At the behest of my friend Edmund, I have decided to write a hermit time manifesto. Who knows how long it will take me? I foresee a work in progress that will be written without deadline and at my leisure. I will post progress (or lack thereof) on this blog. I won't say I will serialize because hermit time is all about the stream of conscious ramblings and and an ever changing path.
Why is hermit time important? Well, I am not only trying to be a full time sustainable artist. During last summer I did 12 art fairs in Wisconsin and Northern Illinois. I also work a 40 hour a week job that I really don't like. It is like what I imagine working 2 full time jobs. Hermit time, the time I have to myself (or alone with Valerie) is the glue that keeps me from unraveling.
I know people who say they don't like being alone. I sympathize. Maybe it's not for everyone. Some people thrive in crowds. Crowds terrify me. I thrive when I am alone with my thoughts, making art, reading, and yes, goofing off. Hermit time, which for me is Friday night to Sunday night, makes Monday slightly more tolerable.