An historic event has taken place. Holly Gray has taken a giant step toward following her bliss!!!
Every New Year's Eve I promised myself that I would listen to my intuition, but I never followed through. I ignored that tiny little voice inside me that kept saying, "You don't belong here! You need to do what's in your heart!" That was referring to my job. And to my co-workers reading this, I want to thank you for making my time at IBM a very pleasant one. You were the only reason I didn't leave sooner. Well, that and the steady paycheck. But now I must strike out into the unknown and let go of my security blanket. It was tripping me up! I have so many ideas inside my head and I couldn't move forward with any of them. Now I will devote my time to making my dreams come true. Let's just hope the money doesn't run out before we make a profit. The only thing Mick is concerned about right now is not being able to eat out so much. That was our one addiction. If any of you were planning to buy us a gift this holiday season, we would love restaurant certificates more than anything else in the world!!! Seriously.
Well, today was the start of my adventure into uncertainty. There was no stress when the alarm went off. I considered not setting it anymore, but I enjoy hearing trivia and a bit of news on the radio so I know what's going on in the world. I got up, fed Genevieve, exercised a bit and went into the office. Some of my eBay items sold over the weekend, so I got the shipments ready to go. Then I helped Mick finish up some art pages so they could get back to DC before Thanksgiving. He really appreciates that I can assist him during the day now.
This past week, I began designing t-shirts and stuff at cafepress.com. I just wanted to market Mick's character, Al B. Mouse, but then I started getting all these other graphic ideas. So I'm not sure if we'll keep the name "The Al B. Mouse Shop" or not. Suggestions are welcome. The Al B. Mouse Shop (www.cafepress.com/mickgray)
The eBay store will have new items added each week. There will be no more than one page per section at a time, if I can help it. I'm still in the process of designing a new auction template. I'm going to incorporate Al B. Mouse into everything! www.mickholly.com
I've been in charge of the advertising for all of the Dot Net Group sites for about a month. Right now they just consist of banner ads for our affiliate programs. Soon enough I'll be getting real advertisers to pay us for front page ads and stuff.
There's a contest going on right now for anybody who registers at any of the Dot Net sites between now and November 30th. Go check it out, there are family friendly sites for just about any interest you may have! www.thedotnetgroup.net
And for those of you who don't know, Mick has been writing a monthly music column for Entertainmentwatch.net. It's pretty fun stuff, just his own take on today's great musicians, most likely some you've never even heard of! Mick's Picks. He also writes concert reviews, which I've posted on his website. Many of you are already on his concert mailing list, but here's the link anyway. Re-live the hilarity! Mick's Concert Reviews
Next month I will start writing the script for the Mick Gray video. Working title is "Inking With Mick". It'll be about more than inking, but that's a good part of it. Any of you who have advice to share in the field of video production, please send it my way. At the moment I'm just planning to do it in iMovie and iDVD, unless someone gives me a copy of Final Cut Pro and DVD Studio Pro (or the express versions--is there an express version of DVD Studio Pro?).
For my fellow Zander fans, I created The Zander Smith Memorial Website, which will eventually hold all of my old fan fiction and videos dedicated to this ex-General Hospital character. Right now it just links to my fiction and videos site through a cool home page. I don't watch soaps anymore and I've stopped writing fics and making videos (for the moment anyway), but I will always have a fondness for Zander. I just wanted to have someplace to park everything. My EZ Board site will eventually fade away. www.zandersmith.net