So much going on and kicking up around here these days. We currently, this morning, have a baby downstairs we’re babysitting, and has to be just about the cutest happiest baby I’ve ever seen. On top of that, and what’s even cooler, is that Jess’s mom is visiting from Ethiopia (!!), and is having, from what I can see, a blast with the munchkin. It’s a pretty cool thing, I have to admit. Tons of travels, my wife being a rock star PhD (you’ll forgive me if I keep bragging about that one), and my favorite season change bearing down on even balmy swampy Florida. “I could go crazy on a night like tonight, when summer’s beginning to give up her fight”
Recently, Jess’s brother sent the three of us on a cruise. Yeap, you read that right. I think I just got lucky as a third wheel and that the real target recipients were Jess and her mom, obviously, but I’ll totally take it. And I have to say, ya’ll, it had to have been the wierdest experience in a while. You’re in the middle of this gorgeous ocean, thinking you never knew that kind of blue actually existed in nature, but you’re in what has to be the definition of western excess, going to gorgeous islands where the majority of people don’t have plumbing in their homes. You adjust mentally, maybe spend the first few hours after boarding in the quiet of your cabin, and then roll with it. And once you do, it’s a pretty crazy experience. You find your quiet places (they had a gorgeous library, and the front of the ship was totally empty in the mornings), and go with it. I don’t know if I’d go on another one, but I’m glad to have had the experience (and MAN you should see my tan…).
In, hopefully, the next few months I can start telling you all about the shelves I’m going to build onto my studio walls (so I can actually earn back the whole ‘homestead’ title), and the pizza oven dad and I are planning on building in his backyard. Fall projects. I love Fall projects. Meanwhile, I wonder if I can sneak in a shameless plug. See, my buddy and I are putting together a kids book. Actually a whole series but for now we’re just focussing on the first one. He’s writing it, I’m drawing it, we’re both dreaming the thing up, and it’s based on this little dude Billy who started showing up in my sketchbook way back when, with his tugboat Sallyforth, in his funny little world with floating cities and robot cities and sea faring adventures. So, to hopefully support this endeavor, we set up a Patreon (that’s a link to our page). What’s Patreon, you ask? I’m so glad you did! I’ll just be a bit, let’s say efficient, and pull from Patreon itself…
“Thank you so much for asking – it’s honestly our favorite thing to talk about!
Patreon is a way to get paid for creating the things you’re already creating (webcomics, videos, songs, whatevs). Fans pledge a few bucks per month OR per thing you release, and then you get paid every month, or every time you release something new (whether it’s on SoundCloud, YouTube, your own website, or anywhere).
Patreon is a way to pay your favorite creators for making the stuff you love. Instead of literally throwing money at your screen (trust us, that doesn’t work), you can now pledge a few bucks per thing that a creator makes. For example, if you pledge $2 per video, and the creator releases 3 videos in February, then your card gets charged a total of $6 that month. This means the creator gets paid regularly (every time she releases something new), and you become a bonafide, real-life patron of the arts. That’s right. Imagine you, in a long frilly white wig, painted on a 10-foot canvas on the wall of a Victorian mansion. And imagine your favorite creators making a livingdoing what they do best… because of you.
And for all you artsy people that would rather just watch a video…
So, we plan on setting up some cool rewards, and lots of cool behind the scenes and exclusive stuff for patrons. We hope you’ll check it out.
Until next time, when I really, really hope work will lighten up just enough for us to at least make jam or something. Pray for us.