That Was The Year That Was As We Survive The 2016 Trip Around The Sun

Nick Davis, Tristan the Teddy Bear and Mr Button at Alt World Studios HQHello Everybody Peeps, as the final hours of 2016 tick away I thought it would be nice to have a quick look at the year from my unique perspective, and what a year it has been.

The Good

We are all still here, the wife, my kids, the dog, the cats, we all made it through this year were we have seen a lot of my generation influencers die. I’ve pushed my art abilities to the point that I am actually starting to like what is coming out of my pencil now, my writing has turned corner and I’ve got my head around writing comic scripts.

Day job wise, I am constantly pushing the company website as a means to more effectively marketing message, and although there are always pitfalls I’ve managed two years of consistent 15% unique growth – which is something a lot of Webmasters can only ever wish for. As for Alt World Studios, we got two books published, a web comic and I hope laid the ground work for an exciting 2017.

At conventions I am starting to be more recognized for my work and starting to be seeked out, which is nice. I’ve lost over 50lbs in weight and have returned to by Port Of Entry weight of 220lbs, which means I no longer look at a pair of pants and think how did my ass get so big? And somewhere along the way I managed to pay for our first family vacation… yay!

The Bad

Well, it was 2016 right? We only got two books published, Alt World Studios took a huge hit in the Summer, we went to a convention that was a total disaster for us and cost almost the entire cash-flow for my small indie operation. From there we never really recovered and two late year projects had to be cancelled – lessons learned.

The wife’s health has got a lot worse and can only be called chronic now, and with that my free time for Alt World Studios (which was never really that much to begin with) has drastically been reduced, as I am now basically looking after everything in the house, working, and taking care of a disabled wife… Yeah… Not the life plan I thought we would have. Life is one of those things that happens when we are busy living it. Things got a little harder than either of us would have liked.

The Future

In all though, 2016 wasn’t the best of years, not totally horrible, but it was harder than it should have been. I suspect though I am not alone with this and many of you have had similar years. I have some exciting projects coming, the first of which will power the entire first part of 2017 should you all choose to support it and we will be talking about it in the next week or so.

So, I want to say thank you to everyone that hung with us during this trip around the sun, the world is still turning, we are all (mostly) still here and we have a new year that promises to be quite the adventure… Onwards!!!

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Just an Englishman lost in the USA who happens to write now and again… Anyone got a cup of tea?

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