Meet Twig. He’s a lot more travel-sized, if you’re looking for a dinosaur that’s not a bird. He makes up for his size by being extra friendly and huggable.
Last month Tango found a good place to sing, but just in case you didn’t meet him last month, I will start this little adventure from the beginning…
Wow, the last time Twig was featured was the last time he had an update! When I make these monthly posts I also use the last feature for the critter as a template to work with, that way everything stays consistent with each other. The last time Twig had an update I was growing baby #4, so it’s been quite a while! I’ve come so far since then, and yet there’s something that hasn’t changed at all.
It’s all about the little steps.
You might have a super-busy, stressful life with a full time job (or even two jobs) you hate. Or you might have a life filled to the brim with the people and work you love, but still want to fulfill that dream of writing a book or painting.
It doesn’t matter where you live or what season of life you are in, you can still start on your dream.
I don’t have the time, skill, or education that others have. I’ve never had professional instruction in illustration or art. I have [five] young children, a loving husband to support, and a house to keep. I have a million excuses for why I can’t continue doing this, for why I should never have started. You’re busy too. We’re all busy, and anyone could have excuses for never starting.
The important thing is to start, and to keep taking little steps.
Progress may be slow, and the task may be a bit big to chew, but slow progress is still progress. Little steps add up, and before you know it 5 or 20 minutes here and there has turned into something amazing. 🙂
This still resonates very strongly in me today. Possibly even more so now, because now I have five children instead of three-going-on-four, and so have even more excuses why I couldn’t or shouldn’t do this.
At times, the threat of being overwhelmed by responsibilities and the call of one’s strongest desires can be quite strong. It’s times like these when I focus on how much I adore my beautiful family and my life, and how much I truly am accomplishing even with the impossibly small moments I take to work on fulfilling this dream.
I’m still taking little steps. And those little steps have really added up to a lot! It’s been a full month, with lots of bugs and the completion of Tango and Twig’s story, but I still managed to get a little progress done on my collection. Even if it’s a slow, drippy leak, if you stick a bucket under it you’ll get a full bucket of water if you give it enough time. My bucket is not quite full yet, but I’m starting to see a few inches of water at the bottom, which is pretty cool considering how slow the proverbial drip is. 😀
Mostly for a reminder to myself (because it’s helpful to list these things on occasion), here is what I actually have…
- A collection of fourteen short stories that will soon be ready for publication, and all the illustrations to accompany those stories
- The illustrated profiles of twenty-six prehistoric characters in the “shop”
- The completion of the Kayenta Formation series.
- The complete exploration of Jurassic Insects series
- And more recently, my regular presence on my Instagram account, which document both monthly and now weekly posts.
It’s a nice little list. Not a lot, but it’s not nothing either. I’ll be happier when I have my collection finished and on my bookshelf.
Which brings me to my next thought.
Many of the more recent additions to the site, such as weekly posts, have really taken from the time I could dedicate to finishing the collection. I plan on continuing the weekly posts, but the next few monthly posts will be much simpler. No new stories or updated illustrations. I hope that by focusing my efforts I can finish the collection by the end of the year. Of course I will post my progress as usual during monthly posts. 🙂
Since this post falls on a Thursday this week’s Fossil Friday will be postponed until next week on Oct. 9th. I want these posts to continue to be fun and I don’t want to post anything rushed or sloppy. So postponing for a week will give me a bit of breathing room after the mad rush this month has been.
Thank you so much for stopping by and taking time out of your day to come see prehistoric critters. It really means a lot to me. 🙂
Coming nov. 1st…
She may look tough and prickly, but she’s really a big softy. 🙂