I've been unpacking this week, and as much as I'd like to start on a new project, I think it's been a good interuption because it's given me some time to think. I've been wondering where to go from here, especially now that the 52 week project and Mannequin Madness series are over. I've been thinking about it a lot and I think I finally know the answer, or at least this is what my gut is telling me to do.
If there's anything I've learned in my life, that's to always listen to your intuition. Deep down, we all know what the best path is for us to take, but we don't always listen to ourselves because of fear. Fear is a natural thing. We all fear the unknown. None of us know how much time we have. Some of us squander that time, thinking there will always be more, and some of us seize it, knowing their is very little. Time and fear go hand and hand. So I asked myself, "If I were lucky enough to have the time to do anything in the world I wanted, what would that be?"
I've always wanted to write a book, but more than just a book. A visual diary, if you will. In fact, it was a goal of mine as a young girl, to be a published author. At least, it was before being corrupted by the evils of the world. (okay that was a little melodramatic, but good writing, right? I could totally write a book. lol) Ahem, anyways, I've decided to do just that. I plan to begin writing and laying out a coffee table book showcasing my favorite surreal works from 2014-2015. Of course, 2015 isn't over yet and I have a lot of ideas yet to explore.
But in truth, that's just a stepping stone to my next project. I don't want to reveal too much about it yet because I'm still a little intimidated by the task I lay before myself. It involves building a set, obtaining costumes, collaborating with makeup artists and models, not to mention the hours that would be involved in photographing and editing. It's a huge undertaking and not one I take lightly (I learned my lesson last time I set a huge goal for myself, like the 52 week project). This could very well be a two to five year project. I don't know what the outcome would be or if anyone is even interested in following along in my new journey. It could possibly be a failure. I don't know. But I'll never know unless I at least try, right? And even if it is a failure, it really doesn't matter because in the end it's all about the human experience and bringing people together. So hopefully, I can manage to bring a small community of friends together who are interested in collaborating to create something magical. After all, magic isn't achieved on your own. First, you need someone to believe.