Hello everybody! Is everyone excited about all of the new stuff coming out in the next few days? I did get to watch the video for the big reveal of Luciana Vega, very cool. I’m anxious to see all of the new items that will be coming out along with her. And of course, there’s a ton of excitement about the American Boy dolls. Not sure that I will be picking up anyone at this point, I really do think I’m at the breaking point. I even have someone to show you guys that I haven’t just yet…but that will be something to look forward to in 2018!! Haha!!
2017 was a very interesting year. American Girl had some very interesting new releases, and their competitors really seemed to up their games as well. Some very interesting items to be purchased from a variety of companies. It’s been fun seeing all of the fun doll things that have come out over the past year, and I’m hopeful that 2018 is just as exciting.
Of course, there were controversies. It started with Gabriela as GOTY and how her stuff all seemed to be a last minute effort. And how could we forget the whole Perma-panty fiasco?!?!?! I think probably the most valuable lesson learned from all of that is we as a community could make our voices heard–and did we ever! It worked too, and hopefully Perma-panties will be forever relegated to the “what the heck were we thinking” vault at AG. You have to admit though, it did spark some interesting discussion.
I’m still a bit concerned over the whole Toys R Us bankruptcy mess. I’ve been reading about it, not just what has been happening in the US, but also what the chain is doing in the UK, and I’m not quite sure how this is going to turn out. Fingers crossed that our favorite 18 inch companies will come through it okay and it will be business as usual.
I always look forward to the New Year as a time of hope, change, and positivity. This year I’m especially focused on that, as I’m working on several interesting projects! And I think I’m ready to share them with you.
First off–I’m writing a book. I’ve been knocking this idea around for some time now, and after some discussions with a new found friend, I finally decided to take the leap. I’ve never taken on a project quite this daunting before, but I am very excited at the direction it’s headed. Getting started is the hardest part of a project like this, and once I got past that inital “first page”, it went way better than I thought. With the holiday season I haven’t worked on it quite as much as I would have liked, but now I’m hoping to organize my time better so that I can work on it a bit each day.
I’ve also really embraced my guitar lessons. So much so, that I’m practicing anywhere from a half hour to an hour a day, sometimes more if I can. Six weeks into my lessons, I wasn’t so sure, but I have a fantastic teacher who was very encouraging, and understood my frustrations at that point. I’m so grateful to have met him, he not only is a great teacher, but a fun person who continues to push me and keep me accountable. If I come out of this as a guitarist who is 1/3 as good as he is, I will be pleased. However, all this practice does come at a price, and it’s also part of the reason why I’m not blogging as much.
I’ve also started to get back into my photography a bit, beyond what I do on the doll blog. I’m looking at a totally new direction with that, something far different than what I’ve done in the past. With social media ever evolving, new ways to incorporate what I do continue to pop up. Kind of like Forrest Gump and that box of chocolates…”you never know what you’re gonna get!”
Here’s to 2018!! And now we can all just move past that whole perma-panty thing…hopefully.