July 6th, 2007
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off to the woods

feeling quiet lately. i have just finished a bunch of projects that have been hanging around for a long time, too long. this is the first time in what feels like years that I have nothing to do next. it seems that I take on too much most of the time. I am so needing some time to do nothing for a couple of weeks and let new ideas flow in. though the universe has given me a few ideas, i need to let them sit in my body until they are ready to come out.
summer has never been a big time for creating in an intense manner. my body wants me to be outside, sitting by water somewhere. my heart is always in woodland beach at this time (where my cottage was growing up, and my family still is during the summer months.) I crave sitting on the beach reading terrible magazines, and novels, gossiping with girlfriends, and feeling the hot sand on my feet. there is nothing better.
today i will leave the pile of mess on my desk behing and follow a tip given to me by a neighbor, of a swimming hole a short bikeride away. just me and the journal and a pond. this is all that I want right now. the thing that will allow my soul to rest and hear the wind again. it is one thing to notice the wind, but it is quite another to really listen to it and take it into your lungs.
i feel as if i am waking up again after a long sleep.
I’m going to be speaking at the Blogher conference on Friday July 27 in Chicago, on a panel with several talented and articulate artists as well as doing a booksigning. If you are going to be attending, please come and say hi! Here is an description of the talk:
Blogging is More Than Words
Many bloggers actually consider their online space a visual medium. Can the online rendition of your visual output really do it justice? What do visual artists get out of showing their work online? What about virtual collaboration? Gayla Trail moderates a conversation with bloggers Tracey Clark, Renee Garner, Keri Smith and Zoe Strauss, who are making the most of technology to further their non-textual art.

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