Monday, August 25, 2014

What The Hell Have I Been Up To?

Quite a bit, actually. Sadly, maintaining The Nerduary was not among them and I do apologize for that. I get emails every week asking when I'm going to update and judging by the stats, lots and lots of folks stop by every day.

So why no Nerduary for Chris?

Back in January, I got laid off from my job. The place shut down and in one horrific afternoon everyone was sent walking. It's was terrible, but, meh, them's the breaks. So a lot of my time went into looking for work. As summer set in, damn near all my time was dedicated to freelance work. There was a stretch there that if I was awake odds were good I was working on some paying project. Fortunately I just started a long-term contract gig so that takes a good bit of pressure off and with some of that pressure off I figured, what the heck, let's update The Nerduary.

That last time I posted anything was back in May, so let's see what I go into between then and now...

FINDING PAYING FREELANCE WORK

If you've never lived the life of a freelancer before know that it's exhilarating while being simultaneously terrifying. Exhilarating in that your fate is on your hands and terrifying... for the exact same reason. Being a freelancer took the absolute vast majority of all my waking hours.

VOLUNTEERING WITH HEROES CON

This being my fifth year attending HeroesCon, I decided to actually contribute something this go round. The staff gladly put me to work. How? By moderating a few panels, of course. And not just any two panels. Oh, no. I got to spend an hour each with two of my all time favorite creators.


Here I am chatting it up with Mark Waid...


... and here I am with one Jim Starlin (with Andy Smith who, I have to say was a pretty swell guy).


And, best of all, I didn't suck!

WRITING FOR OTHER SITES 

For as long as I can remember I've been a reader of Comic Book Resources. In fact, what comic fan doesn't at least know of the site? One of my personal goals has always been to write for CBR and since I was more than a little motivated to find opportunities since being laid off, I managed to get a pitch through.

And accepted.

I did a feature on Transformers Vs. G.I. Joe writer and artist Tom Scioli, one that I'd been wanting to do for a long, long time. Not only did it run, but feedback was much better than I could have anticipated and the door seems to be open for more work with CBR.

I've also been steadily contributing each week to Forces of Geek plus I'm about to start work on another giant feature for Back Issue Magazine on Jim Starlin and the various Infinity sagas.

GETTING READY FOR A BABY

When not looking for and working paid freelance gigs, I'm getting ready for a baby. I'm not going to lie; I had no idea just how much work went into preparing one's life for the arrival of a kid. None. Just when I think I've got everything squared away I find out that there's a half dozen other things I never even gave a passing thought to. It's scary and it's daunting and it's hella overwhelming. But, hey, people have been doing this over and over again with varying degrees of success for thousands and thousands and thousands of years. I mean, if pre-verbal hunter gatherers who look to the moon in fear can handle parenthood, I think I'll be perfectly fine. I think...

WHAT'S NEXT?

What's next? Next I try to get back into my own work. There's a moment when you're freelancing when you realize that it's not just all your time you're pouring into finding (and executing) paying work, but damn near all your creative energies as well. Next I get better at juggling. This is me getting the balls rolling.

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