What the Friday: Shouldn’t you be writing?

Still Life with a Skull and a Writing Quill, Pieter Claesz (1597/1598-1660)

Honestly, this figuring all of this crap out without a week at the beach is exhausting.

We’re on a journey here. A journey to figure out this writing thing. A journey to figure out this retirement thing.

And maybe a journey to figure out why Publisher’s Clearinghouse keeps showing up at someone else’s door.

It’s been almost seven years (Really? That long?) since I stopped saying “I want to be a writer” and started saying “I am a writer.”

That was back here: This book just may have rocked my writing world

Over that time, I’ve had some success with copywriting, and my play was finished and produced. I’ve not (yet) hit the New York Times bestseller list.

But in this year of sorting crap out, I’ve been thinking about the writing I want to do.

It’s not copywriting. I don’t want to write a “best seller” in a weekend (trust me, I’ve watched the webinars).

It’s come to this. I don’t want to write just to make money.

In much the way that I’ve always known theater would never provide a full-time income, I’m realizing that about writing. I act, direct, and produce because I love it.

I write because I love it. No, I don’t always love what I’ve written. That’s what editing is for.

If someday I publish one of my books or sell an article, that’s awesome.

But, I’m not going to spend all my time trying to market myself as a writer just to make pennies on the word for crap that no one reads.

I’ve done the maths, and I need to stick around the day job for a good bit longer. That’s okay. It allows me to do the things I love. Most of the time.

This may not be as remarkable or as eye-opening to you as it is to me.

That’s not going to spoil my Friday.

Before you go, read these things:

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Recaffeinated Mondays: Simplify

You may recall from Friday’s post that I’m working toward simplifying, streaming, and reducing expenses (also me, but that’s a different post).

I spent part of the weekend looking at the blogs and websites that I have up and, sort of running in addition to this one. What I found was that, fortunately, I’m not spending as much as I thought. I also found that the one domain name I think I’m ready to give up doesn’t renew until the end of August…so I have time to make sure that’s the right decision.

In a sense, letting that one domain go would be letting go of a dream that I once had to build my own event planning company. I’ve let go of that dream. That’s not a bad thing. I’m spending my time in theater and in writing now. Those are good things.

I also started thinking about my main writing website, and the reality that I could add a tab for a blog on that site and…deep breath…decommission The Write Side of My Brain.

Don’t panic, but given the considerations of 1) not having the time to maintain multiple sites, and 2) being able to save a couple hundred dollars annually…well..it’s time to think it out.

I won’t leave you without a trail to follow.

It’s just that 2019 is turning out to be a year of simplifying, perhaps downsizing, and just getting rid of crap.

I’m still working through this. I look around my home office, which I adore, and see all of the mementos and books and writing projects and just a general amount of stuff and realize that, once that retirement date comes, and once we downsize the living space, most of this can’t go with me.

That’s not happening soon, but I need to give serious consideration to what is really important to keep. There are boxes in the attic that haven’t been touched in a good ten years or more.

I’ve never watched Marie Kondo, and she’d probably annoy me, but yeah, there’s stuff I just don’t need.

This won’t be an overnight process. But, as I look around at the stuff, and the website, and the emails, and the Facebook pages I’ve liked…I’m asking the question “why am I keeping this?”

‘Tis a gift to be simple, ‘tis a gift to be free…

I went to college in Kentucky. Over the weekend I was a little nostalgic with the Kentucky Derby. Not for the horse race, which turned into a mess. But, for my old Kentucky home. Our campus was near the Shaker Village at Pleasant Hill, located near Harrodsburg. It was always a treat for students to get to go there, and a frequent favorite place for alumni to visit.

The Shakers were simple people, if there religious beliefs were a bit weird. Look them up, it will do you good.

This is one of my favorite Shaker hymns.

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