I knew this already, but I had to learn it one more time. A dayjob lesson.
It is this: spare small hours spread out throughout a period of time. Do not ever pour it all in a few intense days -- it knocks down down everything else and drains the creative spirit. Make the dayjob work as small and almost inconsequential in a day rather than allowing it to chomp off pain-full whole days, no matter if it were only six days or one. Better have it chopped up in tolerable pieces across ten to fifteen days.
The assumption here is that I will also no longer take on projects I do not feel 100% happy about. It affects the whole equation.
Because right now I have to do an intense few days of report-writing for a project that from the start I did not feel very comfortable with. I can deliver the requirement, of course. But it is the kind of project I usually take when I am short on cash -- a desperate project. And I want to be stricter on myself about losing faith that way. True, the advance money came in handy. But I am also certain that a better option would have presented itself soon enough.
Anyway, now my move from the old year to the new is slightly marred by the dragging across of this unfinished report. (Addendum lesson: Finish all projects by the second week of December, and don't take on anything new until January. That way I don't need to have anything hovering over my head like a dreary stormcloud during the holidays.)
On the other hand, this one last hard lesson WILL serve me well. And better that it occurs now, to be part of the old year.
I have sent off my experiment snail mail a couple of weeks ago and two have been confirmed delivered -- one in Australia and another in the UK. If everything goes well I can do a trial run of the shop with a few small items. That would be a good addition to 2016.
I have given artwork as gifts to people this year, as made possible by certain alignments of the stars. It was not quite random, but also a response and a reciprocation. These people have done things they may or may not not have fully realised as great blessings to me -- as great as replenishing my well of hope and faith, and keeping my spirit alive.
I plan to send out a few more, within the first quarter of the new year, as the magic moves me.
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I am an artist-in-progress. I started my creative journey in 2012 and have never stopped taking steps since. Always one step at a time. Always moving forward. It has been an increasingly tough and occasionally rewarding road.
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