I won't lie: This year has been tough! I have not accomplished much at all, due to various life circumstances, and that has been frustrating, but I'm plugging along, and now it seems like I may be getting back on a somewhat normal (if minimal) schedule with my business.
I think I have mentioned before that I have been focusing on comedy writing this year, along with everything else. Well, I have started to do stand up comedy, and you can see my first performance here. I don't want to embed the video on this blog, because this blog is not about my comedy, and I feel that embedding the video would make the blog seem cluttered. This blog is about my art, photography, and antiques. Still, I will from time to time offer updates on my comedy, including links to my videos! I have not seen a need to set up a blog for my comedy, so you can follow that aspect of my art on Facebook and on Twitter. :) Hope to see you there! My next performance will be on November 14, 2013 in Washington, DC. So far, I am enjoying it immensely, though I am not able to get out and perform as frequently as some of my colleagues.
As for my other writing, chiefly my two chapbooks, I have been thinking about them again lately, and I'm going to pull them back out later in the year and see if I can do anything with them. I'm about at the point where I am ready to work with an editor. I need help with formatting. Once I've looked them over again, I'll tap into my network and see if I can get help. I'm really ready to make the push and get them out there!
I had two vintage/antiques shows lined up for this year, but I did not make it to either one, unfortunately. The first time, my alarm just did not go off. The last time--back in mid-October, I made the decision not to go, because it rained that day. As you all know by now, a lot of the vintage/antiques I sell is books, and vintage paper positively melts in the rain. There is no drying it out. If old paper gets wet, it's done for. So, that sucked, but my online vintage sales have not been too bad, so it's not like my stuff is not getting seen. It just makes me that much more determined to get out in the Spring!
I have a craft show tomorrow, and I'm delivering my items for a consignment show next Saturday. They will be at the venue until January, I believe. This week, I have managed to get in a little time in the studio, and I'm happy to say I will be taking two new decorated boxes with me tomorrow! I wasn't sure I would finish them in time, but I did! Yay, me! Between Sunday and next Friday, I hope to get a few more things made. The 2nd show is supposed to be for Holiday crafts, but I generally don't design things around the Holidays. If I can during the upcoming week, I will, but it's just not something I do. I create as inspiration hits. Sometimes the seasons match up, and sometimes, they don't.
The one thing that has suffered this year is my photography. I did finally get my camera looked at (nothing was wrong), and I even received a new telephoto lens and bought a new camera bag, but the time and inspiration to shoot just did not hit at all or at the same time. Sadly, while I've had some nibbles about shoots, people just disappear when I give them my quotes. Seems everybody is a photographer now, so no one wants to pay for it. (This happened last year, too!) Since I'm interested in getting into pet photography, a few people did take my card back in the Spring, but I have not heard from any of them. It could still happen--the year is not over yet. We shall see. I think that next year, I'm going to attempt 365 Project again, just to get me back in the habit of shooting regularly.
So after kind of a down year--a very hard year, really--I'm ready to get back in gear. I have some new time constraints, but I have plenty of projects that are portable, and I'm starting to get better about not over scheduling. I also have the drive. What happened this year to hold me back was unavoidable, and I have no regrets, but I sure would like a normal, calm year in 2014, so I can get more done!
Happy Fall, y'all! ;)