Archive for October, 2009
Hello my friend,
Welcome to the 9th installment of The Creative Journey, the experience of one Charles Yerkes, Eadarian Poet, perpetuator, and otherwise mildly creative and excessively modest personage.
As of this writing, the following wonderments have happened.
1) I have received a digital copy of the layout of my book. A hard copy, final proof will be sent to me in a few days. This is so wonderful and exciting – I can hardly calm down enough to get a good nights sleep. Too many thoughts now racing through the ol’ noggin.
Once I approve the layout it will go into production, this will take 90 or so days, (for some reason unknownst to me, I may be slow I admit, or I may just not be in that business, but I still don’t know the why of that one.) So the earliest we’ll see a finished book is February. But that is ok. We are making progress.
2) The next slightly noteworthy development is the creation of a calendar based upon the landscapes of Eadar. It will consist of photos I have taken, some are on my website, and some are not. I know… I know, Eadar is a fictional place, so how can I have photos of it?
The landscapes I have taken are good representations of what this land may look like. Oh come on… work with me a little – suspend that disbelief. You bought into Hobbiton, Rivendale, and Rohan. They don’t exist either. But the scenic’s were spectacular. Same here.
The hardest thing is to keep life balanced while all this is moving forward. I love doing the stories, the photography, the fiddling, so much that the mundane things (i.e. grocery shopping, cleaning house, laundry, ect) can fall by the wayside. And that is not such a merry thing.
Oh well, I can’t be great at everything. (please note the devilish grin.)
Well my friend,
Until next time.
Live Nobly, Live Well.
Hello my friend,
Welcome to the 8th installment of The Creative Journey, the experience of one Charles Yerkes, Eadarian Poet, perpetuator, and otherwise mildly creative and excessively modest personage.
In coming up with the topic for this installment, I was reminded of a lesson that took me a very long time to learn, to even be made aware of. And if I had learned it earlier – who knows where this creative endeavor might now be. Though perhaps if I had learned it earlier I’d be doing other things, I would probably have spent many years as a lighting designer for the theatre. And who knows where else that may have led. Though I would not be who I am today and this venture I’m currently in would be other than it is – if at all – and that would be a sad thing.
So I guess I really learned it right on time. Anyway, it is a lesson I want to share. So that perhaps another creative and talented personage will not walk away from their gifting simply for the not knowing of it.
In looking back, it is a lesson that is amazingly simple; it is one you may already know. It is one I should have known early, early on. Yet it is also one that is so obvious to those who know it – that they may simply never mention it to anyone because it never occurs to them to even think about it, never mind think to mention it.
Sort of like picking up a cup of coffee; no one really thinks about it – they just do it. And besides, perhaps, telling you to be careful because it’s very hot, no one is going to tell you how to pick up a cup. They are not going to tell you how to open your hand, how to place your fingers on the cup or in the handle. It isn’t even thought about; so intrinsic is the performance of this action. I hope that illustrates it well, if not – just ask me for clarification and I’ll try again.
Here is the lesson, just because an action or activity is very difficult, this does not mean you are not talented and gifted in the performing of said activity. What being talented means is that your solution will be stunning and magnificent not merely adequate. It does not mean that what you do magnificently will be easy.
You often hear it said “Wow, he makes that look so easy.” Yet if you were to talk to the ones ‘making it look so easy’, you would find out how hard they have to work to make it appear so.
Back to lighting design, my final project was to light a scene from Ibsen, (a noteworthy playwright). And it was the hardest thing I had ever done up to that point. Catching the subtleties and nuances of the script had me reaching for aspirin every time I turned around. It was so hard that I became convinced that I had no talent for lighting design. Yet the finished design, not only earned me an ‘A’ and an invitation to return the following year to learn more, it was (very modestly speaking) the best final design produced by that class. Yet because it was so very hard, I became convinced that light design was not for me.
It also did not help that I had no one to encourage me and tell me what I am sharing in this installment. But that is a topic for another day. One day I will have to tell you how in a school for the fine arts, I was the truest non-conformist on campus.
Also, there are many different meanings to the term ‘hard work’. It can mean anything from the grueling physical work that leaves you spent at the end of the day, to things that can leave you mentally spent, to things that simply require massive amounts of continual time and energy, which will not necessarily leave you exhausted.
Well, I’m going a little long, so I need to wrap this up.
So, if you are struggling in an endeavor, take heart, know that this does not mean you are not talented enough – that you are not best suited to the endeavor. Struggle through, then step back and rest a moment as what you have done shines forth and is a source of wonderment and gratitude from others.
Until next time my friend,
Peace to you.
Live Nobly and Live Well
Welcome to the 7th installment of The Creative Journey, the experience of one Charles Yerkes, Eadarian Poet, perpetuator, and otherwise mildly creative and excessively modest personage.
As you may have noticed, there are many new organizational things happening here at the Eadarian Network. Most of which are simply of a creative nature, however some are of a needed nature – needed for sanity and for the sake of good health.
It is possible (I know, I know… it sounds too strange to be true) to spread oneself too thin by trying to do too many things at one time. I have reached that point, or rather I reached it a couple of weeks ago. I have been working seven days a week and 6 nights a week for a couple of months trying to raise the capital needed to get this creative venture off the ground. And on top of this I was still trying to produce all three broadcasts, play the fiddle, take new photographs, and write new stories. Needless to say my body began to protest this lack of sleep. So, I’ve had to restructure how things are done.
The first thing restructured was to start expecting God to deliver the funds needed as they are needed and not before. The next was to quit one of my jobs so that I had more time to dedicate to this creative venture. And then I had to rethink what was important to this venture and what was not. The result being that I am putting a hold on any future Wonderful World of Coffee Broadcasts, at least for the time being. I may start them again someday, but for now that set of broadcasts is the least central to this site and to the purpose of this network; that being to inspire others, ennoble others, and to let my listeners (readers) know that they are not alone, that there is someone else like them in this world. Yes I know my stories are fictional, but the themes and the underlying characteristics of those in the stories are not. They do exist and are embraced by all those dedicated to something – someone – more than themselves.
We have been told for far too long that the seedier side of life is “real life”. As if that were the only “real life” there was. But the noble side of the human experience is also real life and is some ways it is more real than the other side. But that is a thesis topic for another day.
For today it is enough to simply be making decisions that will help further this creative process, that will help reach the goal of inspiring others to live nobly and well.
Until next time my friend I hope you are also able to focus down to what is important in pursuing your dreams.
Hello my friend,
Welcome to the 6th installment of The Creative Journey, the experience of one Charles Yerkes, Eadarian Poet, perpetuator, and otherwise mildly creative and excessively modest personage.
There comes a point where a person stumbles across a realization of something they had known in their head, but not necessarily in their living experience.
I recently had such an experience, and that has led to a burst of creativity. Three more stories have been started, more photos have been taken and some of those even edited, and more fiddle (and better fiddle) playing than I have done in a long while have been the result.
This past week I had cause to speak aloud the following phrase, “…I am a big man and I am larger than life…” and suddenly, somehow, it was more ok than ever it was to be so. It was as if something inside unlocked as these words resonated in my ears.
Nothing outward has changed, and this was not unfamiliar knowledge. I have known this for many years. Yet, at that moment, it took on new significance. I’m not sure I can clearly articulate this any further, so I’m not going to try.
But on some new level I have been released to do what I was born to do; to encourage, ennoble, and inspire others through stories, music, and photographs.
I still have a long way to go and a lot to learn, but I am more energized and determined and more mindful of being laid hold of by my art than ever before. THAT IS IT! I am more held by my art than ever before.
I’ll have to give this more thought before attempting to expound on it here in The Creative Journey. But I will do so as I am able.
Until next time my friend,
Live Nobly and Live Well.