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The Joys of Public Accountability

On 16 August, I wrote, "Why Isn't My Book Done?" I committed to editing it and having it edited by August 25th.

August 25th: -Proofable -Cohesive -Able to sell the book without blushing

I set these goals with a friend of mine who is also a writer - it was a pretty ambitious goal, because I finished the rough draft back in February, and not much has happened in the six months since then. Now, I was going to get it to the point where my work is proofable and cohesive in just two weeks?

And yet, it's done. Actually, I'd still blush a little if I went to sell a copy, since I should clean up the formatting, add a title page, things like that. But content wise it's solid enough that I'd take a USD $20 note from someone and hand them a copy bound in hardcover, and I'd feel they got a really good deal.

If I hadn't set this goal and been accountable publicly, to my friend and to everyone who reads here, I wouldn't have done it in two weeks. Honestly - I'm pretty internally motivated, but I've had a lot of stuff going on the last two weeks, it wouldn't have happened. But it did happen, largely because I was publicly accountable.

My Artwork

On Where Pianos Roam

So, I thought I might share a little bit of the visual art I've done in the past.  These days, my work is far more centered around music, but I've always also considered myself a visual artist.  I've done art exhibits and used to spend a great deal of time drawing several years ago. Nowadays, I incorporate a lot of my visual art experience in my promo materials and website (which I am currently redesigning by the way).  I've always loved art and intrigued by the innumerable ways that space can be utilized and occupied.  A blank canvas is so FULL of possibility. I recently put up some of my old artwork on my walls in my room, and here are some photos for your eyes to feast on .  .  . A few years ago at a conference, I was asked to be creative with my name badge, and this is what I came up with.  I've kept this ever since. This drawing of a heart is a doodle that is an rough draft of a piece I hope to some day do in the future.  It is just a fraction of the concept that I have in mind. This was one of a series of abstract faces that I drew a while back.  He actually has a female counterpart that I donated to a charity auction.  She sits quietly back in Charlotte, NC in the living room of the young man who submitted the winning bid.  You might notice a similarity to the piece that wound up being my album cover for "Seahorses". This was a rough sketch for a later, much bigger piece that I was envisioning.  Though I'm certain it was the sun I was drawing, I can't seem to remember what I was going for on the whole. The band Counting Crows' debut album "August and Everything After" is one of my all-time favorite albums.   This was my rendering of the album cover, and I think I got it pretty darn close. For a coffeehouse show I did back in March, I did the artwork for the promo poster.  This bizarre one turned out pretty well. I wanted to go bright and bold with this poster and give it a handmade feel.   This was for my Cafe Coco show last October.  I'm not even sure what kind of flowers those are supposed to be, but this one was a lot of fun to create. Back in 2003, I did a HUGE art installation.    A photographer friend of mine named Chris Hafner took photos of various subjects for me.  I, in turn, transformed them into what I call "kaleidoscopic collages" intertwined with poetry.   This was one of the resulting works.  It currently hangs in my bedroom for me to enjoy every day. I've been itching to do more drawing and sketching lately, and I have some ideas I want to sketch out.  Maybe someday I'll do another art exhibit. In any case, I just wanted to share, and I'll share more soon. What's in your space? -gordon

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