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What will January bring?

Here I sit, in the brief space between many holiday conversations and another sociable week in Florida. 2008 stretches out before us. Travel toys with my perspective so who knows what I'll be thinking by the time we get home.

I start my course on figure drawing on Jan 16... My so-called cartoons will either get more precise or maybe I'll get through the anatomical accuracy phase quickly and finally loosen up.

brain at workMy 2-minute video "Great Dames Take Naps" is finally all laid out and doesn't look too horrible. I can have fun now adding music, revising a few drawings and making the movement clearer. It's a work of pure pleasure (of the self-tormenting kind), without a customer, without an obvious audience.

I'm back in the habit of listening to talk as I try to fall asleep, but I can't stand the radio because it's 24/7 politics. So I'm brainwashing myself with audio books on Buddhism: "The Jewel Tree of Tibet" by Robert Thurman and "Zen Mind, Beginner's Mind" by Shunru Suzuki. If one of these ends while I'm still sleeping the iPod randomly goes on to something like "The Jane Austen Bookclub" or "Walden." This is full of imaginitive possibilities, but I think I'd do better not turning my sleep hours into a multi-tasking project.

In Florida, I'll be working with Lesley and Pat, planning (if not shooting) video tutorials and learning about the video projects Pat has up her sleeve. That's bound to lead down some interesting paths.

1.2.2008

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In the beginner's mind there are many possibilities, but in the expert's mind there are few. [Zen master Shunruy Suzuki]