Happy New Year 2018

Happy new year!  Congratulations on making it through 2017!  Some year, huh?

Year’s end is the official time to review what we achieved in the last year and choose goals for the new, so I’ve been told. The late 2017 was a hard year to parse, full of distractions and a constant sense of dread that made evaluation difficult.   Taking stock of it was rather like trying to balance my checkbook while someone played Insane Clown Posse in my ears at full volume.  Did I Progress (tm)?  Yes, but it was often subtle.  I painted more traditional media works and I met more folks who enjoyed my personal weird fairies and monsters.  I dusted off my book manuscript and gave it to an editor for proofing.  I survived our last Lovecraftian Xmas card project, which was a challenge after we doubled the scope of the project without doubling the time we had to work on it.  I started a bullet journal!  (#bujo, #can'thurttotry)

 Hilariously, my "Best Nine" Instagram pics of 2017, as grabbed on the evening of June 3, 2018, include two pieces done at the very end of the year, one of them actually painted on New Year's Eve.  It's as if 2018 couldn't wait to start clawing its way upward to better things.

Hilariously, my "Best Nine" Instagram pics of 2017, as grabbed on the evening of June 3, 2018, include two pieces done at the very end of the year, one of them actually painted on New Year's Eve.  It's as if 2018 couldn't wait to start clawing its way upward to better things.

I also saw goals that were abandoned or just wandered off somewhere. I saw completed projects that didn’t fit my long-term goals.  A cold virus picked up at the top of December is still slowing me down today (I am really bad at dealing with colds) and probably will put me at half-strength for a few weeks more.  Accidents, distractions, loss of focus -- these things are normal but I’d still like to avoid them in future.

But hey!  We’re here!  The important thing is that we are all here, now, at the top of the new year. I’ve started my first 2018 projects.  I hope you've got your own projects, pictures and stories ready.  Let's go forward.