Nimbycon2010 and Wild Nerd Documentary

Wow, so that break from blogging was much needed and gave me the space to focus on some other things. For example, Nimbycon2010.

So here’s an unexpected form of creativity for me. When our friends came to town this past weekend, I started filming as usual, but I handed off the camera a couple times, and what came back to me was hilarious and surprising. Then, I had the pleasure of editing it all into a two-part documentary and a bunch of other clips. So here’s a little lesson: If you want to try something new, put someone else on camera duty once in a while and see what kind of material you come up with.

There are more videos to come, but these are the first ones ready. Youtube seems not to appreciate the amount of uploading I did last night, so Part 2 of the documentary has now been processing for about 12 hours. Hopefully, it’ll be available for viewing tonight.

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The Artist’s Way is Officially Very Effective

Wow, guys, I have been SO busy lately. I didn’t mean to forget all about the blog, but I’ve got so many new and exciting projects going on that I can’t even keep up with myself. I think it’s safe to say at this point that The Artist’s Way is a very effective tool for tapping into your own creativity, because I suddenly find myself in the midst of a lot of things I would’ve said no to just a month ago. I have a serious habit of saying no to projects that look too cool for me, too good to be true, or too challenging, and I’m now learning how to say yes to those things because they are awesome, and quite simply, I want more awesome in my life. Don’t you?

So, here’s what I’ve been up to lately!

I finally posted this video that I started working on a long time ago. It’s interesting to me how you can tell which shots were the early ones (hint: shakeycam), and which were taken later. Of course, the weather helps to give it away.

I also wrote this short essay, The Little Blue Lines, for The Nervous Breakdown about the oil rig disaster in the Gulf of Mexico. Thanks to my buddies at TNB for the warm reception to this piece. It was a particularly meaningful one for me to write, but it was also difficult. Many thanks to Ellie_Di who kindly lent her editing expertise for this essay.

Now, I’m working on a related article for another publication (no guarantee that it’ll be accepted, but I have hope), with the help of another wise friend who has been generous with her time.

Oh, and that art project I started with my sister is coming. We had a chat about it yesterday as I was feeling anxious and perfectionist about it, and she calmed my nerves. This project is going to be so rad. Meanwhile, I’m also roping my entire immediate family into a Louisiana-focused art project.

Oh, and I almost forgot to mention that I’ve started [Bob Barker voice] a new blog! Yes indeed. If you’ve been following me on Twitter lately, you probably know about it already, but I’ll post more details here soon.

Till then, peace!

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Dedicated to Me

When I was a kid, I spent a lot of time listening to the top-whatever countdown. You remember how they had all those breaks for dedications and special requests? Well, I was always hoping and wishing someone would dedicate a song to me, and no one ever did. I guess it’s not the greatest crime in life, but damnit, I deserve to have songs dedicated to me. And so, without further ado, Mary, here are just a few of the songs that remind me of you. Thanks for always being there for me (as though you had a choice!) and here’s hoping for many more delightful years together.

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