Saturday, April 6, 2013
I did it!
A few days ago I was going through some "stuff" on my desk. I found a sheet of paper entitled, "Master List." It is a list of things, written in 2010, that I hoped to accomplish. Here they are:
Learn some Photoshop
List collectible books
Take negatives to J&W
The list contains something that I checked off quickly - Take negatives to J&W - and things that at the time seemed impossible to undertake - Website, Card Sets, Jan's Interview.
I felt an overwhelming sense of accomplishment when I realized that as of the day I found it, I had done everything on the list but the interview.
How did I get it all done? In the beginning, I told myself that I could do all those things. And I also told myself that one day I would be looking back with a feeling of accomplishment at the list. So I began to tackle it one thing at a time.
The list of collectible books wasn't all that hard although my daughter's boyfriend, who is a rare book dealer, tells me there aren't many "collectibles" on the shelf!!
The website and card sets required expertise I didn't have. So I enlisted the help of a friend. Little by little, we got the site up.
Beginning in January 2011, I started submitting stories.
And over the course of the past three years I've taught myself quite a bit about Photoshop by using it as a photo editor and design tool.
The interview with my friend Jan Phillips, as I said, hasn't been done. She was looking for someone to do an interview to submit to a literary magazine and said that she was going to use someone she saw more often to facilitate the process. I have never done an interview before and this one felt particularly challenging. I was a little relieved when she went elsewhere!
I think it's time to write another master list. I'm going to do as before and include some things that feel easy and some things that feel impossible. I hope in 2016, I will find the list and feel good about all that I accomplished!