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Figured I may as well do one of these. I wanted to get down all my resolutions/goals someplace anyway.
2013 has been a good year. I've achieved a lot academically: back in May, I finished my engineering project, a robotic hand controlled by a glove. Just last month, I finished my internship in the IT department of a pharmaceutical (that word is so fun to say) company; the month before, I wrapped up and presented my senior project, which was a curriculum for a middle school computer science after-school program. I also took several AP exams in the spring, and I did well on all of them.
I've done a lot of service work, too. I went on a mission trip to the Dominican Republic with my church during spring break and worked as a counselor at WinShape's C3 day camp. But both of those (while fun) pale in comparison to my experience at Windy Gap, the YoungLife camp. I worked there for the first three weeks of the summer as a server in the camp dining hall. The experience was unforgettable. I got to meet and work with so many awesome people and hang out with several campers during the three weeks. Work in the dining hall was always exciting; it was usually a lot of work (and at times exasperating), but it was a lot of fun. We mooched leftover (untouched) cookies and cupcakes (and sometimes the chefs brought us fresh extras), made chair-stacking a race, and had spontaneous dance parties. If any Windy Gap Session 1 Work Crew members are reading this, I miss you all!
Well, that's enough sappy reflection. On to resolutions and goals! (In no particular order)
1) Relearn Spanish.
I took Spanish in middle school and during freshman year. I completed through Spanish 3 and stopped. While I had a pretty good grasp of the language by the end of freshman year, more than two and a half years have passed and I have retained very little of it. With a mission trip to Peru coming up this spring break, I want to (at least partially) relearn the language to make things easier for myself. I have some language-learning software (unfortunately not RosettaStone) that I'm going to try out.
2) Update Minish CYOA at least twice a week.
This will start next week. Ideally, I would like to reach page 150 by the end of the year. If you've never heard of my Minish CYOA, here it is: minish-cyoa.smackjeeves.com/ An explanation of how the comic works is on the site.
3) Do much better at keeping up with ongoing anime (and whittle down my "want to watch" list).
This year was the first time I really started watching anime regularly. I started back in the spring, with Attack on Titan, Gargantia, and Devil is a Part Timer being the first series I kept up with. After those three finished and I began following new series, I really fell behind a lot. For example, I claimed to be keeping up with Tokyo Ravens this season, but I had only made it to episode 2 before falling behind. (I binge-watched it the other day to catch myself back up.) Anyway, I want to do a better job of keeping up with ongoing series.
4) By the end of the year, finish scripting/writing Pokémon Pyrite, Project GA, and Project LMZ.
Secret codenames, woo! Essentially, by this time next year, I hope to have the entirety of Pokémon Pyrite (my upcoming Pokémon sprite comic) scripted. I also hope to finish all the necessary writing for Project GA and Project LMZ, both of which are personal projects I am currently working on. Currently, Pyrite is at 225 scripted pages and Project LMZ has made its beginning headway, but Project GA only exists within my imagination.
5) Narrow my focus artistically.
As of now, my gallery here on dA is a hodgepodge of (what I like to call "good") Bionicle MOCs, crappy drawings, a bit of writing, some pixel art and sprites for Minish, and a few photoshopped pictures from like three years ago. I want to decide what I want my dA to be about. Should I focus on MOCs? Comics? Furthermore, if I choose MOCs, should I do more figures, or try my hand at System architecture? If I go the way of sprites, what qualifies as good enough for inclusion here? Maybe I should only upload my writings? I want to figure that out.
6) Get something decent uploaded on my YouTube channel soon.
I have a YouTube account that currently has only one video on it, and it's pretty low quality and makes sense to a very select group of people. I have a bunch of ideas, mostly for song parodies, and I'd like to have something up soon.
I guess that's it. Happy New Year to you all! What are some of your resolutions?