Work, Work, Work, Work, Work

Lately, my every day expression is the side eye emoji most people use. Especially when it comes to hiring people to assist me in any way. Opportunities are opportunities and the door doesn’t always remain wide open.

Much like me, some artists are perfectionists. From a realistic standpoint, I know nothing is ever, “perfect”, but can you come close enough so that you are pleased? Absolutely, and if not, you can wait a while and revisit it. You can always revise something up the road. You can always make a radical change.

I am lucky to have amazingly talented friends who I can turn to (Friendship aside, I chose them because I would much rather pay a friend, and support them by doing so, as opposed to dealing with a stranger who might not understand my vision. Especially friends with small businesses. They need all the help and promotion they can get.), but sometimes trying to agree on something is exhausting. Because ultimately, we are all seeking the same thing, in different ways. (If you know a freelance graphic designer who isn’t terrified of women with strong opinions, please message me.)

This week is already stressing me out and it’s only Monday! 😦 Lots of work to get done, but I know I can do all of it. I keep telling myself I can do anything, but I have days when getting out of bed is the worst kind of difficult (Today was one of those days.). I could hardly stay awake at my appointment, but I did and it’s behind me. Small victories are still victories.

Yes, I most certainly do.

Giving Back To The Creative Community

Once or twice a week I’d like to take the time to promote someone with a small business, someone promoting a book release (I have to have read an ARC AND know you well enough to be able to back the material.) they aren’t allowed to tour for, someone who is crafty as hell and shipping items out as part of his or her normal, every day, work from home process. Each business will, ostensibly, be from different fields, but there might be some overlap here and there. I hope that this will help people, like me, who aren’t living on a guaranteed salary. Times are tough and I want to support as many people as possible. Lord knows most people are shopping online right now anyway, so why not support people who are talented instead of forking money over to Target or another big box store? Small businesses NEED your support now more than ever.

If you know anyone you’d like to see featured or you’ve got a side gig I know nothing about, please send a direct message to me on Instagram: Original Poison In Lethal Doses


Or you can leave detailed information by commenting on this post. I already have a few people in mind and will begin this process ASAP.

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A Written Word

“A written word is the choicest of relics. It is something at once more intimate with us and more universal than any other work of art. It is the work of art nearest to life itself. It may be translated into every language, and not only be read but actually breathed from all human lips; — not be represented on canvas or in marble only, but be carved out of the breath of life itself.” ―Henry David Thoreau