It’s STILL fresh – it’s not late. Mostly.
And some annotations:
Pg 1: Arthritis, Asthma, Asperger’s.
I have arthritis in my fingers – diagnosed confirmed last year. To the best of my knowledge, even if it gets a whole lot worse than it is, it won’t effect the drawing – though it does make typing uncomfortable. I’ve met a few artists with far worse arthritis in their fingers than me, and they’re fine.
Thomas, who we’d previously been assuming was a viral wheezer (which presents like asthma, but is slightly different -) has probably developed asthma. We had a few hospital visits with him, but less than the previous year, and, hopefully, we can make them less and less in the coming years.
Nathan is on track for a diagnoses with Aspergers. If he has it, he has it in a very mild form. We’ve bounced back and forth about whether to get a confirmed diagnosis (it’s a multi disciplinary diagnosis, with lots of stages). But, in the end, it’ll help the school to help him. (Aspergers is a mild form of autism, kids with it tend to be very bright, but very awkward social animals and have difficulty with some stuff and can excel at other things).
Of course, as the diagnosis was read out to my wife she kept looking at me, and I knew what she was thinking, it was “he is exactly like you”.
Those have been the big downs through the year, but, to be honest, we’re at the other side of each of them (to a greater or lesser degree) and while none of them are things that will ever really go away, knowing about them and being able to deal with them has made this year a lot easier.
I learnt to cook. Set out to do so, and largely did. I’ve blogged a bit about it previously. I’d like to take some sort of proper cooking lessons though, but I’m much more comfortable with hitting a recipe book and throwing something together. (In fact, I’m even comfortable making some food up…)
Annette started driving. We’ve been together 18 years this year (blimey!) and she’s had her licence the entire time, but this is the first time she’s ever actually driven. She doesn’t like it (but then, neither did I in my first year of driving). But it opens the world up a bit.
Decided not to do anything but local cons last year. 2D was enormous fun (though I lost my voice after the first night and was a fair bit wrecked after wards) and DICE was the most promising con of my career. Though, as is often the case, the initial excitement of possibilities gave way to the inevitable crash to ground realities.
Still, with a bit of luck, this year I can start following up some of the introductions made at DICE.
Actually did a fair amount of sketching this year, December saw an advent sketch a day. I enjoyed it, and will probably do it again next year (if I remember). BUT it stole time away from actually drawing comics (or playing with the kids) so this year, sketching to learn to draw rather than just for dicking around.
Kevetching, should be spelt Kvetching. (Which I knew, but forgot) one of many lovely yiddish words I love. Basically I did a lot of moaning.
Wretching. Ok, that’s just a fib because I liked the three words together…
Analogue to Digital (there and back again). I kept flirting with digital drawing (in fact did a few things ALL digital, including a cover and a few pages). I had my most successful attempt at going all digital – it lasted for three days. This year, though, I’m not even going to try it (even with Manga Studio 5 EX coming out in the summer). Digital for cleanup/organise/colour, and that’s it. My brush inking has gotten clumsy and rusty, and I need to go back to it and relearn a lot of skills I’ve let atrophy.
And the rest. Well, it felt like a full year. This past year was the first one where we weren’t still in mourning for lost loved ones, and where no one spent any significant period in hospital. The kids were old enough to both be in school this year (so I actually started to claw back time) though my drawing speed started to slow down as doubt started entering my head.
So, you know, 2012, felt like a good year zero for a lot of things. 2013, I’m hoping can be the ground floor to a solid future.
Hope the new one is good to you too.