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February 2nd, 2005

Aheaditude

I sent Monday's strip off to katayamma last night, putting me back into "almost a week ahead" territory, which is a place I like to be. I also have scripts for the rest of next week, so continuing forward is just a matter of arranging to get myself into the chair with a pencil in my hand -- which is always the trickiest part.

I've got Kung Fu tonight, which means little or no drawing; I also have to get D&D ready for this weekend (we haven't played for two months, the resident gaming addicts are getting a little ancy). Then of course, there's the competing projects of Tough Breaks and Carpe Diem for February ... and gotta do the taxes sometime soon.

Yikes.

Have I mentioned I do too much?

-The Gneech

Gah!

It's been a stressful morning already. Which means, it's time to make Homestar cry.

-The Gneech

Crisis Addiction

Man, I am sick of Crisis Addicts.

What are Crisis Addicts, you ask? Well, they are people who get off on the adrenaline rush of being in a crisis situation, and who therefore unconsciously (and sometimes semi-consciously) arrange things so that shit goes wrong ... so they can have a crisis.

It's a pattern some people learn as kids, or more often as teenagers; they have a problem, and the bigger it is the more attention and sympathy they get, prompting them to have an even bigger problem next time.

I, on the other hand, hate crises; I consider that if feathers get ruffled, it's a failure on SOMEBODY'S part -- whether it's poor planning, poor implementation, or just plain poor judgement all around. If something goes wrong enough that there's a crisis, then once the crisis is resolved, there needs to be stuff put into place so that NOTHING OF THE SORT EVER HAPPENS AGAIN, DAMMIT.

This is in direct contrast to my boss. He is a Crisis Addict. He would deny it, but he'd be wrong. I wonder sometimes if I annoy him by not flying off the handle with him at every little setback. Whenever somebody sends us a work request, he acts like it's a colossal emergency, and it's taken me some time to figure out that it really isn't, he's just trying to MAKE it one.

I've spotted the same behavior and mindset in people I've met over the years, and I try to weed such folks out of my acquaintance. I want life to be as fun and low-maintenance as possible. Unfortunately, the only way to weed out my boss is by getting another job.

So, if you're a fun, low-maintenance friend, thank you for being so!

-The Gneech

SpongeBob and So On

A nice link from bearblue:

Zero Tolerance, by the Plaid Adder

-The Gneech

Argh!

*goes to http://www.yerf.com/recent.htm *

*bangs on monitor*

Argh! Be fixed already!

*breaks down into rather pathetic whimpers*

Please ... somebody ... deliver me from static pinups on white backdrops ... and badly drawn spooge. -.-

-The Gneech, looking for inspiration

PS: Actually, let's add a real post to this. I was in a purely "ars gratia artis" mood tonight, after the way work's been such a pain the past couple of weeks, so I thought I'd start noodling around on ideas for the AnthroCon con book. I have one already-finished piece in mind to submit that plays off of Peter Laird being the GOH (i.e., it pokes fun at the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles), but I wanted to come up with a good piece that used the "heroes" theme of the con, too.

Of course, lots of people are going to go with the heartstring-tuggery of fire and rescue teams, police, soldiers in Iraq, that kind of thing. Others will probably go with superhero spoofs ("MacroMan!" I can see it now). I would like to come up with something that's not quite so obvious, which is why I was looking for inspiration.

Unfortunately, none of the places that I tried were up to the task. So ... I'll keep on trying, I guess.

In other news, the Van Helsing platform game, based on the demo level I tried tonight, is weak.

-The Gneech

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