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

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*dances around like a loon*

This may not seem exciting to you, but it's a big deal to me: last night, I got next Monday's strip drawn.

Why's that exciting, you ask? Two reasons. First, it means I don't have to do it Sunday night! Second, it means that I'm inching my way ahead again! Granted, it's only one day ahead, and it's entirely possible --given the boatload of stuff I have to do this weekend-- that the teeny-weeny lil' buffer won't last beyond Monday. But really, it's the symbolism of the thing, more than anything.

For the past month or two, as the summer drained my energy like a car battery, I went from having a buffer of weeks in scripts and days in actual drawn strips, to frantically drawing a strip to go up later that same day. Yuck. That in itself is a massive creativity-squasher: you don't want to draw anything too elaborate (such as backgrounds or interesting layouts) because you don't want to take the time to research it and get it right ... so you end up drawing a lot of talking heads, and getting bored with the work, which then stifles your creativity more ... it's a nasty tailspin.

Alas, I'm not going to be able to aggressively grow the buffer as fast as I'd like now that it's budding; this weekend I've got to make some real progress on art for MFM, I'm probably going to be helping my parents move again (*shudder*), and of course I'm slated to run D&D Saturday night. But there is some hope: most (if not all) of the MFM art will end up doubling as Saturday Grab Bag images, and if I'm lucky tonight I can do a little scripting and get at least one MFM piece done. So assuming I spend Saturday getting ready for D&D, and Sunday afternoon helping my parents, that means that Sunday night I can try to draw for Wednesday. It won't grow the buffer, maybe, but it will at least maintain it!

-The Gneech
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