Sometimes I get to a point where I realize I’ve lived a lot of life in the past few months and haven’t documented much of it, other than through Instagram shots with my iPhone and jotted notes and doodles in my paper journal. Perhaps it’s good to step back from the Internet for a while and get my bearings, but eventually I find myself missing the order, the clarity and the simplicity of writing in a blog. Writing in a paper journal tends to be so introspective and thoughtful that I miss the forest for the trees. This is a place to take a look at the whole damn picture.
Right now, the picture looks more like this Seuss book stack (I went to Orlando with my family in February, by the way), with dozens of creative and personal projects stacked just so.
A few things in the works right now:
- Painting class. I’m still taking the portrait-painting class at School of Visual Arts (see my fantastic instructor’s website here), and it’s going well. I think I had a creative breakthrough last week, in which I found a style of brushwork that is satisfying to me and pleasing (I think) to observers. More on that in a future post.
- A Tale of Four Cities. We’re still updating new content regularly, and I’m working on writing a few new pieces for the New York section of the site, which I’m hoping will turn out well. Editing the stories has been an interesting exercise, since most of my editing work has previously been for nonfiction, policy-based pieces or for magazine articles, and I rarely get a chance to delve into memoir or fiction.
- Murals at PS 36. I’ve been working with New York Cares since November to revive the inside of Margaret Douglas Elementary in Harlem. In my part of the project, I’ve been painting inspirational quotes selected by the principal on all the staircases of the school.
- Short film. A friend and I are creating a short film to submit to a film festival here in NYC. Neither of us has made a film before, so it promises to be both incredibly hard work and (I hope) a lot of fun.
- Reading. A few of the books I’ve been enjoying recently: New York Diaries, Other People We Married (read it this summer and am taking a second look), Slouching Towards Bethlehem (I can’t believe I’m enjoying Joan Didion).
What projects have you been working on?