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Does Indy Work for Me Anymore?

15 Aug

So here I sit in the empty rear of a well-lit coffee shop, reviewing my state of affairs. I desperately need a new job, a new car, a new apartment, a new regimen.

And I start thinking. Do I need a new city? Have I exhausted the capabilities of Indianapolis to function effectively as a career professional?

There’s a cool blog called I Choose Indy! that’s a great PR tool for how much the Circle City has to offer. But I’m starting to think that staying in my beloved hometown city might not be a simple matter of choice anymore.

I mean, I have an outstanding network of friends: movers and shakers, business owners, civic leaders, folks who make coffeeshops and restaurants and nonprofits hum.

So what’s my damn problem?

I never want to make too big a deal about interviewing Kurt Vonnegut, Jr., but it comes up occasionally. And my one big regret about the interview is that I never reached the opportunity to ask him the question:

“Do you feel that you had to leave Indianapolis to be successful as a writer?”

It nags me that my loyalty to this town might have somehow stunted my success as a writer. But I’m never quick to blame others or conditions for what’s up to me to decide, determine, and act upon.

So, I’m going out to Washington D.C. next week for a fortnight to see my family and meet my new niece. While I’m out there, I’m going to network and see what opportunities abound.

I’ve not given up on Indy just yet. But I’m definitely looking at options elsewhere.

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1 Comment

Posted by on August 15, 2011 in Hire me Already!, My Town Indy Redux

 

One response to “Does Indy Work for Me Anymore?

  1. Steven Shepard

    August 15, 2011 at 10:20 pm

    I have to admit, I’m rather stuck in this position. I have begun to search other areas for the opportunities, because unless one is ready to go all out and start a new business with some kind of real strategy and make it work, and be willing to be poor for at least 3 months, then it’s up to whatever is available and not all those things are very rich with social pleasure.

     

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