So, why the blog (let's get that out of the way)
Because of the context and the continuity. It's easier to keep track, for both me and you, of what I'm up to, and if I post a picture I made, it probably won't be sandwiched between a meme and news about gun violence.
Because of the pace. Come here and be caught up with everything in five minutes. If you think of me once a month, that's already more than enough, and thank you.
Because a blog can go in depth. These first two are updates, but I can make the next post an article about a weird composition thing, or writing, or something I might be thinking about in regards to Formal Aspects of Narrative (unlikely), or which pens to use (hello no). I could also go into very long rants about things I don't like (naming names, etc etc), which we can all look forward to.
There are actual paragraphs. If the very idea of paragraphs fills you with anxiety and you fear about missing out on Content elsewhere, skip to the end. Also don't call things content. And for your own well-being, I hope you're not making "content."
(See why I have a blog?)
A blog because it was a mistake to abandon them in the first place. Other platforms appeal with the ease of posting and quick thinking and responding. This is sometimes great. If it's the only thing, then ultimately both the art and the interactions get shrunk down to fit in that phone-sized two-seconds box. It's very, very easy to click a tiny heart and scroll on. I do this myself, and it sometimes makes me angry.
Instead of speeding up and cutting down everything to fit in that slots machine, a blog is making things slower on purpose, and hopefully at least slightly more substantial. This is a human writing; not a human trying to be a brand -- no daily quotas of instagram posts to hack the algorithm or keep you clicking that "like" button daily.
This blog template came with a built-in "like" button. It is now gone. There are also no comments. If you want to comment, you'll just have to send me an e-mail. Let's call it an experiment for both of us. Let's see where all of it goes. Twenty-two posts to go.
Of course, the "scroll, like and forget" option is still available.
TOTAL NUMBER OF SHORTS I'M WORKING ON: FOUR (4)
Two you know about and two secret ones. I'm not writing one of them, so that one is the official vacation.
Other than that, more covers:
The print edition of Inktober
-- is at the printer. It is in color after all -- hooray. A physical proof arrived today:
Available mid-May on the website, in person at TCAF (god-willing), and later in some stores. I'd say The Beguiling in Toronto is a good bet (I didn't ask them yet, but they are very very nice).
There will also be a limited amount of special "let's cover the printing costs / possibly fund my newfound photography problem" sketch editions. The limit with those is time, so I'll probably start with 30, but I am happy to do hundreds. Let's get that photography problem really going.
I'll open orders / preorders as soon as I finalize the proof and know the weight for shipping, so the next time you hear from me you'll be able to buy it on here.
See you in two weeks or so-- thanks for reading.