Final Feat: Sunday Round Up #24

When was the last time you looked through the sites you follow?

Feel free to join in and link back to this post! Maybe I’ll discover some new blogs along the way… Otherwise, stick around, you might find something new!

When Do I Get the Manual?

In the spirit of new year, what better way to kick 2018 off than share in the sometimes bewildering arena of Adulthood? From navigating things like toilet deliveries and strip clubs, to stories from past and present, you’ll find you’re not the only one who’s clueless.

Recent post: Birthdays, Waiting Days & Holidays

The Art of Doing Stuff

If “Doing Stuff” is more your thing, from baking and building, to gift wrapping and chickens (not gift-wrapping chickens, never get those confused), get ready to sweat (and swear).

Recent post: MERRY CHRISTMAS FROM ME AND THE CHICKENS.

themischiefmemoirs

What about broadening your poetry collection with endless sliders of art pieces – art pieces created by the poet, themself?

Recent post: CONSORT; CONTORT

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Admittedly last seen around March of this year, from the pov of an artist for all things script and industry related, there are many useful pieces over here about the script to stage process. A great taster is Alan’s reflection on having a script whitewashed before staging.

Recent post: Rip Me A Yarn, Stat: Buffy, Stories & The Toybox

My Mind Speaks Aloud

And for all things literary, from book reviews to pieces of her own flash fiction, to thoughts out loud and everything in between, there’s something for everyone!

Recent post: Happy New Year!

 


And now, a (long overdue) welcome to the Laidig clan:

thedabler | rejstephensonblogs | Maria Johnson | IMPREINT | Rhyme Written in RedLogical Quotes

(Note: I can only feature those with linked blogs – those without, I see you!)

Final Feat: Brain Exodus

And so into the closing week of 2017.

Since my next couple of weeks will be bananas, I thought: why not use these last few days to get those posts off of the back burner, dust off the cobwebs, and make some room for 2018? I’m already doing the same at home, may as well apply it here!

Next up: emptying the ol’ noggin.
(Evidently didn’t empty it right last night, as I hit publish on a date in the past, whoops!)

Yesterday I spoke about rejection when it comes to jobs and creative submissions, and choosing to aim for as many of them as possible – the more I collect, the more likely the odds of success, too! The main reason I changed my perspective (besides the highly persuasive argument set out in Kim Liao’s article) was largely down to how my outlook had been for at least the two years prior. I graduated from my masters with severe exhaustion, moving back to a home with a drama in the works, and, thanks to said drama, an overwhelming feeling of “…now what?”.

I had a timeline of targets and dates, a plan of action to get my theatre career underway. Then – well, then all of this happened – basically making for an impossible work and living environment. I was essentially in denial about how ill I actually was, and that had a huge impact on I how viewed my future.

That was a dark place to be. Every interview or submission rejection, every update on former colleagues and the theatrical dreams they were living hitting me like it was personal. Instead of my usual “always next time” attitude, it became more self-destructive, questioning any abilities or experience I had, before descending into “oh my god, what happens if I never leave the house again, what if this is it for me”. That perspective had to change, no one needs that kind of attitude in their life!

When things aren’t moving in the direction I want, I get so caught up in my thoughts, I barely function outside of making tea and rustling in the fridge. But, since self-implementing a stricter method of responding to opportunities, openings and even my own (often lengthy) to-do lists, it’s happening less now. I’m finding better ways of searching (and securing!) work in my chosen field for the year (2017 was paid festival work, and at least one show – aiming for a part-time/fixed contract in 2018).

And, maybe, it’s that boost of small successes in a sea of my beloved rejections that’s finally allowing my brain the freedom to, once again, look ahead with hope instead of nope. It feels good. It feels freeing.

Final Feat: Rejection(s)

And so into the closing week of 2017.

Since my next couple of weeks will be bananas, I thought: why not use these last few days to get those posts off of the back burner, dust off the cobwebs, and make some room for 2018? I’m already doing the same at home, may as well apply it here!

Next up: rejections.

For the newer readers (and the forgetful ones), I came across this concept of aiming for rejections two summers ago – the thought process being that the more rejections you aim for, the higher the probability of success. Liao‘s aim is 100 a year which, in the literary world, seems both a toughie and more feasible given the larger ratio of creative writing opps to playwriting ones.

So, I attempted a scaled-down version in 2016 of 20 rejections. Taking the differing industries and the year’s remaining five months into account, I ended the year on 7 rejections, 2 acceptances, and 3 unknowns. I knew I was never going to submit to 20 different things, but 12 wasn’t too bad a stab at it.

With Hogmanay around the corner, I’ve almost concluded a year’s trial on this wagon, and I’m into it. I fully committed to the concept, and it managed to almost pay for itself inside the first half of 2017. An honest mistake, I swear!

I had planned to talk about in my usual Hogmanay post, but I can’t keep it to myself for much longer. Having applied and submitted to 35 things this year – jobs, competitions, auditions – I can officially say I have both met my year’s submissions target and rejection count in a oner.

With numbers like these, I’d say we all deserve rejection.

S U C C E S S E S  |  3 2  R E J E C T I O N S  |  2  P E N D I N G

Final Feat: Wool Exodus

And so into the closing week of 2017.

Since my next couple of weeks will be bananas, I thought: why not use these last few days to get those posts off of the back burner, dust off the cobwebs, and make some room for 2018? I’m already doing the same at home, may as well apply it here!

Next on the list: an exodus of wool.

…Without context, that’s a pretty strange statement. Maybe with context i.e. all of that wool in ball and scarf form, it’s less strange.

As I endeavour to achieve the minimalist haven – attained in brief moments, only to be snatched away by anything you can think of that can fill a space – I realised that one of the culprits are projects stashed away. Projects that primarily involve wool.

First it was a few skeins and a crochet hook as a birthday gift. Then someone’s ex lost a parent, and a windfall of unused wool came my way. Then there was the wool I wanted and, y’know, bought. And then there was the odd 7-foot-long scarf (why always so long?!) rescued with plans to shrink, multiply and donate.

Donation has always been the goal, but after several rip-downs and restarts, I had to reevaluate. With skills that aren’t exactly expert, I’ve been trying simple blankets, beanies and scarves, but either I’d never reach the ideal size, or colours would run out. Then trying to balance what colours I know I’ll never use with colours no one would ever want has equally been a nightmare.

Slowly but surely, the wool is going down. Since August, two gifts have been added to a friend’s ever growing collection (also maybe created by me), a final decision has been made about a scarf I’ve been wrestling with for at least year and is now on its way to becoming smaller scarves, and a rug for our heat-seeking missiles (read: cats) is halfway done.

(That last one has been the most effective on the wool stock.
Lucky for me, there’s more than one radiator!)

Final Feat: Accidental Horizon

And so today marks the closing week of 2017.

Since my next couple of weeks will be bananas, I thought: why not use these last few days to get those posts off of the back burner, dust off the cobwebs, and make some room for 2018? I’m already doing the same at home, may as well apply it here!

First on the list: The Daily Post’s final photo challenge for the year. Missing last week – especially with what I had in store! – has been nagging away at me.

Photography is a relatively new vice – I know what I like in a picture, but that doesn’t mean I always want to be the one taking them.

Since I’m so particular about how and what I capture, I can’t honestly say I have a ‘favourite’ because of how particular I am. Anything I’ve shared lies in that feeling of “this is a special one”. …Maybe that’s why I missed last week’s challenge, I got a bit meta.

So why is this my ‘favourite’ for the year? When I took Accidental Borealis, what made that so special was the fact it was an accident – I captured something I both could and couldn’t see. In early December, we took a weekend trip to the Highlands, and the night before we left, the sky was looking extra fine. No light pollution, clear sky at a cheeky -15ºc, and endless sea of stars.

Unbeknownst to me, that was the beginning of the Geminids period (explains the shooting stars). While the night sky I saw was glittering away in darkness, the lying snow lit up the horizon.

…I guess this means I now have to add Accidental Horizon to the bank? Find a third, and I’ve made an accidental series!