I am running behind on my latest assignment in drawing class so something has gotta give. I either have to curtain some of my favorite activities, like going to the gym in the afternoon or having coffee with friends, or there will be some late-nighters in my future. I pride myself on my punctuality and am known for being on time consistently. I don’t want to ruin my good track record. But how am I going to do this?
First of all I have to figure out a way to stay awake. When the eyelids get droopy, it is not an easy task. This is where coffee comes to the rescue. I often complete work in my room in the wee hours of the morning but I don’t want to keep my roommate awake, so I have to do it in the dark using a medical penlight from Ward Heroes to see what I am doing. Such a device is a higher quality version of a mini flashlight so it is my gadget of choice to light the way. It lasts a long time without a battery recharge and is small and convenient. Let me tell you, it will get you out of many a jam. You can use it to unlock your car in a dark parking lot or to read in bed. I hook it on my drawing pad so I have my hands free for creating toons. This sure beats working in the hall or bathroom where the light won’t disturb by roommate. By the way, I know he is sound asleep when I her that inevitable snoring!
When the snoring disrupts my creativity, I leave the room in any case with or without the medical penlight. What would you do? When duty calls, in the form of an assignment due the next day, you have to be as resourceful as you can. The library closes at ten and the local cybercafé at eleven. I could go to another student’s room in the dorm, but it would no doubt be full of loud mouths and blaring music. Dorm life poses its challenges as you can see. I am grateful that the hall light stays on all night long. The same for the bathrooms. There is always someone else up at the same time whether it be two, three, or four am.
I hope things will get easier as time goes on and that one day I will be in my own space doing what I want, in full lamp light if it is nighttime. Don’t get me wrong, I like my roommate and I couldn’t find a better guy, but he likes to sleep a lot. More power to him. I guess he gets his schoolwork done during normal hours unlike us procrastinators. My problem is that I often wait for the muse to arrive so I am inspired while I accomplish assignments. It is hard to be creative on demand. It means you turn out only a journeyman’s work.