Out with the old…

As I said last year, I love the week between Christmas and New Year. I love the quiet and the time to reflect on the past while planning for what’s next.

I’m having a hard time feeling it this year though. I suspect that’s because it’s been such a strange year, full of challenges, but also victories. On a personal level, my family and I are glad to put 2010 behind us. I was unemployed for seven months (except for writing, but that doesn’t pay any bills) and my wife’s mom was diagnosed with cancer around the 4th of July. She was gone by the end of the summer.

On a creative level though, Jason and I finally got Kill All Monsters! out (or started anyway) and that’s something that we’ve been working toward for a long time. There’s still a lot of work to be done on it, but I’ll leave that for tomorrow’s post.

Looking back on my goals for 2010, I didn’t achieve a lot of them. Looking for work took a lot of time (or at least I’ll blame it on that) and there were a couple of comics that I wanted to start writing and never got around to. But launching Kill All Monsters! easily makes up for that. My dream for it is that as the story unfolds, it’ll eventually come to mean half as much to readers as it now does to Jason and I. And where those other projects are concerned, I have done some thinking about them and have a better idea not only about what they’ll be, but how quickly I can realistically write them. More on that tomorrow too, I suppose.

Robot 6 has also gone well this year. I started contributing to the weekly Food or Comics? feature and that’s been a lot of fun while forcing me to stay on top of which comics are hitting stores every week. And this blog continues to be successful. By which I mean that I love doing it and interacting with you guys over pirates and jungle girls.

I also finally figured out how to use Twitter and Facebook in ways that complement this blog. Not that I’m doing it perfectly (or even well, necessarily), but at least I have a basic understanding now of the strengths and weaknesses of those communities and how they’re different from a blog. That was a huge light bulb moment for me this year. I can be kind of slow sometimes.

That’s enough reminiscing, I think. Tomorrow I’ll talk about plans and goals for 2011, but until then have a Happy (and Safe) New Year’s Eve.

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