Time vs. Money

As you can see from the lack of posts on my blog I’ve been working pretty hard over the past few years. I switched jobs to work at a fast-paced digital marketing agency and the past three years have flown by in a blur of deadlines, learnings, and community events.

I have really enjoyed the past three years but every time I pass by my home office-slash-studio I feel my heart breaking a little when I think of all of the unfinished creative projects I haven’t been able to devote any time to.

This year, I made the decision that time was more important than money so I have been taking my Fridays as unpaid leave so I can work on languishing projects. Yes, I am feeling the pinch a bit with the reduced paycheque but I’ve told myself that extra day every week is more important.

In the interest of accountability, here is my list of, shamefully, unfinished projects:

  • Sock monkeys – I, literally, have a box full of unfinished sock monkeys. They stare at me with their eyeless faces every time I walk by and I can hear them whispering, “shame shaaame shaaaaame” at me despite their lack of mouths.
  • Painting – This really should be plural but, to be fair, I only have one painting in progress at the moment. The others are just sketches so they hardly count. It’s ridiculous it takes me so long to complete a painting but, honestly, the light is only right during the day and I’m usually at work during the day.
  • Non-fiction book – This project was started over a year ago and I still only have an outline and a half-finished introduction. I have almost all of the information I need to write this darn thing! I just need to sit down and write.
  • Comics – I have a whole notebook in Evernote devoted to comic ideas. I have a sketchbook full of rough comic sketches. I have a domain and twitter handle reserved. I have zero finished comics.
  • Code – Here’s the thing: I’m interested in learning about the code I don’t get to do at work every day. Things like advanced CSS animations, different JS frameworks, non-standard implementations of WordPress, I even have a notebook in Evernote dedicated to different video game ideas I’d like to try creating! My laptop is full of abandoned code that I never got the chance to finish for whatever reason.

It was a hard decision to let go of four days pay a month in exchange for time to tackle my creative projects but, so far, I haven’t regretted this decision.


Time vs. Money

What I’ve been up to!

I’ve pretty much given in to netspeak.

In other news:
Honey Badger Sherlock BBC came about when I was chatting on the phone with with my friend Mink.
I spent last weekend in a cabin in the woods. Not one serial killer was seen!
– I made a comic about Avatar: Korra. It had been six years since my last muffin-based comic.

What other people have done:
BEST TWITTER FEED EVER! Scroll down to animate. XD

It would only cost me $200 to switch to an iPhone right now.
An iPad 3 is tempting… as a developer. I have a trusty laptop, otherwise.
It’s Spring and I feel change in the air! For better or for worse. Change.

What I’ve been up to!

Day seven. Still not king.

I’m on day seven of no cola. Sensations I’ve felt this week: murderous rage (directed at olives and other drivers), feeling like a hollowed out pumpkin with my insides all scraped out, and my gut acting like a two-year-old who’s been deprived of candy! Despite all this, I haven’t had a drop of cola and I’m starting to get over the withdrawal symptoms.

I’ve been listening to this today.

“You’re like spaghetti; straight until you get hot.” roflmao

Last night I was describing this boss fight I’m on in my video game to C. and halfway through I realized just how horrible it sounds:

This giant, blind beast is lumbering around trying to get to this sacred place to destroy it. In order to kill this beast you must chop off it’s toes and fingers and when it falls over you have to drive a spike into its skull with, not one but, three hard whacks of your sword.

That’s really messed up!

Also, I failed to stop the lumbering beast and he ate an old lady and destroyed a sacred place and I failed to save the world. How can I face my video game again after that royal screw up?

I’m so ashamed of myself. Some hero I turned out to be.

Day seven. Still not king.