Post 5: On New Years, On Extended Silence, and on Trying Something New

On New Years

Happy New Year… I suppose. That’s not really what I meant when I wrote that header, but I suppose it fits. What I meant is that the beginning of every year is seen by the vast majority of people as a new start or a chance to do something new with their lives - - like get fit or change in some way.

That was true for me last year. At this time last year I was embarking on the biggest new chapter of my life. It’s been a year of new things for me and for a lot of people around me. However, if you think about it I bet you’d find the same is true for you as well. In fact, every year is. Every year is full of new things, so why do we celebrate them or force them on ourselves, only to fail at accepting them? 

I swear I’m not trying to be a downer. In the last year, I’ve learned to just accept what comes and go with it. This year, I challenge you to not make a resolution or plans, I challenge you to greet every day and the new things that come without hesitation. If the opportunity to do anything presents itself then do that thing. Live life a day at a time and worry about the consequences only when they arise.

I guarantee you’ll have more fun! 

On Extended Silence

I realize that in one year I only wrote four of these things, and I know I said I’d get other people to contribute but I didn’t do that either. Starting in July or August I experienced the biggest creative drought I’ve had in my life. It was hard for me to write or make graphics for the shop or to edit Anime Updated. It’s hard for me when I can’t be creative because so much of my life revolves around creative pursuits.

It’s happened before: I get into a rut. I get up, go to work, go home, go to bed… And so on and so forth. Nothing gets done. I’ve been trying to write a new post for a while and I'd have the worst writers block. I would get a couple of sentences down on paper, then freeze up and sit there for three hours while staring at the screen, meaning to work on the post more, but then I would start over and restart the cycle.

As this year progresses I'm sure I will have times where I can’t write or create, but I’m going to do my best to overcome that with some new techniques I’ve learned this year. Normally, I try to sit down and write blog posts or articles or to design graphics in one stream of thought at one time. That’s not a great way to do things so I’m going to write or design when I feel the urge or have something to say and see if that makes things easier. My goal is to not be silent as long as I have been, but if I am that’s not a bad thing, as long as it serves as a reminder to focus on one thing at a time and to be as creative as I can, when I can be. 

On Trying Something New

I’ve been trying to find some way to “subsidize” this blog. You guys know - - I assume you read the thing literally right above this - - that I deal with creative block and drain. One of the things that I’ve thought about doing is a podcast.

The Idea being that the podcast would go with this blog and our Tuesday night videos. This blog will be a little longer form and perhaps more in-depth on certain issues with me personally and with the shop, and the Tuesday night videos are about introducing you to comics, the podcast will be a look at the industry and the state of fandom and comic retail and may include guests and interviews and friends. I want the podcast to be lightly structured and pretty loose but at the same time I want it to be topic-centric. I want to have a freewheeling conversation based on a very specific topic. I don’t exactly know what this will look or sound like but I will get it figured out and start podcasting soon. 


Kyle Northrop