- Wittig book. T. will publish it. Needs... several weeks of intense work. Will not really pay. But I'll like having it out and done. Someone will like reading it.
- C.B. translations. I have a batch of maybe 15-20 poems of hers. Some will get published soon so I have to work on them for sure. Others seem very promising - I think people would want them. Must get in touch with her. I could very well do a complete book of hers, either selected poems or everything in "A M3dia Asta." will she be nice? Will she like my translations? Time scale: ??? I could get a grant for this, maybe, or query a publisher, or both. (U-see-I grant? though they are snooty as hell). Other sources? Grant first, then publishers? Or the other way around? Would this project establish me better/easier as a translator? (Also, I lean towards it since it's new and shiny and I love the project.)
- j. de ibar. book. Also would need... a month, 6 weeks, two months? I have a lot done. around 150 pages of poems. But they would all need to be gone over carefully and there are also many others not done that i'd like to do. My research into her life is okay, but not hugely thorough, but i might not need it for the press that expressed interest over a year ago that I have not followed up on.
- giant anthology. pitch it to many places? query letters. i want to keep doing research and expand it. a grant? a selection from it: maybe the cubans?
- my own work which is this enormous manuscript which I need to update. (One unfinished long poem that I would have to spend a while working on, which involves some down time along with the plain old writing.) Send this off to various places.
- do better at the "bridge-blogging" and blog translation.
- blogging/ commmunity conversation project. I still like the idea of doing it at 6th and Market. some audio, video, and text component. concept to be pitched for grants/donations. a public kiosk setup would be crucial. 3 or 4 month duration. I really want to do this! Debbie is going to help me frame the project.
- get more paying blogging jobs and try to re-prioritize the non-paying ones.
I would like to go to Cuba, and Argentina, and Uruguay, and Chile. Especially Cuba, to go to the libraries and look at whatever I can find and to buy books. Investigate cultural/research channels to get there? (Then, my language ability would improve and I could reapply to grad school and get a phd eventually.)
So all those things are possibilities and they'll all get done eventually. Which to focus on first?
OR... completely different tack. Should I instead be volunteering or interning at some techie place that I like and love? In order to try to get a job? Because none of the jobs I see seem likely to hire me without more recent actual experience.
OR... should I be getting some crap job, part time or full time? Just to have some income at all? (I lean against this because then I fuck over my long term "career" possibilities and then M. goes into squalid non-educational daycare for not a very good reason. But, then I am less parasitical, and earn social security, and maybe feel less guilty, though I would be miserable and bitter. And yet I see secretary/temp jobs come up and think, "well, then i'd get paid for something. I shouldn't be so spoiled." )
OR... should I be setting up as a consultant? I feel like I could do this but I'm not sure how to start. The ghost-blogging job would have been so ideal.
OR... should I be applying for rather hideous looking part-time lecturer pool jobs, in composition, that I probably won't get...? (since they seem to want a composition certification).
What do I want?
- a book out. a big project finished.
- a steady income stream. It could be small. Just something. I have approx. $150-200/month from blogging income. That's something, but not enough.
- progress steadily on several fronts.
- travel to have better spoken spanish and do some research.
- as always, respect from people I respect and whose work I respect. (Actually, I have a lot of that, which I'm very happy about.)