So many thoughts...
First, if you haven't yet read the three substantive posts that got published on the blog this week, you SHOULD (you don't need to read my weekly to-do list unless you really want to):
How I Get My Freelance Work Done — very informative, takes you through all the steps including research and mental percolation
What Happens When You Fail at Your Creative Goals? — this week's guest post (by Sydney Allen), takes you through all of the steps required to understand and accept a creative failure
On Piano Competitions, Part Two — this is, as usual, less about the piano than it is about life
If you've been paying attention to the header photo, you might notice that my copy of Maggie Stiefvater's Mister Impossible arrived this week. I pre-ordered it and got it on release day, and in the Before Times (that's before boyfriend, not before coronavirus) I would have read the entire thing in an evening.
Now I no longer have time for that, especially because L and I are going ALL IN on training ourselves like future piano magicians, so I'm reading a chapter or two at a time — and that might be the better way of going about it. There is SO MUCH IN THIS BOOK about creativity, creative failure, how to live a creative life, how to be ambitious without letting it destroy everything else in your life, etc. etc. etc.
I should probably write more about the "how one trains oneself to be a magician" thing later (please remember that we are substituting the word "magic" for "excellence" or "so good you cannot be ignored" or "outstanding piano amateur" or what have you) but what I really want to write about is what I keep asking L:
AM I CHOOSING THE RIGHT PURSUIT?
Like, would I be better off training to be a chess grandmaster (probably not) or a cozy mystery writer (probably not) or a literary fiction author (maybe) or putting those extra hours into completing even more freelance gigs?
I keep thinking about that guy who mixed my album in Los Angeles (remember, I tried doing the professional musician thing a decade ago), who said "You're a good vocalist, it's obvious you've put in the work and have the skills, but I don't think you'll ever be great. You have the potential to be a great writer, though."
PLEASE NOTE THAT HE DID NOT SAY I WOULD NEVER BE A GREAT PIANIST
OR AT LEAST AN OUTSTANDING AMATEUR
BUT I DO WONDER SOMETIMES IF THE MOST OUTSTANDING THING THAT COMES OUT OF THIS PIANO WORK WILL BE...
(even though I know that the real "most outstanding thing" is the discipline and self-mastery L and I are developing along the way)
(and the relationship)
On that note (pun always intended): here's where I got published this week!
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We post roundups of writing and literary jobs once a week. Here’s our list for May 21, 2021.
We post submission roundups once a week. Here’s our list of literary magazines and freelance opportunities for May 21, 2021.