Today was a good day. I made an octopus.

I imagine that statement might be a bit confusing without some framing or reference, so I’ll try my best to explain.

1. It’s the first thing I’ve completed in a new program that I’ve been learning (Adobe Illustrator).

The steep learning curve on Adobe Illustrator has been quite a rude awakening for me. For example, imagine drawing a house and some stick figures in MS Paint. Pretty doable, right? Just use a couple of the different shape tools at your disposal and then BAM, you got yourself a house and some people. Hell, let’s even get fancy and add some landscape.

Okay, now imagine someone asked you to recreate that same exact picture in Microsoft Excel. And also imagine there are spiders everywhere (I don’t know why there would be spiders everywhere, but I feel like it raises the emotional stakes of the analogy so we’re rolling with it). Where would you even begin? Kill the spiders? Or should I find the average of the house and then use summation for all the people? Oh shit, are these spiders poisonous?! I don’t know, guys. I just don’t know.

That’s what learning this new software feels like. Spiders.

2. (And most importantly) I’m slowly making my way out of the creative black hole I’ve found myself in.

I kind of just lost my creative edge for the better part of this year. I really just flamed out. I indirectly summed up that experience in my last post, so I won’t waste any time dwelling on it over here.

Anyway, some good news is that I think I’ve found the best way for me to create things for Second Lunch. And that is to take a music artist’s approach to content. By that I mean I’m going to batch my work like it’s an EP or an album. I am not currently interested in creating work like it’s a weekly TV series, I honestly have no idea how most of you pull it off on your own sites. Are you wizards? You must be wizards. At least I know now that I’ll most likely never be happy trying to produce content on a strict schedule (and this is coming from someone who is still definitely interested in building a larger readership, just not obsessed about it) and that makes a world of difference in my mindset.

The bad news is that there will undoubtably be long stretches of radio silence here on this site as I continue to work my out of my creative rut and build a new batch of material. Unfortunately, I don’t know how long it will take me to get there. I’m hoping sooner rather than later.

But today was a good day. Today I made something. I made an octopus.

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