New Digs: Seattle

It’s weird how completely some projects can dominate your attention to the point you don’t really realize how quickly time can pass. I suppose that’s what the whole “time flies when you’re having fun” thing, and time has sure flown this summer. Was it fun? Well… yes and no. There were highlights and good times for sure, but it’s just been more busy than recreational. It feels like it comprised of entirely too much long-haul driving, and I’m looking forward to being settled for a bit.

So, it’s been nearly two months since I last wrote… what have I been up to? The move to Seattle has been the big project as of late, as it has, really, since July. But we’re here now! We’ve got an apartment, and we made the big cross-country (or cross-Rocky Mountains rather) drive with a truck full of our worldly possessions, so for the first time in over a year, all of our stuff is in one place. The quest for day jobs is still on-going, and while the process hasn’t been quite as fruitful yet as Lorie and I would like, it feels like we’re making progress, and we’re staying optimistic. There’s a lot of awesome places to work here in the Seattle area, and hopefully one of them is hiring someone like me!

One of the things I’m looking forward to most about having a place of our own again is the ability to make work once more. I’ve been keeping up with the comic each week, but I’ve definitely fallen off the art-making horse with the move this past month, as the drawing-a-day has gone into a dormant phase too. I’m getting fussy about it though, which means I’m going to start making something again soon, when we don’t have these pesky boxes around that need to be unpacked, sorted, etc. We’re mostly through the moving-in and unpacking process, but I don’t want to have a scenario down the road where I realize I haven’t “finished” moving in after a full two years and discover three still-packed boxes in a closet. I was doing a lot of drawing this summer, but as the leaves start to turn, and the season shifts, I think I feel a hint of a more photographic project on the wind. Of course, I don’t know what this project might be… but I feel like I’m being drawn to the camera again, so I might start making images and see where it takes me.

This whole couple weeks as actually been very reminiscent of our time in the Netherlands last year, actually, a feeling that’s been getting stronger as the season shifts toward autumn, and the leaves begin to turn. I suppose it’s something about the climate, latitude, and elevation being somewhat similar, and maybe dwelling in a more densely populated urban area again that’s evoking our time in Gelderland. Even walking around town, it seems there are spiders thriving on every bush and tree, just as in Amsterdam last September. I suppose my brain is in “new place new experiences” mode as it was in the Netherlands, so hopefully that will spark a flurry of creative output for the coming months.

Anyway, that’s what I’ve been up to during this radio silence these last several weeks. I’ll endeavor to be a bit more chatty here for the future, and I’m looking forward to exploring the possibilities offered by a new and exciting place like Seattle!

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