if a blogger neglects to post, does anyone notice?

Not really. Which is good. I’m in a dormant phase right now, gathering my energy to work on my next big project. But I wanted to give you a quick rundown of my insights from this winter’s creative activities.

  1. I thought doing a remount of my show would be easier than doing it the first time, but it was actually more challenging. I didn’t have all the “yay you doing something scary for the first time” friend and family support – it was just an extra thing I wanted to do. I didn’t know how important that support was to the artist living in my skin: I know how to show up and do the work in many areas of life. And I know that performance takes a lot more out of me emotionally and spiritually than any other work I’ve done before. I love my show, I love performing my show, and I love that audiences (especially other teachers) connect with the content of it.  And it took a lot out of me, which surprised me more than it maybe should have.
  2. Seasonal depression is a bummer. Even with the consistent use of a happy light and taking supplements and getting plenty of exercise and being attentive to scheduling fun activities for myself, I spend the months of November through March at about 50% strength (on a good day.) I ache in the winter, not from the Minnesota cold and snow, but from what feels like my brain going *fut-fut* and *fut-fut-fizzzz* trying to make enough serotonin to keep me feeling normal. Still working out strategies. At least this winter was much more successful than last winter.
  3. I love The Moth. And This American Life. And doing live readings. I have much to learn about storytelling and live readings and comedy and audience and voice. Please direct my way any resources you think I might like or find useful. And! Please send me the courage to start pitching my stories.
  4. I haven’t sent out any of my writing for over two years. As I mentioned in my previous post, working on my show and learning improv has occupied most of my creative time. Right now, I don’t have anything to send out, but that is going to change. I’m not too sure where to start, but I’ll keep you posted.
  5. I’m finally reading again. It has been about 4 years since I’ve been an avid reader. My MFA program burned me out a bit, so I needed a break. Now, I am tired of my old ideas, and I’m stocking the pond with new ones. Please post your book recommendations in the comments, and find me on Goodreads if you want to keep up with what I’m reading.

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