The last few months here at Shamoozal have been… uhh depressing to say the least. It’s been ages since there has been a new short, I’ve cut content from the Nerdlog essentially killing it, and the only decent thing we did have I moved over to Elder-Geek.com.
Last time I did one of these updates I mentioned how I was calling a time out on my Contra short and switching over to a new Zelda one. I supplied some concept sketches I did for the short in that post and since then you guys haven’t heard a peep from me regarding shorts. I wish I could tell you that I have secretly worked on the short all along, but the fact is I haven’t. I haven’t worked on it since that night, which was at the end of July.
The fact is, over the summer I came pretty close to calling it quits on this whole Shamoozal thing. It’s been a very long road since we’re started this site, and not to sound like a baby, but I just haven’t met the “goals” I set up for myself when starting this site all those years ago. I know a lot of that is my fault, it truly is, but it is what it is.
But I’ve said it before in the past and I’ll say it again, Shamoozal will probably never truly ever die. I’ll always keep this site around because it’s just my creative outlet. Unfortunately this year I’ve been in a serious creative rut. Brutally bad creative rut. My desire to create just hasn’t been there and I can’t really tell you why, it just isn’t. Sometimes I’ll sit down to do work and before I know it I’ve spent an hour dicking around on the net with nothing accomplished.
I spent the summer on more of a personal journey. I’ve been learning some different aspects of web design and internet stuff in general as opposed to working on my animation and art. Of course I’ve also helped Steve in developing the Elder-Geek Game Club, but that’s not a huge time taker. Oddly enough, I’ve also spent what would have been Shamoozal time doing lots of exercises. Heck, I dropped about 10 pounds this summer and can fit into clothes I thought were completely out of the question. So I’ve been keeping busy, just in other areas of my life.
So I wanted to put a little something up here to tell you that there is life still in this thing. I’d still like to attend MAGFest in January of 2012, and if I do that it means I need to gear up for it. I need to have a new short finished. I need to come up with a whole idea for my table. January is actually right around the corner, so this is kind of the moment where I really need to commit. Being at MAGFest isn’t going to be free, so if I go I really need to make it worth my time and worth it for this site. I can’t go there with the same old show I had two years ago.
What does this mean? I’m hoping it’s the kick start I need to move forward with this site. I’m feeling slightly recharged about it the last few days and I’m hoping that once I sit down to work on the short things just feel right. I’m still very confident in my Zelda cartoon idea, and I’ve been mulling over exactly how it’ll play out in my head over the last week. Now I just need to sit down and physically plan the thing. I need to get that short done before Skyward Sword comes out, because I’m not going to lie, but shit aint getting done when that game hits. Plus, I’d really like to time the release of the short around the time Skyward Sword’s release. I *think* it’s doable. It seems doable.
So with that, I’m out for now. If you’re reading this, thanks for hanging in there with me, I know it’s been a bumpy road.