Posts Tagged ‘projects’

52 Haiku

Monday, October 26th, 2009

…aaaand we’re back. Josh and I had a delightful time in Portland, and real life has rushed back into its usual frantic pace much too quickly. I am formulating a way that I can drink at wineries and sleep in until 9 am full-time. Email me if you’d like to support me monetarily in this effort.

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One new project that I am very super-duper uber excited to announce is a collaboration with the very talented DJ Lunchbox, aka the one amazing Will Rutherford. Mr. Lunchbox writes wonderful haiku using contemporary subjects and alternative art. That’s right, no flower-faints-on-wind or lotus blossoms here, folks. There might be blood, there might be adult themes. There might be Stormtroopers.

We were discussing projects and general shenanigans over beers at October’s Podcamp Pittsburgh, and he graciously offered to do 52 Haiku to match my 52 ills.

Pinch me, please. I could not be happier.  He’s already gotten started over on his blog. Each one he posts becomes my New Favorite!

I guess that means I should get my butt in gear and get up to date…

Too short

Wednesday, April 22nd, 2009

There’s nothing like a death in the family to make you re-evaluate your priorities.

Josh’s grandfather passed away on Tuesday. He was 86, a veteran of the second World War and one of the happiest, optimistic, cheeriest men I’ve ever met, even as his body slowly failed him. He is the reason Josh loves the Cubs, why Josh insists on scoring every baseball games we attend. The last time we saw him, over Thanksgiving weekend, he drove himself to lunch and we had a great couple of hours, him wheeling his little oxygen tank behind him to and from the salad bar, weeks before having a leg amputated. He will be missed greatly.

Life is too short, and I think am on a path to burn-out. I’m taking the summer off for personal projects. So there.

Updates

Tuesday, January 13th, 2009

I’d do the obligatory apology for not blogging more, but after a stint several years ago of blogging every itty-bitty detail of my life, I resolved only to update when I had something other people might like to read. Otherwise, I’d be apologizing for stupid filler content. So: no sorrys*. Instead, here’s a general update on things.

The Sum of David (1): I’ve been having problems getting myself to write the necessary query letters needed to find an agent for this series. After an exhausting week of personal drama, I find myself with a renewed fire in my belly to get this done. We’ll see how long those embers burn.

The Sum of David’s currently untitled sequel: The third draft is now with it’s first editor (aka “Mom”). This year said editor has a full-time job, however, so she can’t go through it with her usual speed. I jeeringly requested sometime in 2009, but now I’m beginning to wonder how seriously she took that. The good thing about it being out of my hands is that I can concentrate on those query letters. Well, except for…

The Sum of David’s third and FINAL installment: I made my first notes for this series-ender last weekend after a lot of time on the road. Since then, I have post-its in my jacket pocket, doodled napkins in my purse and scribbles on my notepad at work. I think it might be time to start carrying the D3 Notebook around full-time. Considering I was feeling lost and uninspired about this not long ago, I am very excited about this change in motivation. I had feared the spark/gestation period I usually experience wasn’t going to happen. It turns out David’s story won’t be determined by whether I get picked up or not. I’ll write as long as it takes to tell his tale. It’s more honest that way anyway. And hot dang, there’ll even be romance.

Illustration: The long road trip last weekend also solidified the idea that I would like to do at least as much work for myself as for other people in the near future. There’s a screen printing play-date scheduled — what I hope to be one of many this year — and I’ve undertaken a personal growth project I will probably hate myself for once we hit, oh, about May. More on that later.

*Yes, that’s right: my “A” game. I’m giving you guys my best stuff. ..I know. It’s sad.