Well, I made the crazy move. As in, literal, physical relocation of my physical self. I'm now in North Hollywood, just minutes away from...everything (Disney, WB, Nickelodeon, Cartoon Network, Universal, Paramount, etc.).
After talking to some people already in the animation biz, I've learned that one of the best things I can do to strengthen my portfolio is to put some storyboards together. I've definitely dabbled with screen storyboards before, and I've done a handful of thumbnails and experimenting with graphic novel storyboards, so this seemed like a good idea.
And, for my birthday I got a brand new Wacom! The Bamboo Create. Not as fancy as an Intuos, but it does what I need it to. And it's SO MUCH bigger than my old 4 inch Wacom. Life will never be the same again.
Here's a sneak peak of me using it to do some thumbnails for a screenplay I wrote, METAL, that takes place in my Lower Knight universe: