I’m not sure when I started procrastinating but if legend has it correctly it was around age one….one day old. I was born a few hours late….but I had “things to do”.
Most people grow out of “the procrastination game”….I grew into it. I try to be at least 5-10 minutes late to anything. That way, I feel important, yet not too important.
For the first time since I can remember, I am more than a few minutes late on an important project but it is due to circumstance beyond my control. Londons Times Cartoons (my cartoon property) which I launched on March 19, 1997 turned 18 years old last week, oddly enough on March 19, 2015. Man has time flown.
I am not sure how many people have edited graphics and added text to a Kindle book, but if you have, you are aware that in the best of conditions, it takes patience, concentration, and such.
Though I didn’t have those qualities in my youth, I did have parents, teachers and other caring adults who wish I did. And I probably would have if they’d discovered some of the learning disorders that took me about 50 years to even get started fixing and/or treating.
I had one high school teacher who made it a point to remind me that I didn’t have those qualities in front of the other kids. While he was trying to embarrass me, he only made me laugh, often really hard as I was a regular fan of an 100,000 watt radio station in Little Rock KAAY-AM which featuring a show called “Beaker Street” at 11pm CST. It played such bands as King Crimson, Black Sabbath and other fringe musicians or songs over three minutes.
This teacher however reminded me of a line in Arlo Guthrie’s Alice’s Restaurant when he was meeting his new “friends” at the “Group W Bench” at the draft board…., “He was comin’ over to me, and he was mean and Ugly and nasty and horrible and all kinds of things, and he sat down next to Me. He said, “Kid, what’d you get?”
I said, “I didn’t get nothin’. I had to pay fifty dollars and pick up the Garbage.”
I finally decided to tell my friends why I was cracking up every time the teacher did the “shame thing”. They immediately started laughing as, they too had KAAY-AM on when they were supposed to be sleeping.
We all told how we were able to listen to it on our little transistor radios. I built a “bed tent” out of a lot of blankets that muffled the sound to where my parents couldn’t hear it; or so I thought. Truth be told, I found out later they were glad I was at least listening to music rather than sneaking out and getting in trouble like a lot of other kids did. Of course I only did that on weekends.
Anyway, my friend Donzo, upon hearing of my injury earlier this past March and inability to finish my book and get it published by March 19th suggested I release it on April Fools Day. Since it is a book full of cartoons and silly quotes, I thought to myself, “Yes, yes yes”. Okay maybe two yeses but it was a definite consensus between the left and right side of my brain.
I tried but the age-old “Procrastination-Process” settled into my brain and told me I had a million other things to do, and so I did those other things, while I worked on my book a little each day.
The point is, the book is written, drawn…finished.
But I’m not. I have to organize it all onto the proper pages, fit the graphics to the standard that Amazon says I do, put the name of each page at the top left so the Table Of Contents will “see” it and print it, etc.
Just writing about it makes me tired. I think I’ll hike tomorrow with Lee and let you know how the book is going and my new scheduled date of release. You will be able to see it on my Amazon Author Central Page (and later at Barnes & Noble). If it sells well I’ll have it published into a paper coffee table book and it will be available also at other chains and indie book stores.
The good news is that the finished product will be edited and uploaded by my beloved (and talented wife) Lee Hiller-London so all will work out fine. Thank you baby.
Rick London is a writer, designer, cartoonist, and musician. He is best known for his Londons Times Offbeat Cartoons and Funny Gifts. He is married to popular nature photographer and gift designer Lee Hiller-London (Lee Hiller).