Where I've been…
For a long time I had been in a deep state of mourning and grieving over what had been lost.
Not only did I make a public declaration that my life partner of seven years and I were releasing one another, but I made another deeply important declaration as well: I was renouncing and moving on from the deeply literalistic religious fundamentalism ("which one" is not the point—it's the fundamentalism that hurts) that I'd been part of—and, more importantly, had been a part of me, for so long.
Saying goodbye to both parts of my life, and all that came with those goodbyes left me reeling—and the blog, and the webshow and the podcast, and everything that was the Launch Your Universe brand—went on a very unscheduled hiatus.
I hope you will forgive me.
where i've been after that…
I had to put everything aside and channel all my pain, my rage, my darkness, my suffering, my grief (along with my hope, my triumph, my aspiration) into creating the product (the first issue of the Rites of Passage comic book) and getting everything ready for the convention.
Things I had to let go of:
- The crazy dream that I'd document this process while I was doing it.
- The time it took to make the webshow, podcast and even blog.
- Sensible steps (and the avoidance of cutting corners) in the comic book production pipeline, like, let's say, having a script, ha ha…
So, we got the comic out—with a number of major blessings along the way, including the sudden appearance of a force-yourself-to-make-a-comic-book in-12-hours marathon, along with other things…
But we got it out—and what a story that was! …but we left the blog/podcast/webshow by the wayside.
I hope you will forgive me. :)
letting go, creatively…
2. Unnecessary Workflow Steps
In making my comic—just in order to get it done—we had to excise a number of things—such as character and object "turnarounds," speech bubbles (in a lot of places), a more elaborate cover (inside and out, front and back) and (as I mentioned earlier), even a script.
3. Your Sense of Equilibrium and Calm While Making Your Art
Be here, and let your art be here too.