Seriously... this year barely existed. It just flew right on by. I assume that only gets worse in time, but at 28 it's getting ridiculous already.
I'm not gonna lie and say I plan to be more active here in the future. I might, I might not, but looking through my hoarded message stash folders at old notifications, this site honestly gives me a profound sense of sadness. Sure, there are still tons of great artists here and great art all around, and being still hardcore into poni I can find a lot to do here, but I began my dA tenure in the Spirit fandom eleven years ago now holy crap, and now there are almost none left from that original community. Yeah, sure, we're all adults here with busy fulfilling lives and little time to post cartoon horses on an Internet art site, but it's just not the same when I can look at some of my old posts and confidently state that 20-25 of the 30 commenters are not only no longer active here, but many of them I have no way to get in touch with anymore to catch up, and that's deeply saddening.
Yeah, sure, most friendships in life are fleeting - lovely while they last but diverging paths in life lead to a slow fade - but I'm awful at saying goodbye in every sense of the concept. I just can't do it. I also can't be 17 again, but I damn sure miss the friendships from that era, even when I have a vibrant real life cluster of pals I see at conventions here and there. They are great friends, but that does not make me miss the friends that spent years of my life with on dA any less. And BlueLink
if you're reading this, you're basically the only ones that I know still reads my journals so THANK YOUUUUU PLS NEVER GO AWAY ;w; lmao
Still gonna keep the account up, log in occasionally, and keep the subscription rebilling going, but not gonna be on here every day.
Anyway, enough whining. 2018 has been decent, not great all but still decent. Remained engaged, brother got married, got to see Illinois and Wisconsin and got to volunteer/attend a convention that had the vibrancy of the good old days in 2013 and 2014. Thought out future plans and options more than usual. Made some more friends to hang out with in various parts of the country. Saved a decent amount of money for emergencies/eventual vehicle and moving out. Life happens in its own slow weird pace so hopefully I'm not that far behind. 2019 promises opportunity and potentially good experiences, so hopefully it goes well. Fiance is on art staff for a con in Texas and we're getting to vend in real life for the first time ever in February so that's awesome. Really want to take a cross country train trip for the eventual honeymoon and spend as much time as we can afford in Canada and scenic locales of the northern states. Still dreading the inevitable decline of grandparents' health, but nothing I can do about that.
Likewise friends and readers, I hope YOUR 2018 was great, and that your holiday season is excellent, fulfilling, and piled high with wonderful memories and pleasant experiences. I know I don't talk to people on dA very much but your friendship means the world to me and has probably saved my chronically depressed ass from making poor decisions, knowing that at least some people care. XD
If I am ever in the mood for art anytime soon, I will post it here, but that's slow at the moment. If you have other social media, PLEASE add me at @ EquusStorm on Twitter, Horsesnhurricanes on Facebook, Equus#4691 on Discord, or Instagram/Telegram/Skype/whatever. Would love to catch up with folks.
UNTIL I SIGN ON AGAIN.
Have a rockin' new year and an epic 2019~