I've recently been dabbling in a little of everything. I've become really involved with Artists For Humanity. I love the people and the atmosphere. There's something about working at a non-profit that makes everyone just a little bit happier, the reason being that the purpose for each task is always a humble one. Work on these spreadsheets, which will lead to benefiting underprivileged urban youth. Yeah, I think I can do that. But I also miss the team environment that I get in an agency. Collaborative projects, researching, brainstorming, concepting, oh yes.
I also started reanalyzing my screen printing designs, and there's a good chance that I will collaborate with a new T-shirt company, Mantra Collective, to design a few shirts. I'm really excited to be involved in shirt designing again, and hopefully it will work out, because I love hobbies that you can do while listening to music, and i can't write while listening to music, because my mind is battling what to pay attention to.
One thing that I wish I had the time to do is the Champion sweatshirt design contest, called Hoodie Remix www.hoodieremix.com, where you can select from a palette of different colors and patterns and custom design your own hoodie, which will be entered in a contest, and the winner's design will be sold at Champion as a limited edition. Again, wish I had the time. I would be all over that.
The Examiner is a site where amateur writers get to write a column on whatever topic they want. As an excuse to listen to more music, I became the Boston Indie Music Examiner (http://www.examiner.com/x-4986-Boston-Indie-Music-Examiner) and it has been awesome. My job is to listen to great music, do a little research on the band and touring info, and write about it. I could do this for a living, however, it only pays a penny per hit, (I've made 20 cents so far), and my Examiner "boss" is pretty stringent.
The novel's going strong. I'm about to hit 20K words, which doesn't mean much, since most of it needs to be rewritten, but this project has been a positive learning experience. It's taught me how to focus on particular scenes at a time. Normally when I write smaller projects, I just reread the whole thing to get a sense of what's working, but I can't keep rereading 20K words, or it'll never get done. Definitely something I'm glad I got into. I also learned that the best writing comes from setting aside 4-5 hours at a time rather than an hour a day, which is why my weekends have been filled. I've only let my dad read it so far, and it'll probably stay that way for a while.