December 14th, 2009
by Terri Libenson
Okay, Iâ€™m feeling off kilter. Why? Because for the first time ever, Iâ€™m so far ahead of my deadlines, Iâ€™m way out of sync with the stripâ€™s timeline. I know, I know, this is a good thing. I much prefer the 4-month lead over scrambling to meet my deadlines. I can also double check strips with more objectivity closer to the publishing date. And I can now take trips and sick days without hyperventilating.
But does having a cartoon that reflects â€œreal timeâ€ mean I shouldnâ€™t be writing 40th birthday strips while Iâ€™m still 39 Â½ (ok, technically 39 7/12)? Huh. Maybe that oneâ€™s because Iâ€™m just not prepared to think about that particular milestone yet.
Anyway, the point is Iâ€™m realizing that being too far ahead of the game can be a little counterproductive. Itâ€™s the winter holiday season and Iâ€™m writing spring break cartoons. Itâ€™s easier to think of spring-related ideas when itâ€™s actually closer to spring. Also, my daughtersâ€™ personalities change like the wind, and Iâ€™d like to keep up with that in the strip.
BUT, given the choice, Iâ€™d take this cushion of time any day. I wonâ€™t give it up. Iâ€™ll probably try and maintain this 4-month lead and not get much farther ahead. So for now, Iâ€™ll just take a deep breath, relax and enjoy the status quo. Ahhhh.
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