Yet another opportunity landed in my email inbox today. I remember signing up to keep up to date with the grant program which I learned about far too late last year to gather the information to apply. Because it’s a grant and a creative grant at that, it means pulling together information – artist’s statement, my resume, and a pitch. I like the organization. It sounds like a great opportunity.
But is it my opportunity?
I sat back and asked myself how I wanted my creative life to look and what kind of games I wanted to play. Academia is one sort of game. Prestige (which some would argue is the same as academia) is another. I could play the genre-famous game which honestly is one of the best games out there – you’re famous in a niche that means you could get opportunities to speak, but you can still walk around without being bothered. There’s the business game.
Depending on what I want, and which results I’m interested in, is where I should put most of my focus. This grant opportunity belongs to a game I didn’t want to play so I won’t be applying. On the flip side, if I did apply, I doubt I would have been selected. Selection commities are usually pretty good at determining who will make the best use of their limited resources.
As for me, I can put my limited attention and focus on learning how to play the game I want to win.
The clearer I am about what I want and what I want my creative life to look like, the easier it is to decide which opportunities will be best for me. If things changed in my life and I had more time, maybe I could afford to take more chances.
For now, though, I’m looking at opportuities like a short story magazine editor reading slush whose half of the slots in the magazine have already been filled with solicited stories…I’m looking for reasons to say no. To paraphrase Dean Wesley Smith, I would be better off writing.
Keep moving forward. Keep getting better.
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As of Day 38, – 2/7/24
# of Words I Wrote/# of Words Written To Be on Track/Year Goal
73,398 / 76,912/ 740,784