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October 24th, 2005

Okay, Vacation's Over

I'm still suffering a bit of writer's/artist's block re: Suburban Jungle, but vacation's over and we've got to move forward. (My job, with that perverse evilness common to day jobs, could sense that I was trying to have a little mental break, and got up my nose for the past two weeks. Grrr.)

I'm always busy around my birthday; it's never the same thing twice, so it's not something I can plan around and mitigate for, it's just a recurring pattern. With birthday comes stress. So when I found myself banging my head against the current SJ storyline and unable to get the characters to move forward, I figured I'd take a little two-week break. One week, to rest, and then one week to start drawing ahead.

Naturally, that didn't happen. -.- My evenings for the past two weeks have been spent either watching videos, playing video games, or painting miniatures -- in short, goofing off like normal, sane people occasionally do. (When I was a kid, I always boggled at the way my parents shut off their lives at 8:00 and spent the next three hours lying in bed watching television every night. I still boggle at it -- but there are times when I envy it, too. Not that my parents are normal, sane people, but you get the idea.) By the end of the day at work, I was usually too tired to do anything else.

I did at least manage to get a strip up for today, tho, so hopefully that'll be the first step towards breaking the block. You'll probably notice that it's not in the usual strip format, which is because the idea of sitting at the drawing table trying to wrestle any ideas into three little panels just plain hurt yesterday. Today's strip was done on a full-size sketchbook page and then colored in Photoshop. The whole thing took me about an hour, maybe an hour and a half, which is what it usually takes me just to do the inital pencils for a strip. It's not something I can do all the time, but occasionally, for a moody piece, it fits the bill nicely.

Anyway, it's movement, and that's a start. Hopefully I'll be able to build some momentum and get things rolling again quickly.

-The Gneech

Block Breaker?

I don't know if it'll help with the artist block, but it's worth a try ... I have a handful of outstanding commissions and badges, and I'm going to try to finish off at least one and preferably two or three tonight. I've also asked for a day off from work later this week, to spend entirely on SJ and/or my art. Maybe going full-immersion in it will get the ol' brain to tick over properly.

On an unrelated note, does today's Sinfest remind anybody else of B&G?

-TG

Fictionlet

Greg was unloading the second of four large grocery bags full of paperbacks when Brigid came in. "He's gone on a binge again," she said, announcing her presence.

"Well, maybe," said Greg, looking up from one that had momentarily caught his eye. "There's a new used bookstore over on Robinson and I just thought I'd stop in."

"Wow, a whole new store and this is all you got? Low on cash, were you?"

"Well, I walked. You can only carry so much." He put the book down and resumed his unloading.

"I suppose that's as good a method of restraint as any," she said. "But don't you think you might make do with the Wall O' Books as it is now?"

"I've read all those," said Greg. "Or at least, most of them. And you know what they say, a book lover never goes to bed alone."

"Well if that's what it is, I'll just get Sharon to send Ozymandias back over."

"Can I help it if I'm irresistible to cats?" Greg said. "I suspect that my used bookstore habit is cheaper, in the long run, than astronomical pet fees."

"Well, you could invite Yvonne over for a night of literary bliss."

"My used bookstore habit is definitely cheaper than a hospital stay, thank you very much."

-The Gneech

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