I’m not dead, I’m just a mommy…..

Just a quick note at work, I realize this last year that I have very sadly let this blog go downhill. (What can I say motherhood has kicked my artistic ASS). But on the plus side, my amazing illustrator is making progress on our children’s book, I have a youtube series in the work and I’m finely writing poetry again. So please bare with me as I slowly work my  way back to artistic glory or at least.  And until that way, enjoy a progress sketch of Monster’s Don’t Hugs.

Alfie

Peace n Love,

Rach

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First publication of the new year

Good afternoon, Rachael!
 
I wanted to drop a quick note to you with good news!  Your monologue “The New Girl” has confirmed entry into Volume III of ‘interJACtions: Monologues from the Heart of Human Nature.’  Congratulations!
This greeted me in my inbox today!
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I was very excited to have this monologue published. It was originally a short story which I wrote during an exercise at University of Indiana.  It’s a dramatized piece about my experience of switching from a private Lutheran school (15 people in my class, all girls) to a public school.

Hopefully this year will continue to be a productive year for publishing (both indie and traditionally) for me!

Anyway, sorry for the brevity of this post, but I wanted to share the good news!

Insecurities

Insecurities are probably just a given with the artistic life. It’s hard not to take it personally when you poor hours and sweat into a piece just to have someone hate it.  And even though you know a lot of times, its just a preferences it’s hard to carry on.

And that’s where I find myself sitting, on the cliff of fear and insecurity.

insecrutities I have one project done, an anthology of plays. I just have to add my author’s bio and click publish on the nook press. But I linger. Realistically, I don’t expect it to be a best seller. But, as all of these plays have been produced, my main goal is just to get it out into the world and move on….still what if NO ONE buys it. My doubts are demons dancing in my brain.

Speaking of plays, my play, “The Wall,” is available for download (free) from Independent Playwrights.

Also, I’m shortly going to be opening an esty shop. I’m a writer that paints with too many painting for my home anymore and a crafter. It’s time to downsize. And maybe spread my view of the world to others.

And lastly, I’m pairing with a local artist to create a comic book. Details will follow including a Kickstarter campaign. It’s a slow process which I’m not used to and scary but I think the process will be worth it.

As you can see, lot’s going on that puts me into the world and opens me up to rejection. I suppose in the end I’ll just have to suck it up and put my big girl pants on. And if I do face utter rejection, well its the air artists breathe.

 

Oh yay! I got a guest blog published!

This was a fun an exciting weekend at the comic book festival. It has definately inspired me to look for a graphic designer and work on a comic idea I have had for a while(more details to follow).

But first, I have some fun and  exciting news to share. jumpI have had a guest post published on the Independent Play(w)rights website! It’s titled 5 things I wish I knew before I became a playwright.

It is, if I do say so myself, a good little piece of information that contains some  great tips I had to learn the hard way. If you are just starting out writing plays or even if you are experience, go ahead and give it a read.  You might just learn a thing or two!

Who needs money as a payoff?

One lost day of wages (vacation day taken)….-$80-120

Snacks and gas to drive to Peoria (an hour away)….-$20

The chance to teach 100 plus kids about being a playwright….priceless

….well maybe not priceless but at least worth the 120 bucks.

Today was the day! I taught four hour-long workshops on play-writing for kids (k-10th grade) for Cornstock theatre.

I was a hobbit of sorts, a misplaced author in a dank and dreary basement (the storage room for the theatre’s props).

Armed with my crude notes, nerves, paper and pens, I prepared to take on one of the greatest challenges of my life… teaching 30+ children……

I’d be lying if I said I was able to hold all of the children’s attention for the entire hour, but overall, the day went pretty well.

A quick introduction from myself and a lecture on the basics of play-writing and the kids were off….

 

The kids spent twenty minutes writing a short play. Noisy chaos ensured.

(Side note: I was surprised how many of the children, especially the older grades had little to no experience with creative writing, only a handful had ever written a play. If you are an artist, please take it upon yourself to educate our youth, it’s the only way they will be exposed to art….)

After they finished, the kids had the chance to act each others’ plays out.Acting 

And then it was light’s out.

Hopefully, this experience will inspire at least a few of them to take up this art! This was one of the best experiences of my life, hopefully I will have many more opportunities to teach our future.

A quote for your Sunday

Some days I feel like being an artist is a curse, a long winding road of failure and rejection. And on those days, I hold on to this quote:Image

“If you want to really hurt your parents, and you don’t have the nerve to be gay, the least you can do is go into the arts.

I’m not kidding. The arts are not a way to make a living. They are a very human way of making life more bearable.

Practicing an art, no matter how well or badly, is a way to make your soul grow, for heaven’s sake.

Sing in the shower. Dance to the radio. Tell stories. Write a poem to a friend, even a lousy poem.

Do it as well as you possibly can. You will get an enormous reward. You will have created something.”

Kurt Vonnegut, A Man Without a Country, 2005

Any art is creation. What is more wonderful than that?

Call for submissions (all genre)!

From a friends new journal. I don’t think there is a hard set submission deadline, but ASAP.

Similar:Peaks:: inaugural edition is shaping up well. We have had a damn good cup of submissions. But we need even more. But we need even you. Submit Your Self. Poetry, fiction, essay, plays, reviews, and even fan fiction is wanted. From your fantastic brain. We want that David Lynch brand coffee, too, but have no idea where to buy it not in bulk. Spend your weekend visiting similarpeakspoetry.com and consider us the white or black lodge for your art. ♥

I don’t think the website is up yet, but you can follow their fb page.

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What story will you try on next?

TED-Ed explains how literature changes us individually and a society.

This four minute video is worth the watch for any book lover(of for you guys that aren’t!)

It will make inspire you are a reader and a writer.

It left me with a smile even with it’s discussion of the book Pamela, which for anyone how has taken a Brit Lit class can tell you is a lovely read.  Ok, it isn’t. It was one of those books that I could never get into and just supped through so I didn’t fail the class.

The last line is something I want you to think about, it’s what I’m thinking about (and the title of my blog.)  What story will you try on next?

In reading?

In writing?

And in life?