Update: Projects and Layouts

It’s a new dawn
It’s a new day
It’s a new life for me, ooh
And I’m feeling good

– “Feeling Good” by Leslie Bricusse & Anthony Newley

Lots going on at the moment, so just a quick update from me for the time being.

First off: new layout! You may have noticed this already, but the website has been updated to a new layout that will hopefully help organize everything and shift the focus onto the writing specific areas of the content. The reasoning behind this switch is actually a perfect segue into our second update – the novel.

I have been working on updates and edits to Teagloom: volume one for the last year and it is going quite well aside from the writers block with the climax. Yes, I know that some do not believe in this little hiccup and believe it is an excuse. You do you – but I have a blocker going on with this one section so I’ve been working on the Kickstarter and getting everything organized for the book to be published. Progress abound! We have a layout for the campaign, media posts, an artist for the campaign, and started the processes required to create a publishing imprint. Teagloom: volume one’s Kickstarter campaign is set to start this October with publishing and back rewards hopefully heading out in 2019. Keep some eyes on your social media because #Teagloom is coming.

We’ve also been keeping up with Monochrome Monday – a project I started to try to keep my mind creative despite the writer’s block. There have been some interesting creations so far and there are an abundance to come. I’ve been using an old decommissioned library book that one of my university professors gave me to destroy and I think it’s perfect for this sort of thing: American Social Patterns. It’s no wonder that the library chose to remove it, some of the concepts in this book are so outdated compared to today; of course, it is from 1956. Adds a new layer to look at when reading through those posts.

Until next time,

A

“Sans culture morale, aucune chance pour les hommes.”
― Albert EinsteinThe World as I See It

“See now the power of truth; the same experiment which at first glance seemed to show one thing, when more carefully examined, assures us of the contrary.”
― Galileo GalileiDiscorsi E Dimostrazioni Matematiche: Intorno a Due Nuoue Scienze, Attenenti Alla Mecanica & I Movimenti Locali

“#Books can truly change our lives: the lives of those who #read them, the lives of those who #write them. Readers and writers alike #discover things they never knew about the world and about themselves.”
― Lloyd Alexander, Time Cat

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“A #secondary source doesn’t mean someone’s #leftover ketchup.”
―  Anthony T Hincks

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“Green in nature is one thing, green in literature another. Nature and letters seem to have a natural antipathy; bring them together and they tear each other to pieces.”
― Virginia Woolf, Orlando

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“Remember that there is only one important time and that is now. The present moment is the only time over which we have dominion.”
― Leo Tolstoy, The Emperors Three Questions

“It is our choices, Harry, that show what we truly are, far more than our abilities.”
― JK Rowling, Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets

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“The #world as we have created it is a process of our #thinking. It cannot be changed without #changing our thinking.” ― #AlbertEinstein

It’s time for a change here too, so I give you #MonochromeMondays. Ask anyone that I went to #College or #University with and they will tell you that I am a firm believer that #Iamnotapoet. Personally, I like to think of myself as a #WordSmith more than anything else because I love words, molding words, and recreating the idea of words. So here’s to #creating mess, new work, and late wine nights while trying to finish #Teagloom.

Here’s the thing…

(we started out friends… just kidding, I’m not Kelly Clarkson)

Life has a way of getting to some people, others seem to flourish with what they are given or provided. Both scenarios are ideal to some and not so much to others. I could sit here and complain about how I’ve been feeling, I could voice to you my lows and highs of the last year, and I could pin it on my lack of self-esteem or on a specific situation but really it just comes down to me.

Have I been feeling different? Out of it? Depressed? The internet allows me to self diagnose, but there is no guarantee that is the answer. I am not a doctor, I didn’t go through years of schooling to advise on health – but I am afraid of doctor’s offices and hospitals. Instead of going to my appointment… I ended up cancelling; it was for a decent reason, I needed to rush to the passport office with Mr. A for our passports to be reissued. That was in December, you say, what about in the months since? There’s no excuse.

Moving to another city, dismantling everything I know about having a job, and trying to find my way in a home I once knew has been jarring. I grew up here, always wanted to return here, always wanted to reconnect with this place and it’s life – yet here I am retreating from the outside world and effectively becoming a hermit. Transit is nearby, but I don’t go; shopping is nearby, but I don’t go; food is near by, but I order-in or cook. I even work from home, in a tiny office hoping that today will be the day that my neighbors will have some common courtesy regarding their noise.
Of course there are some positives about life here:

  • Everything here is so diverse
  • Everything can be ordered online and delivered relatively quickly
  • Everything has a million options
  • Everything exists here, in one form or another

Living in a big city means that the world is almost at your finger tips – you just need a little effort. The problem is that in a world of everything it is hard to stand out or feel important in any form. Do I need to feel important? Sometimes, in fact I think we all do. We need a connection to something in some way, but being surrounded by everything can make a person feel minuscule and sometimes obsolete.

We are into the fourth month of the year and I haven’t been consistent with posting. Is it because of how many options I have? So many other things to do? No. There is just so much opportunity that I feel swallowed whole. So what’s next,  you ask.

  1. First goal is to find a rhythm – I don’t know what type or how or cadence it will be, but it’s a start
  2. Leave my house – which, to be fair, I do leave to pickup the groceries I ordered online, and to see my grandparents occasionally
  3. Finish a project – there are a few things that I would love to complete and get out there, so why not
  4. Find something new – it’s important that this happens after completing something else. If I continuously start new things before finishing something then it’s just a vicious cycle
  5. Sound proofing – it would be nice to be able to work in peace, but whether I sound proof here or find a new place or a studio? Who knows, LOUD NOISES

Here’s to a new year, a new place, a new cat, and all the things that come with writing.

-A