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As the fates would have it, I’ve lost my voice… Perhaps its the dry air, working in the yard, that new running regiment or allergies, whatever the case may be, yesterday it was gone almost completely. Today it’s much better but still I’m left with a crackling to my spoken word and unable to record the newest episode of the Art Wunderful Podcast… That said, tonight’s episode will be delayed by one, perhaps two days, hopefully no longer. Although… this may be the podcast gods telling me to take a week off and release the episode next Monday.

Then again, could it be due to the fact that this is lucky episode #13? The number 13 has always been a lucky number for me. I was drawn to it as a child because of it’s foreboding nature. I liked the number so much that I chose it, when at all possible, as my jersey number in the various sports I participated in. Perhaps that’s the reason I was never a professional basket ball player. Yep, that must be the reason.

A second dose of serendipity comes by way of the planned topic of this episode, disappointment. Last week I had several minor setbacks where my art career is concerned and I thought this the perfect time to chat about how I’ve come to deal with said setbacks, disappointments and even flat out rejections in my art career.

One of my bumps in the road last week came by yet another one of those silly emails notifying me that I didn’t make it to the final round of a specific grant I had applied for. Usually I don’t put much stock in grant writing and don’t get my hopes up to high. This one was different as I put a lot of effort into this specific grant as I thought myself a strong candidate. As it turns out, nope, according to them, not a strong candidate… C’est la vie.

As Art-A-Whirl, the countries largest open studio tour, was recently cancelled in my neck of the woods, I thought this the perfect time to elaborate on the topic of disappointment. I’m well aware that many artists are feeling the pinch, whether it be psychologically, financially or emotionally, from various art fairs, exhibitions and other arts related events being cancelled. While I don’t pretend to have all the answers, I do have my own experiences and stories where disappointment is concerned and would be happy to share my various debacles with you, but alas, I seem to have a frog in my throat…

If you were looking forward to tonight’s podcast with bated breath, I apologize for the, disappointment… But rest assured the new episode will be out soon! Maybe I should do as some buildings do in skipping the 13th floor and forgo the 13th episode, jumping right to episode #14.

Regardless, and in the meantime, I hope each of you is well and finding creative ways to deal with any setbacks that may be affecting you. Cheers!

Fun fact: The phrase “have a frog in one’s throat” means to lose one’s voice and the equivalent French expression is “to have a cat in the throat.” Its first known user was the French criminal and detective Eugène François Vidocq in his Mémoires from 1829.

Fun Fact #2: “Bated breath” is a phrase first mentioned in Shakespeare’s The Merchant of Venice…

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