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I’m going to do a few things a little different going into 2018. And right now, I’m already beginning the process.

For starters, I’m blogging daily more! HOORAY!!!! It’s about dog-gone time.

And then there’s the Bible study time for the mornings, which I might add, have been a challenge but a good, healthy challenge.

Then, there’s the desire to write all of these wild and crazy stories AND continue working on my webcomic, “By and By.”

Instead of just dropping all of these goals and hopes and wishes on myself in 2018, I’ve decided to take baby steps into the new year.

It is important to me to get my personal Bible study habits and my writing habits in sync and on the daily habitually in an effort to focus and survive and thrive.

After evaluating the way I do things now and considering the long list of things I hope to accomplish in in my personal and professional life, I realized now is the time to “do different.”

Traditional schedule books are just not working for me. They never have!

You know, those pre-approved, pre-lined, pre-drawn, pre-spaced, pre-and-post-dated calendar books that you buy with good intentions only to leave them collecting dust somewhere!?

Yeah, I’m done with those!

Instead, I’m heading for a new and exciting and creative direction that will move me to OWN my schedule book…”A Bullet Journal.”

I’ve been learning quite a bit about them through the YouTube star Jessica of “How To ADHD” and I think that they will be a good move for me considering the way I think and organize my time and overall life.

Not to mention that I’ll have the opportunity to draw and sketch details in my journal that I need to know for the daily grind, weekly plans and so much more.

Personalization of a schedule book or journal helps! And it might help you!

Also with the bullet journal plan comes the 2018 Life Goals for my wife and I. We’ve been thinking, planning and most importantly, praying, over everything that we are hoping to accomplish in the new year.

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The Struggles with Glasses

December 24, 2016

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Growing up, I absolutely hated wearing glasses. It made me a target for a lot of bullying and teasing. Growing up, I was called “Steve Urkel,” the character that was played by Jaleel White on the ABC series, “Family Matters.”

As much as my mother wanted to make me feel better about the idea that “Steve Urkel” made a lot of money, truth is, it was not like I was getting paid for the mess I was dealing with in school.

By that rationale, Jaleel White owed me money for my mental suffering!

Kids (and adults) having to wear glasses all of a sudden can be a bit traumatic…a pretty big dea!  With one of the characters in the comic strip, “By and By,” Dylan Randolmill, I wanted him to began wearing glasses in order to do two things: set him apart from the rest of the characters….and….to bring real childhood experience to light. Dylan’s disdain for wearing glasses comes from the desperation of wanting to be accepted and loved by a group of kids in the strip who appear perfect and without blemish. He wanted to be like the “cool kids,” and while we have not been introduced by the cool kids as of yet, just not seeing them is reflective of the invisible person or persons that we try to impress but never seem to make that mark.

And truth is, most of us never will….and that’s fine!

You’re unique and genuine! Why let it be covered up by “fitting in.” Now THAT is a blog post by itself!

My friend and author, Joshua Smith, gave me the idea of setting him apart from the other kids. I chose glasses as the way to do it.

Dylan absolutely hates it, but I think he’ll began to accept it. I know I did.

In fact, the older I got, the more glasses started becoming the new “hip” thing to do. I now have over 5 pairs of glasses that I can choose from because many of them are a lot nicer looking compared to the ones I had growing up.

I personally think that Dylan looks great with his glasses! Besides, his character is not the stereotypical nerd or geek…he’s a diplomat between the “cool kids” and the kids who are not so “cool.” Will the glasses create friction and trouble for him…only time will tell as I continue to write and create the strip.

 

My sketches and the "Big Nate" book sitting on my desk in the newsroom (c) Cartoon Daily News, Kendall Lyons 2012

My sketches and the “Big Nate” book sitting on my desk.

This week, I found out that Lincoln Peirce has published his final novel for his “Big Nate” series. It’s not really a sad occurrence because he did a fantastic job in sharing his character, Nate Wright, with readers through his well-written books.

It was just time to complete the novel journey and I respect that.

The good news is that Mr. Peirce will continue his “Big Nate” comic strip and I am very much grateful for that.

Mr. Peirce’s work has influenced my webcomic “By and By” and my main character, Walter Ayo, in multiple ways.

First, Mr. Peirce, through his novels, showed me that I have to keep it fun and simple when it comes to writing and illustrating. I also learned that my character has to walk us through the experiences of their life, no matter how immature, silly, funny or serious it get’s.

Also, the drawing style of “Big Nate” helped me with how I envisioned “By and By” as well. I would often study the work of Lincoln Peirce and that helped improve my work immensely.

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24 days remaining on my Kickstarter! Tough, but exciting, all at the same time.

Also, I just finished reading more than half of what John Saddington had to say about the great ups and downs of running a successful Kickstarter program. He has a book that’s available for this and I think it will benefit you as much as it has for me so far.

I want to add that Mr. Saddington helped me with a LOT of what he shared on his blog when I started blogging and writing online in the first place. The rest is history needless to say.

I’m using the weekend to make sure I keep my hand on the plow and continue to show people what “By and By,” my webcomic, could be if  (and when) the Kickstarter is fully backed.

My hope and prayer is that people do decide to give something to help in my cause to create something that everyone can feel good about…content that children, teens and adults can read and get as much excitement and laughter out of if as I do.

Other great cartoonists and artists have contributed to the creative sounds of the internet and the world and I want to do the same.

I’ll continue to do the same.