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Thursday! Between the Zines: A Two-Fer You-Fer.
I had a plan for the newsletter this week.
Honest, I did.
Then, occurrences occurred, events transpired, and I engaged in an Adventure of Ridiculousness last night that led to my taking 3 hours to do something I thought I needed to do but didn’t actually need to do at all.
So much for the plan.
I’ll tell you what I did do though. I recorded two selections from last week’s Thursday! instead of one. You can find those after all the blatant begging for your financial help I do every week. Maybe this will be the week you jump in, if you haven’t done so already? Honestly, the buy-in isn’t extreme, and I give you way better value than most streaming services. And unlike the streaming services, I won’t raise my rates on you suddenly to prop up my tottering edifice of mediocrity1.
I do want to leave you with one last thought. All of us, whether we think we’re artists or not, make plans only to see them dashed on the jagged rocks of reality2. We get sidetracked, discouraged, run into our own mental ditches. None of that means we should stop doing our best creative work in as much time and space as we have. Nor does it mean we should stop looking for new ways to do things. Just last week, you saw one of my poems as part of a wonderful sculpture. That’s new for me, different in a way I would never have expected even a month ago.
Plans change. Time gets tight. Our jobs, friends, families, churches, and whatever else we have around us all have their own demands on our time and attention. Sometimes those demands are louder than the voice of our art. No matter. Do what you can in whatever space you can. Change things up. Work small if you must. Work a sentence as a time. Write one scene. Draw a single figure in black and white.
Record a poem or a story or, I don’t know, both!
My dream is to support my family with my art. Can such a thing be done? Yes! But I need your help. How? I’m glad you asked!
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As I said, I recorded two selections from last week’s Thursday!: “The Blanket that Ate Some People” and “The Company of a Tree”. Substack isn’t quite ready for me to label the sound files, but you should find them in order. At some point, I also plan to record “I Dream of Ogre” because I like it quite a lot. I’m not sure how I’ll send that one out, but it might be worth your while to jump up to a paid subscription3 .
Wait, wait. I don’t have a Tottering Edifice of Mediocrity. They do. Did I make that clear? Them. Netflix. Disney+. Those people I’m awesome! You know that, right?
In my case, “reality” means “my own stupidity”. Yours probably won’t mean that because, well, you’re far smarter than I am. That much I know!
Don’t make me beg!