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    • CommentTimeJul 2nd 2013
    Yeah yeah resolutions are for New Years, to be forgotten within the first week of January.

    But! this year we're trying something different. This time we are - or I am, at any rate - going to check in and stay honest about how this shit is or isn't getting done. The only way to hack a life is to just fucking do it. So goes.

    If you're new to these threads No sweat! Forget about January and New Year's Resolutions and all that crap and demand better of yourself today!

    Fuck. Fucking June fucking crashed everything. I don't know if I was depressed or just bored or what. But I didn't get to the gym but maybe twice. I read aloud haphazardly, never recorded, no exercises for voice, no training, nothing. I skipped everything. And now I don't know what I did. It was just all wasted.

    Now, you. You can't have done worse than me, and on Twitter some of you have just glowed about what you've gotten done. I'm happy for you, truly.

    *sigh* Trying to convince myself just to get up is the hardest thing.

    Refreshers: Top of the Year
    Month 1
    Month 2
    Month 3
    Month 4
    Month 5
    • CommentAuthorArgos
    • CommentTimeJul 2nd 2013 edited
    I got a job, full time temporary, doing something I like. We'll see if I still have a job at the end of the year or if I'll be job-hunting again.

    Exercising has become nil as a result. The job, while not strenuous, is physical, so I come home tired, though part of that was adjusting from going unemployed and sedentary to suddenly working full time. I'm better now but some days I still come home with my feet hurting too much to want to do anything more. Also I have less free time and I haven't been motivated enough to make time for exercise out of what little free time I now have. Though today Edgar and I went to the gym after work to play racquet ball, so hopefully we'll keep that trend going.

    Drawing has also gone infrequent for the same time reasons. But, I have been making progress on a skull drawing, and it's actually pretty good, so there's that. low progress, but it's there.

    Overall June was good in that I got the major thing, employment, out of the way, but bad in that other endeavors suffered because of it. July will see me trying to balance a job with the other things I want to do with myself, mainly fitness and art.
    • CommentTimeJul 3rd 2013 edited
    1) My Own Projects - The Kickstarter is LAUNCHED: I'm currently at 11k and I owe a ton of updates to the campaign once I get to writing things. 30 days is just flying by and I want to double what I currently have. I've been getting some awesome press & excitement for it (as well as a lot of people saying "these are overpriced and stupid), which has been fantastic. Weirdly, my Google Alerts haven't been notifying me of all the sites covering it, so I spent the past week thinking no one loved me until I started doing my own Google searches. So, so excited!

    Saturday I have a painting I just recently finished (like, yesterday) at a NYC non-profit art space called Local Project. The show is called "Turned On" and it's for erotic arts, curated by one of my closest friends, Rebecca Memoli. If you're in NYC, you should come out - the space is also in the shadow of 5 Pointz in Long Island City, so you can see two arts for the price of one (the price being train fare). My piece has vagina dentata. And gilding. Because I'm classy.

    The following weekend there's a show at my print lab for solely black and white printmaking pieces. I'm trying to get my ass in gear to create a new piece of work for it, since I've always wanted to do my own black-on-black prints, but last-minute silkscreens are damn hard to do...

    2) Draw Something Every Day - HAHAHAHAno. Though in honesty, doing my piece for the erotic show, I realized just how terrible I'm becoming at drawing/rendering things in paint. Also the difference in my silkscreen work vs what I consider "fine art" style. I really need to get disciplined/motivated to put the work into honing my skills instead of relying on being awesome at the very last minute. The stress of the painting and how much I wanted to cry because I thought it was terrible is not something I want to deal with much more in the future - I *want* to be better and the only way that's going to happen is if I put in the time. So I'm going to continue to guilt myself for not being awesome at this every month until it changes.

    One thing that did help was an artist friend who lets me send him the art I work on all the time. Seeing it shrunk down into iPhone size has been really helpful in spotting where my errors are and he's super encouraging/occasionally gives me proper critiques on a place I can improve. I love people who can do that. Also, it's just nice to have camaraderie in the form of another working artist who is up at all hours and also working on his own art. Also, seriously, do the iPhone/tiny phone photo trick.

    3) Stop Being Behind the Scenes - Seeing myself on film for the Kickstarter video made me hate everything about myself. I'm getting over it and thankfully no one who has actually written about the skewers has insulted my appearance/voice/inability to sound like I'm not reading off a script. I really ought to practice for this, though I don't see myself being on film more in the future. I was contemplating doing a few updates for the narwhal skewers by video blog, but it might be more work than I can muster. Also, the fear of me on video...

    Otherwise, I'll post a running list of all the press I've been receiving on the Kickstarter. It's my happy place where I can show off for once.

    4) Don't Procrastinate Spiral - I still have emails in my inbox from June. I'm behind on a ton of shit. Gahhhhhbadglukkake

    5) Keep Traveling - Closest bit of travel I've done was going to Long Island (the proper part of it, not the one bordering Manhattan) to my partnerguythingdontaskmewhatweare's sister's wedding. It was a bit weird to meet ALLOFTHEFAMILY at once and at his younger sister's wedding too. Maahaaa all the people asking if I'm his girlfriend & making jokes about how he's next in line to be wed. We both had a good time being dressed fancy and hyperventilating in the corner.

    6) Start exercising regularly - The things we promise our bodies in the hopes that it'll keep going a little bit further. I couldn't afford a gym membership last month and neglected to do any stretchings. I'm paying for it now, in that it feels like I'm constantly wearing a backpack and my arm pits and shoulder blades hurt and there's a light burning sensation that runs down the back of my arms. I'm guessing I've given myself some nerve damage with my shit posture and lack of exercise. Doing things like walking around or even screenprinting a billion t-shirts all makes it feel better (until I've over exerted myself) so I reallyreallyreally need to get that gym membership and put it to use. It's also too damn hot in this city and my local gym has a pool. I'm headed over on Friday to sign up & go for my first swim.

    In short, June was a shit month. I ran out of money halfway through the month and have been living on an overdrafted bank account. I'm surprised I managed to get anything off the ground and am damn proud of powering through it at the end of the month. Here's hoping July gets better!
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    1. Art goals
    I've not been drawing enough this month. I read through the entire book of Mastering Comics, but reached an assignment that feels too daunting, and have taken a really long time tackling it.

    2. Reach target weight and get blood pressure in control.
    I've reached my weight goal and am maintaining really well. Haven't checked my bp all month, though. It turns out that job hunting on a bicycle is really good exercise... I also have an epic farmer's tan.

    3. Plan my website for selling prints.
    Nope, nothing happening there.

    4. Learn to drive, get my driver's licence.
    Yeah, so I'm not actually going to do this. I might as well admit that now. I made the resolution, though, so it stays on the wall of shame all year.

    5. Socialize more.
    I will have to socialize at work, won't I? 'Cause I now have a job at a coffee shop*, that requires talking to people! I've decided to look into clubs and social events at school and maybe attend some of them. Also, a wonderful friend has moved back to town after a year in the Frozen North, and I look forward to getting to hang out with her.

    *I made a resume, with the help of some friends, that makes my massive employment gap look a bit better. Turns out that Bohemian Homemaker/Working on My Art can be translated into a list of actual skills that employers might value. The owner of this coffee shop does, in fact, value a lot of those skills.
    • CommentAuthorArgos
    • CommentTimeJul 5th 2013
    @rough night - dude, the fact that you've gotten into biking as a commute option is awesome, so don't worry about not having a license. I wanted to get into biking around town, and kinda of did for a while, but I just never stick with it. Also my husband is 32 and still doesn't have a license. They are not required, even if they're helpful.
    • CommentTimeJul 5th 2013
    @rough night

    re: 3. Plan my website for selling prints. - if you're having problems being overwhelmed with a full site, maybe just don't handle your own fulfillment and use a service like Society6? I have lots of friends who just needed to get that ball rolling and open up *any* store they could promote. Then built their own in the spare time when they felt more ready for it - the idea being that if you can't power through putting together a website itself, you're going to be hitting issues along the way making sure that you print/package/ship your stuff. I'm pretty much shuttering anything that has to do with self-fulfillment that isn't a pre-order. I long for the day of things being fulfilled and its notmyfuckingproblem whatever is going on with it.

    My biggest issue with the shops I run for myself is that if I'm not getting steady orders in, I just get distracted. I don't want to take the time to unearth whatever storage unit is carrying whatever object I'm selling, do all the presentation work for getting it into the back and then printing & remembering to drop it into the mailbox down the ways. I think if I saw that a website that was selling my stuff was doing it at a high enough rate that doing it myself would save me money, then I'd deal with that.

    So maybe the reason it's taking so long is that the Etsy shop isn't the right method for you?

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