Heads Up! A Summer Update!
Hi everyone! While it is one of my greatest joys bringing you a new comic every week, I have some housekeeping to do before returning to that normal rhythm. But don't worry, I'll still be releasing stuff, but it's just going to be a little more inconsistent until I clear a few things first. I just need the pressure of weekly comic-making off of my plate. So here's a quick rundown of what's ahead!
Work: As many of you are aware, I do my comic for free and work full time as a therapist. And one of the demanding parts of my career is the paperwork. Starting today, for the next week and a half, I'll be using my the time I typically use for my comic to get my paperwork in order. Plus I need to get together all my stuff, which leads me to....
Licensure: I'm actually not a licensed therapist yet...BUT IM REALLY CLOSE. In Virginia, getting licensed is a bear and takes years, but I have all of my required hours. I'm currently gathering all of my work to send to the state, where I wait on their mercy to approve me for examination. Once I get the date for exam I will suspend Cancer Owl so I can devote myself to studying for this thing. I'm not a good test taker, and this exam is very hard. Being a licensed therapist is a huge deal for me and my family, so ensuring a passing score is top priority.
Colonder: I'm going to be a model! In 9 days, I'm being flown to Nashville, where I will be picked up by a limousine and taken to a 5 Star retreat and take "sexy cancer survivor photos". But it's so much more than that. Every year, The Colon Club selects 12 dynamic colon cancer survivors and gives them a life-changing experience as well as raising up folks will later be effective colon cancer advocates. While Cancer Owl represents all cancers, my heart will always lean towards the butt! Every past model I've talked to describes this experience as completely life-changing, and it's an honor to be selected as one of 2018's models!
Cancer Stories: Perhaps my favorite development of my comic is telling other patient's stories. It has given me a larger reason and purpose for continuing Cancer Owl. And I HAVE A LOT OF SUBMISSIONS! It is my goal to honor all of them, which will probably take at least 2 years!! So I will be taking the next few weeks to organize and schedule all comics for release. For the scheduled comics that fall during my suspension period, I will work to see if some of my talented comic artist friends would be interested in doing a guest comic to tell patient stories in my stead. I'm passionate about these stories being told.
Beyond: I've accepted long ago that the Heavens will never open up "just right" so that I will "be obstacle free" for creating or growing Cancer Owl. There will always be a struggle finding balance. That said, my professional transition has definitely been holding me back from taking this cartoon to new and exciting places. The next chapter (which includes book publishing, getting my products in Cancer Centers, creating a line for kids, etc) will not be ready until I finish this chapter.
Self Care is an essential part of being a cancer survivor. One thing I've committed to doing is making sure that I do not overload myself, and committing to no more than 1 or 2 major projects at a time. I love doing Cancer Owl, and to ensure that I keep creating it, and take it beyond anything I've imagined, I have to know how to pace myself.
**Again, you'll still get content from me AND I'LL BE BACK TO WEEKLY AS SOON AS POSSIBLE, but it will be touch-and-go for the moment, and I'll keep you in the loop the whole time. Thank you all for your devotion and support! It means the world to me!