conflicting opinions

On wednesday, I made a decision, or so I thought. In my head, I thought, I have to decide which text I’m doing. I think I’ll just go with The Book Thief and that will be it. I’ll just choose. I will conquer the fear, make it possible to work on the brief for next week, and just choose a text of the two I’m considering (Borges being the alternate).

Problem goes, when I reached the point of explaining my decision to my supervisor, he spotted the Borges anthology on the desk, and seized upon it!

‘Is The Book Thief rigorous enough? Is it important that it be a readable text? I think it would be perfectly adequate for your project, but the Borges stories have ‘the power of stories’ as a greater metanarrative, rather than just a plot device…’ or some other words in a similar pattern and meaning.

Being tired due to previous bad choices, the suggestion was to sleep on it (from more than one person, too).

So I have.

Yesterday I read almost half of The Book Thief (not for the first time) – And now I’m considering the literary merits and possibilities of the Borges’ pieces. (How? Research. About to hit up some journal articles on both authors).

More to come. This decision decides the focus/motivation for the project more clearly – to communicate the difficult but important or… ?

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i messed up:

i agreed/offered to work the 6 days between one wednesday class and the next. this is a small failure of priorities and I need to remember it and remedy it.

Things i have Done since Wednesday:

  • i bought 2 artline pens. they cost a motza, and they helped me draw better today. i think.
  • i bought some post-it notes. a pack of 100. now I’m gonna write thoughts about books and stick them on said books.
  • i started drawing the imaginable but impossible: a labyrinthine library, proposed by Jorge Luis Borges.
I also saw this today (reccomended by Dan McClintock, a thinking man):
Which is mostly about being your own client as a design studio, but also talks about facing your fear of taking risks, and also:
“WHAT ARE YOU AFRAID OF? GET BUSY!”
At the moment, I’m anxious. I’m setting goals that I don’t really get or don’t feel are good enough. I’m scared of not being able to deliver on this project. What I really need to do is get busy with design.