Stella and the Chickens

So, Team,

Things going on right now…

It turns out I’m writing a book, and it’s not associated with any of the projects I’ve already discussed here. That blue notebook? The five subjects? Yes. That.

The notebook and I had a little heart-to-heart, and here is what it said:

You have wanted to write a book for a long time. You have a particular subject in which you are immensely interested. You have a reasonable level of knowledge to start with and lots of people who would be happy to help you with their information and guidance. This is your project. Run with it. In the event that you find you don’t know what you’re doing, just take a deep breath and let the subject guide you. You will get there.

You can’t argue with a notebook, mostly because it looks crazy as shit. So, I am writing a book now. However, that doesn’t negate all the pre-existing projects, including one that has completely taken me by surprise.

Apparently, I’m going to help write a game. A flash game. It’s early in the project, yet, and I don’t like to reveal too much to start, but this is the most interesting way I’ve stumbled into a project to date. Basically, a guy who creates flash games was Googling his name (a reasonable thing to do), and he came across my site because we happen to have the same last name. On discovering that I’m interested in games and writing, he decided to contact me and see if we could work together. My response? Basically: This is bizarre and surreal. Let’s do it!

In addition, I’ve got some web writing to do for Blackstar Group, something you’ll all learn more about in the near future. And to balance all the tech-related stuff, I’ve got this incredible artistic project going on with my sister (the amazing artist). Think “Exquisite Corpse.” And finally, I’ve got my two beloved blogs.

Suffice it to say, I’m extremely busy lately but also incredibly happy. In addition, I’m leaving for Chautauqua in two days. I’m not sure what the internet situation will be like when I’m out there, nor am I sure if I’ll have any energy to spare for blogging. But rest assured, I am well and happy.

Sending you all much love!

xoxo

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The Promised Chicken

So, I took that little hiatus from The Artist’s Way and haven’t really come back to do a full check-in since then. Oops!

I have pretty much gotten back into the habit of daily writing, but it’s been harder than I expected. Dropping off like that for a week or more can really damage your momentum, and getting back up to speed is like … Trying to accelerate when your gas tank is on empty.

BUT it’s not all bad news today. For example…

Not an Activist is really taking off!

I’m now registered to participate in the Chautauqua Writers’ Festival this summer. It’s only two weeks away!

I’ve been experimenting with some fun videos.

I’ve had two amazing Artist Dates in the past week:

  1. Saturday morning exploring farmers’ markets and trying out amazing fresh foods.
  2. Sunday evening watching fireflies on my front steps.

And yes, I do have some new blog posts just waiting to greet the world. As I’m started focusing more heavily on Not an Activist, I notice the nature of what goes on here at NoTitles is changing. Well, from your perspective, it looks like nothing’s going on here at all. That’s not exactly accurate. Actually, what’s happening is that my approach to my own writing is shifting. I don’t know what to say about that, right now. Just that things are changing.

Things are always changing.

The other day, I found myself saying to the Universe, “OK, I’m ready now. For real. I’m serious. I’m so ready and excited.” Later that day, I found out I would be able to attend Chautauqua after all (I had all but given up until that point). It was a very exciting and somewhat scary moment for me, and it reminded me of why I (and so many people) have avoided change for a long time. Being open to change makes you vulnerable. Committing to a project or idea, caring about a person or goal, making a sincere effort always carries with it the threat of failure. If you don’t care, you don’t stand to lose very much. If you do care, you can lose a lot.

Deep down, I think it’s worthwhile to care, but I have to practice that vulnerability. I have to practice being in that mental and emotional space caring without being paralyzed by my fear of loss.

Yes. So there’s a lot going on here these days. I don’t know what direction this blog will take next. If you’re willing to roll with it, thanks.

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