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:

24 Hours Left in the Woolmancy Pre-Order!

We’ve accomplished so much!

  • As of this moment, on the night of Nov 15th, you’ve raised over $5,200!
  • You’ve unlocked a reprint of Bellmage, last year’s graphic novel.
  • You’ve unlocked the entire PDF of my first graphic novel that started it all, literally available nowhere else but here. And my Gumroad store, but good luck finding THAT.
  • You even raised Style Quest from the dead… it’s getting a reprint!

GREAT JOB!!

And when I say you, I really mean you, even if you haven’t backed the Kickstarter.

You see, you’ve been around. You’ve come to look at my work. You’ve shown even the smallest amount of interest. And that speaks VOLUMES to an artist.

So thank you!

 

 

 

Check the Kickstarter out here

The Woolmancy Kickstarter is LIVE!

The time has come friends! Whether you’ve been on this journey with me from the beginning, or you just found out about some crazy comic with lightning sheep yesterday, I am so thankful for you. Your delight in this project is the reason why it was created in the first place.

Head on over to the pre-order page and see what you’ve helped to create!

Woolmancy Kickstarter

 

– Abrian

Tomorrow we launch a nerdy, sheepy graphic novel!

That’s right all, the day is tomorrow!

I have one more fact for you before we launch: The Bad Guy Doesn’t Matter

So we’ve seen this image throughout the promotion for Woolmancy, right? The main character, Mirin, vs the Monarch of Shadows, Karmin Vas.

Well, not only is this one of those flashy movie trailer moments that doesn’t show you the whole story behind what’s going on in this moment… It’s kind of irrelevant.

As I mentioned before, Woolmancy is a story of the dynamics of friendship over time. I knew, going into writing the final draft of this story, that there had to be a pressing external conflict, but that the real story took place in apologies. Conflict resolution. Letting yourself trust.

That is the heart of Woolmancy.

Stay tuned for the Kickstarter link tomorrow to pre-order a copy.

And, by the way, the first backer at a physical level will score the original artwork for the Woolmancy book plates!

2 Days Left!! – Don’t know? Look it up!

Day 2 in our 10 day countdown to the Woolmancy pre-order Kickstarter, launching on October 16th, 2018! To kick this launch off, I wanted to count down 10 kooky things you didn’t know or realize about Woolmancy.

Fact #2 – The characters utilize research and libraries in order to solve their problems

 

I love libraries and books (which is why I insist on offering a print copy of my comics), therefore my characters are equally fond of research in order to find answers.

At one point, we get to see one of the rooms of the weavery’s grand library. You can imagine that this was not my most favorite thing to paint! Nonetheless, ’twas important to me that it be included!

 

 

 

New to the Woolmancy project? It’s my new graphic novel about a best-friend breakup in a land of magical weavers and

lightning sheep!

Download a free preview now:

Here’s a free preview