Mar 15 2021 – 9:24pm
When I check emails:
I know, most of you are working ( no longer on lock down), during weekdays. So Sat and Sun, are when you have time to check the website, and write emails.
As a secretarial task, I check my emails, and other accounts related to propagating this business ( for upwards of 10 accounts). This is when I attempt to answer any emails:
Sun: after 4-7pm to 10pm:
Sunday in the day I am engaged in an activity – as soon as I am up, till as late as 3pm – 7pm I have a podcast, interviewing, recording stories of persons of advanced age)
Mon- Fri: from 9am – 9:30am, & 11pm – 11:30 pm I glance at email, to see if anyone has problem with access to the website or technical difficulty, I can resolve by ‘unlocking’ , or providing a password.
M-Fr: from 9am – 4:30pm I am ( drawing, writing new ideas), and following the stock market till it closes. 5pm till dark ( 7pm) I do chores, exercise, draw, update the website ( scan). After dark 7pm – 10pm or 11pm I edit the big script, on my laptop, in the dark, on the porch.
Sat: I might check my email from 9am – noon. Then I am outdoors, and similar to the weekday schedule, I avoid the computer in the evening, since I will doing a podcast for the better part of the day on Sun.
So the windows of time that I check my email are:
M-Fri ( 11- 11:30pm)
Sat: ( 9am – noon)
Sun ( 7pm – 11pm).
Sending me emails marked urgent on Sun morning, will not be seen till the Sun evening at earliest. Emails for non-technical, access questions will be checked for ( M-Fri 11pm – 11:30pm)- I may attempt to reply to all other emails Sat 9am – noon; and more likely, wait till Sun 7pm – 11pm.
Any emails, eliciting more than 3 hours of my time to read and respond; delay the work flow. And reduce the experience of this endeavor for me; as I am in this business for the art. Writing is something I feel an onus, to do as best I can, within my experience and knowledge base, and promote my art.
Writing is a chore; but worth it, when I can hear actresses reading my scripts exactly as I had written; or read fan-fiction writer’s professional quality novelizations, using the words I made up and scenes from my art.
Writing is invaluable, good writing elevates the art. I am juggling both.
The trap, has been, as a very active person, I measure, and gauge how much I can invest ( duration ) on an activity, by my sense of fatigue; writing, for me, requires very little physical movement- it takes far longer for me to fatigue; when I write, I often lose track of time completely.
Most productive Days in the Studio.
My best schedule ( which enabled me to get alot of work done the past couple weeks:) has been, first thing in the morning, to draw/write ideas I had in the evening – before the ideas fade.
Then spend the daylight hours, creating new series, sequences, and backgrounds. After sundown, bring in the easel turn on the computer, and study references, from the pc monitor –
Such as the study of an Eric Stanton costume ( for possible application to the big script I have almost ready to submit to top voice actresses) or vintage comic/art ( models/ statues) personal museum ( I have been constructing, assembling since 2018) , detailing ( like Asimov, ” writing, while he is lying bed, always planning a story, thinking about new ideas, ect).
If there is time remaining – I redraw, detail, make combos, acquire more references.