I can't tell you how lame it sounds to be poor, work your ass off farming, and then not be allowed to drink or blow a little chron.
I haven't found a community with an interesting business.
There's an old intentional community (like, from the 70s) in Virginia where the residents work 42 hours a week. Their room and board is taken care of and they get $75 a month.
How shitty does that sound? 42 fucking hours a week and $75 bucks a month for spending money? Needless to say, I won't be going to virginia to check it out.
I'm bewildered that there doesn't exist a community where the individuals operate a successful business, work little, and have money for cool clothes. All of the intentional communities I've seen show people dressed either bad, or just ok. Almost like they have a disdain for looking cool.
And the clothes aren't the worst part. The lack of vision is the worst part. Where is an intentional community that creates something profitable instead of one that's composed of hippies who's greatest desire is to grow their own food to be more at one with mother earth. I can't tell you how happy I am that there are people willing to farm for such little money.
And how come there isn't a community that's in the business of starting other communities. All of the intentional communities are there own little things; a group of people got together, decided they wanted to live together, then formed a community. There is no intentional community start up plan to follow. No business or charity developed to help groups of people establish a community. This is disappointing, but maybe my intentional community can be the first to help others start communities.
I'd love to have a community that produced it's own reality show. I could call it, The Realer Real World and instead of getting drunk and fucking in a hot tub it could show real people and the real problems they face when establishing and maintaining a community.
On an unrelated note, I haven't done anything for my pencil business except find out how much it will cost to get going. I think it will be about $400 in licenses and product before I can sell a pencil. I'm also considering how I'm going to sell the pencils (online, door to door, or in businesses) and what I need to do to let individuals know its a legitmate business and they're not getting ripped off. I'm sure it'll come together.
So, I've got my pencil-business dream, my intentional community dream and two other interests. The first is music, I began my own curriculum about six months ago and am happy with my progress. I'm learning fundamentals of music theory and a little guitar and piano technique. I've also been making beats on garageband. It can be a little tedious, but the end result is very cool. It feels good to go from no understanding of music to creating something that is pleasant and interesting. I've also been studying the art and craft of screenwriting. I sat down to write a pilot a few weeks ago and realized i knew nothing about how to get started/wtf I was doing. So I'm 2/3 of the way through my first screenwriting book and I'm beginning to grasp the fundamentals. Some things I found interesting were that conflict must be throughout the film and resolution only at the end, sex and violence are almost always interesting for audiences and has been a major theme in drama since it's beginnings, and that all action and dialogue must either advance the character, or the story. I love seeing things in film that I learned from my book. It makes the movie experience much less mystifying.
That's it, hope you liked it, Nick.