I'm participating in the Hustle Up the Hancock stair climb on February 25th. Right now I'm training by pumping stairs at work during the 3 o'clock hour when I want to start to nod off. It's been a great way to refocus and re-energize. I've also transitioned to exclusively using a standing desk at my day job to improve my posture, which also helps me stay alert and more engaged in my work! Lately I've been doing a lot of heavy coding projects and data loads, so anything to keep me sharp for that is a win.
If you would like to donate to my campaign, you can do that here. This event is a legendary Chicago tradition and I can't wait to join the ranks of accomplished Chi-Town climbers. I'm already looking forward to doing the full climb, 94 flights, next year! I appreciate your support in advance.
This year I am focused on work/life balance. My Q4 last year was crazed with puppetry rehearsal & touring, day job project launches, spending a week in NY with the in-laws, Tamale day and spending time with my family for the holidays. This year I'm going to try blacking out out my schedule from Halloween to NYE to give me plenty of time to unwind, evaluate this year's progress, plan for the following year and enjoy the holidays with my friends and family.
I'm also going to try to update this more often. I know I've been radio silencing for a while on my website and social media outlets; to be honest, I got really sick and tired of everything related to the internet. I keep hearing how "maintaining an internet presence is the key to 'making it'" - to which I say, PISH POSH! I am a test case for putting forth the most minuscule amount of social media effort and still having a successful career.
I don't believe our online profiles tell the whole story, getting on the phone with someone or meeting for a cup of tea does. I've been able to embrace the latter to the fullest extent since I abandoned my personal Facebook account summer 2014. I joined instagram in late fall last year to promote our Baltimore X Chicago tour, and it's been weird being back on social media as a personal contributor. I enjoy my private life, I prefer to stay low-key. So what I'm saying is that this is all a big deal for me to put forth this level of effort - but I'm doing it because my platform is growing, whether I want to keep up with it or not. So instead of feeling like I can't catch up to the expectations others have set forth for me, and thank you for that BTW it keeps me on my toes, I'm going to try hard at getting in front of it and delivering you the content you've so kindly requested, or have successfully fooled me into thinking you have.
I'll be on tour to Baltimore with Myra Su and Mitch Salm to perform their shadow puppet show Through the Looking Glass, as well as Myra Su's Copy and Paste. I'll also be screening my stop-motion puppetry film I Got Hot Sauce In My Veins, a piece I completed this past summer. We will be splitting with the bill with the lovely Emily Schubert, the woman whom I wrote DISTRESS SIGNALS TO GET US THROUGH, STOP. for, as apart her The Witch, Bitch, Crone, Virgin Project. I published the book this past spring on www.savethebeesworx.com.
This tour couldn't be possible without the support of Links Hall through their grant that funds Trade Routes: A Festival of Artistic Exchange, so thank you Links!! I encourage you to check out the other performers in the festival, it's a terrific line up and Link's mission to nurture these types of long-distance artistic relationships is phenomenal. Also big thanks to Myra Su for organizing this tour and inviting me back on the road!! The three of us haven't toured together since we performed at DragonCon and The National Puppetry Festival in Atlanta, GA in August, 2016.
Links to buy tickets can be found below.
Hope to see you there!
Saturday, December 2nd
6:30pm & 9:30pm
Black Cherry Puppet Theater
1115 Hollins St, Baltimore, MD 21223
Tickets are $10
BUY TICKETS FOR OUR BALTIMORE SHOWS HERE
Friday, December 9th at 7:00pm
Saturday, December 10th at 7:00pm
3111 N. Western Ave. Chicago, IL 60618
Tickets are $12 online, $15 at the door
$10 for Seniors/Students
BUY TICKETS FOR OUR CHICAGO SHOWS HERE!