Sunday, July 15, 2018

Creative Progress Is Weird: An Announcement or Something

This has been a busy year.

I was let go from my meh paying job w/ antidepressant covering benefits about a year ago. It wasn't unexpected. After being treated poorly I told my boss that I hated the job and wanted proper training with appropriate pay, or else I would be leaving. He responded by giving me the choice to either take a demotion/ change positions or go part time. I accepted part time work and immediately hauled ass looking for a new job because the answer was pretty clear. One day, after my shift, I was called into his office and he told me that my position was being eliminated. I know I saw it coming, but still. All I could think was: 


Fortunately I had hauled ass applying for jobs, and either that night or the next day I got a call for a seasonal position at a book store.


It wasn't a bad gig. I got to work with some of the coolest coworkers I've ever met and talk books all day. But... you can only go so far on $9.75 an hour, part time. 

Seriously though.

Enter more work. I managed to pick up other jobs and eventually settled into a school district job, which is pretty rad because there are benefits.

It's true.

So what I'm getting at with this little tale is that between the long work stretches with back to back double shifts and few, if any days off, I feel like I forgot that I'm a writer and what I love to do is write. 

That's how it feels.

Apparently, while on autopilot, stuff actually got done. I have two books getting ready for the world. Well, one is. (I am waiting on a rejection letter for the other.) Additionally, I've got 10,000 words for the first draft of a new novel and a first draft of another that's about 50% ish done. (Hard to say, a lot of it is hand written.)

So I'm feeling kinda good about that. I guess the moral of the story is that even in the fray, when life feels so busy that it's hard to keep your head straight, pursue your passions. Even if it's just five minutes here, 10 minutes there. You'll be surprised with what comes out of it.

It could be the beginnings of a fantasy trilogy. 😉😉😉

Eliot is bae.