…And I’m Back

Oh, hey all.  I hope you’re glad I’ve returned.

If you're not happy, I am unsure of why you're here.  Except I'm guessing it's schadenfreude--and I totally get that.

If you’re not happy, I am unsure of why you’re here. Except I’m guessing it’s schadenfreude–and I totally get that.

You’ll probably notice the blog looks different now.  Personally, I like the simplicity of the new theme better.  It fits with my penchants for minimalism and adequate organization, which is not to say these goals are oft realized.  Mention to anyone who has seen a home of mine that I like organization and you will get to see a very comic reaction.  Also, I really like the color blue.

It's pretty much the best color; although, I only wish I could wink that well.  I look like I'm twitching.

It’s pretty much the best color; although, I only wish I could wink that well. I look like I’m twitching.

Some other changes you’ll be seeing within the next week will include updates to some of the pages I’ve not used much–i.e. half the tabs on this blog.  The biggest change is that I’ll talk about being a self-employed writer.  I still feel like I’m running around in the dark in regards to such writing, as I mentioned earlier, but it’s a big–and scary–part of my life at present so it is undeniably relevant.

The word count of the “professional” writing will now be included in the stats that go up on Sundays.  The range those counts cover will also begin today as I’d like to use it as a new starting point.

My plan is to still be vague about this writing.  I opt to use pseudonyms for reasons and I’ll talk about this down the line.  I hope this adds a new dimension to the blog because I view working as a self-employed writer (or working to be able to work as a self-employed writer) as a social experiment.  It’s undeniably different from having a job with an hourly wage or a salary and that makes it undeniably terrifying in a few ways.  I also know a few people who don’t think it’s real work and a few others who lovingly expect me to fail.  No pressure or anything.

Thankfully it can or this blog would be way too whiny.  And maybe on livejournal.

Thankfully it can or this blog would be way too whiny. And maybe on livejournal.

On Wednesday, I’ll talk more about why I opted to go the self-employed route.

Get psyched, cats and kittens.

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Actually Blogging? What?

Yeah, it’s definitely not a revolutionary concept, but a good friend once described blogs as ”homework for your friends” and I thought, “Yeah, yeah, she’s so right.”

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But she doesn’t have to read this so meow. Anyway, my friend Jammers told me to blog and she has brought me both cheesecake and alcohol in the last few months. We have a clear winner in the battle to peer pressure me.

"Her reward is my hanging around her like a stray cat she fed. I am the real winner here.

Her reward is my hanging around her like a stray cat she fed. I am the real winner here.

Also, I figure a blog will keep me accountable regarding art and writing because I’m committing to writing at least one new post a week in addition to what I’ll call a “Sunday Summary,” i.e. a weekly report of my (in)activity of word counts, story submissions, art projects finished, etc.

And as for the other posts? The longer posts will cover what it’s like to be an artist and/or a writer today by talking about:

stereotypes of creative folk (baristas, anyone?)

portrayals of artists and writers in the media (let me tell you about my huge crush on Californication’s Bates and my profound loathing of one Lena Dunham)

I don't want to look at you.

I don’t want to look at you.

how being an artist-writer works with other aspects of my own lifestyle, like minimalism (moderatism? I have a lot of books. Like a lot.) and fitness

my own personal projects and process

eventually what it’s like to be a self-employed writer, which I am, but only after I feel more sure of it and less like I’m running about in the dark just trying to not touch anything sticky

In the short term, you can expect to see a post about “Karas,” the story now up on Bartleby Snopes, as well as actual art I’ve made, possibly in the form of posts but definitely on the pages allocated for it.  Also, snark and GIF’s.  Mostly, you’ll get to read about me trying to work out how to be happy by pursuing the life I want in a world that would prefer I become a pharmacist. And I intend to try at least as hard as this kitten.

Because I am this kitten. That was a lie--I'm sorry to have broken your trust this early.

Because I am this kitten. That was a lie–I’m sorry to have broken your trust this early.