Tuesday, June 16, 2020

Next Steps

OK.  We have known about being named the AiRs in Dry Tortugas National Park for about 46 hours.  There is a subtle tectonic shift (ok not so subtle) going on beneath our feet as we move from the application and day-dreaming phase to the planning and operational phase.  first up was getting the word out on social media to our friends and followers and by responding to the avalanche of well wishes.  One well wisher in particular was a fellow finalist who told us after reading the blog and listening to the podcast he was rooting for us.  That was an extremely kind gesture and the one that will stick out for me from yesterday.

Next up the press release had to be written,(or more correctly edited.  More about that in a minute)  While Shannon and I are one hundred percent doing this for the art we will get to create there is an opportunity for us now for more exposure for our work and that is not something to be ignored.  It is part of the business of being an artist nowadays.  The press release was written.  I'm a little embarrassed to admit the correct term is updated and edited.  I was so confident that lightening would strike and we would be the residence on the first try that we wrote the press release in 2019 just a couple weeks after putting our application in.  I came a cross it a few weeks ago and thought wow that was pretty arrogant of me.  I hope I took things down a notch this year.  I have tried to remind myself to enjoy the entire process.  Shannon and I will be on the island before we know it and the month will just fly by.  Anyway the edited press releases have been going out today after Shannon and I put together the list of who to send it to.  We will spend the next few months being project managers making sure all the I's are dotted and T's are crossed.  Thankfully the NPAF and the NPS help with making sure we know what we need to know before we get there.  Now that we actually have the residency and we have been independently day dreaming we need to marry our two visions for residency and the documentary.  So that we can get the absolute most. out of this experience.

Loggerhead 2020!
Carl Stoveland
for the Flying Tortuga Brothers.

PS I enabled mobile view on the layout formatting so it is easier to read on your phone and tablet.  Thanks Wendy!  Let me know if this is helpful.  It looked like a huge improvement.  I can also take it one step further and give the mobile experience a white background with dark text if that will make it even more readable.  Let me know. 


1 comment:

  1. This is just so exciting!!!!!!!! A bright light in a world of chaos. You guys bring hope and dreamy excitement to the world!