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Consumption vs. Creation

Photo by Bryan Huff This Picture is also from our production of “The Hobbit.” It was taken by local Photographer Bryan Huff from a CGI Dragon we made for the show. We used a program from DAZ 3D to create it.

Honestly, I’m a bit of a tech junkie. Being from the rural South used to make this very difficult. Things are getting better, but high-speed internet is still very limited in this area. Still, I like gadgets and I like to use them for multiple purposes.

I currently have a tablet that is mostly designed for day-to-day consumption of entertainment (That make sense being since it was created by an on-line entertainment empire). Although I highly enjoy the reading, watching movies, playing games, and web-browsing that this enables; ultimately, it leaves me wanting more.

You see, I believe that it is not enough to simply consume. While it may be enjoyable for a time, it will either leave us empty or bloated. In order to maintain a balance, we must also create.

That’s kind of what this blog is about. I enjoy writing. I’m not a very good painter. Sculpture is way out of my league. I like making films, but the time constraints on those make it an arduous process. Writing however is immediate and simple.

While I am working on assorted novels and play scripts, they are also a long and creative process. Writing this allows me to organize my thoughts, share them (with the two or three of you reading this), and clear my head.

I whole heartedly believe that this is absolutely necessary. Not the blog, but the clearing of the head and the organization of thoughts. You don’t have to write. Maybe you paint, maybe you draw, sew, knit, craft, make wooden bears with a log and a chainsaw. I don’t know what your talents are, but you need to be creating something.

We cannot go through our lives simple consuming the creations of others. We need to work with our hands, our minds.  Do something that allows you to relieve stress and focus.

I’ll even make a deal with you. You create it, and I’ll consume it.

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Back in the saddle

It’s been a while since the last posting. I promise that I have not forgotten about the blog. However, I have grossly miscalculated my commitments. Something had to take a hiatus, and this blog is what took the hit.

That being said, it is time to return to what makes the South what it is. Or at least to show a side that many never see.

One of my more recent endeavors, takes the form of a stage play. This December, Acclaimed director Peter Jackson, will release the first film in his trilogy of movies based on J.R.R. Tolkien’s The Hobbit. Personally, I am greatly looking forward to this film. So, I decided that our local arts organization should capitalize on it.

Therefore, we are performing our rendition of “J.R.R. Tolkien’s The Hobbit dramatized by Patricia Gray.” While it is not completely accurate to the novel, it is a well written attempt that gets the kids involved and allows them to have a great deal of fun.

Directing this show has been a great pleasure and a new opportunity for us to perform daytime shows for the local schools.

We live in an extremely rural community. The poverty rate among our high school students is over 60%. Yet, there are still those in our community willing to put time and effort into the arts. To give students positive experiences that will help build confidence and work to remove that dreaded fear of speaking (or performing) in front of a group.

Again, we may be a rural community, but that doesn’t mean that we all spend our time in the backwoods with no shoes on (not that there is anything wrong with that, Hobbits don’t wear shoes either).

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