January Update

I want to try and make writing in an online blog a monthly routine, if anything, to just share and reflect on the events of the month. Honestly, with how busy I get and how I want to use my time, this is really all I can and want to dedicate to in terms of consistency. Comic pages don’t draw themselves, after all!

That said… I have to admit January was not a good start in terms of page turnout. On the plus side, I’ve been giving myself more time to just draw for fun vs for a goal. But as a down side, the overall output of comic pages (or anything creative, really) has declined.

My culprit? Health. And computer games. One leads to the other, I swear!

Being at a suboptimal level of health this last month, fatigue and discomfort left me unmotivated to really DO anything. So instead, I played a lot of Guild Wars 2. And caught up on TV shows. And youtube… the greatest time sinker of all. ^^”

But as I slowly improve, I’ve started working out again, something I haven’t consciously done in a fewyears. I know its stereotypical to start hitting the gym at the beginning of the New Year, but rather than aim for some lofty weight loss or fitness goal, I think this time I am doing it for the right reasons. Rather than aiming for a goal like “lose 10 lbs” (anyone ever notice how all those health magazines like to advertise 10 lbs weight loss? why 10? why not 8? 15?), exercise this time is about restoring balance in my life. Creating routine in my daily schedule where i take time to care about my body and put some effort in to making it function efficiently. Goals are great things to have for many, but I think for me, creating habits is more important. And so far so good. I’m getting used to waking up early to work out and only avoid it if I’m particularly feeling awful that day.

So with health not so great this past month, the amount of activity I’ve partaken in is rather minimal. The highlights are mostly through visual technologies: My parents got a puppy (which even though it’s really theirs, I think I’ve already internally claimed it as mine too). Guild Wars 2 has been consuming the entertainment portion of my life. And I went to a couple of Drawing Meetups again just to see some faces (and otherwise claim that yes! I am a social being).

Other than that, just healing up and getting by. I am optimistic things will swing back to normal energy levels again, though I have no doubts that it is going to take me awhile to get back there. But perhaps future updates will have more news to share. 🙂

In the meantime, here’s an Alice In Wonderland-inspired tea party I drew. 🙂

Alice having tea
A rendition of Alice from Alice In Wonderland having Tea with the White Rabbit

Author: Ting Chen

Artist and Author. Owner of TingChen.net

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