Where to start? How do I catch your attention? Well, let's start with what catches mine.
You. How? Twitter mostly because Twitter is what changed my life. I've been to New York, Chicago, Los Angles, Toronto, Boulder, Madison, Pittsburgh, Boston. I don't live in any of them, although I love exploring them. I live in a small city difficult to place on a map. You'd be amazed at what and who you find in even the smallest towns. You'd be amazed at how difficult and expensive it is to be an artist in the largest ones.
Here, I can spend my summers with the touring Shakespeare group I founded and direct at the award winning DreamWrights Youth and Family Theatre (founding member), be close to my family, read my Financial Times, travel easily to New York, Philadelphia and Baltimore, learn animation, write unpublished novels, blog and explore whatever facet of art, creativity or collaboration I want to.
For example, I decided to try movies. I had a plan. Eight of us got together and started a movie company, Lonely Pond Productions, named after our first movie, LONELY POND MONSTER (looking for love). So I became @lonelypond (update: I've now changed my handle to @mdnightmaverick, a blogpost for another day). The name was more a commentary on an unfrequented location than a level of sadness. Our Pond Monster is a mostly happy fellow, there just wasn't anyone near by.
Which is me. My interests range over theatre, Shakespeare, brunettes, comics, design, movies, books, science fiction, cars, business, reading, writing, animation, robots, brush painting, cooking, creativity, music, fashion, entrepreneurial thinking, Taoism, military strategy, so many things that you can find me all over the web as well as at my alternate office, the local Borders, reading variety magazines and drinking tea with my handy iPod Touch's Twitterfon app at the ready. For conversation.
Because what interests me is conversation. There are people who use Twitter to just pump out links or quotes and there are people who only self promote and there are people who follow more than 10,000 people. None of those approaches works for me. I follow a good mix of people with interests that overlap some area of mine (or people who are just darn interesting), but the ones I notice are the ones willing to @ me. And I follow these conversations all over the world. They've led to this new blog, this new focus, a sharpened edge for my interactions.
My lonely pond is flooded with information and interests. I've been getting frustrated by how difficult it is to explain myself. Whenever I met someone or started a conversation, I'd have to decide which project to focus my personality on.
But the distinctions between my projects are artificial constructs. I've always let my art be influenced by the things that interest me and the people who spark my curiosity. What I'm working on evolves. The foundation of what looks like too many interests and the habits of a dilettante is something else: the crushing edge, the path of excitement that leads creativity.
I'm a director. I have to judge an actor's ability to hold an audience's interest. I'm a writer. I have to know that a phrase will hold the reader's attention. I'm an artist. I have to feel which stroke makes the piece complete. I'm an explorer. I need to know what the next great classic will be. All those acts are driven by the same instinct.
That's why you want to be on the crushing edge with me.