John "The Gneech" Robey (the_gneech) wrote,
John "The Gneech" Robey

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The Entire Universe In a Little Box

The ability to stay home and write/draw/etc. is an amazing opportunity and I both wish and plan to make the most of it. However, it does have its own strange pitfalls, not the least of which is becoming isolated and myopic, which is good in the right doses, but when there's too much, will kill creativity.

It's true that I'm an introvert. And it's true that I need large chunks of time to myself in order to be productive. However, in my case at least, creative output is dependent upon creative input. For every page of writing/art/whatever that comes out of me? Five, ten, maybe a hundred need to go in. I take an image from here, a personality from there, a mind-shattering concept from the other, toss 'em into my mental blender with a few tweaks of my own and hit "puree." The resulting milkshake is something I can call "mine."

The problem is, when I spend all day every day looking at the same walls and out the same window, with nobody to talk to except the cats (who are sweet natured but not scintillating conversationalists), input becomes quite limited. I've been making a concerted effort to bring in some external stimuli, in the form of reading new books, playing new games (when I can find ones that are worth the time expended), and even watching TV shows (currently in the third season of Psych). And of course I spend many days tweeting away with a double-handful of online friends, but as I've mentioned elsewhere, this tends to be something like intellectual popcorn.

To this end, I've been thinking of trying to find a part-time job. Not especially for the money (although having a bit more of that around would be nice), but as a means of adding a bit more structure and outside contact to my life. The main thing holding me back from pursuing this idea has been that with the house sale in semi-permanent "any day now" mode, I didn't want to commit to a job only to have to move a few weeks/months later and not be able to get to it any more.

Fortunately, there have been developments on the house front; the ink still isn't dry on the deal yet, so I don't want to jinx it, but if all goes according to plan it looks like the sale will finally go through in March sometime. One of my goals when picking a new place to live will be to find a place either within walking distance of where I would like to work, or at the very least being more conveniently located to public transportation so I can bus it.

There is another possibility we have been exploring, however, which is to make a larger-scale move. Not all the way to the west coast yet, to my leg-chewing annoyance, but possibly some place like Richmond, Ocean City, Raleigh, Ashville, etc. The thing about a move like that would be it would make laurie_robey's current job no longer viable, in as much as it's viable now (not very). If that happens, I expect I'll be putting the comics on hold and looking for a full-time job until we get settled again.

That's a more daunting prospect, largely because I have no idea what I would do for a full-time job. My web design skills were out of date when my job at Circle went up in smoke, and I was so burnt out it would take a major inspiration bomb going off under my chair to get me back into it. I did get very excited about the Smith Micro position in Santa Cruz, and I intend to poke them about that, but it's a very long shot and would require a lot of serious examination before I could really commit to it.

Oy. I'm tired of interesting times. I sure would like to be bored for a while!

-The Gneech
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