Boy has it been a while now... To those (if any) who know or remember me I thought it would be courteous to express my reasoning behind my sudden inactivity as of a year or so ago now...
Mainly, in regards to NDC (Notepad Drawing Collab)... I started that little project when I was in year 9 and about 16 years old. I started that and loved the fact of helping unknown artists get known through a collaborative Flash game... I liked it so much I did it 2 years after. However, the final NDC I started one and a half years back; I had very high hopes for, so much I actually started learning 3D animation as I wanted to make it a HUGE collaboration... But, in the end, I had only around 23 submissions... Barely enough to create a whole Flash game... Despite that fact though, I still wanted to finish it. By the point where I actually started coding, animating and designing the collab (I think I got about half of it all finished), year 12 (my final year of schooling) began and I found fast approaching an intensity of assignment school work. Ontop of that I was working hard with a fellow coder making a game. This game was one of the, if not the biggest Flash project I had ever worked on (I think I made a NG post about it a while ago). It was nearing about 90% completion and (literally) a whole years work when the coder decided on a big, spontaneous 'NO' on finishing. That was it for him and he did not see the point finishing. This was the first time I was actually excited about finishing a game with a coder after failing 3 other times with other coders. I think in someway, psychologically, it pushed me to a point where I felt I was somewhat not good enough to animate and draw... After that I literally just stopped and my inactivity with animation and NG went on it's way to nothing. From that point it only got worse with some very close family members passing, friendship and social life changing and personal depression along to overcome while dealing with a 24/7 workload in school. It was an unsettling time of my life and took a toll on my persistence for animating on Newgrounds.
By the end of year 12 I had got my drivers license, bought a car, started my own business, as well as started a proper casual position at work and, mainly... Started university. I am now 18 (almost 19) years old, and am studying architectural design... For those who remember me, I would have probably been that little 16 year old who could draw and animate alright and liked making and joining collabs, aha! ;p
I feel sad that I left this behind... I barely ever draw anymore (apart from architecture), little alone EVER animate either. I was looking through my old "NG - Animation & Art" folder on my computer the other day and felt a deep saddening that I left all of that behind. Within that folder I found that I had around 4 game ideas, all already half animated and drawn as well as copious amounts of half finished drawings just sitting in old digital dust on my PC... I would like to start again, maybe finish some of those old files and games but I just dawn I ever will find the time to.
Anywho... I guess the main reason behind this post is to produce an explanation for those who wondered where I disappeared to after being so overly active on Newgrounds, why the final NDC never reached completion and pretty much just to say, I miss Newgrounds and animating :'(