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Time Out Activities

One of the inspirational learnings from our present lockdown is how endlessly inventive we humans can be. From a zillion variations of YouTube's Family Lockdown Boogie to "bamping," "lamping," and "pamping"--camping out in your backyard, living room, or patio, respectively--we are proving that we are, indeed, made in the image of our Creator. We like making stuff, too.


Here are some things that, looking back, amaze me about my own creative output during the last few months. I'm sure you can do the same. In fact, you should. Read this, but only as a way of asking yourself what your own list would look like.


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1. I finished my memoir, Lost Rites: Leaving Church Land, so I've been shopping it around to literary agents. That's almost a full-time lockdown activity right there. And not actually that much fun. My last submission, to a large agency in Toronto, required seventeen pages of promotional copy, including a hundred-word synopsis of each of the memoir's fifteen chapters. I'm tackling one submission a week.


2. I've completed the first draft of a new novel, a murder mystery and character study set--where else?--in the church. Father Rod Claiborne, a white-knuckling recovering alcoholic has vested, drunk a bottle of rye whiskey, and taken his own life before of the altar of his church. Or has he? William Dory, new to the job of diocesan executive archdeacon, proves an intrepid investigator. He's also a midlife man in reboot mode. So much fun!


3. Then there's the Man Cave, the unfinished room at the lowest level of our house. For nine years its exposed rafters and insulated wall frames have housed my guitars and keyboards, my recording equipment, and everything we didn't know where else to store. Now, at last, it's becoming the Man Cave Recording Studio. Designated wiring, sound insulation behind the new drywall, a drop ceiling of acoustic tiles, cork flooring, and a border of weathered barn wood--it will soon be ready for both audio and video recording as I prepare to launch my new video podcast.


4. So, a word about that. I plan to offer (by the fall, maybe?) a monthly video podcast called Into the Mystic. It will feature commentary and interviews on the emerging post-Christian spirituality of the age. Some of my lockdown time is being spent getting clear about the purpose of the program, and figuring out the logistics of launching a YouTube channel.


So much to do, so little time. Actually, right now, there's lots of time. So ... what have you been working on?

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 Brian E Pearson
Brian E Pearson
2020年6月15日

Will, good for you! I assume the Open Mic was online? Hard to imagine how that would work. But interesting how you could go worldwide with your uke groups! One of the perks of the modern age! I'd love to play together ... when we can!

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 Brian E Pearson
Brian E Pearson
2020年6月15日

Jim. Turkish? Now THAT's getting creative!

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Will Mehew
Will Mehew
2020年6月15日

Have spent most of the last three months getting our house ready for sale. I have however spent time on Zoom with my Ukulele groups, Wednesday’s and Saturday’s. Play the Blues now and have played an open mic with my own material. Have attended a few ukulele festivals on Zoom, one from LA and another from Hawaii. Just began helping two kids next door learn ukulele. Will be volunteering with Southland and CBE providing lunches for kinds over the summer. We need to get together for some music. (Will Mehew)

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jpicken
2020年6月15日

Glad to hear Brian. I look forward to a Canadian church sleuth! And to reading your memoir. Who knew it was so hard to get something published!! I've been working away at organ recordings and learning Turkish, and finally getting interested in the garden... yup, we all have these creative energies, each in our own way.

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