One of the biggest things I love most about Joe is that he works so hard every day to better himself from his past. He wants nothing more than to show everyone as well as himself that he can find some kind of success either through his artwork, cartoons or writing. Each day he strives to better his life and his work, each day is a day closer he is to becoming a free man, each day he fights to not let that place destroy him.
When I met Joe he was the most positive person I had ever met. I mean here is the guy surrounded by so much negativity and constant chaos and yet he stays so positive and has such great determination. I mean he could have been like the majority of other prisoners and just waste his days away doing nothing waiting for his time to be up so he can go right back out on the streets and live the same lifestyle.
Not Joe, he refuses to go back to that lifestyle…plus I would never let him. He has been incarcerated for 6 years now and he has already had a few cartoons published in magazine/newspapers, he has a story and a cartoon that was published in one of the Chicken Soup books, he is on the mural crew at the prison, so he paints a bunch of murals all over the compound. Not to mention he is always being included in the art and resource fairs there (limited amount of people get to be included in that) he was even the one who they had designed the cover of the pamphlet for a previous resource fair. Not to mention he has had a number of people request for him to do some sort of artwork for them or donated to his page.
As you can see he has really worked hard to turn his life around for the better. I worry for him though because the added stress from that place daily on top of the stress from knowing he comes home next year and besides owing over $13,000 in fees and fines there are the questions of who is going to want to hire a convicted felon let alone one who doesn’t have a drivers license and so on. He tries so hard not to let it show that it all gets to him but I know him better then he thinks.
Right now he is not feeling the whole positive vibes which is why he hasn’t been posting a whole lot. That place has really taken a toll on him and each day is a fight to stay above water but I am always there to talk him through a bad day, let him vent or just remind him that he has made it through 6 years and I won’t let him and I know he won’t let himself give up the last year and a half.
He made the comment yesterday that he has wanted to post something the past couple days and has even wrote a few blogs but then he never posts them because with all the bullshit going on there he finds himself bitching about that place or something and nobody wants to read negative stuff. Well…at the same time nobody is positive 24-7 so he is entitled to have bad days or vent in a blog and get everything out.
I also know holidays are hard for him in there because I’m pretty much the only person he has in his life that gives a damn and even if he doesn’t always show it I know he wants nothing more than to have his family back in his life and give him another chance. I can tell this by how he talks about them and every great once in awhile he talks to his dad and I can tell in his voice and mood that he had a good talk. He knows he pushed them away and was an utter piece of shit as he says but that is not who he is anymore and I know he just wishes they could see he is trying. I don’t know his family, but they look like nice people and I do hope that one day they can all at least try to start over and put the past behind them all. I personally would love to meet his family; I really think they would like me and see that I am good for him as well. 🙂 Maybe in time…
I don’t doubt Joe is gonna do great things, I know he will! Right now, he is just in a slump and he will pull himself out of it like he always does and come up with more great ideas for his road to success. 🙂
So, he hasn’t forgotten about his awesome readers/followers…after all you guys are part of what keeps him motivated to keep pushing harder.
-Jen (The other half of Joewriteshiswrongs)
I hope everyone has a great week and is enjoying the summer…I don’t know about where you all live but here in Virginia it has been 90’s-100 out.