So it starts tomorrow.
I know I have been yakking on about “Getting Away from Social Media and Building My Own Island on the Internet” since the early and not-so-long-ago days of this blog — but this time, I finally have the opportunity to walk the talk.
I just wrapped up the last of any outstanding Professional Obligation that required showing my face and using my voice and promoting something. Note: My third and final book for 2020 was released two weeks ago, and the response was encouraging and lovely. ;;
I’m happy to close up shop for the year and hermit into my art cave. Or rather, my art jungle. If all goes well (meaning, if my country doesn’t self-implode into a second full lockdown due to political stupidity), I’ll be sojourning at Rimbun Dahan in about three-ish weeks. I am looking forward to spending that time intensively improving my craft and focusing on completing a draft of Alexander Comic, when I’m not battling monkeys and mosquitoes.
I’ll be sharing my time at Rimbun Dahan here, of course. In fact, this blog will be the only place. I’ll be hiatusing from Twitter until November, conveniently avoiding the hellfire that is American Politics. Which by itself is “fine” (in the I’m Fine dog way), but is made worst by other people’s doomscrolling and doomtweeting in real time. Though it’s tempting to participate in dooming, unfortunately it is a parasite to creative and spiritual energy. People are not built to be exposed to so much horrible news at once and repeatedly and remixed in different ways, especially on a platform where play, work and News mingle and where the user has no control in demarcating boundaries.
Anyway, I think I can still get my news and take part in the campaign for progressive futures, without subjecting myself to the algorithimic stress of Internet 2.0. The most important thing is to not burn out and still be here to do the work for years to come.
Monster Aunt is progressing. Which is a relief considering how difficult it is to be creative during a time of madness and disease. I finished the inks for Chapter Two, and so far I am enjoying the art direction of the book. It looks like how I used to draw when I was 15 – 16: bright, super stylised, very European.
I’ve given myself the task of sketching (not inking) the remaining 200 pages before Rimbun Dahan. Which is a terrifying effort, haha. But it’s necessary if I want to devote my jungle hermiting entirely to craft and Alexander.
So about the Better Online Boundaries project. What it is is a gradual moving away from corporate social media and reclaiming my space, by establishing professional boundaries, seeking deeper connections with community and online friends old and new, and returning to long-form.
Here’s what I’ve done so far:
Future tasks are:
Anyway, I’m looking forward to some new life on this blog. I’ve been meaning to be more open about my hobbies and interests, but ironically social media has actually made me less ready to do so (the format isn’t compatible for rambling and wandering. Not to mention the data harvesting it engages in.).
Will talk more soon.
Reimena Yee is a graphic novelist, artist and flamingo enthusiast.
She creates the webcomics The World in Deeper Inspection, and The Carpet Merchant of Konstantiniyya; the latter of which is the first Malaysian graphic novel to be Eisner-nominated.
Currently writing and drawing a whole bunch of stuff. Is a nerd for all things spooky and historical.
Melbourne / Kuala Lumpur
Nebula Con 2021
June 4, 9.30 – 10.30 AM PST
Panel: Actually Writing the Comic You Promised
Alexander Comic Launch @ Twitter