Hpc 6360 Portfolio

Theme: How I show up in relationship with myself, and others. This portfolio has been shaped around the central theme of Relationship. I have been exploring how I show up in relationship with myself – how I treat myself when I am anxious, depressed, happy, sad, and stressed. I also explore how I show up in relationship with others – with my parents, sister, partner, friends, acquaintances, and strangers. This portfolio, when taken as a whole, is a multimodal response to these explorations around awareness in relationship.


Visual Portfolio Pieces


AUDIO & VIDEO PORTFOLIO PIECES

This poem was written the morning after a difficult day of being in relationship with my long distance partner, who lives in the southwest and currently has a life totally separate from my own here in Boone. I feel so often that I am chasing connection with her, and in the chase I feel my own insecurities, doubts, and anxieties grip me in the search for a deep and meaningful relationship. The ocean of my own mind is rarely calm, but I find that through poetry it levels out. An interesting note from this experience was that I sat down this morning to journal, and these words immediately came out.

‘Song for Self,’ 2/19, Strumstick

I’d been wanting to make a strumstick song for several weeks now, and this night seemed like the night, alone in my bus, feeling energy in my fingertips. What I like about this music is that it’s not perfect, because I am not a perfect student of this three-string instrument, but I chose to play it and share it.


Daily practice reflection

I committed to an hour of writing a fiction novel each day, usually in the morning when I woke. This novel is the first book in a series with the working title When the Bad Guys Win. The name of the book is Saving Princess Rubra.

A conflict avoidant dwarf, an alcoholic elf, a masochistic knight, a wild woman, and a disillusioned troll are on a quest to save a princess who doesn’t need their help. This story is narrated by an unreliable wizard who has been locked in a remote tower by his ex-lover. It’s a classic hero’s journey adventure structure with a tongue & cheek twist, because this book takes a look at unhealthy manhood in its many manifestations. When the Bad Guys Win is concerned with discussing socio-racial hierarchy, gender inequality, disruptive male behavior, and emotional suppression. Each character is a flawed composite of patterns I’ve witnessed in myself and in the male-dominated culture of our modern world. All characters - from dwarf to troll to elf to human - work with their insecurities and doubts in relationship.

This daily practice has reignited my love for fiction writing. For two years I’ve been stagnant in the process, convincing myself that I didn’t have the time to create the structure and routine necessary to write novels. Since beginning this project I’ve felt a huge upwelling of creative energy, and now have the ideas for another two novels I want to write once I’ve completed a draft of Saving Princess Rubra. I think a big piece for me is writing because I love it, not because I expect to get this book published. This book may never emerge into the public sphere. But I have enjoyed the process, and have grown from it, and have found a new and exciting discovery within myself - a part of my self-care is writing for a creative release, and when I am able to tie in therapeutic elements (ie - constructing a novel based on my own struggles with unhealthy patterns of masculinity) I offer a clear mirror of self. I can see, analyze, and increase my self-awareness through the trials of my unhealthy band of unlikely heroes.


Arts Events & Service Projects write-ups


Additional Writing Assignments

WINSTON SALEM WRITER, WINSTON SALEM PHOTOGRAPHY, WINSTON SALEM HIKING, WINSTON SALEM BACKPACKING, TRAVEL CHILE, PATAGONIA BACKPACKING, ARGENTINA BACKPACKING, GREATER PATAGONIAN TRAIL, GREATER PATAGONIA, WINSTON SALEM RUNNING, WINSTON SALEM YOGA, YOGA WINSTON SALEM, YOGA INSTRUCTOR WINSTON SALEM, RYT CERTIFIED YOGA WINSTON SALEM, POWER YOGA WINSTON SALEM, HOW TO BACKPACK CHILE, HOW TO TRAVEL CHILE, HOW TO TRAVEL WRITE,