I was going to resume Sunday Nights Thoughts last night, but to be honest…I didn’t feel like writing last night. But I will resume this coming Sunday.
Aside from that, I just noticed that I haven’t written an entry in this blog in a few weeks. I’m slowly getting back into this blog. Lately, I’ve been working on a couple of things; however, there were a couple of days that I was lazy as hell. Hey…I can do that. From a networking event to coming up with plans for the future, to networking with people from around the world, I think I can take a little time to myself.
During the next few months, changes will be made to this site to make it more interactive and multimedia-based. I still have to make changes to the blog that I was originally going to use on the Patreon site. That’s another reason I’ve been slow with blogging lately.
One thing that I want to talk about, which I will only announce on this blog until everything is finalized, is that I’m currently working on preparing one of my plays for publishing. Not a production run, but publishing it as a book. I won’t tell you which play, yet, but I saw the mock-up for the cover today and I was blown away. Once it’s completed, I will announce it on social media. I’m excited about this particular project, because not only will it be available for the general public to read, but it will also be available for anyone to use for their own productions (after receiving permission from me; after all, I’m entitled to performance royalties from any of my plays).
Another thing that I have going on is that after so long, I changed my name logo. I’ve been using the same logo in some form since October 2010, and it was kind of hard letting it go. But the creation of The Mad Writer Project and its logo made me fall in love with diamond-shaped logos, and when this one was presented to me, I had to take it. It’s a huge step away from my typical signature-like logos, but it was time for a change. This one was bold. The Mad Writer Project is a bold idea and creation. It only made sense that I’m bold with it.
Working with The Mad Writer Project so far has introduced me to something new; going back to my old self while tapping into new ways of creating and distributing. I’m slowly realizing that I’m free with my work; in fact, I have a totally wild and experimental idea for a project that will be a totally different experience. It could succeed or fail. But that’s the beauty of The Mad Writer Project. It’s like my laboratory and playground. The conventional Jacob Burrage is moving towards a new and unconventional JB Burrage. But that’s the essence of art. It’s not about being conventional.
However, I do admit that I’m seeing that I’m not cool with. I won’t go into details about them, but I will say that it’s things that I’m seeing across the board; from how some of my past work has been handled to what I’m seeing hitting the scene. While I have made it clear that displeasure of how some of my work has been handled and how it was one of the driving forces of The Mad Writer Project’s creation, I’m also displeased with some of the things that I’m seeing flooding the markets. In the last month, I have met some exceptional writers from around the world, but I’ve also seen things that make me scratch my head and go,
“What the fuck?”
I’m not saying that I’m the writer of the century. But I think that I’m pretty good at what I do, whether people like my work or not. I think that I’ve been holding back for way too long, and it was because I was worried too much about the right timing. But with what I’m seeing and where I am in my life, I realized that the right time is now, and was now for a very long time. Mistakes that I made and my own personal struggles held me back. But I’m like, “Come on, y’all!”
It’s those same observations that made me step away from chasing down clients to write less creative work so I can focus on my own creative work. While I’m not tooting my horn (I’m known for being extremely harsh on my own work) and saying that I’m the new beacon, I think that it’s time for some originality to come back to the scene. I also think that with some of the things I was working on before The Mad Writer Project, I need to take a few more steps back.
I’m still working with the Patreon site, but I’m going to use it for something different from what I was originally going to use it for.
As you can see, I’m back. Slowly but surely, I’m back. So get used to it. Get used to informative posts, posts about my work, and my cussing up a storm when something really needs to be addressed, and occasional rants. So no need for lectures (that goes out to the ones who would lecture me about every single thing that I write on my own platform). Meanwhile, enjoy the logo.