So Little Time

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Thinking that I would just pop my next short story up today, I started the day off transferring more of my scribbles from memory sticks to my new computer. Then I got sidetracked and spent a couple of hours opening links that I’d emailed to myself to bookmark, and reading ALL of them. Then I got the placement for things for one of my covers lobbed into my frontal cortex by my painting muse (she’s a bit rough around the edges that one), so I had to zoom off and sketch it straight away (looks a bit like a deranged lizard gazing out over a field of mushrooms). Then I did a lot more unproductive things, had a mini panic attack because I hadn’t checked out all my emails yet, came up for air, heard a loud bang in the kitchen (feathered horde flinging a tea cup to the floor), jumped up too fast, and ran into a chair. So… All back to normal then.

My problem is that I want to do too much. And I want it all done immediately. So I have three books on the go, as well as five paintings that I want all finished at the same time to use for my covers. My personally inflicted deadline is looming now. It’s probably crazy to think this will all be done when I expect it to be, but then again, you never know. I remember once when I first started driving, I got my car into a spot that it couldn’t get out of without something being horribly scratched, as you do, so I asked four guys I spotted wandering down the road to just pick it up and straighten it out. They looked a bit startled, then each of them grabbed a corner, and did just that. Didn’t look overly hard either. I’ve since been told that this would be absolutely impossible to do, and that I must be stretching the truth by a very long way indeed. The look that accompanied this sentence definitely suggested that I was the biggest talker of crap on the planet also. I’m not though. Could be they were just really strong guys, or maybe the confidence of my expectation left no room for self-doubt. Who knows? I suppose that if you really believe you can do something, you can. That would work both ways too.

If you think that you can’t do something, even subconsciously, then you can rest assured that you won’t get it done. You might not realise that that’s the reason though. You’ll blame it on social networking, cooking for the demanding swine who live in your house and insist on eating all the time, or any number of time-consuming things that keep you from finishing your projects. I have the opposite problem to that. I think I can do anything at all. Then I end up running into walls and chairs, and realising that I actually can’t. Well. I still think I can. Now I just have to figure out a way to manipulate time itself. Probably doable too. I’ll have to see if I can squeeze finding out more about that in-between scribbling and flinging paint around.

Which reminds me – I bought a book on fantasy art techniques, and tried to copy a bit of one of the paintings in there for practice. I’m not using this for anything, calling it my own, or trying to sell it, so I’m hoping it’s not grand theft art! My covers will be 100% original – this is just to figure out how to paint in general. Anyway – it’s coming along so I’ll share it with you here. It’s a nude too! Then you can tell me to to stop buggering about and just buy stuff from Dreamstime instead.

Till next time friends. Xxx


13 thoughts on “So Little Time

    Karen Wyld said:
    June 3, 2013 at 11:49 am

    I like the idea of original artwork for covers, and admire you for wanting to make your own. Be interested to see what you come up with.


      jorobinson176 responded:
      June 3, 2013 at 2:31 pm

      I’m hoping to get away with it Karen. I’m trying to figure out how to work a photo shop kind of programme I downloaded. I think when I get that right I might be able to come up with something decent even if the painting itself is amateurish – hope so anyway! It’s a lot of fun regardless, and definitely worth a bash for all of us I reckon. 😀


    The Story Reading Ape said:
    June 3, 2013 at 1:02 pm

    We are all guilty of wanting to do too much Jo, but that’s better than not doing enough 🙂


      jorobinson176 responded:
      June 3, 2013 at 2:34 pm

      I hope so Chris. Right now I’m really holding thumbs that I don’t get any urges to do anything else, or I’ll have to stop sleeping altogether! 😀


    marianallen said:
    June 3, 2013 at 1:59 pm

    And you’re a painter, too! My gosh! You’re amazing!


      jorobinson176 responded:
      June 3, 2013 at 2:38 pm

      Not a very good one, you have to admit. I can’t wait to reveal my dragon, and see what you think of him. It’s all thanks to PayPal not wanting my money – ha haaa! I hope that someone will tell me if it’s rubbish or not though, and not be overly kind. 😀


    cicampbell2013 said:
    June 4, 2013 at 2:24 am

    Oh, I so identify with this post! I want to do everything too. I want to be housewife of the year, friend of the decade, mother of the century and writer of the millennium. I think I can do it if I can just stop this pesky sleeping lark.
    I love that you paint! How wonderful to be painting your own book over. What a great idea. I wonder if I could make matchstick men look professional enough?
    I love the painting you have shown us at the end of your blog. It’s terrific. What a lovely bottom your nude has! 🙂


      jorobinson176 responded:
      June 4, 2013 at 5:05 pm

      That bottom sort of sticks out a bit doesn’t it – ha haa! Maybe a little darker? I reckon if we can get a grip on these photo shop things we can do anything with matchstick guys too. Have you had a go at painting Christine? You’re very creative in general. Pity we can’t just get robot bodies that don’t need sleep, and just screw our heads on. Much better idea. 😀 xx


    Kev said:
    October 28, 2013 at 6:52 am

    That’s really good! Better than I could do and like you said…a nude too! 😉


      jorobinson176 responded:
      October 28, 2013 at 3:15 pm

      Thanks Kev! My aim is to paint something that I can tweak with a paint programme to look a lot cooler than I know I can manage on my own. So little time…. Downloaded Miedo by the way – thanks!


        Kev said:
        October 28, 2013 at 8:15 pm

        Thank you! Enjoy.


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