This morning I had a lovely and inspiring breakfast meetup with a couple friends of mine, photographer Kate Maldonado and artist Mike Valade. We hadn't seen each other in a while and I was looking for Kate and Mike to help me out with a couple of things I'm working on for CT Horror Fest, where I will have a table. It's my first real outing on the horror author front, and I'm really looking forward to it.
Anyway, in addition to talking about the cool projects we'd like to work on together, we also talked about the challenges of the creative process, how sometimes we're our own worst enemies, and just how easy it is to get derailed from your creative goals.
And it dawned on me while we were talking that I need more of this. I need more face to face contact with creative people. Because we all go through the ups and downs of the creative process. We all struggle with the same things, and we can all offer support and inspiration to one another. And we need that, because the creative process can be a very isolating one. You spend time by yourself, inside your own head, and there are times where that's not a good thing.
Not only was it great to catch up with two people I don't see nearly enough, I left the restaurant this morning thinking about ways to better connect with the creative people that are in my area. And it was a great reminder that I have to make the effort to connect more often.