Our Absurd Life: 12/25/20 – Christmas


Hola Family & Friends

I hope everyone has had a bountiful day.

I dropped the ball and didn’t wish my Hanukkah friends happy Hanukkah, so Happy a-little-late Hanukkah.  And Merry Christmas to friends & family that celebrate Christmas.

Sallie asked if cartoonists ever take a day off.  When I was doing a lot of writing, and reading books on writing, the general mantra was to write every day.  There was a book I liked a lot by Natalie Goldberg titled “Writing Down The Bones.”  She believes it is important for writers to write at least 3 pages a day.  I’ve read similar advice by Walter Mosley, author of “Devil in a Blue Dress.”  A few friends have asked me about taking a day off.  I think the fear is I’ll slip back into lazy behavior, where I begin to talk myself out of doing a cartoon because I may feel too tired, uninspired, or would rather watch YouTube.  It’s a hard to know the right answer.  When I was avidly writing, I wrote at least 3 pages a day no matter how I felt.  Even if I hated what I was writing, I wrote the 3 pages.    I think, for creative types, we’ve got to keep doing.  

So, for me, creating a cartoon a day helps build that discipline muscle that marathon runners have to have: Go the distance, no matter how you feel, even if you feel like you’re going to die, or come in last place, keep on running.

It also helps me learn that a cartoon is just one cartoon out of thousands I will do.  And it doesn’t need to be perfect.  The cartoon will be okay, and represent me at my current skill level.  For years I had tried to sell myself “above” my skill level, because I was ashamed of being a beginner, or ashamed I didn’t know something.  But usually I just wound up treading water trying to keep my head above the waves.

I wish everyone a restful rest of your night.

Until tomorrow . . .


Ian S.



“No rulers were harmed during the making of this cartoon.”

“Let’s still be careful out there.”

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