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March 2nd, 2015

This Is Not the Sleep I Was Anticipating

A combination of factors have conspired to cause me to be awake at 2:30 in the morning. I am not happy about this. On the other hand, I remember what it feels like to be warm again. O.o

Ah well, maybe I'll get some reading in. I don't often get the chance these days!

-TG

My tweets

  • Sun, 13:48: BRAIN: I feel like writing something! ME: Well, you do have this project due… BRAIN: No, not that. ME: ...
  • Sun, 18:47: RT @skele_tan: one thing i wasn't prepared for when starting my first comic is: keeping an update schedule WILL turn your comic into a mund…
  • Sun, 18:47: RT @skele_tan: you can be absolutely ecstatic with enthusiasm for your comic, but it's still thousands of hours of work that you won't alwa…
  • Sun, 20:07: ISO: Career that requires me to live in Santa Barbara and pays accordingly. Please inquire thegneech@gmail.com ASAP
  • Sun, 21:47: Okay, I’ve got a big ol’ week full of BEING AWESOME ahead of me, so I’d better go get some sleep. :)
  • Sun, 21:47: Gnite world, and have an awesome tomorrow. Hug someone you love, for me!
  • Sun, 21:48: Awwwww yeah! //RT @Inkblitzer: YEAH! GO BE AWESOME!
  • Mon, 00:01: I Can See My House From Here!: Suburban Jungle http://t.co/OaXNlmAhF9
  • Mon, 02:30: This Is Not the Sleep I Was Anticipating http://t.co/toO6X8SH0x
  • Mon, 03:13: Our neighbor across the street is really, really bad at driving in wintry conditions. #SpinningWheels #TwentyFourSeven #NotAMetaphor
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What I Want to Do When I Grow Up

A while back I posted to my LiveJournal, “I left my day job with the plan of doing all these things I didn’t have the time to do before… so why am I still spending so much time not doing them?” As I’ve been exploring the issue further, I have come to the conclusion that drawing comics all day, writing short stories etc., while it’s fun and I love it, is not really what I want to do with forever.


It is, essentially, a selfish pursuit. The best metaphor I can think of, is that it’s as if I was being paid (not very much) to play Solitaire all day… enjoyable, but when it’s done, what will it have achieved? With the original Suburban Jungle Starring Tiffany Tiger, I felt like I had something to say to the world, at least. Currently I have no real message, just a series of entertaining vignettes that give me an excuse to draw pretty pictures.


I came to the conclusion yesterday, that it’s time to figure out what I want to do when I grow up. The only problem is, at the moment at least, I have no idea what that is. All of the jobs I’ve had, even if they were Srs Bzness Jobs, were not really grown up. They were what I cruised into and what was available. I’ve never really seriously studied anything but art and literature, so I’m pretty short on real-world skills. I became a graphic designer because it was kinda-sorta like doing art for a living. I became a web designer because it was like being a graphic designer except with prestige (at the time).


Right now the only ideas I’ve got are pretty nebulous and kinda random. I’ve worked the floor at a bookstore and enjoyed it, but that doesn’t pay a living wage in the long term. I have a pipe dream of owning a coffeehouse on the beach somewhere, but having worked as a barista I’m pretty sure that’s something that should stay a fantasy.


One of the “Would you enjoy a task like this?” questions I came across on a Holland Code test was “mapping the ocean floor,” and I was surprised at how interesting that actually sounded. I enjoyed “earth science” in school and always got into things like National Geographic, Mutual of Omaha’s Wild Kingdom, or The Undersea World of Jacques Cousteau, and I think I might enjoy being a marine biologist or something along those lines. (That in particular would give me an added bonus of having a reason to live on a California beach somewhere. ;) )


As I say, the ideas are still only half-baked, and I need to really work on honing in on them. To that end, since I am currently free of having a day job other than the comics, I’m going to find a career counseling program and start going through it. Right now the top contenders are The Oxford Program, which Laurie used with limited success, and the Rockport Institute/”The Pathfinder”, which my counselor recommended. Either one would be a fairly hefty investment, cash- and time-wise, but if it leads to a real career that earns me a good living, it’ll be more than worth it.


For the record: I will continue writing and creating comics. I can’t imagine that ever going away. But I am starting to think that’s something I should be doing as recreation, rather than as an obligation, because that seems to be sucking the joy and vitality out of it.


Wish me luck! If anyone has career (or other) suggestions, I’d love to hear them.


-The Gneech

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