Every year I set goals for myself, concrete ones and ones that are harder to quantify. I’m progressing well on this year’s list:
Goal 1: get published in a dead trees based publication
progress: I’ve completed my submission for the Stalled anthology and only need my trusted personal editor to check the package before I send it on its way. I don’t know that I’ll be published, necessarily, but submitting something is a requirement.
Other projects: I’d still like to write something for the Lesbian BDSM Anthology that Sinclair Sexsmith is editing. I have a good idea, solid, workable, fun and sexy. The only thing standing in my way is time to write it. Oddly enough, once I get home and step into my role as parent and partner, I don’t have a lot of free time to write. I’m not giving up yet, though.
Goal 2: get involved in my queer community in some way
progress: I took part in Butch Voices Portland as a presenter and organizing committee member. It felt good to lend my energy and time to the organization and help create such an awesome event. Being a presenter was even more rewarding, getting direct feedback from participants inspired me to look for other ways to be directly involved in the queer community.
My need to give back to my local community, led me to become a facilitator for Pizza Klatch, a local organization that provides pizza and facilitators so that LGBTQQIA high school youth can get together weekly at lunchtime. We’ve just got started at my high school and I can already tell this is going to be very rewarding and somewhat challenging. My brain is buzzing with ideas on what I can bring to the youth to help them become more aware and proud of what it means to be a part of the greater LGBTQQIA community. Next week, I’ll be showing a couple of short videos produced by Put This On The Map, a Seattle based organization. They are trailers for a 34 minute documentary that has been shown, and won awards, at film festivals across the country. My school’s GSA advisor has ordered a copy of the documentary to share with our GSA (which has a longer meeting time) and also with our local network of GSAs and Pizza Klatches. What is very cool about PTOTM, is that it’s by youth, for youth and I want our kids to see what other people their age are doing in terms of activism and involvement.
Goal 3: work on getting new work for 2011
progress: I’ve activated my network and started letting people know that I’ll be available and interested in new opportunities in the coming months. My drop dead date is June 30th, when my current contract ends. Unfortunately, our state’s economy is still sucking big time and the volume of software developer contracts available will most certainly be less than the number of people looking for those contracts. My inquiries have cultivated some interest already. Will post more when I can.
So far so good. It’s that time of year again and I’m already thinking forward on what my main goals should be for 2011. I’m sure they’ll be something good, and you’ll get to read all about it.
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