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This weekend Kurt Sasso of TGT Media conducted a round table on Creative Marketing for Yourself/Business Online to which he was kind enough to invite me. It was a round table discussion with myself and Byron Wilkins, Brian J. Crowley, D.J. Coffman, and Thom Pratt. A fair bit of fun and wisdom was bandied about, and you can find the whole show here:

This weekend has been a bit of an exhausting madhouse. Cory and I are both hermit-esque introverts, and for some reason when we first moved into the house, we thought it would be a good idea to cohabitate our creative spaces. Which means that both of us have struggled to feel like we have enough room for writing and drawing. Well, after years of vague frustration, we FINALLY figure out the problem. And thus, the weekend has been consumed with a weird House Tetris of moving and reorganizing pieces of about four different rooms in the house to allow for us both to have an independent study.

Couches went down the stairs, desks and chairs went up the stairs. Beds were disassembled, bookshelves relocated. And the dusting. My god, the dusting. And the trash! Both Cory and I are paper pack-rats. We don’t keep a lot of Stuff, but paper is the exception. Notes, scraps of ideas, doodles, paperwork, you name it, we’d piled it. Very high. And very deep. And in order to move things around we actually had to go through all of it and realize how irrelevant most of it was. Two days of work, and most of the moving and cleaning is done. I still have a 4′ by 4′ space to de-clutter, but beyond that I have a very open, very bright, very Just Mine space. For the first time in a very long time.

Right now it still feels very strange, but I think I’m going to enjoy having my own place in the house to work. The best part of cleaning up is there’s so much potential in the reclaimed space…before it falls into chaos again, that is. Still, sometimes the right set-up can do wonders for the mind, and have a positive impact on your routine in the long-term. How have you found re-organizing a space changed how you work?

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That’s incredibly important and something it took me a while to figure out, too. It’s difficult for me to have a space of my own when my husband and I live in a tiny triangle-shaped apartment (it’s the weirdest thing), but usually I just try and work in a different room and cater the spaces toward that. We rearrange the house all the time, and that helps a lot.

Sometimes I wonder what it would be like to have a relationship with a creative person, but I don’t think I could handle that. I have enough of a time advocating for my own creative needs without having to accommodate someone else’s. ^^;

Sorry about that last one–it just popped out. My own space? A big sewing room that was supposed to be my mom’s room, until she refused to leave her home when my brother just happened to drop by her house and never left (kind of a Tetris gridlock). Finally (after years?) it dawned on me she would not come–and in the space of an hour Bill and I had moved the furniture . . . and I sit here stunned to discover that I have with slow and careful determination decorated it in shades of coral and red.

I’m an avid listener of the Webcomics Alliance podcast, but this is my first visit to Ley Lines. I’m really impressed by how you are pushing your page layouts. Close ups, medium shots, downshots,moving my eye through the page in an interesting way. Good stuff.

Welcome Denny! Thank you so much for the kind words. I’m always trying to get better, and one of the more common bits of feedback I got last chapter was I needed to work on my page layouts. So I focused a lot this time on trying new things. Chapter ten, I’m hoping to do so with a lot more cinematography than this time, which was mostly experimentation. We’ll see what else I can do to get better!

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