished (authorunpublished.wordpress.co…, or e-mail (email@example.com) or skype (darlingmionette). I'll try to be better this year about getting back to everyone. Feel free to bug me (even if you've never talked to me before... it really doesn't bother me, and I won't think you're a scary stalker or something) and I'll see you guys all soon!