A month-long trip to Finland sounds amazing. Doing it by yourself is even better. And having the time and space to work on your art? A dream come true....
If you are a single, childless person with unlimited funding.
For the rest of us, it all sounds like something amazing that will never happen. Not without a lot of stress and support, anyway.
I am a poet, mom, and wife. The Arteles Creative Residency Program in Finland put me on their wait list this fall for a spot at their facility. When I woke up on December 31, I had an email from them saying I was off the waiting list and given my official invitation.
Because of the wait list, I have only 20 days to come up with the moolah for this chance of a lifetime. And that is truly what it is--a chance of my lifetime.
I don't know if I can go to Finland for a month. That's a lot to ask of my husband, but he insists I need to go. It's a lot to ask of my kids, who still need me, and I haven't told them about this yet. They are 12, 9, and 7. But before I can decide about selfish life-time opportunities, first I have to make sure I do have a choice.
Money affords you lots of things, but most importantly, choices. To have the opportunity to make a choice, rather than have something decided for you is an amazing feeling.
Arteles is a place where artists of all kinds from all over the world have the chance to work uninterrupted, while taking advantage of the quiet. If I am able to go, I will be editing some of my existing poems. I hope to have a manuscript-lenght piece at the end of my residency, the working title being "Logic Always Wins."
In addition to working on the poetry manuscript, I hope to also have some final edits on my fiction piece called "Making Other Plans." It's rounding out at about 95,000 words, and I have taken steps to find an agent to help me in publishing this piece.
I'm not just a bored Wisconsin mom trying to find a hobby; I have been writing poetry since I was 10 years old. I have been published a number of time, and recently was named a National Runner Up in the Cultural Center of Cape Cod 2014 Poetry Competition judged by George Bilgere. I am also a former newspaper reporter, and still freelance some.
I wasn't going to consider crowdsourcing at all until many of my friends (and one family member) suggested it to me. I had some people message me privately, asking if they could donate to the cause, and one very giving person talking about fronting me the money. I am overwhelmed with the support I've received in the last 24 hours. Even without one red cent, I feel like George Bailey watching his friends pour into his house.
What will you get from this donation? You will be helping the literary community by supporting an artist you know. I would like to share good work with others, and your help in getting me to Arteles will help me achieve this. Whether it's sharing via traditional book publishing, local readings, or mentoring kids interested in writing, I will be able to make a small difference with your help.
Please consider helping me take advantage of this unique opportunity.
Risks and challenges
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