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Alice Won

So I got some bad news before I go to sleep. I’m pushing the release date to Alice Won back to December 1st. Things are happening this month that are going to make me move and I want to make sure that I take care of Kenzie before I release this. She really killed it, as you’re about to see. I’m covering my bases and making sure good things happen.

The good news? It’s finished.

Alice Won Cover
Alice is playing Croquet in the Underworld

Alice Won is written by yours truly, and is illustrated by the great Kenzie Carr and it will be coming your way Dec 1st, 2021. I’m proud of this book and I can’t wait for you guys to read it. Stay tuned. The order link is coming up shortly.

Got a magazine article to finish. Also, another cool announcement is due soon. Next blog will be out this week.

Updated: You can order the book now by clicking on the link here. I promise it’ll be worth the wait.

Episode 907: Just Joshing Episode 907: Drink and Draw with Atenas Hidalgo Just Joshing

#atenashidalgo #illustration #booktubeCounting down to episode 1000, Atenas Hidalgo is someone I'm rooting for. At 18, she is chasing her dreams and joins the show to showcase her first illustrated work. We then do a drink and draw marathon, drawing things alphabetically. I kind of do batman…kind of…but anyways, we discover what Atenas loves to draw, we talk about the future, in which I say Atenas has an amazing one. Check out her work, and enjoy this interview.Atenas HidalgoBrutus The Junkyard DogInstagramStudio InstagramWebpageServicesAdvertising Services – Let me create your advertising for your next book or campaign. If you're a creative wondering how to create your advertising for your next project, I can create video, audio, written and graphics. Let me help you get your story, and your best story, out there.Available Now:Alice Won? – Available now. Alice escaped the asylum and pursues the Queen of Hearts to the Greek Labyrinth in the underworld, there she must engage in a game of croquet unlike any other, against Jason of the Argonauts. Illustrated by Kenzie Kats, written by yours truly, come to wonderland Dec. 1st, where the real games begin.Support And Subscribe:Buy my MerchBuy Me A CoffeeNewsletterPatreonTwitchYoutube
  1. Episode 907: Just Joshing Episode 907: Drink and Draw with Atenas Hidalgo
  2. Episode 906: Just Joshing Episode 906: Joe Compton
  3. Episode 905: Just Joshing Episode 905: Betsy Ross
  4. Episode 904: Just Joshing Episode 904: Previewing the NFL Playoffs with Rodney Fyke
  5. Episode 903: Just Joshing Episode 903: Tony Phillips

I’m A Taylor Swift Fan…

I swear, it was an accident. It wasn’t my intention. I was perfectly content not to listen to her music at all. She was pop music and pop music can be formulaic, and well…just poppy. Not really any substance anymore in terms of what songs say.

So how did this happen? Short answer, I blame Folklore.

I got Folklore for seven dollars in the pandemic. A CD for seven dollars to be exact. I like CDs a lot more today. It’s not that it’s a connection to the past. It’s the physical connection. You can carry CDs unencumbered anywhere, and the albums today are tonnes better than they were in the nineties.

Anyway, justifying my middle age aside, the whole decision was random chance. It was a whim you see. I mean, Taylor Swift’s music must be worth at least seven dollars right?

Fuck she blew my mind when I listened to her. Keep in mind the last time I listened to Taylor Swift was when she was in country music. I think I have that album somewhere in my archives. I don’t know. I’m babbling now. Because Taylor Swift from then is not Taylor Swift now.

It was really good. Like, blew away all expectations I had. I had to figure out why for a second. She’s a great singer, and her music has an earworm quality to it. (I’ll be talking Midnights here shortly.) In truth, her music has a simple, authentic quality to it. She tells compelling easy to understand stories, and there is something of her experiences to it.

It’s not like she’s going out of her way to talk about heady concepts, but the way she conveys her stories is just amazing. Lines in her lyrics are as poignant as any famous sonnet or story I read in a novel. She’s great. It’s that simple.

I was still a little bit in denial. I mean, I’m not just liking something that everyone likes. She couldn’t be this good…right?

Fuck me. Midnights is the album I’m listening to the most right now. Everyone listens to Anti Hero on the radio, but Midnight Rain is the song I’m most interested. I think occasionally about my exes kind of the same way. We all get what we want in the end, and sometimes that’s a haunting experience.

There’s a lot of gems on this album, and it’s really good. I’m listening to it right now more than anything else right now. More than Epica. More than Tarja (Although this album too). Maybe it’s because I’ve gotten sympathetic and more emotional in my middling years. Maybe.

Or maybe, I’ve matured. Sometimes as artists you need to examine the stuff that works. I can see why someone may not like Swift. But the authenticity of what she writes is real. There’s something of the artist in there. Something people can connect to. There’s some saavy in the construction of the songs, but it’s her. That’s the secret.

I’m a big believer in authenticity. It’s how you stand out in a crowded marketplace in any artform. What do you give a shit about? Popular artists might do this better than anyone. This is about a connection. Something about the words, the music, the feelings it inspire is what makes a lasting impression.

Like her or hate her, Swift is a fantastic storyteller. Her lyrics and how she constructs the songs are something real. That’s what people gravitate to.

But now, I kind of need your help. You see, I’m now hunting down her other albums. I got lover and I know it’s only a matter of time before I get Red – Taylor’s Version and follow it with Reputation.

I slipped down the slope. I am a swifty. If Chuck Pineau is reading this, I’m sorry dude. That said, I’ll still mow down to Amon Amarth anyday. That gives me some street cred. Right?

Right?

Even with writing I’m reading more popular stuff. I’ve been getting into Rebecca Roanhorse, Marissa Meyer, Victoria Aveyard in Fantasy. I’m dabbling with Kim Harrison, Ilona Andrews, and other forms of popular literature. I’m not just sticking with cool indie works. (Although you should check out JE Taylor, JD Estrada, and others. Great indie work out there as good as this.)

Authenticity is everywhere. The popular people seem to do it far more than given credit for. Oh sure, there are definitely formulae to hook and entice people into their work. That’s fine. You can learn from it too.

But what really matters is how you can take all this, from all forms of storytelling and making it your own. Taylor Swift is Taylor Swift not because of her earworms. Lots of musicians design hooks in their melodies. It’s her lyrics and the stories she cares about. She’s great at them, like it or not.

Great music, great shows, great books, have that authentic connection. Finding it in your work will make it reach an audience better. There are things we can learn from the ones that are most popular and sustain that popularity. There’s substance there.

Of course, if you’re reading this above, you might still not be able to excuse my Swiftie conversion. Chuck Pineau, I’m talking to you. All I gotta say is…I still love the mosh pit, but I am more appreciative of all forms of art. I respect when it’s good, because I know just how hard it is to make good. Taylor Swift is good.

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Episode 907: Just Joshing Episode 907: Drink and Draw with Atenas Hidalgo Just Joshing

#atenashidalgo #illustration #booktubeCounting down to episode 1000, Atenas Hidalgo is someone I'm rooting for. At 18, she is chasing her dreams and joins the show to showcase her first illustrated work. We then do a drink and draw marathon, drawing things alphabetically. I kind of do batman…kind of…but anyways, we discover what Atenas loves to draw, we talk about the future, in which I say Atenas has an amazing one. Check out her work, and enjoy this interview.Atenas HidalgoBrutus The Junkyard DogInstagramStudio InstagramWebpageServicesAdvertising Services – Let me create your advertising for your next book or campaign. If you're a creative wondering how to create your advertising for your next project, I can create video, audio, written and graphics. Let me help you get your story, and your best story, out there.Available Now:Alice Won? – Available now. Alice escaped the asylum and pursues the Queen of Hearts to the Greek Labyrinth in the underworld, there she must engage in a game of croquet unlike any other, against Jason of the Argonauts. Illustrated by Kenzie Kats, written by yours truly, come to wonderland Dec. 1st, where the real games begin.Support And Subscribe:Buy my MerchBuy Me A CoffeeNewsletterPatreonTwitchYoutube
  1. Episode 907: Just Joshing Episode 907: Drink and Draw with Atenas Hidalgo
  2. Episode 906: Just Joshing Episode 906: Joe Compton
  3. Episode 905: Just Joshing Episode 905: Betsy Ross
  4. Episode 904: Just Joshing Episode 904: Previewing the NFL Playoffs with Rodney Fyke
  5. Episode 903: Just Joshing Episode 903: Tony Phillips



My Goals for 2023 Part 3 – My Writing Goals

I can’t believe I’ve written this much about my goals for this. If you are interested, here’s Part 1, and Part 2. Man I got a lot of things I want to do this year. Well, I got a lot of things I want to do every year if I’m honest. This I think is the last written one, and then I’m out of excuses. I got to really begin.

I’m pretty proud of some of the things I wrote last year. Some of them are coming this year. A couple of them are comic related. One of them is a script I can’t talk too much about yet. I got to play with someone else’s established properties, and it was a lot of fun. Writing a character you didn’t create is oddly creative in its own right. So there’s that, and my first comic editing gig, which you’ll also see later this year on Kickstarter. I like that.

My first comic goal this year is hopefully a kickstarter release this spring. It’s my take on Dr. Seuss called the Stick Figure Revolution, written by yours truly and illustrated by Gio Marko…except for the cover. I’m working on it right now. It still needs to be lettered, but otherwise it’s done. I’m hoping to have an announcement on that soon.

I got one more graphic novel I’d like to release this year, but for now I don’t want to say too much. It’s currently submitted to a publisher, and I want to see which way the wind blows there. But I’m drawing it. Yeah. You read that right. I’m drawing it. The person most afraid of this is me. But it’s the way to grow. I’m telling a story not just with words but with pictures, and that means acquiring new skills.

I can now combine words and pictures and form the alchemic graphic novel and cave drawings that worked with our ancestors back in the day. Being a freelancer made me a better storyteller. It gave me appreciation for all the forms of story out there.

Learning all the skills I did last year made me a better storyteller. Video, illustration has added to my audio and writing skills. I’m now something better, and want to continue to expand into comics and other stories.

I have a novel I’m writing right now too. I’m hoping to finally get the first draft done by the end of the month. I’m hoping to have a really cool announcement at the end of the month about it.

So one novel, one graphic novel, and I’m not forgetting Alice. I want to get a sequel of Alice done this year. Alice Too is going to be a very interesting. The ending came to me this year, so this spring I will write the sequel.

So if you’re keeping score here, for book releases, this is what I want ready.

  • 1 Graphic Novel finished
  • 1 Graphic Novel in development
  • 1 Novel in development
  • Writing Alice sequel

Not a bad list of goals.

Freelancing Goals

So I haven’t updated the non fiction freelancing resume in a bit. Not that I can’t. I had some success there too last year, but I think I’m going to continue to do more fiction work for the most part. I may be doing travel to coincide with what I’m doing in Part 2. That intrigues me and I have some good ideas to do stuff there.

And I think that’s where I’ll focus on this year in non fiction. There is one other exception to this. I love interviews. I enjoy them in writing form especially, but finding homes for the are difficult for the most part. My mandate for writing non fiction is pretty much the following.

I know travel is a special thing, but again, I have some ideas. And I may bend my own rules on this as I see fit.

I think that’s everything this year. We’ll see how much of this list I will accomplish.

What are your goals this year? Would love to hear from you.

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My Goals for 2023 Part 2: Carry On Wayward Son

In Part 1 I listed my favorite books. Today I’m talking about what moves me this year. I hope you get a read. This one is my mantra, and my goals for 2023.

Writing goals might be part 3, we’ll see how this goes. Writing has some very specific goals and projects coming up on the horizon. This is all about my podcast.

My podcast just crossed episode 900. If you’re watching it live on Twitch, you are currently at episode 906. If you are listening, my 900th episode will be dropping tonight. I did a drink and draw with the great Paul Gomez, and I’m approaching for sure, the last 100 episodes in this current format.

Now I say for sure, because there’s a chance it’s going to go a bit longer than that, but probably not that much longer. You see, I’m taking my show on the road after episode 1000.

There are personal reasons for that and professional reasons for that. The personal reasons need to come first. I’ve been back in Calgary for a year, and it’s been interesting trying to get ahold of people. Everyone seems shut in and comfortable doing so. The truth is, I don’t want that. After everything in the last three years, the last thing I want to do is talk to people on screens. I enjoy the podcast, but when I’m in the same city, I want to see you. I want to see I appreciate you. Because if there’s anything about the last three years, is that our time is special and shouldn’t be taken for granted.

But it seems that’s a very minor group of people here that share that thinking here. I’ve made efforts to connect with people. I’ve been pushed away in some cases, but in others it’s just been a “Yeah sure, let’s get together,” and I not hear a word after. Like I said, it’s not everyone, but it’s a surprising normal in this city.

I don’t want that. I want adventure and connection. Not on a screen, but in person.

I want to tell the people I love I love them and appreciate them, even if they don’t feel the same way. Life is too short. If you don’t want to see the people you love, I have to question what you really do want. Because there isn’t much else in this life that makes this time bearable. If you avoid the people you love, what are you doing?

That’s my feelings. And maybe these people I reach out to will get there someday. I don’t have time to wait. That’s the personal reason. The professional reason ties into this.

I’ve met some incredible people in the last few years. People from all over the world like Rich Perotta, Mog Park, Else Gaaragarza, Anh Vu, Mnm Gomdori, Rodney Fyke, Kristopher Morron, Kate Timmins, Nikki Nash, Jennifer Lieberman, Jane Taylor, JD Estrada, Paul Gomez. These are incredible people. I want to meet them in person.

Because what’s the point of keeping amazing people at a distance? And I’m leaving a ton of people out of this. And that’s the amazing part. There are so many wonderful people out there. I want to meet them and hang out and eat ice cream and jump into jellybeans and just…live.

I have a tendency to believe a quote from the great Stephen King.

“You’re either busy living or busy dying.” Or the one great thing from Metallica’s St. Anger Album. “My lifestyle determines my deathstyle.” I like that quote and I like that idea. There’s too much to see, and do, and that’s where the show is going next.

Now let’s get to the professional reasons. You must keep evolving as a creative. I’ve done a lot of shows. I’ve put shows together and I like it. That said, I want to experiment where I’m going to take the show next. I want to grow, and turning this show to a travel/interview show sounds awesome. I’m looking at a bunch of ways to make money with the show so I can do this. Patreon will probably be back shortly, and I got some other ideas I’m building. It’s all I’m doing right now.

Now will I disappear after episode 1000? I hope so, but I know this may take longer to get there than I imagine. That said, it’s not that far away. Six months I can be on the road, and that’s the plan. I’m sure there are bumps and bruises on the way, but freelancing has taught me to be tough. I’ll be still freelancing this year.

I’m not waiting. I’m doing what I want to do. If there’s one lesson I learned about my 2022 trying to reconnect with people is that you shouldn’t wait, not just with people, but with life. Now more than ever comfort is a danger. We’ve been shut in for a few years. The good and bad about human beings is that we can get used to anything. That doesn’t mean it’s a good thing. I’m going to be seeking those that still want to go out there and see the magic in the world.

I realize how important that is. You can’t wait on life. You have to create it. You have to earn it. You have to know what you want and go for it. That’s it. Be conscious, and have no remorse whatever that is. Life is too short.

Now to those doing the self healing thing, and are suffering, I understand, but be careful. Healing can be a trap too. Maybe you need to get away from people while you figure that stuff out. That said, that self care can be a coccoon and comfortable. The world moves on, and the only way you can too is to join it.

I’ll be on the road for the foreseeable future. And like all things it’ll go like it’s supposed to. I’ll be doing comic shows in the fall. I’ll be doing live shows in neat places, and I’ll be getting out there and telling the world here I am and here’s my story to tell. My story this year? looking for that adventure and connection.

My theme music this year? Carry On, Wayward Son by Kansas. This song is awesome. It’s appropriate. I’m also certain this is my last year in Calgary living. I may be here from time to time, but it’s not permanent. I’ll be passing through, working on shows, advertising or doing performances.

I hope you have as adventurous year as I want. Let the magic happen.

Okay. Part 3 will be my writing. Talk soon.

Episode 907: Just Joshing Episode 907: Drink and Draw with Atenas Hidalgo Just Joshing

#atenashidalgo #illustration #booktubeCounting down to episode 1000, Atenas Hidalgo is someone I'm rooting for. At 18, she is chasing her dreams and joins the show to showcase her first illustrated work. We then do a drink and draw marathon, drawing things alphabetically. I kind of do batman…kind of…but anyways, we discover what Atenas loves to draw, we talk about the future, in which I say Atenas has an amazing one. Check out her work, and enjoy this interview.Atenas HidalgoBrutus The Junkyard DogInstagramStudio InstagramWebpageServicesAdvertising Services – Let me create your advertising for your next book or campaign. If you're a creative wondering how to create your advertising for your next project, I can create video, audio, written and graphics. Let me help you get your story, and your best story, out there.Available Now:Alice Won? – Available now. Alice escaped the asylum and pursues the Queen of Hearts to the Greek Labyrinth in the underworld, there she must engage in a game of croquet unlike any other, against Jason of the Argonauts. Illustrated by Kenzie Kats, written by yours truly, come to wonderland Dec. 1st, where the real games begin.Support And Subscribe:Buy my MerchBuy Me A CoffeeNewsletterPatreonTwitchYoutube
  1. Episode 907: Just Joshing Episode 907: Drink and Draw with Atenas Hidalgo
  2. Episode 906: Just Joshing Episode 906: Joe Compton
  3. Episode 905: Just Joshing Episode 905: Betsy Ross
  4. Episode 904: Just Joshing Episode 904: Previewing the NFL Playoffs with Rodney Fyke
  5. Episode 903: Just Joshing Episode 903: Tony Phillips

Goals for 2023 and Favorites Part 1

This is a few days overdue, but last blog, I talked about my year of firsts. This blog is both my favorite stuff from 2022, comics, books and music wise. Then I’ll be talking about my goals for 2023, and have some real cool announcements for 2023 already.

Part 1, Favorites of 2022

Favorite Books

In total, I read about 32 books this year. The majority of them I reviewed on Bookbub. I read a nice balance of books from both the indie and the traditional realm, and have a nice batch of books to recommend.

Honorable Mention

I’m a big fan of Japanese Light Novels. They are the modern pulp novel updated for today’s time. Classroom of the Elite is my current favorite series. It’s a clever take on what it takes to be elite. It’s got a battle royale kind of concept as classrooms compete against each other in different kinds of challenges. It’s a combination of battle royale, encyclopedia brown, game theory, as it’s an interesting mashup as the elite students of japan battle out.

It follows the perspective of seemingly mild mannered and average Kiyotaka Ayanokoji, who seems to be average…and is anything but. No one in this series is exactly who they appear to be. It’s fun drama, and an interesting chase the author is going with. I read five books of the series. At some point I’ll be doing a serious discussion of why I love this format in particular, but this series is solid and fun.

5. Renegades by Marissa Meyer

Up until this year I never read a Marissa Meyer book. Boy was that a mistake. Marissa has a real fun take on superheroes and villains with this story right here. It’s a YA dystopian superhero tale in which Nova, our protagonist is a villain and anarchist in a world in which the heroes won. Nova infliltrates the Renegades as a hero. Nova has a great origin story and despises the Renegades, and then finds herself in a position that maybe they aren’t what they imagined and the people she grew up may not be what she imagines.

This is a fantastic, immersive story. I love Meyer’s take on superheroes and the confession at the end…I wondered when I interviewed Meyer just how much a Teen Titans fan she was. This is a fun book. Take a look at it, and any of her stuff.

4. Dragon Tempest by JE Taylor

JE Taylor is one of my favorite guests. One of the very few people that can make me speechless. Part of the reason she can do this is because she has a similar temparment to me in some ways. She doesn’t know how to hold back, and she doesn’t really care as well.

Her writing is fantastic. Dragon Tempest is an urban fantasy that has a plot you may have seen before, but her characters come to life in amazing ways. Holly, the main protagonist is an independent bad ass forced to do the one thing she can’t do well, and that’s surrender. Who she surrenders to, the dragon Mik, is nothing like you’d expect. This book does a fantastic job of subverting characters, engaging action and a fun start of a romance. JE is nearly as great a writer as she is a person.

3. Year of the What by Jennifer Liebermann

This book is such a departure from my comfort zone, but I do love the general message of the book. This is a book about exploring one’s curiosities. Dana starts out as a shy girl trying to repress those feelings, until her roommate’s free spirited lifestyle inspires Dana to explore those curiosities.

Ironically, while there is a lot of sex in it, what makes the book great is that it’s really a love story. Not the love of a woman looking for mr. right, but about someone looking in the mirror and liking what they see when they look on the other side. This is very well written, funny, heartbreaking in a couple of places, and is a great read. This isn’t my type of book normally, so maybe that’s why it’s three, but it’s really good. Liebermann is also a great writer, and a great person. I admire her spirit of adventure, both in the book and in the person.

2. Divinity’s Twilight: Rebirth by Christopher Russell

This was a tough top two. On a different day I might go the other way, but I have to give number two to Christopher Russell and his Divinity Twilight saga. Christopher has a great start to an epic fantasy series about four cadets surviving the revival of an ancient evil right in front of them. Much like the other authors on this list, Russell is able to subvert expectations with the characters in the books. Matteo, being more passive, is forced to make some very tough and heroic choices. He doesn’t feel like the hero of the story, but I get the impression he’s the engine of the book.

I love the setting, the world building, the action. It reminds me of some of my favorite video games. (Pro tip: Russell and I share similar tastes in that department, so that doesn’t hurt.) It’s got everything I love in fantasy in it, and it’s a fantastic start. I will be reading book two sometime this year.

1. Black Sun by Rebecca Roanhorse

This is another epic fantasy, but I love it because of the haunting tone Roanhorse establishes at the beginning. The first chapter is grisly as it opens with Serapio’s mother sewing his eyes shut. Serapio has a very peculiar destiny, and it starts with this very horrifying act. Blind, and with a dark destiny inside him, he is escorted to the city of Tova, by the pirate Xiala, who happens to be secretly a mermaid.

In the city, the other two characters, Naranpa and Okoa’s parts in the opening book make Serapio’s act possible. It’s a very cool setting with a lot of pre columbian culture, but all the character’s are complex, haunting and all carrying heavy burdens on them. It’s an amazing start and a fun opening act. I can’t recommend this book enough.

Whew. this is an entry in of itself. I’ll have to write Part 2 tomorrow. There isn’t going to be any more lists. I’ll probably talk about my discovery of Taylor Swift, Sofia Evangelina surpassing her idol in her latest single, in some other entry down the road. I hope you enjoyed my recommendations this year.

Next entry I talk about my goals for next year, as I intend to change my game, forever.

Episode 907: Just Joshing Episode 907: Drink and Draw with Atenas Hidalgo Just Joshing

#atenashidalgo #illustration #booktubeCounting down to episode 1000, Atenas Hidalgo is someone I'm rooting for. At 18, she is chasing her dreams and joins the show to showcase her first illustrated work. We then do a drink and draw marathon, drawing things alphabetically. I kind of do batman…kind of…but anyways, we discover what Atenas loves to draw, we talk about the future, in which I say Atenas has an amazing one. Check out her work, and enjoy this interview.Atenas HidalgoBrutus The Junkyard DogInstagramStudio InstagramWebpageServicesAdvertising Services – Let me create your advertising for your next book or campaign. If you're a creative wondering how to create your advertising for your next project, I can create video, audio, written and graphics. Let me help you get your story, and your best story, out there.Available Now:Alice Won? – Available now. Alice escaped the asylum and pursues the Queen of Hearts to the Greek Labyrinth in the underworld, there she must engage in a game of croquet unlike any other, against Jason of the Argonauts. Illustrated by Kenzie Kats, written by yours truly, come to wonderland Dec. 1st, where the real games begin.Support And Subscribe:Buy my MerchBuy Me A CoffeeNewsletterPatreonTwitchYoutube
  1. Episode 907: Just Joshing Episode 907: Drink and Draw with Atenas Hidalgo
  2. Episode 906: Just Joshing Episode 906: Joe Compton
  3. Episode 905: Just Joshing Episode 905: Betsy Ross
  4. Episode 904: Just Joshing Episode 904: Previewing the NFL Playoffs with Rodney Fyke
  5. Episode 903: Just Joshing Episode 903: Tony Phillips

The Year of Many Firsts – My 2022

So let’s talk about the one thing I didn’t do this year first. I didn’t publish a book. Don’t worry, I will remedy this next year. But this year I didn’t do that. Rather, this year was about a lot of firsts. Some of them are out in the open. Some of them are not. Yet.

So this was the first year I’ve ever published a major article in a magazine with the lead. Quinn Teechma was the main subject of the magazine and I wrote the article that was featured in it. Kind of cool to see my writing hit that kind of level, and I’m proud of it. I got published in other magazines as well. My column at First Comics is still going, and I’m constantly still writing away. So yeah, this was cool.

This was another foray, but this time into Kickstarter. A last minute opportunity gave me two really great opportunities. I’m a magic the gathering fan and this zine published on Kickstarter focused on the CCG, and I decided to write a story about a dragon who didn’t like being altered by an artist. It’s my favorite opening line ever. It involves glitter. I was proud of it.

But…that’s not the big first.

This is my first published illustration. I never thought I’d have an illustration in any book. Here it is, right here, right now.

I also sold some art this year too. Crazy. So before I continue I want to thank Jon Westoff, Jill Maria Robinson, and Mog Park in particular for the opportunities that came my way in the illustration world. Thank you.

And these were the visible firsts. The not so visible ones yet that I’ll touch here. I edited a comic and did some comic writing for two different clients and companies and that was a blast. I cannot wait for both to premier, and they both will this year. Speaking of graphic novels, I’ve submitted two projects to two different publishers. One I’m writing, one I’m writing and drawing. I haven’t heard back from either yet, and I may not, but the fact I’m doing it tells me I will be doing more comics in the future.

Here’s to that cool first.

I got one more first to announce. I did directing and filming this year. I worked on an immigration show early in 2022 for a company and that was a great experience, until the end, which even now, is still kind of weird, but I digress. The important thing is that I got into creating shows.

For the last month, I’ve been working on a show I’ve put together. I’m hoping in a couple of weeks we will get the opportunity to show some clips and make some announcements. That first will be coming sooner than later.

If you had told me I would be doing all these things from the start of 2022 that I would be a producer, a director and telling stories that way, I would have called you crazy. Here I am though.

Let’s talk one more accomplishment. I just did episode 900 this week. I’ve done 900 episodes on the podcast. I will break 1000 this year.

So I won’t talk about the goals of next year here yet, but that all up there? Is pretty awesome.

I can’t call 2022 a complete success. This was some of the things I did, and these were the successes. Struggling for the money in freelancing is still an ongoing thing. I’m working on it. I consistently danced on the four figure level and want to go higher. I have some ideas, and hope to make that happen in the next few months. I was so close one month to making it a full fledged living. That story I’ve told on the podcast, so I won’t tell it here.

That said, for all the ups and downs, this is what I accomplished.

This is my 2022. 2023? That’s another blog. Or you can subscribe to my newsletter. I just spilt the beans there. Or you can wait a week or so.

My wish for all of you for 2023? Go for the things you wish to go for, and let nothing stop you. Life is too short. Don’t wait. Don’t hesitate. Don’t think you’re not ready. None of that matters. Go for it. Go for whatever it is in your heart that makes you soar and sing, and really? That’s pretty much what matters. Don’t dip your toes into things, jump in. Be uncomfortable, and dare to go forward. Heed your calling.

Have a Happy New Year.

Episode 907: Just Joshing Episode 907: Drink and Draw with Atenas Hidalgo Just Joshing

#atenashidalgo #illustration #booktubeCounting down to episode 1000, Atenas Hidalgo is someone I'm rooting for. At 18, she is chasing her dreams and joins the show to showcase her first illustrated work. We then do a drink and draw marathon, drawing things alphabetically. I kind of do batman…kind of…but anyways, we discover what Atenas loves to draw, we talk about the future, in which I say Atenas has an amazing one. Check out her work, and enjoy this interview.Atenas HidalgoBrutus The Junkyard DogInstagramStudio InstagramWebpageServicesAdvertising Services – Let me create your advertising for your next book or campaign. If you're a creative wondering how to create your advertising for your next project, I can create video, audio, written and graphics. Let me help you get your story, and your best story, out there.Available Now:Alice Won? – Available now. Alice escaped the asylum and pursues the Queen of Hearts to the Greek Labyrinth in the underworld, there she must engage in a game of croquet unlike any other, against Jason of the Argonauts. Illustrated by Kenzie Kats, written by yours truly, come to wonderland Dec. 1st, where the real games begin.Support And Subscribe:Buy my MerchBuy Me A CoffeeNewsletterPatreonTwitchYoutube
  1. Episode 907: Just Joshing Episode 907: Drink and Draw with Atenas Hidalgo
  2. Episode 906: Just Joshing Episode 906: Joe Compton
  3. Episode 905: Just Joshing Episode 905: Betsy Ross
  4. Episode 904: Just Joshing Episode 904: Previewing the NFL Playoffs with Rodney Fyke
  5. Episode 903: Just Joshing Episode 903: Tony Phillips

We All Change

I have been back in Alberta for nearly a year. Calgary specifically for about 5 months. Since I’ve been back I have tried to reconnect with friends and establish new ones.

With some very notable exceptions, it’s been frustrating. All too often i’d hear promises of hanging out, only to see those plans go up in smoke. Or worse, I would show up and not have someone there. That’s happened more often than not.

Sometimes bad things just happen, but more often than not, it just happens. It’s been a constant with a lot of different people throughout this whole experience. It’s not one person. It’s been many. Enough to make me pause and examine.

So I need to be clear about what I want here. I want to find my tribe. Whatever that looks like, whatever that appears to be. I came back to Calgary to people I genuinely love, to help them in the times ahead. That didn’t work out quite like I imagined it would.

So what happened? Why is this always seeming to happen? Is it me? Is it them?

Let’s say it’s them. Let’s say that it’s their fault – whomever they are. What does that mean? Maybe these people are shitty friends. Maybe these people weren’t what I thought they would be. Maybe there’s something wrong with my judgment of them. Maybe.

Or maybe I am just plain unlucky. A lot of these things can be attributed to bad luck. A few of those incidents, things happen. Life happens. It’s part of the pills you have to swallow sometimes.

That’s of course, them.

Then there’s me.

I am the one common denominator in this. I’m letting this happen on some level. I’m expecting this to happen at this point on some level. I knew coming back to Calgary this time would be different. I wouldn’t be around a lot of the same people. A lot has happened in the last few years. A lot of different things have come to light in where I stand and others stand. I didn’t expect to reconnect with those people.

But looking at the people I’ve hoped to approach, be friends with, at least say hi over a coffee, that human contact and connection I’ve missed very much in the last few years.

People change all the time. The pandemic changed us all. In my case, it made me want to find people just like who want to do magical and crazy things and experience life in this moment and time. Because if anything in the last few years changed us all. Expecting people to pick up where we left off was silly of me to hope for.

It’s still kind of weird that in a year, no one would meet over a cup of coffee for an hour. I didn’t think that was too much to ask. But there’s much I don’t know. Also, as is apparent, maybe people don’t want the same connection I do. At least with me.

And Maybe I shouldn’t want something like this from people who don’t feel the same way. More importantly, should I expect anyone to feel the same way? The honest truth about it, is what people want and what I want can be different.

So what do I do about it? I for one am tired of the no shows. Bad enough I hear some of the crap I hear when I hear some of the reasons people don’t do podcasts. That bullshit I’ll have to put up with a little bit. (Although now there are people I have zero interest in interviewing. Their impressions were so shitty, I’ll never interview them on my show. But I digress.)

I can’t stop them from happening. But I can change how I’m going to react. If someone no shows, and I hear nothing but “I’m a shit”, well you’ll be treated that way. I’m out of patience about that kind of treatment. One strike and you’re done. I don’t care who you are. (Note: I’m not talking about emergencies. Things happen. Otherwise though, if you said you’ll be there, you will be there. Of if you invite me somewhere to celebrate something you’re doing, you better be there.)

There’s that. Then there’s this: Everyone I asked, I’m not going to ask anymore. They know they are welcome and loved. If they don’t want to have that connection, I’m not going to say no. At the end of the day, you got to do what you want. What I want is people who want to connect with me. If I can’t find anyone here to be that connected with, I’ll go elsewhere. It’s that simple.

I have to accept that people change. The relationships I had with people, also change. I’ve changed too. I’ll use what I had in the past, to hopefully make me ready for the things out there for me tomorrow.

Episode 907: Just Joshing Episode 907: Drink and Draw with Atenas Hidalgo Just Joshing

#atenashidalgo #illustration #booktubeCounting down to episode 1000, Atenas Hidalgo is someone I'm rooting for. At 18, she is chasing her dreams and joins the show to showcase her first illustrated work. We then do a drink and draw marathon, drawing things alphabetically. I kind of do batman…kind of…but anyways, we discover what Atenas loves to draw, we talk about the future, in which I say Atenas has an amazing one. Check out her work, and enjoy this interview.Atenas HidalgoBrutus The Junkyard DogInstagramStudio InstagramWebpageServicesAdvertising Services – Let me create your advertising for your next book or campaign. If you're a creative wondering how to create your advertising for your next project, I can create video, audio, written and graphics. Let me help you get your story, and your best story, out there.Available Now:Alice Won? – Available now. Alice escaped the asylum and pursues the Queen of Hearts to the Greek Labyrinth in the underworld, there she must engage in a game of croquet unlike any other, against Jason of the Argonauts. Illustrated by Kenzie Kats, written by yours truly, come to wonderland Dec. 1st, where the real games begin.Support And Subscribe:Buy my MerchBuy Me A CoffeeNewsletterPatreonTwitchYoutube
  1. Episode 907: Just Joshing Episode 907: Drink and Draw with Atenas Hidalgo
  2. Episode 906: Just Joshing Episode 906: Joe Compton
  3. Episode 905: Just Joshing Episode 905: Betsy Ross
  4. Episode 904: Just Joshing Episode 904: Previewing the NFL Playoffs with Rodney Fyke
  5. Episode 903: Just Joshing Episode 903: Tony Phillips

Journey of A Thousand Thumbnails

Thumbnails A Cover Makes

So I’m designing the cover for my next release right now. I can’t freaking believe that I’m typing that, but it’s the truth. So today, I started thumbnailing the image. I had a basic idea of what I wanted to accomplish today.

I had planned on designing the cover at some point once I am a little on my feet and able to finish the edits on the words. Suddenly I got an offer to finish the cover of the book.

Well darn. And what I’ve seen so far, Rachel Neale has done a fantastic job. If you want someone to design a front and back cover, That said, she couldn’t find a great image.

For the record, I hate stock covers. There are some nice ones out there, and there are definitely good ones, but I like covers with a little more personality. Blame my comic book snobbery, but I like those kind of covers more. They pop. And I know some really cool people.

Still, first cover. Super super nervous. But on the journey to creating this cover, I did get to play quite a bit.

The Original Concept

So the idea is as you can see, a faceless character drawing a picture surrounded by Darkness. Drawing in the light surrounding darkness I think could be an eerie cover. This was my first crack at it. Now keep in mind, this is a thumbnail. Thumbnails are not final pieces, but concepts. Still I’m trying to tell a story here.

Here’s a blog exclusive. The woman I’m using to model? Nikki Nash. Still can’t do her justice, but I’m getting there.

Getting Better

So this is an even closer idea. Notice I’m working on the image. The girl in the image is important in the story, and I thought it’d be neat to feature her this way. Sometimes when you write drafts in a novel, you need to find ways to express the story you want to tell. There are things I liked about this better. There are things in the first image I think are good still.

oopsie, but I learned from this

This one’s…not so good.

I had a good concept I think. Coming at the picture from an angle I thought would add some depth, but I messed this one up here. I didn’t know quite how to draw it and sometimes things like this happen.

Not ashamed to throw in the ones that I didn’t do well on. Any artform, you go out there and try to do your best. Sometimes you surprise yourself with the amazing things you do. Sometimes there is this. It is what it is. Still, I thought I was on to something with the whole angle thing. So I decided to try again.

Eureka

But this one works.

I like this one the best, and it’s the one I’m going to work on scaling and making beautiful. There’s a lot of room with this too. For starters, the table. What else am I going to add to this. How about the wall? Do I put some kind of decorations on there? Do I keep it bare bones? What do I want this cover to say about my characters, and what will it make the audience feel?

I know what I want to make them feel. Will it work? Time will tell.

There’s a lot of lessons I was reminded of when I made this cover. The first is that there are many ways to tell a story. The first two pictures and the last one tell the same story. I think the last one does it better, but they all are good images to build on.

And sometimes, failures lead to new paths. Without me experimenting and failing on the third picture, I never would have came up with the last one. Failure taught me something, and I think I will use it going forward.

What would you like to see in the final image as a little easter egg? Just curious.

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My next blog is my 300th post. The final cover will be awesome. Will reveal it here.

Episode 907: Just Joshing Episode 907: Drink and Draw with Atenas Hidalgo Just Joshing

#atenashidalgo #illustration #booktubeCounting down to episode 1000, Atenas Hidalgo is someone I'm rooting for. At 18, she is chasing her dreams and joins the show to showcase her first illustrated work. We then do a drink and draw marathon, drawing things alphabetically. I kind of do batman…kind of…but anyways, we discover what Atenas loves to draw, we talk about the future, in which I say Atenas has an amazing one. Check out her work, and enjoy this interview.Atenas HidalgoBrutus The Junkyard DogInstagramStudio InstagramWebpageServicesAdvertising Services – Let me create your advertising for your next book or campaign. If you're a creative wondering how to create your advertising for your next project, I can create video, audio, written and graphics. Let me help you get your story, and your best story, out there.Available Now:Alice Won? – Available now. Alice escaped the asylum and pursues the Queen of Hearts to the Greek Labyrinth in the underworld, there she must engage in a game of croquet unlike any other, against Jason of the Argonauts. Illustrated by Kenzie Kats, written by yours truly, come to wonderland Dec. 1st, where the real games begin.Support And Subscribe:Buy my MerchBuy Me A CoffeeNewsletterPatreonTwitchYoutube
  1. Episode 907: Just Joshing Episode 907: Drink and Draw with Atenas Hidalgo
  2. Episode 906: Just Joshing Episode 906: Joe Compton
  3. Episode 905: Just Joshing Episode 905: Betsy Ross
  4. Episode 904: Just Joshing Episode 904: Previewing the NFL Playoffs with Rodney Fyke
  5. Episode 903: Just Joshing Episode 903: Tony Phillips

Show Up

My first love is the reason this is my first rule. I loved this woman to death, but she drove me fucking crazy. She’d say one thing, and do another. She said she’d be there, and then disappear. I never was able to take her on a date I wanted to. One time, I had planned on a concert to take her out to as a surprise, because she told me she was going to be coming by, and she changed her mind right as I pulled up to the building. That concert, through no fault of those musicians, was a very hollow experience.

But throughout my life I realize that this more than anything else is the surest reason why people don’t succeed. It’s one of my biggest lessons, and I see examples of the impact on success throughout my life.

My First College Experience.

My first go around at college was a terrible experience for me. The biggest truth was I didn’t want to be there. I could give a whole song and dance as to why, but if I had to be honest, I wasn’t ready for college. I did it because it was expected of me to do, not because I wanted to at the time.

I never showed up. I just didn’t. I wasn’t interested in the classes or the courses. I showed up and hid away. I wasn’t where I was supposed to be, and my grades and my attendance, suffered for it. I wasn’t a great student in college. I couldn’t be. I just didn’t belong there at that time.

Instead of acknowledging it and leaving, I just didn’t show up. My failures the first time on college are on me.

But why? Because I just didn’t show up.

I didn’t give myself the chance to succeed. I didn’t at least put myself in the batting cage. I stayed out. I rather surf the net, or read books, or play video games than deal with my responsibilities. In hindsight, I should have quit. College in my later years was far more fun, and I was far readier, but here, I wasn’t.

Better to walk away completely than half fast things. Not showing up isn’t about making a decision, it’s about following through on the decision you make. We all do what we want to do at the end of the day, commit to it and follow through.

A Co-Worker Checks Out

I never want anyone to be fired, and this was a buddy of mine, so I can’t say if he reads this, he’s going to be happy, but there’s another form of showing up or not showing up that’s all too common.

At this point in my job at the sparklemuffin, he would always joke that he checked out before the shift did. At first it was a joke, but over time, it became a reality. Most of us around him noticed. Before he went into his next position in the company, a bunch of wondered when he would be fired. His performance had declined that much.

This I feel is the most common version of not showing up out there. Many of us check out of the jobs we work. Most of the jobs out there are monotonous, and boring, and even in my freelancing ways today, there are times I deal with this kind of thing and roll my eyes the whole time.

It’s important to keep that kind of mediocrity out of your soul. My eyes rolled to the back of my head at this, but I know how important my work ethic is to my soul. I won’t let a job give my habits I will carry into my passions. It’s why I quit day jobs to begin with.

Never let your work habits at jobs you have make you half fast at anything. This may be the best example of self sabotage out there. If you feel your work is infecting your home life, your relationships, no matter what it pays, it’s not enough. Make sure if you got to check out, you just check out of the situation, and not your life.

No Cares About Your Choice. They Care About Your Follow Through.

Read that title again. That’s the heart of showing up. The decision doesn’t matter in the grand scheme of things. What’s important is that you make the choice, and follow through. When I ask people to come on the show, I am not offended when someone says no. I know where I stand, and that is worth its weight in gold.

But when you commit and don’t show up, I get furious. I hate having my time wasted. I truly don’t care what your choice is on coming on my show or not. If I asked you, I want you there.

What’s equally as bad is when I realize the people that did say yes show up but put in a half assed effort. I’ve had two guests who a half hour before my show started tried telling me all sorts of conditions to them appearing on the show. Keep in mind, if I am asking you to come on the show, I’m expecting an hour of your time. If someone is coming to me and saying for example, that they only had a half hour, they had other responsibilities, and so on right before the show is about to air, I’m not so convinced they want to be there.

If you say yes, there are expectations. You have to honor them. If you say no, those too are expectations. You have to honor them.

Now shit does happen. In the COVID era, people get sick, family emergencies happen, life in general happens. For the most part though, I have found this to be the exception. More often than not, what it comes down to is essentially this phrase “I don’t feel like it.”

You know what? Feelings are feelings, and hell, “I don’t feel like doing it” might be true in the moment, but it is the biggest load of crap not to do something once you say yes and committed. You’ve made a commitment. Follow through. It’s one of the most disrespectful things you can do to people.

One small note before the next paragraph: You are perfectly capable of changing your mind. But at that point the onus is on you to make those changes, and the closer you get to when that commitment occurs, the more expectations rise. Nip it in the bud as soon as possible. If you wait until the last minute, you will damage people’s trust and confidence in you.

If you can’t tell, this is one my biggest pet peeves. If you don’t show up, or I feel you really don’t want to be here, I prioritize you below taking a dump on my list of things to do going forward. Again, shit happens. People make mistakes. But if all your reasoning boils down to this phrase, I will treat you accordingly.

That Feeling

Getting started is one of the hardest things to do. There are days I don’t feel like getting started either. It’s natural. Motivation sometimes gets your over the hurdle to get started, but the simplest way to follow rule one, is just to do the thing, whatever it is. Doing work creates its own momentum. Writing this blog is a warm up for me tonight. I’ll be working on a novel tonight, and some other stuff. This blog is a great warm up to start my night.

Discipline is the word of the day. Showing up is a lesson in self discipline and expectations for yourself. If you want to build confidence in your abilities and confidence in yourself, having expectations that you are going to show up and work is a good thing.

If you’re a writer, that’s where word counts can be handy. Having a word count goal is helpful in achieving your goals. For me, it’s about doing work. Doing something is how I move forward. There’s a discipline to the rhythm of doing. I show up a lot more when I’m putting in the work.

Besides, good things happen when you do show up and put things out there. I got accidentally published traditionally because I made the decision to put my book out into the world. My whole plan was to self publish the book on Smashwords and make copies for conventions.

My first sale was from someone named Justine, and she liked it, and asked me what I was going to do with my work. When I told her this plan, her response changed my life. “Well, I just did a deal with so and so. I’ll publish your book.”

The Original Artwork. Florence Killed this.

The rest is history.

Show up. It’s one of the most important things you can do in this life. It’s the only way to build your own expectations, and it gives you chances to things you never imagined.

Episode 907: Just Joshing Episode 907: Drink and Draw with Atenas Hidalgo Just Joshing

#atenashidalgo #illustration #booktubeCounting down to episode 1000, Atenas Hidalgo is someone I'm rooting for. At 18, she is chasing her dreams and joins the show to showcase her first illustrated work. We then do a drink and draw marathon, drawing things alphabetically. I kind of do batman…kind of…but anyways, we discover what Atenas loves to draw, we talk about the future, in which I say Atenas has an amazing one. Check out her work, and enjoy this interview.Atenas HidalgoBrutus The Junkyard DogInstagramStudio InstagramWebpageServicesAdvertising Services – Let me create your advertising for your next book or campaign. If you're a creative wondering how to create your advertising for your next project, I can create video, audio, written and graphics. Let me help you get your story, and your best story, out there.Available Now:Alice Won? – Available now. Alice escaped the asylum and pursues the Queen of Hearts to the Greek Labyrinth in the underworld, there she must engage in a game of croquet unlike any other, against Jason of the Argonauts. Illustrated by Kenzie Kats, written by yours truly, come to wonderland Dec. 1st, where the real games begin.Support And Subscribe:Buy my MerchBuy Me A CoffeeNewsletterPatreonTwitchYoutube
  1. Episode 907: Just Joshing Episode 907: Drink and Draw with Atenas Hidalgo
  2. Episode 906: Just Joshing Episode 906: Joe Compton
  3. Episode 905: Just Joshing Episode 905: Betsy Ross
  4. Episode 904: Just Joshing Episode 904: Previewing the NFL Playoffs with Rodney Fyke
  5. Episode 903: Just Joshing Episode 903: Tony Phillips

The Freelance Mindset

The Freelance Mindset

I did this talk for CONDUIT, dealing with the freelancer mindset. Everything I’ve learned in the last two years came out. I talk about self worth, firing someone, price points, and telling stories about yourself. It’s your story that drives people. Here’s the talk. I hope you guys do take a chance to listen.

Episode 907: Just Joshing Episode 907: Drink and Draw with Atenas Hidalgo Just Joshing

#atenashidalgo #illustration #booktubeCounting down to episode 1000, Atenas Hidalgo is someone I'm rooting for. At 18, she is chasing her dreams and joins the show to showcase her first illustrated work. We then do a drink and draw marathon, drawing things alphabetically. I kind of do batman…kind of…but anyways, we discover what Atenas loves to draw, we talk about the future, in which I say Atenas has an amazing one. Check out her work, and enjoy this interview.Atenas HidalgoBrutus The Junkyard DogInstagramStudio InstagramWebpageServicesAdvertising Services – Let me create your advertising for your next book or campaign. If you're a creative wondering how to create your advertising for your next project, I can create video, audio, written and graphics. Let me help you get your story, and your best story, out there.Available Now:Alice Won? – Available now. Alice escaped the asylum and pursues the Queen of Hearts to the Greek Labyrinth in the underworld, there she must engage in a game of croquet unlike any other, against Jason of the Argonauts. Illustrated by Kenzie Kats, written by yours truly, come to wonderland Dec. 1st, where the real games begin.Support And Subscribe:Buy my MerchBuy Me A CoffeeNewsletterPatreonTwitchYoutube
  1. Episode 907: Just Joshing Episode 907: Drink and Draw with Atenas Hidalgo
  2. Episode 906: Just Joshing Episode 906: Joe Compton
  3. Episode 905: Just Joshing Episode 905: Betsy Ross
  4. Episode 904: Just Joshing Episode 904: Previewing the NFL Playoffs with Rodney Fyke
  5. Episode 903: Just Joshing Episode 903: Tony Phillips

Three Milestones Part 2

Enjoying the Little Victories

Welcome. Been a bit. I’m in this very weird freelancing gig where for the next two weeks I’m paid to do absolutely nothing. It’s kind of weird to be in this position, but it’s good to be able to get to my next gigs in between, and get paid for it.

Let’s get this started with the two accomplishments. First off my 50th column came out today. I got to review both a comic and album by the impressive Matt Knowles and Steph Cannon. If you want to check out an amazing comic with Steampunk sensibilities, check it out here. The album is amazing too. Thank you First comics for an amazing 50 columns.

Fun book by two talented people

Just Joshing 800

I’ve come a long way.

For my 800th episode, I invited Nikki Nash, Stephanie Merkus, Rodney Fyke, and William Holland to come draw with me. It was a fantastic chat and draw. It was cool to see the other drawings, and I couldn’t have asked for better people to celebrate the occasion. Thanks guys.  You can listen to this episode at the bottom. It was fun to do.

And thank you for everyone that listens to the show. I’ve done a ton of these, with so many memorable guests. I hit a personal best this year of 2000 downloads in a week. I’m back down to earth, but even after all this time, the podcast is growing and people are listening to it. Thank you very much.

What’s in Art

How we began…
How Far We’ve Come

If you were to tell me just over a year and a half ago I’d be drawing, I’d have laughed at you. If you had told me that I’d be drawing on a regular basis and doing it with consistency, I’d have laughed at you. Right this minute I’m doing a very special Night Witch esque piece featuring two ladies I know, one I admire and one I don’t. It’s fun.

Like I said, I owe a lot. Still got a long way to go, but look at how far I’ve come.

New Advertising

Now finally, let’s talk advertising. I just altered my advertising services. I just finished my first full campaign with JE Taylor, and after that campaign concluded, I got suggestions from JE and a few others, I’ve altered the services just slightly.

Note the advertising copy in the script has gotten better, and I have new deals for different levels, and I’ve already scored some clients. Hope to add more in the next few weeks. But if you check out my linkedin and facebook, you can see the new advertising.

Wicked Heart

Everything keeps growing, changing and evolving. I’m sure I’ll have more things in the future, but for now, this is good. I want to thank you all. Every little victory is possible because of you.

Episode 907: Just Joshing Episode 907: Drink and Draw with Atenas Hidalgo Just Joshing

#atenashidalgo #illustration #booktubeCounting down to episode 1000, Atenas Hidalgo is someone I'm rooting for. At 18, she is chasing her dreams and joins the show to showcase her first illustrated work. We then do a drink and draw marathon, drawing things alphabetically. I kind of do batman…kind of…but anyways, we discover what Atenas loves to draw, we talk about the future, in which I say Atenas has an amazing one. Check out her work, and enjoy this interview.Atenas HidalgoBrutus The Junkyard DogInstagramStudio InstagramWebpageServicesAdvertising Services – Let me create your advertising for your next book or campaign. If you're a creative wondering how to create your advertising for your next project, I can create video, audio, written and graphics. Let me help you get your story, and your best story, out there.Available Now:Alice Won? – Available now. Alice escaped the asylum and pursues the Queen of Hearts to the Greek Labyrinth in the underworld, there she must engage in a game of croquet unlike any other, against Jason of the Argonauts. Illustrated by Kenzie Kats, written by yours truly, come to wonderland Dec. 1st, where the real games begin.Support And Subscribe:Buy my MerchBuy Me A CoffeeNewsletterPatreonTwitchYoutube
  1. Episode 907: Just Joshing Episode 907: Drink and Draw with Atenas Hidalgo
  2. Episode 906: Just Joshing Episode 906: Joe Compton
  3. Episode 905: Just Joshing Episode 905: Betsy Ross
  4. Episode 904: Just Joshing Episode 904: Previewing the NFL Playoffs with Rodney Fyke
  5. Episode 903: Just Joshing Episode 903: Tony Phillips