Listening to: Psilodump and other chiptuney stuff
Reading: Tarot cards
Watching: Too much YouTube...
Playing: Ocarina of Time... kind of
Eating: Bits of the Universe
Drinking: More bits of the Universe
So, it's the end of the last month, the beginning of the next. "Where's the Sir Dufius animated intro?" you might ask. You might also be wondering about my other projects as well that I touted in the previous journal entry. Well...
It seems I can't keep a self-set schedule to save my life...
Try as I might, a schedule made by myself just doesn't work for me. I completely neglected to take into account, y'know, life. Perhaps I could have launched an Internet web-series, continue a comic series, start a podcast, and work on a pilot episode for a potential animated series all the same time had I been some creative automaton on overdrive, fueled only by inspiration and ideas. But it turns out I'm actually just a human; one that requires sleep, nutrition, waste management, metabolism, respiration, and participation in the social construct of his fellow humans. I tend to forget that sometimes, and get overexcited about my artistic projects. In other words, I bit off more than I could chew.
I'm tired of promising (or hell, even implying) that I'll do/make something at a particular point in time, only to let that time come to pass and remain empty-handed. Clearly I'm not programmed for that kind of planning. So here's what I'm going to do: I'm going to try out a new experimental paradigm. Here's what it entails:
1. No more "scheduling" projects - there are far too many unforeseen variables in life to know exactly (or even approximately) when something will be done. This is, quite frankly, an asinine way of going about an artistic project. Art is generally spontaneous and just sort of happens, it is not planned and scheduled to exist at a specific point in time. So why the hell was I trying to make it so before? Also, I don't want to disappoint anyone by not delivering when I promised delivery. I know that must be frustrating, and I do sincerely apologize.
In short, it'll happen when it happens.
2. No more prioritizing specific projects over production - by this, I mean I will no longer choose a project to be the main one and try to work on it when I really want to do something else. That's not to say I'll completely abandon previous projects. Rather, I'll do what I feel like doing at the moment. If I feel like picking up an old project, I'll do that. If I feel like starting a new project, I'll do that too. The whole premise of this part of the paradigm is that it's better to actually do something, be it concept art for a probably-will-never-exist video game idea or simple fan art, than it is to sit on a project and work on it even when all inspiration for it has run dry for the moment. I think this will fit my more chaotic muse better than rigid planning and scheduling. Maybe I'll actually get something done for once!
In other words, making something, anything, is better than merely planning to make something.
3. Projects are to be thought of as Potentialities rather than Necessities - I think one thing that stresses me out about my projects is that I tend to think of them as things that must be done, at some point at least. This instantly turns what should be fun and exciting into a straight up chore. A better and less stressful way of going about that is to think of them as potentialities waiting to be actualized. They don't necessarily have to exist, but it would be nice, wouldn't it? That way, if a project just isn't working out, or if I completely lose interest in it, it's okay if I just move on another one, I don't have to feel guilty if I previously declared that project to be the one I'm going to work on.
I think with this new approach to my creativity, I can be a lot more free and open to new possibilities instead of rigidly adhering to arbitrary self-imposed rules. Now that's not to say that I've dropped all the previous projects. Quite the contrary, actually. Hopefully, with this new paradigm I'll actually get at least some of them done. Exactly what will get done and in what order, that is to be determined. Even I don't know what I'll do next!
Perhaps now, instead of waiting and waiting for me to deliver some previously mentioned something-or-other, you can now bask in the mystery of what something-or-other I'll do next! It'll be a surprise! ... Of course, that only applies if you actually care about what I do, but if you've read this far, I'm only assuming you do.
And here's the quote that inspired this new paradigm:
"If you really want to do something, you will find a way. If you don't, you will find an excuse." -- Anonymous