Firstly I would like to wish all my regular readers a Happy 2018. Your loyalty in visiting me has greatly brightened each day. This post is a bit of a retrospective finishing with a list of goals. In other words, expect me to be totally self-absorbed, so flee while you can.
Okay, for those of you foolish enough to continue reading, here goes…
The past two years were mostly awful as I struggled with failing vision, operations, and unemployment All this said, 2017 ended on a high with
- my eyesight having been restored to a solid mostly-usable state; and
- finding a job just before (most likely) being forced to sell my house.
My creative achievements over 2017 include:
- becoming a lot more familiar with modeling in Blender (X-ray machine, art-nouveau door, starship)
- getting a few things published (ST:TNG review in an anthology, 18 Steps)
- writing 6 short stories (of which one has found a home – see above)
- becoming a confident baker of muffins and cakes
Life lessons learned:
- Persist in all things
- Laugh whenever possible
- Be kind to others
- Avoid toxic people (unfortunately, this self-preservation sometimes comes into conflict with being kind)
- Don’t stand still
2018 comes with its own challenges. Primary among these is the fact that I am 53 and don’t know what I want to be when I grow up. As I ponder that question, I intend to strive with my art, writing and singing.
My 2018 creative goals are:
- master hair in Blender (and DAZ)
- make some costumes for Genesis models
- make some nice 3D models/artifacts
- learn Hexagon
- paint at least 2 oil paintings
- have 6 short stories published
- Learn 6 1980s songs well enough to perform
On a more personal note, I intend to strive to be a better father. Rhiannon has reached her teens and “the teenager transformation” is happening as surely as in any classic werewolf film. I feel a sense of loss, as well as frustration and despair at some of her choices. This said, other aspects of her are really shining. Hopefully, I can learn to guide her without alienating her.
So thanks everyone for reading.
I genuinely do wish you all well in 2018. I also hope that my blogging pals among you keep blogging. I love your posts, and while sometimes all I do to demonstrate it is click “Like”, please don’t imagine that I don’t.
Greg (aka SoulThief)