Today is the official reflections post for the A-Z challenge. Yes, it’s an official thing. I’m not just being overly introspective. I would have provided a link or something, but as it is almost every day when I try to check out someone's site, blogger is down, so I don't have a link to share.
Despite the fact that I’ve been blogging since 2009, I didn’t participate in the A-Z challenge until this year. Mostly because my immediate reaction to anything that everyone else is doing makes me not want to be a part. I realize that makes no sense, since I’m blogging in order to be a part of the social landscape, so why would I do that and then not want to participate?
I have no idea.
So, realizing this, I decided to face my issues head on by jumping in and being a part.
And what a time it was. I met some great folks that I had not met before, and I saw some really clever themes out there.
But, what about my own posts? What did I learn?
Well, I learned that I can produce a lot of stuff relatively quickly if I need to. Churning out a sketch per day seemed easy breezy at first, but as I started dabbling in using colors and more and more elements, I started spending more and more time on each image.
I also started feeling like I was doing the same thing more and more… here’s a breakdown of what I drew*:
Total images: 25
Inanimate things 2
Group scenes 2
From a story I wrote 6
That just says to me that I’m probably not the versatile of an artist.
I did start running out of steam right at the end, I got a tooth infection** that was little more than an annoyance at first, but by that last weekend I was in some serious trouble. I managed to get it all done though, and it feels like a victory.
The tooth, that may be the topic of an upcoming post, because my pain should be shared with everyone.
*I made up all the numbers involved aside from the total, which is accurate, as I drew 25 images during the month, and one I farmed out to my wife.
**Not an infection, technically, I don't think. It's really complicated, but I tell people its an infection so they can kinda understand, since the symptoms are similar. As of this writing, I'm still suffering more than a week later, I've lost more than 10 pounds because I cannot eat, and I generally feel like my ailing tooth is destroying my life.