2004… Whew… Sure Glad That One Is Over

January 9, 2005

journal-2004-whew

Wow, what a work year 2004 was for me. I started a 384 page book job in February with full color illustrations on each page. The due date for the project was December 3, 2004. I don’t know what made me think I could do 384 pieces of art in one year, but I signed my name to the contract and there would be no turning back.

Of course, as I think back on it now, since I started the project in February, and it had a deadline in December, I did not actually have a full year to execute this project. I really only had approximately 10 months to do the 384 pieces of art. That would only be… perhaps… 300 days or so?

Plus I traveled to Europe a couple of times so that would take my work time down to… maybe… 200+ days to do the 384 pieces of art?

Throw in all the mandatory family/ school/ holiday traveling and that would leave what?… maybe… like… perhaps… well… I don’t really know how many days I actually had to complete this book.

(I never was all that good in math. Just another reason to choose funny picture drawing as a career path).

So… it was a pretty poor scenario I faced in 2004. A couple of hundred days to do close to 400 pieces of art in. For virtually an entire year, (if I was in town) I was in my studio, working an average of 14 to 16 hours a day.

During the first several months of this project, stress would pop me out of bed around 4 every morning. I would crank the coffee pot up and then work frantically until around midnight. Then stress would catapult me out of bed the next morning and I would do the same thing again the next day. And then again the next day. And then again the next day. And then again the… well… anyway… you get the idea. I did very little this year but work….

….but I did meet the deadline and the book is currently in production. It will be shipped to the printer sometime during the first half of 2005 with a release date scheduled for later on in the year. The pictures that flash at the top of this page are a kind of sneak preview for the new book. I will post more information on this project as it gets closer to market.

The Comments

Keegan Jones

I’m looking forward to checking out your new book job when it is published! Those flash header images look really good.

Kathy

I really enjoyed your site and loved the graphics and humour..Very Cool. Keep up the great work =) Hugs Kathy

Arvind

You borthers are rocking!! 🙂 Keep the creative juices flowing….

Marsha

Love the website. My brothers are very cool. Can’t wait to see the new Bible.  Brett has just started reading the last one. He told his SS teachers that his uncle Dennis wrote the Bible and there were lots of neat mice back in Jesus’ day.

Dennis Jones

Hi Marsha… always good to see one of the SistersJones strolling thru the site… If I’d have known you were coming I would have picked the place up a bit…

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Meltdown

January 22, 2005

exploding-house

I try to have a major computer meltdown every eighteen months or so… whether I need one or not…

I have not been a computer guy for all that long. Being the visionary that I am, I never really saw any need for one personally. This all changed a few years ago when my oldest son, Nick, headed cross country to college. Before leaving he fished an old computer out of the attic and connected me to the internet. Over the next few months I became familiar with a foreign new concept known as E-mail.

When Nick came home for Christmas break he decided to advance my computing skills by helping me build a web page. I went out and bought a cheap scanner and started loading pictures onto the new site. My old attic computer was an entry level special we had bought for the kids back in the early 90’s. It tried its best, but it was never made to do the things we were trying to do with it. The computer gasped one last time and then the hard drive crashed. I lost everything. Computer crash number one.

I looked in the paper, found a PC on sale cheap, and bought it. It was during this time period that I started using the computer more for work instead of simply a diversion. Photoshop was becoming an everyday tool for me, just like a pencil or a paint brush.

Everything worked great for a year or so and then I decided to upgrade to Windows XP. I’m still not sure what happened, but as I was installing it my monitor went black. I launched into full scale panic mode. My computer troubleshooting skills consist of pressing random keys and hoping something good happens. My wife finally had to come to my rescue. She sat on the phone with a tech guy deep into the night trying to fix whatever it was that had happened. The two of them got it running again… sort of. (I now had two XP operating systems to choose from at startup (?) and things were kinda glitchy, but hey, at least I was in business again). I lost a whole lot of stuff on that one. Computer meltdown number two.

I got a Mac G5 over the Christmas break… (the fabled Cheese Grater) To make a long story short, in the process of switching from a PC to a Mac I lost a bunch of stuff… again. Quasi computer meltdown number three.

The only real problem I have at this point is that my web site is floating out in space and I cant get to it. The old web building program I had used to build it wont work on a Mac so I am having to learn a new one. (I don’t want to say its complicated or anything, but you have to be a rocket scientist to understand the book). It’s going to be a long time before anything new happens over on DJ-ART.com.

The good news is, if things run true to form, I shoud be good for twelve to eighteen months of trouble free computing….

….before the next big computer meltdown hits.

The Comments

Keegan Jones

Yes! It’s nice that the whole Brother Jones clan is now using a Macintosh! This book may be of use to you: Switching to the Mac.

mike

good choice of computers! Ive been using a g4 since 3 years ago and i didn’t need to reboot due to some stupid crash ever!

luis villegas

like I would say in spanish “estan perrones”, meaning you guys are bad. thank you for inspiring us.

Norman Bates

when are you ever going to put up something new?!

Dennis Jones

alas and alack… this is the problem with Brother Dennis… never anything new… I haven’t changed my other web page in nearly three years now… I will try to do better with this BrotherJones site…

Doug Jones

say… isn’t Norman Bates the name of the guy in Psycho that ran the Bates Motel?