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Good morning... sort of. ^^

Considering the fact that it's already 11 am, it's not much 'morning' anymore, is it?

Wanted to write a short post yesterday, but then my business partner arrived and we spent the whole day in what could be called a strategy meeting. Until 00:30 am, to be precise... A good 13 hours, that was! We *did* take breaks for lunch and dinner, of course, but the rest of the time was spent talking about, and trying to decide, the future of our combined company.

One thing is clear to the both of us: this is it! We've both been waffling a bit, not sure whether we were 100 % ready to commit ourselves to this venture. However, after last night, be both know that yes, this is what we want to be doing, to the exclusion of (almost) anything else.
Almost means, she *still* has to finish her degree. And I *still* have to earn money with a side job, until our company makes enough to pay us both a salary.

But aside from these two considerations, there are no other projects in our lives, except our publishing company.

I will be closing down both my Etsy and Dawanda shop. So if you ever wanted what I was offering there, now's the time to pick it up.

I'm also going to close down the Lemonshop after this coming weekend's convention in Kempten. So if, by any chance, you should be in Kempten, you can get really good bargains on everything! :) And I'm taking the doujinshis off the LJ selling journal.

I haven't updated the doujinshis, so not everything might be available anymore. If there's anything there that you want, let me know, and I'll check to make sure it's still in stock.

Of course I'll still be doing creative stuff in my (little) free time. But not trying to build it up a major source of income. If I do create something an like it well enough to sell it, I'll post it here. Thus I don't have to maintain an online presence (coupled with blogs and Twitter and Facebook and whatever else) for these endeavours. I'll be directing *those* energies towards building up a good online presence for our Publishing Company!

The only thing I'll still be doing frequently is take pictures. Can't go anywhere without my trusty camera. ^^; And I'll continue to upload those to DeviantArt, but only as a hobby.

It's a really strange feeling knowing for the first time in my life *precisely* what I want to be doing! And why! :) Took me long enough! *laughs*

And to end the post properly, have a pic of my hedge in all its autumn glory:

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darthanne
Oct. 6th, 2010 09:54 am (UTC)
Good luck with all of it although you sound like you have a good plan in place and the strageties to make it work.

*hugs*
ravensilver
Oct. 6th, 2010 10:22 am (UTC)
Thank you! It certainly took me long enough to figure out what I want to do with my life! *ggg* Well, I always hoped that *one* day I would see the light. It's finally happened!

I think this will work out. I have a good partner and we have a sound idea of what we want and how to get there.

You'll see, one of these days, we'll rank right next to Tokyopop and YaoiPress! ;)

*HUG*
(Anonymous)
Oct. 6th, 2010 09:55 am (UTC)
21日にルイスが東京に来る!
ravensilver
Oct. 6th, 2010 10:08 am (UTC)
Thank you for that information. Unfortunately, I will not be in Tokyo at that time...
kracken
Oct. 6th, 2010 09:59 am (UTC)
Stick firmly to what you want and don't let anyone talk you out of it. I refuse to listen to people who want to 'direct' my art and writing into more 'main stream' subjects. I always reply to them, "If I'm not doing what I want, I might as well be a garbage man. I'd feel the same way."
ravensilver
Oct. 6th, 2010 10:16 am (UTC)
Well, I always tend to be a multi-tasker, dabbling in this and dabbling in that, because there are shinies everywhere. But suddenly it all came together for me - probably because I've finally met the right business partner for something like this.

It won't mean that I'll never work creatively again - I still have my time off, right? But it won't be getting my main focus anymore. Or rather, I'll put my creativity into my company instead.

It's kind of strange finally finding what it is you want to do with your life... *gg* Took me long enough. ^___^;
bloody_winged
Oct. 6th, 2010 10:08 am (UTC)
Morning ~.^ Seeing that I only just got up myself I soooo do still consider it morning >.>

I have to say I'll be VERY sad to see the Lemonshop go T_T I've always held onto the faint hope that someday I'll have enough money to actually buy a LOT more than the doujins I have already. All the ones I have I got from there, so yeah, I'll definitely miss it (well, with the exception of my two FMA, one which has been a gift and the other I stumbled upon by chance in a japanese store XD), especially since you were pretty much the only source where I didn't have to have a damn PayPal account >.< But I get that it probably will be easier for you to only concentrate on one project, so... good luck with that ^___^ (even though I'm still sad T_T)
*hugs*
ravensilver
Oct. 6th, 2010 10:14 am (UTC)
*waves to up North*

Well, one of the major problems with the shop is that people these days don't want to spend the money on an actual japanese Manga, since they have already (illegally) downloaded it from any of the sharing communities either here or on other places on the net. Why should I import (at no small expense) mangas and doujinshis when all I hear at the booth at conventions: "Oh, I already downloaded this! Oh, I already have the scans of this! Oh, I already have the scanlation!"

Then there's also the fact that 90 % of the dealers at conventions here are selling fake merchandise from China - but people are buying them because they are cheaper than the original imports from Japan! Again, why should I invest in something that I can't sell?

So I'd rather put my money where I see a future.

*BUT*... if there's ever a doujinshi that you need or want, I will be quite happy to keep my eyes open for it. :) I do have my sources, so maybe I can still help you get those. :)

*hug*
bloody_winged
Oct. 6th, 2010 10:43 am (UTC)
Gah, I can't understand people like that >.< I mean, I'll be the first to admit that I have a huge load of downloaded scans on my pc. But... that's sooooo not the same! Originals are just so much better *-* I think it's a good way to figure out which ones I would like and can think about buying... or if it's scanlations, even better, seeing that I can't read my doujins XD I have a scanlation for nearly all the doujins I bought in the past which I always open whenever I want to look at it XDDD

But I can understand you. When people don't buy, it won't be good for you >.< I have always thought the shop was going well... look what I know XD I just hope your current main project will be a lot more successful then! ^___^

And thanks! *hugs* I already just left you another post in your treasure shop. Not sure if that will be ok, but I had to try ~.^
ravensilver
Oct. 6th, 2010 11:57 am (UTC)
I do have some downloaded stuff, too. But I always try to buy the original. In the long run, though, I *do* think that the *huge* amount of sharing that's being done on the net is going to hurt not only small stores like mine, but also bigger ones, and the publishers and artists that are dependent on regular sales. I'm not talking about sharing a chapter here and there, so that people can take a peek and see if they like the story and the artist. I'm talking about the wholesale sharing of complete mangas and even artbooks that's currently going on.

The more that's being shared, the less people are willing to buy. Why buy, if you already have it available for free - on the computer, yes, but if you really wanted to, you could always print it out, right?

I'm sure that the publishing company will do well, since we're concentrating on original stuff and not japanese Products. :)
paperflower86
Oct. 6th, 2010 03:26 pm (UTC)
Viel Glück mit deinem Unternehmen und was für ein wunderschönes Herbstfoto *___* Fantastisches Licht!
ravensilver
Oct. 6th, 2010 03:53 pm (UTC)
Danke Dir! :) Wird schon werden, wenn's nach uns geht... ^__^

Danke. Ich liebe dieses Herbstlicht und die -Farben. Auch wenn ich dabei nicht mag, dass es ja bedeutet, dass jetzt langsam der Winter näher kommt. *seufz*
amarissia
Oct. 6th, 2010 05:46 pm (UTC)
Congratulations! This is so exciting!

*hug*

And OOOH, I want your hedge. Cloud also might wander over to look at it.
ravensilver
Oct. 6th, 2010 05:52 pm (UTC)
^___^ Thank you! Yes, I'm quite excited myself. :) I think this will be a very good thing.

*HUG*

Except for the fact that I have to keep cutting it, or I'll end up with a true jungle, I like my hedge. :) Especially when the leaves start turning... :)
sunhawk16
Oct. 8th, 2010 01:41 pm (UTC)
Oh, I hope everything goes really well! Focus is a good thing, I think. And not saying you won't have time for creative things on the side. I will be keeping good thoughts for you! ^______^
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