Welcome to my new website. This is the part where I’m supposed to say something brilliant about how much fun I’ve been having bringing this to you and what a joy it’s been to be a big part of creating such a masterpiece.
(1) This has been more work than joy
(2) I have quite a few people lending their considerable talents to something that is going to have my name all over it (even though they did most of the work)
(3) I’m not really having that much fun right now….
Okay, maybe a little. But, don’t tell anyone. It will spoil the snarky mood I’m trying to invoke. Okay (again) not really. *sigh*
What you see in front of you has come at the end of many, many months of work. It was supposed to launch in June, but we decided to give it yet another month. Not because we couldn’t aggregate our fecal matter—(again, wonderful people…working very hard). But, because life stepped in, and work stepped in…and, honestly, it just wasn’t ready. There. I said it. So…it’s ready now, right? Oh, that that were true.
You see, it’s not completely finished. There are still some rooms that need painting and the plumbing needs adjusting here & there…. It’s still a bit of a fixer-upper. If that’s the case, you ask (you did, I heard you), then why-oh-why are you going public with this…thing?
Because it’s time.
There is only so much prep and re-prep, edit & re-edit, hearsal and rehearsal that you can do before you have to kick your baby out of the nest and hope flies. Besides, our wise webmaster, David, has declared that, comfy or not, we’ll have no more delays—Read…his…lips.
As I’ve heard and repeated before—Ready, Fire, Aim. If you wait until everything is perfect, you’ll get nothing started, let alone done. You prepare as much as you can and then let fly, adjusting as you go. Warning! This means that people might get a glimpse at the imperfect, real you. Don’t fret—it means you’re human. Just like the rest of us. Just like me. Roll with it…and use it as part of your charm. You’d be surprised how much sharing your less than perfect side endears you to others. Especially when you turn everything around later and come out on top.
Ever see Shakespeare In Love? It’s my favorite movie. Clever, smart, and with an inspired look into the Human Condition, it hits home on a lot of levels for me. There are a couple moments, while everything is falling apart just before the big show, when Phillip Henslowe (Geoffrey Rush) elucidates how things work:
- Philip Henslowe: Mr. Fennyman, allow me to explain about the theatre business. The natural condition is one of insurmountable obstacles on the road to imminent disaster.
- Hugh Fennyman: So what do we do?
- Philip Henslowe: Nothing. Strangely enough, it all turns out well.
- Hugh Fennyman: How?
- Philip Henslowe: I don’t know. It’s a mystery.
True words indeed. I know from personal experience. With various Tortuga Twins shows and a few stage-combat Chess Matches under my belt, I know that skata (from the Greek) does indeed happen. People get hurt or sick. Props get lost or broken. Stuff doesn’t get finished on time. And, “strangely enough, it all turns out well.” Or, at least, well enough. The show, and Life, goes on.
The trick is to keep moving forward. You press on. In spite of misfortune, mismanagement, or a complete fumbling of the ball on the big play. You…keep…going. And work it all out while learning, stretching, growing along the way.
Which brings me back to MordantWorld.com. Welcome to this great big wonderful work in progress that is my new website. I hope you have as much fun poking around as we all had putting it up. Don’t be surprised when, over the next few weeks/months, things crop up here and there. The Elves, they are a workin’.
That sounds like a good cue for a segue….
A huge thank you to everyone who has made this effort possible…and there are many of you. Enough so, working together in some way or other, that I cannot mention everyone. However, these few, I must:
Thank you (in no particular order) Sharyn W., David P., Charles M., Allison W., Khrysti S., Katie L., Caroline M., Tyna M., Christy B., Naomi M., Rhonni D., Sarina S., G. Mantak Chia & all my friends at Tao Garden, and a special shout out to my Brothers in Comedy: Jef & Ronn T.
Also, muchas gracias to all of you who have been watching, reading, listening, and commenting…on Facebook, Twitter, YouTube, and Stickam. Without you, none of this would have come into being. You have touched me with your kind words and heartfelt gratitude. Thank you, Dreamcatchers, for joining me on this journey into my Mordant World.
R. Mordant Mahon