Two months ago it was Christmas. I was in a cabin and desperately trying to get in a bit of writing every day. One of those things was this post about some stuff I hoped I’d make happen in the coming year.
Well part of the idea of this writing as a public project was to make myself culpable, to make sure I had to tell people whether or not I was actually succeeding at the things I was hoping for. So here’s the list again and here’s where we are 2 months into the new year.
In 2013 I want to:
– Spend a few days making something with a person in Philly I’ve never worked with:
Mmm… Debatable. Since that time I have gotten myself into a new project with Shakespeare in Clark Park where I’ll likely work with a fair number of people I don’t know. But I don’t think that’s the spirit of the thing, so I’m giving myself a “No” on this one.
Amy Smith! I’m looking at you.
– Sing with a choir:
Nope. Anyone know of any?
– Work with a visual artist
Talked to a few. No formal collaborations yet.
– Make something for an audience of less than 10
This I actually HAVE made progress on. We’ll cross-file this under “Make a board game.” Watch for some first experiments coming in April.
– Look up a bunch of Norse mythology
A teeny tiny bit. Did you know there’s a Norse God named Ull who is Thor’s handsome stepson and presides over snowshoes?
– Make a piece that’s no longer than 5 minutes
Some planning in process. Four words: Johnny Showcase Youtube videos.
– Learn a lot about wine
No! And what’s up with that?
– Work with (in?) water
Not yet, but again, plans for the summer production.
– Play the piano
Yes! And I need to do more.
– Create something performed in another language
No and I totally forgot I even had this on here.
– Get onstage myself
Again, half credit. I’ve done this with Lefty Lucy Cabaret but since it’s something that I already have a history with, I don’t think it counts yet.
Amy, I’m looking at you again.
– Make a meal the central focus
Some small experiments with this during Swim Pony game night but I think there’s more to come.
– Work on a scene from a play I’m not producing, just because its fun
Not yet. Anyone have one they want to play around with?
– Read a lot about something I never got to take a class on in college
Been reading about the history of domesticity “Home” by Bill Bryson, highly recommend it. Not full credit though.
– Give myself permission to stop something in the middle
Does cleaning my house count? If not, then no.
– Take a dance class
Not yet. Dancers, where should I go?
– Contact a person I’d think would never respond and ask them for coffee
No. And I really should. I’m afraid of this one.
– Write something creative without a second author
I think I wrote this in a slightly masochistic fashion. The truth is, I think of the writing I do in this space as very creatively satisfying. It works the same muscle as anything I’ve ever written that wasn’t non-fictional. It’s pointedly without a second author. Did I mean it had to have a beginning middle and end? It need to be a play or novel? In any event, I think I’m pretty good on the writing front and I’m giving myself a yes here.
– Watch another person’s process
This one surprised me. I have talked a lot with others about their process but not had a chance to sit in and watch. Anyone have a rehearsal I can lurk around?
– Create a board game
Working on it! Some early explorations this spring, a few residency applications thrown to the wind and a lot of reading. I’m feelin’ this one.
All told if I add up some half credit for things I’m in the middle of doing or have made some significant progress on I’m giving myself 3.5 out of 20 items or 17%. Two months into the year is about 17% of the way through 2013.
Ok, ok. That’s somewhat on track. Let’s knock a few more of these out in the coming months…