Thursday, May 13, 2010

The Sky is Falling!

The sky is falling! Well, not really. I just have been feeling the same sense of doom and dread that the chicken in that old story felt. 

And it's all because of a chicken!

You see, for quite some time now, I have been  working on a children's book that I conceived and co-authored with Perfect Wife entitled, "Oscar's Naughty Chicken". I use the term "working" loosely. Truth be told, I haven't done jack-squat on it for ages. I don't know why.

It isn't because I am bad at deadlines. When I was back in cartooning school, the most important lesson they pounded into our soft little heads was, "Never miss a deadline". We were told an editor would rather work with a mediocre artist who  was on time, than an exceptional artist that was always late. I'm not sure if this is 100% true, but I took that lesson to heart, and throughout my "career" I have prided myself on hitting deadlines. I am late for everything else in my life, but I am fanatical about the deadline thing. 

Maybe I am late because I have no deadline on my own project. Without a deadline, there is no be pressure for me to finish. I can take as long as I please (and I am!). Or, it could be that since this book is my baby, I want it to be perfect. I have also experienced more than the usual amount of  "artist's block" on this piece, so that might be a factor. The block may be a  result of the lack of a deadline, though.

Whatever the reason for my foot-dragging, enough is enough. I am "between projects" right now, so this is the perfect time to finally finish this darn thing, so it can  finally come to rest in  clearance bins across the nation. I am going to finish this darn thing if it kills me. I will keep all of you out there up to date on my progress in the agonizing weeks and months to come.

Knowing myself, you can expect a repeat of this post shortly.



Blogger Pepper Potts said...

To say I am thrilled that this project has been jump started again is an understatement. I look forward to seeing the final product soon!

May 14, 2010 at 9:13 AM  
Blogger P.L. Frederick said...

I give you until the 4th of July. Get it finished by that date or you're outta here!

(Does that help? I eagerly await the Naughty Chicken.)

May 14, 2010 at 11:51 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

And how is your Oscar? He must be a man by now. How does he feel about being cast as a chicken?

May 17, 2010 at 5:08 PM  
Blogger Bill White said...

Oscar loves chickens.

May 18, 2010 at 1:43 PM  

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