Monday, August 19, 2019

July 2019: News and links

https://www.patreon.com/posts/protect-mauna-28650310 to download
so you can print, color, and show your support for sacred land
In this episode:

  • coloring pages for fun & the dismantling of capitalism
  • the number of patrons has already doubled this month!
  • FibroShark Hungry update
  • a cute picture of Bo
  • my garden is full of plants I didn't plant but still love
  • art career inside disability inside full red rage
I had a lot of Must Rest days in July, so I didn't get as much done as I wanted to. The thing I'm trying to do is get things going to the point where it can take care of itself -- that is, that there's enough content scheduled that I don't fall behind even when I do need to take more time for sleep, laying around in the sun, and not using my computer. For the moment, I'm sticking to making one bad fish pun at a time and if you don't like it, it's not like you're a dolphin in my tuna net.


Thursday, June 6, 2019

May 2019: Everything that can go wrong will go wrong

is creating accessible art & media
The facts of life:

  • Patreon soft launch
  • The Adventures of FibroShark
  • coloring pages for fun and prophet
  • Live Painting with Rachel
  • the intersection @art&disability
Honestly, my roll-out approximation schedule took falling behind into account. That's with the Patreon launched in the middle of April with very little fanfare: I expected everything to go wahoonie-shaped.


Thursday, May 9, 2019

Huh... that's weird... {Hatchfund Update}

this was going to be the cover. I already know
I can do better
The most important thing you need to know from this post is that even tho I dropped the ball on this project, I still have the ball, and what it becomes will be even better than it ever could have been without me failing in this endeavor. Everything has changed since I initially came up with the idea for FibroShark Hungry, and the project has never left my plate.

I was ready to start updating my project page again and... everything's gone. Hatchfund is now "powered by FundRazor" and I couldn't sign in with my account. Searching for the project page yields nothing, & going back thru my links from the project's fund-raising emails runs me into 404 errors. It's gone. From 4 years ago (when it was funded). Even the "help" link goes to a page-not-found. I guess the last 3 years really have been as long as they've felt.

Luckily I do have records for who backed the project and I will be getting in contact with everyone I can reach in order to fulfill my end, because I do actually take this very seriously. But since the Hatchfund Dashboard had everything in it, I have to track people down via Facebook. Fun times. Some of you wanted to be anonymous and I had to rely on my silly memory! (I did actually take notes somewhere, I just have to go back and dig them all up to double check.)

See, I was almost done with the whole thing when I put it on hold. A lot of things happened and I needed the time to make changes, take care of my health, lose my mind once or twice, and actually develop the style that would carry forward the message I wanted to send. Once I got finished with what I thought I was making I realized it wasn't good enough. It wasn't what I truly wanted to make, it wasn't what I promised you, and it wasn't going to do anything beyond a single run of vanity publishing. I had to mature in order to tackle this project in a way it deserved, but I also had to learn how to manage being sick so I had something to teach.

That failure was depressing, and I won't say that I didn't try to hide from it for a while. I told people who asked that I was still working on it, which was true, and when my health took a downturn it was suddenly fine with me that it was stuck in "development hell". One of the things I learned from being a capitalist was that sometimes you have to sit with your desires and acknowledge you need to learn more before you can move forward in a truthful manner. Fortunately, I know personally just about everyone who donated to the Hatchfund and most of the are up to date on what's been going on with my health.

But because I was making progress with all of my health issues, (and because I also don't care about hiding anymore), I have been able to start working on FibroShark Hungry again, and I will be following-thru with my promises to my backers. Since I no longer have a way to update my backers, I'll have a special project tier on Patreon and I'm figuring out how to make a database that ONLY my Hatchfund backers will get a link to for early access to interactive stuff, and exclusive access to what I learned from this career defining failure; Including a PDF of the file that has been languishing in my hardrive.

honestly, it was going to be a mediocre
"idiot's guide to blah blah blah".
We deserve better.
Everyone fails. This isn't the first time I have been unable to produce what I promised when I promised to do it, either. Art happens on its own timeline, and I never give up on a project, even if it takes a while for me to come back to it. Thank you all for your patience and forbearance on this matter, I will be in touch with everyone I can reach to offer the digital materials when they're ready.

So, while I feel a small amount of shame for this taking so long to come thru, it's propelling me forward into my next venture during which I will have a much shorter calendar for content delivery.

Watch this space...


Monday, April 1, 2019

Spring 2019 News: "I don't know how back I am, but I'm trying"

You are in the maze. The maze will cover the following subjects:
from the Marvel series Legion,
which posits metal illness as a super power
  • Being in a maze
  • artist and shaman are different, but related, professions
  • studio transformation
  • a slight attempt to be serious
  • Creativity Project 
  • Many Plates Method TM
  • a version of Empire, but where everyone is a cartoon shark
  • the only way to win a fight is by not fighting and making art instead