Things have been pretty exciting though, lately.
Firstly, I've been writing a great deal. However, that work is happening under another name, and so that's basically like my secret double life that's been happening in the background.
I'm not really taking personal commissions still. HOWEVER, I am considering commercial commissions on a case by case basis, especially book covers and book illustrations.
I recently was nominated for a Tin Duck award for Best WA Professional Artwork for the cover of Prickle Moon by the wonderful Juliet Marillier. And I've been nominated for a DITMAR award for best artwork in the Australian SF Awards again for the cover of Prickle Moon. I don't expect to win, I am up against the most tremendous company and honestly, the nomination alone has blown me away.
I've also been fortunate enough to win a Tin Duck for Best WA Professional Short Work for a short story I wrote in the Dreaming of Djinn anthology by Ticonderoga Publications, called 'Street Dancer.'
I've also been shockingly ill over the past year. Some of that is only just starting to ease up, but in order to protect my health, I'll never be able to produce such a high quantity of artwork as I used to ever again, and I'll need to be very astute with my commitments. This has actually been okay. I've produced hundreds of pieces of artwork, honoured the energy of hundreds of animals, and I'm finding this transition not as painful as I thought it would be.
This year has been kind of a fallow year. From a marketing perspective, dropping off the face of the planet after executing a book cover for a fantastic author, and starting to make contacts in the writing world was kind of stupid; but I've not really had much of a choice. The creative world is still out there and I haven't left it, I'm just...working in it a bit differently to how I used to. Then again, with the amount of physical and mental illnesses I have, balancing my medical costs with living on a Disability Pension (because alas the discounts don't cover the kind of dental care I need due to my Sjogren's Syndrome) - it's a miracle I'm actually able to do anything much at all.
So you may see a little more of me, but possibly not a great deal more of me. Life does what life does, and I find my way through it. I'm a snail in a very big garden, and there are a lot of other showier animals out there, but that's okay; I've always loved the simple things - the rain, green things, reading, hibernating in forests - and I am working on making a life that suits me. It's hard work, but it's worthy work.
I hope you are all keeping well!
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Ravenari @ Wordpress: ravenari.wordpress.com/ (I write blog posts like four times a year!)
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