Today I went to the Omaha Startup Collective and while it’s great to attend events and meet new people, I don’t think I am “startup” material. I’m not an ideas person and it is very hard for me to get behind other peoples ideas because I already have a very full set list of things I want to accomplish on my own. Yes, I care about my community and my city and my neighbors and future generations, but do I care enough to join this group or that group or dedicate my time to things that are not top five on my priority list? Probably not. Still, it was good for me to try to do something new.
My first priority (pretty soon now) will be to find a job. Each day I spend time exercising, doing house or garden projects, taking care of the kids, and writing. It seems to take up most of my time just doing that and as I have stated before, I am not sure how I am ever going to go back to having 40 hours a week consumed by work, but I will have to figure that out.
My second priority is to start submitting some of my writing to different publications. I’ve wanted to do that for years and just have never pulled the trigger on it. Something was holding me back and I can’t even begin to imagine what that is. Anything I can think of feels like an excuse. If there is one thing I have learned from my travels in life thus far is that there is no time like now to start doing what you want. I’m a hypocrite if I keep saying that and don’t ever follow my own advice.
The other thing I have learned is that I am definitely driven by lists and goals. I’ve had several goals this year that I have been able to either accomplish or make great progress on which involve mostly sleep and exercise. Now that I feel like I have met with success and know the formula, that part of my life can continue on in a very routine fashion and I can start setting new goals. One of which HAS to do with writing and following my poetry passion.
Tomorrow I am going to what is called a Feedback Reading session. This is where accomplished writers read something they are working on and get feedback from the audience. This event is put on by the Nebraska Writers Collective and is typically followed by a writing workshop conducted by the same authors. This is just one of the things I try and do regularly to stay connected to the writing scene in Omaha. I would much rather spend my time with events like this than other random meet-ups like the one I went to today.
Aside from that, I am seriously considering setting some concrete goals around submission of my work and also doing more creative writing and less “stream of consciousness” writing. Nine days ago I referenced a concept introduced in a book I am reading which basically states that a poet needs no inspiration as it is always within them to be inspired. I’d like to put that to the test. Can I really take some sort of random daily prompt and make something out of it.. every day? Wouldn’t that be a nice challenge.
If I am following my own advice, “Today is a good day to start”, I would just go start that right now, but because there are only 8 minutes left in the day, I’m going to let all of this slide right into tomorrow. For now, it is time to see what dreams may come.
Until We Meet Again,