Picking What's Next

October 22, 2015


My biggest project, "Grief is a Mess" is now complete! The book will be sent to the publisher next week. 


After spending months writing, illustrating, and editing this book, I suddenly have free time and mental space. The free mental space is the best feeling. I know longer have the nagging thought, "You should be finishing that book" in the back of my mind. 


This begs the question... what's next?


True to form, there are so many possibilities and things I want to do. Picking something is always the harder issue for me.


So what's rattling around in my head:


Book Promotion

- Invest a lot of time promoting the book. Sending copies to people who might be interested, contacting bloggers for reviews, and the like

-Learn how to get my book into a digital platform - like Kindle or Ipad. 


Running with the Grief Theme

- Make short videos where I discuss grief. I could talk about the many topics I addressed in my book

- Create grief cards that are available for sale on my website

- Make more abstract paintings related to grief (could even make some tinier ones so they'll be cheaper to ship)

-  Start sharing some of the sketches I made while processing my mother's terminal diagnosis

- Create grief art activities that are available for free download on my website


Growing as a Painter

- Start expanding on the type of paintings I do (both abstract and realistic)

- Create videos that teach others how to paint


More Books

- My brother things I should make something funny

- I'd to create a book that is visually rich and very detail oriented

- I could bring to life my "Dunkel the Vegetarian Dino" book


Contract Work

- Submit more bids for contract work as an illustrator

- Spend more time working on existing contracts  


The answer always seems to make itself clear at some point. I'll let you know when it does!

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