It seems a little silly to rebrand myself, or at least to call it that, but I'm doing it anyway. I built this website years ago to promote my work as a solo singer songwriter. While I am certainly still writing songs, I am seldom performing them as a solo act. This was a conscious choice. After a few years as a part of Star Belle Ukulele Band and spending much of 2015 playing out with my sister-in-law Hope as The Mrs. Dunbars, I found that standing on stage by myself just wasn't as much fun as goofing around with my friends. Driving to and from gigs alone was considerably less fun than stopping and having small town adventures with the band. So, I stopped pursuing solo gigs and have focused in on Star Belle. Good times! (But I reserve the right to change my mind and play a solo gig every now and again!)
I also started several other creative pursuits. I wrote a young adult novel titled Daffodils & Graveyard Bells, and am currently seeking an agent in hopes of publishing it. I've started another one...or at least I'm writing a story. We'll see where it goes. I'm writing a musical. Some friends and I just cooked up a plan to collaboratively write a play. Hope & I are cooking up another project that we'll spill the beans on later this summer/Fall 2016. That sounds like a lot. It is, but it is all so much fun. And I find that creative momentum is powerful: once I start working on one project, the others start popping.
One thing I haven't had much follow through with is the blog. I've written in fits and starts over the years. Maybe this time it will stick. It would be good for me to have a place to share what I'm working on and where projects stand, if not because you are interested (Are you interested? You're interested, right? You're not interested? I hope you are interested.), than as an act of accountability for myself and proof that I'm making stuff. So, check back! I hope to have clips and excerpts and cool stuff to share.
What I'm reading
What I'm listening to
My Favorite Murder Podcast, Someone Knows Something Podcast, The Cars Greatest Hits