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In the Studio [Sep. 10th, 2013|10:08 am]
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There’s a little birdy in my new studio, and it’s singing songs of late hours over coffee, the creak of the chair, the slamming of desk drawers as I search for a new pen, the flutter of thoughts and dreams and hopes scratched hurredly across blue-lined notebook paper.

These last four years in New York–first in Brooklyn, now in Manhattan–have been saturated with self-determination, a desire to test myself and my vision, and no matter what paths I’ve taken, always I have clasped in my right hand the dream that moves me on. Every day, I have taken out my pen and worked a little on my book(s) or my art. Every day, I spend at least a moment thinking of other worlds, worlds created in my head for the pleasure of myself and others, for while our dreams are never truly lost, they may drift further and further away so that we have to cast a wider and wider net just to reach them again, so I keep my dreams always close at hand.

I believe in myself, and I believe in my work, and the fortitude is finally starting to pay off. I have a studio now, with a door and a key and nobody can enter but me. Onlookers may peek curiously through the glass, but I can create in my fishbowl now untouched. And I love it. Back to work. Back to my comics.

Not that I ever really stopped in the first place. Just quietly, diligently toiling away, every day.

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[User Picture]From: rosefiend
2013-09-10 04:39 pm (UTC)

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This is great! I remember reading years ago about your getting ready to leave your home state, and all your trepidation, but knowing that you had to take that step. Good job getting it done!
[User Picture]From: lilrivkah
2013-09-10 05:09 pm (UTC)

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Thanks!! Life has been good to me but busy, and it's only now that I'm finally able to focus almost exclusively on my personal projects instead stuck in an office, working for somebody else. It's a wonderful feeling.
[User Picture]From: marlowe1
2013-09-10 06:11 pm (UTC)

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I was just thinking about you. Glad you like Manhattan. I am up in Washington Heights still. I rather hate working from home, but I suppose it's better than working for someone else.
[User Picture]From: lilrivkah
2013-09-10 07:22 pm (UTC)

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I enjoy working from home if I have an extra room with a door and nobody else living with me to mess up my quiet spaces, but in teeny tiny, expensive Manhattan and even in Brooklyn, that isn't so much of an option. I'm liking the office option (and not a shared studio!) because I don't feel obligated to talk to anybody, there's free, unending coffee (though I miss my moka coffee ritual), and ... it's in a building with basically nothing but startups, and that makes the atmosphere amazing for me. Absolutely love it.

Checkout http://www.wework.com/ if you're ever interested in your own office space. Tiny offices (literally, 6'x8') but well designed, reasonable rent, and they have shared spaces as well. Love 'em. :)
[User Picture]From: marlowe1
2013-09-13 01:58 am (UTC)

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Ok. Thanks. I don't know if I could afford the additional rent (most of my work is seasonal and right now I'm waiting for it to pick up so I can work endless hours in order to pay off the debts accrued during the slow months. I will check it out though.
[User Picture]From: clovereyes
2013-09-11 03:42 am (UTC)

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I was JUST thinking about you earlier today! I keep thinking 'oh I wonder what she's up to..I should e-mail her' but then I worry since we're not very close that'd be weird.
It sounds like you're doing well! Can't wait to see more of your work! <3
[User Picture]From: lilrivkah
2013-09-11 02:59 pm (UTC)

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Lol! It isn't weird. :) Though I'll admit I'm AWFUL about getting back to emails since I tend to overthink my response. -_-;

Doing well and chugging along!

Btw, I have a tumblr blog where you can see at least a few things: http://rivkahlafille.tumblr.com/
[User Picture]From: clovereyes
2013-09-12 01:32 am (UTC)

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AHAHAHA!
I'm the same way!
I'm like: oh gosh, does this make me sound too weird/stupid?? What if I accidentally offend them?? *SOBS*

I miiight just e-mail you anyway!
I've always found you to be so inspiring & insightful. I'm ALWAYS looking for more people to chat comics/art with. <3

I'm glad you're continuing to do your thing and staying true to yourself! Rock on! :D

Oh awesome! I'm following you! I'm super excited about this!
From: sean_crawford2
2013-09-11 02:22 pm (UTC)

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Hi, nice to see you back.
I've just made my first ever live journal registration, just so I could comment.

My, what a poetic post. I would happily read you even if all you said was that you were continuing to be diligent... Because I think that counts.
[User Picture]From: lilrivkah
2013-09-11 03:01 pm (UTC)

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Thank you! And I feel that all I CAN do is just keep moving forward, and that if I keep moving forward long enough, I'll just keep getting stuff done. :)