I did so much in 2020. The things I’m proud of could be a list three times as long as Eight. I tried to be who I wanted to be. And I did some incredible things. So here are the Eight things I’m most proud of.
My First Audiobook Release
Even though I don’t love audiobooks, I’m so happy I got the chance to do this. Duatero was an artistic challenge, but a rewarding experience. I learned so much about audio and I love this book. Brad is a world class writer, and I was honored to do this. I enjoy narration and still do so on the podcast, so hopefully I’ll get other opportunities. This was a great learning experience.
Just Joshing Episode 341
This happened right after the Pandemic started. I knew that I wanted to do something, anything to feel normal. The world had gone crazy – still kind of crazy to be honest – and I wanted to do something that meant that life went on.
I thought of CS Lewis. Cs Lewis read while London was being bombed on the BBC radio a book that would become Mere Christianity. CS Lewis I am not, but I really loved this experience. I’ve had the pleasure of reading and watching many other authors read their story in the darkness. What a powerful message that really is. Life goes on. It always does.
Released The Cloud Diver
I made a promise to myself that I would chase every single dream I had. I wasn’t going to let 2020 stop me. And I didn’t I released two books this year and other things as well. The first book here was my first science fiction novel. I love dime novels and I love japanese light novels. I got to fulfill those itches with this book and I’m proud of it.
My first novel is out and I’m so stoked. I want to thank Lance Buan for being an amazing human being and being a part of the vision for this project. So many lessons in this book. I learned how to deal with criticism. I learned how to deal with the fact that many of my contemporaries have pushed me to be better. I’m curious what they will think about my next book, because my next novel release is much better for this and I’m curious what people will think of my next releases as time goes on.
If you like a homage to video games that’s a fun adventure and pure joy on a page, may I recommend buying the book here?
Released Alice Zero
My other book release. Colleen Anderson asked me to write an epic poem in the vein of The Watcher and so I obliged, reimagining Alice as Pandora and coming up with a very fun series. Alice has been the most fun for me to discover. I had no idea I had an Alice in Wonderland story inside me and it was a pleasure to discover and tell it.
Kenzie Carr was an absolute pleasure to work for and I hope to continue to work with her in the future. Thanks Kenzie. And if you want to read a poem about Alice opening Pandora’s Box, why not buy that book right here?
The Podcast is a Broadcast
So my podcast has evolved. I always dreamed that the podcast would be a talk show on television or the radio. In the process of becoming a freelance writer, I sought to find my niche. The key to freelancing is finding the things you are good at. What took me six months to figure out is that I already have my niche.
Ever hear of the Just Joshing Podcast?
The fact I missed this for so long made me kick myself so hard. But here it was. Eventually, I realized that I was waiting for someone else to give me permission to do this.
Why wait? Why not just do it? So I have. I’m on Twitch and I stream regularly. I’ve had a month of the new show under my belt and I’m proud of how the show has evolved. A lot of the core things are the same. It’s casual conversations with creatives about life, the universe and everything. But now I’m more engaged with not only my guest, but the crowd.
It’s growing. I’m halfway to being an affiliate on Twitch and am hoping to turn a profit on my own as my audiences continue to grow. This is what I’m supposed to do. And I’m doing it.
Sold My First Illustration Piece
The caption says it all. This is probably the thing I’m most proud of with improving myself. I told myself for years that I wasn’t a good artist. In fact, I have two stories that make fun of this in my head. I’m writing one of them next year (more on that in the next blog entry), but this has been a blast. With the podcast becoming visual I knew I wanted to have more illustrators on the show.
But I also know that talking isn’t necessarily their first language. Drawing is. This decision forced me to come out my comfort zone. Each friday I draw with someone, and sometimes on wednesdays too. It’s always fun.
But after a few drawings showing up on my social feeds Mog Park told me I was out of excuses. Mog had invited me to the Final Fantasy Draw and Bid, but I was transforming the podcast into a talk show. I was out. After I showed my grinch drawing she told me I had no choice. So this month I submitted my first piece. I can’t pretend I was in the same league with some of my contemporaries.
That said, I sold my first art piece. For five dollars in a bid.
Someone bought my art. I never ever thought I’d say that. This lesson more than most taught me more and more that I can be anyone I want to be. I just got to give myself permission.
I need to thank two people in particular. Anh Vu, you are an amazing talent and I appreciate the first lesson you gave me. It’s allowed me to draw with abandon.
Rich Perotta, I love the zeal you have with your work. You’re so passionate about what you do that I have no choice but to be infected with that wonder. I appreciate you more than you know and model my whole approach with the pencil after you.
I’ve had freelance articles published. How My Apocalypse… on Coffee Over Suicide was shared by dozens of people and it’s an article I’m especially proud of. Coffee Over Suicide seems to have vanished, so I’ll re-release the article at some point.
But I’m also stoked I got published at Anime Herald. I talked about what media can learn from Japan, and I encourage you all to give this article a read. I’m proud of this. The Talk Show has forced me to focus on that more than expected, but I’ve already started pitching. I’ll be freelancing a lot more next year. Bank on it.
I Appreciate You
I have been quietly going to people this year and giving them words of positivity. It might be the most rewarding thing I have done.
The most humbling thing I’ve heard over and over again is that I inspire others. I really don’t know how. I’m just me you know? The world needs sunshine right now and it’s so easy to give a little. And looking at you all, how can I not be inspired by you? Mark Leslie and his skits. The many authors that released books in this time. The people I’ve met that have been so successful. I never know what to quite think of the fact that I’ve made the impact I’ve made.
I can only say thank you.
I hope you all are doing things that are fulfilling you. I feel incredibly blessed and I have no fear of what’s in store for 2021. I’ll be doing the same things. Going for my dreams and making them real. I hope you are seeking your own happiness and joy, and I’ll see you all in the new year talking about my goals.
Stay shining in the darkness.