My Spinning Head

I have a lot going on in my head right now. The currents are threatening to thrash me about and pull me under if I let them.

  • At the suggestion of a friend of mine who already works there, I applied for a job in my former field at a big university in a state my husband and I have never considered living in before. I had a phone interview a couple of weeks ago and have been invited for an in-person interview next month. I always have the tendency to worry about things ahead of time, and while I’m shoving the actual logistics of being offered and accepting such a job and selling the house and uprooting my family to the furthest dusty corners of my mind, they are still making their presence known. I have been having all kinds of feelings about this prospect bubble up, sometimes simultaneously – excitement, dread, panic, happiness, flattered, a positive outlook toward a new adventure, the irony of having applied to many university positions years ago with nary a bite and now to have it happen when I don’t know if I really even want such a position anymore, the irony of having decided to make this the year I go freelance and get more time with my kids. It’s a lot. I’m excited to interview, to see the situation that’s available. The idea of a stable job with real benefits and a pension and paid time off is appealing. But it’s not what I wanted. On the other hand, a lot of people don’t get what they want, and providing a secure environment to raise my children may be worth the sacrifice of my wants. Again what I’ve talked about before – others’ needs coming before my wants.  The position though is interesting, a mix of creativity and organizational work, and the situation seems posh. But this may be yet another year of BIG DECISIONS AND CHANGE for us, when I thought we were fairly settled. So there’s that.
  • I have two freelance projects I’m doing – one for an individual client and one for an entity – and both have been fraught with delays from other people. So now, on top of my full-time job and sneaking out of state for an interview next month, I’m going to be working incredibly hard to pull off these two contracts. Other people holding me up is frustrating. Having to chase after people for contracts and money and answers to questions to start working… it’s a pain.
  • I’m finishing the last part of Schopenhauer’s World as Will and Idea, and it has been challenging me in really great ways. But now I’m contemplating the workings of life and humanity deeply while all this other stuff is going on.
  • I’m letting myself carry more than my share of the outside world lately, allowing myself to get sucked down by it all.

So, in the midst of all of this, I have to keep myself centered. I have to take care of myself in the ways I know how and shut my mind up enough to be able to listen to the intuitive inner self. I need to keep stepping forward in the creative process. It’s going to be really difficult, but I am up for this challenge.

Busy Busy Busy

I’ve just completed my first blog tour with Discover Authors.  It was a success in that I’ve gotten some new followers (hello!) and am now aware of 9 more authors out there than I was before, but unsuccessful in that not a single person signed up for my ebook giveaway.  I can’t even GIVE Penumbra away.  But that’s okay.  I’m really not overly concerned about it at this point as I am swamped with deadlines.

I’ve got two commissions that need to ship out early next week, and I’ve got a job interview on Thursday that is actually in my field!  My portfolio, however, is in a massive state of disarray, so now I had to take time today to prep photos for printing, and tomorrow I have to assemble the darn thing, in addition to normal interview prepping (printing out C.V., having a list of questions to ask so I seem interested) and I need to get enough sleep tomorrow night so I can be charming at the interview which means that work on the commissions will need to get pushed back to this weekend, which means I basically won’t be sleeping at all this weekend.  Ironically, the interview is in the city we just moved from, so if I get the job and the pay is high enough that I accept their offer, we’ll be moving back to where we just left.

So, needless to say, no work has been done on illustrations or writing.  I’ve had to forgo playing my flute and piano, although I’ve been singing along while I work.  My stress level is building so much, though, that I think I’ll force myself to play my flute tomorrow.  I haven’t taken the time to meditate, and I feel bad for my husband at this point dealing with me.

I do have some blog ideas in the works, and I hope to start incorporating more images to make this space more visually interesting.