We all know the saying that when one door closes another opens. If you spend too much time staring at the closed door, you might never see the open one. I applied for a grant to create an illustrated book about using public transportation for the past 40 years. It was rejected. I decided to keep on schedule and do the project anyway. I had looked at the grant as a way of validating my work, but really, it's the response I get from the people who read and look at my work that's validating. Rejections from remote organizations shouldn't have more power over my art than the people who are moved by my work. Thanks ya'll!
I got involved in a graphic art project that has a nice soft schedule to work around my other endeavors. And then, less than a month after the rejection, I got a writing commission that will pay the exact amount I wanted to get from the grant. And even though it means spending time doing something besides my book, it's a wonderful project that I'm very excited about.
I'm being vague about things for now, but as they develop further, I'll fill in the details. The graphic art project involves music and flights of imagination. The commission involves children, values and dreams. All of the things that I'm constantly exploring anyway.
Meanwhile, I have to get a new writing schedule in place, so for the next month I probably won't post here. I hope to be back into blogging by the end of February, but I'll be on Facebook, if you'd like to "friend" me. Until then, I hope you do something creative every day. Don't focus anymore on that closed door -- look around for an open one and a new adventure.
And if all else fails, take a nap and dream. Dreams are shape shifters, sometimes they appear in a guise we don't recognize. I hope we all keep our eyes -- and vision -- open.