And with that, we’ve reached the end of chapter seven! Tried out some new things this time around, but we’ll be talking more about that next update.
I’ve been having an odd reoccurring dream. It always starts with me being dead. Which, oddly enough, is completely fine with dream-me. It doesn’t seem to have any impact on my life, other than I don’t have to go to my day-job anymore. I can still talk with people, touch things, and go about my daily life. Everything’s fine until something reminds me that being dead will have consequences. What if I fade out over time and can’t draw anymore? What if somebody inspects the building and finds the body, so they sell off my house? What if I can’t pay my bills, as I have no income, and they turn off the power?
I’ve had several variations on this dream now, and it made me realize that I’ve been thinking about the future of LeyLines and Moko Press in much the same way. It’s my hope to transition eventually to working on LeyLines and other stories full-time. However, I’d never thought about what I’d DO, only what I WOULDN’T be doing. That I wouldn’t be going to the day job, and that I wouldn’t be getting that steady pay-check. So thinking about the future was always one part relief, and one part terror. I was just thinking about the empty spaces.
Actually settling down to consider what I’d do made me think about where I want to take my small business. I want to offer more original art and prints, developing that into a full line. I’d like to run workshops for kids and libraries. Above all, I want to expand the stories that I offer through Moko Press, sharing multiple projects from a variety of genres. And I’d like to get more involved in the convention circuit, so that I can meet more LeyLians in person! Identifying specific things I’d like to do gave me a better idea of the resources I’d need to have before I try the transition – especially how much I’d need to set aside in savings. While it’s a little discouraging to see how far I still have to go, for the first time it gives me a clear, actionable goal to work towards in the next five years.
What are your goals for the future?