ell, all my worrying about do I/don’t I write about my writer’s group here was all for naught. This week, I found out that the writer’s group (hosted by the library) was slashed due to budget cuts. I feel worse about it than I thought I would.
Earlier in the week, I got a call from a librarian who was very insistent about meeting, in person, as soon as possible. Whenever a meeting is that asap, it’s never a good thing.
Before handing me the reigns, the old group leader mentioned having to fight the library board to create the group. She insisted that I create a writing resume in case I needed to prove my worth to the board. So, when I got the call, I expected something in my resume was lacking. Granted, I expected a pay cut or, worst-case scenario, to be replaced. I didn’t expect the whole program to be ditched. I mean, we’re talking about writing and a library. They seem to go hand in hand, right?
But the economy is the economy. One of my aunts is the director of the library in a small town and she’s had to close entire branches. Big picture, I’d rather keep the library.
Since I’d only ever communicated with the library staff via email before, I do give them kudos for telling me the bad news in person.
Now, I’m second guessing a lot. Maybe if I hadn’t suggested more meetings… Maybe if I hadn’t asked if doing a second reading was possible… Maybe if I had spontaneously thought of how to keep the cost down… Maybe, maybe, maybe.
When one door closes, another opens, right? Right?! Since I’ve been pondering finding another group outside of the one that I already submit to, this could be a sign that it’s time for me to do that. Or not a sign so much as not another excuse to not do it.