Once again, #Reverb10 is a movement to encourage folks to tackle a daily prompt with the intent of reflecting on their year. If you’d like to get involved, it’s not too late! You can backtrack to previous prompts or simply jump in where you are. If you’re interested, you can see all my #reverb10 posts here.
Dec. 2: Writing: What do you do each day that doesn’t contribute to your writing — and can you eliminate it? (Author: Leo Babauta)
There’s really very little in my life that doesn’t somehow, even in the most indirect manner, contribute to my writing. The only thing that jumped to mind was my day job, but even that contributes by providing the money to live and eat, in addition to providing the funds for my Netflix subscription, the ridiculous number of books I buy, the movies I see in theatres, the internet service that lets me watch a few select shows on Hulu — all of which contribute to my creative endeavors, either by acting as inspiration, aspiration or a mental break. One thing that’s taken a bit of time and focus has been my workout regimen, but I certainly wouldn’t eliminate that as my brain works better when I work out. All in all, over the past few years, I think I’ve developed a lifestyle that supports my writing efforts very well, as long as I am disciplined enough to take advantage of that support.
Dec. 5: Let Go: What (or whom) did you let go of this year? Why? (Author: Alice Bradley)
I had to chuckle when I read this one as there’s one specific incident that immediately jumped to mind. Briefly and vaguely, I let go of worrying about the well-being of people who have repeatedly proven that they will only use those feelings to make me feel, in short, like an idiot. It takes a lot to get me to that point, and I still think it’s unfortunate that I’ve ever had an experience that ended in such a manner, but it is what it is. Hopefully everyone is living a very happy and fulfilled life. I know I am.
Dec. 6: Make: What was the last thing you made? What materials did you use? Is there something you want to make, but you need to clear some time for it? (Author: Gretchen Rubin)
The last thing I feel like I can say I “made,” in a manner that involves completion, is my short film. I’ve done some short stories since then, sometimes using pen and paper, which provides a tactile experience to writing that you just can’t replicate with a computer. It’s been an odd year, creatively speaking, with a lot of starts and stops on various projects. Now, in part thanks to the discipline that NaNoWriMo provides, I’m in the process of getting back into the swing of things with an old screenplay I’m rewriting. Basically, I’m getting back into the habit of making myself a working writer — doing something every single day to reach my goals. Oh, and sometimes I make food.
Dec. 7: Community: Where have you discovered community, online or otherwise, in 2010? What community would you like to join, create or more deeply connect with in 2011? (Author: Cali Harris)
What a perfect opportunity to write a quick love letter to twitter! I have met so many folks that I consider great friends via twitter, despite never having met in person. I’ve stopped using the term “in real life,” because I think that cheapens and misrepresents the wonderful friendships I’ve formed in the internet realm. I’ve often said that my twitter friends often know more about what’s going on in my day-to-day life than many of my in-person friends who aren’t plugged into the social network. It’s a place where I’ve discussed more film, philosophy, religion, writing, and — to sum up — life than any other venue. I adore the opportunities to connect it’s given me. I honestly can’t imagine my life without both the network and the people with whom it has allowed me to interact.
Honorable mention goes to the wonderfully supportive health & fitness community over at SparkPeople. If you’re looking to make a change in that area of your life, I’ve yet to come across a social website that can help as much as Spark.
In 2011, I’d like to get more actively and practically involved with fellow filmmakers — people who are out there actually doing the creative work and not just talking about it.