To the first point, I switched entirely over to Affinity for graphics (I'll do a write-up for this on Patreon soonish). Secondly, the thing with deviantART is compounding with my mixed feelings about AI (frequently discussed on discord). As for Twitter…
What to do with social media is a problem that has me kind of has me stumped… again. Much like the meme implies, I made an account on Hive Social (which I learned not to confuse with Hive.com, the project management platform, or theHive.ai, the company that worked on Trump's Truth Social platform). I'm @dragonmun there… but well, the beta android app doesn't work for me. 🙃
This is especially ironic/funny since I locked down my personal Facebook profile and said that I might try to shift my general social media focus toward Twitter this year (based on friend advice). Now I'm just about to the point where I'm going to go back to using ifttt.com to auto-update Twitter from some other source so that I can re-abandon it like I had done in 2009.
My friend Becca was absolutely right when she said "social media is rented space" and it makes me appreciate those of you who allow me into your email inboxes every month all the more. From the get-go, my intentions with social media was to regularly connect with wonderful people like you! People who want to stay in the know with what I'm doing with my art/writing career - the weird little ins and outs that make the journey interesting and odd. To that point, I would like to blog/vlog a bit more… and use that to slightly increase the frequency of these emails , ensuring that you get the content that you want.
As the queen of slow starts, this might take a couple of months to get going, but I'll document that as well. For now I'm gonna survive the remainder of the holiday season, which I hope goes wonderfully for you all!
This month's newsletter is late because something really exciting was on a mail truck, heading to my house, and I wanted to share it with you all! Right there, in the image at the top of the newsletter, is the printed draft of the Sivoa : Zenith manuscript! I'm going to attack that brain baby with so much red ink in what will be the first of many rounds of book editing. I'm so excited! Unfortunately, this does not mean that I have a release date yet. Editing is a process that takes a long time, and that's before I send it to my editor, Patty . What it does mean is that sometime in the near future I will likely be offering the ability to beta-read the thing to those on Patreon (this will be a separate thing from the raw preview snippets). In the meantime, I'm still doing Sivoa art stuff . This month features Sensory Overload - a charity exhibit that I like to participate in, if for nothing else, because I like to showcase the new and weird things I do to embellishe
Last month I realized that I had a social media addiction and decided that it wasn't doing my mental health any good. Though I couldn't axe it completely, I cut back on it in many ways and I have to say that I am doing a lot better in my personal headspace. The ideas are flowing again and I'm starting to figure out how to maintain a proper schedule once more. This seems to have allowed me to work on writing/art around the home remodeling and family stuff! I suppose I didn't realize just how much time in my day I dedicated to doom scrolling... 😅 This newfound time let me go in and restructure my Patreon tiers some. There's only two now (fun names pending), but they reflect what we discussed back in November/December regarding the sketch tier that I no longer have the backstock to fulfill. The poll and Discord discussion about that resulted in the decision to make an annual artist zine! Those paying $10 (or more) each month will now receive a printed publication by