Lately I’ve been M.I.A due to lack of inspiration, but today, something random sparked. So here I am with this, what do you call it, ‘meme’. It’s that time of the year when you decide to look back at what you’ve done and try to make a list of New Year Resolutions. I don’t follow to-do lists but if you do then, hey, it’s a good thing. 2011, like the years before and the years to come, has its ups and downs, and of course, first-time moments.
Cheers to epiphanies, revelations and self-discovery. Here are five random things that happened this year:
1. My first attempt at reading a non-fictional book
Having a pet helped me discover a lot of things because taking care of it – him – requires plenty of research. I recently picked up Stanley Coren’s How To Speak Dog and it’s surprisingly good. Among interesting facts, there are witty and amusing stories (worth laugh-out-loud moments) told by the writer’s acquaintances or simply experienced by the writer. If you think that the spotlight of this book is centered solely on canines, you’re wrong. I learned a lot about other animals. I won’t deny it – this book is life-changing and thought-provoking. You’ll be surprised at what your dog is really trying to say. A dog’s actions are not what humans assume them to be.
2. The year I spend more than an hour on DeviantArt
I don’t, like, have my own page but sometimes when I get bored, I wander over there just so I can search up video game art or whatever I think of and spend hours admiring, observing and appreciating. The art created there is beautiful beyond words. The way talented DeviantArt artists perceive the world is indescribable. And hey, I even found out that getting a BFA in game art is possible. Wow. Never knew that. Am enlightened. On the side note, I’d like to own a Wacom tablet someday.
3. Keeping up with the Kardashians? Heck, no! Keeping up with game updates
I wouldn’t say that I’m an avid gamer, but I wouldn’t say that I’m not. I like playing video games twice and earning in-game achievements. Gaming isn’t just for the sake of winning or completing it faster than your friends. If gamers would just stop rushing through their games, they might actually learn a thing or two and prove that gaming isn’t just a brainless activity you do for entertainment. Okay, I’m going waaaay off-topic. I’ve been reading game news for the past three months or so because, you know, celebrity news is ‘so 2008’. I’m kidding. I know just about any game out there now – Skyrim, Super Mario, Soul Calibur, Portal, Alan Wake – and I even remember a few company names of video game developers. You ask it, I name it. Just don’t ask me this question, please– Call of Duty or Battlefield?
4. Taking the time to learn how to pronounce Constantinople (and other words, of course!!)
Surprise, surprise! More intellectual stuff! Reading, writing, learning, it never gets boring. New challenges are great. When I come across a word that I’ve never seen, I try to pronounce it mentally. It always sounds perfect in my head, but it’s a total tongue-twister disaster when I say it out loud. Not weird at all. ‘Constantinople’ was one of these words. Other words include ‘Machiavellianism’, ‘meringue’, ‘harangue’, ‘juxtaposition’ and most recently, ‘conversazione’. It’s those words I hardly use, but ’tis the season to be curious, I went to search them up this year. Lesson learned: Don’t be afraid to satisfy your inner curiosity!
5. Everything starts with a base (even cheesecake)
For architecture, it’s called ‘blueprints’. For fashion design, it’s a ‘croquis’. ‘Outline’ for stories, ‘biscuit crumbs’ for cheesecake. Everything has a base. I didn’t notice this until I started sketching. I used to start out with a letter ‘U’ as the head and chin. Then I would draw hair, features and so on. But I wouldn’t know where the legs of the human belonged on the drawing. Are they too near to the right? Are they too short? Too long? I had no idea. So I did some research and decided to begin my next drawing with a croquis. I sketched the entire human form and then ‘dressed’ the sketch with clothes, accessories and such. Eureka! She shoots, she scores, she wins! Thus, the base is a very important element of whatever you’re trying to create.
Wow. This is seriously long-winded. I have so much more unrelated things to say. But I think I’m done. Okay, I’m done. This makes up for all the action I’ve missed. 🙂
Now it’s your turn. Five random and memorable things that you’ve achieved / learned / realized in 2011. It doesn’t really matter. Whatever that comes to your mind. This is a live-in-the-moment meme. What are you staring at? The clock is ticking, the year is ending. Get your notebook out and get creative!