I got this from Andrea Scher's Superhero Designs blog. Any semi creative person needs to sit and listen to this as they talk about the creative process and creativity blocks: Me, Myself and Muse. Before you read any further, click that link and listen! It's prudent advice.
There are times I wonder what I'm doing, why I'm an artist, and why I didn't choose something easier to do. I wonder how life would be in a cushy job, sitting pretty and buying nice things. It's a constant war with ourselves and our muses.
Dayne heads upped me on this comic by Jelly Vampire that sums up much of our creative lives. You can actually click the picture on the left to see it full size.
I obviously need to name and put a face to my muse now. I think it should have a name like FloppyEars Jack, but I digress.
In light of all of this, I want to share a snippet of conversation I had with James Hackett about our creative lives. We have one of those long standing friendships that has developed from casual hellos to very spontaneous, synergistic collaborations. We are very different but in a way that complements one another, and our styles seem merge very well.
Last week we had a short online chat about our art lives. I am constantly surprised and almost comforted that I am never alone in my creative life experiences. I told J about moving back while I was hemming and hawing about it. Since I am about to change course again it's quite overwhelming when I've just made seemingly good plans. Ah well life right?
I've only changed a couple things to make the local dialect/slang easier to understand for those readers who may be a bit confused.
TC: I am guilty that am disappointing my followers
JH: What are you going to change, for someone who has several projects that started and stopped , just to keep going is an evolution because yuh cyah be slave to that or else is just another trap you in.
TC: Indeed, last night I had a bit of a cry about it and listened to some good music (Ryuichi Sakamoto)
JH: Music my soulmate
TC: Sometimes it's good to be quiet but I got a set of lovely ideas listening to it.
JH: Lemme tell you what happen to me yesterday eh. I say I coming off the computer, I am going to lie down and read, but every two sentence is like I have a chorus in my mind, about things to do, how I can do them, I had to put the book down. I can't turn my mind off, and that is why I have trouble reading of late.
TC: ohmyeffinggawd, lol *raises hand* mind no turn off
JH: LOL yuh know exactly what I mean ent?
TC: god that's why I have yoga. I didn't even do yoga yesterday and I should have. I have to calmtf down, but sometimes wow, iit doesn't work.
JH: haha ent, sometimes I wish I wasn't creative. I would get meh little bank job and go home and play video games and stuff when I done
TC: is a process, OMG I know right. See why i want a post office wuk? Sometimes I just wonder why am not an engineer, my life would be more profitable, lol
JH: Haha ent, build yuh little house and ting, life normal, go beach on weekend and life simple
TC: lolol ikr!!! I truly admire creatives who have semi normal lives
JH: yeah some people work that balance
TC: I am tryin
JH: I just say look it; will be what it is yes, once I figure out how to make money off this thing people will understand (or not but who cares I getting paid)
TC: Lol, I had a heated discussion with my mom yesterday about moving back - still don't think she gets it
JH: Probably won't until yuh walking out a limousine with European glasses. (kidding)
JH: It hard, but we have to work it and prove dem wrong.
TC: yuh know! Fuck's sake lol. Have had this discussion with several ppl - same thing.
And that's all there is to it. The show goes on.