My good friend Sue emailed me last week to check on me. Said she just wanted to make sure I hadn't been eaten by crocodiles.
As my communication skills seem to be at a bare minimum lately, let's see if I can sum this up in a couple of illustrations:
This is my brain after Surtex.
Yeah, with bacon and everything.
After the show and show-hoopla. After minimal days off and no real "weekends" (in the traditional sense) for months. After weeks of staring only into this monitor day and night with show follow-up, client projects, backed-up admin...
Don't get me wrong, I am not complaining. Crazy-overwhelming-busy is what I hope for this time of year, after several months of hard work put into preparing for the show. Since returning from NY, I have already signed a couple of contracts with new clients, started new projects with existing ones, finished a couple sudden-last-minute-emergency-deadline projects ... and am just starting to catch up with the rest.
And yesterday, I treated myself to a glorious afternoon battling weeds in the flowerbeds and finally got my little tomato plants into the ground (they've been patiently waiting for me since bringing them home the first weekend of May).
You thought I was exaggerating about the grass in my last post?
Yup, true-confessions time: this is the glamorous life of the licensing illustrator. I put on those too-busy-to-deal blinders and the world around me - home, garden, everything - simply ceases to exist until I can come-to again. Fortunately, in spite of this, the garden seems to have been thriving along with the weeds. The only real victim of this year's shameful period of neglect seems to be Molly's favorite toy that accidentally got chewed up by the mower (oops) but Flossie still loves it. Molly probably will too, once it dries out a little (unlike Flossie, the dog is offended by soggy toys).
Soon I will be back - emailing, visiting blogs, being "normal" again. Really, I promise. But for now, if asked, I think I will go with the crocodiles-excuse: Yes. Yes, I have been eaten by crocodiles.