Just an overview and checking in. My latest project is one which I hope will grow and be very helpful to a lot of people. I have started to put together what I think is the best resource for developing a really good daily journal habit. I have been obsessed with this topic lately and leveraging my own experience with writing a daily journal for about thirty years with all of the benefits I have enjoyed from that. I'm trying to use all of my creative, business, and intellectual skills to create a great product or service that will be accessible to anyone with internet, as well as a book and work book. What form this all will eventually take is still unknown but at the very least I want to create this resource and make it available. A daily journal habit can have transformative effects on your life and I want to make it a doable if not easy process. Stay tuned to this blog for updates.
I've been focusing a lot on resources offered by life coaches this week, both my own coach, Wickie Stamps, and Talane Miedane's Lifecoach.com site and program. So far so good. Helping me to clarify what I want and what other areas in my life are going well and may need some work. It's helping me with my job search and other areas.
I scored a 59 on the Clean Sweep program, which is very high for a first timer.
I think I could have scored higher I was just being conservative. Plenty of room for improvement.
All this work is helping me to understand better what my needs are, what my goals are, and what's behind a lot of my tendencies and decisions. For example, I have taken the Meyers-Briggs test before and I had been coming up as an INFP but now I fall into the J catgory pretty soundly. Reading some descriptions of an INFJ are pretty helpful in terms of how I really operate. It makes me a good candidate for a manager role and also the relationship-building of many sales roles. Integrity, yes. Big one. Intuition with an eye toward facts and verifiable data, yes.
In between sessions helping Kate with cooking the Thanksgiving meal and playing with Abhaya I will be sending out job applications and resumes, but as a result of this recent work I think it will be more targeted.
today was 2 good interviews, lots of good biking and climbing at the gym, fun times with Abhaya and spaghetti and a super fun gatorade bottle that she found very distracting. tomorrow's plan is for more laptop time for applications, nanowrimo, or whatever comes up in all the many projects I have been working on lately.
Lately our big thing is bike riding. She loves to sit on the back of the bike and ride around, and the exercise is good for me, certainly. We have a good selection of flat rides around here, on my lazy days, and a good hill or two if I am picking her up from daycare.
Otherwise Abhaya is into bubbles, bears, gorillas, hugs, and books. She loves books and although there is a cool kite in this picture she really did not pay much attention to the giant kites. She likes the one in the book, though. She is also really into sign language and it always amazes me at the level of her development and understanding, long before she can say words verbally. She is learning how to communicate and getting better every day.
Having some time to spend with her is a bonus and I am hoping that my next gig is one where I will have the time to spend with her and the balance internally to be present when she needs me, not just physically. I'm optimistic.
My new novel is available on Kindle here http://amzn.to/newnovel and in paperback on Amazon here http://bit.ly/field_paper. Both sites allow you to preview several pages for free either online or on your kindle.
You don't need a kindle to read the kindle version, a kindle reader can be downloaded on your computer, iphone, or non-iphone.
My new novel, In the Flat Field, is a dark, chaotic story of death, virtual reality, and all the other good things that go into a good postmodern cyberpunk novel. Underlying the chaos is grief, love, apathy and the end of the world as we know it. No one really feels fine in this version.
My first novel, Blue, is also on Kindle at http://amzn.to/PdgO0M
A dark, dense tale of one young man's downward spiral into insanity.
what is it about our culture that we are obsessed with images? films, pinterest, instagram. On the other hand, we still read books, kindles, etc. and even real books on paper, while signing up for NanoWriMo every year to further our novel-writing skills and masochism.
I love images including photography and film as much as anyone. But it seems like smartphones and other non-writing-friendly devices make it easier to be lazy and post pictures when a few words might be an even better way to communicate something.
I want to somehow address this, aside from my own writing and using words in my art, fairly obvious. In the meantime, here is an image I printed for postcards recently, a detail of a piece of glass I found and painted on with oils. It looks great! What do you think? I would challenge you to post this image on pinterest or someplace like that and actually use more than one or two words to say why you are posting it. Just for fun.
Reading from novel at Art Explosions not too long ago with my art on the wall, as part of the group show that Caroline Wample organized of art and language. She also did a reading and her art was also on the main wall. Since my daughter was born not long after I have not been working and showing as much but hope to start showing my work online to a wider audience through Pinterest and Tumblr. Please let me know if you have any questions about my art or writing and are interested in purchasing, commissions, etc.
Recently started: Your Brain at Work, audio; why I can't do more than one complex or even simple task at a time. I'm not retarded. http://www.amazon.com/Your-Brain-Work-Strategies-Distraction/dp/0061771295
And 2666 by Roberto Bolano, also on audio via Audible credits.
Very excited to get the Bolano book for just one credit. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/2666_(novel)
Also went to the library today with Abhaya in the ergo, read some amazing William Carlos Williams and checked out Hemingway's Boat, a new book in hardcover, which I started to read.
I also checked out another book which is now on my reading list, http://www.amazon.com/Camus-at-Combat-Writing-1944-1947/dp/0691120048
This is the first translation into English of all of the articles that Camus wrote for Combat, the Resistance underground publication during WWII Nazi occupation.
I am also reading plenty of comics, and keeping up on the news. South Sudan, the Republican Primaries, etc. Things are hopeful in Burma/Myanmar.
I need to finish publishing my new novel, and try, maybe, to get to my studio sometime soon, or find one closer to home. Having a studio somewhere close to the Oakland Art Murmur might be great, as long as I was not required to be ready to show every month. It could happen soon.
There is a lot I could say about being a dad, working the office job, life in Oakland now. Being a dad is wonderful and challenging of course, but not in a bad way. Office life is a way of earning a living I enjoy and can get by on 8 hour days with my short commute most of the time. I am lucky in that way. Of course there are times when I need to work more and travel and that's fine. Being a parent can make one more efficient to make the most of every hour of the day. I also know that I help thousands of people with the services and software that I sell in a pretty direct way, in terms of education and related areas. Right now reading about Hemingway I am inspired to live and write. Writing is more difficult.
I am posting this and other images online at my redbubble site. I'm happy how they are turning out: these are a collection of images that sometimes represent a finished work, in part as detail or as a complete work/print, or they are works in transition or meant to be "temporary" and captured or documented as such, including views of the work space and materials which are integrated with the work. These are prints, photographs, conceptual pieces, and representations. I believe this is part of what I am now calling the "altered view" series. conceptual work that does not fit into any standard category and is inspired by an artist who built small detailed models of his studio, photographed them, and presented the photos as the "end product" more or less.
why I'm not a blog at all!