On the other hand, it was a really slow year. I only did one convention really (AnthroCon) and spent precious little time creating any new art. I spent most of my time up to my elbows in dealing with various unhappy things that happened last year or early this year, as well as frantically trying to prepare of the inevitable loss of my job and put myself into position to start creating things again.
The October commissions made about as much again as AnthroCon did, but they also ate most of my month, and was less than I'd make foaming lattes. November saw 50k+ of a novel written, but it ate my brain and left me panting for air the first week or so of December.
I don't really have a strong "lessons learned" to take away from this at the moment, other than the painfully obvious fact that there's no way I could do this without being heavily subsidized. So to that end, I'd like to once again extend profound thanks to Mrs. Gneech for being the household breadwinner.
The key to sustaining this, obviously, will be to start actually making some money at it, selling books, doing more commissions, etc., and that's what I'm going to be concentrating on in the first half of 2014. I was planning to do a big "commissions open for December" thing like I did in October, but circumstances conspired to delay it, and now December is 1/3 over and people are quickly going to care more about "the holiday season" than furry art, I suspect.
Still, commissions are open, so if you're interested, let me know! In the meantime, I'm going to concentrate for the rest of this month on creating new art and working on the sky pirates novel idea. I expect to have a new "Ponies vs. Daleks" portfolio ready by FurTheMore, in March, and hopefully some other cool things besides.
- Current Location:The Hobbit Hole
- Current Mood: contemplative
I’ve been very lucky so far that the majority of Dying Is My Business reviews have been strongly positive. But this review is one of my favorites, if only because of this particular bit:
Ha! I don’t know why that tickles me so much, it just does. I feel like it would make a great slogan for a company: “Old Spice body wash. Be masculine without being a pig.” Or “Gillette Fusion ProGlide Shave Gel. Be masculine without being a pig.” (I’d suggest making up “Masculine without being a pig” t-shirts to sell at conventions, but the news coming out of some of them recently tells me they wouldn’t be accurate.)
Anyway, thanks to reviewer Zeenat, whoever you are, for the best line in a review ever!
- Wed, 12:19: In other news, I just tried to look up reference images for the Cutiemark Crusaders' cutiemarks. #MLPFIM #derp #ArtistWorldProblems
- Wed, 13:20: As always, my computer decides to throw a hissy fit as I'm trying to start. -.- Ponies v. Daleks should be starting in just a bit.
- Wed, 13:33: Ponies vs. Daleks, Season Two, Livestreaming NOW! http://t.co/mya2mzMgN5
- Wed, 15:12: Had to punt on the LiveStream. For whatever reason, my PC just can't handle Manga Studio AND streaming any more. :P
- Wed, 15:13: But the pic should be up sometime tonight, I hope.
- Wed, 15:16: RT @chris_roberson: A third of Texas women just lost the right to vote. - infinitefruit: Women can turn Texas blue for the... http://t.co/N…
- Wed, 15:16: RT @MissSkyote: To all who bitch about greedy unions, low-wage service workers striking, or basically anyone demanding a living wage & abil…
- Wed, 15:16: RT @MissSkyote: You’re being manipulated. It’s much easier for those in power to keep their wealth and power when we’re fighting each other…
- Wed, 15:25: RT @tordotcom: Our prod. manager just suggested that the 11th Doctor should die and wake up in the Library computer where River is. Everyon…
- Wed, 16:40: Ponies vs. Daleks, Season Two: The Cutiemark Crusaders! http://t.co/ODfH2gdk25
A quick note that I’ll be hanging out and signing books at Barnes & Noble in the Kalamazoo area this Saturday from 1:00 – 3:00 p.m. The address is 6134 South Westnedge, Portage, Michigan. Hopefully I’ll see a few of you there! (Autographed books make awesome Christmas presents, you know )
On a related note, if you live in the U.S. and feel like giving away one (or more!) of my books for Christmas this year, I’d be happy to send you a signed bookplate to go with it. Email me at jchines -at- sff.net. I’ll mail up to three bookplates per person, but you have to let me know today or tomorrow so I can get them in the mail by Saturday. Limited time offer, while supplies last, etc. and so on.
Mirrored from Jim C. Hines.
- Wed, 14:00: Is currently functioning within functional operating parameters #beepboopbopbeepboop
- Wed, 14:08: Pretty sure I'm not on the government terrorist watch list after all the armor repairs I did for them in EverQuest2 ...
- Wed, 14:42: You've all been tagged to give a fresh-from-the-store copy of one of my books to someone for the holidays OR [insert meme threat here]!
- Wed, 15:38: These creepy Santas slay (sleigh?) me (or would, given the opportunity) http://t.co/J7zBKPsJ9j
- Thu, 01:44: I saw a gargoyle in the I, Frankenstein commercial!. Some savvy Hollywood type should really snatch up my gargoyle books, huh? #XMasWish
- Thu, 02:37: Sons of Anarchy season finale.. woah! #NoSpoilers #Shakespearean
This is why I don't get the things done that I plan to every day. This cat. And that face she makes. Hard to move and disturb her once she has settled onto my lap. and she is always in my lap.
It’s been a while, I know, but we’re back in business as the CMC try to get their timey-wimey cutiemarks! The dalek might actually stand a chance, this time…
It's not terrible. Pretty neat, actually. Less boom-boom than I was worried about. I joked on the dayjob blog that rather than "based on All You Need Is Kill", we might say that the film is "thematically adjacent to All You Need Is Kill." Yes, it's whitewashed, but given the sales of the books and the orders coming in for the mass-market tie-in edition, the film remains a great commercial for the novel!
In other news, I have a new essay up on BullSpec, about my new novel Love Is the Law (which is under eight bucks, and fits in Christmas stockings, btw), in which I explain why it's actually like The Alchemist.