First, let me say that I sincerely and deeply appreciate everyone who has stuck by me, have liked my work in both the past and the present, and supported me throughout the years. You all are rockstars!
Second, as we wind down 2018 (some of you are already in 2019), I often reflect on my life. I am not happy with what I haven't accomplished in 2018. This is caused by a variety of factors, but the main problem is with me. I am too willing and too eager to get distracted by the shiny. I have spent months of 2018 not doing things that make me happy. To be frank, what I've done over 2018 was spent far too long debating politics and religion. This isn't productive and a huge waste of time. I've also spent far too long engaging in various Discord servers as well as other fora such as Picarto, imgur, and the like.
This has had the effect of, well, making me not do the things I've wanted to do. The script for Rouge has been shoved to the side and this makes me supremely unhappy.
A wakeup call happened to me a few days ago. I discussed the movie with a friend of mine and I realized I haven't done what I need to do to give the movie the edge it deserves. The edge it needs. The reasons for that are above. After watching both "Sintel" and the Blender teaser short for "Agent 327: Operation Barbershop", this has reinvigorated me and I've come to a decision:
My New Years resolution for 2019 is to cut back on as many distractions as possible. This unfortunately means I will be leaving several Discord servers I frequent. This means I will no longer be posting on politics and religion debate channels. My Picarto and otherwise livestreaming hangouts will be drastically curtailed--and I will only be going to these when I'm "off of work", as it were. I will change my "computer habits" to be one of work, not one of lazy recreation (I've seen enough cat videos!). For 2019, I'm buckling down, getting serious. During my free time, the only thing I will be working on is Seahorse and Rouge. The other recreational activities will be relegated to either early morning, late evening, or during short bits of time on the weekends.
I need to do this because procrastination is an ugly beast that I need to slay in 2019.
To everyone, I hope you understand if I am not as available as I used to be, but I need to do this. I will do this. I have to do this.
Thank you all once again for staying by me and hope you'll stick by me into the new year where I go more-or-less dark while I get Rouge off the ground. I love you all!