Yes, I’m a real person, and I have a few other things going on besides this website. Here’s the current state of affairs.
- Designing websites (latest project here and here), building membership sections and courses, and offering other online support for various clients. Get in touch if you want to discuss something.
- Recording audiobooks for self-published authors, articles for online writers, and have started The Audiobook Club.
- Continuing to run the 30 Day Meditation Challenge eCourse, which is free (join now!).
- Teaching “Videos in One Take” to online entrepreneurs—how to be more confident, clear, and comfortable on camera (where you are now). I have a course for this as well. [The shape of VIOT will be changing in the near future.]
- Created a Shakespeare video project, and may continue producing these:
- I’m a text/verse coach for a teenager production of Henry V with Fury Theatre in Chicago(Jan-March, 2017)
- Will produce three episodes of a podcast about classical theatre, to see how it goes and if I like it. (Second quarter of 2017)
- Planning to create eBook and audio versions of the Meditation Course (First half of 2017).
- Brainstorming a guide to help people learn more about and earn the Southwest Companion Pass (to me, one of the best and possibly least known about airline perk)
- Developing small travel tours to Panama or Belize
- Based more in Hyde Park, Chicago and seeing as many live and cultural things as possible.
- Still taking several trips each year. Upcoming: Austin, TX (March 2017—after SXSW).
- Meditating daily (since 5/20/2010) and exercising regularly (Sworkit, tai chi, yoga, strength, flexibility, balance, inverted wall-assisted push-ups).
- Getting back into reading: recently completed One Hundred Years of Solitude by Gabriel Garcia Marquez (slow-going, but overall very enjoyable), Open by Andre Agassi (intriguing look behind-the-scenes), The Time Machine by HG Wells (fascinating!) and The Shadow of the Wind by Carlos Ruiz Zafón (really engaging!). Follow my list here.
- Documentaries and Netflix: re-watching Frasier and, most recently, Cooked, and Chef’s Table. I also highly recommend The Great British Baking Show (delightful, beautiful, and engaging). Are you seeing a trend here? Other seasons recently completed: Westworld and Santa Clarita Diet
- Cooking. Lots of cooking. It’s actually one way I can really zone out and enjoy myself. And I just started baking bread after watching several season of the British Bake-off (mentioned above, available on YouTube and Netflix), and making pizza in a brick oven in the middle of the jungle!
- Playing the ukulele.
I love hearing stories, sharing stories, and discovering. If there’s any kind of through-line to me, that’s it.
I’m thinking about how STORYTELLING is a central theme of my life, and how my work might all connect to it—brainstorming possible avenues of creation.
I have the complete opposite problem of someone who “doesn’t know what to do”—I get equally exhausted and exhilarated from just reading this list. I enjoy doing many things, and I know I’m bored with repetitive tasks, so perhaps I look for ways to keep it interesting for myself.
I feel I’m still looking for the “thing” (or things) that really catches traction/momentum with myself and others—and it’d be nice if that paid the bills, too. At the moment, the audio work seems to be closest.
I’m also working on *not* being triggered by “being told what to do,” or feeling like my sense of freedom is disappearing. 99% of the time, this is just my mind at work, and my perception of what I believe to be happening. Not easy to ignore, and really easy for me to lose my cool. 🙂
Apparently, quite a bit of theatre…
- Directed a reading of Bertolt Brecht’s The Resistible Rise of Arturo Ui (November 2016)
- Helped with the publicity, dramaturgy, and text work (verse coaching) for Christopher Fry’s The Lady’s Not for Burning (October/November 2016)
- Acted in two Noel Coward plays for a staged reading (October 2016)
- TRAVEL (in 2016): Belize; London; a month in Spain (Granada, Barcelona, Madrid, Basque Country, Salamanca); five weeks in Panama City (including Bocas Del Toro); two weeks offline in Alaska (Denali and Kenai); Montreal and Massachusetts; camping in Lake Tahoe; hiking/exploring in Denver and Boulder, CO; vacation with family in Ft. Lauderdale, Key West, Tampa, Gainesville, Tallahassee, and Orlando, FL
- Re-designed the Hyde Park Community Players’ website!
- Have plenty of ideas, but haven’t done anything lately with my original blog and travel site.
- Editing together videos for my healthy food/travel show (still looking at how to continue this).
- Looking to be the Healthy Houseguest
- Offering omg budget travel advice
- Coaching public speakers using Shakespeare’s advice
- Thinking of a travel hacking course (with a specific market in mind).
- Developing a possible game or app that helps you decide where to live or travel (though I’d like to get this at some point).
- Doing “VA” work—I really enjoy more creative and longer-term projects.
- Planning to “settle down” or start a family.
Updated: March 9, 2017 from Evanston, Chicago