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My last journal was from almost two years ago. It starts with "well it's been almost two years since I last posted here".

Apparently people are still finding me and my old artwork! Out of boredom I poked my head into DA to see how it was going, considering I haven't really been here for four years, only to discover I'm coming close to 100,000. I think the last time I really looked I was somewhere in the 50,000 range?

So...If people are still looking at this dusty old gallery, maybe I should start adding some new artwork to it :/ 
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So almost two years ago I posted that I'd be going on a hiatus from DA. I signed in today for the first time in...uhhh... I don't even know how long, to 1,000+ messages, 3,000+ new deviations and 600+ watch notifications. I'm thinking I'm just going to leave those there.

I went from buying a bookstore to owning a toy store to being the vice chair on the BIA and running several events and more in town. I haven't taught an art class in over a year and I've turned down I don't even know how many requests. Even the clients I used to love drawing for I've been saying no to because, really, I could already use a couple dozen more hours in the day. I've said yes to only one contract (a children's book no less...how the f*ck did that happen...?) because it's for a friend but that'll be it.

The cool thing about having a store and being an ex-illustrator? I slap ancient artwork up on the walls and for some reason people buy it. Works for me! My old art cabinets are finally thinning out and our walls are nice and colourful.

I think I've drawn maybe two pictures in the last year, and oddly I don't really miss it. I think when you stop drawing for yourself and just draw for everyone else for a decade you eventually burn out and stop caring. When life slows down (hah! right!) I'll start drawing for myself again.

In the meantime we've got an offer on 10 acres and plans to build a new house. Because we have time and the energy to do that sort of thing, right? RIGHT? Oh good god...

Now I have to decide if we want to keep our current house as well or sell it when the new one is on the go.

Did I mention I'm debating doubling the size of the store again?

Why do I do this to myself?
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Hiatus

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Hey guys,

Not that my page is overly popular to begin with -har har- but I figured I'd let y'all know that I've already found myself on an unintentional hiatus. 

I bought a store earlier this week and suddenly - WHOOSH! - everything is flying past me and I've made more phone calls, started more accounts, and signed my name more times than I can remember. Buying a business is *so* much harder than buying houses.

But thanks to all this hard work, as of this coming Saturday I will be the new owner of what used to be the Cariboo Book Bin and is now 1st Editions: Books and More! 1st-editions.ca/

I cannot wait for my merchandise to start rolling in... soooo excited! Unfortunately, when I signed onto my DA this afternoon I had a few thousand deviations, journals, etc etc to scroll through and for the first time in many years thought, "This isn't important right now". I've been neglecting all of my online accounts that don't have anything to do with the store, and it's probably going to stay like that for a bit. I've barely had time to eat or sleep, let alone draw.

I shall get my mojo back - rest assured! - but in the meantime I'm coming into the Christmas season and I have a three inch stack of papers I've signed today and I know I'm probably forgetting a crap-load of stuff, too. So any secret Santa's, gift giving, etc probably isn't going to happen for me this year. And have you ever filled out paperwork for a Point of Sale system? Holy-moses-on-a-tricycle that shit is confusing! I'm still not totally sure I understand what I've agreed to. I probably just sold my soul to Visa or something.

Anyways, if I'm not back before then, I want to wish everyone a happy holidays and excellent new year! Cheers :D
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My latest book, Demon and the Viper, is now available on Amazon! www.amazon.com/Demon-Viper-Lam… :D

Of everything I've written, this is probably the most emo and "romantic" I could possibly pull off, you know, for me. :/ I will say this though; Logan read this one the fastest and enjoyed it the most of all of my work. Now he's a big, romantic suck so that might be why, but I'll take what compliments I can get out of him :D


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