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Thursday, June 23rd, 2005

My friend Chuck observed that I seem to be putting a lot of work into the present art project. I got the implication, which he did not necessarily intend, that I should perhaps be putting this effort into Bune Station, the project for which I formed this site. If Chuck didn't mean to imply that, part of my brain does, so I'll use this entry to justify my actions.

  1. In terms of actual time spent on the project, I've probably been working on it for only ten hours. The effort has just been spread out across many months.
  2. I am learning a great deal about how to handle Illustrator to produce this sort of art, and this practice is modifying my conceptions of how to present Bune Station. This is a technical issue and I'll write more about it in the next entry.
  3. The practice itself is fun, and that's part of what I wanted to accomplish. Normally, when I sit down at my computer to relax, I play games (first-person shooters and the like), and this impulse is usually so strong that I can't resist it and focus on other things that need doing. Last Tuesday, I found myself with a strong urge to work on the piece instead of playing games. This is exactly the sort of change I wanted to bring about in myself.
  4. I also seem to be reaching a turning point about ideas. Over the past few months, I have struggled sometimes to come up with content, staying up late and scribbling things down at the last minute. This week, I actually have a backlog of ideas, and the possibility has arisen that I can compose some filler entries ahead of time to use during a dry spell. This would be quite an improvement over my previous day late, dollar short approach.
  5. I also found myself working on Bune this week, recasting part of one story and rewriting some dialogue. My vision and enthusiasm for Bune seems to be flaring up again. I think this may have something to do with rediscovering the sheer pleasure of creation, as in point 3 above.

As always, my thanks to Chuck for his excellent criticism and insight. I hope to share more examples of his deep influence on Bune as I continue to present it here.


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