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Completing the Malingering Buttress

This project, begun last year as a DIY Murder Mystery card deck, is now on it's way to becoming a 100+ page book with an anticipated 20 MORE drawings than the original 30 planned. 12 are done, so 38 drawings left to go.


It's not that I don't enjoy drawing. I love working in pen & ink. It's the planning and organizing that I dread and am absolutely horrible at. Probably why I've been having so much fun playing around with music as an act of procrastination - LOL.

I recently confided to a filmmaker friend (whose planning, preparation, storyboarding and shot recording work is beyond excellent) that I not only DON'T storyboard or plan any of my little films - I actually assemble them as I go. Same thing with my music. It's all done in the moment from the image I have in my head of the already finished product. So, I kind of work backwards on things to make them appear - because they come to me fully formed.

Apparently I am not alone in this creative affliction. A now (discredited by some) letter attributed to Mozart went on to say -

"When I am, as it were, completely myself, entirely alone, and of good cheer; say traveling in a carriage, or walking after a good meal, or during the night when I cannot sleep; it is on such occasions that my ideas flow best and most abundantly. All this fires my soul, and provided I am not disturbed, my subject enlarges itself, becomes methodized and defined, and the whole, though it be long, stands almost finished and complete in my mind, so that I can survey it, like a fine picture or a beautiful statue, at a glance. Nor do I hear in my imagination the parts successively, but I hear them, as it were, all at once. When I proceed to write down my ideas the committing to paper is done quickly enough, for everything is, as I said before, already finished; and it rarely differs on paper from what it was in my imagination."

Whether or not Mozart wrote that letter - the author describes what I experience on a daily basis.

I ran across a tape of an interview I did in 2002 and I heard myself telling the interviewer "I get hundreds of ideas that I sift through - only a few among them achieve realization - obviously, because I do not have the time or energy to bring all of them forth."

That's still true today.

And the Malingering Buttress is one of those chosen ideas. So - Hi Ho, Hi Ho, it's off to work I go!

Dear Reader - Thank you for being here and I hope this day finds you happily engaged at whatever you choose to do.

Until next time - Here is OTT with "A Shower of Sparks" -

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