Yeah, there are some bigs changes to my plans for this year.
The reason is that I'm really happy with my new job. Happier than I anticipated I would be. Aside from the commute (not bad, but not ideal), everything about the new job is great and I've been spending a lot of time preparing for the coming year. That means lots of reading and training and learning new things and re-learning old things. And that means less free time, some of which has to be spent winding down.
This doesn't mean that I won't reach some of my creative goals, but with my focus on work I don't want to try and chase after targets when I'm not feeling up to it or when it would mean taking on too much at once. I'm still drawing and I have a small pile of drawings to finish up, as well as other ideas to work on. Drawing is still a way that I can relax and have fun and get away from any stress in my life (even at times like this, when there isn't much stress) so there will be a steady stream of artwork to come this year.
Regarding the comic, I'm just going to wing it. I'll still do some planning and prepare my stories better than I did before. But there will be much more about action and silliness and less thought-provoking or issues-based content. The good news is that you'll be seeing a lot of Beverley Claus over the next twelve months, because she's all about the action and the silliness. As for writing, I will do it when time permits and see what I've got when the year is done.
I might revisit my goals and plans in the mid-year, once everything has settled down and I have a better idea of where I stand financially and professionally. I still have a lot of long-term plans and goals that aren't affected by the changes made this year. But since my motto is to attack everything with all of my focus and energy, I have to make more of an accomodation for the job than I originally anticipated. There are a lot of opportunities there --many within easy reach-- and I can't help but think about taking as many of them as I can and making progress.
In the meantime, keep an eye open because there are some drawings that should be coming soon.