My partner in crime Kris has pointed out to me that I have been banging out a cartoon pretty much every weekend for two years now (this started about 10 months before the blog did). Since I went into colour, the cartoons are taking a lot longer to do. They used to take me about 4-8 hours (all in) and now it can be as many as 15 hours. Kris timed me. I had no idea how long I was spending. I get VERY absorbed.
This is, in truth, a good thing. It’s because I am trying to keep improving my skills and make the artwork better and better. However, it is tipping my family-work-house-hobby balance out of whack. Especially as I am now partly back at work. Kris has pointed out to me that I am going to burn out if I don’t take five and make a plan. I also want a bit of time for another unrelated project that needs finishing. If this were a “proper job”, I’d have booked and taken some holidays in this time.
I have decided to have a full fortnight’s off and return freah as a daisy with a Yorkshire Day special at the start of August.
During that time, I am going to decide whether to go back to doing some of my cartoons in black and white, or whether to reduce my posting frequency slightly. Whichever will mean I can keep cartooning in a sustained way and keep my readers on board. I welcome your thoughts on this.
Please let me know if there are any favourite deities you would like to see a re-run of in these weeks.
Thank you for all your ongoing support for my idol scribblings. It would never have come this far, or even existed without you. You folks mean the world to me.
Androxylos is the son of the Stressica the goddess of anxious exhaustion. He was not gestated and born in the conventional way. Instead he rose phoenix-like from the ashes of her first burn out. He became the god of people who normally work very hard, but occasionally need and unscheduled, impromptu break for the sake of their sanity. He is the god of phoning it in, of chucking a sickie and of wagging it. Androxylos will help protect the secret of your stolen day. A nice tin of souvenir biscuits is traditionally brought back to place on his altar in order to thank the god for helping you get away with it.
In theory, the worshippers of Androxylos gather twice a year carry out their rites and rituals. In practice no one shows up at the temple on the appointed day, but according to their superiors and spouses they were there! The temple itself is made of sticks, to reflect the nature of this stick deity. It’s not the greatest architecture in the world, but it does. Similar to many other religions, it is forbidden to keep pigs in the temple of Androxylos. This is not, however, because they consider pigs to be unclean. It is merely a measure to prevent big bad wolf attacks. Priests of Androxylos do not wear any special robes or symbolic accoutrements. Instead they can be recognised bu the stick figure family decals on the back of their cars.
You may think this means that Androxylos is a God for the lazy or the slack. Nothing could be further from the truth! In fact he is a guardian of the mental health of the servery frazzled. However, if you play hookey in his name too often, Androxylos will move in mysterious ways to drop you in “it” with your boss, teacher or partner from a celestial height. Trust me. You don’t want to know what “it” is. Let’s just call “it” the remains of the food of the Gods.
Prayers to Androxylos should always be said in a dry, scratchy voice with occasional coughing between words. This is in order to help worshippers develop the correct telephone manner for calling in sick.
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