Deep. Starting this September I will get to help a select group of middle schoolers realize their potential through creative writing. I'll get to work with a co-fellow and hang out with some awesome (and talented) kids! It's proof that putting your talent out into the world by using it to help others is a great way to feel good about yourself...and maybe even learn something new!
of my professors once told me, “If you really want to write, you have
to give up everything else. I loved pottery, but when I decided to
write, I gave it up."
made sense, as I understand the sacrifices we must make for what we
love. But to sacrifice one love for another? Bella might’ve made that
choice, but I couldn’t do it. (That’s right, I just made a Twilight reference.
Deal with it.) I still divide my time between the things I love. And
I’m happiest when I’m working for those around me. I’ve
created flyers for my wife’s college Nursing Club, provided guest
webcomics for strangers, painted gifts and Just Becauses for my
friends, built book covers for my fellow writers, and was even
privileged enough to provide the graphic novel pages for A. E. Stueve’s
hybrid novella, The ABCs of Dinkology.
professor’s words still echo every time I sit down to draw or paint or
Wacom. And plenty of words have missed the pages because of my choices.
But I don’t regret my decision to keep this in my life. Not for a