This morning, I woke up to find the Dow Futures down, way below market levels. And sure enough, they are sagging this trading day, which made me want to frame this post in a way that resonates with the creative community and creative souls in the blogosphere.
Personally, this global financial downturn and run-up to the U.S. presidential elections are making me tense. Now I'm not a fatalist. Nor do I plan to start buying massive quantities of food in bulk and raise chickens in my yard (but yea for those who do). I understand that the Dow is not a good indicator of what's really going on in credit markets or oil futures, and that all of this is cyclical (so no lectures on the economy, please).
I want to pose some questions to you to see how this public turmoil is affecting your private space. The goal is to start a dialogue. Feel free to address one or all of these questions at any time, or add your own to the mix.
- As a creative entity, how is the recent economic downturn affecting how you create?
- Has the downturn affected how you write and what you write about?
- Are you making choices on how you spend your money (new poetry books vs. paying bills)?
- Has the downturn changed how you enter contests, or look for grants and sources of funding?
- Has the downturn changed how you submit poems/manuscripts for publication, given the cost of postage and reading fees?
- Has the current state of your state led to opportunities? Have you found a silver lining?
The unrest in the U.S. weighs on my mind, and is hitting my pocketbook* in small ways. It makes a difference how often I go to Starbucks during the week to write. Do I spend that money on myself or spend it on gas for the car? It affects how many books I buy and what subscriptions to journals and reviews I maintain. Now more than ever, I take advantage of online submission software rather than mailing. As for my writing, I think this distress has made it harder for me to focus on the art. I'm not one to shut the world out to create, yet on some level all of this is taking up space in my brain.
So I'm curious. Is your creative economy up or down?
*I carry a purse. Pocketbook is just an expression. *smile*