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Wednesday, April 12, 2006

Bad Tired vs. Good Tired

At Newsarama, J. Michael Straczynski has been having a series of columns about being a writer in the industry. It's a very solid read, but this week's is very relevant to the conversation we're having here about being stretched so thin.

Here's an excerpt: "The singer Harry Chapin once spoke of the passing of his grandfather, a painter and illustrator who, among other things, had illustrated Robert Frost’s first book of poems. On his deathbed, Harry’s grandfather noted that there were two kinds of tired, and that now, at the end of his life, he was good tired. “Bad tired,” he explained, “can be a day that you won. But you fought other people’s battles, lived other people’s agendas, other people’s lives, and at the end of the day there was very little of you in there, and when you hit the sack at night, you toss and turn, you don’t settle easy. Good tired, on the other hand, can be a day that you lost. But you know you fought your battles, lived your agenda, your life, and when you hit the hay you settle easy, and you settle easy, and you can say, ‘Take me away.’”"

Here's the column itself.


At 12:30 PM, Anonymous Efraim Siounis said...

That is by far the most powerful way to explain why I keep refusing contracts that dont interest me and want to quit my high paying graphic design job.

I want to love my love and live my live and just BE. I want to look back and say "Yes."

Ohhhh yah- Im gonna do it! Im going to quite my job!!

At 4:05 PM, Blogger Mal Jones said...

See, I dunno if that's the point. The point is that writing/drawing/making comics is a job like every other.

Sometimes it's going to totally suck, and be a drag and a pain in the ass, just like any other job. But the popular view point is that it's this magical thing that will invigorate you everyday and make life worth living and butteflies will fly and birds will sing.

Except it isn't. It's still a job.

At 10:10 PM, Anonymous Efraim Siounis said...

ohh yah i totaly get that now eh.

not for me though, i got a thing about being paid to do comics.

clearly ive been starving for a very long time.

but yes yes, definitly dig that flavour.


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