Sometimes the best option is to at least be moving in the right direction.

Sometimes I move my hands in circles while I’m thinking just to keep my anxiety from interrupting the momentum of my thoughts. Momentum is important, and I think that’s the point in today’s update. Without momentum, you find yourself stuck as to where to even begin. Giving yourself orders is an abstract concept. You need trickery.

I used to walk in circles whike I pondered. Walking through corridors in the building where I worked or lives. Alas! Today I live in building with no looping corridors.

There’s a whole planning/self-help seminar thing called “Ready Fire Aim” revolving around the idea of doing as little prep as is absolutely necessary, getting the ball ROLLING, and then adjusting course as necessary. The concept being that on most projects this is superior to sitting still and outlining forever, because it tends to give you more data about what your project is missing and for a lot of projects (novel writing, for instance) the do-over doesn’t cost more time than sitting there and never really starting. And here it seems to be serving well, even if it’s kind of stressful for her. After all, the whole team she’s gotten going has started producing solutions, unbeknownst to her. So really what her plan is missing is the spot where she gets feedback so she can make a real plan.

Ah, was there a little bit of self-referential forth wall breaking at the last panel? I get a slight feeling the artist is “thanking” everyone for being patient and “oversell the outline” is acknowledging that they have been beating the same plot points about this intended movie for the last two years or so. It is time to move the plot ahead.

It is difficult to say things didn’t go according to plan if you don’t make one. This, “just make it up along the way”, is risky and speaks to a generational mindset that craves situations where one can not truly fail because the criteria as so vague. Getting an award for just showing up does not mean you are in the right place.

(Looking at you aged 20 to 40)

There’s no special virtue in setting hard criteria for success or failure a priori. Do something. It’s often not until you see how it turned out that you know what you really wanted.

Nah, this one doesn’t hit home. Not really even in the same ball park, it’s more like it STABBED ME THROUGH THE HEART!
So, can’t really relate. (Cough)

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