But anyway, enjoyed the trip, saw lots and lots and lots of neat stuff that I'll quite likely never get the chance to see again, and traveled safely. Managed to catch a cold almost immediately after arriving back home from said trip though, so, been dealing with that...
Anyhoo, during said trip, I got to thinking about things in my life, and now that I'm back, seem to be stuck dwelling on them further still. This and other things have been keeping me from getting back into my usual routine, but a part of me has been thinking this hasn't been entirely a bad thing, as it's given me a chance to sit and think about what I'm doing, rather than just charging into it semi-recklessly without perhaps giving it full and proper thought. It's made me look at my plans for my future, and it's got me thinking if I still need to adjust said plans a bit further still.
I've also been considering looking into ways to try and publicize myself more in some manner. In the beginning I hadn't ever really been too worried about it, thinking I wasn't going to need a strong presence on the internet for my plans. Then I was thinking that Super Pup was going to serve as my big break art-wise, but it keeps consistently getting more and more delayed and I'm starting to think my initial plans for publicizing it might not be enough still. So I've been thinking about pursuing social media venues, like Facebook and stuff, things I have venmously refused to participate in, mostly because I really don't see anything it offers that other preexisting venues don't already offer. I still think that today, but I am forced to acknowledge that, like it or not, social media is THE way to publicize things, especially for someone at my level of things. Haven't quite decided yet, but I'll still be looking into it.
Even more groundbreaking than that, though, is the consideration, striking me while somewhere in the middle of England, of ditching fanfiction writing altogether. While it may not seem like it, this is no small deal for me, as I've been writing fanfics almost non-stop since 2007, so for me to just up and stop seems massive to me. But...I've already been struggling for the past couple years to keep at it already, and it's really only been my sheer stubbornness that has kept me going, so the idea of it, as much as I hate to admit it, seems very sensible. Furthermore, I've almost come to realize that fanfiction is starting to hold me back, actually. I mean, it's fanfiction. All it does is keep me occupied for awhile but ultimately I have little to show for it save some praise from readers and maybe a little experience in the field (only it'd never look good on a resume. Trust me, I already tried). And it's also been distracting me from other projects like my serious maybe-lets-get-this-published writing and Super Pup, both of which may be much farther along on by now if it hadn't been for fanfiction keeping me from putting my full focus on it. Ohhh...but there are so many fanfics I want to write still! *heavy sigh* Still...I gotta face facts sooner or later. I'll have to get back on y'all on my final decision on this.
Basically, though, is what this all means is that I'm sitting down and reassessing what I've been doing with myself, and could be making a few changes to how I do things around here. Like fan art? Yeah, after doing the 400th deviation (too late to change my plans for that, I've already committed) I'm probably going to be boiling that WAY down to make room for things like Super Pup. But, point being, is that, while I don't yet know where these changes are going to take me, if they're even going to happen at all, I think Scyphi could very well be taking some new directions in the near future.
I'll keep y'all posted.