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    Four Years Already?

    It’s the first day of February and Fanatic Musings is four years old today. Only four and the poor baby has been through so much: identity crises, makeovers, data loss, being half abandoned, etc. As we have survived 2020 and the first month of 2021, I wanted to take the time to talk about Fanatic Musings, our (mostly my) journey, and so on.

    The Story: It Rains, Pours, and Monsoons

    Fanatic Musings started as an idea for a fiction serial magazine back in 2017. It shifted to just being an only repository of stories then into a much smaller portfolio and publishing company. The shrunken scope was mostly because the logistics of recruiting and managing other artists was, frankly, more trouble than we could manage between working full time and our creative pursuits.

    In 2018, life exploded and the cleanup continued well into 2019. Just as things were clearing up, 2020 started and we all know how that went. #CoronaVirusRuiningEverything

    It’s been a rollercoaster, but it’s given me (BLV13) time to figure things out and consider what I want Fanatic Musings to be. To be fair, alteringviews is more of a sounding board and extra muse. I do the writing, editing, drawing, and so on. Now that she plans to pursue her own goals full-steam, it’s time I take ownership of FM.

    I should have done it ages ago, but again, it’s been crazy. I’ve realized that I don’t just want to write fiction. I want to draw and help people with their resumes and ghostwrite and everything else under the sun.

    Is it yet another identity crisis? Yes, but this four-year old is made of steel and hope. What does that mean? Well, we’ll just have to see I guess.

    Looking Forward

    With all that being said about Fanatic Musings as a whole, today is day 1 of 28 Days of Melanin 2021. If you don’t know, 28 Days of Melanin is also now four years old, and I’m sure as an art challenge feels even more neglected than Fanatic Musings.

    Back in 2016, I started the 1 Million for Black!Hermione Challenge in November as a response to all the shade about Noma Dumezweni playing Hermione in the Cursed Child. A few months later, I started the 28 Days of Melanin as a response to the lack of representation I’ve seen in art including my own.

    A great deal of the pieces in my first year turned out to be Hermione fanart (and frustrating due to zero color pencil skills). I tried to pick it up since then, but as I said, the years after (2018 and 2019) were all bad so I have really attempted to pick it back up full steam until now. I’m trying to make the rest of 2021 outweigh the way 2021 started, so I have a lot of work ahead of me, personally and professionally.

    Here’s my first post 28 Days of Melanin 2021. It’s a tracker page for the challenge in my fancy Turquoise ZENART bullet journal. [Disclaimer: I am a ZENArt affiliate, so something does happen if you purchase through this link.]

    I’m really proud of how this turned out considering I did most of the work with Crayola markers and highlighters. I can’t help but feel like I’m low-key preparing for #MerMay.

    I hope everyone has a great February this year filled with understanding, healing, fulfillment, and generally being the most awesome, wonderful, true you possible. 

    Here’s to a good start in 2021!

    Until next time.

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