I’ve decided to close down my art commissions indefinitely. The latter half of 2018 was pretty terrible for me, with all the curveballs life threw my way—my two-year-old computer breaking down, and my dog prematurely dying, etc—which has slowed me down a lot as an artist. Even though my commission guidelines emphasize a flexible schedule, I can’t help but feel like dirt whenever it takes me months to finish a piece. Focusing on the couple of clients I already have, and not taking on anything new, feels wisest right now.
2019 is proving to be just as hectic as 2018, too, especially with what I’m facing as a type-1 diabetic, which only further convinces me to step away from commissions. (The brand of insulin pump I use has gone away, and the supplies I need for it will no longer be produced by September. Can’t afford to get a new pump with my deductible, and I’m not too keen on the three pump brands still available, anyway, so I’ve decided to return to shots once my cartridges and infusion sets run out. Been an insulin pump user since 2005, so…this will be a bit of an adjustment, needless to say!)
Also…I just really miss The Undeath of Me. I still work on it when I can, but my commissions take priority, and life’s curveballs steal time from it, as well. I’m hoping not having to market my commissions or take on any new ones will make it easier to focus on my horror comedy. (Publishing the first volume this year is still a goal of mine, even though I feel like I’m going to have to fight to make that possible.)
Hope 2019 is starting off better for the rest of you!