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Wednesday (4/22/09) 11:13am - ... wherein Peter posts a hobby update.

The big news:  I'm bailing on the TV class.  I wasn't getting anything useful out of the workshop discussions, I wasn't meeting cool aspiring writers I could geek out over serialized television with, and making the class deadlines was making life miserable. 

So:  no more class for me.

At the same time, I've decided to rearrange my writing schedule as follows:

  1. Every day, I put in half an hour on the week's Sketchwar and Spanish entries.
  2. Every day, I spend an additional half-hour on some small, finish-able project.[1]
  3. Every Saturday and Sunday, I spend two additional hours on some more ambitious, possibly-unfinishable project.[2]
Yes, I know:  no serious writer spends only eleven hours a week on writing.  I am a hobbyist, and that's <stuart_smalley_pause> okay.

For the moment, the "finish-able project" will be a (very) little audiodrama idea I've been kicking around.  The "possibly-unfinishable project" will continue to be the spec script, at least for the next couple of weeks.  If the spec is still going nowhere after two weeks, then I'll abandon it and start another possibly-unfinishable project.  (I suspect that I'll have a whole series of abandoned projects until I hit upon something that works.)

This plan feels much better than the current plan of "spend every available moment trying to catch up on overdue projects, and spend most of *that* time just sitting around ineffectually stressing out."

Well, hmph.  I'm not sure what I'm going to do w/r/t improv.

Again, my goal is to put in a few hours of improv every week -- enough to keep from getting (further) out of practice, enough to keep in touch with the improv scene, and enough to add a bit of creativity to my life.  For the last month or so, the Improvised Shakespeare rehearsals have been doing that nicely, but those are about to go away.

Micetro is no good for me, for reasons I can't quite sort out.  I'd like to do Austin's Next Top Improvisor again, but that's at the same time as Kick Butt Blues, so that's no good.  The Sunday-night jam at Coldtowne is perfectly scheduled, but it only lasts an hour or so.  I should try visiting the Tuesday jam (now that my Tuesdays are free), but I'd really rather keep my improv to the weekends if possible.

Odds are I should sign up for the next 501 class that Shana offers.  It'd be costly, but it would put a pleasant quantity of improv in my life.  Alternately, I could join/form a performing troupe, but... meh, that sounds like work.  What I really need is a Sunday-afternoon practice group.


Not much to report, dance-wise.  In the past weeks of stressing out over the spec, dance was typically the item that fell off of my schedule.  I've just been going to the Friday-night blues dances, where I dance well, chat middlingly, and feel relieved to be in a room that has gender parity.

I might try taking another blues class at some point.  On the one hand, I'm already painfully aware of what I'm currently doing wrong (bad posture, tense right arm).  On the other hand, it'd be nice to learn something new and at least *feel* like I'm progressing in that art form instead of continuing in a (pleasant) holding pattern.

(And yes, the logical thing to do would be to take the workshops at BluesShout, but I still think I'm going to want to do touristy stuff instead.)

[1] Something I could turn around in a week or two.
[2] Something I could turn around in a few months.

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