February 12, 2010
I’ve mentioned in earlier posts that I am excited to share the stories of twenty people who’ve been featured in the film, An Anything But Ordinary Journey. I wasn’t joking in the least.
Carolyn L. Burke, for those of you who aren’t in the know, was the very first person to originate and maintain an online journal called, Carolyn’s Diary. Today, we refer to Burke as the first blogger. And as innovative as that is, as I watch the raw footage of her interview with Michael McCleary for his film, I find her to be so much more.
My hope, in the telling of Carolyn’s dynamic story, is to show our readers that this woman, who by all accounts lived an ordinary and quiet life as a child, created nothing short of an extraordinary life. With a burning desire to examine what it’s like to be a person, Carolyn embarked on recording every detail of her life, with the determination to be as frank and honest as possible. She referred to this as living “private in public.” Her story is relevant and fascinating as we live in the age of social media and using blogs for public and private communication. For Burke, she’s said that Carolyn’s Diary inadvertently acted as a source of therapy. It strikes me that in my time as a blogger and Facebooker, this is still a common purpose. Is it our deepest human need to be understood?
Writing this chapter has caused me reflect on my own life experiences, as well as the experience I’m currently creating. Hearing the breakdown of how this self-proclaimed shy girl revolutionized modern communication, I’m inspired to find ways to be more honest and live a little louder. Think about it….
February 9, 2010
Mike discusses his film, An Anything But Ordinary Journey, as well as our book, Anything But Ordinary: Ordinary People, Extraordinary Lives, with interviewers John G. Barbar and Jed A. Reay, hosts of The Success Curve’s The Initiators New Beginnings.
February 9, 2010
Be sure to catch Michael McCleary and guests on Wednesday, February 10, 2010, at 12 pm!
February 9, 2010
So many things are happening behind the scenes at Anything But Ordinary, it’s hard to know where to begin. First, I’ll start out by saying that I’ve missed the blog world! I’ve been taking some time off booking and blogging to heal from a recent surgery, which also resulted in a week-long bout of vertigo. You’ll never know how difficult it is to make philosophical sense while spinning. In a way, this was a lesson learned, in regards to the writing process.
Looking at the timeline we’ve created for the book project, I’d only allowed myself three days off for recovery. This lesson taught me how connected the body and mind are, and also how severely pain medication can alter a thought process and typing ability. As a result, I’ve been off the job for more that a week. Today, it seems, I’m ALMOST ready to make my full-time comeback. In lieu of doing any profound writing, I am reviewing raw interview footage for my chapter outlines. Specifically, I’m reviewing the footage of the three interviewees will be spotlighted in our sample chapters for the book proposal. Mike and I chose each person carefully and deliberately, to best represent our project and what we hope to communicate to our readers. Although the book and the film will showcase the same twenty people, their stories are told in a different light, and with greater detail. The format is consistent, yet varied, allowing both to stand on their own.
On a different note, Michael McCleary will be hosting the premiere broadcast of Anything But Ordinary Radio (http://www.blogtalkradio.com/anythingbutordinary) on February 10, 2010 at 12 pm. I encourage you to listen in as Mike interviews filmmaker, scuba diver, and adventurer, Ric Mixter; professional dancer, Lindsay Wilson; and speaker, author and entrepreneur, Myles W. Miller. It will be an inspiring broadcast! FYI– Both Ric and Lindsay are featured in the film and book. Listening to their stories on ABO Radio will give you a taste of what to look forward to.
Also, and I can’t give any more away as we’re still in the development stages, the ABO team is working on Extraordinary Magazine (http://www.extraordinarymagazine.com/, a quarterly publication that will inspire and uplift its readers. I will be working as a columnist and editor, which, aside from the writing of the book, has been a dream for longer than I can remember. As we get deeper into the process, I’ll be sure to pass along updates.
As you can tell, there are many wonderful things happening for Anything But Ordinary. We are a blessed group of creative-types who are proud to share our message and vision with the masses. As always, Mike and I thank you for your kind wishes and feedback as we strive to help those who seek passionate and purposeful lives.