Tuesday, February 14, 2012

Hey, Wow I Have a Blog

So I haven't written in roughly three years.  I won't bother making excuses because, while some are good, many are poor, but all are still excuses.  I also won't make any promises about posting more since I know myself well enough not to trust my word when it comes to things like blog posts.  Sure, there were times, back in the days of LiveJournal that I would post faithfully every day, sometimes multiple times in the same 24 hours, but it seems my netiquette has declined with age, inversely proportional to how much of a reclusive hermit I am.  Apologies, blog.  For serious.

Now that our collective tears have dried, I will come to the purpose of my post: I've begun to update my website again after a shameful amount of neglect.  Why?  Because, I am 30 and therefore a REAL adult, therefore, I should have a real adult job, right?  So I will polish up my portfolio in the hopes of landing a coveted ART JOB.  (If I knew how to make that sparkle, by god, I would.  The fact that I don't, I think, somehow counts against me.)

After a slight revamp (just moving some stuff around, making minor changes -- also, it's not up yet), I realized that I have to now actually CHOOSE work to put in my portfolio.  Previously, my websites have been just a dumping ground for EVERYTHING I've done (more or less), but now I have to be selective and take only things that showcase my talent(s?) and NOT put up things that should really go in the scrap pile.  A huge issue that will impede my progress at some point is the fact that I've just moved to Massachusetts from New York, and most of my hard copy work is still at my parents' house since our apartment is much too small to fit all of it. 

"What's there, Momo?"

Why thank you for asking, disembodied voice.  All of my life drawings, which I want to photograph for my portfolio and then get rid of (I have so many!), a large body of my student work, paintings, drawings, not to mention blank canvases just waiting to have something slapped on them.  And art supplies.  Eventually I am going to be putting things (as in "art for sale") up on my Etsy page, but, again, I make no promises.  Though, blog, you shall surely hear of it when it happens.

Also, I've been writing a paranormal romance novel, and I think I'm finally at a point where I can sort of safely announce that... to all two of my followers.  And to you, blog.  I've gathered a small group of close friends to read what I've got so far, though they're people who will give it to me straight and won't kiss my ass, which is exactly what I need.  Plus they're generally good with grammar, which is a plus.  I'm usually a Grammar Nazi myself, but even I can miss something, especially when reading and re-reading the same thing over and over again.  I've set a goal for myself (something I almost never do anymore): to finish the typed first draft (the handwritten rough draft has been finished for a long, long while) within four months.  So by the end of June, I'd like to finally be finished with this thing, so I can try to get it published.  The feedback I've gotten so far was really positive; the test will just be the publishers and their opinions.  My friends can say it's a good book all they want, but they can't publish it and pay me money.  Granted, self-publishing is an option, but I don't really want to go that route, to be frank.  I would like the validation of "THE MAN" accepting my work, and I really suck at trying to sell my own stuff.  Or anyone else's for that matter.  THEREFORE, PR rep would be good.

But that's all I have to say right now.