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Late (a bit too late) last night I finished up my current big commission, and that client wasn't likely to pay the invoice for the next one till this evening. Thus, I had the day to do things that weren't painting-for-money.

I had hoped that I would get to do some sketching or speed drills (I don't want to do speed drills, but good god am I slow...). Unfortunately, today turns out to have been eaten up by admin work and attempting to wrangle social media. My god is social media exhausting, even though I barely post, post almost nothing but artwork, and barely interact. And now it looks like a lot of the people I wish to read are attempting a migration to Mastodon, which is just baffling as a service.

If you are wondering, dear reader, Dreamwidth doesn't really count. It's not quite social media as we've come to understand it, and the pace on my feed is very much slower. Also, the risk of accidentally getting picked up in a site search by hateful minions is much, much smaller.

I may still manage some sketching tonight if I can force productivity rather than mindless video games. And thus far today, I've:

- done all the appropriate repetitive steps to get old art into postable format
- reactivated my Etsy store and put up all the art from the past few months
- made (unfortunately ambiguous) post on Twitter announcing same
- made post on Tumblr, DA, etc announcing same (different formatting concerns!)
- reformatted most recent commission and sent print file to client
- invoiced said commission plus deposit for next one
- performed job opportunity search for girlfriends
- collated said opportunities into emails
- stared at Mastodon, willing it to make sense

Which all feels like it ought to have taken like, an hour or two. But lo, it was more like five or six.

Also today: Meredy made me really good fried potatoes, it has rained in a really pleasant-sounding way all day, and my extremities are attacking.

Considering renaming this account and going pseudonymous again, since it's about 10-15 years too late to be an effective place to show off art.
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But this graph delights me.
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One of the things that never makes it into movies about writers or artists: the bookkeeping. I don't just mean keeping track of cash flow and doing taxes, though that's certainly a factor. Bookkeeping for me also includes updating webpages, making forum posts, going through websites for prospective jobs, etc. It's not really un-fun, but it takes up a lot of time and can be weirdly exhausting. Case in point: I just spent roughly an hour and a half answering forum messages, updating Necropolis Studios and minding galleries. If you're not careful, it'll eat your day. The bigger danger, though, is letting it go. Most of the people I've seen, myself included, tend to ignore this aspect until it balls up into a huge mess that needs serious unsnarling. I'm not at the 6 months behind on emails stage that I've seen some people hit, but I don't get much email.

Everything seems to come with an extra "adult" clause. *grumble* Ah, well. It's still way better than a regular job, and I've finally figured out a bit more of the coloring on one of the pics I'm working on. Now, I get a break, and then I get to start the shadow portion of that one.
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We've cancelled our star-crossed AT&T account, so the landline for the Necroplex is no longer operational. Use my cell number or email to contact me instead. If you'd like to have my cell number, comment below and I'll make a locked post just for you.

In other news, I think you were right, Andrew - the little laptop did it again with a different OS. I think that harddrive is toast.

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