Stop Building

Between the move and the new job and the dog and kind-of sort-of being a home-owner (although I guess I’m more of a step-home owner. Home owner-in-law?) I’ve found myself bouncing around with a whole lot of schedule changes and adjusted goal new things popping up. It is great that there is now a much ore solid and sturdy foundation to my life over all but I’m still trying to maintain some of the basics of what I’m trying to do and who I am. I want to be able to go to bed every night and think “Yes, I did everything I could to achieve my goals.” It’s hard because for a lot of those things I’m not the sole arbiter or what is happening. I have a lot of comic projects that I’ve been focusing on lately and those are all collaborative. While it’s amazing to work with someone and see a thing that the two of you have created begin to take shape comics also take so…long…to…make. Especially if the people involved don’t already do them for a living. And if they do (and even if they don’t), open up the wallet and pay them what they’re worth.

All of that makes comic creation almost painfully slow for me which is why I bounce back and forth between that and prose because with prose I am more the master of my own fate, although lately a lot of that energy has been cleaning up and editing stuff so it is more presentable and suitable for print. You’d think that with all of that I’d be well ensconced with projects to keep me busy but no, my brain has to keep chugging away and make more “opportunities” for me to make stuff that I can do while I’m waiting on other stuff to fall into place.

Along those lines an artist friend of mine posited that we should work on something together, like a quick little five-page thing. So naturally I started turning my brain around and eventually settled on something. And, of course, once it hit on this thing I started turning more stuff over and I hit on something else and, being me, something bigger. So yeah, maybe that’ll be a thing that I start pursuing. Or maybe I’ll come to my senses and work on fixing and steadying the things I’ve already got going on and stop trying to constantly build something new.

That would almost make more sense.

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Thacher Cleveland

Thacher E. Cleveland is a contributing writer & columnist for PanelsOnPages.com, co-host of the Super-Fly Comics & Games PodCast, novelist & comic creator. Originally from New Jersey and previously from Yellow Springs, Ohio, he currently lives in Chicago. You can find him on Twitter (@demonweasel), tumblr, his personal website and even on Google+

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