Rethinking the Timeline

2010 May 13

I have decided to abandon my timeline. Why? I have come to the conclusion that a published timeline is conflict with many of the principles governing the Roaster Project. First of all, I am designing and building the roaster as a piece of industrial art — for me. I am the “customer” or end user. I am not going to clamor and annoy the designer to meet a timeline because I am also the designer. As the designer I have vowed to ENJOY the process every bit as much as the end product. Some people say time is money. In this case, time is enjoyment and savoring, so why cut it short?

Secondly, the creative process has a certain pace. It must not drag, be lulled into complacency, or be dulled by lack of focus. Similarly, it must not be rushed, dealt with on a superficial level, or cause damage to relationships due to excessive time commitment. There is a pace that is natural. It has momentum and continuity without stress or the feeling that you are compromising for the sake of time. This is the pace I intend to follow. I may complete the roaster within the year, but it may take two. If the resulting pace bores the readers of this blog and causes them to abandon reading, I certainly understand. The blog is mainly a tool for me to solidify thoughts and solicit dialogue and input from others interested in the topic, so numbers are not really an issue.

I am more confident now that the aims of the project are quite achievable. I am pleased with the progress thus far and already see in my mind the basic design of the roaster. It will come together. Mental momentum is hard to express in a blog or on paper, but I feel it.

What Influenced My Decision?

Three months ago, I joined a book study that focuses on creativity, particularly the spiritual dimension. The seven of us have been meeting weekly to discuss the chapters, exercises, and experiences arising from “The Artist’s Way” by Julia Cameron. The purpose of the book is to help invigorate creativity by examining what things are holding us back. Each chapter deals with the creative process and certain blocks that tend to derail it. It was during the study of a recent chapter that I decided that the self-imposed timeline was actually a block to creativity, not a help. Hence my decision.

By the way, I do recommend the book. It is excellent and has helped me better understand myself, creativity, and various blocks to the creative process. As for the spiritual dimension to creativity, the book tends to be a generalist regarding a “higher power”. Being a follower of the Judeo-Christian God, I found it a bit disconcerting at first, but I just substituted God for references to a more general power. It is certainly not a book on theology, nor does Cameron claim it to be.

Is there a spiritual dimension to creativity? Is it important? Well, the first five words in the Bible are “In the beginning God created…”. I firmly believe that all creativity comes from God, both the ability and the inspiration. All creativity has a spiritual dimension, whether recognized and valued or not.

2 Responses
  1. May 13, 2010

    this is so great, joe! i am happy that you saw a block and promptly removed it. i believe that step will help this project thrive more that you can imagine.


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