Thursday, January 3, 2019

Reflections on 2018 - Drawing

While drawing featured heavily in a few of my goals for 2018, I barely drew anything during the year. I'm sure I can come up with a variety of reasons why I didn't draw, but there's no point in that. Near the end of the year, I did make my drawing area (the couch in front of the TV) more cozy and that did inspire me to start drawing again. I hope to keep it up.

One thing that might help me keep drawing is how incredibly adorable Mr. Stabbity is now.


As a comparison, here is the result of the previous time I drew Mr. Stabbity, well over a year ago, along with Sparkles, Meh, and Shivers. (The file date is 9.12.17, if you were wondering.)
[I have no idea why this image is appearing so pixelated... so click on it to view it in a more smooth way.]


So yes... slight improvement there. 

Tuesday, January 1, 2019

Reflections on 2018 - Reading Goal


I very just barely accomplished my reading goal for 2018. I finished reading the 36th book with a little over an hour to spare. I did not accomplish the subgoal of reading 12 nonfiction books; I only read 10 of those. I did discover some new (to me) authors this year, which I feel is a much better accomplishment. Before this year, I had never read anything by Jim Butcher, Shirley Jackson, Agatha Christie, or Terry Pratchett. 

Out of all the books I've read, I think my favorite was The Slow Regard of Silent Things, which might not count since that was a second (or third?) reading. So I think I'll have to pick the Dresden Files series as my favorite of the year. (My favorite nonfiction was The Subversive Copyeditor.)

My least favorite was one of the books I gave up on reading (The Happiness Project), but I'll not count that since it's not listed below. Instead, I'll go with The Lathe of Heaven. It wasn't awful in any way, but I didn't really like it. Similar feelings go with my reread of Brave New World

Here's the list:

TitleAuthorMonth finished
The Slow Regard of Silent ThingsPatrick RothfussJanuary
Good Leaders Ask Great QuestionsJohn C MaxwellFebruary
As You WishCary ElwesFebruary
Train Your Dog PositivelyVictoria StillwellMarch
Thanks for the FeedbackDouglas StoneMarch
CoralineNeil GaimanFebruary
StardustNeil GaimanFebruary
DuneFrank HerbertApril
Spark JoyMarie KondoMarch
The MartianAndy WeirApril
QBQ! The Question Behind the QuestionJohn G. MillerApril
Postcards from the EdgeCarrie FisherApril
The Mysterious Affair at StylesAgatha ChristieApril
Let's Pretend This Never HappenedJenny LawsonMay
The Ghost BrigadesJohn ScalziJune
The Last ColonyJohn ScalziJune
Brave New WorldAldous HuxleyJuly
Storm FrontJim ButcherJuly
Fool MoonJim ButcherAugust
Yes PleaseAmy PoehlerAugust
Dead Trees Give No ShelterWil WheatonAugust
The Subversive CopyeditorCarol Fisher SallerOctober
The HistorianElizabeth KostovaAugust
We Have Always Lived in the CastleShirley JacksonSeptember
Grave PerilJim ButcherSeptember
Summer KnightJim ButcherOctober
Wizard of EarthseaUrsula K. Le GuinOctober
Death MasksJim ButcherOctober
Guards! Guards!Terry PratchettNovember
NeverwhereNeil GaimanNovember
Always Look on the Bright Side of LifeEric IdleDecember
And Another Thing...Eoin ColferDecember
Mostly HarmlessDouglas AdamsNovember
The Lathe of HeavenUrsula K. Le GuinDecember
Going Postal: Discworld #29Terry PratchettDecember
To Be or Not to BeRyan NorthDecember
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