Work has been much much faster. Since the injury though, my personal work has been much much slower. I’m still capable of contributing to the unit, but in much less of a capacity than what I’m used to. For those unknowing, my left shoulder was violently yanked at work. I tried to catch a patient who passed out. Most likely a strain. Lotsa pain limited range of motion.
So today is the last day of this weeks work week. My “Friday” as we call it, despit it being Tuesday. As i write this my assignment is to stare at a sleeping man for the next eight hours. My job is to keep him from hurting himself. With some 95% certainty, this man will sleep through the entirety on my shift.
Job well done.
The challenge now is to channel the abundance of free time into responsible things. Like writing and prepping these blog posts, doing some exercise drawings, and, my favorite, hammering out prototype characters for the second book. So far so good
Im not sure if I mentioned it earlier, but im starting a second book this year. One aimed at a much younger audience. Its a happier less serious project than the one I’m grunding out. It gives me a reprieve from the overt focusing and refining of the main project. I betcha the light heartedness will bleed through. I’m excited! And excited to share!
The week ends prove a spicy challenge to me. Shit loads of work towards a never ending goal. The personal challenge is to not shrink from the work with booze and games. Instead Im cooking up ways to stay responsible and focused. Im positive I will share those experiences here as they happen.
Feeling optimistic and hopeful!
I swear to god, I have these posts lined up and scheduled. When a couple of days pass and two aren’t posted, it leaves a man frustrated and with trust issues. I did my part! WordPress app, you’re making me look like an incompetent fuck.
The era of sketches. I know it’s not much but these little seedlings will grow into good stuff. Give it time. I plan to post them as they progress.
Who knows why the title is thus. Probably has something to do with thoughts of production. I’m one short of a dozen large pictures to get ready for painting. These large ones are big deals, ain’t they? For one, each takes a lot of resources to produce. Time, effort, concentration foremost among them. Been grinding.
Writing and poetry is on task. About a third needs work the rest are good enough to go. Don’t you worry, though. My perfectionism will have me working onto and probably through release.
Here we are in, what month is this? May? June? And I’m still keeping up with two posts a week since January. That’s six months. Each post with an image. Fantastic! From what I read, 2-5 years is when the audience starts to develope. Audience, if you could develope faster, that’d be great.
There are still plans to get Patreon up and running. That’s where the WIP’s, first releases of the AAA content, and giveaways will be done. I’ll give that aspect of the business some attention this weekend.
When I take inventory and apply it to a timelime, things look good. I have titles figured out for the next three. Enough material started for two. If I produce with consistance, I can see myself releasing one each year.
Of course, I can’t tell if that is lofty optimism rose coloring expectations. I got super excited about releasing this one in Q1 or Q2 of this year but when I stood back the quality was a bit lacking. So now I’m aiming for Q3 maybe even Q4.
It has more to do with everything than just the book. It’s the business and life matters, too. I’m kinda doing this whole endeavor by my lonesome and it seems prudent to be mindful of limitations. Lord knows, soon as I overstep there’s a backlash. So, slow and steady.
There are times where I’m not sure if I need the break. When acting out is because I’m human or I’m being a defiant douche. I say this after the cusp of a self indulgent weekend. The kind where you can’t decide if you feel replenished or guilty. The house is a mess, art, writing, and grocery shopping ain’t done. Really, anything that took an iota of discipline got neglected.
Oh well. Moving on.
Hurt my shoulder at work a couple of weeks back. Lots of fears that the injury was permanent, ie rotator cuff issues. Pleased to report that pain has been subsiding and range of motion has been increasing. Subsiquent docs visits has suggested pinched nerve, perhaps even a strain but optimistic about no permanent or lasting damage. Thank God!
Back to here and this art business thing. We’re bulking up on posts. Got a bunch of gifts in the works. I’ve been a little more focused on production rather than quality. Yuck. Need to bump quality control. Expect some portraits soon. Speaking of quality, big big watercolors and the subject matter therein…
I’ll need to schedule a working vacation.
The world is still falling apart. You know, hyperbolically speaking. I’m convinced we need these bad times to recognize then get to the good. Im optimistically writing it all off as societal growing pains.