During this weekend I have been working on the finishing touches of a book review, packing my house, and trying to market myself as a poet. Packing is refreshing in a way, the book review is fun, and marketing…well I do that everyday at work for others and it seems to be harder to do it for myself.
We have three weeks left until the big move to the village of Warren, NH. I am thrilled to be de-junking the house. It is a creative exercise to think about where the stuff will fit in the new house, and how I might redecorate. And of course, the house warming BBQ will be delightful! Just getting there is similar to deconstructionism. Nothing is in the right place, and chaos is my living space. I am hoping this will shake down some of the poems I have had rattling around.
The book review has been a welcome joy. It is a structured form of writing with a deadline, and after being in school for seven years, and then suddenly being a free agent, it is familiar and comforting. Plus it has been exciting to be one of the first people to read “An Urgent Request” by Sarah Luczaj.
As for the marketing…I have a fan page on facebook that has been a wonderful tool, six journals have accepted my poems over the past year, I will be reading in Massachusetts in September, and I am teaching a creative writing class at D Acres. So, I asked myself, “What next?” Well, obviously keep writing and publishing. Readings? More teaching? I have put applications out there for adjunct positions, and am trying to get a journal going, as well as looking to start a reading series for local authors as soon as I can find a venue.
My question to those of you who read this is…what next? Any ideas? Send me an email or comment on this post and let me know what you think !