Today I started to focus on my health. Not just physically, but mentally, spiritually, and financially. I have succeeded in variety of ways in each, well, except financially. I’m still broke and struggling, but hey my faith is keeping me going. There are many things that I want to work on and by the New Year I already will be in the process of keeping those changes. The research on changing bad habits takes around 40 days.
Physically: I ran a mile today using MapMyRun. No timed interval, just a regular running day that I took lightly. I need to figure out how I’m going to run when it snows and what time of day.
The goals are the same: increase flexibility, stronger core, stronger arms, and jump higher. I also need to start reading about basketball, soccer, and track to become a better coach. I would like to join an adult soccer and basketball league.
I learn this year that I like boxing and muay thai. Both of my trainers said I picked it up quicker than most novices. Pretty funny actually if I had stayed with them I could be fighting as an amateur. I really miss doing both and can’t wait to get my finances in order to do both of them again. Here’s looking at you UFC gym.
Mentally: I don’t know if teaching is going to work out. If not I have learned that I’m a writer and love to create. I’m learning about reading, language, and writing. I discovered the Japanese light novel, also called ranges, and they have inspired my writing and drawing. The funny thing about that is it also made me want to learn Japanese as the books I want to read aren’t offered in English. Hey I already watch anime with English subtitles. I’m going to learn Spanish as well and become a translator. So even if teaching doesn’t work out I have creative options.
I plan on releasing my books this year. Lust and Gluttony of the Favor of Ares series. I will finish the rough drafts of Blood Matters: Pilgrims and True Victory: Genesis. Hopefully in time to vend at comic book and anime conventions. I set up plenty of sites for each project for marketing. I even made t-shirts this year with two of my characters.
I already have my Elementary Teacher certification and Students with Disabiltiies.
Goals: Pass the Middle School English Language Arts Praxis, Art: Content Knowledge Praxis, and to learn Spanish and Japanese. Publish and market Favor of Ares, Blood Matters, and True Victory.
Spiritually: 2013 I attended church regularly, went to divorce recovery bible studies, read my devotionals everyday, and volunteer at my church’s food bank ministry. 2014….not so much. I fell off and life was rough, but my faith has been higher than ever before. That is why I was able to let go of many things I hold dear. I still haven’t forgiven myself for the mistakes I made, but I’m getting there and 2015 will be better now that all the chapters have been closed. I know some people still wish me ill will, but there is nothing I can do to change the past. I learn I wasn’t happy with nor like myself. That is going to be the biggest change in 2015. I can’t take care of others if I don’t take care of myself. I really hope those I hurt forgive me, but I did what I could do apologize and seek forgiveness. I also learned to forgive those who hurt me wether they realize it or not. I let the best things in my life slip out of my hands. I was arrogant, egotistical, and selfish because I allowed myself to be resentful. Never again. Lessons learn and although I regret my actions I have to press forward.
Goals: everything I did in 2013. I want to start a prayer journal and go on mission trips.
Financially: well all my bills are mostly current going into the new year. At least the ones that affect my credit. No more repossessions and phone calls. I have to get better with discipline and look for other opportunities. Student loans are paid off and two of my credit cards are as well.
Goals: pay off another credit card and reduce the balances of the other two. Start looking for other opportunities besides teaching. Investments and savings account.
Recap: today’s accomplishments
Physical: ran one mile
Mentally: created websites for book series
Spiritually: prayed and read email bible verse
Financially: created a fiverr account
Put up some concept sketches and production sketches for Favor of Ares. Story wise I worked on explaining the differences between ghosts and mortal psychics. I’m really excited about the story since my friends seem to like it and I trust them. I’m using Writer’s Digest in helping me with dialogue. In fact Chapter one sounds so much better. I will be posting Chapter one Monday after making some more changes.
Remember that each series has Facebook and Tumblr accounts. Favor of Ares also has a twitter which can be found on their respective pages.
I just need to write down a few reminders for today, because I will not be posting later on
Physically: I will be practicing yoga today with my sister
Mentally: True Victory sketches and posting the 3rd draft of Favor of Ares: Lust chapter 1
Spiritually: Church, devotional, and prayer.
I’m going to do some reading on writing, look at my Art praxis flash cards, and do some editing/writing.
Practice using manga style using two Instagram pictures.
For the past week I set up multiple pages for my three book series: Favor of Ares, True Victory, and Blood Matters. Each page has a WordPress blog where I will be posting art, chapters from each book, and general news. From there the posts will be shared on their individual Facebook, Tumblr, and Twitter pages. I’m excited and hope I gain enough of a following as I prepare to self-publish book one of Favor of Ares, Lust. I have five followers on my personal blog (which you are reading).
I like the fact that now I have to write a blog everyday. Even if its’ just to post a piece of art. I get a little overwhelm since I’m doing the writing, editing, revising, drawing, and now website designing, and marketing. I was so close to releasing Lust back in September. Even going so far as to work with a liaison from Barnes&Noble for a book release party. I found holes in the story and had my friend Christopher Bretz, a classical novel reader look over it. Now I’m in my third revision after finalizing the concepts and working on the character’s personalities more. Another friend of mine, James Winston, reread Lust and likes it.
My artwork is getting better. Learning how to draw manga style is very rewarding after trying for so many years. Now I feel as if my mind and hand are finally working together to put down what I see in my head. It helps now that I realize there is a difference between manga art and anime art. Manga is much more simpler than anime art. Even though my background is in animation, I like the simplicity of manga. If I keep practicing I can see myself doing well. In fact thats why I decided to sell my projects as novels and ranobes.
Ranobes are also called Japanese light novels are the equivalent of a novella here in America. About 50,000 words and has pages of manga art both colored and traditional black & white. I’m glad I found this form of media because it allows me to use my own artwork along with my writing. This also help me focus on a target audience, which as of now is young adults 14-18.
I’m trying to follow the steps of Kawahara Reki of the Sword Art Online series. He wrote most of his novels online and gained a following. Submitting his novel to a contest and soon found himself with his series being marketed, adapted into an anime, manga(Japanese comic), and video games.
I also made shirts with two of my characters for marketing as well. The goal is to be a vendor at upcoming conventions and I wanted to have more to offer.
Now I have to work on getting a business licensee and other paperwork. I’m glad you have decided to follow me as I continue to work towards publishing my first book and hope you enjoy the ride. I don’t think it will sell, but I’m just excited about finally doing something I always wanted to do. Good or bad. This is my hobby and my passion.
Merry Christmas and hope to hear from you