Today’s prompt is to think of One Thing to focus on in 2015. I meditated and mused on this during my morning pages. The action that I came up with was Putting it Out There. (PiOT for short.) I have years of writing and artwork that has never made it past the safe and nurturing sounding boards of my family and a few community college classrooms. I was scared to show my work to my (now ex) boyfriend. (He never really got the hang of the art of gentle encouragement and criticism.) I have a huge fear of rejection, and, possibly, a fear of success.
The main part of PiOT will be posting to this blog. The last week of daily posting has been such a great experience and I want to keep that momentum.
The second part of PiOT is telling people that I have a blog! I’ve mostly kept it a secret except for a few trusted family members. What if I tell people and they don’t read it? And what if they DO read it!
Another component will be submitting my short stories and non-fiction writing to publishers and journals. This is something I’ve been meaning to do for years but I’ve been too intimidated to start.
One more part of PIOT is putting out my backlog of clutter: things that need to be recycled, donated or sold. And, whoops. Suddenly my one thing has turned into many things. I think that means that Putting It Out There is a worthy focus for a whole year.