Okay, here's that gag from awhile back that I pulled from the blog because it just wasn't resolved enough. Recently I tried to re-think that idea and make it work but it just wasn't going to happen, and after struggling with it for a day I trashed it and came up with a completely new one that I like even better, yet still using 80% of the original drawing. I don't consider it a solid gag, but I know it's an improvement over what it was before.
Sometimes gag writing can literally take you out on a tree limb with a thousand different branches leading to a new solution, and it's amazing how it can evolve from the initial idea to something completely different when it's finally finished. If it works in the end then the journey was worth it, and you quickly forget the trash can full of discarded drawings that got you there. -Ted