Thursday, April 12, 2018

An Abundance of Opportunity

I haven't posted in a while. I've been busy. Slammed. Buried. So crazed. You know?

Do those phrases sound familiar? Do they roll off your tongue as easily as mine? As if our lives were something happening to us rather than something we're creating? A chore rather than a gift?

In an effort to reduce anxiety and regain a sense of control, I'm experimenting with axing these terms from my discourse about my life. When someone asks how I'm doing, I try to respond with a sense of gratitude for the many gifts and opportunities I have right now, rather than talking about my life like it's a burden I'm forced to bear.

An abundance of opportunity. That's how I'm wording it to myself. I'm experiencing an abundance of opportunity. Yes, it's a lot. Because I'm fortunate enough to have a lot going on. :)

My after school theatre class is prepping for its final presentation next month - that reboot of Midsummer I mentioned before. I just finished writing the final bits of text and having them translated into Spanish for the bilingual performance. We go into tech next week and it's exciting! The students have really stepped up to help tell this story. Additionally, I've continued in my life mission to be a one woman Doo Wop Preservation Society by teaching them a couple doo wop tunes which are featured in the play.

A couple of my piano students are prepping for a recital at the end of the month. Very young beginners. One of them is doing her very first recital.

In addition to participating in a staged reading of a musical in a couple weeks, I'll be appearing in the Hollywood Fringe Festival with Dracula's Taste Test. So lots of rehearsals happening right now.

Finally, my Ripper-themed thriller In For A Penny will be workshopped as part of the Sacred Lab Series at Sacred Fools.

And I've been writing songs again. And I just finished my taxes. And with the man of the house gainfully employed on a children's show with Laguna Playhouse, I'm running this household mostly solo.

And I love it all. Sure, I wish my man were around to help take the ancient dog out in the mornings. (She is slow like only the very old allow themselves to be.) But I'm thrilled that he's a working actor. Sure I wish I had more time before every single project goes up but I know I can handle it, so I'm choosing to enjoy it.

Last month, I was involved in a serious hit and run accident on the freeway. A semi didn't see my Honda and the Honda lost that fight. I walked away from the collision but I had injuries and my car was totaled. I'm still recovering, while pursuing my claim with the insurance company. But I'm also consciously choosing to enjoy the wealth of opportunities to be an artist, mother, and person - all of which could easily have been cut short if the accident had been even an inch more serious. I am forcibly reminded of how damn lucky we all are to be here. So I'm committing to valuing my life and refusing to begrudge it. This is all exactly what I asked for. I'm gonna enjoy myself.

Live your life joyfully today. We are all so lucky to be here. :)

Thursday, January 4, 2018

The Artist As Mother

My good life has been somewhat sidelined by a stomach bug having found its way into my little one. I've spent most of the last couple days catching puke in a bowl, rubbing the back of a moaning child, and trying to coax her to sip water. At the moment, she's fully passed out on the couch. Rest, little one.

Despite her sad little tummy going rogue, I've managed to finalize my script idea for my theatre class' show, put in a precious few minutes on a full length play I'm working on, promote We the People (featuring me yay!), teach a few piano lessons and a voice lesson, AND watch the final episode of Outlander (with a gorgeous bottle of wine and a pair of dear friends who will soon be leaving the country) before finishing Season 1 of Better Things (featuring the always delightful Rebecca Metz.) So holding steady in the face of adversity am I.

Now if I can just get this kid to keep something down, I'll feel like a success. Off to do a metric ton of laundry. Toodles.

I Have a Short Play Debuting!

Nina Simone:

"I choose to reflect the times and the situations in which I find myself. How can you be an artist and not reflect the times?"

One of the cooler things about being associated with Sacred Fools Theater Company is We the People -  a bi-monthly evening of political action theatre. Artists' prompts are sent out in advance and anyone may submit. It is a recurring opportunity to reflect the times.

Submissions must be original responses to the prompt and may include plays, songs, or spoken word.

The prompt this time was Blessings of Liberty.

I wrote a short play entitled With My Soul which will premiere at this event.

Admission is Donate What You Can and proceeds are given to charity. The organization selected for this evening is Peace Over Violence.

Monday, January 15 at 8pm, a curated selection of artists will debut new works in response to the  interesting times we live in. 

Buy Tickets Now.

Wednesday, January 3, 2018

Project Good Life Day 2 - Curriculum and Needlepoint

Second day has been pretty successful.

I slept late, having been wakened a couple times in the night by my 5-year-old bedtime visitor and the scratchy throat I've been battling. After morning coffee, taking the dog out, and giving a little guidance on cloth diapering (Hint: Do NOT under any circumstances google cloth diapering. You will be dropped abruptly into a pit of insanity where mean girl mommies will yell at you until you cry.); I got right to work writing the curriculum for my theatre class (grades 2, 3, and 4.) More on that as it evolves but it's a bilingual musical rooted in Shakespeare.

As I was writing, my little one was playing soccer and having a rock out party with her dad. I relieved him of duty and took her with me to pick up lunch for the family. After failing to find reasonably priced ramen noodles, I picked up some Kung Pao Chicken from Panda Express with which to treat my sickly throat. Then I worked with the little one on a stained glass style sticker image of a mermaid. It was a Christmas gift and she pretty much did the whole thing herself, carefully fitting the colored translucent stickers into their corresponding shapes. After that I napped on the couch.

When I woke up, we got right to work on another crafty Christmas gift of hers - a needlepoint butterfly. Mama busted out her long dormant sewing skills (I earned a badge for it in Missionettes. True story.) to show her how to thread a needle and tie off a stitch. We got a couple rows done before it was time for dinner. Then we watched a two part episode of Wonder Woman in which Lynda Carter is taken hostage by Nazis and saves the planet from being toasted by aliens.

Then I got to announce to social media that a short play of mine has been selected for the next installment of We The People - Sacred Fools' bi-monthly evening of political action through art. Admission is donate what you can and all proceeds go to charity. The organization chosen for this evening is Peace Over Violence.

Ended the evening with a pot of mint ginger tea while Jake and I watched The Shape of Water. Really weird. Really good. I can see why people are excited about it.

So yeah. It's been a pretty good day. I'm grateful for that.

Tuesday, January 2, 2018

2018 - I Resolve To Live The Good Life

My determination for this year was to use every day to create the life I want. Each day should be invested not spent.

My best life features lots of art, family, friends, and self care. It includes a variety of settings - mostly in my hometown of Los Angeles. It improves the world through activism, volunteer work, and connecting with people.

So there it is. My resolution is to fill this year with plays and music and books and art. Outings and games and movies and cocktails. Family gatherings and baby showers and birthday parties. Home-cooked meals and mint tea and yoga.

I kicked this campaign off with a Day 1 New Year's Day family outing to the Post Parade Viewing of the floats at the Pasadena Tournament of Roses. If you've ever watched The Rose Parade, you really must go see the workmanship up close. It will inspire you to spend less time on social media and more time meticulously arranging tiny objects to create a breathtaking effect. Or maybe bake a pie. Whatever floats your boat. (See what I did there?)

After the floats, we had delicious hand-crafted Mexican food at Urbano Mexican Kitchen. Best chicken enchiladas of my life. Then we put the little one to bed and watched I, Tonya - a spitfire of a movie. It inspired me to be more good but less nice and I really hope that makes sense but I'm not gonna worry about it cuz nice girls worry too much.

Project Good Life is Go!!!