As I write this, Henry Leo and Matt are off at a 2nd grade laser tag party and Tallulah is laying on the dog's bed watching a show on her iPad because it's raining outside, and also I am a terrible mother.
My brain's been all over the place lately.
I've had a lot of trouble sleeping, which is ENTIRELY unlike me, and I've been obsessing hard
over things like planners
. The planner
/notebook thing isn't that surprising, really, it's the sort of thing I can always get lost in, but I suspect the level of my recent obsession is directly proportional to my current level of overwhelm. It's not subtle really. My brain never is. It's back-to-school time, I've got (what feels like) a billion work projects going, management responsibilities, mom responsibilities, tv writer responsibilities, comic writer responsibilities and the desire to occasionally get some exercise, take a shower, hang out with a friend or see a movie with my husband. And I don't want to just be good at all of it. I want to be the best... which is both unhealthy and unpossible. So I get why
feeling pulled in a hundred directions would lead one to examine systems, but there's always that danger of mistaking time spent on tools
with time spent actually moving forward. I see a lot of people do this so at least I know I'm not alone
, but there's a point at which you can spend an hour on jetpens.com
OR you can pick up the closest Bic and actually write something. You know?
I can feel some of you bristling through the internet. Don't be mad, bro. I do the same thing. I get it. No really
: I get it.
It's a balancing act. Like everything, really. **The best systems are those that disappear
.** The best tools
are the ones that bring enough pleasure to the process to enhance the experience of ACTUALLY DOING WORK without overshadowing it. Similarly, planning is vital. I can't overstate how important planning is; planning will keep you on track and set you up to succeed... as long as planning is followed by execution
. If you spend all your energy on the plan and never execute... well, it's possible to end up with a really cute instagram account and a bin full of washi tape and still not haven't actually *done* jack shit.
"Stay on target," is what I'm saying, to myself
and to you, my fellow obsessive nerds. "Stay on target."
All of that said
, here are links to some of the things I've been obsessing over lately. Because misery loves company and I am a terrible person:
Well, that was just dirty.
I guess I should talk about some books, huh? BITCH PLANET 5 is at the printer!! FINALLY! Barring some unforeseen disaster, it'll be on shelves 9/9. And we've all saged our houses. The trade will be out the following month -- October 7th, I believe -- and then we were planning on being back with volume 2 starting in November but Image is suggesting we push a month or two so that we're decidedly ahead, so we can keep this from ever happening again. I hate to do it, but they're not wrong. I'll give you the date for BP6 when we settle on it.
Did you see the Bitch Planet leggings
? And you know about the nail wraps
, yeah? Okay, cool.