April 1st, 2004
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drinking the rain

It is all getting done. Wow. The huge, seemingly insurmountable amount of work that I had a month ago is one large step closer to completion. The book is written. Just a few small things to add. Editing, revisions, and then on to inking. I feel as though I am coming up for air after having been underwater for a while. My head spinning. There is a point with a large project where you have to push through a block of sorts. It feels like my brain is no longer capable of coming up with any more ideas. At this point I usually have no idea how I will wake up the next day and do it all over again. And yet I always do.
When I first started doing book projects I would spend months pulling things together, adding illustrations, and designing. When it was ready to submit to a publisher it would be a finished piece, the editor would know exactly what my vision was, (I felt it was necessary to sell myself to them). Now there has been a large shift in the process. Now I am submitting proposals to trusting editors, getting paid, and THEN doing the writing/illustrating. I’m not sure if I like it this way. It feels like a lot of pressure to perform at times. What if I’m having a bad week, what if NO ideas come? What if I just want to sit in a cafe a read a novel. no sir. Nose to the grindstone. Don’t look up until you are done. It feels like a grueling workout at times. All the while you are spending your advance money to live. Now I am not complaining at all about getting paid for my art, it is beautiful thing. But at some level the money does have some impact on the creative process.
I could really go on and on about this topic. And I will someday. But right now I want to go out and touch the ground again. Interact with other humans. Drink the rain.
I am so excited that I get to see my friend Helen perform this weekend. Watching her makes my own heart dance.
Read a recent interview I did for Mosaic Minds.

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