chanaleh: (tom + erica)
Mikado is officially over. It's been a total blast to work on. Plus, I made a pro blog post over the weekend about my program design work (which, if I may say so, was very well received) for this production: Designs for the Blue Hill Troupe’s 2013 Mikado

[ profile] justom's class is having its LA Showcase performances today, starting in just a few hours (2pm PDT)! Wish them broken legs, or whatever non-fate-tempting expressions of luck you prefer.

And speaking of California: holy crap, my trip with my mom is just 3 days away. I'm packing tonight. Assuming I ever get out of the office tonight.

*hurriedly buckles back down*
chanaleh: (tigerstudent)
While watching Boardwalk Empire with [ profile] justom last night, I finally sat down and re-posted or adapted a bunch of work-related content to my pro blog. Going back years. A lot of years. :-) I think there's still art stuff I am missing that I need to add, but will review more later.

Off to catch the MetroNorth to do (what has become) my annual Gilbert & Sullivan performance with Robbie Harris at Temple Israel Center in White Plains (the one where the cast comprises 15 rabbis, cantors, and cantorial students, plus SCO#1 and me). I talked my friend Michael from the Blue Hill Troupe (who lives in Westchester Co. and is a great baritenorbass) into doing it, so that's going to be fun. Though of course I am also specially looking forward to hanging with SCO#1, who is on his way down from Boston right now. :-) This year, also, it's more of a "revue" format, so I get to sing a bunch of solos, trios, and duets (as well as chorus in the complete Trial by Jury). w00t!
chanaleh: (tigerstudent)
It struck me last night that one of my problems these days with doing any writing (including posting to LJ), or art, or even the freelance (book production) job I've committed to doing, is that I work fairly intensely on the computer all day... so that when I get home, the LAST thing I want to do is sit back down at the computer. Or at least, I can sit there, but all I end up doing is dicking around on the Internets, because I am tired. And all my creative modalities rely heavily on the computer as a tool. (Just like my day job, with its fairly heavy creative component, does.)

The other half of that dynamic is that, although I get up in time to allow for about an hour of computer time in the morning (i.e., right now), that is historically the time I have allotted to dicking around on the Internets. By which term I mean "catch up on everyone's lives on LJ and Facebook and follow a bunch of the fascinating links you people have posted," "answer some emails", and occasionally "get through any banking/financial stuff that needs doing".

Moving that taskspace to the evening slot, when I am more in consumption mode, might free up my creative energy in the morning (and, unlike some, I am enough of a morning person that "getting my brain to wake up" is not the problem; once I'm up, I'm up). The problem is that if I don't clear those particular decks in the morning, it becomes too easy/tempting to dabble in it DURING the workday, which is Not OK. (I've already turned on Chrome Nanny to keep me from accessing Facebook and LJ during most hours of the workday. Unrelatedly, I also have a separate Facebook account that I now use -- in a separate browser -- for work purposes, which, as the in-house Professional Facebook User, I really, truly do have.)

It does occur to me though that walking home from work and cooking dinner (the actual process, not just the nuking of leftovers) are likely to be a more refreshing/relaxing combination than going out to dinner (a frequent post-work social outlet) and taking the train home. Maybe I can work on planning in more of that for this summer. -- That is, when I'm not away on trips or busy running around at auditions/rehearsals, which haven't been much of an issue lately, but are about to ramp up, possibly covering over half of June at this point. Huh.

P.S., speaking of creative work: [ profile] gilana, you know about this, right? Deadline of Thursday, June 7!
chanaleh: (Default)
Shabbat shalom from Dreamwidth, y'all.

Oh, and because I have only pimped it on Facebook and Google+ so far, see my chief creative accomplishment of this week:

video behind cut, because I am tired of waiting for it to load every time I view my journal page, and I bet you are too! )
chanaleh: Snoopy at the typewriter, pondering (snoopywriter)
So, so tired, you guys. So tired. And I haven't been posting to LJ because somehow, in the past 2 weeks, I magically became one of those 21st-century creations known as a full-time Social Media Professional. Though you may have noticed that I'm now on Twitter and, if I must incriminate myself, Foursquare. :-} But, thus I spend a lot more time making micro-posts and sharing links (on both my own behalf and my employer's), but a lot less actually putting words through the keyboard.

I must say that this is partly due to the fact that we get lunch at my workplace, and it comes on these wide cafeteria trays that (no joke) make it difficult to type while eating lunch! Plus I'm doing some other journaling, offline, for a change. )

In terms of actual class assignments to turn in, I'm trying to write a short-short story (weekly assignments are 500 words) about the guitar lesson [ profile] gremionis gave me after we had dinner last week. He said I clearly need a guitar. Maybe. :-)

Shabbat dinner invite tonight, which I'm looking forward to! Hoping to have some chill time this weekend (it doesn't seem to happen much, even now), and to catch up on sleep (ditto).
chanaleh: Snoopy at the typewriter, pondering (snoopywriter)
This has stuck with me since [ profile] tallou shared it to Facebook about 2 weeks ago:
“Nobody tells this to people who are beginners, I wish someone told me. All of us who do creative work, we get into it because we have good taste. But there is this gap. For the first couple years you make stuff, it’s just not that good. It’s trying to be good, it has potential, but it’s not. But your taste, the thing that got you into the game, is still killer. And your taste is why your work disappoints you. A lot of people never get past this phase, they quit. Most people I know who do interesting, creative work went through years of this. We know our work doesn’t have this special thing that we want it to have. We all go through this. And if you are just starting out or you are still in this phase, you gotta know it's normal, and the most important thing you can do is do a lot of work. Put yourself on a deadline so that every week you will finish one story. It is only by going through a volume of work that you will close that gap, and your work will be as good as your ambitions. And I took longer to figure out how to do this than anyone I’ve ever met. It’s gonna take awhile. It’s normal to take awhile. You’ve just gotta fight your way through.”
― Ira Glass
From this video segment:
Nicely typeset here, if you can access it:

That said, I think I might sign up for a writing class. Yes, I know you don't need to pay someone to jump-start your writing process, but I feel like some structured guidance would help me at this point in my creative life, and that's worth investing in.

No news on any other fronts at present. Just lots of emotional Sturm und Drang whose mere reflection is by turns producing in me black despair, blank exhaustion, marble resignation, and red-raging fury. (Perhaps instead I am meant to take up painting, or sculpture.) My assigned part in this drama seems to consist mostly of waiting it out to see where I am at the end. Please send healing vibes, if you have them. And maybe cookies, kthx.
chanaleh: (tom + erica)
Here's the Rosh Hashanah postcard I sent out. Let me know if I forgot to send you one!
Note to [ profile] vettecat: I fixed the typo you pointed out. :-}

Click for larger image, or you can also view the PDF.

L'shanah tovah, everyone!

*scurries off to JTS*
chanaleh: Snoopy at the typewriter, pondering (snoopywriter)
So, as mentioned yesterday, I have been digging through old documents in the process of overhauling/updating my website, and one more thing I turned up was my Fall 2001 Pinafore filk:

Nautical Man, Nautical Man, Smartest lad in the Royal N... )
Blissful refrains,
For he remains
An Englishman!

chanaleh: (leila)
I notice that I've been getting some extra hits lately on my Five-Minute Sorcerer, a copy of which I brought along to the [ profile] negass marathon and loaned to [ profile] cycon. I find that it holds up pretty well on the re-reading, at least for my personal enjoyment, so that's always nice. :-)

Also, I spent several hours this weekend brushing up my design portfolio website (I'll be sure to post the link when the updated site is live). In the course of sifting through my old documents, I turned up the PDF of the G&S Playing Cards that I was commissioned to make as a director gift for [ profile] _opus_ during our Grand Duke (Spring 2001, yikes). The thirteen shows in chronological order are the ranks 2 through Ace; ace being high (even though, of course, for the full Grand Duke effect it ought to be lowest) sets up some lovely correspondences between the shows and the face cards. The four suits are the four cardinal roles: soprano (ingenue), contralto (battleax) or mezzo (soubrette), tenor, and patter baritone. A few liberties were taken in the mapping (partly to accommodate using Gilbert's own drawings for all the illustrations), but on the whole, they're great fun. To wit... )

... Gosh, it occurs to me belatedly that I should build a page about this on my actual site. Well, later. :-)

Lastly, one more thing I turned up among the documents was my Fall 2001 Pinafore filk, "Nautical Man". But I'll leave that for a separate entry!

Marge Piercy

Friday, November 5th, 2010 08:10 am
chanaleh: (Default)
Going around right now is this "top 15 authors that have affected you" meme, but I'm not doing that today. All I have for you on the topic of authors is this:

I just reread Marge Piercy's 1993 novel He, She, and It (I'm proud to say that my copy was sent to me by Ira Wood when I was doing some typesetting work for the Leapfrog Press, back in around 1998-2000... but anyway).

brief notes contrasting this with Woman on the Edge of Time )

Which produced the further insight that I, personally, had damn well better get cranking on writing my first novel, so that I can eventually write my tenth. X-)

That is all.

April 2018



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