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Fri Nov 18, 2016, 6:09 PM by suishouyuki:iconsuishouyuki:

Hi everyone! :iconsnugplz: The past week has been hard for me. After falling behind on some things, a somewhat disappointing weekend at Anime Blast Chattanooga sales-wise (the people were friendly and the venue was beautiful though! :heart:) and a larger-than-expected printing bill, I felt especially down and a little overwhelmed.

I try really hard to just keep going in times like this, but this time I was sort of artblocked too, which made it imperative that I do something about it. So most of this week I've done a lot of thinking. I'm trying to answer questions like "What's the point of this?", "What am I even wanting to do?", and "Is this helping me reach my goals or not?" It's important to stop and consider, because I can't get where I want to go if I don't even know what I'm doing.

My tendency is to always put myself last. I also tend to want to work on one thing at a time until completion, while completely ignoring everything else. Neither of those things, ultimately, are beneficial or productive.

Therefore, I have decided to do the following:
  • Commissions - Starting in December, after I've finished my current batch of commissions,  I will fill from a waitlist and do ONE each month. This will prevent me from falling behind, because I hate that my kind commissioners have to wait so long due to all the other commitments I have ;_; I hope that's okay with you guys...

  • Livestreams - I have to test it first, but I have a new setup that will allow me to do streams with my mic off, so I'll be able to stream more often and not bother my family or make everyone have to listen to my squeaky stool LOL

  • Missing Haruka/Patreon - You have no idea how excited I am to finally be putting concentrated effort on my own original manga! :la: I love my fan OCs, and so really digging in and building out a story that's entirely my own, using characters that aren't framed within an existing fandom, is so refreshing and exciting!! As I have stuff to show, I'm putting it up on Patreon! So far I have some thumbnails up, and I'm working on a character design sheet for the main character that I hope to post soon ^^

  • Duel Cafe - I have a billion ideas for Duel Cafe and I'm sad that more people haven't gotten the book yet! (I'm super grateful to everyone who has! It means more to me than you know. QwQ :heart:) I know money is a big part of that, so my shop will have FREE shipping in the U.S. all through the month of December for orders over $20. *My shop will be closed for maintenance Nov. 24th - 30th.

I'm still a little unsure of what I'm doing, but I know that I have to stop setting aside the things I'm passionate about. Otherwise I'll be stifling my creativity and that ruins everything xAx

On a lighter note, Pokemon Sun and Moon is out today!!! :la: So is my new video!

Thanks for reading!

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DreamerWhit Featured By Owner Nov 19, 2016  Student Digital Artist
You've got this.

I think your approach and mindset on the matter is very good. I'm glad youve sat down and decided to prioritize what will be most productive towards your career, and what wont be!
It may or may not be a comfort to know, but Im going through something very similar. Ive been asking myself those same big questions, and its overwhelming to think about. In this particular case, school has been suffocating my creativity with a bunch of rules and "to do" lists. So setting aside everything I really love and thinking about what to do after I graduate is extremely overwhelming!
You've got to remind yourself of your end goals! Which I see you have done!

One thing that never fails to comfort me though, is that its all in God's control. He's opened doors for you to get this far, He's not just going to
leave you out to dry. I'd encourage you to pray about the direction to take if you havent already done so!
my favorite verse in times like these is Deuteronomy 31:8 -
"Do not be afraid or discouraged, for the LORD will personally go ahead of you. He will be with you; he will neither fail you nor abandon you."

maybe its just a bunch of rambles, but I hope that helps! I have confidence that you will strike a great balance!
suishouyuki Featured By Owner Nov 26, 2016  Professional
Thank you so much for your encouragement. It means a lot to me. For some reason, when it's related to planning and future things, I tend to figure first and pray second, which is horribly backwards. So thank you for reminding me to ask God first instead of myself! I hate that I stress out so much, when I literally just need to let it go, have faith, and work hard. ;v;

I don't wish for anyone to feel overwhelmed. That said, it is nice to know I'm not the only one. It seems like this time of year is ripe for these kinds of feelings XD Half of it is reflecting on what you could have done better this year, too.

Hang in there--school is a beast, but just from what I've seen, you're excelling despite the rules and lists, and it's so inspiring to me.
God will bless your efforts! I'm sure of it.

Thanks again for your comment :hug:
DreamerWhit Featured By Owner Nov 29, 2016  Student Digital Artist
no problem, anytime :) 
I know youve got this! Lovely Shoujo Emoji (Huggy Hug) [V2] 
Azadori Featured By Owner Nov 18, 2016
Hope things will get better for you!

And wow, free shipping? That's great! The shipping was kinda high when I ordered considering it was a domestic order so I kinda wish I had waited to buy the book now :XD: oh well. I still love the book :heart:
suishouyuki Featured By Owner Nov 19, 2016  Professional
Thank you :hug:

I didn't know I was going to do free shipping until I decided to yesterday XD I understand, though! That's why I have a hard time offering discounts and promotions, even though other artists and stores always do.
Partially I'm trying to clear out my prints stock from 2014 and 2015 to make room for new things, too.
I'm so happy you love it :heart: Thanks so much for your support!
Azadori Featured By Owner Nov 19, 2016
Ah yes, I can imagine that is time-consuming and everything! But you'll get it all straightened out :) 

You're welcome dear! c: It's such a fun idea I really do look forward to seeing you expand upon Duel Cafe! :la:
WhitePedal25 Featured By Owner Nov 18, 2016
Oh sorry to hear that:( 

And your duel cafe idea is awesome.
suishouyuki Featured By Owner Nov 19, 2016  Professional
It's okay :hug: I'm doing better now!

Thank you!
WhitePedal25 Featured By Owner Nov 19, 2016
I'm glad.
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