What I’m doing now.
As at 17th April 2017:
Living in Wellington, working for a bank running their Digital Contact Centre during the day.
Before and after that I’m working on how to make the Shoebox Christmas project more beneficial, easier to use for others, and less of a logistical/management nightmare for me, at the same time. That’s going well, I’ve got some awesome friends helping me build a database and software solution that will make it easier to help more kids across Wellington and New Zealand. We’re even building it into an app! Super fun.
I’m also getting ready to kick off the Stationery Starter Packs project for 2017 – this is a donation based project where I ask a bunch of good folks to help me put together stationery packs for kids leaving low decile schools for their first college or intermediate, and are struggling financially. Last year we raised enough for 50 kids, I haven’t set a goal for this year yet, but it will be more than 50! I’m also working with a few of the schools on how we can make this more about incentivising kids to work harder at school this year.
The other thing taking up my pre-work and pre-family mornings at the moment is a book I’m writing. It’s just a little one, 20,000 words, and a whole lot of messages – I wrote it for my daughter, and will be putting it into print for two purposes;
- Having a copy for her when she’s old enough to read it.
- I think those same messages are worth spreading wider – so that’s what I’m doing.
I haven’t written anything creative other than music since I left college, and I’m loving the process. I’ve been writing, and re-writing every morning for last two years. I’ve been studying and learning all those rules of style and grammar they teach at school, and then you forget. It’s fun to be learning some I love, it kind of reminds me of the late nights in front of Cubase trying to learn how to mix my songs.
I’ve just finished putting together a Kickstarter page to try and get 100 copies of that printed, I’ll be launching that later on in the year. It’s been a fun exercise so far!
I’m not doing making much music at the moment, my morning hour of writing/re-writing The Man who Writes the Dreams is satisfying me creatively, so I’m not carving out any more time than that for art.
And that’s what I’m up to.