Thursday, September 17, 2009

short circuit

insomnia beast

alas, the insomnia beast has returned - i'm working through lots of fun ideas at the moment but they're all bottlenecking and i can't shut off the mental pinball at bedtime. in fact i'd really rather not sleep at all. but today i am short circuiting all over the place. i'm only processing tasks in 30 second increments and just realized that i've been wearing earphones for the last hour and i'm grooving to music that's not even playing.

my train of thought is quickly coming to an end so before i disconnect, please stop by the facebook journal pages group for an excellent interview with orly avineri, whose gorgeous blog one artist journal is featured in the current issue of artful blogging. francie and i have just started this regular 'artist spotlight' feature on members of the group and so far it's been really well received. and our little group isn't so little anymore - we've grown to over 450 members. please join us if you

(thought truncated)

26 comments:

Inner Toddler said...

mental pinball at bedtime. I mean if that isn't the best description of all time...

Lori said...

lol, too funny. Mental pinball is great. I am going to check out your links...

Christy said...

Like. :)

la ninja said...

yup, great visual interpretation of the evil, evil beast that is sleeplessness.

but not to worry, check this out: http://whereisthatninja.blogspot.com/2009/07/trouble-sleeping.html
see, no worries, you'll be all right (once you get those headphones off your little dizzy head! ;)

Alexandra Hedberg said...

sorry, but the only journal I keep is my blog! I would have loved to join otherwise!

Melanie said...

LOL, if only the poster above had read Orly's interview ... :)
It was a great interview and I LOVE her blog ... added to my watch list.
Yes, insomnia sucks big time ... must be in the air I am having trouble too (and so is my four year old, sigh.)

Anairam said...

Oh, insomnia, how well I know thee ... But now, you truncated that thought too soon! Can anyone join? I would like to!

aimee said...

haven't already - we'd love to see you there! we explore all sorts of stuff - journaling resources, books, styles, techniques, process, tools, and so on - it's a great place to learn from other journalers.

(whew - finally finished that thought).

yup anairam - it's open to everyone! just click 'join this group'.

Candied Fabrics said...

Sorry about the insomnia...I know that when i have sleep problems I usually get up and work on the stuff that is bothering me...that is a good short time solution. But that can turn me into a raving lunatic way too early in the evening, so I try not to do this too often ;-)

I went and joined your journal group...loos like a lot of fun...and turns out that my post from yesterday actually was a journal type of post, so went ahead and threw a link up on the wall! Looks like fun!

Everything's Rosie said...

Aimee, I am Inner Toddler's mom and I love your comments to her blogs. What a beautiful tribute she paid to you today. So naturally I went on your site. Wow! I love your doodles and blogs. When you market the doodle bags, let me know. Great gifts for the holidays. Congratulations on all that you do for others and for yourself.You're blessed to be so gifted.

lori vliegen said...

if you ever tame the insomnia beast, please let me in on the secret.....the mental pinball combined with my raging hormones makes for a very UNpretty picture....:))

thedoodlegirl said...

oh man, I HATE insomnia! So sorry! Your blog ROCKS, however, and I'm so very glad to have stumbled onto it today! Love that awesome lettering and artwork of yours!

steve said...

That can be the price of genius, haha! That, or too much of the coffee beast. Either way, here's to your continued creativity, realization of good ideas, and most of all, sleeeep.

vanessa/NessieNoodle said...

wait, you do that earphone trickt too? Glad I'm not the only one. Becuase I am constantly doing that!

heather smith jones said...

Oh I know that feeling of having so many ideas you actually don't want to sleep! It's those mornings I can't wait to get up and get to work! Hey, I just joined the fb group. Sketchbook keeping was actually on my mind today! Thanks Aimee :)

Christine said...

:-) Oh boy. That sounds hectic (laughed at the pinball-expression :-). I hope you manage to quiet the thoughts so you can have beautiful sleep washing in over you. (I love your illo - sweet background)
Wish you a relaxing weekend :-)

Bella Sinclair said...

Psst. Psssssst. It's 2am. Are you still awaaaaaake? I is going to lie down on your nice smooth bed and rumple da sheets.


Holy canoli! You have 450 other people under your covers!

Shannon said...

aimee-
we have so much in common! hey-thanks for the lead on the "journal pages" group on facebook. i've been wanting to start a group like that and i'm soo excited to now get to join your community.

i was up last night as well, and as i was reading your post i realized my headphones were on and NO MUSIC was playing. ahhhh....

i am actually working on an E-Course that will offer suggestions on how to quiet our minds through yoga/meditation/art etc. i'll be excited to share more with you.

can we meet sometime soon? i can come to lawrence.
-shanon

denise said...

I am so sleepy right now. It's often so difficult to turn off the thoughts, even during sleep, which makes for not-so-good sleep, unfortunately. Sometimes I think it would be easier not to think so much, but what fun would that be?!

PCarriker said...

Love your style, fresh and fun!

painted fish studio said...

i know how you feel. i don't get insomnia, but last night i slept like shit: sandwiched between a dog and a cat, couldn't move, and when i did manage to roll over i woke up in pain from a neck tweak that was a result of falling on my ass at hockey hours earlier, and it's really hot here for late summer and i kept waking up sweaty. and THEN i had a dream that i owed my dad money and he hired a hit man to kill me. i woke up right as the hit man got to my front door. that's the truth.

so today i was totally loopy at work, and i cannot find the right words (i just wrote "total" instead of "today") and being tired makes me eat things like fritos and peanut m&ms for dinner. and now it's evening, and i'm wide awake and will probably be up until midnight and i will never catch up on my sleep and oh my god i need to shut up.

Ces said...

What?! You have been watching me at night? HAHAHAH. Look at the time! Oh yeah. It's 2:28 and I am supposed to be painting instead I an playing Granada and doing a very bad impression of the flamenco.

●• Thereza said...

i don't know what it means.... can fall asleep anywhere, anytime... this evil thing has never come to me thank god! hahahaha

soulbrush said...

get up and so some housework, always makes me sleepy.

oneartistjournal said...

From where I am these days it seems that we are always "working toward something even though we don't know it"..
If I put aside your candid story for a moment and look at your artwork as the outsider that I am...I don't see restlessness....I do see energy, zest and movement and I see a lot of strength. I am one who gets really fiery if you take away my color..but in this case color woud have weaken it...I'm glad you saved the color to today's work...because it works harmoniously with your doodles of today...I really love this one Aimee.
hugs, orly

Erin Butson said...

priceless. love your words andpictures. so fun.