First an IRL update. I'm working voluntarily creating maps for charity organisations. It's not paid work, but at least it's graphic design. They liked the last one I did so much that I'm starting another one now, but I come home from the work feeling so tuckered out that all I feel like doing is flopping down on the couch and watching Penguins of Madagascar. It's been so long since I've had time to draw anything. If it wasn't for gesture drawing exercises I'd be getting more than a little rusty.
A little while ago I bought hosting for a website to start an AUTHOR PLATFORM using Wordpress. My grand plan is to write and illustrate chapter books for middle grade readers (ages 9-13). That seems to be the audience I feel like I'm resonating the most with. That's all I've ever wanted to do. Write stories (funny and/or exciting ones) and draw pretty pictures. I've put off publicizing the site because there's still not much to look at, but I've now developed a posting schedule. I'm aiming to post every Friday with either news, advice, features, etc.
While I'm not comfortable with giving my real name out online, I've tried using a username/pen name in the past and haven't been able to get used to it. Apparently when building a following you have to let people really get to know you, even though it's a privacy risk.www.melindafisher.com
(I guess now you know where Digi-fish comes from)
(Don't know if the e-mail subscription thing works yet. It's the Wordpress default widget. I don't know how to do a proper mailing list or monthly newsletter, but I guess I will learn in time).
I'm also in the process of building a proper online portfolio for job applications, after all the free portfolio services I've used haven't done the presentation of my work justice (no animations for DA portfolios and poor navigation on Shown'd portfolios).