Before I offer a sneak-peek reveal of the new Secret Message Society Zine, I want to tell you, change is on the horizon. I feel it brewing. I'm scribbling down notes as clarity comes and stretching my imagination muscles. My brain has been the editor of my life for so long, telling me what I should and shouldn't do. Now in this new season of what feels like a coming home to Mad me, I'm asking my brain if it will take on a new role and invent and create and play and suppose and imaginate. I have great energy towards this Messy Canvas blog, towards my art (and artists in general), towards the Secret Message Society and I feel like fine-tuning them and growing them and tweaking them so they can take on new life.
I want to direct the energy. Use it wisely. Funnel it so not one drip is wasted on that which doesn't feed my passions. I want to move slow so I don't burn out. Slow and steady wins the race. I feel like I'm throwing whatever won't be necessary out of this tortoise shell before I set out on my adventure.
So thank you, to those of you receive the Zine each month. Thank you to those who have been a part of this Secret Message Society from the outset. Some of you were even with me before it was a Zine at all, just a small risky private blog with trembly writing and lots of questions and a smidge of hope. Thank you to those who have read Messy Canvas for YEARS and have gone through all sorts of ebbs and flows with me.
Oh Artist, I do believe magical things are on the horizon and that we will be growing and adventuring and testing out our artist skin this year. You have a life to see to, and you long to make every last bit of it artful. I promise to do the same and share my insights along the way.
As soon as some of the details become clearer you will be the first to know. At this point I can tell you that my plan is for The Zine to continue, the membership to continue, the messy artful living and blogging will continue, I'm just going to be more intentional on sharing my vision and feeding into this community and being Mad me. I believe our art will change us greatly. I believe we're ready.
I've worked on this Issue steadily for the whole month. Flipping through it I think, "Wow, that seems like ages ago I wrote that." So much happens in one month's time.
This month feels like we're packing up for a safari, getting ready for an adventure, checking our bags and putting in what we need and throwing out what we don't. We are assessing where we've been and where we are and where we're headed. We are doing honest inventory. We feel anticipatory. We are gathering our traveling partners. Feeling the ground shake. Accepting that who we are is going to have to be enough for this adventure, because ready or not it won't be long before it's time to shove off.
Back issues are available in my Etsy store. $10 for the previous issue. $5 for all remaining available back issues. Once they sell out they're gone.