Author: Quinn Cox (page 1 of 61)

Recollection

Libra 13°

I was looking forward to the upcoming trip: I don’t know what’s on my mind but I know I have to get the costumes ready for the Scotland party. People typically speak in present tense when recalling a past dream. If I were to look back on this week on a calendar, I would see that on October six, I was in New York, staying at the Marlton, meeting clients, days after Stella performed her show, Birth of the American Baroness, at Dixon Place.

It was very warm in early October, I was reeling from some events that entwined personal feelings with professional aims, mainly thwarted. I was happy to be in New York and even happier to have a bit of time to myself to sort out sadder feelings and indulge more desirious ones, which is always fun. It is always a balancing act for we Libras for whom certain enlightenment always comes at a cost, be it material or friendly relational.

 I was so proud of Stella for putting on yet another grand incarnation of her piece and was so happy that synchronicity brought her good friend Griet from Belgium to NYC for that night by gum. Also in the house were new friends who flew down from Toronto and a heartwarming array of fellow performers, mainly women, who came out to show support. We ended up in our hotel suite with the Toronto pals dancing into the wee hours. So much fun, but not so much the next day when having to drive back to Massachusetts. Funny to think that just three weeks later we would be on a flight to London. I had a dozen ebooks to prepare for publication. But mainly, as I recall, I worked with clients and took daily beach walks—all October was beautiful—collecting debris for our party constumes.

(Note: That which is in ital is being written at a much later date then when this above Blague was originally meant to appear. That which is unitalicized were notes I jotted at the actual time to trigger me into writing something on that day. Over 90 days total went by where I didn’t publish Blagues. I’m guessing that some time late January 2018 I might “catch up” to myself.)

 

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The Derailing

Libra 12°

Holy Crap. It’s been over 90 Blagues since I’ve written and (if you know me at all) I will hoe the tough road of filling in each and every one. I may “cheat a bit” but not really because I would only be cheating myself. I have to learn to love to write again. Today is actually Capricorn 12° not Libra 12° so, yeah, I’m 90 days and Blagues “behind”. So behind in fact that I hadn’t checked to see what it is I last wrote. Only to discover….no the fuck wonder I haven’t written this Blague in over 90 days. Holy Fawke. It was the day I learned of a certain rejection that sent me off this particular rail. However, in the meantime I did write an entire new show for performance and twelve year ahead horoscope books for 2018. Not to mention the fact I took a trip to Europe and I’m currently now on a boat somewhere off Grenada. Coriacou I think the island is called. So I now revist this Blague, full circle and will italicize new bits I’m writing whilst leaving unitalicized and bits and bobs I managed to quickly type into the word document I keep as home base for formulating my ideas before cutting and pasting them onto the site you’re reading. It is January 3, 2018 and I’m full of cautious intention. Last year I spent that first whole full week of 2017 writing a book proposal which has not seen any real light of day. I am actually “giving myself another year” to accomplish that which I wanted to see take root last year. Come March 20 I will start my fourth? fifth? year of Blague. (I’ll find out which and get back to you) and I have plans on that score as well. Anyway the following bit is what I had as a placeholder here for this day, October 12, 2017:

Russell Brand has been working his book tour. The title of the book is Recovery subtitled Freedom from Addictions. Okay where to begin. I like Russell (and not just because I hear he is a fan of our work). But because he has an astounding way of communicating and a extraordinary breadth of knowledge on which he draws. I don’t really know his comedy but I will call him a genius, a word I reserve for reals (many people say that but throw that word around wantonly). He has a genius mind. You see it in the way it works. And yet, hmmmm. Many celebrities have been and are in recovery. They keep it personal and don’t exploit it. And along comes Gemini Russell Brand who is genius at expressing himself and, in this case, reinterpreting the twelve steps for…the masses?

Now I have always thought that it shouldn’t be something to capitalize upon—ones own recovery—but I guess if anyone can pull it off he can. Everyone I know who has read the book loves it. I might get around to reading it myself this year.

 

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Cliché On A Disappointment

Libra 11°

I honestly feel sometimes, as we likely all do,  as if I’m born under an unlucky star. I would much rather have no opportunities than false ones, dangled in front of me, getting my hopes up only to have them dashed. I didn’t ask for the great assistance I was supposedly being given. It was offered. And I suppose I’m supposed to feel bad for having waited patiently for six months while people mull over the proposed work I handed over to them, only to have some great conference call, long-awaited, being just one more Unfortunately….

The whole reason I left the business of managers and lawyers and agents who lie for a living was so I didn’t have to feel this way. But the most incredible seeming opportunity lands in your lap, an offer really, let’s be frank. So you say okay. And then half a year later it’s turned into an excuse to wield some power of rejection. I never asked for it in the first place. People are freaking sadistic they really are. And what? I’m supposed to comfort myself with some belief in karma that they’ll get theirs? I’m not sure it works that way. Sometimes good things continue to happen to bad people. And this is exactly why I took myself out of the game: I am nobody’s reject. I am nobody’s victim of whim or avoidable circumstance. I decided long ago not to be led up some garden path. But you figure it’s such a close friend presenting you with the opportunity. And a very good friend indeed who shall remain so—not their fault. And what were we supposed to do? Say no to the opportunity. But how these things get turned around is beyond me. I just don’t want this sort of energy in my life as I did nothing to invite it. So I must just as easily let it fall to the wayside.

Meanwhile I’m mostly pissed off that I will lose another day to upset. I waited six months for a call to discuss the opportunity but instead the call was to dash it. Did not see that coming. And now I’m so upset I can’t even focus on the work that is at hand. My own work. The work nobody assigns me. The work I do for myself. Because I am a self-sufficient person who has never been really worked for anyone nor been on any kind of assistance nor had anyone give me any handouts. I have been working a job since I’m fourteen years old. And, like my father once said in the handful of praiseful things I remember him saying: “you live by your wits”. He meant that as a compliment.

Oh well live and learn; this too shall pass; insert cliche here. At least now there is no sense of being beholden. And, as is my blessing/curse, I already see the bright side. But I’m bone weary of wear from this emotional running raggedness, which is only the result of sloth. Still that bright side of not feeling pressured or to owe anyone anything. I have what I need and to have more or less is a choice. I don’t owe you or anyone anything.

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Afterglow Marketing

Libra 10°

Targeting bigger Boston-based regional press we secured highly visible TV and print coverage this year. (PBS WGBH, Boston Globe, Boston Herald, others) Our PR-marketing plan focusses on editorial and broadcast, promotional events, posters, postcards, e-blasts, newsletters, web campaigns, new media and social networking, vehicle advertising, staged events, tours and cross-promotion with Dixon Place and The Public Theater in NYC, ART in Cambridge, UnCabaret in L.A., to name a few. We print programs touting our sponsors, but fail to afford advertising. Our branding is ubiquitously praised—a classy, recognizable logo, identity and collateral—with eye-catching posters and other imagery. We hope our new line of offense will be Adversiting with support from PR, shifting more to the national and international level. The impact of local coverage is arguable, while social media among local people and businesses is impactful. We launched a Playbill-Instagram initiative, via a photoblog led by our participating artists. We’ve scored national coverage from the Boston Globe (circulation 232,432 daily) The Huffington Post ( 4-11 million readers, daily) New York Magazine (circulation: 600K ); Media targets include The New York Times, (1,150,589 weekday; 1,645,152 Sunday, Online: 30 million/month);); Style.com, the Daily Beast (3-10 million daily);; DailyCandy.com (600,000 daily). Travel, in-flight and arts magazines will be a focus, as our global profile grows. Media websites will include NYPress.com, BroadwayWorld.com, TheNewYorker.com, Culturebot.com, Vogue.com, www.Out.com, www.Playbill.com have all provided coverage. Print advertising could be focused on Provincetown Magazine, Provincetown Banner, Cape Cod Times, Boston Globe; Providence Phoenix (80K); Time Out NY (86K); Boston Magazine (92K) given financial resource.

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Afterglow Do Different

Libra 9°

I really hope you don’t mind my using this time to work on grants while double-dutying this copy for the Blague I currently have no real time for. I keep trying to get to the point of being caught up in the day and then also free in the day enough to just use this Blague to be funny and creative. I wear too many hats and have way too little help.

We have yet, in our eight year history, been alloted the funds necessary for a print and broadcast advertising budget. We work miracles with the press, but to go to the next level, we require more investment from the VSB and other sources. We could advertise in other festival towns around the world and draw, mainly LGBTQ, audiences from abroade. Meanwhile we want more local audience, too. And we hope to increase our ability to provide discounts to students and seniors especially, “gifting” Sparklerships (donations of $100), from donors not using them. This boosts attendance and good will among locals. We learned that social media like Instagram is essential for consciousness raising and seek to expand that. We find that private and business funding is unpredictable and seek to partner with more business owners who are the direct beneficiaries of audiences coming to town. We wish to engage local artists more and create more of a residency atmosphere whereby visiting artists can interface with locals. We strive to move works we’ve premiered to other venues with the “Made in Provincetown Afterglow seal of approval. We want more coverage on our work to preserve Provincetown’s little known theatrical heritage.

 

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Measuring Afterglow Success

Libra 8°

Each Afterglow has been more successful than the previous one. We measure success in sales. And despite presenting many unknown artists, our sales per show were the highest ever. This means our curation is trusted and successful. Success is seen, too, in increased press. An entire segment of Open Studio on WGBH was dedicated to our work, added to features in Boston Globe, Boston Herald, Cape Cod Times, Playbill, The Huffington Post, The Dig, Edge, Boston Spirit,. Success is measured in increased awareness and attendance and in the uptick uptick in local audience and sponsorship. Collaborations with the Public Theater and American Repertory Theater mean more scope and renown. As works premiered and developed by Afterglow move to other stages—from Off-Broadway to London’s Soho Theater and beyond, our program credits are duly noted. More grants and sponsorships spell success: The Newlson Trust and the Mass Cultural Council continued their support along with successful artists and entertainment figures like Jim Hodges, Alan Poul, Mary Birdsong and David Bowd & Kevin O’Shea. Success is more artists seeking participation; and raising more money for other charitable causes via collaboration. Success is in the growth of subscribers and in the expansion of social media. Success derives from strangers in around the world showing support and visiting Provincetown during festival.

 

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Afterglow Attendance

Libra 7°

Given our new venue, we presented 1/3 fewer shows this year over last, and yet attendance was way up. We measure attendance in ticket sales plus Sponsor passholders and “Sparklers” receiving half-price tickets. We offer Missionary Sponsorships to local businesses whereby 5 employees receive 1/2 price tickets. This further augments audiences, allowing more locals to attend. Afterglow’s hosting venue keeps precise records; and though we didn’t stage a free “townie” show this year, our ancillary events brought an additional 400 audience members to the attention of the festival. Afterglow has introduced Provincetown, now, to upwards of 70 artists, many of whom have become beloved of locals. Returning Afterglow artists now command bigger sold-out houses, just as the festival mission remains dedicated to presenting new artists and acts never before seen in Provincetown.

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Afterglow’s Impact

Libra 6°

Afterglow consistently touts Provincetown as an perfect destination spot for travelers during festival week. Afterglow draws upwards of 85% of its audience from Off-Cape—mainly New England, the mid-Atlantic and the West Coast. Attendees secure lodging, frequent restaurants, bars, lounges and nightclubs and partake of the many shops, museums and galleries and services. Business owners cite an economic boon during Afterglow week—audiences and artists not only eat, drink and shop, but also take tours, rent bikes, ride ferries and sample all the town has on offer. Afterglow advertises town businesses via its website, programs and social media. Festival artists likewise promote businesses they frequent via Instagram, Twitter and Facebook. Afterglow disseminates information on town businesses to its artists and showgoers. Afterglow’s audience are well-heeled travelers who spend generously, tip freely, support local commerce and enrich the Provincetown’s economy. The festival has partnered with other non-profits, donating proceeds of its shows to such organizations as The Trevor Project, Camp Lightbulb, the AIDS Support Group of Cape Cod and Helping Our Women (HOW). Afterglow tries to raise funds to produce work, increasingly, in the off-season and has planned ancillary programs, workshops and lab productions that attract participants year-round.

 

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Afterglow Description

Libra 5°

I need to write some grant copy for my festival and I might as well work on it here.

Afterglow is Provincetown’s Live Performance Arts Festival. The 8th annual Afterglow takes stage September 10-16, 2018 at the Art House. Afterglow brings to Provincetown informed audiences from the region, country, and abroad to see its award-winning artists, who typically only appear in festival capitals like New York, Los Angeles, Sydney, London, Berlin, San Francisco, Manchester, Dublin, Edinburgh, and the like. Afterglow has earned Provincetown a star on the international festival map, opening dialogues with other festivals world-wide. Afterglow’s artists make headlines as social icons and activists; and range from the newly emerging to Grammy-, Tony-, Sundance-, Obie- and Academy- award- winners innovating performance as we know it. Afterglow presents solo plays, neo cabaret, progressive sketch, performance art, multimedia, dance, electronica, poetic/rap, rock opera, musical comedy and other forms, fostering Provincetown’s reputation as a important live-arts center, not just a commercial/resort entertainment town. Afterglow cultivates local talent—performers, designers, costumers, choreographers, composers, playwrights —in festival, and with ancillary productions. The festival created a “playwright’s initiative” and produced work at top venues/theaters under the “Afterglow of Provincetown” aegis. Afterglow reclaims Provincetown’s birthright as the birth place and incubator of the modern American stage, receiving support and promotion from Joe’s Pub at The Public Theater and Dixon Place in NYC and Oberon at the American Repertory Theater in Cambridge where Afterglow produces the successful Glowberon series, now in its third expanded season. Works originated at Afterglow have moved Off-Broadway, to NYC, and to London, Los Angeles, Paris and other major cities around the globe. 256

 

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Chart Notes Two

Libra 4°

With Sun in Cancer in the seventh house, you can be predisposed to seeing yourself too much through others’ eyes, and must make an effort to be more directive an objective in your outlook. “What other people think about you is none of your business” are words of wisdom to live by. On the upside, you are incredibly sensitive to others’ feelings and empathetic. You should applaud yourself for being caring, but be careful not to fall into too much care-taking.

You have a Capricorn rising which helps cut through the emotionality in your make-up. This provides you a high-status lens on the world and the ability to hold yourself up in high esteem. You may be saddled with responsibility, especially in your youth, made to act as an adult before your time. As you age, you grow down!

The Moon conjunct Neptune in your twelfth house, in Sagittarius, is a highly spiritual signature. You are probably more psychic than we are. At the very least you are intuitive to the max, and impressionistic in your approach to life—better off letting direction and opportunity emerge rather than asserting any kind of strict agenda. Flashes of genius happen in dreams.

Uranus, dignified in the eleventh house, opposing Chiron in the fifth poses a challenges to your creativity. You may feel a need to play (too) safe in the act of creation and to suppress freakier elements of your nature overall. It is your unique vision and eccentricities, however, that are your artistic strength. You need to get over feelings of shame or blame for having expressed yourself boldly in the past.

A conjunct of Jupiter and Mercury in your psychological eighth house T-square this opposition. Narrative therapy is especially helpful in getting to the root of pain that can rear its head and derail you. You want to dig deeper into inner dialogue as opposed to oversharing on the same topics with others. A person with this signature definitely has a story to tell, one that is profoundly personal but has universal resonance.

With Saturn in the ninth house there can be discomfort surrounding travel or even higher learning. These may trigger feelings of abandonment or nightmares regarding the succesful completion of projects. Hard to say whether it’s nature or nurture, but the environmental challenges that might have occured during intense periods of learning—or having to make geographical moves, or changing schools at certain times, have created a sense of dis-ease around leaving the safety of bubbles you’ve created for yourself.

You must realize that you are your own authority and you are not seeking approval on any level. You must dare to suck and dare to fail. Only then will you make gorgeous inroads into uncharted creative territory. Be as exaggerated as you feel!

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