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All over the map!

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This week’s updates were a little more random then usual.
My goals for this comic have changed over the years.

Probably now, there are two main reasons i make this comic (which sort of conflict with eachother).  The first is because drawing and making these comics is a huge stress reliever.  The second is because i would like to become a master at this.  The first is a very short-term, day to day sort of goal, the second is something i hope will happen as I continue developing this habit.  The first is satisfied by cutting corners and making it fit during busy days, the second will only really be satisfied if i slow down and take time to do it right.

Anyhoo!  Have a great weekend everyone!

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The problem with free time

2013-3-14On most of my days off, i have so much anxiety about how to best spend the time.  a full fledged day off is few and far between.  It’s laughable… I’ll wake up, draw, and then freak out:  do I spend half an hour fruitlessly searching through something interesting to watch on netflix, only to watch 30 mins of something i don’t care about and turn it off, to find myself back at square one?  Or do I pop in a little fallout 3 and waste the entire day, and then feel guilty that i didn’t try to make something?  should I just try and sleep, to try and curb this perpetual state of tiredness? or maybe does the dog need a walk?  Maybe I should try to write a short story, or organize the garage, or walk to a restaurant…  Sometimes, by the time i’ve settled on something, it is noon.  No joke.  half the day gone.  Enjoyment anxiety… who knew?

If you don’t get what i’m talking about, it’s the human equivalent of a dog phenomenon easily observed whenever i walk in my front door.  When my dog coffee gets so excited about seeing me that she starts shaking and she just makes herself terrified, and then she doesn’t know what to do with herself, she is experiencing exactly what my days off feel like.  Excitement, and then fear.  For her, it doesn’t start out as terrified, but it gets there pretty quick. Same for me.  Why?  I don’t know.  I’m a good dog owner, i walk her, i play with her.  I like to think I know how to relax on my days off… But she can really freak herself out, and I guess I can too.   All worked up over nothing.