Wednesday, June 30, 2010

Be gentle, I'm a newb

So here we go, my first ever blog. I can't believe I'm one of those people now. I suppose first and foremost I should issue thanks and praise to my rockin awesome cousin-in-law Kara Bang Boulden for her instruction and guidance into the world of computer related artistic mediums. She's an insanely talented graphic designer and, compared to me, a freaking computer genius!

I have been drawing since I was old enough to clasp a big, red crayon in my little fist. I was the kid with more doodles in my notebook than actual schoolwork. I started writing when I was around 13 or so. The rest since then has been a meandering chronology of wasted time, staring overwhelmed at a blank page, scribbling and erasing (repeat as needed), and like every other writer/artist I've ever known plenty of self doubt and overly harsh criticism.

I have been married for just barely over 3 years now and I still can't really understand why the missus tolerates me. It's the mystery of wives fellas, it's probably...strike is for the best that you just don't ask their reasoning. Eventually she may also begin to wonder what the hell she sees in you and life after that will be a lonely existence of video games, dirty socks, and meals from a warm greasy sack or flat frosty box. But wife Melissa and Kara (my cousin Ben's wife) are ridiculously supportive. Ben also writes, btw - he and Kara are the dynamic duo of creativity, support, and inspiration. Despite my hounding they don't drink as much as I do, but I shouldn't complain...more for me!

Kara and Melissa insist that anyone with creative talent of any measure should use it to the fullest extent. I don't disagree, but I also don't have the time, patience, confidence, or resources. So for the most part I day dream, jot down ideas as they occur to me, and rather infrequently get around to putting pen to paper.

More to follow....How am I doing so far?