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Showing posts from November, 2012

Tamara's Magazine Horrors and Triumphs

Hello again.....

2012 is almost over and I feel like I've gotten nowhere. Somewhere along the line of the past couple years, I've stopped entering beading competitions. Discouraging, I know, but I just got tired of expending all of my energy on them. So, I threw myself into making tutorial for magazines instead!! Last year I did great with this; I got published three or four times (one of those being BEADWORK on the first attempt ever!)

However, this year I've been in kind of a slump. My good editors have been sending back rejections. No hard feelings on my end, I promise. I'm used to the sting after having entered so many competitions. Maybe they were just practice for the things that really count? I also had a virtually done deal fall through. The contract was signed and everything when the editor contacted me two months before the publication date to tell me my article wouldn't fit. Boo.

On top of the lack of printed material in my life I had an emotional setbac…

Not Dead Yet

I'm not dead yet, and neither is my blog. As you may or may not have noticed, I have not posted on here or anywhere else in three months. I have, however, been contemplating the direction my work should take. I've got plenty of NEW pieces to show you guys soon.

I had an epiphany after about the fifth or sixth failed art/craft show this year! My target market (you guys) aren't there. I don't know where you're hiding, but it's not outside. Therefore, I'm taking a minute to pause, re-brand my work, and search elsewhere. You have to admit that the couple thousand dollars in show costs is an expensive way to learn a lesson.

I'm getting better.

Look for new work, new presentation, new web presentation, and a new outlook from me! And tell me a little bit more about yourselves so I know what to look for? What do you guys do for a living? Are you teachers? White water rafters? Outdoorsy types? Hermits? Gamers? Or super human mutant heroes? I want to know!

I fee…