This year grows old and I find myself bemired by unseasonably warm weather. I long to stand in a light dusting of snow as it swirls down, a forest silent around me, the sky overhead blanketed by clouds. The pregnant pause of winter, harsh, but promising new beginnings and growth after the trial. Instead, I find the temperature sixty degrees and not a speck of white. Disgusting.
Still, there's a lesson even in that. This year, like any other, was full of joys and sorrows, triumphs and tribulations. We can but bask in the sunlight we are given or hunch our shoulders and pray for more favorable weather when the seasons turn against us. To all those who have commented, favorited, or even simply viewed my art you have my indelible gratitude. The support and kindness I've received from DeviantArt over the years has been a constant encouragement. I've met many friends in this community, and I've had the pleasure and life-altering experience of meeting several of them in person.
In particular I have to mention Saimain who I have visited for several years now, and even had the opportunity to move and spend time with her and her family. She is not only a fantastic artist, but a wonderful individual full of wit and humor and possibly ponies (many of them). For all the encouragement, help, and memories, I cannot thank her - or her family and friends - enough. Here's looking forward to more!
The opportunity also arose to meet ElvenSoul06 , an intelligent young lady who immediately won me over with poignant observations on both Zelda and Doctor Who. I got to use the word schadenfreude in a sentence with her. What more could one ask for?
I was also able to meet up with Tigryph , who impressed me with both her faith as well as her candor and sense of comedy. Make no mistakes though, she's tough and is also friends with both a pirate and a wizard. She even beat me in a Pokemon battle. I am forever shamed, and contemplated retreating deep into Mount Silver to train for the next three years.
Finally, and this message comes directly from the heart, I would like to make an appeal to Saimain 's pet parrot, Crackers. I know we didn't always get along, but maybe we could start anew and on the right foot for 2015? Granted, you only sleep on one leg, but I hope it's still possible. I would like to keep my fingers the next time we meet.