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

Excited, Nervous Energy

Friends.

FRIENDS.

I MADE A BOOK.

Book
IT’S A REAL BOOK HOLY CARP

I printed and self-published this with BookBaby.com, and I’m so incredibly happy with the result! “Making Faces at Myself” is a collection of the illustrations and comics I made for last year’s 100 Day Project. I have a tab on this site with more information, if you’re interested!

I’m still kind of in shock! I’ve been going full-steam-ahead for months now (as is evident by the cobwebs around this blogosphere) getting things ready for my table on Free Comic Book Day, and now that everything’s done I’ve got something like creative whiplash. I’m dazed, confused, and unsure of what my next steps are. Sooo I’ve kind of been doing everything!

I put the book up for sale on my Etsy shop, as well as some prints and a zine that I made for Free Comic Book Day. I made myself a Patreon page with a few fun dragon-themed tiers (going to add rewards later!). I’m working on setting up a Twitch channel and streaming setup in my studio space so I can do monthly streams. I’ve got a handful of other things I’m working on as well, but these have been my main focus.

…Of course, I have plenty of bookkeeping to do after Free Comic Book Day, buuut I’ve been putting that off for reasons pertaining to math and my animosity towards it.

You may have noticed that I also redesigned this portfolio site of mine! I hope you like it, I had fun rearranging it and sprucing everything up. I’m going to work on being more intentional with this site and update this blog more often. I know, I know, “How often has she said that before?” It’s very possible that I’ll end up falling off the face of the earth again. I’ve got a full-time job aside from my creative pursuits, and until I can afford to leave that job this will always be a possibility. But I can promise you that I will always do my best to stick to my creative goals!

What are those goals, you ask? In the coming months, I’m hoping to have a more regular schedule of internet things. I’m going to update this blog and my Patreon biweekly, I’m going to begin my biweekly journal comic, I’m going to return to posting biweekly YouTube videos, and I’m going to start doing art livestreams on Twitch every third Saturday of the month. I’m excited! Nervous, but excited. Lots of things are happening, folks! I can’t wait to see how it all shakes out!

Love and peace to you,

Katie