Monday, October 20, 2014

Submissions Wanted

My wife Melanie has a new project and is seeking your assistance with making it a reality.

We are seeking submissions from those of you who have been diagnosed with a mental illness or feel that they have one.
  • Are you misunderstood and want the opportunity to set the record straight?
  • Are you willing to be completely honest with yourself and others?
  • Are you tired of others telling you it's "all in your head and/or you are making it all up" ?
  • Do you know that you want to do something so badly but your own mind makes you stop?
  • Can you describe your thoughts?  Perceptions?  Feelings?  Wants?
  • Do you have Depression/Anxiety/ADHD/Bi-Polar, Etc; 
  • What occurs to you in those dark moments?
  • Does something in you feel release afterwards?

We also are seeking entries from those who are living with or who have lived with someone with a mental illness.  We need to get an understanding from you on how you cope.  How understanding do you really feel you are?

Are you unable to put your thoughts into words but could do something artistic instead?  We would love to see it.

Once we have enough submissions, we will begin compiling them into a book.  Consider each story as a piece of the puzzle, each piece carefully considered and placed to help tell a better narrative. 

We want your stories so that others can find some hope in a moment of darkness.  That they are not alone.  We have an opportunity to learn from each other and break the stigma of mental illness.

Email to: book@actingart.com


Saturday, March 01, 2014

The Charger

This week I fulfilled the 7th speech of 10 towards my Advanced Communicator Bronze certification at Toastmasters.  The speech topic I chose was Moral of the Story from the Storyteller's manual.  After a lot of thought (and I mean a lot - I went back and forth on this one for 8 months) and research into different moral tales, I decided to do a modern take on a particular Aesop's fable, one called "The Ass and the Charger".

The original goes as following:

The Ass and the Charger
An Ass congratulated a Horse on being so ungrudgingly and carefully provided for, while he himself had scarcely enough to eat, nor even that without hard work. But when war broke out, the heavy armed soldier mounted the Horse, and rushed into the very midst of the enemy, and the Horse, being wounded, fell dead on the battle-field. Then the Ass, seeing all these things, changed his mind, and commiserated the Horse, saying: "How much more fortunate am I than a charger. I can remain at home in safety while he is exposed to all the perils of war." 

Moral of Aesops Fable:  Be not hasty to envy the condition of others.

Here is my version; one that I decided to call The Charger in honour of the original fable.  The speech had to only be 4-6 minutes in length so I've had to leave some details with rather loose hanging threads, but it's one that I may adapt for a longer version later on.  After I finish writing my next speech (Wreckers), we will see.