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Making Goals by StephenMcCranie Making Goals by StephenMcCranie
Hey friends, this is a comics essay I wrote for a blog I do called Doodle Alley. Wherever you are on your journey as a creator, I hope these comics encourage you! If you like this and want to see more, please favorite this!

This comic ends a bit abruptly, but that's because there's a part two! Click here to read it:

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Here's a link to the Doodle Alley blog:

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Given 2011-11-03
Making Goals by ~StephenMcCranie
The suggester says: "Not often I see an inspirational reality check, but Stephen manages to pull it off and throw in a bit of humour for good measure." ( Suggested by Treyos and Featured by alexandrasalas )
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dogtoothpaste Featured By Owner Nov 11, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
All your comics are hitting me like a hammer to the face, I mean that as in, "Why am I trying to make these ridiculous expectations for myself?" plus a bunch of other topics that your comics touch. There is so much I want to type,  but point being, this is giving me some hope and is super encouraging. I can't express how much I've been burdened with expectations I put on myself, without realizing it. Thank you for making these comics, it helps me keep things in perspective and to slow down to make goals.  This comment may have turned out too sappy, but I'm just glad I ran into these today. Thanks. Rock on.
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StephenMcCranie Featured By Owner Nov 12, 2013  Professional
My pleasure! It's neat to hear there are other people out there who struggle with the same things I do. Keep moving forward!
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:icondogtoothpaste:
dogtoothpaste Featured By Owner Nov 12, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Will do, thanks again!
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hina-star Featured By Owner Nov 2, 2013  Student
this is very nice VuV
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StephenMcCranie Featured By Owner Nov 2, 2013  Professional
THanks!
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hina-star Featured By Owner Nov 7, 2013  Student
welcome ^^
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SugarBit Featured By Owner Aug 22, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I absolutely love this :)
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StephenMcCranie Featured By Owner Aug 23, 2013  Professional
Thank you!
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SugarBit Featured By Owner Aug 24, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
No problem :D
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PurestGreen Featured By Owner Dec 11, 2011  Hobbyist Photographer
very inspiring, thank you.
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bluefootednewt Featured By Owner Nov 22, 2011  Student General Artist
:iconcongratssignplz: Your lovely work has been featured in my Journal! :iconfancydanceplz:
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scribblepuff Featured By Owner Nov 17, 2011   Digital Artist
Inspiring and very true.
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Angie-Pictures Featured By Owner Nov 16, 2011
Congratulations on the DD! :iconflowerheartplz:
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:iconstephenmccranie:
StephenMcCranie Featured By Owner Nov 16, 2011  Professional
Thank you!
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Angie-Pictures Featured By Owner Nov 16, 2011
My pleasure! :hug:
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PinkCarrots Featured By Owner Nov 13, 2011  Hobbyist
oh I loved this.
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StephenMcCranie Featured By Owner Nov 13, 2011  Professional
Thank you!
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CynthiaDesgagne Featured By Owner Nov 12, 2011  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
I love it :) I understand the feeling so much lately :)
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StephenMcCranie Featured By Owner Nov 13, 2011  Professional
Thank you!
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Mutedmirth Featured By Owner Nov 7, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
I look forward to seeing the rest
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Soul-Bell-M Featured By Owner Nov 6, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
Yep. This one's a winner. Real inspiring... Believe me... :nod:
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witkop525 Featured By Owner Nov 5, 2011
Wow, how did you come on this isnpiration? You really inspire people with such comics.
Great work!
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Kiterrax Featured By Owner Nov 4, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Wonderful. Just have to define some goals. =P
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XxNiko-ChanxX Featured By Owner Nov 4, 2011  Hobbyist Artist
Thank you for giving me the realization i needed.
:)
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StephenMcCranie Featured By Owner Nov 4, 2011  Professional
Thanks for reading my comic!
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XxNiko-ChanxX Featured By Owner Nov 4, 2011  Hobbyist Artist
no problem! ^_^
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ernesin149 Featured By Owner Nov 4, 2011  Student General Artist
dude... i just have one thing to say.... Thank you
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ayaka859 Featured By Owner Nov 3, 2011  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
wow, incredibly inspirational, I hope you're luckier than the rest of us and actually make it somewhere, when you do, tell me, I hope you the best on you're goal. :)
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g2a732648 Featured By Owner Nov 3, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
true ...
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AnuPdin Featured By Owner Nov 3, 2011
superb!!! congo on the DD!!
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nasar-ullah-khan Featured By Owner Nov 3, 2011  Professional Digital Artist
excellent man! thank a lot for share!
you spent time for the betterment of others too! and really appreciate it :)
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TLCreate Featured By Owner Nov 3, 2011  Professional General Artist
This is too cool, I felt inspired by just reading it! :o
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Jakit Featured By Owner Nov 3, 2011  Student General Artist
:love:
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dreami789 Featured By Owner Nov 3, 2011
This comic is so cute and sends me such a gentle feeling, maybe it's my sweater but...I felt so nice and fuzzy inside from reading this comic :D
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Flowerpanda Featured By Owner Nov 3, 2011
This is very inspiring! :)
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Irismightlikepink Featured By Owner Nov 3, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Oohh this should help me in the classes. :) Now I know how to inspire oneself to be responsible! Set goals!
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Cheesecake-giri Featured By Owner Nov 3, 2011
Brilliant.
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happygoluckyazn Featured By Owner Nov 3, 2011
Such an inspiring comic! <3
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MamaNekoSama Featured By Owner Nov 3, 2011
YES! That's may goal in life, too :3 Growing up with watching Sailor Moon and other heartfelt animes and observing art styles, I plan on being one of the top American mangakas and hopefully one of the youngest :3
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StephenMcCranie Featured By Owner Nov 4, 2011  Professional
Good luck to you!
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MamaNekoSama Featured By Owner Nov 4, 2011
Thank you~!
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Miragician Featured By Owner Nov 3, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
This is very inspirational. Thank you for posting this.
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Hoshi-dono Featured By Owner Nov 3, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
And I agree with this too!
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Nightlyre Featured By Owner Nov 3, 2011  Professional Digital Artist
Been doing a lot lately and feeling very dissatisfied about it, not knowing where to stop on a given day, and just continuing on until bedtime with no real purpose. Talk about a reality check! I was doing good there for a while with a daily "to-do" list... but somewhere along the way, I let it slide. I'm going to make it a point to get back in that habit. Thank you!

Also, I want an ice cream castle. (And to see the latter half of the comic!)
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zakniteh Featured By Owner Nov 3, 2011
Thanks for this. It carries the message through with some funny moments (who wouldn't want an ice cream castle?!). Love the muted color palette.
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LadyHazy Featured By Owner Nov 3, 2011  Student Digital Artist
I can so relate to this comic. >>

"I want to make enough money with my comics to support my family!"

I am, quite possibly, doomed for failure.
Made me smile, though. :)
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EvilRagdolls Featured By Owner Nov 3, 2011  Hobbyist Photographer
beautiful :)
i'd buy your comics
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maidenofwar Featured By Owner Nov 3, 2011
thank you :)
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CostaRic Featured By Owner Nov 3, 2011  Student General Artist
Really cool and inspirational :D
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franciscaschenone Featured By Owner Nov 3, 2011  Hobbyist Writer
amazing
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