What’s up & what’s gone down :: October 2010

A mostly monthly but forever occasional round-up of what I’ve been up to and what I plan to be. For full credits and details, see this entry.

Colleen of the future (places I’ll be)

  • October L.A. Biznik Mixer at Jerry’s Famous [Los Angeles], Finally, I’m ba-a-a-ck from all my travels, and ready to rock some networking, L.A.-style. If you haven’t been, Biznik events are networking the way God intended, non-sucky, with none of the usual shovery of cards in people’s faces uninvited. Join up here (free membership, which is nice), then sign up here.
  • Teaching some kind of “non-awful mastery of the web for your creative and promotional purposes” class at w o r d s p a c e [Los Angeles] , I co-taught a successful pilot workshop with Erin Jourdan a few months ago, and Brenda wants to do more. Sign up for the free newsletter or “like” the Facebook page to stay in the loop.
  • World-Domination Summit, June 2011 [Portland, OR], Without knowing Thing #1 about the agenda, I signed on the dotted line. I’m a big Guillebeau fan from way back, and every event I’ve been to that gathers around Chris has been great. Ergo, this thing is going to rock. Small group, so you should think about getting in while you can.

Colleen of the Past (stuff I did you might not know about)

  • Ignite Portland 9 , Sophomore efforts are always an order of magnitude more difficult to pull off. In my case, that thing about having your whole life to do your first album is the truth: the little talk I gave last year about liked my bloody insides was the culmination of 48 years of living, including six years of processing that crazy episode. This time, I gave a mini-acting class in five minutes. It’s not my favorite talk I’ve given, but some people were moved to submit their own talk ideas by it, and that will have to do. Plus, I learned a ton about what to do and not do, as I usually do when I fall short of my own expectations. You can click to view it, below, or if whatever device you’re reading this in won’t let you, you can stroll over to YouTube and see it here.
  • L.A. Examiner interview , Brenda Spandrio, fellow enthusiast both of reading and of the wildly popular Women’s Business Socials, so enjoyed my crazy sticky-note hack, she wanted more details about it and anything else that helped me reach my 2010 goal of reading 52 books by August 16.
  • Work Happy Now review , My friend Karl Staib really went above and beyond any expectations I might ever have had for how someone processes my process. His piece is complimentary, so YES, hooray and stuff. But it also sums up quite well why I try to do what I do, and how it might benefit someone else. Other than “She writes these crazy poems!” or “She swears a lot on video!”, both of which are certainly true!
  • Amazon (video) book review This time, I review Cheryl Richardson’s Life Makeovers. The short of it? Some good tips and many, many phenomenal resources.

Colleen of the Present (ongoing projects)


Image by madnzany via Flickr, used under a Creative Commons license.


  1. I know we all have different expectations for ourselves when it comes to things like this, but just listening to this talk of yours on You Tube was enlightening and helpful. You did a terrific job of summing up acting in a nut shell. I totally felt your passion and caring. It’s kind of a coincidence that I should see this now. My daughter has her very first audition in high school — for Romeo and Juliet. She’s been asking for help, and I’ve been doing my best to coach her, but I think I’ll have her watch your IGNITE talk – to help her carry her truth from here to there.

  2. OK, so Getting the truth from here to there was not as outrageously amazing as your bloody epiphany. But, there was some great stuff in there that inspired lots of folks – me included. Thank you for putting it out there. I’ve been kicking an Ignite idea around, but someone or myself will have to light the fire under my ass – because it looks kinda scary.

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