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 codeĀ 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

Captain America Print

Last night I attended a collograph printmaking class at the Alberta Art Gallery. (Why did I think it was a ‘colloidal’ printmaking class?)

We were given a piece of corrugated cardboard to use as a base then we were turned loose on a variety of craft supplies to make our template. Not feeling like I was in a ‘fine art’ mood I decided to make a Captain America print.

Captain America Print Template
My beautiful template

SCOFF ALL YOU LIKE! This was a shining beacon of inspiration! Do you see how I used a piece of zipper to make his mouth? Because it has teeth? Riiiiight?

I only had time to make one print and, unfortunately, one print wasn’t enough to develop any real skill with applying ink. BUT I STILL LOVE MY MONSTROUS CREATION!

Captain America Print

Yes, I know the ink is red. The red reflects my impatience and how I didn’t want to wait in line for blue. According to the amateur art critics I ran into on the LRT red was ENTIRELY wrong for a Captain America print.

  • First guy: Why is it red?
  • Me: It was the only colour available.
  • First guy: It shouldn’t be red. It should be… green. Like my bicycle. *points*
  • Me: Ah, yes, that would have been nice, too.
  • Second guy: Green?! It should’ve been BLUE!
  • Me: *quietly withdraws from the conversation before it gets fanboy-nasty*

It seems to me Captain America’s colours are: red, white, AND blue so the red is still appropriate. Does red still work for Captain StickUpHisBum or does it make him look like he took a bath in the blood of his enemies?

What do you think?
Let me know in the comments below or catch me on twitter @tammalee

PS: This is a note I wrote myself. It was supposed to remind me to loan a game to a coworker. It worked.

Zelda Reminder
This is the future of note-taking!
Captain America Print