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Putting It All Together

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Easter is done! Yay! As someone who has five kids, every holiday is super hectic. And yesterday was no exception. For the first time in ever, I didn’t even attempt to open my laptop. I was just swept up in the preparations for the Holiday. My mom decided to dress everyone in yellow, except for me because to be honest I always end up looking like a bumblebee in yellow. And I was out dress to impress my relatives.

Which in the end, I didn’t do at all.  I always feel when I’m visiting my relatives I have to put the fierce queer black woman who I am away and put on the affable ‘normal’ face that they expect me to wear. Then add to the fact that I’m hella socially awkward and yeah it’s stressful situation all around.

To add to complications, my mother was really sick, but she put a brave face and went an easter party that my Aunt S was holding. It was threatening to rain all day, but lucky for us it didn’t rain.  The kids and I lasted about two hours and we went home.

 

So that was my Easter experience, as for the art. Well, as I said in the last post I have been struggling on how to take my art career to the next level. I have decided to do some research on art promotion and social media branding. I think I’m going to rebrand everything in the end, but I’m going to wait until I finish the research. I think my one big thing I’m lacking is that I’m not engaging enough with my followers. I’m socially awkward and I just not good at that, but I’m going to have to suck it up and do it.

I’ m always afraid that I’m going to say the wrong thing and then it will blow up in my face. However, I do realize that business is not without risk. I’m actually got Kindle Unlimited and I got a lot of books on Art Marketing and Social Media Marketing.  I’m actually going to post my book list soon.

 

Read Al The Books

Me right now. Art by Allie Brosh

I also have been wondering if I should branch out. My end goal is to make beautiful book covers for writers. I want to do that for a living. However, I realized this year that I’m pigeon-holing myself with just doing that.  I think I should start offering freebies and also custom social media icons, and banners as well.

I just need to get my name out there more, and it just seems I have so much to do and so little time. I am actually forcing myself to do ‘Todoist’ so I can be more productive and keep track of the things I have to do. I just I need to do things more efficiently. So this is my spring cleaning of my business and brand.

I’m going to research all I can and try to implement them to the best my ability. Hopefully, everything will turn out for me in the end. 🙂 That’s all I have to say for today, but please be sure to check back here on Friday for another post by yours truly.

The Tough Get Going!

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Every artist worth their salt gets depressed, especially when you are like me who is just starting out. I’m not big name artist, I’m not making a lot of money (or any money) right now, and it just feels all too hopeless. It feels like I’m never going succeed. I had that moment over the weekend, my aunt came over and I showed off my art, but after she was gone I realized I didn’t really have to show for all my efforts as an artist.

The thought really made me depressed, because I don’t  have contacts, I don’t a lot of jobs under my belt and it’s getting and closer to my self-imposed deadline. If you don’t know I have until my toddlers go to school to get shit together and be a WORKING artist or I’ll go out and get me a ‘real job’.

But then late last night, I realized that I have to get serious about finding commissions. I have been waiting for prospective clients to come along and not chasing them down. This is why I’m not getting work and I have only myself to blame. So I have decided to some research, to do some email marketing mojo, to promote myself and my work more.

Because to be honest, no one in this business, in any artistic industry makes it by just sitting on their laurels. You have to fight for it, or you’ll never get it. I think for me this realization was the wake-up call I really needed.  I made the mistake of thinking that success was just going to be handed to me on a silver platter and that is not how real life works.

So instead of crying about not being successful, I’m going to go out and make it happen.

 

Sick and Tired

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So yeah, I’m sick…again. Seriously, kids are a blessing and all that, but no one ever tells you that they are little germ containers. Every time one kid comes home with some sickness, it spreads through the house like wildfire. So not only that I’m sick, I have all the kids sick with me.

And of course, this comes down at the worst time possible, because of a nice fan of my work PMed me and asked me nicely to do some cover art for their fan fiction, and I had all of these awesome plans for it. Then I got sick, but I am determined to get all of my work done this week and complete all of my commitments despite being sick.

I just really can’t afford to take another month off

To further discuss my art, I have basically been running around like a chicken with my head cut off trying to sell my art and I have decided to actually do some research for a change. To make it as a working artist, you have to have some business savvy. So I have bought some books and it has given some idea where to start. I am also researching to more effectively market my art on social media. I will be totally posting a book rec list later on, so stay tuned for that!

I had to take a break last week because I was putting out mediocre work and I was not happy about. So my mother who is a traditional artist (in her minimal free time) told me I should take some time off. So I did, and I came back to do a bit of art that was actually back to my usual standard.

I think my problem was that I was trying to do art every day like I was art factory and not living breathing person who needs to have limits. So I will restrict doing art from every day down to two or three times a week. and doing a fanart once a week. I think that can work for me and the quality of work I want to put out. Because for me, the quality outranks quantity every time.

Now, I’m can barely concentrate and I’m about to fall asleep at my laptop, so I will be bringing this post to a close now.  I see you guys on Friday for a new post.

I love work

I Rather Be In The Studio

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Hi, everyone! Happy Monday! I said I would do more posts, and I’m trying to keep that promise. So first of all, I wanted to give an update. I have been saying in my last few posts that I have been trying to challenge myself into branching out of my comfort zone as an artist. It’s very easy for me to put myself in a rut, or to keep to my safe spaces as an artist. That type of thinking can cut off the opportunity to further grow into my potential as an artist.

So I have been watching a lot of photoshop tutorial youtube videos, interacting and talking with other artists, and keeping a notebook of all the things that I want to learn. And I have actually crossed off a few items on the list. I’m also taking copious notes on the all the photoshop tutorials that I’m watching and reading.

Gigi's Notebook of Doom

This weekend, though, instead of doing all the things I had planned, I spent it in my room doing art. I did two pieces this weekend, one I posted yesterday and I’m going to post the other piece tomorrow. I have also decided to start studying some basic principals of photography since photo manipulation is basically the bastard cousin of photography. I can’t begin to tell you how many photographers are photo manipulators (or as they like to call themselves ‘retouchers’).

I might actually one day branch off and learn photography for real. And maybe do all of my own stocks images, I think that would be a lucrative and challenging thing to do in the future and I’m always up to learning a new skill.  I know for a fact that alot people would be like: “Gigi why don’t you learn digital painting?” And the answer to that is that  I have zero interest in drawing of any kind.  Seriously, the thrill and the thing that I love most about photo manipulating is that I get take plain pictures and make them into art.  It’s no different in my opinion, to those avant-garde artists who use recycled items to do art, sculptures who use clay to make beautiful pieces, or people who make awesome collages out of photos.  As that old saying goes, “Everything Is Art.”  Art like everything else visual is subjective.

Art Steel Heart Sculpture

Everything Is Art

Every time I come across a stock image, I’m always silently thinking to myself: “How can I use this?” I know rambling now, but I just feel that this is what I was really meant to do with my life. And I kind of kick myself for not figuring this back in high school. So here I am, 33 and starting a career as Artist from scratch.  *rolls eyes*

Anyway, I think I have rambled on long enough and I’m going to go back to doing some more art. Stay tuned for more posts this week, because I plan on talking about artists that inspire me (because both Traditional and Digital Art continues to feed my muse).

I’m Alive!

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I have been sick for a week and believe me I am more than happy to be functional and back to work. This week I’m really behind on the blogging, so I will be doing my damnest to catch up.  As for my real life, my family is recovering for a harsh strand of the flu. Everyone was sick and it was not pretty. My little boy had to stay home from school for three days and I barely got out of bed last week.

This month has been hell. I did not have happy Valentine’s day.  And then the babies we were going to foster until my other sister got out of prison both ended up dying due to complications. It’s just really sad all around, and I feel a bit guilty because I was not really looking forward to fostering them. I have five children, and I’m just barely managing to assemble some type of career outside of that and I was angry at my sister.

But I never wanted those babies dead, I just wanted their mother to raise them.   I wanted to grow up healthy and happy with their mom. It’s just all very heartbreaking.  But my sister has managed to deal with the grief of losing her children admirally and with more grace than I know I would be  exhibiting right now.  I’m so proud of my sister who didn’t let her grief over her childern backslide her into downward spiral and is trying to make a better life for herself.

Valentine’s day was my mom and my stepdad’s twenth anniversary and it was very much a low key affair.  Honestly, I’m awe that anyone can be with someone that long, I personally can’t see myself being with someone for that many years.

As for my career, well you guys see the new theme? It’s all nice and professional and a complete upgrade from the free wordpress theme I was using.  I decided to transfer my art back to my main site because it was too many sites to manage in the end and this felt simpler.  I’m back to making art, and studying to try to expand my skills by learning Adobe Indesign.  In the end I want to sort end up opening my own web shop here of my art and promote my name as an artist.  So I will be doing that more consistently over the next year or so.

I’m also writing again, and hopefully I can hone my skills into something that I can eventually publish my own book one day. I found this awesome writer’s group and they have been so encouraging and they have answered all my questions.  I also found some damn good beta readers who has whipped my writing into shape. I will diffidently keep you guys updated on that as I progress with it.

Anyway, that is everything for now. I see you guys later!

 

 

Hot Mess

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So yet another personal post guys! Seriously, I can’t believe it’s Monday again. Where does the time freaking go? I’m busy, busy, busy doing stuff or my main blog, doing art, and promoting all of my endeavors. Honestly, I wish I had more time in the day. Like I don’t mind the blogging, I don’t mind the art, but the promoting drives me crazy. There are a million articles to read, six social media stuff I have to post to, and I have been slipping with keeping up with my five twitter accounts.

I know I need to be more organzied, but I’m so freaking lazy I can’t even tell you. I just do everything off the cuff, and try to keep lists and pray that everything works. As for my home life, everything is cool, and going on as usual. My parents are gearing up for their 20th wedding anniversary and my mom has admitted that she was shocked that got this far.

And for me, honestly, love is like rock bottom on my list. I honestly don’t see myself falling in love ever again, and honestly,  the thought of spending decades with someone else is a bit scary. I personally just want to start making enough money to feed myself and buy the tiny house of dreams. People think I’m crazy that I have no interest in anybody right now, but again my sexuality is so weird that just summing up myself as queer is the only way I can do describe it.

I’m a homoromantic homoerotic gray-asexual, that shit right there is in two words a MOUTH FULL.  Like I’m sexually attracted to women, but I have no interest in like having real sex with other women or anybody else for that matter. If I fall in love with anyone, it would be probably a woman, but to be honest I don’t want to be with anyone right now or possibly ever.  And how in the fucking hell did I get on the fucking subject of my sexual/romantic life? Who the hell knows people?!!

I sort of long for the good old days when I thought sexuality was basically down to STRAIGHT and GAY. Ignorance is bliss folks. And my parents think: Oh, we don’t want you to die alone, and be a cat lady. Who is going to take care of you in your old age? How about the five kids I quasi-adopted? Or how about my friends, or how about I just take care of myself?

I’m concentrating on my career because for the first time in my life I know what I want to do with the rest of it. I love being an artist, and I love blogging. I want to make a career out of both.  So I’m working to do just that. And if I work hard, I will do that, but it’s a long road to success, especially if you are starting with zero experience in anything other than house making and kid wrangling.

I’ also afraid of success, and that is holding me back, folks. Like I know I should be promoting myself more, but there is a part of me that is afraid that I’m just going to screw up and not meet everyone’s expectations.  But I’m going to put my big girl panties on and be a freaking adult.

Anyway, this blog post is such a mess. I apologize if you managed to make your way through it. I got to get going. I have dishes to clean, and fic to read.  TaTa For Now!

Open Doors and Milestones

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So yeah, I have been just reblogging political posts, but I thought it was high time for me to give you guys an update. I have been working, and by working I mean I have been working on my blog. My blog has gotten a lot more popular and I really have been concentrating on getting an ENGAGED audience and gradually monetizing my blog WTF The Mortal Instruments?!

I had to put Dress Them Up on hiatus, I have a feeling that blog is going to be big one day, but I’m putting all of my efforts into WTFTMI. Honestly, I can’t believe that it’s almost a year since this started that blog and I’m so happy how much this past year blogging as changed me as a person.

I was so afraid of stepping on any toes, I was so afraid to use my voice in the beginning days and now It has been worth every challenge I had to face and there endless ways for this blog to grow over time.

I’m also back to doing Graphic Design, no pure professional designs but I have been doing a lot of  fandom stuff because not only do I love to do it but because it’s a way to get my name out there.  I mean, my first clients were people from Fandom and I really hope that trend runs true. I think I’m going to do more fandom events as well and start networking and getting better at it.

The one thing that my year blogging at WTFTMI and finishing City of Ashes gave me the confidence to get back to writing. I have been writing by Dragon Natural Speaking, but it turns out it’s hard to dictate anything with kids. So I’m back to my old method of writing and using Text to Speech programs to proofread, which is annoying, but I had to do that with Dragon anyway.

I think I’m going to work my way into publishing my own book as well. But right now I’m taking it day by day, and I’m not going to rush it at all.  I’m just going to learn everything I can in the meanwhile.

Personally, I’m still waiting for my sister’s baby to come home. The babies came early and one of the babies, unfortunately, died in the womb. So now, we are waiting for all the red tape and stuff to finish before he comes home. We thought he would be home this week, but we still had some bureaucratic bullshit to deal with.

Also this week, the younger of my Irish Twins had a birthday yesterday and it was a low key thing. Niyah turned two years old yesterday. She was very excited about the cake and the ice cream and I can’t believe that they are both two years old. It’s more than a little alarming that they growing up so damn fast. A part of me wants to keep them little forever and another part of me wants them to hurry up and go to school so I can have eight blissful hours of quiet.

Anyway, I’m off to finish some much-needed projects and I will give you another update soon.

Hard Choices

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So Happy Holidays! This year has been shit for everyone and we have the orange dictator-elect to deal with soon. Also, I’m the only person who is feeling really disappointed at how the recounts were shut down. I  really wish that Hilary had ignored Obama and went after Trump Immediately.

*sigh* But enough of Politics. I want to talk about something else. So I’m a burgeoning Graphic Designer, and I especially want to make book covers. However, making book covers is like you have to have a lot of contacts, or you have to be a writer yourself. And honestly with my two nephews being born in January. I decided to make a hard choice.  Put Miss Match Media on the side burner and concentrate all of my energy on the blogging.

I want a decent income, and Blogging will get me there sooner. Once I’m making some decent money, I will be back to the Graphic Design.  I have one new blog, Dress Them Up. And I’m in the process of creating another fanfiction review blog called Ficnatically. Because let’s be honest, I read WAY MORE fanfiction than original books, and it takes me forever to finish original books.

I’m also going to be updating this blog more often, at least once a week on the weekend.

So you are probably thinking, that is what three blogs? How you are going to keep up that pace with SEVEN kids to take care of.  First, I’m going to be scheduling posts waaaaay ahead of time.  *Pats The Editoral Calender Plugin* and then I’m going to dictate it. I actually brought Dragon Natural Speaking.  I’m going to spend the time before my nephew’s birth training the program up

So I can get my blog posts done, and it won’t kill me.

So what’s going on with you guys?

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