Week 68

This is a weekly recap of what has been going on in my professional life. It’s to keep track of what I’m up to and to give you a peek at what it’s like being an independent creator.

Last week I booted up Off-Stage again. It was on hiatus for a while because my other projects took up too much time, it was becoming a drag to fit in the drawing and it didn’t improve the quality of the strip. Coming back to it is always fun, drawing the characters again and playing with page layout.

But returning to WordPress also meant dealing with WordPress, something I despise and enjoy in equal measure. This time around I spent some time tweaking the site design before going live. There were some little quirks in the design like miniscule empty spaces between the main content area and the sidebar/header, inconsistent line spacing and conflicts between plugins and ad boxes. I also took the opportunity to add a Patreon link to the sidebar. Finally I feel like the layout is solid and how I wanted it. It’s not a big change but those little things annoyed me every time I opened the site. It should also be a bit faster now thanks to a new caching method. Oh and I built a rad Cast page!

On wednesday I stopped by the Dutch Game Garden networking lunch again to catch up with some colleagues. I was also meeting an old client there who may have some new assignments for me.

I also got to send my first international invoice this week, for an assignment in the UK. A joyous fact, but it meant I had to dive into the tax database to figure out how to do the VAT charge. It’s a bit dense, and it depends on what kind of person you’re selling to, but I think I got it right.

Over the weekend I went on a weekend getaway with my girlfriend and some friends, hanging out in a cabin on the German border. It was very relaxing and ‘gezellig’.

Next week: ???

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