Monday, November 17, 2014

It's Novsketch 2014!

2013 novsketch for Shannon Hale
Some of you might remember that last year I did a personal sketch challenge for November. I hashtagged it #novsketch, and stalked various twitter users, secretly sketching for them. Sometimes I illustrated their tweets, and sometimes I just drew caricatures of them. I posted the sketches on Twitter, tagging users with their surprise sketch. It was pretty fun and awesome. Afterward, the sketches went up for sale, giving users the opportunity to own their original sketch.

Since I'm starting novsketch later this year I won't have as much time to sketch, but I'm still going to do as many sketches as I can. Find me on Twitter @DonelleLacy.You can even email or PM me to surprise sketch for someone you know!

My first novsketch is going up today. You'll get to find out who inspired me to pick up my pencil first!

Friday, November 14, 2014

What Would You Do With Unexpected Success?

Success is a force you must learn to control, like a superpower. When you do something well, it shows, no matter what. And when you do that thing well, people keep wanting you to do it. If they want it badly enough, and you feel like making a profit, you can charge them money for it. Then you're set for life.

You can branch off from the initial success (say, teaching) and write books about it, create websites around it, become a mentor to others who are pursuing it. The sky's the limit, really. But what if that thing you're so good at isn't really what you want to do?

If you become famous or wealthy enough doing that first thing, you've gotten yourself a wonderful platform and hefty bank account to support anything else you want to do. It helps your admirers if that new thing ties into what you became so famous for, but the two don't have to be associated.

What would you do if you became successful in something you hadn't intended to pursue? Would you keep doing it just to make money, or would you follow another path?

Here's another question. If what you wanted to do most was a struggle, and your successes came from something you didn't have to try for, which would you choose?

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