I am writing to you tonight from beyond the belly of the beast. When the seasons refuse to change, and the only snow to be found is being drizzled with corn syrup and sold to children on the street corner, you know it’s time to go. I’m not sure how I feel about being out of the city. During extended stays in the real world, it is easy to forget that LA actually exists.
If nothing else, it’s nice to have a little distance with which to view the closing months of 2012:
Not much happened and there was a lot of sitting.
But in my rare moments of productivity, when the future seemed just a little less futile, interesting things were starting to happen. As an artist, sometimes all you can honestly hope for is a day that contains one good idea. Even if its not THE idea, one always leads to another. Believe me when I tell you that there have been some empty ass days, wasted days, days mainly constituted of trying not to think about financial insecurity while re-watching all 7 seasons of Buffy for the 4th time.
It’s easy to let this happen. It’s easier when you’re an artist. It’s easiest when you have no idea where to start and the sheer amount of potential actions and paths forward is so dizzying that is completely overwhelms you.
But the world is funny. If you go far enough out your door, eventually something will happen and when it does, you better be paying attention.
It is my sincere hope that this new year will be fulfilling, terrifying, rage-inducing, uproarious, and shared among many. It is my hope that things will happen and that they will, at the very least, make good stories for next year.
A very merry to all.
And to all a good night.
About the Author: Jen Davis is a stranger in a strange land. Following a life of wandering and re-location(where am i? WHO AM I?) she made a decisive (drunken) decision to forsake all things holy and move to Southern California. She recently received her BA in Theatre while narrowly avoiding a minor in philosophy. Jen has staged plays, mimes, sword fights, and cakewalks throughout the Pacific Northwest, most recently as Associate Artistic Director of Toy Boat Theatre Company. She seeks to revitalize and re-establish the theatre as a necessary part of American life through producing, writing, and generally crying out to anyone who will listen. Her marketable skills include learning to juggle, baking, and persistence.