It's hard to believe we are nearing the end of July.
Well, you may remember that back in March I self published a short story entitled, 'Seeking Vegas'. That was probably a mistake. Actually, it really wasn't a mistake, but I did rush the project and I ended up being less than thrilled with the final product.
Fortunately, another opportunity came along in the form of a website called Channillo. Channillo is a site that allows authors to publish serialized literature. When I heard about it, I knew it was the perfect place for 'Seeking Vegas'. So, I decided to unpublish my short story, move it to Channillo and rewrite it. That's right! I'm going to rewrite the entire story because I know I can do better than my first attempt! Also, I will be continuing the story of Danielle beyond the original ebook. So if you've already read the ebook, don't worry, there will be more to come.
Channillo does require a monthly membership. Right now I have the bronze package which allows me to subscribe to ten series. I'm enjoying reading all these other authors. I hope you check it out! And if you're an author this might be a great place to share your work.
This month I also got the chance to check out Studio AM. What is Studio AM? Well it's an art studio founded by Baron Batch and John Malecki. I first heard about Baron when I attended a Paint Nite about a year ago. Our teacher, for the evening, mentioned Baron and said to check out his work on Twitter. So I did, and I was totally blown away. See below for his artwork.
Well, it's a year later, and Studio AM is hosting brunch on weekends. I signed up for a Sunday brunch in early July, because I knew I had to check this place out.
From the moment I walked in, I just loved the place. The Studio AM staff was super friendly and made us (Bobby and I) feel very welcome. The food, cooked by Chef Steve, was amazing! I think my favorite thing about Studio AM was the way I got to experience the artwork. Most of the artwork I've viewed has been in museums. Nothing against museums, but you usually don't get the total vibe of the artists in those marble and stone buildings. Plus having the artist walk around while you brunch definitely helps out with that vibe!
After I left this place, I felt very inspired. Baron use to play football for the Pittsburgh Steelers. Professional football players aren't supposed to become commissioned artists, but he is doing exactly that. Likewise, I'm an engineer and supposed to be a horrible writer. But I'm not. I'm a good writer. It's only taken me a year and a half of blogging and articles published on the Huffington Post and Thought Catalog to finally believe it and write it down. I'm good at writing.
This leads me to my next project. For a while I have wanted to share some of my personal essays. I have been writing personal essays for as along as I can remember. My mom can attest to that! My essays have been my earliest and sometimes truest writing form, but I couldn't find an appropriate place to share them. This blog, which is mainly focused on fitness and health, travel and my random ramblings like this, didn't seem like the best place. Eventually, it occurred to me that Channillo would be the perfect place to share this work. So far I have shared thoughts on my high school graduation and being laid off from my job.
Now all I needed was a name for this project. I struggled with this for a while. How do you come up with a name to encompass all of life's experiences? At the same time, Baron was working on an art installation at the Pittsburgh International Airport. I watched the updates on the project through Twitter. It was entitled 'Don't Forget to Write'.
It was perfect. It was exactly what I was trying to describe. This project finally had a name. For me, this title has a lot of meaning, because for a while, I did forget to write. I got busy with school, moving, marriage and working and didn't make time to write. I forgot how much I missed it. I forgot how good it was for my soul. But it found me again. I know at some point I will get busy, but I don't want to ever forget to write again. You can always go back to your passion. It never truly leaves you.
Author: Sarah Warman
I like to run, take pictures and write. I've combined all three in this blog.