It’s been a funny year…
Well, actually, it’s been a funny two or three years…
Come to think of it most of the years before that were pretty funny too, but not funny / haha!
Three years ago I moved out of the city, where I have always lived, and into a far more rural setting. City life was getting to me, and I couldn’t find much peace at any time. I spent ages looking for this place and finally saved enough to do the move. A year after being here I thought I was going to have to leave again as the landlady wanted to sell the place. Luckily that changed and I could settle once again. Sure did throw a spanner in the works though, and created a wonderful sense of insecurity.
Work too was not going well. I had been building a portfolio of cover designs over the previous 6 or so years. I hadn’t made a penny doing it but had learnt a lot in the process. Suddenly there was an extended lull in getting new commissions. It got to the point where I really thought I was not going to be able to continue, which would have been such a shame after so much work. I decided to make a last ditch effort to get more work and see if I could build on it too. And that is just what I did. I set up a Twitter account and Facebook page etc and really tried to promote my work as much and as genuinely as I could. It worked almost instantly!
That was about a year ago, and since then work has increased and increased and the only problem I have now is being able to work quickly enough. I hate saying no to any new commission, and don’t really feel I can afford to, but I have to be realistic and clear in my own mind how long things will take and how many projects I can work on at any one time. I am planning on making some investments in the business, which are sorely needed and which will mean I can get much more work done. The studio needs weatherproofing, and my computer needs upgrading too, as I plan on working digitally a lot more in the future.
All in all it’s been a very good year. I have made more great friends online without whom none of it would feel the same, and probably wouldn’t have happened. People have been amazingly open, friendly and supportive. Hopefully I can do the same for others.
As someone who lives alone and works from home I have to say thank God for the Internet, and whatever strange force is at play that brings certain people together. I wish I had met you all sooner, and I wish I was better at keeping in touch with everybody, or even just leaving the occasional comment on a blog post or Facebook update just to let you know I’ve still got my eye on you 😉
In other major news I took this pic about 6 months ago. You would not believe just how difficult this made life, or how long it took to heal. All I did was put my jacket in an overhead locker on a plane and when I withdrew my hand the finger looked dislocated. I pulled it about a bit and helped break the tendon. Twit!
Oh yeah….. and 6 weeks ago today I quit smoking after nearly 40 years of puffing away like a chimney. Yep, I started that young!
Thanks for reading. Stay creative, positive and supportive!