I really miss being able to update more regularly! Things pile up in my inbox and then I don't get around to commenting and interacting with everyone. I'm trying, but you know. It's been 6 months since my last journal, and in keeping with the established pattern, that means it's time for an update.
I am approaching the one year landmark of my depression and anxiety treatment. I can say with a lot of confidence that it has helped immeasurably, and that I am now a much happier and healthier person than I was a year ago. I still have plenty of room for improvement, but I'm already so happy with how far I've progressed, I can't complain too much (for reference, I spent the month of January in 2014 in bed, calling out sick from work because I was too depressed to function). I still have anxiety about driving, working, and responding to messages (hence why you tend to see me answering a bunch of replies at once), but I'm working on it and I am getting better.
Thank you everyone who has shown a lot of support for the introduction of HP Fall-In-Lovecraft
and my ghost hunter girls Beth and Lindsey. Both projects went quiet over the holidays due to this time of year just being generally busy for me, but I'm hoping to do a lot more now that 2015 is off on it's way. My brother and I are slowly learning about how to design games, but also how to tell an interesting interactive story. Even though this will be our first project, we don't intend for Fall-in-Lovecraft
to be simple. And while I still haven't decided what
I want to do with Beth and Lindsey, seeing that people love them as much as I do, I know I want to continue using them and growing their world. It's been awhile since I've felt so enthusiastic about things that I've created.
On that note, some people have expressed concerns about CotG being "retired." It's not retired, it's being retooled. The way things currently are in that universe no longer work for me, so I've reset everything to zero. Most of the cast has been cut or merged into new characters, and I think the overarching story is changing dramatically as well. But my main characters (Gabreialla, Dia, Raiko, Rory, Watcher) are staying, so don't worry about them. I love them too much to lose them forever. On that note, if you have Charahub
, you can track my progress on slowly rebuilding their backstories there, as well as a few other characters. I don't know where my creativity is leading me, but I'm okay with that right now.
Thank you also for all your kind words about the Palette Challenge! It's hard for me sometimes to push myself like that, and though I'm only 1/5th of the way done, I feel really proud of everything I have accomplished! Feel free to suggest palettes and character combinations! I'll do ones that inspire me.
In my personal life, things have been pretty great. Morgan and I (ChugtheWave
) celebrated our 9 year anniversary, and we continue to be very happy together. I am still working two jobs and it is very tiring, but being able to have money for board games and video games and comic books (while still paying bills and saving money) is AMAZING. I am tired, but I don't feel stressed out about surviving, though having some spare free time would always be nice. As it stands now I'm slacking off on other things I need to be doing to type this (but only because I miss talking to you guys so much).
I hope everyone had a wonderful holiday. I didn't have time to send out holiday cards this year, but know that you were all in my thoughts. What have you been up to, and how is 2015 looking for you? I miss you all, and look forward to another great year with you all!