I can't believe that July is almost over.
I can't believe that it will be August in two days.
I can't believe that I'm going back to college in a couple weeks.
And most of all, I can't believe how happy
I've submitted two poems this week (one a couple of days ago, the other just a moment ago) and I'm working on more writing. Both poetry and prose, and I have a big, long-term project planned that I'll talk about pretty soon. Like, it's huge. It will probably take at least a couple of years. And it will keep me active on dA while I work on it, because I will be submitting a large quantity of things and I will want feedback.
I have a general idea of what classes I'll be taking my first semester back--just the minimum twelve hours (well, probably thirteen because I need to take a science + lab course). I don't get to sign up until a couple of days before classes begin, which is NUTS, but that's how they do it, apparently. I'm a little worried about getting textbooks on time so that I don't fall behind, but worst case scenario, there are probably e-books I could buy and access instantly. I prefer physical copies, but mostly I want to start the year right.
When I finish typing this, I'm off to Alabama for the weekend. We're visiting some space center tomorrow, and I guess tonight we're just going to spend time with some family. I feel more and more, the older I get, that travel is a need. If I stay put, I don't feel inspired, I sink into a boring routine, and I get restless legs. Even a short trip to a neighboring state is something worth doing, though I'd prefer to be seeing other regions, other countries. Someday.
I've been thinking about inspiration this week--mostly what inspires me, what inspires other artists, how art is this huge collaborative thing because an artist can't work in total isolation.
I noticed that one of the last poems I submitted before my year long hiatus was influenced by another poem I had read. The title of my last journal entry was a line from a famous poem that I thought was relevant. I'm collecting a lot of art, though I'm being more picky about what I favorite because I'm trying to curate an inspiring collection.
I read a poem by gliitchlord
that was inspired by a drawing by autumnicity
and loved to see how their pieces compliment each other.
the preoccupation of st. lamentknives eager,
curvature in goddess thirst
flirts with betrayal
of skin tension.
in platelet tones, darling
my aches are no
unknowns, my patiences
prone to dangerous
rain, be ancient
and droning. wash
this clamor from
with no preciousness.
i am exigent, meager,
not close to comfort
nor correction. did i mention
the relent of my
in blank verse
to match my stare.
while i am
I have a challenge for anyone reading this (and for myself, of course). I want you to go find a piece of art somewhere on dA that really grabs you, and I want you to let it inspire you to create something new. If you do it, comment here with your piece and your source of inspiration.