Many people out there are struggling, as I am, some not so severely—others worse. While America is taking action to save the free internet today (see below), Canada holds Suicide Prevention Day. Here is a link to a list of Suicide Prevention Day events, and more importantly, communities that are putting them on, all across Canada.
2. Slowing down to focus on your art.
Some recent bursts of clarity about Animus, and its world, made me aware I'm more ready to move ahead with that project. A lot of voices in me told me (though I've now begun to master the art of changing what the inner voices actually do say) that I'd have to really stop focusing on Launch Your Universe proper in order to really "carry that Animus fire forward." In the interview I've been preparing for this week's podcast, our guest told me she—with all the marketing she had to do as an independent (including running her third successful Kickstarter campaign!)
Sometimes you really do need to slow down to focus on your art—your actual creative art. Not the business of it, or the promotion of it, or the talking about it—nope. The actual doing of it. The creating of it.
It's just that, now does not seem like the time to do so. Momentum is just starting to pick up. I'm starting to have days with over 600 unique visitors to my website, I'm in the middle of vidtember, and I'm gearing up for a con—and maybe a Kickstarter campaign for the Animus card-game.
However, there is something inexplicably, inextricably holy and above-all-else about that story you have to tell. And it's intoxicating—and hard to say "no" to that. In the end, I'd like to do both. Tell me what you think—would you like to see more Animus? Or more articles, podcasts and videos?
3. In protest of the threatened two-tiered internet system, sites around the internet are rallying to prevent cable-companies, who already possess dangerous hegemonic control, from gaining even more control. Today, September 10th, is the American Internet Slowdown Day designed to fight back against proposed FCC legislation that would seriously damage the important freedoms behind net neutrality. If it was not for the existing leveled playing field, so many independent writers, creators and artists would not have had the opportunities they had.
As much as I contend that it's really the inner obstacles that hold us back the most, loss of internet neutrality would be a pretty serious external blow—one that could be very hard to recover from.
Without net neutrality Pat Flynn of Smart Passive Income, who makes over $50,000 a month from his work and teaches others to do the same, or Felicia Day, who took the internet world by storm, and whose profound words from the 2012 Streamy Awards ceremony—about "not waiting for others to give us permission to make our art"—have stayed with me.
The dream of having success like theirs is well within the reach of the average person whose interest, and commitment to learning and hard work is active enough to reach out and take it. Let's not squash those dreams—or even slow them down.
My own is among them.