The best time to start a journal was 5 years ago. The second best time to start a journal is now.I just have this written on the cover of my five year journal.
Let’s keep this introduction post streamlined with some bullets.
- I’m Jackie. INTP. She/her.
- Career path is editing and literary analysis, specializing but not limited to comics. I love developmental editing, copyediting, proofreading, design, and even marketing. Ink runs through my veins.
- Has been analyzing media for 25 years.
- Has a Backstory™ that explains why, and one of my long-term projects is to properly explain this as a comic. No spoilers.
- Appreciates thoughtful design. Video games are a great example! When it’s invisible it’s perfect, when it’s bad, you know it.
- Has a lot of crafting hobbies, from felting to dyeing to painting to knitting (working on crochet but it’s not sticking yet). I am at my best in a craft or art supply store
- Has an undergrad degree in Comics and Illustration
- Applying for a graduate degree in Publishing
- Runs a chat server catering to often-underserviced creators of the queer spectrum
- Kiki’s Delivery Service, Atlantis: the Lost Empire, and A Sea of Writings chapter and episode of Mushi-Shi (This is where the homepage animated header comes from)
- Her small cat Ninnou
- Learning and self-improvement
- Fountain pens
- Her Olivetti Lettera 22 typewriter (Beatrix)
- The quote “Know Thyself”
- Feeling understood, and getting along with people
- Diversity and different opinions
- Coffees and teas
- Cafes, bookstores, and any combination of the two
- Her bass guitar (I’m not very skilled, but it’s good finger exercise)
- Anthropology, consumer psychology and linguistics (phonetics and etymology are my favorite!)
- Super-specific labels
- Overly-assertive opinions
- Logical fallacies
- Poor rhetoric (Actually even as an editor, I think proper grammar has its time and place, and typos are a sign of humanity, but rhetoric is king.)
- Fish/shellfish/places that only sell seafood
Why I’m here:
- I write daily anyways, from self-directed projects and study notes to warmups. Writing is easier for me than drawing.
- I write a lot of resources and notes to make sure I understand a concept, and look for what I’m lacking
- I know I’m not the only one who can benefit from these notes and resource. Info shouldn’t be kept on a pedestal.
What we’re doing here:
- The studio proper, which handles private commissions, freelance illustration, and editing services. Includes social media and a Patreon. Miscellanea of different projects
- CMYKS (Pronounced com-icks) a video series about art and writing resources. Think tutorials, reviews, and Q&A style talks.
- Gnovella – (Pronounced like novella but you hold the first N for a little longer than usual) A bookclub podcast that analyzes stories with the aspiring creator in mind.
- Prep work and status updates for future stories and comics, ranging from traditional novels to experimental formatting (The Patreon has extra behind the scenes content on each project too)
- The Big Secret Agenda Project
- Notes and updates on my next anthology publication (Art School Gothic)
- Handy resources I came across for aspiring editors