Friday, January 4, 2019

Goodbye, 2018. Not Gonna Miss You.

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!

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  1. Yikes. Sounds like it's time for the universe to send some good Karma your way. Sending hugs and hopes!!!

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    1. Thank you! Definitely hoping life will start calming down a bit...

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  2. That's fine. You do what is best for you. (I never did remember what I had wanted to commission from you. lol)

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  3. I had a rough few days at the beginning of the year (31st to 1st included stomach flu symptoms), but I am feeling a bit better. My daughters are both back at school (college for one and a dual credit program for the other) and I'm getting back to work on Monday, so ... life will return to a new year normal soon, I think.
    Here's hoping this year just improves slowly over each day, week, and month for both of us!

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    1. Oh, gosh, so sorry to hear things have been rough for you lately. Glad the stomach flu is starting to ease up, though. Wishing all the best to you this year!

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  4. That's really crappy about the pump! You need that.
    Will pray your 2019 improves.

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    1. It's probably for the best that I'm returning to shots, even though it'll be stressful at first. There used to be so many pump brands available in 2005, and now there's...three. The brand I've always liked least might end up as the only one available in a few years, with my luck. So, might as well get reacquainted with shots now. And I'm already used to jabbing needles in me on a daily basis, anyway, with blood sugar checks and whatnot, so what's a few more, LOL.

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  5. I'm so sorry you are having such problems with your diabetes care. I hope the shots aren't too hard to get used to again. Also sorry you had such a rough 2018, still so sad about the loss of your sweet dog. I hope 2019 will be much better for you. And that you are able to get back to Undeath of Me very soon! The fact that you miss it shows it's the right thing for you to be working on. Take care, my friend!

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    1. I don't expect the shots themselves to be difficult to get used to, since I already jab myself with needles regularly, LOL. The main stressors will be getting new prescriptions, adjusting to long-acting insulin again (pumps only use the fast-acting kind), and not forgetting to do said long-acting insulin every 24 hours. Once all that's sorted and becomes routine, I should be fine. And it'll be more affordable than pump supplies, in the long run, so that's a definite plus!

      And thank you! 2019 still has a lot of time to betray me, but despite the current stressors, it's not too bad so far. And I've already been sketching new pages for Undeath of Me, so that's been fun. ^_^

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  6. You can also say for 2018, "See you. Wouldn't want to be you."

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  7. I agree with Jemi—it's way past time for the universe to send that good Karma your way.

    Hope 2019 is kinder! <3

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    1. Thank you! I hope so, too, or that it at least spaces out all that bad luck more evenly, heh. Too much happened at once last year!

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  8. *hugs* I hope something works out where you can get a new pump. I'm sure that's easier than the shots.

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    1. Thank you. Definitely won't be possible for me to get a new pump this year, though. (Insurance won't cover it till after the deductible's met, and since pumps cost thousands of dollars...um, yeah.) Although it'll be an adjustment, I honestly don't think switching to shots will be that bad, and I'm looking forward to how much more affordable syringes will be in comparison to cartridges and infusion sets, LOL!

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  9. I hope this year brings your much joy. Sending positive vibes your way:)

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  10. Well, dang! That's a shame. I remember when the insulin pumps came on the market, and I thought they'd be so much better at stabilizing sugar levels. Now most of them are going away? That sucks.

    Well, thank goodness, THAT old year is gone. In with the new, now, and here's hoping it's a stellar one for you.

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    1. Yeah, insulin pump brands just keep dwindling. I had so many to choose from back in 2005, and now there's only three. (Which may shrink to two someday soon, based on rumors I've heard. Sigh.) I originally had a Deltec Cozmo, and when they went away, I switched to Animas, but they didn't last, either...obviously. :/

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  11. Insurance deductibles can be ridiculously high. It sounds like you're making some logical decisions about your health and work.

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    1. Yeah, deductibles are such a pain. The plan I went with has one that's pretty low in comparison to others I could've chosen, but it's still just...so high.

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  12. I'm so sorry, you've had so much to deal with Heather. I hope that 2019 is as wonderful as 2018 was challenging.
    My brother is diabetic and my mom was. It's not an easy gig.
    Hugs,

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    1. Thank you! Yeah, diabetes can definitely be challenging sometimes. It wouldn't be so bad if healthcare in the U.S. wasn't so frustrating, but it is, so...sigh.

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    2. Isn't that the truth. Healthcare should be a non-issue. A right, not a privilege

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  13. Look after your health, and I hope 2019 is better for you!

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  14. Heather, I am so sorry for everything you've had to deal with in 2018!!! Especially with your health!! You have to take care of you, in every way, and that is with your art as well. I'm thinking of you and sending you the best of wishes for 2019!!! Big Hugs!

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    1. Thank you! Yeah, 2018 was rough. Fingers-crossed that 2019 won't be quite as stressful. Hope the new year has been treating you well!

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  15. I hope something works out with your pump. *hugs* I won't miss 2018 either. It was a rough year. Here's to a much better 2019! (I read "needless to say" as "needles to say!" *LOL*)

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    1. A new pump is out of the question, so I'm grateful I can at least return to shots as a backup plan. And sorry to hear 2018 was a rough year for you, too. Hope 2019 treats you better!

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  16. Is it too soon to think about getting another four-legged companion?
    Hugs

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    1. Don't think January will be a good month to adopt. Finances are tight, and I have a lot of doctor appointments right now. Want to be around as much as possible for the dog as she adjusts to her new home.

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  17. Oh no, you did have a rough year. Hugs to you, Heather. Here's to a better 2019!

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