Coping With Changing Life Circumstances


As some of you might know, I write my scripts and do all the conceptual work for my projects on my train rides (see some sketchbook pages here) to and from my daytime job in another city.

These are 60 hours a month in which I am forced to sit in a wagon. So on one day, I decided to use this downtime creatively. It took some time to find out what works and what doesn’t, but I managed to get my workflow up and running… more or less 🙂
Of course, the inspiration did not always come easy. Being tired or very loud chatter nearby you is not what others would call the perfect workplace for an artist. But it’s all I got and, as I wrote in another post, you gotta make the best of what you have.

Now my situation has changed – again.
No train rides for the next three months (And, no, I did not quit my job 🙂 ).

This means 180 hours that are missing now. 180 hours I would need to work on my horror / science-fiction / fantasy webseries: Writing the scripts for the next episodes, checking mails, communicate and delegate to my devoted crew, preparing my long film project …etc.

So what do you do when your situation or working conditions change?

Don’t complain. Adapt. Work on. Move forward!

In my case it means that, as I only have Saturdays to work on my stuff, I just had to set the priorities right. These would be:
– getting episode 1 (“The Cellar”) of my webseries finished
– write for this blog
– preparing episodes 2 and 3

Since I had known beforehand that I won’t have very much time for 3 months, I told my crew that we would continue shooting the series in April. And in the meantime, I just do as much as I can. 🙂

Maybe you got some projects you are working on – repairing something at home, writing a short story, setting up a review blog, or finally organising your favourite photographs in a pretty scrapbook and for one reason or another you do not have the resources you thought you would have. One possibily is to get frustrated, tell yourself how bad everything is going. Or: Leave out the least important aspects of your project(s) or change some things to make it manageable. The rule is simple: Work with what you have and how much you have of that. What’s worth the best project, if it is never finished and therefore never seen?

Did you have a project which you had to adapt? Leave a comment below. 🙂

Update: I know, I wanted to do the most important tasks only, but I could not resist to sketch some of the fairies that are populating the village I live in before I go to bed. 🙂

4 responses to “Coping With Changing Life Circumstances

    • thank you for your concern, my family always tells me the same 🙂 and yes, there are some writers I have planned to work together with, but I’m always open to work with new people, too 🙂


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