Hey everyone, this is otometantei!! A bit late but Happy New Year!! I really hope you have a wonderful year ahead ^-^/
NOTE: This post is mostly a personal rambling about what I’ve been up to in January and my goals for 2018.
I actually wanted to make this post much earlier but thing is January was a bit of a wild ride 😆 Seriously, what a way to start the year!! The reason is I moved right at the beginning of January and then, about a week after that, I went on holidays to the beach with my Dad. When I got back…I got viral tonsillitis ;; in fact, my throat is still bothering right as I’m writing this post but thankfully it’s not as bad as yesterday when I couldn’t even talk.
So, yeah, a wild ride 😆 But looking on the bright side, my new home is GORGEOUS and I got to read a whole short story book that I’ve been putting off for a while. I wish I could have read more, but I’m still happy I managed to finished at least one book 🙂 Also, I drew a bit on my sketchbook and that made me super happy since it’s been kinda hard for me to draw these last months. I guess I felt like I had no motivation. But drawing in my sketchbook even gave me ideas for a new story and that’s always welcome in my book 😉
Sadly, 2017 wasn’t such a good year to me; which is why I wanted a fresh start this 2018. Moving was a great way to begin that, I even got my room much tidier and organized than it usually was and am planning to make it even more organized by buying Marie Kondo’s book, which a good friend of mine recommended to me 🙂
Anywho, on my twitter account I talked about some goals for this year, so I’ll get on with that (*•̀ᴗ•́*)و ̑̑
Finish my game Tail Me
Tail Me is a short otome game project I’ve been working on since last year. It only has two characters called Sharon and Clay, who are cats with human-like appearance and they live in a forest. Sharon is the protagonist while Clay is the pursuable romantic partner *wiggles eyebrows*. It’s my first visual novel ever so I’m a bit nervous (obviously) but I have to start somewhere, right? My plan is to finish it by the end of February so I can release it either then or in early March (which is when I started making the game in 2017). The game will be free/name your own price and available for PC and Mac in the beginning. I’ll eventually try to figure out how I can make it available for Android (and maybe iOS too).
Make a book with my short stories
For those who don’t know, I’ve been attending a writing workshop once a week since late 2016 and it’s been a wonderful experience (and continues to be). This workshop has truly made me improve on my writing and FINISH my scribbles in the form of a short story. So far, I’ve written 5 short stories and am currently writing another 2, one of them being the final part of a saga of 3 short stories that all take place in the same universe (in fact, the characters from the first and second story meet in this last part). Where am I going with this? It’s one of my goals to manage to create enough short stories to make a book (or maybe 2 if we separate the 3 short story saga from the rest).
Start a new game project if possible
Of course making a single game won’t be enough, so when Tail Me’s production comes to an end, I plan to start a new project. I actually already have an idea for a NanoReno visual novel but, since you have to make it within a month (during March if I’m remembering right), I’ll take care of it then. After NanoReno, I want to see if I can come up with a fresh new idea for a new visual novel project (most probably another otome game).
Continue studying japanese
It’s very frustrating but truth is I haven’t been giving japanese as much attention as I should have. I want to change that this year especially because I’m going to Japan in a few months and I don’t want me or my Dad to feel super lost when we’re already there. I didn’t even take an exam and I’ve been studying japanese for 4 years now. Yet I’m rusty as heck (my fault, of course). Maybe I’ll have to change my teacher for another one and plan a way to study a bit everyday or almost everyday.
Draw & Write more
This is self-explanatory but yup, it’s something I gotta do if I plan to make visual novels for a living some day. I’m one of those people who gets very frustrated AND unmotivated when they can’t get anything right (on drawing and writing) and then feel sad about it; not to mention I lose a lot of time paying attention to stupid details no one will ever notice *gulp* but I’m working on that. On the bright side, I’m also someone who tries very hard when her mind is set. Researching about stuff is also something I really enjoy doing and helps wonders with my inspiration. I guess my motto’s slow and steady, because that’s the way things work out the best for me; when I don’t rush but also when I don’t surrender.
This is one of my biggest concerns right now. Up to now I’ve been working freelance so I don’t get a monthly salary…which sucks. I’m also translating a visual novel but I’m not going as quickly as I wish I could. I’ll need to work on that, plan a bit to see when I can get a bit of translating done (after all, I won’t get paid until I finish because the pay will be a percentage of the sales). Then, making visual novels and writing books maaaaay bring some money in the long run, but truth is I would be screwed if it wasn’t for my Dad. Which is why I’m going to help him with work to earn money to buy things I want and things I want AND need 😆 . I’ve also been thinking of making an animated channel in youtube for anime and game related stuff (especially otome, which doesn’t have that much content) but I’m still not that sure ◔̯◔ still, I don’t reject the possibility.
Try to be more positive and not beat myself up so much
This is something I really want to change about me. Thing is, I wasn’t always so overly negative and self-critical. It probably started when I entered college, maaaaaybe a bit earlier but it got BAD over the last few years. It’s horrible and I don’t wish it for anybody because it’s really painful. It’s true, nobody’s perfect, but that doesn’t mean we’re the opposite of perfect either. Beating oneself too much about everything just makes you miserable, doesn’t accomplish anything and can even make you sick. Which is why I’m gradually going to change for the better, yeaaaaaah I CAN DO IT!!! (๑˃̵ᴗ˂̵)و Keeping myself busy with something I enjoy doing, listening to relaxing music or watching something funny helps wonders. And…well, exercise, even though it’s a pain 😆
Those are my main goals for this year. Maybe I could add to that that I’m finally going to start using one of my planners, FINALLY 😆 . And regarding this blog, well, it started as a hobby so I’ll do what I can. There are a lot of games I want to review that are actually from 2017 and I haven’t got to that yet, but all in due time. There’s a lot of stuff I want to write about, not only reviews and anime monthly corners, and I want to think that I will, only slow and steady. It’s not a race after all 🙂
Thank you so much for reading until the end（‐＾▽＾‐）
That’s all folks, and see you next post!! (≧∇≦*)/