It’s been a few weeks since my last newsletter so I thought an update is in order after an eventful week (also, I don’t feel like working out this morning). Plus, learn exactly how I came up with the idea for a short comic. Pushing people out of the circle is essential to insecure people who want to make sure the circle has edges and they are safely inside. Jessica What I’ve been up to My two main projects For the most part, I’ve been grinding away at my two main projects: my graphic memoir and Mythological Fight Club. Organizing … Continue reading
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Hey – I’ve been writing weekly newsletters for 6 months straight today! That’s a record for me. In the past when I’ve decided that I ‘want to blog regularly’ I’ve lasted maybe 3 weeks at best. Looks like making a sort of ritual and routine works for productivity. /// The only advice, and this is business advice for the business end of it, you’ve got to take off your creator’s hat and put on your businessman’s hat or publisher’s hat and you’ve got to figure a way to market yourself, apart from what you are creating. Like, when I was … Continue reading
Let’s talk about the benefits of getting stuff done, the productivity things that are working for me, and my loose social media plan. /// Inspiration is for amateurs; the rest of us just show up and get to work. If you wait around for the clouds to part and a bolt of lightning to strike you in the brain, you are not going to make an awful lot of work. All the best ideas come out of the process; they come out of the work itself. Things occur to you. If you’re sitting around trying to dream up a great … Continue reading
This week I discuss Patreon and an interview with it’s co-founder, Jack Conte. /// Membership is about that stronger relationship between a creator and their most important fans and the belief in that creator and their ongoing artistic expression. The creators who do best are the creators who deeply love their fans and whose fans deeply love them back if there’s a really strong connection. Jack Conte I’ve spoken at length that creatives need to look at marketing as building relationships (I echo this a lot in one-on-one interactions too). That removes the feel of trying to make someone buy … Continue reading
This week I share my guilt-free media ingestion and the steps I’m taking to resolve my anxiety. /// When people start picking apart logic, it means they’re not emotionally involved in the story. Brian McDonald A carryover from having family visit last week, and the resultant lack of productivity, is having difficulty getting back on track. But I’ve managed to avoid guilt at not being productive, and watched stuff without drawing at the same time. (Note: this is partially abetted by having some carpal-ish aches & twinges throughout my drawing arm. It’s been a good excuse to not work out … Continue reading
A whole issue dealing with anxiety… once you figure out wth it is. /// Procrastination is not about your character. It’s the manifestation of anxiety. Jessica Abel I’ve been re-re-reading (and hoping to actually finish this time) Growing Gills, Jessica Abel’s book on creative productivity that’s really way, way, way more than simply about being productive. My current read is due to a book club in a great discord server I’m on. I came across the highlighted quote above last week, whereby I proceeded to sit slackjawed in my chair as it sank in further than it did before. I … Continue reading
Everybody has a plan until they get punched in the face. Mike Tyson This should be an evergreen quote in my repertoire of quotes. Almost at the level of Life finds a way. (I assume by this point in time that everybody knows that quote, except for toddlers.) But creators knows what Mike is talking about: everybody has a plan until adversity smacks you upside the head. Being stymied by lack of time, lack of energy, creative blocks, fear, doubt, judgement – you name it. All punches to the face that creators are well acquainted with. Some of them can … Continue reading
Where I forget to celebrate my 20th weekly newsletter because I’m focused on Hindu mythology today – and being shadowbanned by Google. //// In a society centered on the male citizen, the feminization of monsters served to demonize women. Kiki Karoglou Amongst my reading in the past couple of weeks has been Women and Other Monsters by Jess Zimmerman. It’s a ‘fresh cultural analysis of female monsters from Greek mythology, and an invitation for all women to reclaim these stories as inspiration for a more wild, more “monstrous” version of feminism’. While I hoped for more delving into mythology (much … Continue reading
This week I ponder the wisdom we receive from the stories we love. /// You can run all your life and not go anywhere. Mike For years, Social Distortion’s Ball & Chain has been a favorite song of mine. I was home from college in the summer of ‘92. And one night a friend wanted me to join him to see some bands I’d never heard of, in a venue that I’d never been to: the venerable Toad’s Place in New Haven. He was always into new music and new bands, but I was suspicious of his taste in music. … Continue reading
Where my opening quote is reflected in everything this week. /// Some things, when you get specific, apply to so many of us. Neil This was Neil’s realization after he started getting more honest & personal in his writing – personally specific & honest. People started coming up to him and telling him how they related to this character or that character, to this scene or that scene. They understood. They knew. For a storyteller, the goal is not simply to entertain people (that’s how we get Michael Bay). We’re all flawed people and the storytellers are the ones working … Continue reading