Forward into the Future!

Today marks 6 months since I got laid low by an injury of unknown source. In the months since then, I’ve blogged quite a bit less than I had been previously doing. Most of my time & energy has been focused on, well, me — and getting me better.

Time to emerge again into the world. I’m walking up to a mile a day, weather permitting, and looking to build up my stamina. I’m up and down our stairs in the house as needed. And I am just about ready to get back to driving — though, truthfully, not driving has been rather relaxing in its own odd way.

So, with this new year upon us, I  want to launch myself anew into the rhythms I had going before the Incapacitation. That certainly includes blogging. Additionally, I want to focus on a few specific efforts I’d already been working on. I’ve mentioned these here before, but I want to reiterate them. Not just to refresh my memory (and maybe yours) but also to renew my intentions and “show my work” as Austin Kleon suggests.

G.M.C. Massey memoirs

G.M.C. Massey walking on sidewalk

There are lots of fragments from my grandfather’s memoirs already posted here as well as my Mom’s edit of his notes, “Pappa’s Childhood.” These all come from scraps of manuscript that my Mom used in compiling that part of his story.

What I would like to do moving forward is to compile portions related to his days in rural Texas schools. He wrote of his days as a student in the late 19th century, and then his nearly 20 years teaching i rural schools around Texas.

I mentioned these writings once to someone at SXSW EDU  a few years ago, and they encouraged me to share those via a book. Well, let’s see what we can do about that.


Will T. Massey

My cousin Will is 6 years missing since he last contacted me. I am not about to let his formidable body of work fade away in his absence. There are several possibilities moving forward, starting with doing more of the same.

I’ve already posted over 70 of Will’s songs with lyrics & either video or audio recording of the song. There are many more songs he has written still to be posted in that manner. I will continue posting more, including some tunes where I cannot decipher all of the lyrics.

I also want to explore more of the live recordings George Fremin made at a dozen or so of Will’s shows at Flipnotics back in 2009-2010. These recordings capture Will at a peak time during the second wave of his career and deserve a wider audience.


FlexQuest

I’ve been on & on about this idea for over 3 years now. By using a gameful approach (a la Jane McGonigal) to develop soft skills, anyone can work to improve themselves in key areas. We call these “futureproof superpowers,” as the demand for these skills determines an individual’s ability to grow and adapt to tomorrow’s changing circumstances.

Futureproof Superpowers for P-TECH student interns

The FlexQuest program/game would specifically target high school interns new to the work setting. Last year, we produced a handful of videos to explain the basics — but stopped short of launching the game. My injury interrupted plans to play an initial round in the fall.

Time to make it come alive by playing the game with real people.  I am not sure yet just how that will work out, but I intend to enlist allies who can help in this initial round of developing & testing by playing the game through. More on that later.

Writing

My injury/incapacitation disrupted all of my rhythms, including things as simple as my daily freewrite. I am only now starting to revive some of these practices. I further intend to work on some of the ideas I’ve previously shared — 2-Minute Warning, Demon Line, and General Sam.

I am also considering taking Ray Bradbury’s advice for how to write a good short story. He once urged potential authors to write a short story every week for a year, saying that after 52 stories, you’d certainly end up with at least 1 good one. Maybe it’s time for “fiction Friday” postings?

Of course, best laid plans have their well-known hazards, much like many of this week’s New Year’s Resolutions. These are not resolutions but intentions.

Stay tuned for updates on these and other ideas coming from the back porch!

About bullersbackporch

I am a native Austinite, a high-tech Luddite, lover of music, movies and stories and a born trainer-explainer.
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