Q. What are you doing here?
A. Getting ready.
Q. For what?
A. For a change in policy.
Q. Why does your policy need to change?
A. Because it’s ineffective.
Q. How is it ineffective?
A. Why don’t you just ask me what the policy is?
Q. Why should I ask you that?
A. Because you will then be able to determine for yourself why it is ineffective.
Q. Very well, then. What is your current policy?
A. Reckless Abandon.
Q. With respect to what?
A. With respect to Art.
Q. How so?
A. I create continuously. I create without letup or rest. I create like a crazed maniac. But I only create at random. There is no order, nor rhyme nor reason, to the manner in which I create.
Q. Can you provide a specific example?
A. Yes. The talks I gave recently, and the blog post I wrote as to how PTSD relates to the Homeless Experience. This was random. It was not something I intended to do according to a concrete creative plan. It just sort of — happened — when I was moved to do so.
Q. And a second example?
A. The piano album I created, called Abandon. It resulted from a comment someone had made that intrigued me. I took off on that comment, until an entire piano album had been produced.
Q. Is this a bad thing?
A. Not in and of itself, no.
Q. Then why do you need to change the policy?
A. Because these creative endeavors have been keeping me from fully engaging a far more important creative task.
Q Which is?
A. The 4th Draft of my musical Eden in Babylon, and the 2nd draft of its musical score.
Q. Have you been procrastinating?
A. Yes. But I prefer to frame it a bit differently.
Q. How so?
A. It’s not so much procrastination as it is preparation.
Q. How can procrastination be preparation?
A. It’s like so. When I procrastinate, I engage my creative energies in a way that pleases me. It is not what I have to do. It is what I want to do. In doing so, I practice creating out of desire, not out of obligation. Then, when I cease to procrastinate, the desire to create remains — for I have practiced it.
Q. Do you mean to tell me that when you implement the new change in policy, the Object of your Creative Desire will immediately be changed?
A. Yes. When the clock strikes midnight tonight, the Object of my Artistic Affection will be altered. It will no longer have anything to do with homelessness, or PTSD, or even blogging, for that matter. Nor will it involve my piano playing. It will instead return to what it was before I deviated off onto those artistic tangents.
Q. In other words, at the stroke of midnight, you will immediately reactivate the desire to work on your musical?
A. Not exactly. It’s already been activated. I just haven’t begun to do it yet.
Q. Why not?
A. Because it isn’t time yet. It happens at midnight tonight.
A. Because it’s been scheduled that way.
Q. Why adhere so strictly to the schedule?
A. You want the whole rundown?
Q. Why not?
A. Very well then. To be honest with you, when we suspended operations on the project, I became depressed. I blamed myself for falling short. I remained depressed for eleven days. And I accomplished nothing.
Then I decided to deal with the depression in my typical, lifelong fashion. I would hurl myself full force into various artistic endeavors. But I wouldn’t work on the musical, because it was too depressing to think about it.
In the process of working on these less pertinent, less relevant side projects, I became happy again. And now that I am happy, and longer depressed, I will resume working on the musical, and be happy doing so.
Q. So you’re trying to tell me that the same project that earlier depressed you will now make you happy?
Q. Why do I find that hard to believe?
A. Probably because you’re either not an Artist, or you don’t know me very well, or both.
Q. May I ask a question that might insult you?
A. At your own risk, ask away.
Q. Why do you think you can pull it off?
A. Because my name is Andy Pope. Any further questions?
The Questioner is silent.
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