Hey morning and welcome back ya’ll. it is good to be back to blogging and my pathetic life, which I am sure you’ll all agree is not worth writing about. But none the less here I go with it.
I filled in for Mike B’s show Body Rock on WMNF. It comes on Thursday morning midnight to 3am. I was really honored that he asked me to fill in. I personally think his show is one of the best shows on MNF. So I had one day to prep, the day of. So the first hours was a total train wreck in my opinion. I sounded like an idiot, even more so than normal, It had been 6 months since I last did a show, and right off the bat, like first song, it crashed. I had the song in cue which when you play it only goes to the headphones and not out broadcasting. Then I had 5 different cd’s start to skip. Anyways, by the second hour and third hour was much better, and I think I kept true to the format of the show; which I felt important do.
In other news, I have a ton of work to do. I have to finish revising the bylaws to revise for the Tampa Veteran Mental Health Advocacy Council. I have to build the VMHAC membership. I got so many books to read. Research for the film, it is a film about sex trafficking and combat veterans issues, then write it. Then comes raising the capital to shoot and market it. Write a business plan for the production company, then raise capital to start that.
I have fallen behind to say the least. And for those know me know I have to soon clear my name publicly. So that should be fun. I also am looking into becoming a veterans mentor for veterans court. I’ll get into that later when I know more, but you get the idea. A veteran commits a crime and the court sets up a program that the vet has to do. Once he or she completes the program his record becomes clean. Mentors help the veteran through the process and guilds him or her. I want to be a mentor. I think I would be of use in that role.
Oh and finally, I have to start painting. I have 38 canvases that need to be painted.
I just got done watching a lecture by Maria Popova who is the creator and curator on Brain Pickings, which I believe is one of the best website on the internet. If you are a creative you need to be reading her website. No ifs, and or buts about it. Anyways, I just got done watching this amazing lecture she gave on life and creativity and it occurred to me that I hate my life. I am a not doing it right. I am really an unhappy person. I see that there is so much I need to cut out of it and so much to replace it with.
For one thing, I need to get out of my house and start living. I’ll talm about that more later. Another is show up and work. Stop letting bullshit and people get in my way. I let too much and too many people distract me. I have no structure. I stay in my house all the time and rarely go out. I really need to start showing up and put structure my life. I need start investing in the friends I have and make new ones, and applying the things that my therapist has suggested.
You know my favorite quote is by the American painter Chuck Close who said “Inspiration is for amateurs, the rest of us show up and get to work. I have this quote on my business card, yet, I don’t do that. For Christ sake, I have 5 unfinished paintings one of which I got money for months ago. I have a film that has been in “Development” for over a year, and a series that needs to be researched and written.
I really can’t keep this up. It all needs to change, change now.
So I need to start writing. Why? Because at my core I am a writer. I know I do not put any effort into it, but none the less, I am a writer. Then after that follows being a filmmaker, painter, all around artist. I look inside mind and there are so many things to write about. That is why I have 3 blogs. So I am making the commitment to write and to write a lot, as well as read a lot. We should all be avid readers. Don’t you agree.
So what here is what is up with me. I am doing research for my film on sex trafficking and combat veteran issues. Why so much research? Because, I want to be an expert on these subjects so that I may speak with authority. I also want to start advocating on these 2 subjects. I am going to be contacting Tampa Police Department to see what they are doing in regards of fighting sex trafficking in Tampa. Which by the way, is a major hub for child sex trafficking. I am just finishing up Holly Austin Smith’s book Walking Prey. I strongly recommend you read it. Especially if you deal with children.
And now something funny from the Boondocks.
So here is something I am taking on: I joined the Tampa Veterans Advocacy Council. I was briefly involved with it 6 years ago but I stop going to the meetings, however recently I decided that I would join and see what good I can.
I am going to focus on three areas: first build the organization, the VAC is lacking in membership. The second one is doing their social media outreach. I have already started up a Facebook account and will set up a twitter soon. I really want to get vets and the public involved in this. Thirdly, I will work with veterans, try to be there for them. I also want to bring attention to Moral Injury and how the VA will address it. There are other issues I want to give my attention. Peer to Peer counseling and the changes I feel need to be made.
Here are the Goals of the VAC:
1. TO BUILD A WORKING ALLIANCE BETWEEN VETERANS, STAFF, ADMINISTRATION, FAMILY, AND OTHER STAKEHOLDERS ( COMMUNITY PARTNERS ) TO ENSURE THE DELIVERY OF THE HIGHEST QUALITY MENTAL HEALTH SERVICES AT JAHVH ( INCLUDING ASSOCIATED CLINICS AND COMMUNITY BASED OUTPATIENT CLINICS ).
2. TO FOSTER AND EXCHANGE VETERAN ADVOCACY THROUGH THE COLLECTION OF INFORMATION, EXCHANGE OF INFORMATION, AND PROVIDING FEEDBACK. TO STRIVE TOWARD A WELL INFORMED VETERAN POPULATION THROUGH EDUCATION ON CURRENT TREATMENT AND PROGRAM POLICIES, AS WELL AS POSSIBLE ADDITIONS TO THE MENU OF SERVICES TO INCREASE RECOVERY ORIENTED CARE.
3. ASSIST IN THE DEVELOPMENT, ENHANCEMENT, AND IMPLEMENTATION OF RECOVERY ORIENTED CARE TO VETERANS.
4. AND LAST BUT NOT LEAST, ISSUES AND CONCERNS TO BE ADDRESSED INCLUDE: PHYSICAL AND MENTAL WELLNESS, DE – STIGMATIZATION, PEER SUPPORT, COMMUNITY INVOLVEMENT, AND PARTNERSHIP IN DECISION MAKING.
Hey folks I am back. I know I need to stay committed to my blogs. It is just a lot has been going on. Much of which I cannot discuss at the moment.
Right now for me, it is about trying to stay on track and disciplining to my work: feature film, series, producing and art. For me it should be about the work, since I have a shit ton of it.
Hey in case you didn’t know I have two other blogs: the first is My Journey into Film, which is a my film and art blog and then Notes from Outpost 187 which is a social and political blog. I hope you will enjoy them both.
So here in the Tampa Bay area we have the Dali museum in St Petersburg, and right now they are having an exhibition of Pablo Picasso works. It is really good, however I wish they had more of Picasso’s, but none the less it was good. Picasso and Dali were great friends who competed with each other over the course of their careers, so it is really nice to see the progression in each others work. If you are in the bay area or want to take a get away here I strongly suggest you go and check it out.