And one more thing...

There might be some personal nonsense in here, too...

Sunday, March 13, 2016

It's Hiatus Time

I think any kind of hiatus one takes in an artistic journey is going to make a huge difference.  The pause will inform the choices that you make.

I have lost stories and many starts of novels before.  Not always as punishment for 'telling,' but more often as a result of something having gone cold and dead because of a hiatus.  Telling, you see, is the same as a hiatus.  It means you're not doing it.

Keep close to Nature's heart... and break clear away, once in awhile, and climb a mountain or spend a week in the woods.  Wash your spirit clean.

Usher is on indefinite hiatus.  A dearth of libretti and librettists plus a surfeit of pragmatic concerns and responsibilities have utterly stalled this project.  It's not dead, it's merely resting.

I'm overjoyed to report that in February I wed my partner of six years, Michele.  So priorities at this point fall in very unartistic areas: readying my house for sale so I can move in with her, and getting certified in various aspects of web development to improve my career options (and income).  And in the immediate future there's planning/executing our post-wedding celebration, and going on our delayed honeymoon.  These should carry me into the summer, with little opportunity to forward Usher.  Not that much has happened in the past three months.

On the plus side, I'm taking my first step toward finishing my long, long-overdue undergrad degree.  I'm getting in touch with the current Department Chair of my Alma Mater to discuss options and how I might earn my diploma in the 2016-2017 academic year.  The degree is in Composition.  Though I'd prefer Usher be part of that process, it's likely not an appropriate project owing to its need for a libretto and sheer scale.  But maybe I could turn to another dream project of mine, a tone poem on The Conqueror Worm for full orchestra.  That'd be pretty sweet, too.  And maybe I'll even meet some students or faculty willing to discuss a libretto!

I'll continue posting updates as they occur.  Wish me luck!