Friday, May 9, 2008
Living a Creative Life
I have a few extra minutes this morning to take a breath and sip some coffee.
The past month has been busy, as will be the next month. But nothing makes me happier. See, the difference in being busy and happy and being busy and stressed, lies in what you're doing. Over the past decade, I've gotten pretty good at deciding what I like to do (what I'm good at) and what I hate doing (what I'm lousy at).
I know if I chose to take on a project, it's because I know, with a good amount of certainty, that it will be rewarding. I love creating things, inspiring creativity in other people/children and generally leading a creative life. Creativity is the key word.
All the things I chose to do with my life revolve around this word: writing (and revising: major creative skills needed here), teaching, entertaining, mural making, reading, fundraising, mothering (perhaps the most creative undertaking of them all!).
Oh, I know, life is filled with things we hate to do. Sure, I get that. But we still have a lot of choice in what and how we chose to live our days.
What is your key word? What inspires you to chose projects or careers? What are you fantastic at? What do you suck at? It would be fun to read about what makes you tick.
Spent last night showing my mural samples to parents at Brandon School. The response was gratifying. It's a joy for me to help beautify our school with this sea-inspired mural. Can't wait to post pictures when it's all done. Thanks Brandon!
On never assuming it's a "no"....received an email from an agent yesterday wondering if I ever received her response from a query I sent back in February. This discerning agent actually followed up with me! Of course, I hadn't received her earlier email so I was more than happy to send along a submission packet. You never know.
Just finished reading The Disreputable History of Frankie Landau-Banks. Another book where I would love to paste my title over hers. Love the cover! The book was fantastic. Jen Robinson recommended this. Very interesting 3rd person narrative. Great main character. Terrific voice. Great read, what more can I say?