2021 in Review
2021 has gone by both quickly and very slowly. This was a pretty…severely mixed year for me. Extreme lows, and pretty good highs. I would say that I’m very happy that 2021 is soon to be over. There were some good things that happened during it, though. Here’s a list of the top seven Spine related ones…
#7 Tarot Minor Arcana Assignment
This was a continuation of last year’s work on mapping characters/things to Tarot card concepts. I did Major Arcana in 2020 and in 2021 I finished it by doing all the Minor Arcana.
When I get to it, one day, I could actually make a Tarot deck. One day…
#6 Website Redesign
This is a big one. In came in two waves. The first was getting help from a designer friend to do a major facelift and then, recently, redoing the actual blog page to include a sidebar with ways to filter the blog posts. All the design changes together make the site feel so much better and coherent. There’s more I want to tweak and iterate on, but it’s already light years beyond what it was. I feel so much prouder about the Spine.
As a side note, I changed how blog post links are structured, which, in theory, will be better for SEO. It was something I knew I ought to do, but never got around to…but I just knocked it out so we’ll see if it makes a difference in 2022.
#5 More Commissions!
Not as many commissions this year as last year, but some major characters were done. King, Cyclone, Dien, and Hequera. Not only that, the Malcolm Zfnoc artwork by Erika Hollice is maybe my favorite.
I don’t think I’ll be doing getting new commissions done for awhile. It’s not in my 2022 plans, anyway.
#4 Ghost of the Spine
I did another short story this year: Ghost of the Spine. I tried writing horror and it went in an interesting direction and I’m pleased with it. It felt like a fruitful experiment that expanded the world.
#3 Uploading Old Stuff
There was a lot of work done this year on uploading ancient documents, short stories, and poems to the Spine and Database.
A few examples:
- Ancient Documents on The Database
- The Creation (original form of HTSW)
- Morning Chaos
- Character Opposites Mirror Poems
The galaxy maps and the Creation are probably the most important ones of the lot…the galaxy maps I was shocked I hadn’t shared in the past already since they are pretty canon.
#2 Actually Intending to Finish The Lost
As I finished Amethyst Shards (which takes the #1 slot) and wasn’t going to start on an Adventures sequel just yet, I decided to actually finish the Lost, which I started probably like five years ago, got decently far, and then never finished. I mention it randomly, mainly griping that I’ll never finish it.
But now I’m going to finish it, hell or high water. Currently, as of writing this post, I’m still going through what I had (which was like 20k words) written from way back when, editing it, and figuring out how to finish it. I have a strong plan and end in mind, and am eager to wrap it up. I hope to get this done in … early 2022, optimistically.
#1 Amethyst Shards Published!
At long last, Amethyst Shards was published. It took awhile, but it came together brilliantly and it feels good to have all ten books sitting on my shelf. I’m proud of it. It took the majority of my focus this year, and it’s DONE!
I’m super happy about it. There’s more I need to unpack and discuss about it, which I imagine will come out in 2022.
Weird selection of things done this year, somewhat a continuation from 2020, and somewhat breaking new ground. Things feel like they’re in a much better place at the end of 2021 than in 2020, mostly by merit of the website/archiving work and AS being finally published.
I’m not sure what 2022 will be…but it feels like it’s wide open.
2020 in Review
2020 was…well, it was quite something. But it really was a big year for the Spine of the Empire and my world. It felt like this was the year I just committed to…just going out there and doing things. Patreon was a big reason for this. A few of these accomplishments below were driven by having a Patreon page and communicating with you all. This post itself is because of that pressure to actually produce. And so this post is...
Philosophy: The Highest Form of Devotion is Destruction
“The most highest form of use and appreciation of existence and life is the act of destruction of it.” - Cyclone, Harmonic Waves “For destruction is the highest form of devotion…” - Ra, Emerald Haze Above are two selected quotes from the series regarding the philosophy that destroying something is the highest form of devotion towards something. At first, this idea may seem nonsensical, but it makes sense from a certain perspective. Cyclone, a devout Empirian, explains it very well...