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Broadening my horizons (and income sources)

You can never know, how your life may turn around or what new opportunities will show up on your horizon. Just a few weeks ago I was set on working on my Shutterstock portfolio, which basically meant trying to spit out as many illustrations a day as possible. Make them decent enough quality wise, and hope that my drawings will fill up some obscure niche and get their small share of sales before drowning eternally in a flood of more stock-worthy images.
Let's be honest. The quality and style of my drawings are "not there yet". Their level of "stockiness" is dwindling somewhere between "I've never drawn anything in my life" and "I took an art class in high school". I'm not complaining. I'm just trying to be realistic. I know what I'm good at. I can see how my skills have been improving over the years. And I'm still learning and improving every day.
Sentiments aside, I still need to stabilize my income and maybe even increa…
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Summing up August

When I flip through my bullet journal, it looks like I've barely done anything in the course of this month. My "done" list consists mostly of doctor appointments and illustration uploads with an occasional blog post here and there. I guess I haven't been that productive in August partly because I needed a break after doing CampNaNoWriMo and weekly vlogs about it in July.
I'm not used to writing on demand, although only when I'm the one demanding it. It's probably a psychological thing, but when someone else requires me to do something, I just sit down and do it without overthinking it almost. But when I'm setting my own goals, that's where procrastination really kicks in. I can't be my own boss. I have no fear of authority hovering over me. I do however I please. At the same time, my past working experience has proven that I'm better off working for myself. There's a contradiction there, but I sometimes feel that living in Ukraine in …

Focusing on the Negative Positive

I'm a very negative person at times. It's probably due to the fact that growing up I didn't have that many things to be happy about. So I fell into this circuit of focusing on all the bad things that were happening, giving them my attention, allowing them to grow in my eyes and overshadow everything else. But it's like blowing soap bubbles. There's a limit of air you can blow into one before it bursts. Just as there's a point at which moaning and whining about your problems becomes annoying and kind of ridiculous.
I still often fall back into my bad habit until someone comes to comfort me and remind me of all the good things that I've now acquired. And that someone is usually my friend and fellow writer Jenny. Make sure to go check out her blog here.
It's been hard. I've had my share of life drama. There's still plenty left for me to ruminate on and feel sorry for myself.
BUT IT'S NOT WORTH IT!
Those people who have wronged me don't fee…

Priorities

I never have to worry about writer's or artist's block because whenever I'm not writing I'm drawing and vice versa. I constantly switch between projects and always have something to do. Always being productive and next to no risk of burning out.
Occasionally I drop my writing and drawing projects altogether and dive into crafts and handmade for a week. You can probably tell from all the pics of my cross stitch or crochet projects that I post on Twitter.
What can I say? I have a lot of interests.
But sometimes I start thinking that this little system of "time management" I came up with keeps me from accomplishing my goals.
They say that in order to master your craft you have to practice it every single day. Little by little. Step by step. Is it really possible to get better at drawing or writing if that's the opposite of what I'm doing?
When it comes to my drawings I can say without a doubt that it's possible.
I've been actively drawing, editi…

#CampNaNoWriMo weekly vlog 3-4 | #amwriting

Hello again! Here are my videos for the last two weeks of CampNaNoWriMo. It took me a while to upload the last vlog because, as usual, I've been having some internet connection problems.

I'll spoil the ending for you just a little bit, but I succeeded in reaching my goal of 30 thousand words last month! And I've already used my winner's coupon for the 50% Scrivener discount. Now I can't wait to transfer all of my writing into my Scrivener project and continue writing my story!

Hope you enjoy watching these vlogs and thank you for following me on this journey!