Where to Go From Here?

Hello, folks!

June was an unexpectedly busy month for me! I made a design for my workplace’s Pride group event, and folks liked it so much that they requested I make a sticker for it. Credit to the Progress Pride Flag goes to Daniel Quasar of quasar.digital, and I got permission from him to use his flag in my design! That was super cool of him. So I did that, and then the sticker led to a friend suggesting I table my work at a local Pride event, which I also did! Whew!

Pride 50th Anniversary web image
You can purchase it here, if you’d like! 25% of profits will be donated to GLSEN.org!

Now it’s July, and I have no idea how it got here so fast. It’s already July 10th as well! Heck! Is this what getting old is like? Time literally flying by without my realizing it? On a related note, I just realized that ten years ago, I was twenty. That kinda blew my mind, and then I stopped thinking about it too hard.

So where do I go from here? I’m in this weird, post-busyness limbo of having a million ideas, but no real sense of direction or order of operations. I’m notoriously bad at completing things without deadlines or folks to help keep me accountable to my personal goals. The deadlines of my book, Free Comic Book Day, and Pride all helped me stay on task and get lots of work done. Now that I don’t have those things, it’s up to me to impose those deadlines on myself.

First, I have to ask myself what I want to work on. In my last post, I said I wanted to make a regular habit of art streams, blogs, comics, and YouTube videos. Welp, then I joined in on a tableing event last-minute and scrambled to get that together and everything flew out the window. That tends to happen to me a lot! Knock on wood that July is a bit more chill. I do want to get back into those things, but I’ve had a hard time finding focus. What do I want to make videos about? What do I want to write blogs and comics about? How do I even Twitch?

I think I need to spend some time journaling and really think about what I want to get out of making work, what I want to put into the world, and what my goals are with those works. I get so caught up in fussing over the process of making things (what’s my format? how often do I post? what’s a consistent style that’s easy to produce quickly?) that I forget the why of making things. I feel like once I have my motivations and broader goals clearly defined, I’ll have more of a drive to work and a clearer understanding of my order of operations.

Thanks for sticking with me! Keep an eye out, new things will be coming your way soon!

Katie

Author: Katie McMahon

Katie is a comic artist and illustrator living in rural New Hampshire in a town mostly populated with elderly folks and roving gangs of sassy turkeys. She enjoys reading comics, playing board games and RPGs, drinking fair trade tea and coffee, discussing feminism and social justice, and cracking the best groan-worthy jokes the internet has to offer.

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