What's All This Then?

Well this is what am doing to make my month more challenging. Challenge me in the comment section either here or on YouTube in the last week of the month, you'll be able to vote from a short list of challenges to decide what I'll be doing next month!

JUNE 2011 : Photos

AUGUST: Re-run

JULY: ??

JUNE: Listen to Nina Simone

MAY: Learn about the emotion fear

APRIL: Find an object and take a photo of it every day in different locations

MARCH: Create a stop motion animation

FEBRUARY: Keri Smith's 'This Is Not A Book' book

Thursday, March 11, 2010


Well, maybe that's an exaggeration. It's not that bad, it's just not where I wanted it to be (story of my life!) I had made a little schedule for getting my stop motion animation from my head to your screen by the end of the month that was basically as follows:

  • By the 10th – all pre-production to be completed, plans, props etc.
  • By the 20th – all production to be completed, all photos and footage to be taken.
  • By the 31st – all the post production to be completed and video posted, including music and a little making of video

But today is the 11th and I am not close to finishing the pre-production because I can't find the props I need! I am trying today to find the little dolls for the last time and if I don't find them, well...back to square one.

I recently lamented to someone that everything that I try, fails. Every time that I give something a go, even if it kind of works out it's still not what I wanted. I figured the problem was me. This someone told me that when we are used to looking for a pattern, we see it easily. Like when you buy a new car and you suddenly notice that that model of car is everywhere. However, if you are not used to looking for something, such as small amounts of success, it is harder to find. Sucks to be pessimistic. So although this problem may not seem as bad as all that, or that it is a problem to revaluate yourself over, the situation is this: When you have one problem, you get over it and move on right? But when it's the 20th in a row that has gone wrong, well then it makes you stop and think, no matter how small it is. But the only person who thinks that it is the 20th in a row is you. Someone else may look and find 20 wins in between all your losses but you are programmed to not see the wins. A little too self-help guru for this early in the morning I know, but it helped me a little and figured it may just help someone else too!

So I will go out today in search of my missing props and even if I don't find them, I will find something else to use. You are all so polite and supportive, I'm sure you'll still like it! Hope you are having a lovely March; it's starting to get cold here in Sydney which is a nice change after a very hot summer. I will update you on my progress soon!


  1. That is so true. And a good reminder. Also (in the self-help guru-category), it can be helpful to have (what buddhists call) a beginner's mind. We're all beginners, still learning.

    Good luck!

  2. Good insight. I'll send some doll-finding-vibes your way.

  3. I know exactly what you mean. I always think of a great project I want to work on, but it never turns out quite the way I envisioned. Very frustrating.
    But I think the important thing to remember is to not be too hard on yourself.
    My projects may not always turn out the way I expected, but sometimes I find that they turn out even better than what I thought they would.
    Good luck! I know it will be awesome :)

  4. Thanks for the kind words guys, really helped! And Mary Mo, your vibes must of worked because I found everything I needed!