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Yesterday, I took time away from most things that busy my day (the blog, the social media, etc and etc), and really began to think about what I’m really, really passionate about as it relates to my career and calling in life … my work. Majority of that time was spent, quietly, in prayer, writing, reading and just taking time away from breaking news, social media and consistent busyness.

Over and over again, I could feel the pull of writing, cartooning and storytelling.

Journalism is merely a small piece of that reality. And yet, it is one that is so important to consider.

When I’m not busy with a barrage of news stories, interviewing, writing and editing, I’m often working on my sci-fi fictional writing, short stories, blogs, and my comic strips. As of late, I have not taken the time to actually work on those stories and have only recently began to get back to blogging. That’s my fault.

I was glad to be reminded … to just take time away and just get away from all of the noise of the world … and really hear what is tugging at my heart.

Each time, I’m reminded of my childhood. I’m reminded of my ongoing imagination playing storyline after storyline of ideas, characters, concepts and more. Sometimes, if I’m not careful, I slip into that same thought pattern, coming up with stories and thinking about the plots of my current work more and more.

I do it so much, it feels like those characters in my middle-grade novels and comics I’m writing and creating are my kids. One, because a bit of myself is in each of them and then two, my wife said that they are my kids. And she’s right.

She then told me this:

“Finish your stories … if not for yourself … for me!” – Rachel Lyons

THAT motivates me. And Rachel is right!

 

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So, WOW! Thank You SO much! It’s only been 24 hours and we are already at $35.00 int he Kickstarter campaign. Very cool!

I have a lot of people whom I have been helping me and sharing great advice on how to go forward and I am not taking any of the help for granted.

I was encouraged to give you all a better idea of how the funds, should the campaign be fully funded, will be used.

Needless to say, not a bad idea should you all be wondering what I’ll be attempting to get for the strip.

Counting The Cost

Currently, the only tool I’m needing in order to make “By and By” more standardized much like other webcomics is a Microsoft Surface Pro 4 that is valued at $899 and a Surface Pen for $59.99.

With your help the cost from out of pocket would be reduced immensely.

I’m aiming for a Microsoft Surface Pro 4 over an Apple iPad because of the Adobe suite…specifically, Photoshop and Illustrator. To add, I also have the ability to do a bit more with a laptop feel with the Surface Pro compared to an iPad.

Also, drawing on the tablet is so much better on the Surface Pro 4 than on the iPad. The sensitivity and the pinpoint accuracy of the pen to the Surface Pro screen is remarkable and it only keeps getting better.

I also understand, however, that as an artist and all-around creative, this is just my preference and not merely a review to end all reviews.

Why Support

Yesterday, I was listening to someone talk about knowing their “why,” and understanding the purpose behind what they do and how important it is for us to reach people.

With cartoons, I can do that. I can watch a cartoon series and pull a life changing lesson out of it. I can create my own cartoons and tell a story that lifts up the oppressed and the depressed.

As a kid, I constantly watched cartoons as a means to escape…to escape the bullying…to escape my personal struggles…to escape anxiety…now, I use it to help give life and set free countless children and adults who feel like they need an escape.

While my webcomic is a bit different, that’s the whole point, to be different and to express it and embrace it.

And I want to give that gift to someone out there whose in need of knowing that he’s not the only socially awkward guy out there whose a bit different from the world. And…I want them to know…that it’s okay. He, or she, is not alone.