Creative overload

I’m almost there with a couple of creative projects. Sometimes the last little stretch is the most difficult, but in this case it isn’t the actual projects that are difficult but the task of fitting them into the time. This is when I start to resent my full-time work, even more than usual that is, because it distracts me from everything else.

However, I now have two puppets to show for my efforts instead of just one. I haven’t quite completed the second but will show you a picture anyway, just to prove I’ve been busy. Making these has made me want to work on some more toys as it has been so satisfying. One minute you just have bits of felt that don’t look like anything, and the next (or as near to the next as makes no difference) there’s Mr Punch, or his long-suffering wife.

Punch and Judy

Punch and Judy (nearly there)

Coincidentally I’m at much the same stage with my NaNoWriMo novel ‘A Tasteful Crime’ except that, as previously remarked, I will not be finished with it even when I’ve finished. I’ve now reached just over 47,000 words. If I were desperate to get finished I could probably do it by the end of today. But as I’m not sure where I’m going next, I prefer to give myself a bit more time to mull over the ending/resolution.

Once I reach the end of the first draft it will be time to panic about Christmas, or at least it would be if there weren’t more pantomime props to panic about first. I don’t really have time to think about Christmas until the 20th of December, when I will start my holiday break. Until then life will be an endless round of trying to source rubber frogs, painting vuvuzelas and wondering how to sell youth and community commemorative calendars when there is no youth and community centre left to sell them from. All part of life’s rich tapestry I suppose. Or, to bring that reference up to date, life’s rich PhotoShop collage.


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