Last year I did art every day of the year. It wasn't much, some days, if I didn't have the time or the energy for more than a quick doodle or sketch. But knowing that I had to post the art daily (I did miss a few days while traveling and having no internet, or when I was quite sick) pushed me to create. It was very fulfilling, sometimes tiring and frustrating if I had no ideas, and in the end I had a fantastic album full of art and memories.
This year, I didn't want to keep pushing the art. I'm not in school any longer (graduated! Yay!
) and am currently hunting a job, don't expect to be unemployed long, and am also reviving my writing. So I decided that I would take a photo a day, and put it here on DA (the album last year was on Facebook and it got very unwieldy by the end). So far, three weeks into the project, I've learned that it will still be a challenge. There will be days like today where I took rather a lot of pictures, and more than one was worthy of being that single photo. But there will also be days like last week where it was raining, I was busy, and squeezing those few seconds of time out for the photo (plus uploading, and editing, and...
) feel like more than I want to do.
But it's good for me, to push, to brush up my skills that I have been slack on while focusing on other things. I'll still do art; I've been itching to paint recently. And the writing is going, which is a relief. This novel is nearing completion, and I'm already getting glimmerings of story for the next one, which is in the series my fans clamor for. So! Even if a full-time day job drops in my lap Monday, I have my goals and habits in place. I'm ready for the coming year. Plus, my daughters are asking me to teach them things. One wants to learn photography, another wants to learn creative lettering (and heaven knows I'm no expert there, so we'll be learning together). I have to find my son's creative button. Other than Minecraft, where he loves to build and then take me on virtual tours of his creations. Which is sweet, but I want to deepen his skillset, too.