How to procrastinate like a BOSS

I am supposed to be working on 2 writing projects at this exact moment, yet here I am online, checking out Facebook and clicking on any random link.
I should be totally panicked, but I'm not.  One assignment is due tomorrow and I'm 2000 words shy of the being finished and I'm not sure that I love it.  I don't have time to send it to a friend to proof.  Why am not freaking out?  I'm sure that will come at some point today if I don't get it done.
I want this assignment to be perfect.  But at this point perfect is not going to happen.
Sorry I got distracted.  I was looking up the benefits of sauerkraut.  Success though, I did find the raw sauerkraut I was looking for.  It's dill and garlic flavored.  (sidebar: write a food blog post about this deliciousness!)
Lately writing has felt like a chore.
Ooops.  I just had this nagging feeling about people who were following me on Twitter.
I'm back.  I had a little distraction.  My mind is thinking about other life related things that I have been avoiding, like taxes and bills.  But this stream of consciousness writing is helping.
4 hours later...
I am no further ahead.
Wow, that was a big one.
Ok, back on track.  Really this time.  It's the end of the year and again I am cleaning up my online world.  My goal is to have no more Drafts left in my posts file.  That will explain the random posts that are appearing now.  Apologies, but I did set up this blog to share my writing woes, the good and the bad.  So this is my bad.  Hopefully in 2016 I will be better disciplined.

wait, was that?
Happy writing!

Silly things I'll miss

This is my way of coping.  Making lists. Pros/Cons. To make it through the transition.  To make myself feel angrier better.  How will I survive?
Truth be told I don't necessarily shop at all these stores all the time, but I want to know that they are available.

Trader Joe's
Joanns Fabric
World Market
Sephora - Lahaina
Fry's Computer

Found in Oahu
Bed Bath and Beyond
Nordstrom Rack

2015 in review

Yup.  You're in the right place.
Aloha bitchzzzz

Well, that is if you received this cryptic postcard, and if not, welcome.

To our friends, this is our year in review.   Since we suck and don't talk to people and are kinda reclusive, this is our update.

We're currently in protective custody in Hawaii in the witness protection program.
Oh snap, I wasn't supposed to tell anyone that, much less the internet.  

Ok.  Seriously.

Grab a beverage of your choice, this may be a long and bumpy ride.

Here's Rob's version:

The giant flower in Bisbee AZ
Southeast Arizona what a lovely place but now it's on to better things on the island of Oahu. The move came about because the company in Arizona was in serious financial trouble and a friend called me about an opportunity with a top 20 national contractor that is employee owned.

I took it and I get to live the Aloha lifestyle for the next year and a half, or whenever the gubment pulls their head out of their collective ass and we can actually start the project someday. I love the island and I'm finally getting used to the humidity after southeast Arizona, humidity is something I haven't dealt with in a lot of years. Oh, and it rains here like almost everyday. Sometimes a lot sometimes a little and you always get a beautiful rainbow for your troubles.

So I'm not coming back to the mainland any time soon.  So come for visit and stay for free in beautiful Kailua, less than a mile from world famous Lanikai beach, you won't be disappointed.

Or you can stay with the crazies in Waikiki and I'll visit you.

Here's Jenn's version:

Aloha beatchzzzz!  Ok, so here's the skinny.

After spending 6 months sans Rob in 2014-2015 (because he was working in lovely Southern Arizona, where we got to visit almost as many wineries as Napa), I have been tasked again with living without my love (now since June).  Arizona was much easier to visit, an 8 hour drive.  I could pack up the Rooster (that's our car) and Trucker (that's our tortoise) turn on an audiobook and head out.  Hawaii.  Well that's a little different.  That's 2-3 times zones away depending on the time of year.  A 5-12 hour plane ride (depending on your route and airline) and a pain in the ass to get to (what am I supposed to do with Trucker?  He's not a carry-on unfortunately).

Ok, back to the story.  Rob left for Oahu on June 2.  I did not and have not been there to visit yet, because work has been busy for me lately and someone had to take care of the life we have here.  I have been busy being a lead artist at Native Voices. Which means I get to shake hands and kiss babies and go to a lot of theatre, making connections and letting people know about the wonderful work we do.  I finally performed my one-person show at Fringe Festival, as well as producing the 2 other plays we had there.  I have cried while dealing with the joys of people on Craigslist and other "yard sale" type apps in an effort to lighten our L.A. load and I have laughed at the "stuff" we have collected and hidden away for the past 15 years in our apartment.

In September, since I was headed to Alaska for work, and it was cheaper for Rob to fly there, we met-up in Anchorage.
Alaska glacier tour

I am currently in L.A. finishing up a few theater things and getting ready to head over to HI. For a visit.  My 2016-2017 schedule is heating up on stage and in film and hopefully I can talk Rob into coming back to the mainland for my stage debut with Native Voices.

I still call L.A. home (for work purposes and I don't want to lose out on a job), so I don't openly tell people our situation.  Because, truthfully I don't want to have the conversation. But we figured it was time that all you beautiful people in our lives know what's up. Thank you for being a part of our story.

If you are so inclined and still do Christmas cards, we do have an L.A. address, and our Hawaii address was on the postcard.  Our phone numbers and email addresses are the same.

I'll be posting updates here on the blog of our move and our new adventures (think ziplining), since I'll have some time on my hands.

We'll be celebrating Thanksgiving, Christmas and New Year's in Hawaii.

Bottom line: 
Rob is in Hawaii working, supporting Jenn's delusion dreams of Hollywood.  Now that's love.

Mahalo (that's how we talk now, because we live the Aloha life)

Miss you all tons.  Love you, mean it. 
Jenn & Rob

I guess it was bound to happen?  These are from the first time we went to Hawaii, when we got engaged (oh, so many years ago).  Found them in the back of the cupboard when I was packing.

From our 1998 trip 

We'll leave you with this:

What to pack for Hawaii?

I hate packing. I used to be way more organized and planned ahead.  Lately, while getting ready for a trip, I pack the night before.  Which sucks if you're leaving for 2 months for a warmer climate that you are not used to.  It's "winter" in Southern California but still hot as hell in Hawaii.  Should I pack jeans? a long sleeve shirt? what do I do with sweatshirts?  Arghhh. So I have been sucked away into Pinterest world looking for ways to pack and what to expect.

Here are some tips to help you pack.   I also posted some travel hacks on another blog if you want to read it - click here.

Pill Case Jewelry Holder
Find your earrings, rings and small baubles, by separating them with a pill case.

Shower cap shoes
Put the shower cap you get during your hotel stay to good use.  Place the shower cap around the soles of your shoes to avoid getting your clothes dirty.

Eyeglass case
A great place to throw your charger(s) and head phones.

Instead of folding and stacking, roll your clothes.  It saves space and prevents wrinkles.

An extra outfit.
Not that we want this to happen, but it's good to be prepared.  If you're traveling with a partner, pack one outfit for yourself in the other person's luggage.  If your luggage doesn't make it, at least you'll have one change of clothes.

Make a list
Create a checklist of essential item.  That way you won't overthink/overpack (oh wait, that's me) or if you're in a rush, you'll know where to start.  Here's a premade list.  Look it over and modify it to meet your needs.  Or better yet, there's an app for that Packing Pro.

Forgot your phone wall plug?
Check out the hotel tv, they usually have USB ports.  And if you've totally forgotten your charger, check with the hotel's front desk for spare ones in their lost and found.

Use plastic wrap to spill-proof your shampoo
Grab a square piece of plastic wrap, and place it under the cap of your shampoo, shower gel or whatever other liquid you're bringing, to avoid a slick mess.

Lost ID
Scan or take a photo of important documents before leaving, then email it to yourself, in case you misplace or your personal items are stolen.

Pack a dryer sheet.
Place a dryer sheet in your shoes or the bottom of your bag, so you'll have fresh smelling clothes when you arrive.

Make your own pillow
I always travel with a hoodie, but check out how Conceptual Devices turns that into a comfort item.

Safe travels my friend!

The joy of moving

Well, it finally happened.  I have gotten rid of all the big "furniture" items I had left.  Let me start from the beginning of this adventure.  P2 was interviewing for new jobs and was talking to his friend in Hawaii.  The next thing you know...he's on a plane in a new home, I'm looking for a place to live here on the mainland.

Fast forward to my first night sleeping at my new "home".  My tiny room that I am paying $1000/ month for is slowly reaching capacity.  I wish I could say with my stuff, but it's not.  The homeowner still has some things in there  A fact that I was ok with when I made the agreement, thinking that I wouldn't (think couldn't) have that much stuff.  But yesterday I loaded 5 boxes of paper-like stuff and still have at least 1 more.  Then there's my huge ass printer that I can't seem to live without.  Hopefully I can get it working (it works, I just need the scanner to work) so I can then get rid of the 5 boxes of paper stuff I have.  The closet is normal sized, with divided clothes bars making it impossible to hang the few dresses I have and the fact that I only have half of the closet is troublesome.  Where am I to hide all my stuff?  Then there's a dresser I can't use, because it's supposed to go in the master bedroom but doesn't fit.  Then there's a headboard that's damaged and has to be returned or sold, then there's a few boxes on the floor, a nice wicker chair full of stuff that isn't mine and a coat rack.  Which I kinda dig.  When I look at the bed it seems tiny.  Granted, I haven't actually slept in a bed since August when I sold mine in a fit of "I've gotta move now".  Yes, I did get a nice, clean, comfy hotel bed when I travelled to Juneau, and an even cozier one in Anchorage that I got to share with P2, whom I hadn't seen in 100+ days (yes, I count in days, not months, it makes things more dramatic).  My night was filled with tossing and turning and the random waking up when the cat would meow at the door or scare the bahjesus out of me by sitting on the bed next to me while I slept.  I was sleepy from yet another waking at 3 am and just staying awake, my head filled with the stress of moving.  By 9:30 I was out.  At 10:30 I felt the soft buzz of my phone.  Hawaii calling.  I found my headphone and chatted briefly with Tres.  He was just checking in on me after my afternoon meltdown call to him.  I had calmed considerably.  My panicked text to him at 3:30pm was filled with barely audible words that I spit out between the sobs, which panicked him.  "What's happened? he asked.  "They took the stuff.  They took everything!"  "Who/What?" "The Craigslist chick, she took everything, it's all gone!!!"  He breathed a deep sigh of relief "I thought something serious had happened, like you were hurt.  Don't scare me like that!!" which of course made me cry more.  How is this my life now.  Yes, I'm a grown-up, but I just want someone to take care of me.  I can't help myself, I am always taking care of others needs and neglecting or ignoring my own.  And now that I need comfort there is none.  

Crockpot Curry

Warm curry flavors and creamy coconut milk add flavor and moisture to lean chicken breasts.

1 pound boneless, skinless chicken breasts
1 medium onion – thinly sliced
15 oz can chickpeas – drained and rinsed
1 medium sweet potatoes – peeled and diced
2 medium sized potatoes
13.5oz coconut milk 
½ cup chicken stock 
15 oz can tomato sauce
2 tablespoons curry powder
1 teaspoon salt
1 cup green peas – frozen
2 tablespoons lemon juice
In the slow cooker whisk together coconut milk, chicken stock, tomato sauce, curry powder and salt.
Add chicken breasts, onion, chickpeas and sweet potatoes. 
Gently toss ingredients together to ensure evenly coated.
Cook on Low for 8 hours or High for 4 hours.
Stir in lemon juice 5 minutes before serving.
Serve over rice. 

Stay hungry my friend. 

Limey Cilantro Chickpea Salad


  • 2 cans chickpeas, drained and rinsed
  • 4 loosely packed cups fresh spinach
  • 1/2 onion, chopped small
  • juice from 4 limes
  • 1 bunch of cilantro (about loosely packed cup)
  • 3 Tbsp sugar
  • 2 Tbsp dijon mustard
  • 2 cloves garlic, finely minced or grated on a microplane
  • 1/2 Tbsp chili powder
  • 1/2 cup olive oil
Chop the spinach very finely.
Add the chickpeas, onion, and spinach to a large bowl. 
In a food processor, add the lime juice, cilantro, sugar, mustard, garlic, chili powder, and olive oil. 
Process til it comes together into a dressing, about 30-45 seconds. 
Pour over the chickpea mixture and stir to combine.  Add salt and pepper to taste. 

Stay hungry my friend!

My foray into Instagram

Whenever a new Social Media app comes along, I always view it as a fad and wait until people I know are using it.  Which always turns out to be a mistake.  I also didn't like Instagram because it could only be used on your phone or tablet.  But after realizing how ridiculous that sounds, considering I live and breathe social media, I start using it.  What I noticed right away?  People followed me!!!! Then, as soon as I followed them, they unfollowed me.  This happens a lot. I don't really like that, but if that how this world works, I'll deal with it (I found an app that tells me who unfollowed me, and use it to remedy my problem).

Create a community
If you post pictures of your recipes, invite your followers to share photos of their food creations of them making your recipes, using your unique hashtag.  Then you can choose to feature one on either your Facebook page or blog (don't forget to link back to them).
You can let your followers know this by including instructions in a few of your blog or Facebook posts, so they'll know there is a chance that they may be featured.

Share Quality Pictures
Take good pictures.  If people like what they see, they'll like your pictures and then your page as well.

Post Regularly
Keep on a schedule, so people know when to expect your content. If your account looks inactive, people will unfollow you.

Don't go overboard
You can also get crazy and flood your feed.  Don't do it.

Write a bio
Unless you're constantly in the tabloids and everyone knows your name, take a minute to fill out the bio section.   Make sure your bio is clear, on brand and has the following elements:
  • Web link
  • Location
  • Call-to-action
  • Branded hashtag 
Use Hashtags
Consult your list of hashtags (see Things to Think About - Freebie) or use an app like Instatag to see what's trending.  Find a good balance between too little and too many.
Share your blog posts
Create a thumbnail for your blog post, or share the main photo from your blog post.
Connect your Blog with Social Media
This lets your followers know that you have different types of content out there and where they can find you.
Don't forget to place your social media icons where they can be seen and found on your website or blog.

Engage and Interact
Search hashtags of things that relate to your target audience and like/comment/follow. 

If you post about food and recipes and you're on a clean eating kick, search for hashtags such as #cleaneating or #cleaneatingrecipes and like and comment on photos that relate to your target audience.  If they're like me, they'll look to see who liked and commented on their photos and then follow you.

Be nice to people!

Sour Cream Chicken

Sour Cream Chicken

3/4 tsp salt
1/4 tsp paprika
1/8 tsp pepper
4 chicken breast halves
1 box (or can) condensed cream of mushroom soup (or chicken, celery or broccoli)
1 cup sour cream
1/2 cup chicken broth or white wine
*(optional)1/2 pound fresh mushrooms, sliced

Combine the first 4 ingredients and rub over both sides of chicken. Place in crock pot. In a bowl combine the soup, sour cream and wine/broth. Stir in mushrooms if you're using them. Pour over chicken. Cover and cook on low for 6-8 hours.

Stay hungry my friend!

Marinara sauce - so simple you'll cry

Another weakness, pasta.  That carby goodness, topped with the simplicity of tomatoes, and all in a crockpot.

8 cups crushed tomatoes or 2 (28 oz.) cans crushed tomatoes
1 (6 oz.) can tomato paste
1 medium onion, coarsely chopped
2-4 cloves garlic, finely chopped
2 whole bay leaves
1 tablespoon dried basil
½ tablespoon dried oregano
1 tablespoon brown sugar
1 tablespoon balsamic vinegar
1 teaspoon salt, if desired
freshly ground pepper

Place all ingredients in the slow cooker.
Stir well to combine.
Cook on low for 8 hours or high for six hours.
Stir the sauce and remove the bay leaves.
Taste for seasonings, adding more salt and some freshly ground pepper as desired.

Stay hungry my friend.

Dill pickle soup?

Wha???? Yup, I can't imagine it either, but when a friend posted that she was making dill pickle soup, I was intrigued and disgusted and really wanted to try it. I like anything with dill pickles, so I was in.  But once you read that it's a creamy soup, you begin to wonder will it curdle, and then you envision the color of it, an odd shade of green.

Slow Cooker Polish Pickle Soup


4 cups diced, peeled potatoes
2.5 cups dill pickles, diced or sliced
1/2 cup to 2/3 cup pickling liquid from the jar, depending on how “pickley” you want your broth to taste
4 cups chicken (or vegetable) broth
1 tsp whole black peppercorns
1 finely chopped onion
2 Tbsp all purpose flour
3 Tbsp butter
1 cup sour cream

1. In the slow cooker, combine potatoes, pickles, pickling liquid, broth and peppercorns.
2. In a microwave safe bowl, combine onion, flour and butter. Microwave on high for 2 minutes, mix well and return to the microwave for 2 minutes more. The onions should be translucent, the butter melted and the flour clinging to the buttery onions.
3. Scoop a ladleful of the broth mix into the bowl af onions, mix well to loosen up the flour mixture and make sure it wont lump up on you. Add the bowl’s content to the slow cooker and mix well.
4. Cook on low for 6-7 hours (or on high for about 4 hours), until the potatoes are fork tender but not falling apart. Gradually add sour cream while stirring constantly.

Stay hungry my friend!

What is VEDA?

VEDA is Vlog Every Day in August (or April).  A chance to make a video every day, for a month.  It's a great opportunity to help you figure out your YouTube Channel, practice using your camera or simply making a connection with your audience.

What now?  
  • Sign-up, tell us about you and where we can see your videos.
  • Check-out or even subscribe to others on the list.  Follow them on twitter too.
  • Upload your video on the 1st! Then post everyday.
  • Talk about anything you want.  (need help see our list of ideas)
  • Use #VEDA on Twitter to meet other vloggers.
  • Follow, comment, engage.  The more you do, the more you get.
Things to keep in mind:
  • Think of what you're going to say before you start.
  • Keep your videos short and sweet (under 5 minutes)
  • Look into the camera, like you're talking to a friend.
  • Keep it simple, limit background and other distractions.
  • Feeling adventurous, try editing your vlogs.
  • Just be you!
If you've ever wanted to try your hand at YouTube this is a great way to start.  Don't think about, just do it.  If you're waiting for things to be perfect, they never will.   Just think of it, at the end of the month, you'll have 30 days of content out there.

If you’re participating in VEDA this month, leave a comment with your YouTube channel name, website, and Twitter handle, so we can all check out each other’s videos!
Go here to follow other VED-erites (that's what I like to call all the peeps participating)

How do you use Social Media at events?

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Sometimes I work as a production manager and I'm there at the start of the event and I can't help but share the BTS.  Here are some helpful hints to get your staff involved.

1. Video
Ask your employees to walk around the event and film with their smartphone.  Videos can be posted on YouTube or other free services.
Plan a Periscope or Meerkat event.

2. Slideshare
Use Slideshare for your Powerpoint presentations, Word, PDFs.  They can be shared.

3. Twitter
Create a hashtag and ask people to share their photos and comments from the event.

4. Blogs
Seek out bloggers in your niche and invite them to blog about the event. 

5. Facebook
Create a Facebook page or group for the event to share updates, which can include links, images and video. 
Create a Facebook event and invite people.  They can ask questions about the specific event and share with their friends.  This can then be shared on your FB page.

6. Website
Don't forget to include information about your event on your website. 
Include an email capturing system and encourage visitors to sign up for your newsletter so they don't miss the next event.

7. Pinterest
Create a board for the event and curate photos and links for future reference.

Happy Sharing!

Infused Vodka - Bacon Style

The smell of bacon in the house is like heaven, so the thought of adding this glorious piece of meat to vodka is a genius idea.   Not that I needed an excuse to cook bacon, but it helps.  After cooking up a pound of bacon, I sacrificed a few for the greater good of a weekend of bloody marys.  

What you'll need:
32 oz. mason jar
Half decent vodka
4 strips of bacon and some grease

Cook your bacon (I like mine crisp, so it has more of a smokey flavour) let it cool.
Reserve bacon grease.
Place the pieces in the mason jar with about a few scoops of bacon grease.
Fill the jar with vodka, put on the lid, shake it up and let it sit.
Place in the refrigerator for a week.
When you're ready, take it out and strain out the pieces of congealed fat with some cheesecloth and fine mesh strainer.
Discard the bacon.
Store in the refrigerator until you're ready to mix up your bloody mary.

Stay thirsty my friend.

Collection of thoughts from Fringe

Too much randomness and things to do during Fringe.  As much as I wanted to document everything, it's too painful and embarrassing to remember it, which I'd rather not.  So while cleaning up the blog for the new year, I'm just putting them in one post, so I can move on.

The pain of writing:
Less than 20 days until the Fringe and dread has set in. Not quite panic yet, but just dread. I should be up on my feet, running the show, learning my lines, but I am caught up in still editing my story. I'm told the story is never done, but I would truly like it to be.  Everytime I read it, I am filled with, well dread.

The day after.
I'd like to say I survived.  It was a grueling experience and yes, I survived!  After a major meltdown (if I were an iceberg, I think I could've rehydrated Califonia's drought) it is a new day.  
What is all this insanity?  Well, over the weekend, was a preview for my first Fringe show.  It's a soloshow, that I had been working on for quite some time and I bit the bullet and...

Getting ready...Well, it's happened.  I registered for Fringe.

Right now you're wondering, "fringe are the long dangling things that swirl in the wind on my shawl."  Yes, that's right, but Fringe is also theatre that is experimental in their style or subject matter.  Now, I am preparing 

How do you keep writing:
Everything has a goal.  It helps when you're writing, because when you reach it, you feel accomplished.  It also helps to keep you writing.  You want to reach the end at some point, a place that may not be the end you intended, because that's what happens when you write, but an end for now.

Status, what is it?

In my show I talk about status, but don't really delve into it.
Here's a video with some varying opinions.
Leave me comment to let me know your thoughts about it.

Big Miigz!

Photo Editing

This past month has been a busy one, full of six different events that were happening one after another.  With so many things needing to be done, volunteers came forward to help get things done. Having a social media plan and job descriptions came in very handy, to explain to our new helpers what needed to be done.
What I also found helpful to have was a list of online photo editors that people could use if they didn't have the Adobe Creative Suite.  I'm big on free programs, even though there are limitations, I find a way to make it work.  The exception is the mobile apps I use.  There is a fee for these two, which I didn't pay for.  I found this wonderful site that offers links to great apps for free or a discount.

Gimp is a downloadable program.  I use it for resizing, cropping, photo-montages and converting between different image formats.

Picmonkey is an online photo editor and graphic design powerhouse.  It allows you to edit, design, touch-up or create a collage.  You can whiten teeth or remove a blemish for free, but to remove a wrinkle it's gonna cost you (upgrade to the Royale package for additional fonts and options)

Create graphic images with Canva.  All social media graphic sizes are ready for you, so you no longer have to search for what size the Facebook header is.  Upload your own images, or use the limited free gallery.

Layapp for Android and iOS.  Collage maker and photo editor.

Layered App for iOS.  Add animated text, stickers, music and more to your pictures and videos.

Now with all this power at your fingertips, there is no excuse to not include a photo with every post you make.

WWC #34 - Those who wander...

Finding prompts and motivation from HitRecord

Lost. Something men never admit they are and women are always asking directions for.
Where am I? That is my question. It is an easy question since I don't really know where I want to be.
Lost. I wish I knew where I was going?
When you're young, life is your oyster and your dreams are as high as the stars.
When did I lose my way?  I thought I knew where I was going. I thought I knew what I wanted to be.
I am now wandering. A shadow of my former self.
Lost. Who have I become?
I look in the mirror and think I know who that person is looking back at me.
I don't see the differences I should.  Maybe I do. I just don't want to say it out loud.
Once you utter the words, that makes it real.  Fault is found. Blame is placed.
and then you stop.
You stop striving for more.
You stop seeing the good.
You stop wanting to fight the good fight.
You stop needing.
You stop caring.
You just stop.
This journey that is your life is stalled.
You've run out of gas and you are lost.

Homemade Grenadine

I never really thought about what Grenadine was made with.  Pomegranates?  Yup.  So let's give this a try and stock the bar. 

1. Start with a bottle of pomegranate juice. Make sure it's 100% juice.  

2. Bring 4 cups of pomegranate juice to a boil.

3. Lower heat and simmer until it reduces in half, about 15 minutes.  

4. Add 2 cups of sugar and let it dissolve.

5. Time to cool it down.  Let it chill.

The color will be a lighter than Rose's, don't worry, yours is much better!

Stay Thirsty my Friend.

Blog Challenge Day 1

Because my life isn't filled with enough distraction, I have decided to start a new challenge.  I am playing catch up on a 15 day blog challenge.  I am doing it so I can establish a routine to take time out to write and maybe even prepare a bit.  When I am away from my writing, by this I mean not writing everyday, life does go on and the world is of no consequence.    But then when I start writing again, I realize that I miss it.  I miss the tiny moments from my day that I write with no concern of the consequences or the outcomes.  I write to simply write.  Let's call it journaling.  There is no intended outcomes.  Usually when I sit down to write, I feel a pressure to spit out brilliance at keystroke and that when I am done, the project will be finished and I can move on.  So for the next 15 days I will be accepting the challenge and blogging about it.  Hopefully I will find what I am looking for.

Challenge Day #1What is my daily success plan?

If I knew the answer to that I wouldn't be here.   I currently start my days with the best of intentions.  I wake between 5 or 6 AM, my head if filled with thoughts, ideas and a to-do list.  Then I make some coffee and breakfast and sit down with my computer.  As I attempt to start working, I am greeted by the endless array of tabs that are still opened on my computer from my late night online session.  Of course to start my day I need a clean slate so I review all those opened tabs.  And that may sound easy but then I realize I have a 2 or 3 windows with a ton of tabs opened.  Walk away! Walk away!  So I try to start closing them and then I am down the rabbit hole.  No work gets done.  Another day blown!

My success plan will open an new window with only 1 tab.  Then minimize all other open windows and not look at them until I am done getting all my to-dos out of my head.  It's really easy, if I don't open the other windows, I won't know what's there.

Onward to the challenge.

It's showtime!

Well, I did it. I'm on my way to the Hollywood Fringe Fest.
You're thinking, "woohoo Jenn, that's great! What's Fringe?"

According to their website:
The Hollywood Fringe Festival is an annual, open-access, community-derived event celebrating freedom of expression and collaboration in the performing arts community. Each June during the Hollywood Fringe, the arts infiltrate the Hollywood neighborhood: fully equipped theaters, parks, clubs, churches, restaurants and other unexpected places host hundreds of productions by local, national, and international arts companies and independent performers. Participation in the Hollywood Fringe is completely open and uncensored. This free-for-all approach underlines the festival’s mission to be a platform for artists without the barrier of a curative body. By opening the gates to anyone with a vision, the festival is able to exhibit the most diverse and cutting-edge points-of-view the world has to offer. Additionally, by creating an environment where artists must self-produce their work, the Fringe motivates its participants to cultivate a spirit of entrepreneurialism in the arts.

I'm participating as part of the group from Native Voices at the Autry.  This is our first foray out away from our home away from home at The Autry in Griffith Park.  We are venturing out to the wilds of Hollywood and presenting a total of 3 shows, with 10 performances.  

Here's a quick image I made.  I just really wanted to use the picture of me in my Ronald McDonald's dress and headdress.  

Show Dates - There is no "I" in NDN


Hollywood Fringe Festival

Lounge Theatre
6201 Santa Monica Blvd.
Los Angeles, CA

There Is No “I” in NDN
Sunday June 07 2015, 12:00 pm 
Saturday June 13 2015, 2:00 pm
Wednesday June 17 2015, 2:00 pm (Frybread will be available)


UC San Diego - Thurgood Marshall College

There Is No “I” in NDN
UCSD, Wagner Theatre (under Galbraith Hall)
Tuesday, November 18th, 6:30pm-7:30pm
Reception with the artist 7:30pm

Native Voices at the Autry

There Is No “I” in NDN
The Autry (Los Angeles):
Wednesday, May 28, 2014, 4:00 pm

La Jolla Playhouse (San Diego):
Saturday, May 31, 2014, 2:00 pm

A humorous and probing one-woman show that explores what it means to be NDN.


June 6
First reading of There is no "I" in Indian - Creative Rites


I have been on a conference kick lately.  I'm due to head out to NMX next week, but am always looking for others.  Better start saving up!  I found this list online and have modified it for my interests.  If you know of one that's not on the list, please let me know.  

ALTITUDE SUMMIT – the premier business conference for pioneering & rookie bloggers & creatives
BAM CONFERENCE  – the first blogging conference focused specifically on women bloggers in midlife
BASH CONFERENCE - conference for party and entertainment bloggers and those in related industries
BCONNECTED CONFERENCE  – first conference geared toward both mom and dad bloggers
BEA BLOGGERS CONFERENCE  - conference for book bloggers
BEER BLOGGERS & WRITERS CONFERENCE – conference for beer bloggers and writers
BLENDED CONFERENCE – blogging conference welcoming any type of blogger
BLISSDOM CANADA – the premiere event to engage and build relationships with women in Canada
BLOGACADEMY - blogging conference that seeks to help every woman live the lifestyle she wants
BLOGALICIOUS - the go-to blogging conference for influential multicultural women
BLOGCATION RETREAT – rejuvenate your mind, body and blog at this two-day blogger retreat
BLOG ELEVATED – blogging conference and community
BLOGGER BASH – themed parties that serve as networking opportunities for bloggers & brands
BLOGGER WEEK UNCONFERENCE – a multicultural festival of bloggers, journalists & SM mavens
BLOGGING CONCENTRATED – blogger workshops and training
BLOGGING WHILE BROWN – the premier blogging conference for bloggers of colour.
BLOGGY CONFERENCE – blogging and social media conference
BLOGGY BOOT CAMP – intimate one day blogging conference for intermediate bloggers
BLOGHER - “expert” blogging conference focusing on the “expert” in all bloggers
BLOG MASTERY CONFERENCE – blogging conference that takes your blog to the next level
BLOGPAWS - premier social media and blogging conference for pet bloggers
BLOGPODIUM - Canada’s conference for design and lifestyle bloggers
BLOG U CONFERENCE – BlogU is a conference presented by The Blog University for women, moms, bloggers, and writers
BUILD YOUR BLOG CONFERENCE - blogging conference for all levels of bloggers
CAMP BLOGAWAY – the original boot camp for food and recipe bloggers
CANADIAN INTERNET MARKETING CONFERENCE –  two days of inspirational talks on Internet Marketing
CLICK BLOGGER RETREAT – photography blogging conference that fosters connections between blogger and friends
CONFLUENCE – is an annual digital creativity conference held in Oklahoma City
CRAFTCATION CONFERENCE – hands-on food & craft workshops and lectures and panels on creative business

DIGITAL HOLLYWOOD - a trade conference covering the fields of film, television, music, home video, cable, telecommunications and computer industries.
DAD 2.0 SUMMIT –  is an annual conference where marketers, social media leaders, and blogging parents connect to discuss the changing voice and perception of modern fatherhood
EAT WRITE RETREAT – an intensive learning weekend focused on strengthening connections within the food community
EMNM CONFERENCE - conference celebrating the ultimate connection between the world of Hollywood and the online world
FASHION FORWARD CONFERENCE – one-day conference bringing fashionable brands and stylish bloggers together
FITBLOGGIN’ – two-day conference for bloggers interested in fitness, wellness, good food and a healthy lifestyle
FOCUSED BLOGGING CONFERENCE – conference that lets you pick the path that you most desire to learn about or mix and match paths to push you further to success.
FOOD ALLERGY BLOGGERS CONFERENCE – unique conference that unites food allergy bloggers with the advocates, medical professionals, and the companies who support food allergy living and safety at one event
FOOD AND WINE CONFERENCE – brings together bloggers, small business owners, wine makers, chefs, public relations professionals, traditional media, new media, authors and brands
FOOD BLOGGERS OF CANADA – Canada’s only national conference for food bloggers
FOOD FIGHT WRITE – conference that whisks together bloggers, food celebrities and judges, food competitors, authors, brands, and culinary experts
GARDEN BLOGGERS CONFERENCE – conference for gardening bloggers
GO BLOG SOCIAL – brings bloggers, social media experts and businesses together for a two-day event to connect-the-dots
HAVEN CONFERENCE - is a place to celebrate your DIY spirit, improve your skills, and improve your blog
IDEA WORLD FITNESS BLOGFEST - brings together health and fitness bloggers for 4 action-packed days of in-depth blogging sessions, unforgettable celebrity workouts & exclusive behind-the-scenes access to the largest fitness conference in the world
iMEDIA CONFERENCE – conference designed to give you the latest, greatest developments in the world of social media
INDEPENDENT FASHION BLOGGERS – two-day conference for fashion bloggers and influencers
INTERNATIONAL FOOD BLOGGERS CONFERENCE – the first-ever conference for food bloggers
iRETREAT CONFERENCE  –  the leading forum for Aspiring, Building and Connecting an online presence and real-life partnerships
IZEAFest - is a 3-day interactive event designed to educate, inform and connect social media enthusiasts at the happiest place on earth… Walt Disney World® Resort
LIFESTYLE BLOGGERS NATIONAL CONFERENCE - a boutique  blogger conference focused on business development for Lifestyle Bloggers.
MIDWEST INFLUENCERS CONFERENCE - is the first of its kind – focusing on Midwest Bloggers and dedicated to staying within the Midwest Region
MIXED - is a small and intimate food bloggers conference offering around 100 tickets for purchase.
MOM 2.0 SUMMIT - premier professional conference for influential mom bloggers and female entrepreneurs who create online content
NEPA BLOGCON - one-day conference where you learn the REAL scoop behind what makes the blogosphere the place to be
NMX – Bloggers, Podcasters and Web TV content creators learn and network with the most successful New Media content creators in the World
NORTHERN VOICE – Canada’s first weblogging social media conference
PLAYLIST LIVEPlaylist Live is a 3 day semi-annual YouTube/Internet convention, festival, concert and party held in Orlando, FL and the Tri-State (NYC/NJ/CT) region where the YouTube Community (YouTubers and viewers alike) come together to celebrate online video IRL!

PRESS PUBLISH – one-day conference featuring inspiring WordPress bloggers and the people behind
SHIFT CON ECO BLOGGING CONFERENCE - is the very first international social media conference focusing on wellness, health, and the environment
SIMPLY STYLIST –  connects career-minded fashionistas, beauty lovers and geek-chic techies together in a space where they can network and learn from experts in their field
SNAP CONFERENCE – a three-day conference targeting the best bloggers representing modern handmade, contemporary craft, mind-blowing events and DIY
SOCIAL MEDIA CAMP – a three-day, knowledge-rich conference that covers all key issues for getting the most out of social media marketing
SOCIAL MEDIA MARKETING WORLD - social media marketing mega-event designed to inspire and empower you with social media marketing ideas
SOCIAL MEDIA MASTERY – conference to help you master your social media skills
SOCIAL MEDIA ON THE SAND – an invitation-only, social media conference hosted by Beaches Resorts
SOCIAL STUDIO – social media marketing conference
SOFAB ON THE ROAD – is a unique event that allows influencers to take advantage of educational opportunities that will help set them apart from the rest of the influencers
SPARK SESSIONS – is a FASHION and BEAUTY Blogger Conference and Workshops
TBEX NORTH AMERICA  – the world’s largest gathering of travel bloggers, writers, and new media content creators
TECHMUNCH – is a traveling conference that helps food, beverage and lifestyle bloggers in cities across North America learn the skills they need to succeed and take their blogs to the next level
THE BIG POTLUCK - an East Coast food blogging event
THE HIVE CONFERENCE - a gathering of storytellers, tastemakers and bloggers
THE SOCIAL SHAKE-UP – bringing together a wide array of speakers from the top brands in social
THRIVE BLOG CONFERENCE - a place where bloggers  come to be inspired, motivated, and learn how to make their blog Thrive
TMS FAMILY TRAVEL CONFERENCE – conference that brings you the latest in family travel trends, techniques, and technology
TRAVEL MASSIVE - Travel Massive connects thousands of travel insiders to meet, learn and collaborate at events all around the world
VIDCON - Vidcon is one of the largest online video events made for all creators and lovers of the YouTube Industry

WE ALL GROW SUMMIT – the go-to professional conference for Latina digital content creators and influencers
WINE BLOGGERS CONFERENCE - blogging conference for wine bloggers
WOMEN IN TRAVEL SUMMIT – the only women’s travel blogging conference
WORDCAMP – a conference devoted to everything WordPress

WORLD DOMINATION SUMMITa gathering of creative, interesting people from all over the world