I joined a group of poets to write 30 poems in 30 days. Some of us have gathered together before — in a virtual way — to cheer each other on (threaten? cajole? prod? encourage? shame?) to write poetry.
In the old days, I used to think being a professor was the way to artistic happiness. I thought this because one had the summers off and, ideally, everyone would support the artistic work. This idea is also discussed in Ignore Everybody (that link will give you 25% of the book for free).
However, I’ve grown, matured, and wised up. Being a teacher is like any other job in that it has its ups and downs, challening people, fantastic people, headaches, and joys.
No matter what “work” we choose, there’s going to be that “money” side. The Ignore Everybody author points out even John Travolta has to make the cheesy movies so he has money to make the cool movies.
I will not tell anyone here “to shine.”
What I will do here is suggest you try this macaroni and cheese recipe made with carrots. I haven’t tried it, yet I will soon. If you get to it before me, let me know what you think.
Also, I will tell you to read that book up above.