A thus-far monthly but forever occasional round-up of what I've been up to and what I plan to be. For full credits and details, see July's entry.
Colleen of the future (places I'll be)
- The Creative Freelancer Conference in San Diego (August 26 - 28) Technically, this is going down now, as you read this But if you live within shouting distance of San Diego, come anyway. Read what I have to say about it here, then sign up immediately. Additional $25 off with my special fairy pixie dust code, "CW9"
- The Ojai Women's Business Social (September 9) Run by my pal, Jodi Womack, this is always worth the drive so I always try to do. Free!
- WordCamp Los Angeles (September 12) If you liked PresentationCamp, you'll love WordCamp. Probably. If you like WordPress.
- The Monthly Los Angeles Biznik Meet-Up at Jerry's (Wednesday, September 16, 5:30 - 8pm) Every four weeks, some of L.A.'s finest independent biz folk gather for cocktails, conversation and oversized plates of deli food. It's awesome, and it's free. (Well, not the drinks or the deli food.) Just register (free!) to become a member of Biznik, then sign up (also free!). Easy-peasy, Cousin Weezy!
- TC 140 (September 22-23) Another Twitter conference? Yup. I'm not even speaking but I'm going: too many cool people I wanna meet.
- ...finally, for actors only, Karen Kohlhaas's Fearless Cold Reading Workshop. Karen (whom I adore) will be handling the audition part; I'll be doing my patented social-media-for-actors song & dance. Fun will be had. (Hey, it's actors!)
Colleen of the Past (stuff that went down)
- New interview! Er, Twitterview. What can I say: it's a brave new world. Me and fabulous HOW magazine editrix Bryn Mooth mix it up on the Twitter about...the Twitter.
- World Domination comes to Los Angeles! Haha, not really. But Chris Guillebeau did, and I helped to organize one of the funnest meetups ever for him and his considerable peeps. Follow him on Twitter and subscribe to the blog so you don't miss future meetups coming to an area near you. (I mean, dude travels!)
- The Escape from Cubicle Nation Workshop in Chicago Can I say how awesome this was, working with my gal, Pamela Slim? Doubtful. Just do yourselves a favor and go to the one Pam is doing in New York on September 12 with our mutual friend, Jonathan Fields. I am jealous I cannot be there, too.
- ...finally, I changed my tune. For the time being, anyway. Which is to say that I was so moved by Mark Silver's Heart of Money course, I am an affiliate for the first time ever. Only one product so far, and the only affiliate links you find here will be clearly marked. The above link takes you to a standalone post I created outlining my experiences with and love for the damned thing. And that's the only way I roll: no sidebar confetti for me. That's a promise.
Colleen of the Present (ongoing projects)
- I asked for something! Specifically, for you to nominate one of my 2009 posts for acceptance to Creative Nonfiction. I assembled what I think are the best candidates, to save you time, but hey, whatever you want to nominate is fine by me! By August 31, though. And thank you!
- The Virgo Guide to Marketing I'm just over halfway through a year-long project where I work on my marketing daily and blog about it weekly. People seem to dig it, as well as the podcasts I record weekly. Go figger.
- communicatrix | focuses My monthly newsletter devoted to the all-important subject of increasing your unique fabulosity. One article per month (with actionable tips! and minimal bullsh*t!) about becoming a better communicator, plus the best few of the many cool things I stumble across in my travels. Plus a tiny drawing by moi. Free! (archives & sign-up)
- Act Smart! is my monthly column about marketing for actors for LA Casting, but I swear, you'll find stuff in it that's useful, too. Browse the archives, here.
- Internet flotsam And of course, I snark it up on Twitter, chit-chat on Facebook, post the odd video or quote to Tumblr, and bookmark the good stuff I find on my travels at StumbleUpon and delicious.
Please let me know if you find this kind of curation at all useful, and/or if there's a better way to handle it. Thanks!
Photo of Arno J. McScruff housed on Flickr, where I also occasionally stick pixels.