Friday, January 20, 2006

Creative Energy (and a dab of self-promotion--forgive me)

Have received my publication contract from The New Hampshire Review, finally, for "Cold War." The whole publication thing is incredibly new to me, so I am getting somewhat over-excited about it, so anyone reading this blog for whom this is old hat will have to excuse me.

I have the option, and am encouraged, to record (by some kind of phone system) myself reading the poem. I'd love to do it (and I'm sure I will) but the poem is long and contains a word I'm not so sure I can bring myself to say in public. But I guess it won't be in public because I'll be talking into a telephone to no one.

In other news, I start my new part-time job on Monday, so welcome to the world of working mothers. I've been anxious about how I will manage my creative time--I work full days on Mondays and Wednesdays, and then half days (til 1 pm) on Tuesdays and Thursdays. Fridays I have off. The trick is going to be to reserve those times for actual creative work, and not to let bill-paying, insurance-fighting, and mail-opening (surprise! yet another problem escorted to you by the U.S. Postal Service) get in the way.

Writing has, for me, become a matter of channeling and managing energy. So the slightly scary (and I suppose, exciting, because isn't fear a function of excitement, or is excitement a function of fear?) part is how is the creative energy going to cycle? Will I be able to surf these new patterns, or will I be swamped?

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