Yesterday, as I was getting a long overdue haircut and telling the hairdresser about my latest creative project, I realized that the main reason I have no love life is NOT because a) I am fat, b) I am middle-aged, c) I have fits of shyness sometimes, d) my day job is in a female-dominated profession, or e) I moonlight as a performance evaluator and therefore intimidate the hell out of a lot of men.
No, the main reason is that there is no wiggle room in my life, no TIME for a man to squeeze his way in to my days or my nights.
But I don’t want to give up any of the activities I already love – my day job, my blog, my book award committee, or my gardening – nor am I sorry I said “yes” to any of my three newest projects.
So there you go.
My three newest projects are:
1. I will teach the 1.5 credit Workshop on Storytelling for grad students working on their Master of Library Science (MLS) degrees via the School of Library and Information Science (SLIS) at Indianapolis University-Purdue University Indianapolis (IUPUI) again this spring. It has been a few years since I taught it last, so I will need to overhaul my syllabus and probably decide on a new textbook by this fall.
2. I will serve as an Encore Association judge for the 2008-2009 season. According to Encore’s website, “The Encore Awards are awarded for excellence in Community Theatre in and around the Indianapolis area. There are currently 11 member theatres in the Encore Association. Net proceeds from the Awards Ceremony benefit the Jean Cones Memorial Student Scholarship Program.” Encore theatres are run completely by volunteers.
The first two times someone asked me to apply to be an Encore judge, I declined because I like to write about theatre as I judge it. As an Encore judge, I will not be allowed to blog (or write anywhere, or even chat) about the shows that I see at Encore theatres.
But when Encore president Rich Baker asked me to apply, I decided the third time was the charm and said, “Yes.” After writing, my second favorite thing is learning, and I am sure that I will learn a lot from working with the other Encore judges and the Encore board. I hope that the Encore Association will be glad they asked me to join their team.
I will still be able to write publicly about the many other theatres in town, though, so don’t worry about my blog fizzling out.
3. I have accepted a commission from the Indiana Historical Society and Storytelling Arts of Indiana to create a 90-minute storytelling piece to commemorate the 200th anniversary of Abraham Lincoln’s birth, to be performed for the first time at the Indiana History Center in downtown Indy on Sunday, January 18, 2009 and possibly other times and places throughout the state during 2009 and beyond.
I will write more about this last project in future posts. I would like to share part of my creative process with you.
Please wish me luck with all of this!
By the way, my next blog post will be about a conversation I had with Jim LaMonte and Jeremy Tuterow about the new facility for the Spotlight Players. In the meantime, I hope to see you at the theatres! There are several fun community theatre shows opening around town this weekend.
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