The Dark Lord Char’Nagh has returned! The year ends and a new one begins! Have you prepared yourselves? Is it even possible to have prepared yourself?!
The year 2020 will, of course, go down in history as yet another crappy one, but I have to admit that I’ve probably done better than a lot of people this year. My bankruptcy ended, leaving me without all that credit card debt. As far as the pandemic, I live in one of places that has had the best luck with avoiding the worst of it, and my job has continued unabated, which means I’ve had a source of income this whole time, which not everyone can say. 2020 was the year the Phone Guys celebrated a decade of continuous updates on this site. It’s the year I got the 50th Little Choy comic on here, as well as my 50th Beekeeper Review.
Though my poor car did die this year. I miss it so much.
Anyway, let’s hope for a good 2021. I mean, we can hope, right?
Hey Look Everybody! It’s New Year’s Eve.
Another year is over and the Dark Lord Char’Nagh is stopping by to make sure we’ve all improved our vocabularies over the course of the last twelve months. I hope you’ve all augmented your verbiage.
Fight for your candy.
Don’t let them take your candy.
It is your candy!
I have to admit that 2019 was another year of general unhappiness and confusion for ol’ PDR, but I guess I’m hopeful that it’s getting better. My life, I mean. The world in general still sucks. But I’m trying to make my own situation better. I’m only three months from being through the bankruptcy process, for example.
I assume I’ve mentioned on this site before the way that I try to create a Goals List every year, which is mostly just projects I want to get done and culture I want to take in. I used to base it around the New Year, but this year I’ve decided to base it around my birthday. This has proven to work better, given that the last three weeks or so of every year are generally full of distractions that make it harder to keep on top of things I’d rather be doing. The way I’m doing it now, I’ve still for until January 18th before I’m halfway through my year and I’m already more than halfway through my list. I assume I’ll talk more about it in 2020, but it feels good to actually be crossing things off and counting them as successes.
I hope the new year brings more of that along.
How is it possible that a year can feel like it is over in the blink of an eye, but also be a slog to get through? I guess that’s just how aging works.
But we did get through 2018. Congratulations, us. I’m still a failure this year, as Secret Government Robots is still about twenty pages from completion. Still! It was supposed to end in 2015, I think! But I am 80% sure it will be done this year and I will never have to draw another page of it again. I wish I could be more confident than that, but I have disappointed myself too many times.
But also, I didn’t get sick this year. That’s a win! I did have a sudden upheaval in my life in the form of leaving my home of fifteen years for some other place. This did derail me, but unlike the illness, this is probably a good thing ultimately.
Overall, 2018 was a year. In spite of some major life changes, I have little to say about it. Life is just an unending blur anyway.
So, how will the Dark Lord Char’Nagh treat us as we go into 2019? Nobody can know. Such is life.
I have mentioned before that the Hallowed Ween is my favourite holiday, due to its “spooky” nature. That’s why it is pretty darned appropriate that I have, for the last month or so, lived above a Halloween store. It felt “on brand” for me, as it were. Well the holiday has now arrived, so I assume they’ll be gone soon, which is a shame, but maybe they’ll leave me all their unsold Halloween stuff. That seems likely.
Anyway, that’s my way of breaking onto the topic that my move of apartments has been pretty successful. This first month has needed some supplementary purchases (shelving and such) to make it all work out, and the move itself was followed up by some car expenditures, but as of today those should be over with now too. And while the monetary cost has been one thing, another has been the amount of time spent dealing with such things. But, unless I’m missing something big, I feel like this is the first time in a few months in which I didn’t have some big important nonsense to deal with. Perhaps now, finally, I will be able to pull myself back on track for everything else.
I mentioned a few years back that I consider Caution Tape to be a terrible Halloween decoration. I want it on record that this year I saw a “decoration” that was a literal sign that said “Halloween” in a kind of horror-movie font. That’s a pretty weak decoration, but I’d still take it over Caution Tape. This is my decree!
The year of 2016 is coming to a close and the Dark Lord Char’Nagh is here to demolish what came before and hopefully replace it with something better. Hail the Darkness of Char’Nagh!
“This is definitely the year that Secret Government Robots will be ending,” I wrote last year. Oops. I am afraid that after the monetary issues that started my year, I fell out of the habit of doing the comic, and never really got back into it. It’s been a rough year in many ways and I haven’t been as productive as I would have liked. The only real upside, if it can be called that, is that it seems like it has been a rough year for a lot of people, so if nothing else, I am kind of in the zeitgeist. That counts for something, right? Right?
Anyway, I’m going to hopefully get SecGov done for real this year. I’ve actually got about fifty pages pencilled that I “just” need to scan, ink, color, and letter. But that fifty is, I estimate, only about half of what is left. But once I start getting them online, they’ll all follow. Otherwise, what creative energies I did expend in 2016 have been on projects that don’t really have any immediate payoff (as well as the creation of a host of alien species that nobody but me has any interest in). Ideally, in 2017 I will get SecGov done so that, if nothing else, I can feel less guilty when I work on other things. I’ve said it before, but it is a good thing I don’t have an audience craving this stuff or I’d feel even more pressure.
Potatoes for sale!
Get your fresh potatoes here!
But them, you morons!
In other news, the little add-on thing that was putting my Twitter posts onto this site seems to have ceased to function and I have no idea how to replace it. Without those little blurbs, this site seems to have even less content than I can condone. I guess I will have to start to try doing little post here now and then too. Geez. So much work.
Anyway, 2017. Let’s go.