Inktober Has Run Dry –OR– A New Effort to Stay Not Insane

Too many projects!

I had a pretty good idea for this year’s Inktober. I decided to make a flipbook of scenes from various sidescrolling video games, in which the protagonist would traverse the page from left to right as the pages are flipped. One page a day for 31 days. I think it’s a cool idea, and I was excited by the prospect of once again bringing my passions for drawing and video games together as part of a fun project.

I got started. I cranked out the first four pages. The first one went well! It only took me about an hour and a half to do the whole thing. Then the next one took quite a bit longer. The next one? Even longer. The fourth page took an entire evening to get done. Despite my best efforts to try to limit my time and the amount of detail on each drawing, I found myself spending more and more time on each one, and the level of detail got more and more complex, as well. You know, the exact opposite of what I had intended!

Not only was the project really starting to drag, it turns out I wasn’t enjoying it, either. At another time, it may have been really engaging work, but I found myself falling prey to the same mistake I make again and again: overcommitting to too many big projects at once. I overwhelm myself with work and commitments until I have no flexible hours in my day and end up making myself miserable.

Go on….

Six Legs, No Heart Progress Report, Part Deux

Six Legs, No Heart Cover

Here’s an announcement I’ve been hoping to make for quite some time now.

Six Legs, No Heart is finished! We sent it off to the printers a couple of weeks ago, so barring any extreme unforeseen complications, it will be ready and available at Cape Comic Con, April 21-23!

Go on….

Six Legs, No Heart Progress Report

Six Legs, No Heart Preview

Hey, folks! You’ve probably noticed the blogs have dried up. I have good reason! I’ve been working really hard to get my new comic book, Six Legs, No Heart, finished in time to be ready for Cape Comic Con 2017. Pretty much all of my free time and creative outlet are being funneled into the completion of this book. The only reason I’m not working on it right now, during my lunch break, is because I forgot to bring any materials with me to work on! So, I’m doing the next best thing: trying to find a way to promote it. In this case, I thought it might be fun to give you a rundown of where the project stands right now, and how I’ve gotten to this point.

Go on….

There is no perfect time.

I started playing a video game called Shovel Knight recently. It’s the tale of a knight whose primary weapon is a shovel, which he uses to great effect. It functions as both weapon and digging instrument, so not only can Shovel Knight crush his enemies, but also dig up fabulous jewels and tunnel into secret areas. It plays sort of like a medieval version of Mega Man, with a little bit of Ducktales and Metroid/Castlevania mixed in. It’s a good game. I really wanted to play it.

I almost put it off. Even though I’ve been looking forward to playing it for a very long time, I almost chose a less desirable game from my backlog, instead.

But why would I do that? Easy. I was waiting for the perfect time to play it; a time when I had several hours to spare, time to really sink my teeth into it and be completely engrossed. In the meantime, I would play less interesting games to fill the little bits of time. But THEN, when the perfect time strikes, Shovel Knight will be there for me.

It’s a trap. The perfect time doesn’t exist, in business or pleasure. Sometimes I recognize this, but lately, I’ve fallen back into the trap of waiting around, not doing anything, because it’s not the perfect time for it. I haven’t been drawing lately because I only have a half hour instead of an hour, and I haven’t been writing lately because I only have fifteen minutes instead of an hour. I haven’t been playing Shovel Knight because I only have an hour instead of five hours.

This kind of attitude is dangerous because if I keep this up, I may never get around to doing any of that stuff I want to do. Time is a precious commodity, so use it to do the things you really want to do. Any time you’re able to sit down and write or draw, or spend time with your family or friends, whatever it is that’s important to you, any time is the perfect time to do it, no matter how short or inconvenient it may be. Strike while the iron is hot. In fact, strike before you even have any iron.

This post is a little bit of a departure from what I normally do. It’s not intended to be overly sentimental or preachy. I just wanted to share a mistake I’ve made in the past (and will probably make again in the future) so you’ll know to avoid it.