I’m writing a book.

After taking notes and jotting down ideas for about a year now, I have begun the arduous task of building a sort of framework for how I want the core bits and pieces to work together. Additionally, I have actually started to write passages and paragraphs in earnest. I can’t say exactly what the book is intended to be about or what it will end up turning out to be about, but a lot of the bigger and more important pieces are sketched out on paper and firmly planted at the forefront of my mind.

It will be largely based on my life and experiences, but it will not be a true autobiographical piece in the traditional sense. Rather, it will borrow heavily from places I have been, things I have experienced, relationships I have had and so on. Additionally, it will heavily feature my creative writing to expound upon true events in order to turn them into something greater and more fantastical and (hopefully) enjoyable to read for people besides myself.

I think I have lived a pretty interesting life. Friends and acquaintances surely seem to think so. With what I consider to be an atypical way of living and looking at life and all that it encompasses, I think I have an interesting and engaging story to tell and bits of supposed wisdom to share. Maybe not applicable to anyone else’s life, it should at least serve as some sort of peek under the covers of my own.

I am toying around with tossing up bits and pieces in their own little corner of this website, but that final decision has yet to be made.

New Game Plan

It’s time for a change and a change of focus. I have deleted my Facebook, Instagram and Twitter profiles. I will be working diligently to finish commissioned work and honor professional & personal agreements as best as I’m able moving forward. But, simply put, it’s time to pull back and stop spreading myself too thin. It is taking a toll on my mental health, my physical health, and the relationships of those most directly effected by my actions – my immediate family. To be certain, I am aware and understand the toll this decision might have on people I’m close with and working for, and for that I apologize infinitely.

I am not entirely done doing commission work, but I’m essentially done doing commission work. The types of people and organizations I have found myself working with and for are, at no fault of their own, not in a position to pay adequately enough for me to continue chasing that dream. And who am I kidding, I’m not getting any younger either. So, I will do my best to honor all agreements to the best of my ability. After that, only under special circumstances or based on special relationship, will I take on new commission work in the future. Yes, this means the public engagements I’d had planned for October and next spring are also not going to happen.

It’s time to focus on my own work, my family, and the things which only serve to facilitate a healthy me.