I was a little short on posts last week and I feet it necessary to offer some explanation as to the reason for my absence in posting.This is a super new blog and I absolutely don’t want to get into the habit, this early in the game, being a no-show for any new readers who may be finding my blathering relevant to them.
If you are someone who may have noticed my absence, then I thank you so much for caring. It really means so much to me.
Let me start by saying that I am feeling mentally fine and that, thankfully, it hasn’t been an issue of mental health that has kept me away.
In fact, I guess you could say that the exact opposite is true.
I have been completely overworked, in a good way, by some of the other projects that I have eluded to in previous entries. They are all still in the very early stages of development and are still evolving as time goes on.
I have the tendency to launch new projects at year’s end, pretty much every year, for whatever reason. I don’t know if it’s a manic thing or what? It very likely is. I don’t get so ill that the people around me are starting to question my actions and decision making, but my boyfriend in particular, has come to identify November – December as times of the year when he should be extra alert for any sign of red flag behaviours.
From about October – December of this last phase (year-end of 2017), I launched a number of projects.. 6 to be exact. Hearing myself say that, I can understand why some might find me manic. I don’t feel that way. I just feel super keyed in. I guess it is the only time of year that I am able to touch on the creative fire that is so often associated with bipolar disorder, without completely going overboard.
Of those 6 projects, 2 have survived and 2 more are sitting in my idea pantry for someday down the road.
My goal had been to create a business or network of businesses that would be perfect for the bipolar brain. I touch on the projects that I am currently working on in this post here.
My project, She Zine, is an intersectional feminist blog (launching March 1st) and digital zine (launching sometime in Q2 2018). I have been extremely lucky to recruit some phenomenally talented women from all over the world who have been contributing to the project. We work to promote contributions of womxn to art, fashion, music, literature, film/tv & social change from around the world. There are also a number of fun lifestyle sections that include tips & tutorials on craft, business, and blogging, style and home features, recipes, and so much more.
I have been actively working on content for She Zine since October, but still find myself rushing to get it all done before the blog’s official launch in March.
Then there is Chalk & Stars, which is one of my projects that is undergoing a lot of change at the moment. I had started the project with a very clear idea of what I wanted to be doing, however, I have found that the work that I have managed to attract to the project is not the type of work that I envisioned and it is not the type of work that I feel will make me happy and keep me committed long into the future.
I knew that there was still something in there that I wanted to do. I just needed to restructure in a way that would allow me to be more selective with the type of work that I was taking on. In order to do this, I would require to substitute the income that I had been doing with the unpleasant work, with work that paid and was enjoyable to me.
This work will include the launch of several event series’ that will take place at my office HQ in Toronto, Ontario. Our first is a DIY Zine Party that we will be doing on April 21st that will include a tutorial by super talented zine author, Maranda Elizabeth, who will be there to do an introduction on zine making, provide the workshop with writing prompts, and help the group along with the progress throughout the evening. There will be a cash bar, great music, and films showing in between Maranda’s presentations. It is expected to be a really rad night.
If you live in Toronto, I invite you to join us!
I have conceptualized two other events that I am hoping will take place on a monthly basis, but I don’t want to say too much before plans are more set in stone.
This work, She Zine in particular, is basically what kept me away from the blog last week, and I really do apologize. I intend to adjust to a two post/wk schedule on the Tickety Blog while things remain hectic for me and then, once they’ve settled down, I will go back to a 3 posts/wk schedule. In the meantime, you can expect to hear from me every Monday and Friday.
I hope this post finds you all well.
If there is something relating to mental health that you would like to touch on in future posts, please contact me here.