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Yes! Whenever I get overwhelmed by projects (such as making the current graphic novel), I would repeat in my head: "Bird by bird. Bird by bird." and work one panel at a time. It's like a magic that calms my nerves. Anne Lamott forever!

Good luck on your book project, Eliza! (ॢ˘⌣˘ ॢ⑅)

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A friend in the ministry community often talks about praying the scripture, “‘Not by might, nor by power, but by my spirit,’ says the Lord.” When I feel overwhelmed, many times I hear her voice saying those words and I try to imitate her faith.

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Oct 17, 2023Liked by Eliza Wheeler

Yes! I have a song that I listen to when things get tough. I also have an "illustration last push" Playlist that reminds me why I'm in this profession to begin with. It helps when I need a boost of motivation!

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Oct 19, 2023Liked by Eliza Wheeler

I listen to Kenneth Soares meditation on Insight Timer that includes a bunch of affirmations saying that I got this!

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Oooooh!!! This looks AWESOME.

I would LOVE to hear from you what "overviews, milestone charts, & work hours logs" actually mean!

I'm always looking for ways to keep myself disciplined and accountable :)

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Good luck with your deadline, Eliza! Also, I happen to be listening to BIRD BY BIRD right now via audiobook. I read the print version years ago but wanted to reread it, plus the audiobook is narrated by the author herself. I'd forgotten how FUNNY parts of the book are, and especially when read by Anne Lamott. 😁

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Oct 17, 2023Liked by Eliza Wheeler

I loved that book, and often think of that "Bird by bird" advice when breaking big tasks into more manageable bites. It really does help to avoid the overwhelm. And thank you for sharing the glimpse into your working process. So interesting to see how other artists get things done. Looks like you track progress on individual spreads according to refined sketches, characters, background colors? But what is "base BL"? Just curious. Your work is beautiful!

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Thank you for this recommendation! Sounds magnificent. Looking forward to the book. 😁

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Oct 16, 2023Liked by Eliza Wheeler

I really need to read that book. Sending you bottomless-cup-of-tea energy as you finish up your book, Eliza! xoxo

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I’m listening the audio of Bird By Bird right now! It’s fabulous to hear the words read by Anne herself! Such a perfect book!

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