There are some major life changes coming at me in the next few months. Some like the move are the usual things, but others are much bigger, and I’m not quite ready to talk about it in this public of a forum just yet. But what it comes down to, is that I really need to figure out what my priorities in life are. What am I trying to achieve, what is the career I see myself in ten years down the line? And if the answer isn’t as a full time writer, then should I be focusing so much attention on my writing?
Right now, between jobs and in a temporary location it has been a great tool for me to stay busy, to feel like I am accomplishing something, and to keep my mind sharp. But when I really think about it, I am not confident in my ability to be a published author . . . and I don’t think I really want to be one. I enjoy the creative process of writing, I like pushing myself to think outside of my normally analytical brain, and to find new ways to talk about what I love most – history.
That all said, what I really want to focus on, is getting back into a museum. Moving up to a managerial role in an archive or a collections department. Looking into preservation/conservation degree’s, and ultimately setting myself up to open a contracting business where I can work with museums, heritage sites, and personal collectors to provide preservation/conservation services.
Given all that, I still want to push myself to write, even if it shrinks down to small daily prompts or short stories. I love that it keeps me writing, I love the challenge of being creative, and I love the writing community I have found here and through the writers whose novels I enjoy. Therefore, I have an idea. You all know I have been working on this one story for what feels like forever, and what I am proposing is releasing it scene at a time, here on my blog. It would probably be a weekly thing, and it would let me share this story I have been talking about, and to get feedback on my writing, while not having to keep asking myself if I am good enough to publish. I think it would be quite freeing, even if I am still slightly terrified to share my writing.
So what do you all think? Would a weekly post, slowly sharing my story, be something you all are interested in?