December meeting notes – LYL
I was really rambly at the meeting, and that I apologize to my other LYL members. So this is a good concentrated list of what I should have prepared.
Previously on LYL
As I missed the October meeting, and November, what happened? A lot of work towards the latest burlesque show Dirty Birds, Dirty Words – Erotic Poetry Burlesque show. Went to Burlycon, improved on my art dramatically as well as centered myself more, spiritually and creatively.
So…. on with the list of things I did/didn’t do.
September Goals – Live Art
1 – Building – Sept.17 and 18th Burlesque show! – DONE – Also got November show in as well!
2 Need Help with – Costumes for personal performance(s) – DONE! Thanks to Laura!
3 Next Step is To – Rehearse, Rehearse, Rehearse, make list of everything, double check it, apply magic wizard beard powers. DONE – should have rehearsed more, but that’s a past regret. Must rehearse numbers over and over.
1- Building – Nov.27 and 28th AND February Burlesque Show! 1/2 DONE November done, planning with Group for February.
2 Need Help with – Look into this after September show. But keep on LYL list to do. Asked for help, got it done.
3 Next Step is To – Confirm performer availability, TIP, Calgary/Edmonton/Vancouver/Victoria and other Poet/Burlesque DONE
September Goals – Words / Manuscripts / Novels
1 – Building – Query Letters for Manuscripts : 1 down, 1 to go #AmWriting #MSWL DONE
2A – Need Help with – Beta Readers need to get their reading done by end of September. 1/2 DONE
2B – Sourcing potential agents through #mswl on twitter https://querytracker.net/ AND from other people who are looking for the same resources. Still working on this
3 – Next Step is To – Finish other Query Letter/Pitch, finalize hand edits on paper, plan redraft options and schedule, schedule, schedule. Keep writing in all those little 5 minute open time, like when you’re on a webpage making lists… that’s writing, right? Still working on this
September Goals – Health
1 Building – Simple Yoga stretching Routine, include Yin, meditation, breathing, more walking. Still working on this
2 Need Help with – Schedule routine, and developing own series of stretches, Still working on this
3 Next Step is To – Check Yoga membership price, see if volunteer for karma classes/Voiceover Still working on this
September Goals – Mental
1 Building – Journaling, need to do a daily pages/journal. Meditation. Still working on this, more done in November
2 Need Help with – Keeping up a daily habit of Journaling just all the random thoughts to clear head, so current mood is not affecting projects/characters in story. Taking time to set aside all the other things, stretch, and write. Still working on this
3 Next Step is to – Pick a random empty journal, and start using it. Get really good pen. 1/2 DONE, journal good helped out a lot in Seattle and other thoughts, sourcing favorite pen
aka What’s up December?
1- What am I Building
Financial * Personal Business – plan and pitch to better brains – aka will this idea fly? Is it feasible? Will the Market have a need for my skills/talent?
Health * Yoga Practice every other day, Dental / Annual Physical, doing more walking and getting into nature more. (Great timing to figure this out, winter on the prairies, sheesh)
Study * IT skills, Story Tellers Index
Mental / Spiritual * Mediation/Journalling, more time doing that
Personal * Spend more time with loved ones
2- What do I Need Help With
Graphic Designer / Logo / Web interface * Need cheap and good, not fast
Business Plans to be built – need template
Yoga need to be scheduled/budgeted – Hot Yoga on 20th? Ground Yoga? One Yoga? Who has best karma classes/time for more classes.
Study – What’s the next IT skill I need? Also need access to more storytellers and their skills to learn.
3 – What is the Next step
ASK for HELP – See any of the above in Need Help, If you see info, please forward that to me.
Schedule the THINGS – Life / Work / Rehearsal / Voiceover / Study
Get Things Done
Get Business Name Registered – Online, one step, can be done.
Mid life unbalance? Or just finally finding ways how to find that balance?Or am I just enjoying life, because I am allowing myself to.
Big questions? Probably. But when the questions get in the way of joy, then I’m being too afraid of finding that happiness.
So, as I’ve just read, Screw Finding Your Passion because “If you’re passionate about something, it will already feel like such an ingrained part of your life that you will have to be reminded by people that it’s not normal, that other people aren’t like that.”
So I geek out over a whole lot of things. Writing Fiction, storytelling, games – Check. Yoga – Check. Acro-Yoga – surprising check. Voiceovers – old school Check. Theater, Acting, special effects and Event things – another surprising Check. Burlesque – yep became a grandfather first and then embraced taking my clothes off for theatrical theater – a really fun Check. Technology, gadgets are a fun check.
And if I find other fun things to do. Hey, that’s another thing to do, and embracing it and other things happily.
But in the meantime,
Keeping Calm, and Carrying on
Breathing Deep and Letting Go
Get Excited and Make Things
“One’s action ought to come out of an achieved stillness: not to be mere rushing on.” – D.H. Lawrence
There comes a point when fiddling with a recipe too much spoils the food.
There comes the time when you have made too many edits, and the story is lost.
Sometimes, it’s best to just let it sit there. Let it love. A good chilli cooking on the stove is like that. Just let it sit, and be. Don’t touch it, don’t add to it. You can go back and sample it later on, and you’ll know when it’s done. Just turn down the heat, let it simmer for a little longer.
All it needs is a little time on it’s own.
A good story idea will come back to you when it’s left alone. But sometimes it’s best to just let it love.
Rest assured, I’m going to do more writing. I am going to finish stories. Some of these may become serials, some might not show up on here at all. Some of it, just might. But for now…
I’m still here, writing, letting it love,
So there is this event that happens locally in your neighbourhood called Live Your Legend. And basically for a creative type as myself, it’s a good focusing strategy and allows to ask a community for resources that I normally would not be able to.
Also looking at this immediate list of things to do, I might have too much on my plate. I know I can’t do everything, but it’s better to do and create things, than to sit back and watch other art going on and get frustrated creatively.
It breaks down in to 3 things. What are you building? What do you need help with? and What is that Next Step?
September Goals – Live Art
1 – Building – Sept.17 and 18th Burlesque show! – Tickets @ http://www.ontheboards.ca/ Done! Performers confirmed! Volunteers about to be wrangled! Handbills being handed out wherever I go. Merch acquired!
2 Need Help with – Costumes for personal performance(s) – Asked for help, getting help, sourcing materials. Merch Table presentation – delegating to volunteers.
3 Next Step is To – Rehearse, Rehearse, Rehearse, make list of everything, double check it, apply magic wizard beard powers.
1- Building – Nov.27 and 28th AND February Burlesque Show!
2 Need Help with – Look into this after September show. But keep on LYL list to do.
3 Next Step is To – Confirm performer availability, TIP, Calgary/Edmonton/Vancouver/Victoria and other Poet/Burlesque
September Goals – Words / Manuscripts / Novels
1 – Building – Query Letters for Manuscripts : 1 down, 1 to go #AmWriting #MSWL
2A – Need Help with – Beta Readers need to get their reading done by end of September.
2B – Sourcing potential agents through #mswl on twitter https://querytracker.net/ AND from other people who are looking for the same resources.
3 – Next Step is To – Finish other Query Letter/Pitch, finalize hand edits on paper, plan redraft options and schedule, schedule, schedule. Keep writing in all those little 5 minute open time, like when you’re on a webpage making lists… that’s writing, right?
September Goals – Health
1 Building – Simple Yoga stretching Routine, include Yin, meditation, breathing, more walking.
2 Need Help with – Schedule routine, and developing own series of stretches,
3 Next Step is To – Check Yoga membership price, see if volunteer for karma classes/Voiceover
September Goals – Mental
1 Building – Journaling, need to do a daily pages/journal. Meditation
2 Need Help with – Keeping up a daily habit of Journaling just all the random thoughts to clear head, so current mood is not affecting projects/characters in story. Taking time to set aside all the other things, stretch, and write.
3 Next Step is to – Pick a random empty journal, and start using it. Get really good pen.
Continually Living a Legend of Myself (that sounded really pretentious, didn’t it?)
1 Building – Writing : awesome fiction! Voiceovers for potential income stream. Video/Audio of performances for demo tape. Internet platform with fun merchandise/content. Develop a type of workshop that I can teach in person/online. Have more Tacos.
2 Need Help with – Finishing all the projects. Prioritizing and delegating things I don’t know how to do, so they can get done AND learning how to do it on the way.
3 Next Step is To – Do it, just start doing it. Something/Anything. Better to have it done, and start doing it better. Cannot start doing anything better, without finishing at least one thing.
These are not the photos that you would typically see from a trip from Vegas. (And I’ve got a whole bunch of others that I need to check on first.) And this is not a typical post.Under a hot Vegas sun, a burlesque beauty was blowing bubbles. Close to the original Welcome to Vegas sign, I signed up for a photo safari involving a whole lot of great models with mind blowing backdrops. I’m still working on my photographic skills… (And writing, and dance, and burlesque, and ukulele, and kazoo….. I’m waiting permission to use those photos before putting them anywhere. You might see them in another place, if you follow me closely.)
Close to Circus Circus, the Stratosphere cuts into the heat. Some construction sites around the strip seem halted, evidence of the slowdown in economic movement despite the constant influx of tourists. By this time, my scalp had started to burn but I was enjoying every moment on the roof of the double decker tour bus.
Two days previous, I was approached with offers of free tickets to major shows. After the pitch, it was obvious that it was a direct advertisement for a timeshare owned by one of the major hotels on the strip, new development. Every form of capturing tourist dollar is out there. Because those are new dollars into the local economy.
Most places in Vegas shine with amazing ridiculousness that encourages debauchery to loosen wallets.
Others have been left out in the sun for far too long.
Grilled lamb and pork souvlaki burgers.
Gaze upon my mighty works, and drool.
Oropharyngeal cancer is one of the hardest cancers to treat. Hard on the physician, I mean.
Hard on the patient, too. They’re usually young, in cancer terms… below fifty. They start with radiation and chemo—which involve massive pain and other discomforts. If that doesn’t work, Gary usually splits the man’s (it’s usually a man’s) jaw. The patient is more likely to live than die, but a lifetime of pain and trouble swallowing is common. A feeding tube can be needed, sometimes permanently.
Used to be, you got this cancer from heavy smoking and drinking. Then some public health people did some great things to address those problems, and those cancers have been falling off steadily. So now, when the patient asks “Why did this happen to me?” (as patients often do), there is a sense of injustice. Often, the guy is a non smoker, and doesn’t drink much.
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These go in your mouth, the morning after.
Get your grill hot enough to cook frozen burgers. Then little olive oil on grapefruit half. The time it takes to cook one side will be enough to char the top. Then flip them up onto the warmer above the grill. Finish them off with some maple syrup glaze… And have these ready for that morning after the night before.
The real taste and actual sweetness does come out after grilling and chilling overnight. And this method also allows you to peel the grapefruit liked an orange.