I’ve been gone for so long…
This morning, it occurred to me that I’ve just wrapped up a quarter-year of unbroken travel. It felt so…non-linear? Timeless? Speedless? Wherever I was, there I was.
Chicago > Brooklyn > Las Vegas > San Francisco > Los Angeles > Brooklyn (part two) > Homebase.
Travel cracks me open. (When I let it. Which I try to.)
I got INSPIRED on this trip…to be a better listener / do-er / creator / Artist / human. Mostly Artist.
Here’s what I’ve been ogling (lately)…where I’ll be orbiting (next)…and some shadowy future-tense forecasts. Enjoy.
I’ve been OGLING…
John Leguizamo. Saw Johnny Legz with D, live on Broadway. His latest one-man show, Ghetto Klown, is one of those tour-de-force extravaganzas that makes you want to do fifty sit-ups, throw out all your clothes, burn everything you’ve ever written, and start again, from the top. And this time, with feeling.
Alexander McQueen: Savage Beauty. Went with Gala to see McQueen at The Met. Which was pretty much perfect. I cried. For days, actually. In spurts. And promptly got blue + gold tinsel strands installed in my hair. We all react in our own ways…
Usher. Caught his OMG Tour in Minneapolis. The smoke! The lasers! Such showmanship. Also: I climbed over a barricade into a VIP Booth, and partied with 20 lab technicians from the University of Minnesota. There’s a method to my madness.
Clint Mansell. I became enthralled with Clint’s film scores & compositions after watching MOON (my favorite movie of the year, bar none.) His website is eerie & elegant. And while it goes against all conventional ‘marketing’ wisdom, I LOVE the fact that there’s no clear way to approach or hire him. It’s like, “I’m Clint Mansell. Listen to my music. And go away now.” It only amplifies my curiosity…
“Let today be your never.”
— Rachel Bagby
This 5-word invitation, which Ms. Bagby invoked at Selling Your Soul a few weeks back, is rattling in my mind, like a loose chip of metal. Clink, clink. Hard to ignore. Nor do I want to.
Where I’m ORBITING…
I get around.
Classes for the Post College Survival Kit, led by the one & only Sarah Von Bargen of Yes & Yes, have officially begun. And my Vokle presentation is this Sunday, May 29th @ 6pm CST. Don’t be tardy, kids.
Live Lane of Choosing Beauty is curating a series of interviews for her online course, How To Build A Blog You Truly Love. I’ll be a contributor, waxing poetic on the subject of “crafting authentic content.” Who else is involved? Amanda Oaks of Kind Over Matter & pattern designer Jessica Swift, for starters. The love parade embarks on June 5th. Scope it out.
And everyone’s favorite Sacred Sound Practitioner, Fabeku Fatunmise, will be MC-ing a 75-minute teleparty on June 6th @ 1pm CST. It’s called Transcendent Sales: De-sleazify your pitch, attract your perfect people, and spark positive action — not widespread panic. Some really smart cookies are involved (like Chris Zydel, Susannah Conway, Lisa Baldwin. Oh, and me.) It’s free. And you can register here.
Owning the Shadows
I want a great deal from this life. Sometimes, the immensity of my own ambition scares me. Do you feel that way, too?
I want to be the most sought-after copywriter in the world.
I want modern-day philosophers, world-rockers and game-changers to summon me to their aide.
I want an audience of highly-influential supernovas.
I want to be so gorgeous, it’s almost offensive.
I want to give generously, lavishly and without hesitation to organizations that tug at my heart.
I want my days to be spacious, mystical and a little bit mischevious.
I want to retain fascination, turn heads, and evoke audible gasps.
All of these spiraling wants are prickling me into making a few aesthetic & structural changes, in my work, and in my life. Going for levitation. Going for Legacy Potential. Eradicating the word “blog” from my lexicon, for starters.
And that…is that.