Taking Care of Me

This isn’t my typical promotional post – that said, page 17 of Paradigm is up now.  We’re near the end of the first issue.  I’m kind of excited we got this far, and kind of sad that after it will be awhile before the next issue.  Twyla is working on issue two as we speak, but I can’t in all good conscience tell you when issue two will happen.   It will be fun though;  I guarantee it.

Okay, let’s talk about me for a bit.  This is kind of going to be a bit ranty, so if you want to skip this, I understand.

I’m very blessed.   A lot of cool opportunities and things have happenhttps://paradigmcomic.wordpress.com/wp-admin/post-new.phped this year.  The Watcher came out.   Paradigm is going well.  I got another project coming up and this week I’m starting to write a story or two for some other people.  That’s an awesome bunch of stuff on my plate.

That said, I still work full time.   My full time job is very blue collar and very physical.   I think the all nighters doing my dreams and the regular hours have broken me down a bit.    The last few days I’ve been tired in ways I’ve never felt before.  Maybe it’s a sign of me getting older, but I also think it’s just part of the price I’ve paid for juggling my dreams and my bills.

Passion is awesome.  Passion is what drives us, but like all great things in life, passion has a price.  The lack of sleep, the myriad of projects, the starts and the stops, and the struggle.  There are days I feel like a beaten man.

I don’t write this for pity.  I know many people struggle like I am.  I just feel like I have to make some changes.  Take less hours for the day job crosses my mind for example.    All in all this is a week for me to reflect and to move forward.

Also, did I mention passion?

This week some cool things will be up here and at http://michaelthroughtime.wordpress.com.   I updated the Watcher Page already.  This week I have an interview that’s kind of special.   I hope people enjoy that little heart to heart.

A few other things may happen too.  As I said, I realize that I am not invincible and that I need to take time for me a little bit.   I’ll figure it out.

Look for Page 18 wednesday.

Hope you are well and hope you are chasing your dreams.  Passion does have a price, but it is worth paying.   I hope to see all of you doing your thing as well.

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Half The Run Is Gone!

Page 16 is up.    That is probably one unhappy bird up there.

How is everyone?

Twyla April and I have already have sold half the run of paradigm.  I’m surprised how quickly I’ve gone through the book.  I was nervous about this printing.  It’s a small run yes, but I was really wondering if people would be interested in it.  So far I have no complaints.   I’m going to have to do another run before this is over.

I will have some announcements  this week about appearances.  As is, a lot of things are still kind of in flux.  I can say that I’ve officially started a project with Gio Marko.   What it is, I can’t quite say yet.  I will say that the revolution is coming.  #jointherevolution will be the hashtag to watch on my twitter.

Alright, for now, I’ll be silent.

The next page will be up tomorrow.  Hopefully with a cool picture as well.

I’ll be adding another blog on this soon.  I really want to talk about the project a little bit in more detail.  I feel like this blog is a touch too bare.

Timing is Everything

Once again, we’ve been caught up by being late.   Once again, I’m the one that deserves the blame.   I could list a myriad of excuses and of things coming up, but the bottom line is that you, the reader, have not been receiving your weekly dose of Paradigm like you should.   That will change from here on out (scheduled breaks aside.)

Yes, there are scheduled breaks planned for the book.  Paradigm much like a lot of other webcomics is a labor of love.  When we started this enterprise, a certain amount of pages were already finished.  Twyla is working on more as we speak, but she is a full time mom and as such, has to work at her pace.   I’m not going to rush this story.  Issue two is written, and I’m writing issue three as I type this.   It will be finished.

That said, it will no longer be interrupted by me.

We’re coming into some of my favorite scenes in the first story.  I enjoy writing villains, and the scenes with the Cosmics themselves I think, are awesome.   Ms. Cosmic may be the most dangerous mom alive.   Dr. Cosmic is more than a bumbling eccentric.  His character (all of the characters actually) flesh out as the story progresses.

I find myself growing to like this story the more and more I work on it.   I saw this story as a chance to simply have a blast, but worried that I wouldn’t have anything worthwhile to say.  Call me old fashioned, but I always think every story should have a bit of weight and message to it.    Getting to the heart of this story has been a real treat.   I cannot wait until the moment arrives.

In the meantime, enjoy this week’s pages.  Twyla really delivers here, and I feel this is some of my strongest stuff in the first issue.

Enjoy.

JP