“Do not be too moral. You may cheat yourself out of much life. Aim above morality. Be not simply good; be good for something.” –Thoreau

25 January 2011

Good advice.

“The advice I like to give young artists, or really anybody who’ll listen to me, is not to wait around for inspiration. Inspiration is for amateurs; the rest of us just show up and get to work. If you wait around for the clouds to part and a bolt of lightning to strike you in the brain, you are not going to make an awful lot of work. All the best ideas come out of the process; they come out of the work itself. Things occur to you. If you’re sitting around trying to dream up a great art idea, you can sit there a long time before anything happens. But if you just get to work, something will occur to you and something else will occur to you and somthing else that you reject will push you in another direction. Inspiration is absolutely unnecessary and somehow deceptive. You feel like you need this great idea before you can get down to work, and I find that’s almost never the case.”

— Chuck Close

05 January 2011

Another apocalypse-free New Year!

1.What did you do in 2010 that you'd never done before?
We got married. That's a biggie. I contacted graduate schools. We went to Boston/Cambridge. I ate a lobster that weighed a pound and a half, by myself. I played Titania on stage. I had a blog entry featured on a very popular website. I lost faith in my community and my country (Lincoln East green card scandal, anyone?), but then I found it again (thank you DADT Repeal Act).

2. Did you keep your new years' resolutions?
Well, I'm not entirely sure I had any. I was a little distracted by my engagement last Yule.

3. What are your resolutions for 2011?
Get healthier. This means both eating better and exercising more. Decide whether or not to apply for grad school, and send my application if I decide to do it. Organize my photos and memorablia. Move to an apartment with a dishwasher. Send my book out to more publishers and agents. Finish book #2 and the screenplay for "Magpie." Save money every month.

4. Did anyone close to you give birth?
Two of my cousins had babies.

5. Where did you travel to?
Lincoln. Fremont. Boston. Cambridge. New Haven. Red Feather. Phoenix.

6. What would you like to have in 2011 that you lacked in 2010?
Savings. And also, clearly defined career goals.

7. What will remain etched in your memory from 2010?
Our wedding! And everything surrounding that event, including the shopping, crafting, partying, planning, and honeymooning. The deaths of our Grandfathers, Don and Warren. The death of our rabbit, Audrey. Adopting our new kitten, Henry, and his rockin' Hallow's Eve costume (he was a golden snitch).

8. What was your biggest achievement of the year?
Pulling together our wedding. For sure. It was a lot of work.

9. What was your biggest failure?
I'm still hung up on forgetting some of the corsages and boutonnieres for the grandparents at our wedding. That was really upsetting. I also regret not being able to get to Phoenix in time to see my Grandfather again before he died.

10. Did you suffer illness or injury?
Nothing life-threatening. I did have my longest-ever stretch of headaches (and that is saying something!), and that put me down for the count for a while. I was seriously worried I might have hemorrhaged something.

11. What was the best thing you bought?
The practical answer would be our car. But I'm going to say my wedding jewelry! I love it. Also, Henry the Wonder Kitten, although he was adopted and not "bought."

12. Where did most of your money go?
Wedding stuff and the purchase of our car (we paid cash).

13.What concerts did you see?
Um, remember how I said we paid cash for our car?

14. Compared to this time last year, are you:
i. happier or sadder? Happier. Well, I'm mean not exactly, since I'd just gotten engaged at this point.
ii. thinner or fatter? Neither, I think.
iii. richer or poorer? Poorer, but on the road to being richer.

15. What do you wish you'd done more of?
Hanging out with friends.

16. What do you wish you'd done less of?
Stressing out. I have my black belt in stressing out.

17. How did you spend Christmas?
At home in Chicago with Casey and the kitties. It was nice, actually. Very relaxed.

18. Did you fall in love in 2010?
I made a public affirmation of my love.

19. How many one-night stands?
None. Ha.

20. What was your favorite TV program?
"Bones" probably. I also love "The Sing-Off" and "Holmes on Homes."

21. Do you hate anyone now that you didn't hate this time last year?
No, luckily. Except maybe Glenn Beck.

22. What was the best book you read?
"Trash" by Andy Mulligan.

23. What was the best album you bought in 2010?
See, I don't really buy whole albums. Sorry. But I love V V Brown.

24. What did you want and get?
A husband.

25. What did you want and not get?
A book deal.

26. What was your favorite film of the year?
I love me some HP7. Also, I finally saw "The Blind Side" and it was pretty great, if a bit sentimental.

27. What did you do on your birthday, and how old were you?
I turned 25. That's (literally) all I remember.

28. What one thing would have made your year immeasurably more satisfying?
Developing some confidence in my own writing.

30. What kept you sane?
Casey. My parents. Kate, Gabby, Kel, and Blair. My cats. It should really say "WHO kept you sane?"

31. Which celebrity/public figure did you fancy the most?
Barack Obama

32. What political issue stirred you the most?
Tea Partying.

33. Who did you miss?
God, nearly everyone.

34. Who was the best new person you met?
Weird question. Best in what way?

35. Tell us a valuable life lesson you learned in 2010:
Trust people more. Most people want to do right by you. It's an amazing part of being human, this innate dependence we have on one another. Trust people, be trustworthy, and your life will move much more smoothly.

36. Quote a song lyric that sums up your year:

'Til my body is dust
'Til my soul is no more
I will love you, love you
'Til the sun starts to cry
And the moon turns to rust
I will love you, love you

But I need to know:
Will you stay for all time
Forever and a day?
Then I'll give my heart
'Til the end of all time
Forever and a day

'Til the storms fill my eyes
and we touch the last time
I will love you, love you

Oh, I need to know:
Will you stay for all time
Forever and a day?
Yes, I'll give my heart
'Til the end of all time
Forever and a day

("I Will Love You," Fisher)
Wedding photo, totally un-posed.

Bless You and Yours.
May the coming year be better, stronger, safer, and more exhilarating than the ones before.