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.