Welcome to the DA gallery of NJ Huff
and Emergency Exit Comics
Pretty big update on life in general, my art stuff and job stuff. For EE readers the short version is: Pain+Spinal recovery= Sporadic Updates and a very angry NJ.
Arg, painful week. Whether it be just my body adapting to all the work done on it or just being screwed up more I have been in more pain after these past 10 sessions with my chiropractor than before I started. I also know that I have a injured part of my back that wasn't there before. So for now I have ceased my sessions and trying to recover from it. I am still trying my best to exercise and stretch as needed and avoid sitting on chairs as much as possible (did you know yoga balls are a BLAST? Why sit when you can AND bounce). Giving that a couple weeks then I am probably going to start up a Back Strengthening program at the chiropractor center (doesn't involve any chiropracting-is that even a word?). From what I have read, heard from the doctor and from people who have been through similar back strengthening seems to be the key.
This has been probably the most miserable past month or two of my life. Being in pain all the time and being in most pain when I try to do my artwork and therefore having to NOT do anything has been so insanely painful emotionally more than my body could ever do to me. I have cried so much recently. Next paragraph is venting.
I see all these other artists my age just pouring out beautiful art and comic pages nonstop like it's nothing, and I just am physically not capable of doing it. Bitter much? Hell yes. I hate all artists right now. I just recently graduated earlier this year and this was supposed to be my big year in getting my dreams started (and I am my favourite number in age! This was supposed to be it!). I was finally going to get some stuff finished for publishing, going to start booking conventions, work a bunch on UF create a great portfolio and get commissions and I freaking was doing it. The first few months after I graduated I was working every day, I got so close to getting an original EE book of strips finished, I was redoing EE in colour, writing a bunch of stuff for UF and I was making new art daily, I was really starting to actually for once feel like I was a worthwhile artist. Now I just feel like a failure compared to others.
Anyway, right now EE is on sporadic update schedule cause even typing too long can act up my shoulder again and moving around is when I tend to feel best. I have been improving every day this week with no sessions so I am feeling a bit more hopeful right now.
I know my readership isn't exactly at its highest because of all this, but I am thankful to those who stuck around and all the people who purchased Archive Packs last month, it was for some reason a really good month for that product and it helped make me feel better as well as paid for a couple sessions (pouring out $80 a week for sessions was not so great).
One bit of good news is at least while I am a hack of an artist I have a real job now that will allow me to make money back on what I lost in medical bills and save up for my future ones and allow me to save up for conventions and whatnot. My brother-in-law works for Google and was able to hand in my resume for a work from home job and after being put on a waiting list for a few months finally got picked for a open position (I actually got use out of my two degrees! Not in either of the categories I studied but still!). I am a Google Ads Quality Rater, and I basically just judge ads for approval or disapproval. I can work anywhere from 10-35 hours a week at my own pace, and it's $15/hour. Not like we were poor or anything, Orion works full time and gets pays moderately well and I always have a good amount of emergency savings, this will just really help with making me feel less of a leech and allow us to have comfortable savings, help with his student loans (I am awesome and have no loans) and as I said before, help a lot with conventions and publishing and merchandise for the future. I may rely on Orion for rent, but I try to rely on myself for my own ambitions.
So that is how I am feeling and where I am right now. If you read all this you are more interested in my than I deserve.