Saturday, February 18, 2017

Jacksonville's HRO passes!

This past week, the City Council and Mayor of Jacksonville passed an HRO bill, protecting the LGBTQ community from discrimination. While it saddens me that such protections are needed, I am happy that Jacksonville has this bill on books! To me, it shows us that we are willing to show hated the door, and be a progressive city. You can read more about it here:

I just fired off a letter to the editor of our newspaper. Looking back at it, it's a little disjointed, but hopefully will see print. I am sharing it here...

"I want to say THANK YOU to the City Council and the Mayor for passing the HRO. It's about time that Jacksonville showed itself to be a city of morality and progress by not allowing hate and discrimination to continue.

To those who oppose it, shame on you! How can you support hate? Before you answer with some sort of religious balderdash, remember that we all learned in Sunday School some form of "Love you neighbor as yourself." I suspect all religions teach something similar. Religion is a choice we make. Being LGBTQ is not.

I often wonder, what would happen if, instead of wasting our time on hating one another over how we're born, or over things that don't affect us personally, we channeled that energy into helping each other, regardless of any identifiers. What would happen if instead of spending money fighting equality for all, we spent that money on feeding the homeless? Or on improving our schools? I guess I'm naive in thinking that we're meant to get along and help each other in the world. I just know I'd rather live a life of compassion instead of hate."

 I hope that the day is soon coming where no one in this country, or even in the world, needs such protections. Let's be honest, unless someone is an active part of your life, what they do, feel, etc... has little to impact on you. For example: if I chose to pack up and move to Canada, that would have an impact on my parents, nephew, brother, and even on my niece & sister-in-law. I live with my parents and help out around here, so they would see the largest impact. I see my nephew and brother each week, so they would be impacted. My niece and sister-in-law live in NC, so the impact would be less, but still felt. Whereas, maybe you like reading my blog, but you don't like certain posts, so you drop it. Not that big a deal, is it? Or, maybe I see you once in a blue moon at a comic show, so again - not a big deal.

I do my best not to judge others, or to allow judgements affect how I deal with people. So many people do things that I don't approve of, but it's not my place to sit in judgement. What they're doing really doesn't affect my life, so why bother getting upset over it? Where I do judge is when people choose to be hate-full! Hatred and discrimination are choices. They hurt people. I don't approve of that. I'm sure we can't stop that from happening completely, but it would be nice if people learned to mind their business a little bit more.

Oh well, I'm rambling on. I hope my readers have gotten something out of this post.

Take Care! Be good to one another!

Wednesday, February 15, 2017

Mid-month progress report...

I hate to admit it, but I've been depressed as hell the last couple of days. If you ask me why, I wouldn't be able to tell you. All I've mostly been doing is re-reading books. But, I'm ready to come out of that. That's part of why I'm writing a mid-month update on my goals.

I'm still working my way through a book called the Four Hour Work Week, and trying to apply advice where possible. The best thing from it so far has been cutting back my news and Facebook consumption. I'm really trying to avoid news right now - most of it just pisses me off, and serves no purpose because it either doesn't affect me directly, or there is nothing I can do to affect it. I don't want to be completely ignorant, and I want to do what I can, but there's only so much news anyone can handle. I've also pulled back from Facebook. I did a week plus of no FB, except for checking private messages. Now, I post some again, and look at the news feed a little, but I've cut way, way, way back.

I've done some walking recently. Not where I want to be with that, but getting a start is better than sitting on my ass saying "I want to go walking" and then not doing it. I've also cut my soda consumption to one a day, and kept it there. My next goal is to tackle my night-time snacking and cut that back. I've also done a little more cooking for myself this past week. Small steps, but small steps often add up and before you know it, you're where you want to be.

I haven't done much creatively. I tackled some sketch cards recently, and they are up at along with beefcake photos. One card was a commission, and the other was a special request from the same buyer. The third card, of Wonder Woman ally Donna Troy, is available along with other cards.

Nothing else to talk about right now. I have my goals in mind, and I will continue to work toward them. Take Care!

Thursday, February 2, 2017

Change... in-the-works

So, I wrote in an earlier post that I'm wanting to make changes, and while I haven't made too much progress, I'm working at it. That said, I know I can work harder. Sad to say, I've fallen into a routine of reading in the afternoons. Now, in general, reading is a good thing. But I seem to be using it to escape making changes, so I gotta change the script on that one.

I have been doing some writing! I'm about halfway finished with a short story featuring some of my super-heroes. Once the draft is finished, I'll edit and rewrite, and then I'll slap it up on Amazon for everyone to read! Woo woo!

I've been working on reducing my soda consumption from 2 a day to 1 a day. I hate to admit it, I love drinking Coke. Part of me misses the days when I would drink 5 or 6 in a day. I stopped that several years ago, and worked my way back to 2 a day. My goal for Feb is to have 1 a day, and then my goal for March is to go without soda for the month. The idea is to have just a few each week. It should be a treat (like it was when I was a kid) and not a regular thing.

I haven't been walking yet. I was "busy" reading, so I didn't make myself walk. I also haven't been drawing like I want to, but I've been doing some art. Again, I just have to work at making both walking and drawing a regular habit.

I have been listing photos (beefcake) & sketch cards (comics) on eBay:  and listing photos on eBid:

For those who are interested, my photos are beefcake, inspired by the old photos of the 1950's & 1960's. Now, while I've worked with plenty of muscular men, not all my models fit the so-called ideal of masculine beauty. I think all types of men are beautiful, sexy, erotic, and interesting to look at, so there ends up being something for everyone in my work.

I have been hoping to change some things up creatively. The beefcake photos have been my biggest money maker, artistically. But I do realize it's a niche market. I mostly sell prints. I'm trying to adapt to the modern age, and have my photo zines available for the Kindle. I also have comic art available on eBay, as t-shirts on a variety of sites, and abstract works available on Etsy (as well as jewelry), and on a variety of sites. Check the links to the right if you're interested. Even if you can't buy, I'd appreciate it if you can share a link or two. Thanks for looking and sharing.

 I suppose that's all for now. I'll keep plugging away at making changes. I have goals that I want to meet this year, so I will keep working towards them. Sometimes, all you can do is make small changes and keep making those changes. Eventually the small changes become larger and before you know it, things are different.

Take Care! Be good to yourselves and to one another!