Year in Review: 2019

Welcome to 2020!

(She says a month and some change into the year. I’m really trying, y’all.)

I spent the new year in snow. Visited Montreal, Vermont for family and spending time with new faces.

Then it was back to Texas and to routine.

Now it’s prep time for Fandom Conventions. Polishing new panels for submissions and exploring new cons.

Below are nine questions I’ve borrowed from The Otaku Journalist to reflect on my year in blogging.

What made up your body of work this year? Which parts are you most proud of?

  • Wrote about Geeky Spaces in Denmark (2018) which continues to trend. As much as I love to travel, sometimes I forget to document my trips to unique spaces. This year, I want to do more blogs on rare topics for well known spaces.
  • Consulting on social media scheduling and shooting product images.
  • Streaming semi-regularly with Penny for a Tale on Twitch. I’ve taken a break due to work, but I plan to get back to it late March of 2020.

What were your top 5 moments of the year?

  • GMing monthly Dungeons and Dragons at Barnes and Nobles. I’ve discovered storytelling on the fly is my forte. Still collecting more books, minis and building scenery pieces.
  • Finally took my boyfriend out of state. He turned into a cheesy tourist and I wouldn’t have it any other way.
  • Finally got a sibling tattoo we’ve been talking about since Denmark.
  • Mastered a new skill in photography. The off camera flash and hot shoe flash.
  • Started running again. Looking forward to my first 1k.

What are you really glad is over?

Not quit over, but rediscovering what I want in a career.

I am stubborn. Prideful, even.

Learning to be flexible has been hard. I’ve talked with a few close friends about it and they’ve listened to my whining( Extra grateful). I even had a tarot reading to see if … what I was currently pursuing was even worth the trouble.

It wasn’t.

And I’m still learning to let it go in a healthy way. … … Separating hobby from passion is hard. Adulting is hard.

How are you different from today than you were 365 days ago?

I’ve started owning my mistakes. Learning to take smarter risks.

For the longest time, I thought I could do this filmmaking thing while working full time and everything would pan out.

It was straining, but I do what I can when I can. … … For free… … For now.

Still going to networking events for women in filmmaking. I should really up my business card game.

Is there anything you achieved that you forgot to celebrate?

Nope.

What have you changed your perspective on this year?

I like to think that I am a constant work in progress.

As mentioned on my Instagram stories, I stopped freelancing.

Taking a step back to study was the best thing for me. I wasn’t pricing my work in terms of skill appropriately. Which led to low client retention; a death sentence for any business that relies heavily on word of mouth.

I hope to get back to it soon.

Who are the people that really came through for you this year?

My boyfriend had the greatest level of patience with me.

Both financial and mental roadblocks had me emotionally shaken. Then came two deaths of family members.

We’re foolish to think we have plenty of time do things. Till you can’t.

What are some pieces of media that defined your year?

I started reading a lot more in 2019. A habit I want to continue into the new year.

  • Golden Sheep, Volume 1 was a nice reintroduction to slice of life manga. Coming of age stories remind me of all my pre-Adult drama. With a hint of things I wish had not done.
  • Day breakers on Netflix was fun season of “what if the apocalypse was run by teens”. I love zombies of any variety, but this version was intriguing.
  • The Witcher on Netflix was another show I held my breath for. Games based on books turned to a series rarely survive long. And yet, some how I fell in love with it towards the last few episodes.

What will you leave behind in 2019?

Self doubt. ( Writing little affirmations to my self in all the mirrors).

Creative block.

I’ve a lot of knowledge to give still and my hope is that it will give others somewhere to start.

So, let’s keep improving and keep rolling with advantage this 2020.


Feel free to answer these questions yourself. Be sure to link back to Otaku Journalist for the inspiration.

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