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Sunday - April 23, 2006
This morning i was working on a Naze Nani Megatokyo strip that seemed funny enough in its conception, but wasn't coming together as well as i would have liked. The fates seemed to agree because in the midst of struggling with it, Illustrator crashed and somehow the file i was working on was corrupted beyond repair. >_< I took that as a sign.
When you have to really focus on a project, and do it for a length of time (like pulling together Book 4 and the extra material for that book) you have to push a lot of things aside and just focus on the tasks that have to be completed. One everything is done (including all those little things that just keep coming up, small edits, things that need to be fixed, etc - you'd be surprised how much there is for a 240 page book) you'd think that I could finally relax and take a mental break from it all. Unfortunately, things don't always work that way. For me, almost immediately upon "whew, i'm done! Yay!," all of those other things I pushed aside to make the completion of the project possible came pouring back in at me. Suddenly I'm in this mad panic just trying to figure out WHAT needs to be done next. Being tired and worn out doesn't help. :)
The biggest problem with this project was how much i had to put aside Megatokyo. For two weeks i have not been thinking about the rest of Chapter 7 at all. Sure, i know what's going on, what happens next, i have my notes and sketches and stuff, but i just haven't been 'there' in the story. Getting back 'there' isn't impossible, but it does take some time and effort that i never acknowledge is needed.
I'm trying to regroup, to get myself back into the swing of things, and get my momentum back. I'm working on that now, and concentrating on Wednesday's strip... and letting Monday's strip go. I feel its better to have two decent comics this week than three rushed ones.
I always seem to discount the time it takes for me to get my bearings after a big project. I end up in a big panic trying to do things i just can't manage, thinking i can cram 4 days worth of work into two, and then somehow magically produce a comic on the evening of the last day. Panic is bad for creativity, honestly. I stepped back this morning, took a deep breath, and regrouped myself. The book is done, i can focus on Megatokyo again. It just takes a little time to get it going.
(i wrote this for my fredart blog, but i posted it here just because:)