The New Years have finally arrived, but artists don't vacation, really. Unfortunately, that's what my mind ended up doing almost all of 2016, so in terms of artistry, 2016 was the worst aside from current events of politics.
My New Years resolution is to work twice as much this year and push out more work because thinking about what might happen to this country for the next four years is a legit concern, but I shouldn't let it hinder creativity. Reading some novels last month actually helped, especially since I'm a bit of a history buff, curious to see what our ancestors on earth did in found and lost civilizations. One of them was the "Book of Enoch" (something I acquired as a Christmas present), which is very riveting if you're interested in the history of religion. Personally, whether I stand to fully comprehend what I read in this omnibus of books that were omitted from the final print of the bible for centuries, I am even more curious of the variable that made modern day Christians and other similar religions to say that this book and its contents are fake.
In any case, it'll also help me complete the graphic novel/web-comic series I've been wanting to finish for some time, which I know will cost money--which is another resolution I know I can do thanks to the support I have for the story concept. Of course the typical resolution would be to also lose weight, but it's something I'll have to take seriously this year. My family has a history of heart disease and diabetes, so I can't afford to ignore my health by stressing myself out, skipping out on food or eating too much junk, etc.
2016 wasn't the worst year ever, but like any other year, certain events and situations could have been better. As someone who resides and was born and raised in the first world, I know last year to be a bogus year in terms of who are next president will be for the next four years, what legendary celebrities died, protesting getting as bold as ever, and racism, sexism, and xenophobia starting to divide us; and will inevitably bleed into this new year.
It does look dire, but this isn't the first civilization to do or experience this. I cannot sit here and be depressed over our situation forever--nothing will get done by recognizing the issues AND staying down about it. According to Toni Morrison, this is the perfect time--in fact, the best time--to do some art and share it with the world as she wrote novels during racial segregation, Tolkien wrote during WWII, so I think I can stand to fill my portfolio and profile if the worst is promised to come.