Whatever you have going on in your life, it’s time to make a decision and that is to move forward. It may be a project you dream about doing, a friendship you need to cherish or save, a relationship you need to build or rebuild. Don’t let things get away from you. It’s too easy to let things slide or fall by the wayside.

Today is your day.

 

Ever feel as though you aren’t Good Enough? For your job, your relationships, anything good that might come your way? Where does that come from? Does it ever really go away?

I’ve been there.

Some days I’m still there.

I know where some of it started for me. It’s taken me a long time to realize and accept the idea I’m the one responsible for how I’ve acted and reacted throughout my life in ways. Things have affected my decisions and my feelings of not being as awesome as I’m meant to be.

It’s been me all along.

I’m responsible. No one else.

I choose how I’m going to live my life. No one else.

Other things can influence those things, but how much I let it is up to me. Some days may be worse than others, but I can accept that realize that every day is a new day, full of possibilities and promise.

I measure up.

And do you.

 

 

 

 

My friend Donna Lewis, cartoonist of Reply All http://www.replyallcomic.com/ put forth another question as a writing exercise and commentary.  So, here we go:

What are best tips for getting through tough times?

I’ve been through some times in my life I could have done without. Things change you and if you let them, they can drag you down in an ever-deeper spiral. The easy answer is; Don’t let them get you down. Putting that into practice, though, can be the difficult part. You can become a stronger person from the experience if you are willing to learn from it.

One thing that helped me? Making myself smile. It sounds too simple really, but I there were times I felt myself smiling and it lifted my attitude off the ground. And there are things that make me smile so things started to not feel so dire at that moment. And I learned from that experience.  Give yourself some time and perspective and you’ll see that things really aren’t as bad as you think. Maybe you learn to take things as they come.

If not, make a plan. Look at where you are in your situation, and think about where you want to be. And that’s out of that situation and in a brighter day. So, make a plan to move forward and take some positive steps toward that goal.

When you get through those tough times, you can be an inspiration and a source of encouragement to others who might go through their tough times.  Seeing  you get through your struggles can let others know that it’s possible  for them to get through theirs.

So, smile. You can make it.

 

 

StormQuest is one of the comics I’ve been involved with over the past several years, as an inker, now as a writer) If you’ve followed me, or gone to school with me, or been mentored by me, here’s a chance to see that first mini-series collected into a single volume. Go check it out and pledge. And share the link to help make this campaign happen.

 

https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/hickey/stormquest-timestorm-graphic-novel?ref=discovery

 

The StormQuest: TimeStorm graphic novel offers fans a chance to read the beginning of the SkyStorm Universe.
StormQuest: TimeStorm is a 150+ page full color graphic novel written by Tom and Mary Bierbaum (DC’s Legion of Superheroes, Legionaries) Illustrated by Greg Land (Marvel’s Iron Man, X-Men), Willie Peppers (Southern Knights), Jerry Foley, Bill Nichols and Robert W. Hickey.
StormQuest: TimeStorm is the opening chapter of the ongoing tale of the SkyStorm Universe. In TimeStorm we see a group of curious explorers create havoc and rip a hole in time, transforming them with enhanced powers and bringing out the nobility to fix the wrongs that they may have caused to the timestream. StormQuest

 

Donna A. Lewis, friend and creator of the strip Reply Al http://www.replyallcomic.com/l, proposed answering these questions as something to do, a writing exercise if nothing else. The first question is: 1. Think of something (an activity, a job) to which you’re really committed and that takes up a lot of your time. Why do you do it? Do you consider it time well spent? Why or why not? What would make you stop being involved? ……okay, write!

 

My activity

Creating comics and stories is something to which I have devoted much of my life. I write comics and a comic strip, let part of my brain work on plot threads and character details during the day, ink some pages and pictures, and when I’m not doing, I feel guilty for not doing it. I have creative things to do and I try to do them as I can.

 

Would I give it up? Actually, I did for awhile several years ago. My wife and I had separated and I was still working on things. One day, I thought: What if I took all that energy I expend and thought I devote to creating comics and invest it in my wife and family. And I did just that. I quit. I “retired” from comics. My true friends understood what I needed to do for the sake of my family and marriage, especially one of my best ones, Bob Hickey.

 

For awhile, it worked. Part of it, that is. I fell back in love with my wife; something I never thought would happen, but in the end, only one of us changed and the marriage still ended. The part of it that stayed was becoming a better father and, you know, anything and everything is worth that. Sometimes things just don’t work out, but in the end, I may be a better man for the experience. I like to think so, anyway.

 

And perhaps it helped me to not be so/as bitter about the breakup, I don’t know. I think I see that there needs to be more of a balance in my life. I can live and love and still create comics and stories while making memories with my kids, family and friends.

 

Creating comics is part of who I am and I’ll keep doing it.Writing stories. Inking. And being a good dad (and my kids want me to be me,and do what I do.) (I have great kids.) :)

 

Okay, that’s a stretch, a big one, but the idea is to strive to better in as many things as I am. And that entails a lot.

I have things to prove, mostly to myself.

It seems that I keep accepting projects from other people as if to prove to myself that there’s somebody else that wants my talents as a writer or as an inker. Not that it isn’t cool to branch out or to be asked, but sometimes I seem to do it to the detriment of our own projects. Maybe I just want to prove that someone else would have me.

Yeah, that explains a lot.

So, to be more awesome I’ll have to keep take steps forward, not backward, not sideways. As a dad, as a friend, a creator, as a mentor and in so many ways.

I hope the best for you in the coming year and I hope that you’ll do the same for me and for the others in your life. Take your steps forward so that we’re all moving along our paths, sometimes together, other times apart. Let’s accomplish some things, and kick some butt. Create some comics and some memories.

Be better.

Be well.

 

 

Even now you may be working on your list of resolutions for the new year, but who says you have to wait to get started?  Take the first step today and get it out of the way.

Whatever you did in the past year, how can you improve on it? Will you write more? Draw more?  Be a better person? A better person to be around? What?

What do you resolve to make happen in the coming year?

Do it. Make it happen.

 

 

On the SkyStorm Studio site, you can read the chapter of the SkyStorm Saga I wrote featuring the StormQuest team.  My old friends Willie Peppers and Chris Dreier are providing the art. Check it out and sign up for the SkyStorm Newsletter on the site (and check out all the other stuff. Bob’s been really busy making the site look even cooler.)

http://skystormstudio.com/skystorm/?comic=skystorm-saga-book-one-chapter-02-page-01

 

 

 

I’m pretty sure it involves algebra and scented candles…and bacon.

Okay, maybe not…but you were thinking you wish you’d paid attention in math class for a second, right? Or had a BLT…

Maybe there is no secret, not really…or perhaps not just one. I know that I have periods where I’m “happier”, periods where things don’t seem to weigh as heavily on me, when things seem to be going smoother, when I’m more “me”.

What makes you happy? For me, it’s my kids, hands down. Add in the times when I get things done and that’s bonus. I wish I could stay in that place more often but as always, the real world and its struggles show back up.

Maybe I should just stop worrying about it and just Be. Stop worrying about finding a someone to grow old(er) with. Stop letting dumb little things aggravate me. Stop worrying about the future. And enjoy things as they come.

Yeah, just stop worrying about stuff…

Naaaah, never work. Who’m I kidding, right?

I think I’ll just go grab a BLT…and solve an equation or two, You know, to keep my mind sharp. Maybe do something comic book-y. Yeah, that’s it. And enjoy time with my kids and my friends.

Yeah.

The candles are just a nice touch.

:)

 

 

I know that I haven’t posted much lately. Things happen or things get in the way. It isn’t that I don’t still have lots to learn about myself or ‘wisdom’ for others.

No, I’m still here.

One of the big projects for 2014 is helping to create a site for creators that will incorporate a lot of things: exclusive content for members, a video database, internet radio with comics people. Lots more.

On the SkyStorm Studio website (http://skystormstudio.com/skystorm/ Bob Hickey has worked to make things come together and show off some of the things we’re cooking up comics-wise, including the SkyStorm Saga, a big story that will cross a lot of character lines in the Skyverse.

In fact, the Saga chapter I wrote featuring the StormQuest characters is running now with pencils by my old friend Willie Peppers, and inks by another old friend Chris Dreier. It’s fun to see these things happen and another step forward taken, so  go check it out. Share the link for me. Subscribe to the SkyStorm newsletter. You know the drill.  Here’s the link to the first page of the chapter http://skystormstudio.com/skystorm/?comic=skystorm-saga-book-one-chapter-02-page-01

I’m still here. And will stick around. Sometimes posting bunches and still trying to learn more about myself to share.

So, how about you? How are things?

Share! :)

 

 

 

 

 

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