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Goals for the Year

We're just over a month into 2019 and things haven't quite let up. I'm getting things done, at least.

I was going to write about how tired I am, the way the holidays drained me and how every time I've had a chance to recover something else has come up, including some of the worst news of my life, new aches and pains in my body, and other stresses. How I've spent most of this year so far just being Not Okay, but...eh, no point. Everyone's going through stuff, right? If you know me well, you know what's going on, and we'll leave it at that. I don't have time for pity parties.

Every year I set a bunch of goals to try and achieve. Last year I wanted my own solo art show, and I somehow landed three. I wanted to move out of my apartment, and I wound up with a brand new house. I wanted new glasses, so I got an eye exam. I'm not quite so ambitious this year, but progress is already being made towards the things I'd like to accomplish this year.

I decided that, as far as paintings and figure drawing go, I need to do more portraits and focus on faces, because there's a distinct lack of them in my work from the past two years. I started, of course, with myself, for a self portrait contest that my girlfriend's mom sent me:

Followed shortly after by this portrait of my good friend and art sibling Maud:

I've got at least two more lined up to paint, one of which I'll be starting on this week.

I'm keeping track of how much I spend on a weekly and monthly basis to see if doing so will help me scrutinize my habits a little more closely. I'm doing good so far on the keeping up part! It's the spending part that was a little out of hand in January. Gonna have to dial some things back this month for sure. It's definitely a good thing to be mindful of.

One of my more unusual goals I guess was to be photographed nude by someone who knows what they're doing. It hasn't happened quite how I expected to, but I did have a friend and FRAG member take pics of me as I modeled for a figure drawing night last month, and the results are quite lovely. Turns out I look really good wearing thigh high stockings, who knew? You can read about that (NSFW) experience over on Reflected Gaze.

A goal I kind of failed on last year was to cook more, and to try new things too. I'm a little more determined this year, but off to a slow start: I've cooked for my figure drawing group once, and tried my hand at making stuffed baby bella mushrooms and chicken enchiladas, both of which were a success. The quesadilla I tried to make last night with the leftover chicken? Not so much. We've been watching Master Chef lately too, which has been inspirational.

I got back into exercising 5 or 6 times a week shortly before Christmas, but I've done some things wrong and pushed myself too hard, so I've slowed down and focused more on doing yoga and finding ways to relieve the various pains I'm dealing with. Still beats being lethargic, at least.

It's all slow progress, but it's progress nevertheless.

There are other goals that I'm working towards: some kind of social nudist stuff with friends, learning to be more emotionally expressive in person towards people (especially family members), maybe trying to buy a long desired kaiju toy if I can spare the money, and doing more to push my work.

I deleted my old Big Cartel page that only one or two people ever bought from and switched over completely to Gumroad. On top of digital versions of most of the comics I've done, you can also get physical comics and Social Justice Kaiju button and sticker sets! I'm hoping to expand it even more soon! I still contemplate Patreon, but keep seeing more and more lousy news surrounding it and wonder if I wouldn't be better off doing something else.

Cosmic Adventurer Slimepunk is still updating every Tuesday and Thursday, to the delight of at least one person who's reading it. I haven't figured out how to get the word out to more people on this thing. What should I be doing to promote it? Are there press people I can reach out to? Should I (gulp) pay to advertise it somewhere? I have no idea! Add to it that I've fallen behind schedule once again thanks to the holidays and terrible news, and it's clear I'm not sure what the heck I'm doing.

But I'm doing it all the same. There will be a Faerie Ishee minicomic later this year too, just so you know.

As far as shows go, I won't be seeking out as much this year. There are a few people I'd like to talk to about having solo gallery shows with, but haven't really put in any work towards that yet. The Bristol Bizarre will be returning, and I'm excited to be a part of it. I'll try to be involved with whatever FRAG does, and I should be doing a couple local cons as usual, but I'm not going out of my way to pay and do any bigger shows.

OH! I'm teaching a comic illustration class next month at the William King Museum! I'll be showing people how to make little folded minicomics on a single sheet of paper! It's going to be cool, you should sign up for it.

So yeah! Lots to look forward to! Just gotta keep at it, right? Right.

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