I'd say that 2011 was the year I went crazy. Not actually emotional break-downage. (That was 2008-2009, when my personal life and the economy went cablooey in cahoots. Everyone should have a year they actually break down. It makes everything else so much more manageable.)
But rather, 2011 was the year that I artistically bezerked.
Now, I am a bezerker by trade. That is, I waffle and I waffle and I waffle over a life-altering decision...and then, rather than carefully and thoughtfully going step by step, I sort of scream my barbaric "Yawp!" at the world and run at it full-throttle.
That's how I chose a college. That's how I joined household (Catholic sororities). That's how I became a teacher. That's how I became a director. That's how I became an author. And, thanks to the complete lack of jobs in America...that's how in 2011, I became a working artist.
It always starts the same way. I say to myself: "Myself! [What you're about to do] is crazy. No one ever does [that thing]. No one can actually make a living at [that thing]. So I'll do [that thing] for a lark...and see if anyone takes me seriously."
And then they do.
And then I say: "[Expletive.]"
However, what I've learnt from being a working artist is that you had better have a colour-coded calendar. And you had better be able to compartmentalize. Now, I've got the former, and I'm working on the latter. I'm also trying to learn how to juggle - because while I've gotten to the point of beginning to understand how to be a working theatrical director, I'm still learning how to be a working author.
But anywho...these are the things I have done in 2011. And although it drove me nuts, and it meant I had almost no time...I like being busy. And I like doing what I do.
So, thank You, God, for throwing me into these ridiculous opportunities, and please still be there to catch me when it feels like I'm falling apart. Amen.
Austenesque Reviews not only for first bringing me into the authorial blogosphere (yes, you can thank Meredith Esparza for everything), but also for awarding Nachtsturm Castle "Best Non-Pride and Prejudice Austenesque Sequel" of the year! Yippeeeeeeeee! (Buy your copy today!)
I started running out of time with all that happened theatrically, but I really want to take a moment to thank those who welcomed me into the on-line author community. Meredith dragged me in for the Austenesque Extravaganza and my first twitter party ever. Then the Indie Jane girls, Maria Grazia, and the Regency Ladies really encouraged me and gave me opportunities - more than I deserve or than I knew. And to Laura McDonald who first gave me the opportunity to publish through the wonderful Girlebooks imprint. Thank you, to all of you.
And bear with me as I try to juggle plays and prose!