This is where I live now!
So, here it is, 6 months since my last update. We've been adjusting to this massive life change, overseeing renovations at my mom's house, and moving into the renovated space. At the same time, I've been managing my mom's doctor appointments and coordinating with the nursing home for the things she needs. As of now, it appears we'll be bringing her home in a few weeks! I'm just waiting on communication from her speech therapist. I have a lot of phone calls to make between now and our goal date!
The house sits on about five rural acres. The neighbors on three sides of us are farmers, and our fourth neighbor is a very nice couple who befriended Mom and Pop while Pop was still around and remain family friends. (They can't wait for Mom to get home!) My own house has been rented out to friends of ours, which is a blessing. As for our cats, we renovated the space in Mom's house so that we could move them in with us. The basement was finished and turned into an apartment (no separate entrance, no kitchen) so that we could all live in the same house but not be tripping over each other. (This also means that the cats still won't have access to my studio.)
I've been working for two clients, meanwhile, one for administrative work, and one for writing work. Once Mom is home, I'll be able to advertise more widely and hopefully drum up new business! I did try temping, but I've found that with my erratic schedule (due to Mom's appointments and such,) I was not able to commit to the few assignments that came my way. I'm happier on my own, anyway.
The show I did back in May (it was in my last update) was very successful! Unfortunately, it was the only show I've been able to do this year, for art or for my vintage. I do have an event possibly coming up in December. Waiting for the hostess to finalize her plans and announce the venue, etc. At last count, she was not going to charge vendors for space. I'm very excited, because this is a new group of potential clients, and it's within a demographic that I've found seems to be my audience! Fingers crossed!
This will be my studio space.
Along with the renovations and moving our regular furniture into the house, I've been preparing and setting what will be my studio space. Mom will be living on the first floor of the house, due to mobility issues, so she has graciously allowed me to take over the master bedroom. The room is large enough that I will have my studio space, but it will also be able to remain a bedroom. It will be a guest room. You can get a small taste of my view from my art table via the photo. The view is of "the back forty." There are also two recessed lights directly above, which will provide perfect lighting. Best of all, the space is big enough that I will be able to leave my supplies out in the room, where they will be accessible to me at all times. The very best part is I no longer have to share studio space with my musician partner! Don't get me wrong--I love him to pieces, but as he is an electronic musician, his gear takes up a lot of space! He now has his own fancy-schmancy, acoustically outfitted studio in our apartment downstairs.
I'm also making changes to my business. I have moved most of my stuff--art and vintage--back to Etsy and am in the process of shutting down my Artfire shop. The Etsy vintage shop is curated, so some of the stuff from Artfire will be moved to eCrater. (That shop isn't set up yet, but I will provide a widget once it is.) I'm also no longer an LLC and have changed my business' name to JenniferLynn Productions East. I've been trying to keep my shops fresh, but as you can imagine, there has not been a lot of time to create. Now that things are calming down, I can focus on getting the studio set up, and I will be getting back to creating again soon!
As for my comedy, performing is on hold for now, and I am trying to focus more on the blog. I may perform in a couple of weeks, but it will depend on Mom's schedule. I should know sometime this week, and then I will contact a promoter I know and ask him if he has space in a particular showcase. I'm out of practice, but I find it's not too hard to get back on the horse. The hardest part is being so far from DC. Once we're better settled here in WV, I will look for local venues. I know that Frederick, MD has a couple of venues, and I imagine there must be something around Martinsburg or Winchester. I still have mixed feelings about performing, but not about stand up in general.
I hope that the year has treated you well, dear fans, followers, and friends, and i look forward to sharing my new projects with you! I am now on Instagram as "from.jens.pen." Feel free to give me a follow!