I have the worst time prioritizing.
I have a group of paintings I'm working on right now that I know are going to be absolutely spectacular.
I have at least three dream jobs waiting for me to finish applying for.
And I don't know what to do first.
If I finish these rock star paintings, then I can use them in the applications. But as soon as I finish I know I'll have an idea for The Masterpiece . . . and at that rate I'll never get the cover letters written for these dream jobs.
And as far as I can tell I am a horrible cover-letter writer. Even more horrible than Joey from ASofterWorld. The process of writing every single one is nerve-wracking and takes forever. And the whole time I'm writing them I just really really want to be working on these paintings.
I have this fantasy that once I get the perfect teaching job I'll just be able to crank out artwork and come up with awesome projects all the time while eating bon bons and going on epic leisurely strolls. I cherish this fantasy even though deep down inside I know that even after I get that job I'll still have to write even more cover letters. And they will never be as fun as writing blog posts or tweets or silly narcissistic status updates about bra color. I have this fantasy that if I could figure out this cover letter business the NYTimes would be calling me for interviews just like the artbutcher.
I wonder what the most efficient cover letter to artwork produced ratio is?
I think I'll start beginning cover letters with the phrase "I spent four and a half minutes writing this letter; I have very important paintings to make with the rest of my time." Except that would be a lie -- because I spend hours trying to carve a three page letter down to three paragraphs, wooing some committee of tenured geniuses who write thirteen cover letters for grant proposals before downing a delicious breakfast of light fluffy omelets cooked with shredded seasoned copies of my brief but wordy CV.
Writing has been light here lately because I've been traveling and making awesome things. Like wooden jewelry--who knew that would be such a lucrative and fun way to avoid the letter or painting dilemma?
Also I had a super-upsetting laptop accident and have been trying to retrieve and organize my haphazardly backed-up life for weeks. Can you believe I had three copies of my thesis on CD but very little useful archive of my favorite pics of my daughter? That definitely made me rethink the amount of time I spend blogging.
I've been getting a lot of spam comments here and that's discouraging. (Stupid Robots). I'm going to pick up the pace with blogging after the Team SHaG lecture and show this weekend at Rhodes. Team SHaG is a collaborative team made up of New York artists David Humphrey, Elliott Green and Amy Sillman. I'm pretty sure they're going to make it easy for me to write something fun because the images I've seen look intriguing. We'll see.