I’ve always had a theory that if you’re trying really really hard to design something, and you’re getting “artist block” and can’t think of any good angles to come at the problem from, that you need to simply walk away from it and do something else for a little bit until you can come back to it. Talking it out with others of an artistic persuasion also helps, as does surfing for inspiring images or websites in hopes of sparking your creativity. Giving your brain a minute to cool down though, at least in my opinion, wins out above all the rest.

I’m trying to design a “tribute” ad for a guy at NASA. He’s leaving and an ad is going to get run in various aerospace publications thanking him for his great work and years of service.

I’m a total complete blank.

The first version I did looked like an obituary with dates that he served from and a nice portrait in the corner. The guy isn’t dead, he’s retiring. That simply wouldn’t do.

It’s really not that involved, or interesting, or needing to be anything special. Just a simple one pager about this guy. I just can’t seem to gear all the gears engaged in my brain today. I think a fresh start on it tomorrow might help, which is why I writing this post now. I’m killing time. That and the fact that writing always helps me think. If I can string together sentences on a page, the words come out of my brain in a more organized fashion.

There are some days where I can’t speak to save my life. I dribble words all over the place like I’m a dyslexic 6 year old. But sitting in front of a keyboard and writing my thoughts down, that I can always do. I’m not sure what it is about the medium. Maybe I was born to be a writer of some sort. Maybe that’s just the way my brain works.

I dunno. I’m just killing time until the proverbial whistle blows at the end of the day.

I’ve been considering, as I always have, actually writing something in a more formal fashion. I’ve got a few ideas for books and/or movies that I think with the right treatement, could be interesting. Some day I’d actually like to get those out and onto a page where others could see them. Of course, I say I’d like to do a lot of things that are never going to happen, but that’s a topic for another day.