Things are okay...

Wed 6/27/2007

I have been feeling really sad and grumpy this week, probably due in no small part to the 90+ degree heat (with stifling humidity) that has descended on New York City. Or maybe I'm coming down from some sort of high after MoCCA. Either way you look at it, I thought that instead of talking about all the stuff that's making me miserable, I'd focus on a few positive things that are going on in my life right now:

1) As you can see above, I've started working on Basewood again, in earnest. It feels REALLY good. It's like coming home from a long journey, to a warm, safe place. It's only sad how little time I'm able to devote to it each day. But hopefully that will change as I wrap up other (paying) projects. I am going to work on this from now on until it is done.

2) Speaking of Basewood... I had a sort of breakthrough today with my Basewood Mural. All the different elements have been "inked" on at least PART of the wall, so all I have to do now is fill it all in. I'm feeling like I've crossed the half way point at least...

3) I am "reading" (via AudioBook) a REALLY good book right now. A Short History of Nearly Everything by Bill Bryson. I first read Bryson's "In a Sunburned Country" when I was living in Australia and I just love the way he writes. In "A Short History" I am learning all kinds of amazing things about the earth and science and history and it's all told in plain, easy-to-understand (and often quite humorous) language. Highly recommended!

4) I already have my tickets for Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix!!! A bunch of my friends are coming too and we're going on opening night, so the theatre will be muggle-free! It's going to be so awesome. :)


7 comments on this entry

I've only ever got half way through A Short History of Nearly Everything, and to be quite honest it scared the pants off me. We're tiny little people living on a big explosive ball of rock that's long overdue to explode any day soon. I try not to think about it...eek!

rich t Jun28

I didn't want to bug you about it... but I am thrilled to see the progress on the mural, which is looking amazing thus far. Well done! Can't wait to see Basewood chapter 3... but I am certainly willing to wait. Have a great rest of your week, sir.

Jewett Jun28

Oh, my gosh, that's amazing! That picture has gotta be one of your all-time-highlights.

Chris S. Jun28

Yeah, I didn't know where to send a copy to the McClouds as they are currently touring all over the USA, so I gave a copy to Greg to give to Scott at one of his many lectures and signings that he's doing in Portland this week. Thanks Greg!!!

Alec Jun28

it looks like your layout for the first page is right next to the art. is that how you lay out a book? by just drawing it on a sheet of paper i mean.

Counting your blessings is a good way to fight the gloom.

That photo of Scott Mc Cloud is pretty sweet. Good for you, Alec!

Arlene Jun29

Zack - Yeah, I script the entire chapter of Basewood on loose sheets of copy paper (which have already been printed on one side to SAVE PAPER!) The layouts are very rough, but I still reference them constantly while I draw the real page.

Alec Jun30

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