One day, I woke up to notice that my blog had pulled a disappearing act. In fact, the blog had not only disappeared, but it had pretty much become non-existent. So, I took a few deep zen-like breaths (admittedly, after freaking out and writing a few emails including bold fonts and capital letters to communicate how…well, displeased I was) and built the whole thing from scratch. Unfortunately, I had been foolish enough not to make a second backup of the blog’s content, meaning that I also lost all the posts I had written in the past months. Oh well…
I’ll raise my tea cup to a fresh start, learning experiences and the millions of backups I’ve made of everything since the incident!
Next to my blog collapsing, there have also been some other changes in my life recently. A few months ago, I started a new job and went from being a full-time freelancer into becoming a part-timer. Now I’m a copy-editor of sorts during the day and an illustrator by night…or early mornings and evenings. Although this change came as quite a surprise even to myself, it has certainly been very welcome; it doesn’t only give me the peace of mind that comes with a stable income, but it has also brought me more creative freedom, as I’m no longer dependent on client work. Some people around me were a bit concerned that I would slowly give up illustration, but I feel like the total opposite is happening: I have spent much more time doodling for fun recently. I’m also increasingly enthusiastic about getting started with some bigger projects of my own, which I didn’t really have much time or energy for when I was illustrating full-time for others.
So, here’s to new work-life balance and creative freedom!
Another small change in my life is called Instagram. I’m one of the dinosaurs, who take their time with the new and exciting technological developments and always approach them with some level of skepticism. I don’t have a smart phone, which is one of the main reasons why Instagram didn’t lure me into its visual world already earlier. I still don’t have a smart phone (and I pray my good ol’ Nokia will last at least for another 13 years, letting me continue my retro-smart life as long as possible), but I found my way around it. That said, you can check my little updates by following @emmimarjukka. Amongst other things I post on Instagram, I’ve been sharing little comics about the life in our household. Although it is just a funny little thing I do for fun, it’s also a nice exercise to draw people and incorporate little stories into simple drawings.
So, here’s to my good old Nokia and the holy matrimony of Instagram and my sketchbook: hurray, hurray, hurray!
Speaking of Instagram, any recommendations for interesting illustration-related accounts to follow…?