This year has flown by, and honestly, I'm not sorry to see it go. 2008 was fraught with shortcomings and disappointments, and in the recent past, I've actually been anticipating the new year in order to start fresh after having a bit of a break over the Christmas season to recharge my batteries.
In the past 365 days, it seems that I and most of my friends can be divided into two circles: those that are working all the time, and those who aren't working at all. There seems to be no happy medium. A few of my amigos had lost their jobs this year, and meanwhile I am seldom able to take a day off, let alone a proper lunch break. Since I work with video and sit in front of a monitor all day for a living, when I come home at night with burning eyes, I would just too stupid or tired to work on any of the projects that I have on the side, or just plain wouldn't feel like it-- even typing in a blog entry would feel like a chore. In the thirteen years I've been in this industry, the old saying has never been more true: it is either black or white, never gray. In this uncertain economy, I am grateful to be working, but there just never seems to be any equilibrium. As a result, it just seemed that the days and the weeks flew by, and before I knew it, I was still scrambling to get ESR-related projects completed as the deadlines came down to the wire. In terms of sales, 2008 was the worst ESR had seen in years.
But for all of that, I am glad to see '08 go, simply to usher in the new year as a symbol of a fresh start (despite the economic forecast ahead). I do not wish to leave this post on a completely negative note, because a lot of interesting things did happen. I was invited to show films at Trash Palace, did a radio interview, and I took ESR on the road to Montreal and Buffalo (I'll finally have those expository posts up soon....honest!), met some new comrades along the way, and even though I am disappointed at myself for not realizing a couple of projects that I had hoped to be completed by the fall, I am still nonetheless grateful by the words of encouragement I receive from friends and readers to in their hopes that I stay at it.
Thanks for your continued support, friends, and may we all hope to prosper in the new year.