Monday, March 28, 2011

My Biannual Update of Life Events or TL;DR

It's that time of year, when I remember I have a blog and try to write something in it. Into the gaping maw, the yawning chasm (the yawning maw? sounds kind of cute actually) that is the blank page. I'd apologize for not posting more, but who would I be apologizing to? Marie? Hi Marie. Garth maybe? Hello Garth. So no, I'm not apologizing for not updating this blog. Part of this post will have to do with updating this blog though. No, the reason I'm writing here is not for anyone else. Because, like I said, no one else reads this blog really. It's really just a way to organize my thoughts about the current state of my life and my future plans and aspirations (such as they are). The reason to make it public is so that future generations can be inspired by these words. Or not.

The current state of affairs in the life of Chris are thus: I manage a Radio Shack. I live with my roommate and friend Josh. I am currently significant other-less. I spend most of my free time reading comic books, watching TV and playing video games. I think my ten year old self would actually be pretty happy with such a life. However, my almost thirty year old self is dissatisfied.

Unfortunately I have never learned the value or even the mechanics of motivating myself so I often just accept a situation I'm not satisfied with instead of changing it. Now, I'm trying to change my habit of not trying to change. But, changing is hard.

What do I want to change? For starters, I'd like to have a different job. A common complaint I'm sure. Either I'd like to have a job that I enjoy doing like painting (any kind really) or a job that doesn't take up so much of my time and energy. That way I could pursue my own interests and avocations in my free time. Working at Radio Shack takes eats up eight hours a day, six days a week. More if you count commute times and when my employees call me on my days off with stupid questions.

So, get another job right? You may not have heard but "the economy*" is not doing too hot and unemployment is something like ten percent which is high for America, or something. I don't want to quit my job before I have another one lined up and it's hard to look for a job when you're working close to fifty hours a week at the job you hate. Bit of a catch-22. What I could do is save up some money to cover my expenses for a few months, quit my current job and then use the extra time to find work.

That brings me to my first plan: Let Chris Fix It! "Let Chris Fix It!" is a side business where I do general electronics troubleshooting using the some of the experience I've gained from working at RadioShack. If successful this could help take care of problem number one, also known as hating my job. I've started the ball rolling on this by registering the domain Marie, she of Alcatraz, has agreed to help me with the website design. I also got a Square account to enable me to take credit card payments from my potential customers. I also grabbed some free business cards from VistaPrint until I can afford some more professional ones.

Plan the second: Doing art for fun and profit. You may or may not know this, but I love me some drawing and comic books (Since I'm mostly writing this for myself, I do in fact, know this). I would like to, either professionally or as an accomplished amateur, make comics. There's nothing really stopping me from doing this actually. Nothing except my own fear, self-doubt and lack of work ethic. Right now, I am making a public vow (because I would never break a public vow right?) that I will draw one thing a day and publish somewhere on the web every day starting April first two thousand eleven. An addition to this plan is also to sell my art on Etsy. I have an Etsy store and have sold a total of zero items in the past two months. Go me. I plan on posting higher quality scans of my work and redesigning the layout of the store (possibly with help from the incomparably talented Marie [she sure is getting a lot of mentions in this post huh?]).

Plan three: Plan Harder: Going back to school and finishing my degree. Did you know that I went to a private university for four years and failed to obtain a degree of any kind? You did! Why aren't you just way to into my personal history. Anyway, yes, I went to Drexel University (home of the fighting Welsh dragons) for film and never graduated. I could say that I got nothing out of those four years of my life, but I still have ten thousand dollars in student loan debt that says otherwise. My plan now is to go back to school and get my bachelor's degree. But, I'm not going to get a degree in film. I want to get a degree in physics or some other related area of science.

I love science. I love reading about science, I love the idea of science, I love learning about how science reveals all kind of crazy things about the universe and physics and math were always the easiest subjects in college for me. So a physics or astrophysics degree would combine to things I like: science and not trying very hard.

I would like to get my degree from a well regarded school, so that some day in the future I might be able to get a job as a real working scientist or at least parlay that knowledge into my other endeavors like writing and drawing kick-ass comic books about science! I'd like to get into the physics program at UC Berkeley. In order to do that I need to take some classes at City College to make sure I fulfill all the transfer requirements for the UC system so I can transfer in as a junior and not start all over as a freshman. In order to do that I have to get my SAT and AP scores so that I can place out of the general education requirements for City College. Whew! I don't remember getting into college being this hard when I was 18.

And last, but least, I plan on writing more often here on this blog. Except, this blog will no longer be at, but rather will be moved over to to be part of my "work", which will include any art or stories of mine. Basically it will by my portfolio for creative work, as opposed to which will just be for tech support. I've had a few features in mind for this blog for a while. I just haven't had the time, inclination or organization skills to pull it of. Here are some of my ideas for regular series of articles on the new and improved (potentially) blog:
OKDating. Where I discuss my experiences of using the dating site for the last seven plus years. Also (humorous) critiques of people's OKCupid profiles.
Let Chris Read It. Reviews of what I've read in the last week. Mostly about comic books.
Let Chris Watch It. Reviews of TV shows or movies I've watched recently.
Let Chris Draw It. Where I draw a different thing every day, whether it's a series of characters or something suggested by a friend or reader (still not sure I'll ever have a reader).
SCIENCE! Where I marvel at something cool in science news.

So.... that's a lot of stuff huh? To review:

1) Get a different job or make enough money with my tech support side business to quit my job.
2) Diligently work on drawing, writing or making art. No excuses, capiche?
3) Get a degree in physics and eventual a masters in astrophysics or particle physics (shooting for the moon. Get it? Get it?)
4) Create a website that's home to my creative work and contribute to it regularly with drawings and articles.

Now that I've written it all out it seems somehow both more and less daunting than before. Less daunting because I can see how each step is possible. More daunting because I can see how many steps there are and how much work it's going to be. Oh well. Let's do it.

P.S. I'm going to WonderCon this weekend, April first through the third and I've actually taken time off of work to do so. If there are actually people in San Francisco who read this blog and don't suck then maybe we can hang out at WonderCon.

*I may go on a rampage the next time I hear or read the phrase "in this economy". I get it. The economy is bad. You can shut up now.

1 comment:

BayMare said...

Reasonable, do-able and - forgive a mother - inspirational.
For the record, most artists & pros who are making waves in their fields spend a good bit o' time ignoring the "voices" that would sabotage their efforts.
Lastly and leastly ( i'm so stealing that ) what the hell is "TD;DR"?