Introductions have never been my strong suit; they’re often clunky or cheesy or both, so if you’re fine with it, I’m just gonna dive right in:
In the spring semester of my final year of college, I wrote and illustrated a children’s book. It was approximately 20 watercolor pages telling a highly minimal story about the manners of two pirates, one of whom was Very Appropriate, and the other who was Not. I called it The Appropriate Pirate. I worked hard on it, spent hours poring over the writing and painting and designing and trimming and creating, and then I turned it in as a project, approximately 75% proud of the work I’d accomplished at the end of a harried and frantic final semester.
That was in 2012.
Fast-forward through the next six years:
I graduated college, did an internship, decided to see what six months of unemployment-plus-scarce-odd-jobs felt like (would not recommend), tried out a job in Atlanta, landed a job in Charlotte, lived some life, learned some lessons, got married to the best guy, and have spent the last 3.5ish years genuinely enjoying the coffee industry, with a small side of freelance for some variety.
In all that time, the story about the Appropriate Pirate (and my menacing student loan debt) just hasn’t left me alone.
Neither, I should add, has the fact that I spent four years in college working toward an illustration degree that I’m not currently using in any major capacity*. Honesty hour: I have learned that, while my identity doesn’t lie in the fact that I can draw things, it low-key bothers me that most people I meet nowadays have no idea that my artwork and illustration has played such a huge role in my life, all because I haven’t made it a priority to work diligently on it in the last few years.
I should also add here that I am just the worst at being a self-motivator. If I don’t have someone telling me when my deadlines are, asking me how my work is coming, or expecting me to deliver a product to them, I will never. Do. Anything. I am a procrastinator of the highest order, even when it comes to doing things I enjoy. Like, if my stomach never grumbled, I would literally starve.
Enter this blog. For the past few months, I’ve been planning on re-creating my children’s book, freshened up and expanded to reflect how I really wanted it to look years ago. The good news is, it’s already written and I actually already have nearly all 48(ish) of the pages planned out. Now it’s time to buckle down and actually do the rest of the work, which means I need to tell somebody about it if it’s ever going to get finished.
This blog will be comprised of two different types of posts, and will be updated once a week. The first type is posts like this one, where I talk about the book I’ve written, why I wrote it, what I hope it accomplishes, and other subjects about life and art and a broader picture of what I’m learning in the process of creating. The second type is essentially progress reports, where I talk about how far I’ve come with the project, and even show a little bit of what I’ve been working on!
Please enjoy reading and yell at me if I’m late with entries! I’m excited to see how all of this unfolds.
*See “small side of freelance for some variety.” I get to do some fun work once or maybe twice a month, but I could be doing a lot more with it.