Finding My Focus

Finding My Focus

Six months ago, I felt like I couldn’t pay anyone to hire me. I mean, I guess that kind of defeats the point, but I was getting pretty frustrated. After getting pregnant with my second, I’d decided to do the whole stay-at-home mom thing while using my freelancing to make up the difference between my fiance’s income and what we needed to get by. It sounded like the perfect solution- a win-win for everyone- so shortly before he was due to be born I quit my 9-5. I’d had good luck getting jobs consistently before, and I figured that by putting in even more work I’d be able to get more jobs. … Not so much. I’d spend hours scouring the deviantART job forums, Elance, FurAffinity, and anywhere else I thought there was even a small chance I might find some work. I’m ashamed to admit that I even got desperate enough to try a few contests on 99Designs, as much as it bothers me to do unpaid spec work. (As a side note, that’s really not something I would recommend for anyone- artist or client. Clients, find an artist based on their portfolio; that’s why we have them. You’ll get better work and build better business relationships. Artists, don’t devalue yourself or your industry. You’re worth much more than maybe getting some money if you win. This is a great article about why.) Back to the point, even with all of that I was only getting maybe one or two jobs a month. It wasn’t really enough to help us get by. I was getting frustrated and very disheartened, and I was starting to worry...

The Queen of Steel and Fire

I’m really excited to share my most recent book cover, for The Queen of Steel and Fire by Steven South. This was a front and back illustrated cover design. The book sounds cool, and so far has a five star rating on Amazon. I’ve received a copy from the author, and I’m definitely interested in reading it… as soon as I get the chance. If I ever get the chance. Judging by my life right now, I’ll never have free time again. But that’s another story. Anyway, here’s the plot synopsis: When her father is murdered, sixteen-year-old princess Claire Erinn must become the first female ruler of Keldaren. As soon as Claire takes the throne, enemies arise on her borders–and from within her own court. Claire knows she’s not ready to rule. But that’s a secret she has to hide—from her enemies, and from her own people. Claire must act like a strong queen if she hopes to survive long enough to become one. As war looms, Claire struggles to save her kingdom, and herself. A rival queen and Claire’s half-mad brother are both coming for her crown—and her head. With Death herself hunting her, Claire must become the warrior her kingdom needs. She’s willing to face Death to save Keldaren. But the price of victory may be even higher than Claire’s life.    So if that sounds like something you’d like, you can get the book in Kindle ebook format for $3.99 and in paperback for $13.73 on...

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