Without going back and reading all the stuff I've written, I don't know what I've posted here and what I've just told people, so I'll just write whatever comes to mind and if you heard it before, well...tough. ;-)
I don't know what's happened lately but it's like somebody flipped a switch, and suddenly this is working. I'm getting things done, I'm meeting the deadlines, I'm really cranking stuff out in a hurry without any compromise in quality (I refuse to compromise quality!). I don't know that changed, but something did, and I feel like I'm on the edge of something big. I feel like I can really do this.
The Standard work will be done by the time I leave for Indiana in November. (I was thinking I'd throw a party when I finished, but my friends are so scattered I think I'll just call the Indiana show my party!! Of course I'll need another party when it gets printed too!) A project that spanned two years, so much of it down-time, not always my fault! Why, if I can work this fast now, did I not get it done sooner? I don't know the answer to that, other than to say for a long time I simply couldn't do it, it was like I was putting up resistance against my own progress. I know how strange that must sound. I wish I understood what changed, and I hope whatever it is stays this way!
So now that there is a light at the end of the tunnel, and an actual end in sight, it's time to start thinking ahead..what then? I definitely want to go back to taking commissions, and the price list will be up within a matter of days. Prices have changed, a lot. I know now what my time is worth, and the days of peanuts and short-selling are over. I have other projects in mind too, non-commissioned work I plan to make to sell, and ideally to really try to get out into galleries and be seen by more people.
Maybe the stars all shifted around. Something's happening, I can feel it.