Author's selfie I prioritized sleeping this morning. According to the CDC 1 in 3 adults don’t get enough sleep.  To look after my mental and physical health, I try to prioritize my sleep when possible. Of course, prioritizing sleep this morning meant less time to draw, write, or study before work. That’s okay!

Grizzly Bears


I love that The Oatmeal’s fan base supports efforts like this one, to support the restoration of grizzly bears in the North Cascades.

Check it out.

Daily Sketch Challenge: Bonus!

Daily Sketch Challenge of CaesarI’d already done my five sketches for the week, but I wanted to do another. Since I was talking about Planet of the Apes yesterday, I decided to go ahead and tackle a Caesar sketch.

Milestones and the False Big

Tomorrow marks the 100th daily thoughts post! My first thought at seeing that approach was to start thinking about what I could do for reaching 100 posts? It’s a milestone, isn’t it? In SuperBetter terms, is this an epic win?

Um, no.

Why not?

I’ve just posted to the blog for 100 days. There isn’t anything particularly challenging about doing that. I’m having fun. I enjoy it. Consistency is great. It works for me. It could be a ‘milestone’ in the sense of a stone marking a mile. It is 100 posts. Okay, let’s keep walking. It isn’t that significant. Tomorrow isn’t any more significant than today.

It points to the second issue with thinking of a milestone as something significant, what I think of as ‘the False Big.’ We make things out to be a big deal. I finished a story. A novel. Ten novels! Or we set out to do something ‘big’ in the sense of importance.

I’m planning a massive reboot project. Isn’t that a big deal?

Um, no.

Creating art is expressive. It may be fun (or not) depending on your approach. Adopting the attitude that creating something is important, that it is a big deal, puts stress into the equation. I don’t want that for my work. I’ve done that in the past, and I’m done with that. I draw because I enjoy it. Because I want to do it.

And yes, the ‘challenge’ aspect puts some stress on it, making it a ‘big deal’ in a sense. I’m walking a line with that concept. The challenges are goals. Reminders to stop and enjoy myself, to make time for the things I want to do. I’m not putting any pressure on any particular drawing, story, or other projects.

I’m having fun. Like I had fun today doing the Caesar drawing.