2018 was a very challenging year for me. I had to move out of an old apartment because the lease was up and the place was mold infested- had to stay at a fam members place until for about a month until the new place was ready to move in, so that put delays in finishing my comic- which was already behind because I was struggling & fighting through pain in my joints, reaction to the mold(breathing issues), & a slight case of burnout. I then had things delayed a little longer coz I had a couple of overtime projects to do at my RL job and a convention to do in February. The weekend after the con, was the weekend I had to move into the new place, so no comic work because lifting heavy furniture & boxes up a flight of stairs...the following weekend I had ANOTHER con to do. I finally got the chapter one, but then I needed to take a LONG break- for recovery on my hands/arms/shoulders/back, and mental rest coz I just felt so exhausted.
I formatted the finished chapter to print to sell at summer conventions, but then my truck went down costing me money on repairs. In addition to that, the one summer show I signed to was a complete fail, and then my truck gave me further issues which put the rest of my summer con plans on hold. I did some art stuff here and there, but my mind was mainly focused on getting my truck fixed...
I started out good on the next installment in my webcomic series, but then the "burnout" feeling and my arm/joint pains came back. I've been trying to pace myself, but been feeling kind of bummed that my arm issues have been slowing down my production. I've invested in some compression sleeves and copper lined gloves; they help, but only so much at times. Been doing my best to get stuff out, but trying not to push myself too hard...also my RL job workload increased during the holidays- which was good coz it allowed me to get some stuff for the holidays, but also further wore me out where I couldnt work on my comic as much as I wanted to.
Just now, returning from the holidays I have a couple of projects at the RL job that will put extra money in my pockets, but also will slow down production on my comic to a certain degree. Trying to be positive in the thought of not forcing myself to feel bad about slowing down; it might be a blessing in disguise.