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Love this. A culture where perfectionism (and having a style that you can’t move from )this mind set is so freeing. One can learn something, love it and then move away from it. It’s ok to begin again and make mistakes. New mistakes. We all need these permission and culture that promotes this freedom.

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Thanks, Sumayya! When I first started painting/drawing every day in 2018, my goal was not to make good art as much as to make a LOT of it. I was able to make a lot of mistakes and a lot of art!

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Jun 8, 2023Liked by Kelcey Ervick

How great, Kelcey! Thank you! And you're so kind about Tom. He may never go back, you may never go back, I may never go back, we may never go back, but certainly what we do going forward will be all the richer for the doing we've done and the quitting that lets us create. As well as the connecting with each other along the way!

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Heck yeah - that is a very excellent perspective! It was so wonderful to talk to you yesterday! I'm so glad to have connected along the way! :)

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I love that my heroes are modeling changing to something that brings new life, new enthusiasm, and rabid beginnerism. Not into comic-making nearly as long as Tom, it’s gotten a bit stale for me. So I’m trying to explore and invent a new kind of comic style but also took an intro to clay class and loved the total hyper-focus joy of being in so far over my head that I could just play. What a great thought-provoking post.

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Wow I love all this, Susan! Especially the phrase "total hyper-focus joy of being so far over my head." Yes! Here's to inventing a new kind of comic style and making all the clay!

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Ooh I love this term “creative quitting.” It feels relevant to my life right now...as I make space for more comic-ing.

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Thanks, Cara. Isn't it freeing? Cheers to more comic-ing for you!!

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Jun 8, 2023Liked by Kelcey Ervick

Hey, Kelcey, guess I must have missed this post--slogging through old emails and found this one, a keeper. BTW I checked out some books at the local library and have in my grubby hands, a copy of THE KEEPER and Amaris Ketchum's newest on The Cancer Year, both requested by me earlier---this library is fabulous! They have rejected only one book of all the ones I have requested through the last few years and that was because it was too old.(?) I have just requested your book pub. in 2016 on the 'horrible life of ?" but I have not checked to see if they would order it (probably get it for myself even though my significant other says I have entirely too many books). wtf---it's about independent women, postcards, What's Not To Like?!

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Jun 8, 2023·edited Jun 8, 2023Author

Jeanne, you didn't miss this post at all--it just went up today! Thanks for requesting all the books at your library! I love knowing they are in your "grubby hands" - ha! I've just gotten your wonderful mail and will respond when I can! xo

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Jul 10, 2023Liked by Kelcey Ervick

update--The local Library has refused my request for THE HORRIBLE LIFE OF..." and another one entitled: A HARP IN THE SKY: AN ANTHOLOGY OF LYRIC ESSAYS, because they are ordered by academia-type libraries and suggested I do an interlibrary loan. So I will do so on the essays anthology but the book about strong women with postcards? It should be arriving within a few days.....found a used copy on Thrift in Excellent condition.

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Thanks, Jeanne. Sorry for the delay--I was on vacation! I appreciate your efforts with the library! I still owe you a post-reply too!

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no worries.......i am knee deep in summmer as well; enjoy.

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I love being an amateur, though I’m sure the fields I’m trained have a direct impact on this new turf I am stumbling around on. (Also--“quiet quitting”!? I’m surprised that people think doing your job is a form of refusal?)

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Yes great point about how what we do know shapes what we don't know and how we learn and play! So you haven't heard of quiet quitting? I've just seen it around, and I think the spirit of it has a bit of Bartleby's "I'd prefer not to" mentality and companies are like, uh-oh, we can't just expect people to do extra stuff when we treat/pay them poorly.

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So so wonderful! That Vonnegut quote should be on everyone's birth certificate

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Oh man I want to live in THAT world! 😂❤️

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Would you be willing to email with me about Substack. I need a writing community--and looked into Substack, but the verbage about monetizing it really turned me off. I get it, but not my goal. Or sub-goal. But--and this is the important part--if that is a price for the safe feeling of community (which again, I need badly), I would be happy to pay it. But even now, I am concerned about who can see this, read it, etc. ???

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Hi! Sorry for the delay--I was on vacation. I'd be happy to email you about this. I had similar concerns about the monetizing. Drop me a line: kelceyervick at gmail

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