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October 2015 – Now Page Archive

2015 October 20
by Mike Vial

Now from October 20, 2015.

Here’s what I’m working on now, in no particular order:

1. Enjoying time with Ginny, my almost seven-month-old!
Current challenges: Ginny’s not a fan of solid foods, but we tried avocados, bananas and oatmeal.

2. Demoing new music for a release scheduled for 2016.
The songs are written, and the record is 25% tracked at Solid Sound. Most of the album will be me solo acoustic. Very Nick Drake Pink Moon, but the guitars are in tune.

3. Writing poems.
When I get 40 or 50 poems finished, I’m going to self publish a poetry book. I’m not rushing it, just doing it for fun. Here’s some.

4. Running with my dog Lois, usually through the woods.

5. Taking two online classes to keep my teaching certificate current.
(I’m taking a history class and poetry class.)

6. Teaching guitar lessons at my studio, Dixoboro Guitar. Working on getting more students.

7. Playing a ten date tour in October through December, spread out over weekends.

8. Preparing for 2016 release; updated all Google Drive spreadsheets. Debating doing a radio campaign.

9. Planning something cool for my 1000th gig. (I’m at 967)

10. Writing blogs, posting one every weekday.

Current Reading List:

  • Fiction: The Rent Collector by Camron Wright
  • Essay: Iggy Pop’s lecture on BBC 6
  • Poetry: The Language of Life by Bill Moyers
  • History: Lies My Teachers Told Me, by James Loewen
  • History: People’s History of the United States, by Howard Zinn
  • Every morning I read Seth Godin’s blog.
  • Most weekdays I read Jack Lessenberry’s essay on Michigan Radio.

This now page was inspired by Derek Silver and Gregory Brown’s tweets. Go make a “now” page, then get working!

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