Epicfied: Book Blogger … and Artist | Life Update … Again

Epicfied: Book Blogger and Artist

Just see it in giant lights, a golden rainbow overhead. Just kidding. Well, kind of. You’ll be seeing it on your computer screen, which is kind of a glowing halo …

When I first started my blog three years ago, I had no idea what I wanted to do with it. What could I do with it? For those who have been around since that time (or stalk old posts), thank you. You’ve seen my website come a long way since then. Initially, it was about life, stories, and geekery all around. At some point, I realized I liked writing book reviews and well, talking about books! Who would have thought that a word nerd like myself would like talking about books? That’s when Epicfied, me, turned into a book blog and … less just me. When I started my therapy journey last year, I wanted to share it but it felt weird sharing it here. What if my book nerds don’t want to see that stuff? Eventually, I started a second website (Ex Patriarchy) to talk about my worldviews, politics, feminism, mental health, and more … but I haven’t had time to actually post on there.

Feminism is for everyone rainbow by Kayla Cox
Oh look. Feminism art available on RedBubble.

Fast forward to 2018.

Life has been crazy and hectic (life update #1). I didn’t even cover everything. I’m also a full-time student and a full-time visual services specialist. I freelance. I blog. I socialize and game. I do … a lot. People always wonder how I deal with it, especially on top of mental health and chronic pain. Quite frankly, I don’t think I do deal with it. That’s part of the problem. I push stuff aside and just get shit done … kind of like bottling it up. Neither one is healthy.

March ended and  I took a couple weeks of vacation. I was excited. We were going cross-country (30 hour drive) to the Sacramento area to see Zach’s family for Easter. It was just … wonderful. I loved just relaxing and being mostly unplugged. See his younger cousins was amazing (especially to even be able to go to one of their softball games). It made us wish we were closer to be more of a part of their lives. After a wonderful, drama-free trip, we drove 13 hours up to the Seattle area. We fell in love. We were only there for the weekend but we knew that’s where we wanted to be. Have you ever gotten an opportunity or a thought and just knew it was right? That’s how Seattle was. Everything we wanted in a city, everything we wanted in laws. Seattle was the first time we had been to an area and said we want to be there NOW, not in 5 or 10 years.

Seattle is huge into the tech scene and art is everywhere. I started to look into jobs and decided I’d dive more into my graphics life again. Since I’ve worked in graphic design for 3 years, I stopped doing it for myself. I was trying to write a book (or five) and focused on my writing. Occasionally I would pick up a sketchbook, but otherwise, I just didn’t. We are moving to Seattle early 2019 and I’ll be working the UX/UI design field. I’m stoked. I got a new pen tablet and have been on it constantly. I even finally got a Skillshare membership and I’m loving it (you can get 2 months for free).

Kitty Abduction by Kayla Cox Epicfied
Look at this cute illustration I made of a kitty getting abducted. Available on RedBubble 😉

What to expect.

Because of this huge life change and overall new focus in my life, my blog has been put on a backburner. It’s not a money maker.  Yes, I have affiliate links, but rarely do I actually make any money. It’s not an income that I can set back. It’s just a hobby. I really want to keep my blog up and share my journey with you. I’ll still talk about books here and there, but expect to see more art posts. Expect to see what my favorite supplies are and maybe even movie reviews too. Just expect … more and different.

How can you help?

People keep asking how they can help. Really, just hang in there. Stick through the bumpy right with me and just go with it. Share my content. Comment on my posts. Do the usual. If you want to help in some monetary way, you’re welcome to purchase art from my RedBubble. Most of my posts have Amazon affiliate links and you’re more than welcome to buy me a Coffee (Ko-Fi.com). (Please don’t feel obligated in any way, shape, or form) <3

In the meantime, keep calm and stay epic,

Kayla