It’s been a long time since I put pen to paper for something like this. I have to say – it feels good to be back. I didn’t do this properly the first time. I wasn’t focused and I didn’t give Incite the amount of attention it needed to thrive. It sat there on the mantle collecting dust. Not anymore. Things are looking right this time. The energy is back behind the project – there are some big things in the works. These next few weeks and months will be pretty exciting, to say the least.
Just a preview of everything to come:
Transatlantic adventures – I’ll be spending several months living in Rome, Italy, and traveling to the surrounding countries. It’s always been a dream of mine to travel and see the world – but I’ve never been out of the country before – so this journey is still surreal to me. I can’t believe it’s actually about to happen. But it’s been a long time in the making so I’m taking full advantage of this opportunity. Hell, if I didn’t have to finish school, I might not even come back.
(Re)Launch Party – We’ve got to celebrate the return of Incite and utilize this great summer weather while it lasts (I still shudder when I think of last winter) so why not do both at the same time? Barbecues are still the undisputed heavyweight champion of summer waves. How else could we do it? Great food, great drinks and great people. We’ll set this up some time early next month (August ninth is the tentative date), with more details to come as it gets closer to the date.
Collaborations with a couple great artists and musicians – these, though, will be kept under wraps until it’s time for them to drop. Like Jay Z and Bleek told us, “you let your shit bubble quietly – THEN YOU BLOW”
All in all it’s going to be an interesting and exciting summer. I’m looking forward to watching it all play out. I’m hoping you’ll rock with us at Incite to see it all go down.
In the initial burst of energy that has become this blog some things (site design/layout among them) were left aside in the interest of getting something out there. Over the next few weeks you can expect many changes as we clean things up around here. It’ll look much nicer when we’re done.
Starting next month I will publish a magazine focusing on one aspect of the creative process. Issues may focus on topics like inspiration or production. It will highlight what goes into making great ideas reality.
The magazine presents an opportunity (for myself as well as anyone else who’d like to contribute) to create a very good product. The magazine will be the result of our best efforts. Everyone involved is held to a higher standard. The result is that quality is the top priority. If it’s bad, it doesn’t go in. It’s that simple. The magazine will be a place for a more formal discourse than these blogs, which are designed to be freer in nature. Except this one. This one is very serious.
I’m really excited about this project and I’m looking forward to putting everything together. I hope it’ll be something you all can enjoy.
If you have something you’d like to submit or if you’d like to talk about the project send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org or follow @incitethemag on twitter.
I believe in the energy of ideas. This energy is in all of us – it is what drives us to write, paint, or sing. It’s the feeling when you’re lost in a project and you realize hours have gone by without notice. This energy is beautiful and powerful but so often it is not followed and incredible ideas are allowed to die. Langston Hughes wondered what happens to a dream deferred but over here I’d rather not find out. I aim to rouse the dreamers from their sleep and help them see their dreams in reality.
Langston Hughes’ “A Dream Deferred“
I recently came to understand that great efforts do not just burst into existence. They are really the culmination of many smaller efforts. So many little efforts lay the foundation that the great efforts will be built on. This may be obvious to some but to me it was not.
When I was young things came very easily to me. In elementary school I got in the habit of only doing enough to get by rather than doing the best I could. This habit stuck with me longer than I’m proud to admit and as they often are, was very difficult to break. There are residual effects to this day.
Incite is a celebration of small efforts; Incite is a record of the journey to great efforts. Additionally Incite is a platform for creativity of all kinds. Everything begins with an idea. I’m concerned with that inception and its subsequent cultivation. I want this to be a place where ideas are discussed and encouraged. I want this to be a place where creation is appreciated.
Have an idea? Shoot me an email at email@example.com or follow me on Twitter @incitethemag.