About two weeks ago, my pathway to a possible writing career grew a bit longer; Cody from FLUX Hawaii magazine called with an assignment for the next print issue! Lisa the Publisher/Editor apparently liked my online trial assignment. Of course, like I do with any assignment that has a deadline, I put this new one off until the last minute. And any time I felt I should write another entry for this blog, I reminded myself that I should be writing the article instead. So I worked on neither. That’s what happens when you mix a good sense of priorities with procrastination.
I am still baby-stepping my way up to a prime assignment; this current one is not a feature article but material for the “Green Environment” department. Every issue showcases some new “green” living development in Hawaii and my subject was sustainableUH, an initiative created by a student-run sustainability group at UH called Help Us Bridge (HUB). Basically, HUB want to convert the entire University of Hawaii system into a model of sustainability. I’d go into more detail if I hadn’t just pulled a late-night writing session doing just that. I guess you all just have to subscribe to FLUX Hawaii magazine and wait for the next issue!
It’s interesting how I “discovered” that I like to write after graduating from college. It’s not like it was a new development; I took some writing classes in high school. . .
Alright, so that idea failed. I was going to lead into the introduction to a new category tentatively titled “From the Vault” wherein I’d share with you writing samples from high school. I had this grand idea to use those as fillers for the weeks I had nothing to write about, but I LOST THE FILES! I must have missed the folder when transferring everything to my external hard drive. (For the computer illiterate: I didn’t take my old writings from my old computer and put it in my new computer.) Oh well, that will just have to wait until I either awaken the broken beast of what used to be my old laptop, or go home to Livermore and find the hard copies.
I was looking forward to sharing my old stuff with you partly because I thought it would be interesting change of pace, but mainly because it is tough to write about how content I am with everything. Things are just going well and I don’t know how to write about that without feeling like I’m bragging. My older posts were more frequent because I was homeless, hungry, and poor. Now, I have the funds to eat, drink, and be merry. I guess I have to throw more caution into the wind and see what happens. Either that or I could start complaining about my love life on this blog, but I swore I’d never do that.
This entry started out as an explanation on how writing has always been a part of me and hopefully always will, but it has turned into an examination of the struggles of a non-struggling artist. I guess the lesson of this entry is that things rarely go as planned. Don’t let roadblocks stop you; instead, use them as stepping stones on a pathway to a new adventure.