What I've Been Up to In Feburary 2023
Go slow to... go stall?
Maybe because I am still struggling to recover the pace after the family ‘sick-a-thon’ in January, or may it’s the kids’ ski week (in which we didn’t do much), or maybe just me losing steam after getting a big project done (100 Tang dynasty poem drawings!)… this month I found myself taking my time to plan the next project, figure out multiple projects directions. Wanting to do a lot, yet doing just very little each, if at all.
In consolation, I did spend quite some time looking into home improvement projects, and we are hoping to get solar panels later this year, as well as electrifying more things around the house.
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Here are the things that kept me busy this past month, aside from the day-to-day ‘job’ related stuff…
Creating and hacking stuffs
‘Qin’ - an action game based on the story of China’s first emperor -
// (jan) hasn’t been a very productive month for my game development progress. Aside from days being sick, or taking care of sick kids, I tried to implement a little inventory system for the quest items but didn’t get far this month.
GDevelop Game Jam #3 - tried and failed.
Weekly project drawing (Tang poem 唐詩) - at the beginning of the month I finished the goal of 100 drawings! I have been planning the next project… stay tuned!
Study drawings - realizing I need to practice and study more about how to capture certain objects, backgrounds, I try to do one study drawing a week. Here are the ones from this month:
#FanArt - The goal is to do one fan art drawing per week, but the Attack on Titan one took a while so I’ve only done two this month (and this brought me back to re-read the whole manga…)
I continued to write 3 pieces a week on the 唐詩一百畫 (100 Drawings of Tang Dynasty Poems) project - extending from the drawings, I am adding translation, reflection and additional notes for each poem. This is shared with my Patreon members every week! Now I am about 70% done, after which I will be editing and putting it into a self published hardcover book.
‘Impressions’ book - This is a project that will decidedly last a while (probably 2 years) - currently being developed to be an anthology of short stories. This month I pulled out all my previous writings and notes (at least the ones I can still find), organized and started to develop them further into actual stories.
My Patreon members continue to get all the full resolution arts and pre-released book writing every week! I am also looking forward to providing soft copies of my books and games to my patrons later this year.
Hacking - Occasionally I still hack around devops/linux stuffs - This month I was surprised to learn that due to supply shortage, Raspberry Pi’s prices are essentially doubled. I feel lucky that I picked up a RPi3 and RPi4 a few years ago. Now they are running the latest Ubuntu Server LTS and I will be setting them up as a self hosted cloud for testing/dev work.
TV/Movies - The Last of Us (yes! it’s still sooo good!); Incredible Hulk (it was not too bad), Hereditary (I feel like it’s more about grief, dealing with tragic loss but yeah there were some pretty creepy moments.)
Learning - continuing with Udemy course on Rust - I started to remember how it was like learning a programming language, the good, bad, and the ugly.
That’s it for this issue of my newsletter! If you really finished reading the above, I thank you, and wish that my sharing would either entertain you, or inspire you (if you’ve been thinking about your own creative projects).