I started my Artists Make Art series of posts when I first launched this blog—which brings my personal, professional, and creative thoughts, ideas and work together—in December of 2015. I shared the original Artists Make Art essay in December and now each month I share a post like this that details some of what I created in the previous month. I am working on a few long-term projects with projected publication in spring and summer, as well as doing my continual writing and photography that I share within my various online spaces: Gradient Lair (Black women and art, media, social media, sociopolitics and culture; womanism), Drift Sojourn (food, travel, lifestyle and macro photography) and Cinemacked (entertainment, aesthetics and sociopolitics of good film and television). I shared an Artists Make Art post in January and in February.
In March I created:
- More ideas for my subject-specific digital anthologies of Gradient Lair; each will focus on a particular topic that I wrote about in great detail while the space was active in 2012-2015. The anthologies will eventually be available in Publications here, and on an anthology link on Gradient Lair itself. This is going to take a lot of time and resources to create. If you were a past reader of Gradient Lair between 2012-2015, you can support this project with donations; this is appreciated. Though I closed Gradient Lair last October, it is still accessed and/or referenced daily by people and all over the world.
- New photographs that I shared on my Instagram profile. I am really enjoying my third year of exclusively focusing on food, travel, lifestyle and macro photography, as I left my many years of professional photography in consumer portraiture and events. I am really happy with my work and said as much in 2015 and 2014. On Drift Sojourn I posted: Blueberry Muffins and Dark Chocolate Chunk Cookies, photographs and recipes. It has been really interesting doing baking experiments this year, similar to my soup experiments that I did at the end of 2015.
- More ideas for a new photography eBook, my fourth one overall. 2 of my previous three photography eBooks—Photography Projects For Practice and Portfolios and Free or Frugal: Learning and Creating Photography On A Budget—are available right now in Publications and on an eBook link on Drift Sojourn itself. I expect to complete and publish this new eBook before summer.
- New essays and a new post on Cinemacked, specifically because my favorite television show, House of Cards, debuted its fourth season in March. My collection of essays on the show include: House of Cards - The Performance vs. The Reality of Love (on episode 4.01), House of Cards - The Race…and Race (on episodes 4.02-4.03), House of Cards - Frank, Edward, and Lucas (on episodes 4.04-4.05), House of Cards - ‘Cause We Understood (on episodes 4.06-4.07), House of Cards - Interior Lives: Part I and Part II (on episodes 4.08-4.10), and House of Cards - Now Who Else Wanna Fuck With The Underwoods? (on episodes 4.11-4.13). I really enjoyed watching and writing about the show. I also posted 3 New To Netflix Selections - March 2016 and Fuller House - Corny But Cute to Cinemacked. While I did not write any film reviews in March, I did share some thoughts on Batman v. Superman: Dawn of Justice on Twitter. Any television show that I live tweet (i.e. Quantico, Empire, Lucifer) has a link on the TV Roster page of Cinemacked.
- Some brainstorming and design work for 2 surprise publications; in the previous months' posts like this, I mentioned that I will not discuss these publications until they are complete. I like certain things being under wraps until finished!
- I wrote the following 3 essays, published here on the blog: Design, Platforms and "Status", Social Media: "Fans," Supporters, Hypervisibility and Survival, and Death Folder: On Life, Living, Suicide and Dying.
A difficult thing to do is to navigate being a creative person whose creativity is also work, while dealing with mental health struggles (i.e. Anxiety) and dealing with active hourly online abuse, for years on end, when my work involves social media. Nevertheless, this is what I do everyday. I photograph. I design. I write. I curate. I critique. I analyze. I create. I do all of this while trying to navigate social media space that is extremely abusive and violent. Still I rise. But that does not mean that I do so without trauma and scars; I made that pretty clear in my last two essays here, if anything. Art saves me, as I have said many times. But sometimes I do wish that I did not experience anything that art would need to save me from.