May has rolled around here in the Southwest, which apparently means thunderstorms and winds... And I'm pretty dange okay with that. So what's been going on in the 505 (which is the local slang for the Albuquerque area)? A lot!
May means a couple of things for me. First, on the personal front, it's my Ma's birthday month. Mom has always been a huge influence on my life, especially in the creative fields, but also as someone whose been through her share of trials and came out the other side. Perhaps a bit battered, a bit weary, but stronger and more stubborn, and that's something I've always admired: her perseverance and stubbornness. She's just turned 60, and she wanted to let me know that she is one trophy away from getting All the Trophies in Skyrim.
On one character.
So props to you Ma. You're awesome.
Secondly, May is also PAIZOCON TIME. That means Memorial Day weekend, I will be back in the Seattle area to sell my wares, as well as to give a seminar entitled "Proper Planning Prevents Poor Publications." In the seminar, you'll hear me not only talk about book publishing, but give you--and show you--why the things are done the way they're done when publishing a book or PDF. You should totally check it out if you're heading to PaizoCon
Art Supply of the Week: Dr. Ph. Martin's Black Star India Ink
I've found myself remembering how much I love. LOVE. LOVE. Brush inking. Little did I know how much joy just a bottle of ink and a paintbrush could bring me when I first started putting pencil to paper. A couple of weeks ago, I found myself careening towards one of those depression spirals--the kind that if you don't stop yourself, you'll be out of commission for days...and I ain't got time for that. One of the tricks that I've taught myself is that when I'm feeling overwhelmed and spiraling, it's time to do something for *me*. I spend a lot of time making stuff for other people, and I get caught up in a loop of feeling like working on *my* stuff is frivolous and doesn't make me money. (Of course, I *do*, but...yeah. Dumb brain is dumb.) So I put on headphone, turned on some music, and just inked.
And damn it, it felt amazing, and put the brakes on the spiral I was heading down. The final pieces will be at PaizoCon.
What I'm Watching
Bob's Burgers, Hip Hop Evolution, Skin Wars, Star vs. The Forces of Evil
What I'm Playing
Assassin's Creed: Odyssey, Anthem, Rimworld, The Sims 4, Tom Clancy's The Division 2
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