Bad weeks and "pockets of time"

This week hasn’t been the best for me…for anyone really, but we press on don't we. Don't we? I’m finally having to look at my situation in ways I’ve never had to do before. This is both terrifying and a bit exciting. Regardless, I’m still plugging away at my day to day and trying to find pockets of time in which to operate. For instance, as I type this my son lays 10 feet away from me in his crib trying desperately to fight a nap. He’ll win, there’s no doubt in my mind about that, and instead will go down after a meal. When he does, I might be able to shower so that when we go out to run errands it doesn’t look like a heroin addict stole a baby. My neat and tidy persona falls apart completely in the evenings and mornings. I’m like Cinderella’s pumpkin. It wouldn’t do for anyone to see me holding a small child in this state. There might be a mob with torches and pitchforks. Other than this scenario being in color instead of black and white, it's almost exactly how I thought I would go.

Sometimes I have to tell myself to slow down and take things one step at a time. I have about five projects I’m currently working on in various states of completion. Since we are five months into our new lives and things are changing further, or I should say have the potential to change further, I am going to have to stop seeking “pockets” of time in which to do my work. I'm scheduling real work from here on out, like a real professional does. Starting next week, no more “pockets”, real, genuine, working time slots. I’m hoping by the end of next week, I’ll have at least one complete “thing” whether it’s an episode of VCoT, an episode of the NEW Walker’s Talkers, or that spec script I need to finish for next month. Wish me luck, but mostly wish that I stick to a schedule and that it works for me.

In the times when I can’t technically work, usually when I am feeding my son, I can watch an episode of a TV show or part of a film or read bits of a book or graphic novel. Below is a list of what I have been putting into my brain. May this information turn you toward media you might otherwise not have considered.

All Star Western:

I believe this was a part of DC’s “New 52” but I don’t really care. Jonah Hex teaming up with a wearily Amadeus Arkham in 1800s Gotham to face cults and conspiracies is a great ride. If you like westerns, steampunk or pulp adventure, this might be a comic for you to look into. Although U do have to add that I prefer the regular Jonah Hex anthologies better.

The Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt:

If you are as big a fan of 30 Rock as I am, you might want to give this one a shot. It uses very serious topics like religious cults, PTSD and self worth as a jumping off point for a story about a young woman out of time and place trying to make her life better. The humor won’t be fore everyone, but if you like Tina Fey’s previous work, you’ll like this.

Hellblazer: Son of Man:

I am an unabashed DC comics fan despite their faulty film adaptations and their seemingly never-ending socially insensitive faux pas. There is a lot that marvel does better than DC but horror isn’t one of them. John gets tasked with bringing a mobster’s son back to life or everyone he loves will be tortured and killed. Since reanimation is beyond John’s control, he does the next best thing, calling a demon to posses the child’s body and be raised as the mobsters son. Using some birthday money I was able to pick up the Garth Ennis story and it will linger in my brain forevermore.

A Sailor’s Dream:

This mobile game is basically an interactive novel, telling the story of a family’s tragedy as it relates to the sea. The player gets rewarded with bits of the tale through exploration and song. You should check it out if you like your games with a lot of narrative and heart.

There’s certainly more to this list, but for now, let’s save some for next week’s blog shall we.

Take care,

-Rob