The Conflicted Life of Cocky Humble

Setting: Humble Studios
Personae: Cocky Humble, a sculptor; Barnes, art agent

CH: burn me in effigy? hell, see this… middle finger, that’s what! I have nothing else to say to that alright!

B: they didn’t dislike every element…

CH: just stop right there, why do you always do that?

B: do what?

CH: use double negatives every time you’re about to deliver bad news

B: well, they liked some bits but they just weren’t taken by the finish

CH: a product is the sum of its bits, Barnes! what did they expect? they were very specific, and I listened… gave them what they asked for, is that not what I did?

B: personally, I think it’s a masterpiece

CH: you’re not going to inveigle me, Barnes!

B: but we need a new piece… otherwise we don’t eat… I’ll cover the direct materials cost for this one and double the fee, how about that, eh?

CH: appalling aesthetics, that’s what it is… anyway, I’ll schedule it, you’re right… we need to eat!


Β© Heath Muchena, 2015



12 Comments on “The Conflicted Life of Cocky Humble”

  1. Heh… making an artist’s living. Oh, the compromised art we make!

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  2. milliethom says:

    I love the way you’ve portrayed the characters here and the conversation is just great – particularly the part about Barnes’ use of double negatives. All sympathy to artists…and writers, of course. πŸ™‚

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  3. Mary says:

    Ha Heath, the life of an artist – the need to create, the need to eat!

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  4. Eat, drink and be wary.

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  5. inveigle? what you up to (I)? lol Please try me at

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  6. I of July says:

    thanks Millie, was just messing about πŸ™‚

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  7. I of July says:

    indeed, Mary… needs, needs πŸ™‚

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  8. I of July says:

    does that mean tomorrow we don’t die, righteous one πŸ™‚


  9. I of July says:

    up to no good as usual, King Will πŸ™‚


  10. milliethom says:

    Well, I really enjoyed your piece of ‘messing about’. πŸ™‚

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  11. Jeanne says:

    Cocky Humble…that’s awesome

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  12. I of July says:

    thanks Jeanne πŸ™‚


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