Sometimes I think a week flies by, then when I start doing my weekly post I realize just how many things can happen in such a short amount of time. Since my last entry an ice/snow storm hit our home in Atlanta, Valentine’s Day happened, my birthday was celebrated, and I moved to my new temporary home in Wilmington, NC for a creative residency. At this moment, I am sitting in a little coffee shop on a corner not far from where I am staying watching the rain drizzle down while the sun shines brightly. The wind has been strong since there is a storm coming our way. It is a beautiful Friday morning!

James and I made our journey up on Saturday, and were promptly greeted with a small party that Cucalorus put on. I met my new roommate Mandi, who is working on a gun control documentary during her stay here. She is from the UK and super fun. James and I spent the weekend together for my birthday, then he headed back to Atlanta on Tuesday morning. That’s when it became very real for me that I would be spending the foreseeable future here on my own. This week has mostly been about finding a writing routine, places that I feel comfortable, and establishing relationships. I feel like I am going to be able to get some important work done while I am here.

As most of you know, my biggest priority while in Wilmington is to finish writing my feature. This is closely followed by two other creative projects that will happen during the time of my residency – one in March (still secret), and my short film in April. I will fly to Birmingham for the first, then Atlanta for the second. I had a wish of perfecting my ability to multi-task projects while I am here… and looks like that is going to come true. James and I are double teaming these things from two cities, and I have a feeling I am going to be working my brain to the max every second that I am here. That makes it extra important to schedule my days, to make sure everything gets its due attention. Lots of irons in the fire, and I would have it no other way!

I know I mostly talk about good things on my blog, but just like anyone else, I have disappointments and obstacles to overcome. With bigger projects comes more responsibility too. That’s why I think it is important to celebrate the good things as they happen. I find that if I stay the course and keep hope, things usually work out (and rarely as originally imagined). A big part of each day for me is facing insecurity head-on. Am I good enough? Am I smart enough? Can I actually do these things? The answer has to be, YES.

And a last thought – how cool is it to get to live and create in these amazing southern cities? Birmingham, Atlanta and Wilmington. One day I hope to add a few others to that list in the region. New Orleans always has a piece of my heart, and so many others yet to be explored. When I was growing up I had dreams of New York City… little did I know that equal opportunity was right outside my front door as an artist. A chance at greatness can be created no matter where you are.

Every house in Wilmington has a historical plaque and a huge oak tree with Spanish moss.

Every house in Wilmington has a historical plaque and a huge oak tree with Spanish moss.

My birthday, on Wrightsville Beach!

My birthday, on Wrightsville Beach!

Birthday message from my dad.

Birthday message from my dad – referring to the fact that I had jaundice when I was born. 🙂

Snow in ATL!

Snow in ATL!

Cucalorus Family

Cucalorus Family

Ice skating in Cabbagetown

Ice skating in Cabbagetown

Abominable Jamesman

Abominable Jamesman

Best friends (sometimes). Photo by James.

Best friends (sometimes). Photo by James.

Me! Photo by James.

Me! Photo by James.

Jensicle. Photo by James.

Jensicle. Photo by James.

Azza in the sun. Photo by James.

Azza in the sun. Photo by James.

From my Valentine.

From my Valentine.

My roomie Mandi! She is making a documentary on gun control.

My roomie Mandi! She is making a documentary on gun control.

Main Brain - weekly Tuesday night meeting brainstorming session at Cucalorus.

Main Brain – weekly Tuesday night meeting brainstorming session at Cucalorus.

Bubble is an official selection of the Indie Grits Film Festival!

Bubble is an official selection of the Indie Grits Film Festival!