To My Readers…

I’m finding that whatever “creative well” the work here at “Nickel Boy Graphics” came from has “dried up.”

Maybe it’s that way with all things creative. You can’t go back. You can only go forward.

Maybe it’s also because at my age, I’m thinking about “What do I want to leave behind?” and “What can I do in my remaining time that brings me the most joy and just might benefit others?”

Answering those questions led me to a few dead ends and then to begin working on cartoon illustrations of my chickens. They give me the most joy. If you aren’t creating from joy, why create?

I’ve been able to post consistently for the month of August on a new site with a new profile, and I’m pleased with what I’ve been able to create. This is still a bit of a challenge to me, just taking care of myself and the chickens and then getting to work everyday is not so easy at my age!

If you would like to check out my new work, you can find it at “My Life With Gracie.” Although I love all of my chickens, Gracie is my “Best Girl Ever,” and so her name appears in the title.

While the work here has been “Biblical” and “spiritual” the work there is just very simple cartoons and simple life lessons I’ve learned (or re-learned) from my chickens. The graphics are totally different, and the writing approach is different as well. Nevertheless, I think that maybe sometimes you don’t have to write about Jesus to let Jesus show in your work. If you have a living connection to Him, it should come through in what you do, intentionally or not.

If you’d like to follow along with me there, that would be great. I’ll be adding to my “Reader” list there to see what you’ve been up to as well.

My goal is to post to “My Life With Gracie” at least every Tuesday, Thursday, and Saturday with the last post of the week having the most detail and color as a summary of the week’s work.

I’m not sure who my target audience is, and so I hope that my work gets to “the right people” whoever they may be. If that’s not you, no hard feelings. Honest. I just hope my drawings and words, as simple as they may be, will carry a bit of my heart with them.

Here is a sample cartoon and quote you’ll find on the first post from “My Life With Gracie.”

It’s what I hope you will remember most.

Thanks everyone!

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Not the best thing to see on your screen, right? (Actually I added the second exclamation mark because the message just seemed to need it.)

Yesterday I reinstated a large number of previous posts that I had “hidden” to sort of give myself a fresh start with creating new material or at least a new approach. In doing this, posts were published again as if they were new content, and I think email notifications were sent out if you signed up for email notification.

I’m really sorry about that. It wasn’t my intention to overload anyone’s email box with a pile of emails! (If that is what happened?!?)

It wasn’t until I was done that I realized two of the major “Some Serious” posts were missing. They were also two of the most popular categories: “Whatever The Gospel Is…” and “Voices From The Back Pew,” and “The Gifts” Although I still have the graphics which I had backed up separately, the text was not.

Although I will probably be reposting the graphics, I really don’t have the words to put with them. It would really be difficult to recreate them because those posts in particular took a great deal of thought and prayerful listening to what God would have me write.

At first I was honestly a little grumbly about it, but then a started to see it as a new opportunity to prayerfully listen anew, and I’m looking forward to that. After all, this is a journey, right?!?

So I just want to seriously apologize to anyone and everyone who got a pile of email notifications about the posts that were put back in yesterday. It wasn’t intentional. I will work on my site management skills!

On the plus side…I have really enjoyed looking back over old posts and reviewing the feedback, suggestions, and comments. You have always given me something to think about, new questions to explore, and suggestions for other ways of looking at some really important things.

I truly feel like you are on this journey with me! Thank you so much!

Thanks for reading!

John

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