Distractions can take you far away from your home port. Jump on a good distraction, pull up anchor and let the current take you to a wholly new place.
In my life I have had periods of being easily distracted. Times where my attention has strayed infuriatingly far from my intention. And by contrast, I have had those moments where a distraction has grown into great obsession and nothing can come between me and my intention. This feels invigorating for a while but then it becomes too much, too bright, too too. That wired/tired feeling of staying up, forgetting to eat and thinking endlessly gets old.
From one side to the other, to and fro, the drift between these two shores has been a continual challenge. It’s the search for that smooth sailing in the middle. That balanced keel – is that proper to say? A little distraction; a little obsession; a wholly integrated spectrum. (This is sounding familiar – have I written about this before or just thought about it repeatedly?)
As of late, the obsession/distraction seesaw has played between home and travel, artslant in the local sense and artslant in the global tense. Thinking, planning, dreaming, forgetting, ignoring, rushing, preparing and shoving that last jacket into the suitcase. From San Francisco for the Java One conference and then to Portland for the RailsConf, the artslant boat has been plying the techie waters. Next we set sail for France, Switzerland, Germany, Argentina and Brazil in search of exhibits, fairs and meetups.
Needless to say, all of this moving around has been accompanied by some changes behind the scenes as well. Artslant is revamping our deployment systems and instituting email reminders for data and feature updates. And we are gathering plugs for the upcoming summer whirlwind (working from the road takes a lot of plugs!!) as well as lists of galleries to go to and art to see. Plugs and lists.
Actually, getting away and then reconsidering is so illuminating - I am definitely looking forward to the Ahas! that will result.
Which Reminds Me: One thing I have found helpful lately is to save my data when I am entering an exhibit or an artist page. Then I re-open the add-form using the Edit Bar and continue to work on it anew. This saving and editing seems to help alot with the Rich Text features. Try it - especially if you've run aground.
Of Special Interest: For those of you who are documenta-bound, here’s a juicy bit of behind the scenes from Artworld Salon…check it out! (click here)
Off we go…georgia