Shop Mobile More Submit  Join Login

Dedication to a New Year

Mon Dec 31, 2012, 4:39 PM





        

        










Nuances of an Annual Ritual
















Which brings us to each year’s communal celebration of the passing of our lifetimes:

New Year’s Eve



So what did you “actually get done” in the past year? How closer are you to a grand goal in life? An assessment is made and then the inevitable Step 2 of the yearly process is engaged, which is often a word for word repeat of last year’s Step 2:

The New Year’s Resolution











There seem to be two main strategies that emerge at this point of facing the New Year, a “brand new morning.”  The lone wolf quietly acknowledges goals not yet reached, and is even more secretive in the “new plan.”  “I’ll show them,” becomes the new private mantra.  It works for some people, but my experience has been that I’m splurging on Star Wars memorabilia by Valentine’s Day.


I’ve found that rather than making secret contracts with myself, a much higher success rate is always achieved as a combination of two other elements.












Pablo Picasso













To a truly worthy vision, maybe even one that cannot be achieved in a year, but in a lifetime, is just the sort of quest that engages the starving soul so much more than the common shaving a few digits off of the weight scale. (I personally implemented the "no cookie left behind" program this holiday season so I might want to think about that one too.) But the truth is, New Year’s comes but once a year. It would seem better to me to go big or not at all. Pick projects of real importance in your life – ones that require the more personal attention and dedication to the better.




Should not be a dirty word in the strategies of personal achievement. It has been my experience that the more genuinely useful support I’ve received from the like-minded (as well as the merely curious) has always gone a long way to keeping my Big Picture from faltering. When the potholes in the road forward begin to resemble archeological digs, as it seems they usually do, there’s nothing more heartening in being able to take it all in stride than a word of admiration, advice or encouragement from a fellow dA community member.











In his book "Outliers" Malcolm Gladwell outlines the 10,000-Hour Rule, the thought being that spending ten thousand hours practicing a particular discipline is necessary for mastery of that skill. He also brings up the importance of support in the from family, friends, and mentors in the ultimates success of an individual. No one achieves the highest summit's of success alone. No one. Even the most unique vision requires the nurture of human camaraderie if it is to be developed to it's fullest potential and efficacy.








I find myself thinking about recent achievements as well as a grand vision currently in formation here at deviantART, and how much the atmosphere of this community – how much dedication to art and artists, and how much they are supported and support each other – and I can’t wait to see where life will take all of us in this new year.  A tough statement to put out there, considering the unbearable horrors that have recently rained down in our world from weather catastrophes, classroom atrocities, civil wars and the violence related to a radically altered political landscape around the world.  But it’s true.  I am still hopeful.  I am still ready to rededicate my dreams on New Year’s Eve. I’m not sure I’d be making that statement were I not now ensconced and engaged in the deviantART community.  But as Kurt Vonnegut used to say, “So it goes.”





A

R

T

P

E

A

C

E


H

A

P

P

Y

N

E

W


Y

E

A

R

2

0

1

3









For the Reader




1.


Do you make New Year’s resolutions? If not, why not?




2.


Does a goal achieved with the help and support of friends in any way diminish the power of that achievement, or does it become something made all the more memorable and special because of the participation?




3.


What’s the most farfetched resolution you’ve ever declared?




4.


What is your yearly resolution that has still never been achieved?




5.


Do you think it helps to rededicate oneself to a cause, no matter how large or small, regardless of how many times the attempt has failed?




6.


Can you share with us the personal discipline system that works for you as an artist in bringing your work to a next level?




7.


More specifically do you have any tips for those of us balancing multiple responsibilities along with our creative endeavors?










New Year's resolutions are often secret and private -- a contract made with yourself. But what if you could increase the chance of your resolution becoming a success by incorporating a combination of two other important elements: discipline and success.
Add a Comment:
 
:iconskyrifter:
SkyRifter Featured By Owner Jul 9, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
:iconfacepalmplz:
Reply
:iconkikimorra:
Kikimorra Featured By Owner Feb 9, 2013
Hospitals usually work emergency-only. Meaning, if you have a planned operation, you'll wait until after the holidays.

Yeah, I agree, classic holiday-related stuff should be there, I'm just saying it's funny that there is very little to do except watch it 8)) As for themed channels, here not so many people have them yet. They're just catching on in major cities, and they have to be a conscious choice, they don't come by default. So, yeah, 'New Year Night' with a dead actress every time 8)) [link]
Reply
:iconmann-of-lamancha:
Mann-of-LaMancha Featured By Owner Jan 31, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Interesting! Hospitals would be exempt, or is that pot luck (chance) that it is open too?

Some things like that are not bad "the same set of NY-related old Soviet films to show every year"
I used to roll my eyes at such things shown like clockwork, here in the states at xmas and new years, but then, recently, in the last 10 years or so, they have had "new classics" on. "Chainsaw Massacre" and other "holiday" related themed shows. (heavy sarcasm there if you didn't notice).
Now I find I long for the quaint mind-numbing classics of yesterday...

...I'm not opposed to some theme channels that run their standard stuff. For example; Crime and Mystery channels should normally have their standard fair on, but "standard channels" should run holiday themed stuff, but don't. :no: :shrug:
Reply
:iconkikimorra:
Kikimorra Featured By Owner Jan 31, 2013
Well, food shops usually start working on the 2nd, as for everything else - you have to check on the web or by phone whether it's working or not. It might, but you might as well run into a closed door. Banks usually have some odd days like 3rd and 7th when they are open for 3 hours. No governmental institutions work, including (funny, innit?) the post. Which means, if your present hasn't made it before NY, it'll be totally stuck for 10 days 8))) Restaurants differ, but usually those serving foreign cusine would work. Otherwise you are supposed to Meet Family (you know what I mean ;), Eat and Drink at home. Oh yeah, and watch TV which has the same set of NY-related old Soviet films to show every year 8)))
Reply
:iconquantumcrash666:
quantumcrash666 Featured By Owner Jan 26, 2013
The picture of the buildings and mountains remind me of Sonic the Hedgehog 3 Carnival Night Zone lol :P
Reply
:icondavidrosario:
DavidRosario Featured By Owner Jan 12, 2013   Photographer
My resolution: To obliterate any clean slate or facsimile there of so as to properly resume the business of actual living! :headbang:
Reply
:iconmrcooldd:
MrCoolDD Featured By Owner Jan 9, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
I am so not in a resolution-making mood as of now.
Reply
:iconmann-of-lamancha:
Mann-of-LaMancha Featured By Owner Jan 8, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
It's in the "DVD extras" section. It's one of the red or yellow toggles on the side of the screen. Sorry I can't be exact, I don't have the DVD anymore (broke). use the select button or what have you, on the remote control, and it should highlight. click it and sit back and enjoy :XD:
Reply
:iconmadesentheraccoon:
MadesenTheRaccoon Featured By Owner Jan 8, 2013  Student
Yeah x3
Reply
:iconfireflyexposed:
FireFlyExposed Featured By Owner Jan 8, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
I didn't, maybe I missed it :XD:
I'll have to see if I can find it.
Reply
:iconartgirl0:
Artgirl0 Featured By Owner Jan 7, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Cool. I didn't know they were called Fairy Diddles.
Reply
:iconmadesentheraccoon:
MadesenTheRaccoon Featured By Owner Jan 6, 2013  Student
C:

Okay~
Reply
:iconartgirl0:
Artgirl0 Featured By Owner Jan 6, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
I agree.
Thank You.
I'll check it out.
Reply
:iconmadesentheraccoon:
MadesenTheRaccoon Featured By Owner Jan 6, 2013  Student
Those are all awesome animals x3

It's bigger than a Chipmunk, but smaller than a Squirrel.
I believe they're only found in West Virginia, but I could be wrong.
Reply
:iconartgirl0:
Artgirl0 Featured By Owner Jan 6, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
:P C:
Lynx, Wolves, Horses, Dragons.
What is a Fairy Diddle, exactly?
Reply
:iconmadesentheraccoon:
MadesenTheRaccoon Featured By Owner Jan 5, 2013  Student
C:

It's a tie between wolves and an animal called a Fairy Diddle
Reply
:iconscarllettrulez:
ScarllettRuleZ Featured By Owner Jan 5, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I save my resolutions for birthdays.
Reply
:iconartgirl0:
Artgirl0 Featured By Owner Jan 5, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Yes.
Yes.
What's your fave animal?
Reply
:iconcreativeness:
Creativeness Featured By Owner Jan 5, 2013   General Artist
1.
Do you make New Year’s resolutions? If not, why not?
no, just no, because no
they just bring disaster anyway, lets not push it is my new idea behind not making any

2.
Does a goal achieved with the help and support of friends in any way diminish the power of that achievement, or does it become something made all the more memorable and special because of the participation?
it becomes something made all the more memorable and special because of the participation

3.
What’s the most farfetched resolution you’ve ever declared?
ones that claim control over happiness and success, as if it is in your own hands...

4.
What is your yearly resolution that has still never been achieved?
kinda in the answer above...

5.
Do you think it helps to rededicate oneself to a cause, no matter how large or small, regardless of how many times the attempt has failed?
redefine happiness and success, take it from another angle, or just not make resolution anymore..

6.
Can you share with us the personal discipline system that works for you as an artist in bringing your work to a next level?
taking classes!

7.
More specifically do you have any tips for those of us balancing multiple responsibilities along with our creative endeavors?
follow the fun
Reply
:iconcreativeness:
Creativeness Featured By Owner Jan 5, 2013   General Artist
1.
Do you make New Year’s resolutions? If not, why not?
no, just no, because no
they just bring disaster anyway, lets not push it is my new idea behind not making any

2.
Does a goal achieved with the help and support of friends in any way diminish the power of that achievement, or does it become something made all the more memorable and special because of the participation?
it becomes something made all the more memorable and special because of the participation

3.
What’s the most farfetched resolution you’ve ever declared?
ones that claim control over happiness and success, as if it is in your own hands...

4.
What is your yearly resolution that has still never been achieved?
kinda in the answer above...

5.
Do you think it helps to rededicate oneself to a cause, no matter how large or small, regardless of how many times the attempt has failed?
redefine happiness and success, take it from another angle, or just not make resolution anymore..

6.
Can you share with us the personal discipline system that works for you as an artist in bringing your work to a next level?
taking classes!

7.
More specifically do you have any tips for those of us balancing multiple responsibilities along with our creative endeavors?
follow the fun
Reply
:iconmadesentheraccoon:
MadesenTheRaccoon Featured By Owner Jan 5, 2013  Student
Dogs are really fun to have <3

Lynx are pretty awesome C:
Reply
:iconartgirl0:
Artgirl0 Featured By Owner Jan 5, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Aww! :C
I really want a dog!!!
I like lynx?
Reply
:iconmadesentheraccoon:
MadesenTheRaccoon Featured By Owner Jan 5, 2013  Student
Yeah <3 but very few of the animals actually survived :C

I've always wanted hermit crabs, they were the only thing I've never had xD

x3
Wolves have always caught my attention.
Yeag <3
Reply
:iconveronicle:
veronicle Featured By Owner Jan 5, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
1. Do you make New Year’s resolutions? If not, why not?
sometimes

2. Does a goal achieved with the help and support of friends in any way diminish the power of that achievement, or does it become something made all the more memorable and special because of the participation?
ummm im not sure, never really tried that.

3. What’s the most farfetched resolution you’ve ever declared?
to tell the guy i have a crush on how much i like him (this years resolution) and to actually be five feet tall (im a miget)

4. What is your yearly resolution that has still never been achieved?
to be five feet tall

5. Do you think it helps to rededicate oneself to a cause, no matter how large or small, regardless of how many times the attempt has failed?
yah, it feels good when you actually do one of them and they end successful

6. Can you share with us the personal discipline system that works for you as an artist in bringing your work to a next level?
itspretty much talking to people about what they liked and didnt like about my art and asking for suggestions or ideas. and its also pushing yourself to do better or try something new, getting out of your comfort zone.

7. More specifically do you have any tips for those of us balancing multiple responsibilities along with our creative endeavors?
to do your best, i am one of those artists and i try to stay at the top of my game. making deadlines for art helps. if you are writing stories make a deadline for when the next chapter should come, but if you are busy just do it in your spare time. i try to have certain things done, even though i have to juggle school and work at home to do. as long as you have fun, its cool~!
Reply
:iconartgirl0:
Artgirl0 Featured By Owner Jan 5, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
You're kidding! I love animals! Lucky!!!!

Btw, hermit crabs are kinda boring. Besides I did get pinched once. It hurt. but if you make a maze it's fun to watch em walk around in it.

I love wolves! They're one of my fave creatures! I can't say part of that isn't since I watched Twilight. *Heehee*
I've always wanted to be a wolf biologist, or something like that.
Reply
:icondoertchen:
Doertchen Featured By Owner Jan 5, 2013  Professional Traditional Artist
I think your comment should me my resolution, haha! :love:
Reply
:iconladydaydream:
LadyDayDream Featured By Owner Jan 4, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Q: Do you make New Year’s resolutions? If not, why not?
A: No, I usually make mine in May-April, June if I'm being really lazy. It's mostly because I'm more likely to keep it if I'm not swamped with distractions like school, taxes, and family things (for whatever reason spring is the busiest time of the year for my family). Doing it this way, I've managed to keep my resolutions, even if I alter them a little on the way.

Q: Does a goal achieved with the help and support of friends in any way diminish the power of that achievement, or does it become something made all the more memorable and special because of the participation?
A: Depends on the goal. Some things I've resolved to do just couldn't be shared.

Q: What’s the most farfetched resolution you’ve ever declared?
A: Find a way to win the lottery. (-_-')

Q: What is your yearly resolution that has still never been achieved?
A: To gather the courage to wear a bikini (or anything belly showing) in a public place.

Q: Do you think it helps to rededicate oneself to a cause, no matter how large or small, regardless of how many times the attempt has failed?
A: Definitely, you can't get there if you quit.

:dance:
Reply
:iconigitsigit:
igitsigit Featured By Owner Jan 3, 2013
hii....happy new year everyone
deviantART muro drawing Comment Drawing
Reply
:iconpurplehope:
PurpleHope Featured By Owner Jan 3, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
:D
Reply
:iconsly-mk3:
Sly-Mk3 Featured By Owner Jan 3, 2013
Happy New Year everyone!


To answer the questions:

1 - Sometimes. It depends on how many goals are on my to-do list. This year I didn't make any because I still have some from last year that I have to realize.

2 - It depends on the goal, but in most cases, yes. Especailly if it is something that has to do with (traditional) art, I feel bad because I was not able to do it completely myself, that's why I do such stuff mostly without any help. If it has to do with level design/mapping and level editing, help is welcome though since it is a more technical "art-style" (officially not considered art where I am from though, an opinion, which I simply refuse accept, it's just as much art as any other form of 3-dimensional art. That it is made for a game doesn't matter to me, infact I consider that harder because you have to create pretty visuals with good gameplay while pure 3D art is "just" about the visuals and composition). Bugs MUST be found before the project hits its final stage or people will be angry and for that kind of bughunting I have a certian set of testers which I met through the mapping/level designing scene. If it is traditional art, it would not feel as if I accomplished it myself, I prefer the privacy of the "development stage" until it is finished and usually only then show off what I have made to ask for feedback to try again later (which is part of the discipline question below (6)).

3 - That is private, but I never really expected that it would work anyway as this is not within my powers.

4 - It has to do with 3.

5 - Since I am stubborn, yes. If something doesn't work out as I wanted it to, I give it a new try and redraw it from scratch! In fact, I first wanted to directly draw my drawing of the Christmas Girl in my gallery without investing too much time in a sketch so I drew a skeleton and then the simple shapes - but then I accidentally smeared it and so I decided: "Whatever, this is just a sketch, next one will be the real thing" and the next one was the real thing (at the moment just lineart though, f I mess that one up, I'll retry it again and again and again).

6 - Basically what I have mentioned at the end of answer 2. Additionally to that, I increase the level of difficulty gradually with every picture and I do that with different art styles and directions to expand my knowledge and to be flexible. If something doesn't work, I'll try again and again and again. I'm a stubborn person in that manner and don't give up until I get to create what I wanted to create. If people give negative feedback, I will try to do better next time or even remake the picture from scratch, if I start to dislike it myself.

7 - I suggest to try out what your limits are, this is important otherwise you won't be able to properly plan how to manage everything and you should also give art directions a go of which you previously thought "this is lame" or that didn't interest you at all. You might rediscover art that way and gain experience on a broader range. You will eventually even find out that a certain art style that you might have not even considered before is your strenght and you might fall in love with this art, one, that you can finish fast and with a pretty result which you are satisfied with. If private life gets in the way of the artist life, you might have to make a proper time schedule and if there is little spare-time left, try it with an "art day", for example on the weekend when you sit down and just draw.

Have a nice year everyone and may your resolutions work out!
Reply
:iconfootinadream:
footinadream Featured By Owner Jan 3, 2013  Student General Artist
:D
1-yes
2-it depends on who is helping and how they are "helping".
3-to get into a very good masters program. also, to form an institution bent on encouraging activism in art and an anti-anger/violence/hatred art movement. the later seems far fetched right now, but I'm sure I'll learn how to do it better as I work towards it.
4-to read more books
5-yes, I think it's super important to forgive yourself and rekindle a belief in yourself
6-If you have an idea, don't just do one painting and move on to the next, do a series of pieces. It helps bring context and conveys importance. also, "kill your darlings", stripping myself bare and starting over is something I do every so often to strengthen the concepts in individual pieces and in my direction as a whole.
7-drawing something, anything, daily helps to get in the art zone. don't become a fanatic about it though, I actually got tendinitis from being too strict about that and pushing myself to hard. I guess I would say to just do what you are able to do, and listen to your body. if you make a resolution to do a speed paint everyday, but your hands/arms are telling you no, then stop.
Happy New Year!!!!
Reply
:iconmadesentheraccoon:
MadesenTheRaccoon Featured By Owner Jan 3, 2013  Student
Well, my mom worked at a volunteer vet clinic, so we always brought home animals <3

Aww, you had Hermit crabs? Luckyyyyy!

I've always favored those who worked with Wolves, I've always thought those people were so lucky <33333
Reply
:iconartgirl0:
Artgirl0 Featured By Owner Jan 3, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
You . . . meanie. I've always wanted to help hurt animals, like at the ASPCA. But you have to be a certain age to volunteer there. In order I've had
Mana - my male female fish.
Domino - my black and white guinea pig
Spiral & Bikini & Houdini - my hermit crabs
Smithers - cornsnake

I've always wanted to be a zoologist so I could work with all kinds of animals.
Reply
:iconmadesentheraccoon:
MadesenTheRaccoon Featured By Owner Jan 3, 2013  Student
I've had a few fish before that I got WAY too attached to.
Aww, I love snakes <3 we use to have a few corn snakes, but they didn't last very long...

Oh yes, many!
Well...If you don't count taking care of hurt wild animals.
Counting them, I've had:
Mocking birds
Turtles
a Crab
a Bunny
a Squirrel
a Chameleon
a Guinea Pig
a Hamster
Four Cats
Four dogs

Most of the wild animals didn't live very long, and the Guinea Pig was a class pet that I got to take care of~!
Reply
:iconartgirl0:
Artgirl0 Featured By Owner Jan 3, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Aw. But that's so sweet! I want a dog. I've only had a fish who we though was a girl but after she died, found out she was a guy. For the last seven months I've had a snake named Smithers. He's an albino corn snake. All my friends have dogs so I just go to their houses a lot.
Have you had any other pets?
Reply
:iconmann-of-lamancha:
Mann-of-LaMancha Featured By Owner Jan 3, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
did you see the Easter egg "fruity oaty bar" commercial on the DVD of serenity? :XD:
Reply
:iconmadesentheraccoon:
MadesenTheRaccoon Featured By Owner Jan 3, 2013  Student
Alrighty then :XD:

It's a picture of my dog, Zoey.
I set her as my icon as a little reminder of her, because, a couple years ago, she was taken from me by Cancer.
Reply
:iconfireflyexposed:
FireFlyExposed Featured By Owner Jan 3, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
:lol: ... they only aired it here once and I caught it. Only recently found the series on DVD and bought that and Serenity :D
Reply
:iconmann-of-lamancha:
Mann-of-LaMancha Featured By Owner Jan 3, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Oh, okay. No I haven't, nor ever felt inclined to, nor have I read Larry Niven, who, it seems, everyone reads his work as well. I tried reading his work once. I got to the second page and didn't finish it, it just didn't appeal. I have tried to read Marion Zimmer Bradley's work too. More so, since she, among others, was a friend of my stepfather's and thereby I was "encouraged" to read her work. "Hunter's of the Red Moon" was the only thing I liked of her's. I HAD to read Issac Azimov's work in school, and later after meeting him, felt I judged him well, by his books (a stuffy pretentious erudite supremacist).

I was actually, one of the "few" people watching the series when it originally aired.
Reply
:iconfireflyexposed:
FireFlyExposed Featured By Owner Jan 3, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
No you didn't :D But most people who read sci-fi / fantasy read Terry Pratchett

On a side line, since you seem to like this sort of thing - have you watched Joss Whedon's Firefly?
Reply
:iconmann-of-lamancha:
Mann-of-LaMancha Featured By Owner Jan 3, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Terry Pratchett?? Um... I didn't mention Terry Pratchett.

Gosh how could I have forgotten Edgar Rice Burroughs' John Carter series? A semi-unknown artist at the time I read that series, Michael Whelan, was commissioned to create new soft-cover cover art for this series. His art work is really what drew me to reading the series...
And subsequently, I became a fan of Michael Whelan's art, and indirectly, influenced which story I was reading at the time. Most of the my previously listed story series, had cover art by Michael Whelan. :nod: :shrug:
Reply
:iconartgirl0:
Artgirl0 Featured By Owner Jan 3, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
I don't really either.
Reply
:iconartgirl0:
Artgirl0 Featured By Owner Jan 3, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Never mind. What's your icon?
Reply
:iconicrazy3477:
icrazy3477 Featured By Owner Jan 3, 2013  Student Digital Artist
1. Do you make New Year’s resolutions? If not, why not?
I don't normally, because it seems like a waste of my time. If I decide to do something ahead of time, it never gets done, so most decisions to lose weight or something like that are spur of the moment

2. Does a goal achieved with the help and support of friends in any way diminish the power of that achievement, or does it become something made all the more memorable and special because of the participation?
The more the merrier I always say, instead of forcing myself to do something, I force my friends to do it with me and it becomes more fun than tedious. :nod:

3. What’s the most farfetched resolution you’ve ever declared?
Upload more on DeviantART. Lol, I know it's terrible, but I'm in the last few stages of high school so I'm trying to focus on getting my work done and getting into my colleges of choice. :shakefist:

4. What is your yearly resolution that has still never been achieved?
Eh, see the answer above. :blush:

5. Do you think it helps to rededicate oneself to a cause, no matter how large or small, regardless of how many times the attempt has failed?
Well, I try every year, and I seem to get better at it every time I try. One of these days though I'll make it a regular thing. ^^;

6. Can you share with us the personal discipline system that works for you as an artist in bringing your work to a next level?
No music. No internet. No Books. I know lots of people find inspiration in music and the like but it's a distraction. Sit in a room by yourself and remove as many distractions from your field of vision as possible and get started.

7. More specifically do you have any tips for those of us balancing multiple responsibilities along with our creative endeavors?
I know this doesn't help but find your own balance. I learn easily and my teachers know that, so for most of the class period I sit and draw after they know I've gotten the concept. That won't work for everyone, so maybe you can set aside some time just for drawing, writing, painting, etc. :floating:
Reply
:iconneywa:
Neywa Featured By Owner Jan 3, 2013  Student
same for you my american friend haha :P
Reply
:iconfireflyexposed:
FireFlyExposed Featured By Owner Jan 3, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Nice collection ... they actually sound really good and worth a read!
I love dragons too.

I have never been able to get into is Terry Pratchett's books though.
Reply
:iconsarani-chan:
sarani-chan Featured By Owner Jan 3, 2013  Hobbyist Artist
1. Do you make New Year’s resolutions? If not, why not?
Generally no, cause I can't think of any that I really think I would see through :lol: Plus you don't have to make a New Year's resolution to make changes throughout your year ^^

2. Does a goal achieved with the help and support of friends in any way diminish the power of that achievement, or does it become something made all the more memorable and special because of the participation?
I think it makes it more memorable in lots of ways, but there can be satisfaction in making something happen with just your strength :) Just depends on the situation I guess

3. What’s the most farfetched resolution you’ve ever declared?
Hmmm that's tough XD I can't really remember, cause I haven't made one in several years, and I forget stuff easy. Another reason not to do the resolution things. I would just conveniently forget haha

4. What is your yearly resolution that has still never been achieved?
Hmm actively going out of my way to lose weight, like getting more exercise, dieting and stuff like that. I have no will power XD Maybe I should make a resolution to fix that?

5. Do you think it helps to rededicate oneself to a cause, no matter how large or small, regardless of how many times the attempt has failed?
Yes, if you have a goal than you should strive for it :) You just have to recognize when you would be hurting yourself too much to reach your goals, and possibly lose more than you gain. There is always a place someone should draw the line.

6. Can you share with us the personal discipline system that works for you as an artist in bringing your work to a next level?
Hmm I don't think I really have one at the moment XD I guess I try to take my time, and look my work over before moving onto the next step. I also ask for lots of input from others, since a fresh perspective can really help your work.

7. More specifically do you have any tips for those of us balancing multiple responsibilities along with our creative endeavors?
Just remember not to let yourself become too overwhelmed, and learn to take a breather once in a while :) Become good at time management and self-discipline.
Ahh if only I followed my own advice more often :lmao:
Reply
:icongolen3:
Golen3 Featured By Owner Jan 2, 2013
yeah but you don't need a new year revolution thing or w/e to do it. If you want to do something then you can make the time to do it but if don't make the time for it or just too busy then it's really not that important. Anyone has time to do their goals if it's really important to them.
Reply
:iconjoyfullyblessed:
joyfullyblessed Featured By Owner Jan 2, 2013  Student Artisan Crafter
Answers to questions above:

1). I do make New Year's resolutions. I have made terrible decisions long before and resolutions make me feel that I can redeem myself.

2). It depends on how my friends helped or supported me. If they did it by doing something I could have done for myself it diminishes it but if they just gave me words of encouragement, reminders, or helped me with things I could not do on my own then it makes reaching the goal more memorable and special.

3). I do not remember the most farfetched resolution I have ever made.

4). My yearly resolution that still has never been achieved is to make a business with my art.

5). It does help to rededicate to a cause. Every time a person fails to reach her goal she learns what else not to do next time

6). To bring my work to the next level I experiment and look at the works of others. When looking at the works of others I decide which works are better than mine and make works that compete with them or I may see works that inspire me to make more art which gives me more practice.

7). When balancing multiple responsibilities along with creative endeavors time management is most important. It is best to get the other responsibilities out of the way so that you can fully focus on your artistic goals when you take time out to work on them.
Reply
:iconmann-of-lamancha:
Mann-of-LaMancha Featured By Owner Jan 2, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Hmm, well, if you like a Sci-fi twist mixed with a traditional sort of story telling of fantasy, you might try Anne McCaffrey. Her stories are typically a female heroine or at least a female central lead character. Melanie Rawn is another author who wrote with a central female character...
Both stories are about dragons though, so if that isn't your bag, then don't bother. :XD:
Melanie Rawn has a bit of a "Joss Whedan" way of writing. She likes to get you enamored with the characters ...then kills them off horribly. :(
I can't read any of her stories any more.
I have read many stories about people dying and death (heck, it feels like I have served in an army that went onto many campaigns (wars) with as many stories that served such settings, but there is something about dying in a pathetic and pitiful manner that I just can't read, and that's what Melanie Rawn does...)

Well, my faves in genres is why I asked, as Sci-fi/fantasy is what has traditionally been my favorite stories.
Sadly, I have read myself out. It's been many a year since I picked up a book to read. I still have many of the books I have read, but ... well... :shrug:

I have gotten to the point I even read some mystery stories (Agatha Christie for example) which I swore I never would read, when I was younger.

Favorite stories have traditionally been for me, books that come in series, "more books in a story line = love", for me. heh
That said:
Tolkien's Trilogy (and of course the Hobbit and Silmarillion)
Tom Swift (figure a tech/sci-fi version of The Hardy Boys)
Stephen Donaldson (The Chronicles of Thomas Covenant)
Anne McCaffery (Pern series and The Talents universe series)
Raymond Feist (Midkemia series)
David Eddings (The Belgariad series, it's spin off the Mallorian series, The Elenium series, The Tamuli series, The Dreamers series)
and of course
Melanie Rawn (Dragon Prince trilogy and Dragon Star Trilogy)
Another author I fell in love with their work then later regretted, was:
Terry Brooks (Shannara series, and it's sequels)
That was more because the story line was good then he went "weird" with it. It was a fantasy world he later changed into a future history story. I probably wouldn't have minded it if he had given foreshadowing of which direction he was going in from the beginning.

On the satirical side of sci-fi/fantasy, but in the same sci-fi/fantasy direction;
Robert Lynn Asprin (Phule's series and Myth Adventures series (
The latter being a play on words; "Misadventures" as said by someone with a lisp))

Most of which, aside from Tolkien and Tom Swift, I read in the span of about 10 years.
Reply
Add a Comment:
 
×

:icontechgnotic: More from techgnotic


Featured in Collections

Journals and News by elicoronel16

Journals by Edo-kun42


More from DeviantArt



Details

Submitted on
December 31, 2012
Submitted with
Sta.sh Writer
Link
Thumb

Stats

Views
156,007 (8 today)
Favourites
1,655 (who?)
Comments
2,320
×