It puts me in a weird place for writing and illustrating though. I'm still at it, but I know that every minute I'm here blogging or sketching or writing or expressing my views on social media is time in which I'm not learning what I need to know to be a better school psychologist and critical consumer of research. So I've been absent from this scene and honestly considering deleting my website. It seems a little frivolous to have it when I'm not adding to it and I'm not actively trying to get work as an illustrator anymore.
Luckily I have supportive friends and family who have convinced me otherwise.
Because it's true ... we are all on a timeline that includes all aspects of who we are. Being a creative is who I am, even if it's not my current focus. I'm not sure what's going to happen with all the mostly-finished and half-finished books and ideas I've generated, but I'm still plodding into the studio on holidays and occasional weekends, so I guess we'll see. I choose to believe that the school psychologist me and the artist me will find a groove in a few years.
In the meantime, this site might undergo some changes reflective of my new endeavors. Here are a few so far:
Thanks to those of you who've asked about it, but yes, my little card shop is gone. I never made any money from it. It was an outlet, but I've shut it down and I don't have plans to reopen it.
When I have a minute, I will only be working on my own projects and not accepting any freelance work. Sorry and thank you for thinking of me, but people still ask for me to do something or contribute to something for free or for very little money and sometimes under the guise of it being a good opportunity or good exposure. It's part of the reason I went back to school. I have a hard time saying no, especially to a good cause or to a friend or family member, but I'm looking forward to going to work at a place where I will get paid for the work I do and I won't have to feel bad asking for payment. It's a problem for a lot of artists. I hope someday this changes, but I honestly think it won't unless artists keep politely telling people no and giving their reasons why.
Fewer social mediums. My Facebook page is 100% killed and is not coming back. I'm keeping Twitter for now and my personal Instagram account, but I haven't been very active on either. School has kept me very busy.
Things I hope to do:
Post more about what I'm learning in my psychology studies. It's really fascinating and helpful stuff. I wish I had more time to share it. I'm brainstorming ways I can put it out there.
Stay connected with the friends I've made in the Kidlit industry. So made good people. I'm sorry I've been out of the loop. I really didn't expect for one of my New Year's goals to be to connect online more, but I'm going to look for ways I can be supportive of friends I don't see in person as often as I used to. So less social media overall, but more meaningful interactions.
Work on my own stuff.
It's still happening, just slowly.
Here are a few pieces I worked on when I had a minute over the holidays. Same story. New ink.
Always a little better than the ones before.
xo - Cat