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July 24th, 2004

My Body Hates Me :P

I missed Kung Fu on Wednesday, so I figured I'd just go today instead, no big deal.

Or so I thought, until I woke up at 10:45 -- and class starts at 11:30! 0.o

I threw a bowl of cereal down my throat, tossed on my uniform, and bolted to class, just making it in time for meditation ... and it went downhill from there. -.-

I don't know if it was the 250% humidity, the lack of a decent breakfast, the lingering effects of my cold, or all of the above, but I could not keep up; several times I had to just plain stop, head to the corner, and sit, gasping for air and keeping myself conscious by sheer willpower.

It's bad enough that under normal conditions I go from "at rest" to "winded" without stopping at "warmed up" in between; today I went from "at rest" to "D.O.A." after just doing the start-up stretches.

I gave Sihing a lot of apologetic stammering; he was very cool about the whole thing, tho.

During the few moments I was able to function, I reviewed the entire white belt curriculum; my form and moves I've got pretty solid. My problem is conditioning, conditioning, conditioning ... but the harder I work on this, it seems the more resolutely my body fights against it.

Well dammit body, I don't care if you do want to be an immobile pile of blubber, I'm getting into shape and you can't stop me! You can either learn to enjoy it, or we can just keep torturing each other for the rest of our life. Your choice.

-The Gneech

Doin' Stuff Halfway

Y'know, I don't have turnarounds, construction guides, or expression sheets for any of the SJ cast. I've only been doing the strip for five friggin' years, you'd think that sooner or later I'd start doing things right. I draw all of my panels more-or-less on the fly, taking details from memory or from looking previous strips. Thus, sometimes Ramses has a white chest, sometimes he's gray all over ... sometimes Natasha has two stripes on her face, sometimes three. Stuff like that.

The reason I don't have them, of course, is that they take time, and I'm always just one step ahead of the next strip to run anyway. Keeping a running Too Much To Do List in the Clié has helped me with this problem to some extent, tho, so maybe I need to start putting some of these "basic pieces" that I should have done long ago into the list as to-do items.

These are things that make polish; these are things that make professionalism. If I want to be able to look at my work after the fact and be at least reasonably satisfied with how it came out, I've got to do the dogwork as well as the fun part.

This drawin' stuff is hard! 0.o

-The Gneech

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