Plans for 2009January 2, 2009 at 6:50 pm | Posted in Personal, Site | 20 Comments
A post that perhaps should have been done yesterday, but if I have one resolution this year it’s going to be to stop stressing myself out over just about everything. All I really seem to accomplish when I go into rush mode is making myself sicker. Also, this post is kind of unnecessary, but I feel it’s a good way of trying to say that I’m not lazy (but I am)
All of my plans basically amount to things that I’ve been working on for a while, but think will finally get off the ground in 2009. I don’t really do resolutions. The only difference between 2008 and 2009 for me is one digit in the date. That said, I do hope to accomplish a lot more this year. Some of those goals relate to anime and such so here’s a post to let out some of the stuff that gathers in my head. Some of it’s even related to blogging!
Behold! For once I decided to break up the text with some images (relevant and not!). But that’s only because everything is in categories…
First thing’s first…new banner (and back to the regular theme~). Featuring Sakura from Sakura Hime Kaden. I made it kind of quickly because it will really only get to be a filler banner until I get a banner up for my favorite anime of the Winter Season. I do like it though. I found back with my Skip Beat! banner that purple fits in quite nicely with the colors of the pool theme (…blue) while still being able to stand out and be noticable.
I used the poster scanned by kelakagandy that you may have already seen in that filler post when I tried to clean it up a little bit. Then I used the smiling image of Sakura from the actual chapter and voila…banner. Oh and there was a blank space so I filled that in with an image I found of some cherry blossoms.
For something that came out so simple, it sure took a lot of effort. New images showed up, but I decided to use the same banner because otherwise it’s wasted effort. And the tagline…is something you should get if you’ve read the manga and are a fan of mahou shoujo (or just shoujo).
Now then my Winter banner. This time I’ll be good and wait until everything airs, but I’m probably going to end up making it a Maria+Holic banner. I already have a few choices for taglines, one that is my favorite and for once I’m going to try to build the banner around the tagline rather than the other way around.
It’s proving to be difficult because so far the only anime scan from Maria+Holic is too (almost) yuri for me to want or be able to use. I’m probably going to end up cleaning up some screencaps when I can download the highest quality raw I can find and see where it goes from there.
The most obvious change is one that I’ve been talking about for a while. Moving my blog to some nice paid hosting so that I can have more options with…everything. My basic reason for wanting to do this is that I like web page design (to some extent, I like graphics anyway) and I hate the lack of options to make my blog look good. Perhaps that’s why I enjoy changing banners and themes oh-so-much.
Since my main reason is so basic, I’ve decided I’m not in any terrible rush. I’d like to develop my blog more and work on some real-life things first before I get too into it. I’ve grown too accustomed to wordpress.com (yes, even that new wide dashboard) and change greaks me out sometimes. Best not to get too involved in changes until I have the time to spare for it.
I’ve also been thinking about some sort of feature to have on my blog that will make it unique. So that people can say more than just, “ah, the serious business fangirl” while talking about me and my blog. Being known as a fangirl is wonderful since it makes me seem more outgoing and carefree than I am in real life, but I have so many thoughts in my head and I want to be more! It’s quite frustrating that with all of the buzzing in my head that I can’t really come up with much. My thoughts are all dedicated to something else (which I’ll get to next). Hopefully I’ll come up with something sometime this year. I’m rather without talent so we’ll see though. For now I’ll just focus on…what I’ve been focusing on.
In the meantime, fellow bloggers can always invite me in on any multi-blog projects. Maybe someone who is as lost as me can join up with me and while try to be less lame together!
It’s something that I’ve mentioned a few times. My biggest passion is writing (even before anime and manga and all of that) or rather my imagination which creates stories that I want to write. With my messed up head I’ve lost a little of my once great love for written text. I still try to keep my writing alive on this blog but it’s hard to read as much anymore. Sometimes I just can’t read through a post unless I know it’ll get me motivated to say something of my own if it has too much text. I miss out on a lot of good posts and bloggers that way I’m sure.
This year I think I’ll finally start posting chapters for a story I’ve been writing and then rewriting for quite some time now. If you count the time when it used to be two separate stories it’s been about four years. Of course I won’t be posting it here, but because I hate fictionpress right now I’ll probably be posting it in a WordPress blog.
The story isn’t a novel. It’s specifically written with the intention of being read chapter by chapter. I want to get the outline finished and get maybe a ten chapter head start on it before I start posting. I’m hoping to have both of those goals acheived by the end of June this year.
I don’t like saying a lot about a story before it gets set in stone (except with the person I am constantly asking advice from) because I’m so likely to change things when I have one of those moments that just click.
I will just say that I focus on my stories in the same way that I focus on anime. Characters and relationships (both romantic and not) are my focus with a plot that goes around to make it all work. So, the plot is really, really nothing special. It’s the characters I spend a lot of time on. And yeah. That’s all I want to say right now.
This year I will absolutely graduate from high school! And then I will proceed to go to Disney World (this is my real motivation).
The original plan didn’t work out ,so I’m going through night-school instead this year. It’s a regular high school degree, actually better than if I’d gotten it from my own school (because they’re about to lose their accreditation). But the fact that it’s “night school” makes me make a face, but it’s pretty much my last option so Iwill persevere!
I’m also making a lot more decisions about my future. After I finish high school I’m going to community college for a year to fix the mess being sick has made of my GPA. Then I’m actually thinking of applying for a college out of state because I finally sat down and thought about what I wanted to do for a career.
I ended up deciding I wanted to learn other languages and do something with that. The most fun I’ve ever had learning was when I first started Spanish (I grew to dislike it because I always got stuck in Spanish first thing in the morning). Unfortunately no colleges in this part of the country have a good focus on translating and languages. So I’m going to start looking into Colleges in California, Hawaii, Virgina, and Florida. All places where I have relatives. I’m especially fond of the Hawaii idea, as is my mom since it would give her a reason to come visit.
Because I want to go to college in another state though I need to get a job so I can start saving up money now. Less for tuition and more for travel expenses. Especially if I decide on Hawaii. Unfortunately it’s difficult to find a job in my area so I’ll have to rely on some friends helping me out with that. Likely I’ll go back to a place I’ve already worked. Either a grocery store or a paper route (ewwww) that requires driving.
The plan is to follow less crap that I’m just going to drop when it comes to the end of the season and I don’t feel like catching up. That and watch more old anime.
I already downloaded two series onto my hard drive (Kure-Nai and Nanatsuiro Drops) and I hope to get through both some time this month. I have a long list of other anime I want to watch but there’s ones that pop right into my head.
Rozen Maiden, Genshiken, ef (both series), Toshokan Sensou, and many, many others are planned for viewing sometime this year.
I also plan on doing better with the anime I watch as they air. My mind too often wanders while I’m at the computer (it goes to writing stories) and hopefully I’ll be able to fix that.
As for anime I intend to watch that will be airing sometime this year, I actually have quite a few. Kobato, Pandora Hearts, Tears to Tiara, and Yoku Wakaru Gendai Mahou are all anime I’m looking forward to to some extent. Most of them in Spring it seems.
I also want to read more finished manga. I have a long “currently reading” list but almost all of them are still being published and it’s pissing me off. Anything that’s not being published I’m waiting for scanlations.
To put thing simply, this year I plan on putting in more effort and putting a stop to easy posts…like this. These sorts of personal and easy posts always seem to pop up more around the holidays too. So hopefully it will be easier from now on.
Now I’m going to finally work on my Christmas “Swag” post and hopefully have it up by tomorrow.
…I’m going to have another “2009”/New Year post up before a post dealing with Christmas. This is another thing I should fix this year.
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