On Patreon I offer: Long essays on social media behavior/culture, labor, art, film, television or music etc. Surprise rewards which includes additional long pieces, book reviews and other unique content. Short essays on lifestyle topics, social media behavior/culture, labor, art, film, television or music etc. Bonus content published sporadically, which includes art-related tutorials, tips, digital wallpapers, recipes and more. "The Weekly Five" with 5 tips per post on art as inspiration, creativity, business, labor and self-care, beginner photography education, or life/leisure tips. "Read This Week" as a curated reading list that includes good articles on photography, food, writing, film/television, art, politics/sociopolitics, and general life. Some of my own writing is included in each post as well. Public posts that include or are based on my thoughts and work that is already publicly accessible via my tweets, Gradient Lair, Drift Sojourn, Cinemacked, my writing on this blog etc.Read More
“You must be unintimidated by your own thoughts because if you write with someone looking over your shoulder, you’ll never write.”
― Nikki Giovanni
Publishing the "Artists Make Art" series taught me a lot about myself and my work, my stressors and my joy, my difficulties and my accomplishments. I learned a lot about myself; truly. I will always appreciate that I did the series, but it is time for change and for new things!Read More
I went through hurricane Irma in September. Though things could have been so much worse for me (I had no flooding, structural damage or physical injury) as it is for survivors in Puerto Rico, U.S. Virgin Islands, Dominica and more, Irma still took a toll on my mental health, which I am trying to recover from. Irma meant unexpected expenses and loss of electricity for a while, which meant lost wages and increased home costs, in addition to discomfort and stress. It also meant dealing with an inordinate amount of stress via social media as I had to use it more than in August, where less use meant a better month.
While I accomplished some of the things that I wanted to in September despite so much stress, September was still a setback in some serious ways. I hope to get some rest and recuperation in October and finish the year in a better emotional and creative place.Read More
When I mention "unsolicited advice," I am not talking about people who post general tweets, general tips and general non-insulting suggestions and advice in their own social media spaces. I am talking about people who directly contact me with paternalistic, unwanted and ableist comments, requests and demands for my work, undesired and unprompted. Anyone who cannot see the difference here is someone that I cannot trust to respect my boundaries let alone my work. Addtionally, anyone who conflates actual client to creator engagement (such as questions about something purchased) with paternalistic unsolicited advice is actively and harmfully intellectually dishonest.
I am really grateful for thoughtful and respectful supporters, patrons, customers and clients. But, I wish that the respectful and kind people that I deal with were enough to offset the disrespectful, paternalistic, ignorant, passive aggressive and ableist people. Unfortunately I am not so lucky and neither is my health. The cumulative stress of navigating this social media plague on a daily and at times hourly basis, for several years now, takes its toll.Read More
July ended on a brighter note, as I launched my new Patreon profile. I am not an "optimistic" person but I do hope that altering my social media use in certain ways will provide a modest reprieve. I am looking forward to working on something new and the rest of my year being as productive as July, but also a lot more restful.Read More
Regardless of what I do, working as an indie artist will always be difficult, regardless of if I love the actual arts (I do) that make up my profession. The part of art that transforms from passion to profession will always be painful because of the nature of capitalism itself and how people respond to an unaffiliated hypervisible Black woman doing that work in social media space, using social media as a tool to make that work profitable to create an income to survive on.
One thing that was nice about June is that my sister closest to me in age came to visit me and it was such a kind, thoughtful, fun and healing visit. June would have been much more difficult than it already was without that wonderful time spent with family.Read More