The season of Lent -- the 40 days of fast and abstinence before Easter -- begins tomorrow, Wednesday 5 March.
I have a good mind to keep the tradition that I had been keeping over the last two years and stay off Newgrounds for Lent. This time, I am including Sundays as well, unless something really important needs to be announced. I have been on NG nearly every single day for months on end, and while I enjoy the camaraderie, and oftentimes the material that gets shared here, it's time for me to take a bit of a back seat.
I'm aware that this means not being able to take part in contests, game jams, etc., including RealFaction's Art-Inspired Music Contest. I'm also sad that I haven't been able to give you folks much of a present before my absence, unlike last year. So it's going to be painstaking, but I've got to try and see what these forty days will bring.
I will pop in on Skype to say hi to the Audio Portal guys every now and then.
Now, Easter falls on Sunday 20 April. That also means I'm celebrating my birthday off NG -- some of you may know when the actual date is, but I shan't say a word here. I'll be back on NG on the 20th, likely at midnight BST.
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On a side note, thanks to two wonderful people, I have now access to not one, but two MIDI keyboards! No, I won't be greedy and use both; I'll stick to one, thank you very much. I am really looking forward to using it.
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I'm really sorry for the sudden news about my absence. Please keep me in your thoughts and prayers.