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November 13th, 2002

Round and Round and Up and Down

For those out there who read my journal, I do apologize for the rollercoasterish way it reads ... last week I was all pumped about the new job and bouncing all over the place ... this week, I'm all morose about my artwork etc. ... I imagine that some of you, by now, are probably frustrated and going, "Geeze, just get over it already, can'tcha???"

Well, if it's any consolation, I'm no less frustrated than you are. My mood swings are not childish petulance or some kind of moral failing. Nor are my moody posts a bid for attention. They are symptoms of a genuine and persistent condition (specifically, a mild but persistent depression) which, while not inherently debilitating or life-threatening, is still a pain in the tuckus to deal with.

Writing in my journal about what's bothering me is a form of self-therapy. By getting it "out there," as opposed to just going around and around in my head, I externalize it, and therefore gain some control over it. The Moody Fit I'm Raging, once on paper, is no longer part of me, it's something outside, which I can then study, dissect, dismiss, or even ignore entirely. The angst is in the post, not in my head, so I can calm down, get a grip, and get myself back on the proper track.

Anyway, as I say, I'm sorry to leave these emotional landmines out there for people to happen upon. I suppose I could get around that by setting all of my posts to "private," but at the same time, there's nobody being tied down and forced to read my journal at gunpoint. Actually, I'm amazed that people would want to read my journal if they weren't tied down and at gunpoint, but people are strange, I guess. :) The point is, you are reading my journal freely and of your own will, and if my moodswings irritate you, by all means feel free to stick with Suburban Jungle, all in all a happier place. :)

I know I sure wouldn't read this stupid thing, if it were possible to write it any other way.

-The Gneech

More Yakety Schmakety About Art

Herbie expressed interest in my art! SQUEEE! =^.^=

*a-HEM*

Sorry, had a fanboy moment there. Anyway, moving on...

I can't remember now if I've mentioned this before or not, so I'm going to go ahead and mention it again: something I need to do is carve out some time in my schedule for non-strip art. Even if it's the same SJ characters, I need to start working in other venues. I did that to some extent with the "tooning up" pics I did of Leona, Jim, and Eddie, and I'm currently working on a cool new pic of Ramses based on a photo of Jason Scott Lee. (Well, sorta currently ... I will be working on it again once I get the strips for Friday and Saturday done.)

Anyway, there's lots of reasons I need to do this, that all boil down to not letting my skill stagnate. If I do nothing but draw Leonard and Tiffany yakking it up in the bar in a panel 2" x 3.75" for the rest of my life, I may eventually get very good at drawing that ... but I'll never be able to draw anything else.

There's also the fact that a change is as good as a rest, so to speak ... by working on a variety of different things, I don't get sick of what I'm doing. :) There are nights when the prospect of working on the strip just sorta makes me groan. I want to draw, yes, but I want to draw something else. By having "draw something else" be a running project, I can forestall any attacks of guilt that come after me for not working on the strip. :)

I am looking to expand my horizons beyond the comic strip, as well. I keep nursing the idea of putting out a quarterly print-only comic book as a collaborative work. In this case, I probably wouldn't be doing the artwork, or at least a limited amount of it. I would probably do most of the writing and act as a general editor/producer type. Right now, that project is just sorta floating in the limbo of possibility, but it's something I'm probably going to start looking into as 1993 2003 rolls on in. I do want to start working on some projects that bring real money in directly, instead of devoting all of my attention to the rather-less-than-profitable comic strips.

Anyway, it's time for me to head home here, so I'll take up this topic some more later. CYA!

-The Gneech
Inspired by level_head, who was in turn inspired by some very familiar happenings in 21st Century Fox...

On a long British highway
damp wind in my hair
claps of ominous thunder
still hang in the air
Up ahead in the distance
a big, bouncy ball
What's up with the pallbearer?
And unconscious I fall...

I woke up in my own room
or a facsim'le thereof
outside was wholly other
with choppers up above
It was all very pleasant
but my surroundings caused me strife
a stern guy with an umbrella
welcomed me to my new life...

Welcome to the Hotel in Portmerion
Get your button 'fixed (Get your button 'fixed)
You are Number Six (You are Number Six)
Come to the Green Dome at the Hotel in Portmerion
In case it isn't clear
We Want Information, here...

They play mind games that are twisted
to their nefarious ends
Who is us and who is them?
After a while your mind bends
Stay within proscribed limits
don't try to desert
Or Rover will hand you your _ss
When they call Orange Alert!

So I came up with escape plans
and everyone of them failed
even when I thought I'd won
in the end I was nailed
Even when I got out of The Village and far away
I'd be snatched in the middle of the night
And be back the next day

Welcome to the Hotel in Portmerion
It's for the Good of all (It's for the Good of all)
Don't be Un-Mutual (Don't be Un-Mutual)
Be Seeing You at the Hotel in Portmerion
When all is said and done
Who is Number One...?

Cameras in the ceiling
and all over the place
We are all just Prisoners here
all we can do is pace
And in the masters' chambers
The ending is such a twist
Who is Number One? Why
YOU ARE NUMBER SIX

Last thing I remember
I was running once more
I got into KAR 120C
and put the gas to the floor
Number Two is in Parliament
I'm such a fool to believe
Even if you somehow get released
You can never leave...


-The Gneech ("Be seeing you!")

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The Hotel in Portmerion (filk)

Originally published at gneech.com. You can comment here or there.

To the tune of “Hotel California”

On a long British highway
damp wind in my hair
claps of ominous thunder
still hang in the air
Up ahead in the distance
a big, bouncy ball
What’s up with the pallbearer?
And unconscious I fall…

I woke up in my own room
or a facsim’le thereof
outside was wholly other
with choppers up above
It was all very pleasant
but my surroundings caused me strife
a stern guy with an umbrella
welcomed me to my new life…

Welcome to the Hotel in Portmerion
Get your button ‘fixed (Get your button ‘fixed)
You are Number Six (You are Number Six)
Come to the Green Dome at the Hotel in Portmerion
In case it isn’t clear
We Want Information, here…

They play mind games that are twisted
to their nefarious ends
Who is us and who is them?
After a while your mind bends
Stay within proscribed limits
don’t try to desert
Or Rover will hand you your *ss
When they call Orange Alert!

So I came up with escape plans
and every one of them failed
even when I thought I’d won
in the end I was nailed
Even when I got out of The Village and far away
I’d be snatched in the middle of the night
And be back the next day

Welcome to the Hotel in Portmerion
It’s for the Good of all (It’s for the Good of all)
Don’t be Un-Mutual (Don’t be Un-Mutual)
Be Seeing You at the Hotel in Portmerion
When all is said and done
Who is Number One…?

Cameras in the ceiling
and all over the place
We are all just Prisoners here
all we can do is pace
And in the masters’ chambers
The ending is such a twist
Who is Number One? Why
YOU ARE NUMBER SIX

Last thing I remember
I was running once more
I got into KAR 120C
and put the gas to the floor
Number Two is in Parliament
I’m such a fool to believe
Even if you somehow get released
You can never leave…

-The Gneech (“Be seeing you!”)

(Originally posted to my LiveJournal)

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