Thursday, January 10, 2008

Not Enough Minutes in a Day...

Did you ever wish you had just two more seconds/minutes/hours/days,etc to get done all you want/need to do in your life?

Fret no longer,dear reader-thanks to Wired Magazine (via ETP buddy Dan Taylor ) there IS a solution!

How to: Sleep Two Hours a Day

Don't waste time snoozing the night away. Turn your waking day into a 22-hour party by getting your shut-eye polyphasically — in a few quick bursts. Studies by the Chronobiology Research Institute show that for those on round-the-clock schedules — sailors, astronauts, gamers — it's more effective to recharge in short stints. For survival, the brain will eventually adapt by entering the REM state much faster. The cumulative result: a higher percentage of the best kind of z's.

The most time-efficient strategy, dubbed the überman (what else?), calls for a 20-minute nap every four hours. (Warning: The long-term side effects are unknown. But with only two hours of sleep a day, you'll have plenty of time to worry about it.) Here are three tips for streamlining your sleep regime: 1) Invest in an office couch. You'll need to zonk at least twice during an eight-hour workday. 2) Use an alarm (or three). Oversleeping will turn you into a zombie. 3) Stick it out. The first seven days of deprivation will be sheer misery, but stay on track. Once you start dreaming during naps — a sign you've hit REM — you'll begin to feel better.

— — Mathew Honan


So-I'm sitting here at my drawing board-well,actually about 5 feet from it at the keyboard (geez,I'm awfully "board" today...ahem...) working on another Batman commission for a regular customer/fan (this will be his 4th Bats-some of the others were posted yesterday) and I'm realizing that i really haven't drawn a book in over a year!

This may not worry YOU,dear reader,but it concerns ME!

I absolutely ADORE telling stories on paper (a distinction slowly changing thanks to the internet and the eroding of our environment) and have since i was knee high to a knee-high. The stories I've told since becoming a comic book artist have ALL been a joy to do (not always a joy to draw-due to certain factors-but ALWAYS a joy to actually be doing it ;o) and i look forward to that challenge at the start of another project.

But-and there's usually a big but dragging around behind-I've been almost exclusively doing private commissions for quite a while now- this is not to say i don't enjoy them-heck no-i make more money of late than when i was doing my own books (not to mention i get a kick outta focusing on just one image at a time-in it's own way storytelling) but I'm a teller of stories and i miss that-so one of my resolutions this bright and shiny new year is to get back in the saddle and do what I think I do best (next to sitting in front of a TV/movie screen ;o)

I have a couple things in mind,including the long delayed-by me- horror tale,THE VOICE-written by good buddy and filmmaker, Robert Tinnell (who is gearing up to start his next film,based on his hit online strip and resulting book, FEAST OF THE 7 FISHES) as a screenplay-we decided to do it as a follow up to THE WICKED WEST 2, but one thing led to another and I'm sitting here blogging to you about drawing commissions!

That's about to change-i need to get back into laying out his story,soon as possible (laying out a story will be the subject of a future post ;o)

There-i got that off my chest-but now i have several witnesses to this personal promise-dang-I'm cornered now...;o)