Year of the Creative Dragon

Me and Laura

I’ve had this blog for a while now and have only scratched the surface of what I’m really focused on and interested in.

Lovely ladies of the One Day Play – Karen, Beth and Laura

Much like my life over the past four years.

But 2012 is the Year of the Dragon.  And things are going to be different.

The Dragon is a creature of myth and legend. A symbol of good fortune and sign of intense power, the Eastern Dragon is regarded as a divine beast – the reverse of the malicious monster that Westerners felt necessary to find and slay. In Eastern philosophy, the Dragon is said to be a deliverer of good fortune and a master of authority.


The dragon has a fire in it’s belly.  It is beautiful and strong and knows what it wants.  I think anyone would want to strive for that.  This will be my Year of the Creative Dragon.

Me and John Paul

I’m giving myself a mission.  Three times a week, I’ll post something about working in and creating a life in the arts: maybe a picture, a question, something inspiring, an essay about the state of the arts or an experience I’ve had.

A lot of people are doing 365 Day challenges since it’s the start of the new year.  I know myself and know I need to work into things slowly.  So I’m going for three times a week instead – which is better than once every couple months.

This is going to be a good year.  I rang it in with people I love doing something I love: theater.

The Afterparty

Yesterday, I met a bunch of actors at the Eclectic Company Theatre at 7am and we began to rehearse a full length play that was only finished at about 6:45, written by a group of writers who had started the night before.  By 8pm last night, we had a full show and performed it twice in front of a paying audience.  Then we drank champagne and celebrated the coming of a new year.

Our favorite theater couple, David and Megh.

The One Day Play is a highly condensed version of the process you go through when producing and performing a normal play – the discovery, the highs, the lows, the bonding, the frustration – all the steps are taken in the span of twelve hours. I’ve been on the writing end before but had never directed one until yesterday – and while I was kinda dreading it, worried I would freeze up and not know what to do and that everyone would think I’m an idiot – it was incredibly fun, incredibly exhausting and incredibly cathartic. I wouldn’t have wanted to ring in the new year any other way.

Good luck to everyone in 2012!

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