The Illusion of the Insurmountable

I’ve been spending a lot of time these past couple of days sizing up everything that I want to do this year and finding a way to turn them into easy to accomplish goals. It’s frustrating when things seem to be going slow and not moving as fast as I’d like but I’m also constantly battling my own tendency to put a lot of stuff on my “to do” list and then freak out as to how much is on there, leading me to not do much of anything at all.

That’s changing a bit, I think. One of the things I have to bear in mind is that in many cases things move relatively slowly so small steps are better than no steps at all. One of the hardest things to overcome is the feeling of working very hard on something and feeling like it just…vanishes when I put it out there. There’s only been one sale on Smashwords of AN EQUAL SHARING OF MISERIES since it came out, which was very disheartening since it was the longest Winston & Churchill story to date and a lot of time and work was spent on it. Yes, a few copies of it sold in the collection on Amazon and the free copy of NEVER LET GO gets about twenty or so downloads a month on Amazon but other than that there hasn’t been any movement with the series and it bums me out tremendously. It shouldn’t and I should just keep plowing through because I have so many ideas for these characters and their world but the idea that people don’t seem to be responding to them (aside from the occasional retweet or Facebook share) is exceptionally disenchanting.

I need to be better at not needing that reinforcement. It’s not as if I don’t get it from those that I know and love, but I still cling to this need to see my work be discovered by some stranger and have them really enjoy it and share kind words about it. The fact that things like that haven’t happened tends to shake my confidence as a writer. I mean, if I can’t get my friends and family to write positive reviews on Smashwords or Amazon what hope do I have for anyone else to do it? The sad thing is I know this kind of thinking is a trap and I need to get past it but at times it’s pretty difficult. I realize it takes just as much time promoting and finding new outlets to do so as it does to write (and any suggestions for places to promote my work would be lovely) but time is something that’s been in short supply lately. Then again, time management is one of the things I need to work on this year.

All of that having been said I feel like thus far I’m setting up a good foundation for 2013. I have some stuff in the works that’s making me pretty excited, I have some new stuff coming up on Panels on Pages as well as some big plans for the Super-Fly podcast. Stay tuned as I tease some of these developments, but for right now let’s have a listen to this week’s Super-Fly Podcast.


The Super-Fly Podcast Episode 132

It’s time for the monthly Previews Preview show, where we talk about Pop! Vinyl figures, misprints in the book, comics that sound like video games, Travis has snaps and what we did for New Year’s. It’s a stacked show. Fresh for 2013, suckas!!

The Super-Fly Podcast: So Ratchet, we swagged all over our YOLO.

Opening music: Milo – sweet chin music (the fisher king’s anthem)

Closing music: Milo – post hoc ergo propter hoc (for Schopenhauer)

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About The Author

Thacher Cleveland

Thacher E. Cleveland is a contributing writer & columnist for PanelsOnPages.com, co-host of the Super-Fly Comics & Games PodCast, novelist & comic creator. Originally from New Jersey and previously from Yellow Springs, Ohio, he currently lives in Chicago. You can find him on Twitter (@demonweasel), tumblr, his personal website and even on Google+

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