I've been trying to sit down and write this journal for a couple of weeks now, but somehow something else always seemed to get in the way.
Firstly, thank you to all those that wished me a happy birthday earlier this month. I had a nice relaxed weekend at home with my family and received a selection of nice little presents to celebrate the day. It was lovely to see so many message on my page, especially some from friends I hadn't spoken to in a while.
The following week whizzed by really fast, with a selection of events (work xmas party, carol concert etc) to attend. I also hit the one year anniversary of moving into my flat - boy how time flies. I then rounded off the end of the week with a trip to see the new Star Wars. I hadn't actually watched any of the previous films until the start of this month (I knew the basic plot and all of the twists, just not how the story fit together) I really enjoyed episode VII and look forward to the next instalments.
I finished work on the 23rd Dec and in the blink of an eye it was Christmas. I again had a nice relaxed day with my family, and got a selection of neat presents (including a Lego Wall-e kit which I look forward to constructing at one point and a wide collection of Rubik's related items).
I return to work on the 4th Jan, and have no real plans between now and then. I think I've already watched as much TV/films as the entire of Jan-Nov combined, and started to give my flat a good tidy, organising boxes of stuff which was kinda just dumped in my back bedroom when I first moved in. The nice thing about this is once in a while you stumble across a box of awesomeness.
2015 hasn't been a great year for emotes, both personally an in terms of the community. It really broke my heart to see that we didn't have an Emote Advent Calendar this year - the first time since 2009. But I know deep down we don't have enough of a community left to fill 24 slots ( how times have changed )
It was great to see a few people taking part in NaNoEmo this year, and my continued thanks for Mirz123 for having the drive to kick things off each year. I'd equally like to thank BlissfullySarcastic for running EmoteSecretSanta once again. It's a fantasic annual tradition and once again we had some amazing gifts made. You can check them out here: ESS Round up
Looking back at my gallery I only managed to make a single emote this year, which is still half finished and needs some work. As someone who has always received their motivation and inspiration from the community, the lack of action has hindered me a bit this year. Though I also know keeping up with a full time job, looking after a flat and keeping up with other life commitments.
I want to say that 2016 will be better, though I'm realistic about the matter and know there's a chance this is the end of my emote career. I never thought I'd say that. Though one things I do have to look forward to is my 10 year anniversary coming up in February (man, I feel old).
Whilst I haven't been making much art here, I have been trying a range fo crafts at home. I made a selection of Christmas decorations, along with some custom hama bead designs for my Christmas cards this year. I have to say, I'm most proud of the one I sent to blunaowl
Back in November I offered to feature the winners of an EmoticonOpus contest. It's taken some time for me to get around to it, but without further ado:
That's all for now. I hope you all have a fantastic start to 2016, and see you all next year