For a while now, I’ve been writing about working daily toward my creative goals. Recently, I had reason to summarize the events of my life over the last year in a short email to an acquaintance. He replied:
Oh my word! You go big or not at all, don’t you??!! That’s a lot of change! How exciting.
Although I no longer believe in burning the candle at both ends, his reply made me see how steadily and mightily these baby steps have added up over time. When compressed into a short email, it’s the diamond-version of my efforts sparkling instead of the dusty coal of daily effort.
So, I decided to be brave and tell you all what I hope to achieve next. I was avoiding making any concrete goals until I put in some effort, built some muscle, and got a few projects brewing. Recently, however, I noticed myself dawdling, sitting on the precipice once again, afraid to take the leap of faith to actually finish some projects and put them out in the world for others to see.
So here goes:
I’m going to self-publish my children’s books or rather “Stories You Can Color.” You’ll see a new page on this site soon under that same title, with images and some text from each book.
I’m still working on the technicalities of how to print them, but I’m applying to sell my books at Portland’s “Crafty Wonderland” in May, and if I get in, I have a lot to learn and prepare, which scares me but motivates me too. If I don’t get in, the application process will have served to get me moving on printing them and sharing them with you.
And then … I’m going to open a shop on Etsy to sell my “Stories You Can Color” as well as other drawings and writings. That learning curve is steep, but I think at some point, I really do have to “go big” and dive in, or I’ll never take the leap.
Also, remember the essay that I let the wind carry away? To my great surprise, the solution seems to be to make it a book. So, I’m taking part in Blogging from A-to-Z in April (I’m currently #468 on the sign-up list–yowza!). Every day but Sunday, I will publish a short post about why daily creative effort matters and what magic comes from it. Each post must correspond to a letter of the alphabet, starting with A, which will be “allure: the alluring promise of tomorrow,” about not putting off your art for later, but getting to it right now.
Then, I’m going to compile it all into a book … maybe a digital book, maybe a print book, maybe self published, maybe find a publisher, I don’t know, but I’m going to make the effort and see what happens. The book version will also be illustrated … I think.
Lastly, my friend and I are going to start teaching two writing workshops: one mixes writing and meditation (we’re working on the title) and the other is Writing Your Food Memoir.
Phew, okay, that’s it for now. Making this public feels daunting. It would be easier to leave these goals noted in my journal and tucked in a drawer, and yet, I need the push to follow through.
Here goes …