Notes Vol. 1 – Countdown Day 8!

There are 8 DAYS until my nautical travel journal is available for pre-order! Today’s random fact: Sea pigs exist!

Isn’t that really amazing all on it’s own?

Scotoplanes, or sea pigs, are part of the Elasipodida order, aka sea cucumbers! Thin-skinned, tube-like feet, translucent… ticks all the boxes. These lil’ dudes eat by filtering the mud on the sea floor. And we’re talking the sea floor, as they are deep sea creatures. Growing up, I assumed the deep was littered with water dragons. Though that theory has yet to be founded, there are at least pigs!

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Notes Vol. 1 – Countdown Day 9!

There are 9 DAYS until my nautical travel journal is available for pre-order! I’m celebrating by illustrating random sea facts! Today: Swimming… sea cucumbers??

Sitting about, watching ROV cameras is rather delightful. Certainly, there’s not always anything going on, but then something catches your eye and you’re completely baffled!

Imagine my surprise to see an odd, bendy eggplant crossing the screen! Apparently, some varieties of sea cucumbers can swim… but not very well. It’s not exactly their strong suit, and it’s just as awkward and bizarre as you’d expect.

 

 

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Notes Vol. 1 – Countdown Day 10!

 

There are just 10 DAYS until my nautical travel journal is available for pre-order! I’m celebrating by illustrating random sea facts! Today: GYROSCOPES Depending on the era in which you grew up, gyroscopes were a common toy: the center spins at a high velocity, causing the top-like toy to stay upright.

This same mechanism powers gyrocompasses. Used both at sea and on airplanes, the spinning motion combined with the rotation of the earth, cause the compass needle to point to True North, rather than magnetic North. The gyrocompass is one of a series of checks to create the most accurate navigation system possible.

Stay tuned for tomorrows factoid in this glorious countdown!

 

 

 

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A Bombastic Voyage

I am just getting back into the swing of things, after completing a two-week artists’ residency aboard the R/V Falkor, through the Schmidt Ocean Institute. During my time there, it was my task to create an illustrated map, celebrating the voyage. After a few iterations, this is what I came up with:

I, and others, wrote about the trip and our experiences on the Cruise Log: Read here

This was an incredibly fun journey, and the crew and staff on land make the residency nearly seemless. Even for me, who gets a bit anxious when traveling, and has a ton of mysterious food allergies. Everything was treated as no problem, even though one always feels like a diva when handing over your food list!

I won’t wax on about the trip itself, as you can read all about it in the cruise log posts, but I would encourage all artists to apply. You simply propose the project you would like to create aboard the ship and, if you are accepted, they match you to the cruise that seems to fit best with the goals you’d like to achieve. Everyone is extremely friendly, and as curious about how the work is progressing, as I was about how the cruise objective was progressing!

The application is here, whenever the next year’s submissions open: Artist at Sea Opportunities

Happy New Year’s Eve! A Recap and Why I’m Not setting Goals

Happy New Year’s Eve! I hope this year is wrapping up nicely for you. Mine was, admittedly, a little messy, but all is righting itself and I’m going out with a bang!

I’ve accomplished many things this year, such as:

  • Finishing and funding a full graphic novel
  • Several short stories and comics
  • Going on radio shows and giving a college guest lecture
  • Scoring some freelance pre-press work

The list goes on. But there are a lot of goals that I didn’t meet. And there are a lot of items on that list that I never had on my plan to accomplish in the first place. So even though I accomplished a ton, I wasn’t all that satisfied with my ultimate goal, the graphic novel. That I sunk my life into for 9 months. Looking into my next project strategy… I’m going to have to do things differently.

So let’s talk about goals, shall we?

I’m super goal-oriented. I work best with a reason. If I’m told to just do something, rule-abiding me is absolutely going to do it, but I’ll pick it up the lesson faster if I know why I’m doing the task.

But, this year, I’m ditching goals.

Why?

After being successful with setting goals for myself for the last 20 years, I’ve come across an interesting phenomenon:

Focusing on goals means that I always think about what’s coming next, rather than celebrating what already is. Not to mention, if something takes more (or sometimes less) time than expected, things get derailed.

And who knows where a path could lead? In focusing on a specific goal (if you’re good at achieving goals) you eliminate the possibilities of other fabulous places you could end up.

Blazing the trail.

And so, this year, I’m going to focus on daily habits. I know what steps I need to take to further my career, relationships and health, so all I have to do is take one step each day, and I’ll get somewhere great.

It’s gonna be awesome.

I’m working on a series for February. It compliments last year’s Press-Ready, where I shared everything I go through in order to get my books set up and ready for print (as well as some quick writing and art methods).

PrepWork will outline some best practices for getting your project up and running. The four topics of the month will be:

  • Organization – Why it’s important, even for “messy” creators
  • Notes and research – Tailoring your notes and research to how you work best
  • Design – Putting your research to use n an efficient manner
  • Mapmaking – Laying out your thoughts in a rational way (and how to make cool maps of course)

 

Is all of this sounding good? Do you have any goals or habits that you’d like to implement next year?

Let me know in the comments section, and I’ll talk to you in the new year!

#ThankYouPatrons

I’m not the greatest with expressing my thoughts with words, but my patrons on Patreon are some of the best people around. Kind, generous and ready to support me however they can. Even if it’s just a retweet! Thank you, all!

If you’re not sure what Patreon is, take a look at my site here.

I am actually giving it a complete makeover in the coming months, so let me know what exclusive content you’d like to see there, either via message or by checking a few boxes on this form: Patreon Rehaul Form

So much gratitude to share!

That’s a Wrap on the Woolmancy Campaign!

We wrapped up last night, having raised just over $5,000! Orders will begin as soon as all of the funds transfer (about 2 weeks).

In the meantime, I’m finishing up the bonus comics for the campaign, tidying up all the fluff left over on the web and settling in to my downtime schedule before preparing for my next convention in December, then shipping out the books as I get them in!

Here’s  a few shots of what I’ve been working on today: