There’s something magical about trying something new. Last year, my friend’s dad needed some help painting windows for Christmas. We spent long hours painting out in the cold, but it was so much fun. My friend’s dad painted outlines on the windows, and I followed along behind, filling them in. It was like a life sized coloring book had been layered over the windows and doors of various businesses and homes in town.
There were tricks to be learned, of course. Getting the right thickness of paint without dripping paint anywhere, the right order to unpacking and packing things up, always remembering to stir the paint before using it, so many little things that made a big difference. I asked when I was uncertain about things, and my friend’s dad was patient with my questions.
They needed extra help again this year. Today, I spent hours helping paint windows for Christmas. I’ll probably be doing the same for much of next week. I’m really looking forward to it!
This has been a strange year. On my website, I tried out youtube videos and illustrating some family recipes and blog posts. I continued with comics and short stories, too. I also took my first vacation from my website, and it went longer than I expected.
I think it’s easy to fill up time. There are so many good things to do and interesting things to learn. It can be difficult to make time for practicing something that I’m not so good at and sharing the results. But it’s time for me to return to regularly posting.
When my computer died and took with it the two novels I had been working on, I lost a lot of motivation. I did a lot of journaling, but not as much writing. I started writing again recently, but I think I’m a bit out of practice. So, at some point, hopefully soon, I will be posting little stories here again.
For now, as I work at rebuilding my posting habits, I will post comic strips twice a week and post whatever I want on Saturdays.
So there we are, my look back at the past year and forward to the next. For those who still check back in, thank you so much for your support, your encouragement, and your patience. I hope this next year will be one of improvement, learning, growth, accomplishment, creativity, and delight for us all. Please let me know about your creative goals so that I can cheer you on as well!
It’s kind of strange to say this after almost four years of posting regularly no matter what, but I’m taking a vacation.
Life is busy right now. August is like that. I’m also trying to figure out how to juggle things this fall with the kids doing their studies online and my husband working from home.
So, give me a few weeks and I’ll be back to regularly posting. In the meantime, please check out the things I’ve posted over the last few years. I’d love to hear what you think. If you have any ideas or suggestions for future posts, please let me know.
Thank you for your support and encouragement. I really appreciate it!
have learned so much over the last three years. As I look back on
the work I’ve done so far, I can really see improvement. It’s been
fun to try a lot of different things.
a new year, and so it’s time for a change. The biggest change is
that I’m planning on posting three days a week with a two-week
rotation. I’m hoping this will give me more time to work on bigger
will be other changes as well, starting next week. I’m nervous, but
looking forward to trying new things. Please let me know what you
you for reading and joining me on my journey!
2018 has been a great year. Not that everything has gone well, but overall, I think I’m in a better place than I was at this time in 2017. I’ve been very blessed and seen a lot of little miracles in my life. I’m so very grateful.
I have continued to learn and grow and improve. It’s pretty exciting to see the progress I’ve made this year. I still have a lot of room for growth, and that’s exciting too.
My creative goals for 2018 were to publish something, make one YouTube video, and sell one artwork.
This is my index card of my creative goals for the year. Also a quote from Diane Ackerman: “I don’t want to get to the end of my life and find that I just lived the length of it. I want to have lived the width of it as well.”
Here’s a look at the cartoons I just had published in the New Era!
My husband helped me make two YouTube videos. I am happy with how they turned out. It was fun to see my work progress at super-speed! You can watch both videos on my YouTube channel. (Yes, I actually have a YouTube channel!)
Have I sold any artwork solely based on its artistic merit? Not yet. But I’ve improved my skill, and that makes it more likely, I think. I’m still working on this one.
I am so grateful for the progress I’ve made. So many people have helped and encouraged me on my journey. To all of you, thank you. Thank you for reading my stories and laughing at my comics. Thank you for telling me that you like my work. Thank you for mentioning my website to others.
Sometimes, when it’s just me at my desk, trying to find my motivation, it’s nice to remember that I’m not alone. The internet isn’t like the empty wells in the cartoons where you shove something in and wait and wait and wait and wait and wait to hear it hit the bottom. There are people out there listening.
If you are reading this, thank you for being one of those people. Thank you for supporting me this year. I look forward to 2019 knowing that achieving my goals and dreams is possible. Best wishes to all of us in the new year!
This story was originally posted October 26, 2017. It was posted again on May 17, 2019. I like writing about trolls. They’re like people, but they aren’t people, and I think that’s interesting to explore. It took a little longer to paint this picture, but it was fun to do.