A week or so before the start of 2019, I decided I wanted to make a thing a week. This is inspired primarily by Jonathan Coulton's project of the same name. He's great, and if you don't know his work yet, you should. (If you're even a casual listener to Ask Me Another, you're already familiar.)
I'm also inspired by all the amazing creative people I know. They've been working hard for hears to construct these epic Venn diagrams of life. They have the thing they do for money, the art they make when hired by others, and the art they make for themselves. Some of the most relentless artists are hired to make their own projects for money. That's the dream, and it takes a colossal amount of work to get there.
I'm *great* at helping other people. It's comforting to pretend this is because I'm naturally a selfless person who truly yearns to toil on behalf of others, but in reality I think three very different things are at play here:
Anyway. I'm tired of my old bullshit. I'm sad that I'm the one person I'm the least likely to show up for. And so I've declared an end to the practice in this shiny new year of 2019. (Also, there are a lot of ideas covered in cobwebs and noise up in my brain parts, and *not* Making Things has started to give me actual headaches that are only alleviated by productivity.)
All of this is to say, I'm doing a thing a week in 2019. Yes, the Thing this week is this blog post, but everyone has to start somewhere and I'm posting it before midnight on Jan 7th, so it counts.
Stay tuned. It may be blogs all the way down for January, but I'm planning 5-minute podcasts with interesting humans at least a couple of times a month after that. Occasionally I may even write and sing something. I do not promise that any of this will be good. I only commit to willing a thing a week into existence. We'll take it from there.
What projects are you committing to in 2019? What are you hoping to achieve? How do you talk down your internal critics?