This journal is another update (which is pretty much all my journals but ssssh) regarding The Selection
and future activities/plans. And MAGIC!
So I never directly mentioned this here I don't think, but back in November I ended up snagging a deal with a local writer to illustrate for one of his children's books. It's completely self-published, mind you, so it's nothing extensively professional, but it is the first large freelance project I've ever taken on. And completely by luck too! They called the school looking for an artist (something that happens all the time and usually for little to no pay in compensation, which the school turns away) and my friend who worked at the desk and answered the call immediately handed me the number. She probably would have taken the job herself had she not been so busy, but she was also the sweetest human being ever and wanted to give someone else an opportunity. So without her (and me standing there talking to her at the exact moment) I wouldn't have gotten it at all. And best of all, they actually weren't looking for free work!
So, again, it's nothing highly professional or anything, but it did give me some extra money to save up and the opportunity just to see what it's like working with a client in a project like this (experience after all).
However, the project itself has been extremely time consuming. I enjoy the client and everything, but since this is the first time he's ever done this we are both scrambling to figure things out and ran into several road blocks. I lost a lot of work in January because of some last minute changes, like having to add 8 more pages to the book that I had to spend a good week just figuring out how to implement. He finally got himself a choice between two publishing companies so now the remaining bits are resting on my shoulders.
I've been working every day and night on this project the past two weeks and will continue to do so until it's done. I was going to take breaks and try to work The Selection
into the mix, but I made the decision to abort this and focus solely on the book. This is why there was no TS update last weekend and why there won't be one this weekend either. At earliest it'll appear next weekend but I'm not making promises. I have
to finish this book. There is no real deadline but I just want it wrapped up as quick as possible due to the next occurrence on the list...
Sometime the first week of March (not set on the exact date) I'll be making my haul off to school. I'm excited and nervous at the same time. I'm thrilled to be starting my classes since I got my first schedule (I actually get a Sequential class right off the bat!) but a bit scared to live in a city. I'm used to more rural areas where you have to drive everywhere and there's always places to park and feeling secure since the neighborhood is spaced out and quiet. I don't know how well I will adjust to moving someplace so compacted where everything is within walking or biking distance. My Sequential building is only a 20 minute walk from the apartment. I'm sure I'll settle in eventually as everyone does, but with everything else going on I haven't had much time to prepare for it. It's only two weeks away after all.
I'm hoping once I get moved in I can do some more comic things. I won't be focusing my whole time on it, as can be assumed, but I want to stick to my plan on making that buffer if possible. I'm not going to kill myself, though.
I also just want to thank everyone for the supportive comments last journal. I honestly feel a lot better about comic-related things after that. While I still don't want to let anyone down and disappoint people, I at least don't want to beat myself up as badly for missing updates. I'll continue working at it and providing you guys with results the best way I can!
Also I lied about the magic. But... the book involves something magical! ... I guess! That's something right??