Friday, August 26, 2011

The Face of Procrastination

"You may delay, but time will not."
--Benjamin Franklin

Here it is 68 days before Halloween and I'm staring at a bunch of uncompleted projects.

I've only "finished" one of my two cemetery entrance columns (and air quotes are around finished because I haven't attached the lantern yet to the one that's otherwise done); I need to tweak my grave grabber prop to make it operate as smoothly as I'd like...and attach its head; my gravedigger Madog stands as uncompleted as where I last left him, which means just a pair of boots; and right across from where I'm sitting are five tombstones that need to be painted.

"I like work: it fascinates me. I can sit and look at it for hours."
--Jerome K. Jerome

As if that wasn't enough, I've also been commissioned to build props for an Alice in Wonderland-themed Sweet 16 party. That means I need to build a bunch of centerpieces for the tables -- two mushrooms, the White Rabbit, Absalom the caterpillar, the Cheshire cat, and some oversized teacups -- a set of giant Hearts cards as guards, and the Red Queen's throne. Not to mention the invitations and a few Mad Hatter hats to boot. And there are some extras I'd like to throw in too, if I have the time. Haha!

Oh, and let's not forget my Secret Reaper gift I need to build too for my Halloween Forum victim. While I could always go with store bought stuff, I prefer hand-made. While I do have some ideas I've got less than three weeks to get 'em done!

Ah, and yes, two family members asked if I could build them a groundbreaker each this year.

"Procrastination is the grave in which opportunity is buried."

Is that enough? That will teach me to put off building props. I had a hard time generating any enthusiasm this summer to build anything. Fortunately I've been bitten by the bug again. I started work on the mushroom centerpieces yesterday and there's something about working with paper mache that gets me excited.

As much as I'd love my patron from the haunted house last year to stop by again and commission some new props for me, I seriously don't know where I'd find the time to do it all.

"Nothing is so fatiguing as the eternal hanging on of an uncompleted task."
--William James


  1. Get to it!!! Put the beer down and pick the coffee up my man!

  2. I totally hear ya bud. We haven't gotten a darn thing completed this year yet! Accept for fixing two smoke machines and mourning the lose of two others.

  3. That's a todo list you have there. We haven't done much here to yet. Only a few led spots, a groundbreaker and a spider victim.


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