My good friend (and hero) Laura Kate Whitney invited me to a meeting yesterday afternoon for LIV Birmingham. All I knew was that there would be other visual storytellers present, and we would be brainstorming ideas to engage the community.  I found myself in the company of some pretty amazing folks right off the bat, and was flattered to even be in the same group as them.  LK has started a great new initiative that enlightens newcomers (and even us long-timers) about neighborhoods in downtown Birmingham that we may or may not be familiar with.  When she moved here herself a few years back from Charleston, she needed some motivation to get excited about her new home. So she took that as a challenge, and what she discovered was a  place that she fell madly in love with. I think no matter where you reside, LK is a great example of how to make the most out of where you live.  Here is her original blog, Magic City Made, where you can learn much, much more about her. No matter where you go, there you are!

I love people with good, positive energy and focus. I find that I am the most happy around people who are pursuing things greater than themselves. Birmingham has many folks just like that, and as I grow to learn more about Atlanta, I find a similar community there as well. While I love an artist or a maker of any type, community builders are a new breed that I find endlessly fascinating.  They are selfless warriors constantly protecting and fighting for others to care. They make me realize how important some of the things that I take for granted are on a daily basis… the history that surrounds me, the buildings, the everyday people. They make the previously boring interesting, and the silent have a voice. If you are one of these warriors for your own city or community, then props to you! Your dedication can change and enrich lives.

Sometimes when you are working hard for a goal, especially a long-term one, you can feel like you are spinning your tires in the mud. Am I really getting anywhere? How can I fully understand the fulfillment that is so far out of reach? I think about this sometimes when I am writing my feature script. While I am rounding page 50 strong, I know that once I finish I will still have many revisions to weed through before I have a polished piece. Each page is meticulous, as I pour in every ounce of creativity I can muster in each scene. Writing requires your full attention, and for me that means no music or tv on in the background. It means fully immersing myself in this world I am creating on the spot. It’s interesting, challenging, sometimes lonely, but always rewarding. What I do know is this: I love to write. I think I have good stories to share with unique perspectives. And that makes me happy.

We will have some exciting updates on Bubble later in the week, which I will include in Friday’s post. Until then, make some mountains move!

Wild animal safari... in Georgia. Something not right here?

Wild animal safari… in Georgia. Whaaaat? Photo by James.

Low Country Boil

Low Country Boil

Camping! Photo by James.

Camping

LIV in Birmingham Magazine

LIV in Birmingham Magazine

LIV Birmingham meeting with some of the best storytellers in town!

LIV Birmingham meeting with some of the best storytellers in town!

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Brainstorming