I really need to be more industrious about sketching out story ideas when they come to me, either as a rough outline or a few sentences summarizing the idea. I’ve got 3 stories-in-progress sitting on my hard drive that I started a few weeks ago during a burst of creativity, then interrupted for one reason or another. They’re good beginnings – for first drafts, at least – but I can’t for the life of me recall where they were headed when I first started writing them. One cannot build a portfolio on good beginnings. Follow-through and equally good (if not better) finishes are crucial as well.
I also need to review the folder of articles I downloaded from JSTOR this spring. In addition to story ideas, I’ve got a few possible journal article topics that came to me while I was working on the manuscript catalogue that I should follow up on, to see if they can be turned into something worthwhile. Even though I’m no longer in academia doesn’t mean I should put it all behind me; I put far too much brain sweat equity into the past 3 years for that.