Here it comes—the winter solstice. I can already sense the shift from the lingering darkness, the failing light, the incremental tilting toward more sun.
My personal hemisphere is about to shift.
Done with the MFA (except for a few lingering details—a seminar to conduct, a reading to give, a ceremony).
Done with the semester—grades in, goodbyes to certain students with whom I felt a connection.
Amid the relief, I feel sad about both things. I'm not great with endings, I often fail to remember that they are actually beginnings.
Nothing is set, yet there are possibilities.
Perhaps more teaching; a thing I hope for because I found a joy in teaching that surprised me.
Definitely more writing. There is much to do, in spite of having finished my creative thesis—now I need to turn that promising beginning into a truly finished thing (as much as any "thing" of this sort can be considered finished).
I suppose what's next is really this: to take the steps necessary to have the life I want. Fortunately I know the elements of that life; even more fortunate, many of the elements are already in place.
Today, however, I am going to stand still and consider which way to turn.
I hope you like this cool photo I found at www.freefoto.com.