Today, I was reading my super uber talented friends Debutante Ball post (Elise’s Debutante Ball posts) about variety vs. specialization, and realizing that I haven't been chasing my dreams like I should.
I am a person for whom variety is key. I need all of these different types of outlets or I will JUST IMPLODE. I know I will. I will burst into one thousand and two million pieces on the living room carpet while my 6 year old is watching Sid the Science Kid for the umpteenth time, and my daughter is singing yet another song she has composed. They will sweep me up and pour crazy glue over my head and sit me in the chair until I have come to some semblance of myself again in time to fix dinner.
I had been, in this present season - writing at every opportunity, submitting and publishing where there was an interest, and being published - ah! that is the gem. But life gets in the way. Okay, I allow life to get in the way at times. And then my dream starts chasing me IN my dreams. I have positively wonderful chapters in my sleep. I wake up and sometimes write them down, and sometimes don't. I get song lyrics in my dreams. I always write them down, sing them to myself on recording devices so the tunes don't disappear in the mayhem of daily life. Or, sitting in traffic daydreaming, a super plot line RIGHT THERE in the midst of what could have been road rage. And no pursuit on paper at a proper time.
Later, I may get an excellent elaboration on a key point that opens up a theological theory. I take massive notes on my blackberry note application - and should turn this into an article to submit to the right publication, or blog about, or share in another venue. But I let it pass and go to soccer practice, or drama club pick up or homework time; schedule my surgery date with the doctor; work late - skip lunch (my time); etc.
So, what then, shall I do? Well, I will do what I know is best. First, I will adhere to the number one rule in my life. Structure: I have to have it. I have to pray in the morning (and without ceasing, but specifically in the morning as a part of my organizational routine). I have to make lists. I have to order my day by organizing or the day will run haphazardly away. If I can do this, I can make time to write. Somehow, if I miss doing these things, I miss writing - and having time to pursue the variety of writing that I need.
It is time, as I have been told by my publisher, to put out the end of year issue of Urban Elements Magazine.
This has been a rocky first year for our freshman publication, but an also wonderful experience altogether. Here is where I get to shine - in so many different ways.
|Delayne Whiteside, aka DJ LayneLuv|
Iamgonnaprayforher..becausesheisinneedofmuchprayer..andgetsonmylastchristiannerve and aweee...lookatmychristianfriend...Do you have sweet dreams or toothy nightmares? Let's start now sowing into the next season. Get organized and get busy - It's Elemental!