The Tea House: Nurture Thyself
By Spike Marlowe
Last week we talked about not eating the crayons when making our art.
While it’s true self-discipline is an essential quality for professional artists to have, so is the ability to recognize when it’s time to pull back, chill out and nurture ourselves.
I’ve been working my ass off lately in several avenues of my life. I can sprint like this, but only for so long. Eventually there comes a time when I need a break.
Additionally, I also recognize it’s essential I take time to nurture myself now, not only because I need it, but because BizarroCon is only a few weeks away. The travel will wear me out, and once I’m there, I’m going to be working hard as a writer and as an editor. I wouldn’t be useful to myself or anyone else if I showed up to BizarroCon depleted. But I if I can show up to the con refreshed and rejuvenated, ready to take on the world, I’m going to rock it.
So it’s time to take a few days to chill, read some good books, watch movies, cuddle with my dog and have nice long chats with my sweetie. It’s time to drink beer milkshakes and go for a long hike or hang out at the beach and watch the whales, seals and otters.
Does this mean I’m not going to make art at all? Probably not, this time. Right now I’m hungry to make some good art, so my recuperation period will definitely involve writing. But sometimes I work on creative projects so hard it’s time for me to take a break from those, too. At that point I won’t write for a few days, but I’ll be creative in other ways: I’ll play music, bake some bread, cook some delicious meals, paint a picture or crochet an afghan.
When it’s time to pull back and chill out, how do you nurture yourself?
Spike Marlowe has held a number of odd jobs, including working as a detective, a Bigfoot researcher, a writer for an internet content farm, a busker and as a performer in a wild west show. These days she’s a writer, blogger and bizarro editor for Eraserhead Press, with a focus on the New Bizarro Author Series. Her first book, Placenta of Love, is available at all the usual locations. You can stalk her online at her website or on Twitter at @spikemarlowe.