Stephanie Pollack has brilliantly summed up Life.
I am a plan maker, a deadline meet-er. I purposely set up my life with goals I want to obtain, in a time frame that I need to work towards, pretty much daily. Having goals and deadlines gives me the adrenaline I need to get out of bed every morning and hie myself to the studio.
With the craft fair season not quite as lucrative as I'd hoped, and debts higher, I have been kind of scrambling around trying to come up with a plan. Or three. Or more.
First - sort through the left over inventory, get beauty shots, list on my on-line web shop (via Circle Craft) Today I will select the first items and try to get good photos although the light is pretty dull today so it may have to wait until tomorrow.
Weave the order of a dozen place mats I got in Vancouver. Again - won't finish today, will aim for tomorrow.
Accept commission from another weaver who is similarly running into Life and Deadlines. I don't mind 'ghost' weaving for another weaver, especially when it is something that I feel I will ultimately benefit from doing. Not to mention she is willing to pay. (See comment above about lack of income and debt load.)
Simmering in the background is a commitment to write up my part in a joint project, do the 'final' edits for The Intentional Weaver (so far), submit a proposal to Handwoven.
People have no idea how much work it takes to be a professional artisan/teacher/author. I need my daily deadlines/goals to keep me heading in the direction of my ultimate objective. Peaks, valleys, obstacles will undoubtedly lie on my path - not that nice straight line that I think Life should be like - might mean I don't meet my initial goal. But if I never set a goal, a deadline, I will never get anything done.
So...I owe, I owe, it's off to work I go...
Currently reading Take Out by Margaret Maron