Wednesday, March 2, 2016
IWSG: Debating The Future: Discovering Where This Writing Journey Fits in the Realm of Responsibility
Insecure Writer's Support Group, a monthly forum for writers to share insecurities without fear of reprisal. Let's get insecure!
My glass is full of gratitude today.
You could even say an awakening of sorts has occurred in my life (not the Force Awakening variety, but that would be excellent!). I learned a great deal during my unemployment, and I’m driven to do all I can to prevent that from happening again. Or not be unprepared for such a calamity. That’s why I’ve taken a good, hard look at what I’m doing, what I need to do, and where do my wants fit into the picture.
Here’s what's happening: this job requires that I go back to school for a year. I’ve since found an additional part time job that will cover the tuition. Yeah. I went from no job to two a few days after my week-long promotion for The Undead Road. I have to say, the response has been incredible. Emails and newsletter signups are pouring in like never before. Readers are asking for more. I’m more than happy to finish Jeremy’s story. And Woven’s. The real problem is ... when?
At 55 hours a week, my time is crunched like never before. I don’t watch TV now. Gaming's a thing of the past. If I'm reading, it's textbooks and manuals. If I’m not working, I’m catching up on what my kids are up do and putting them to bed. But here’s the thing ... I’m not complaining. This is the change my family has needed for some time. I have finally grasped the meaning of responsibility.
But I'm also responsible to my readers. My plan for now is to finish the My Zombie Summer trilogy and wrap up a sequel to Woven. It may be a slow process, but I'll get it done. After that, my writing may need to go on hold for a season. My writing as a more-than full time bread winner is proving to be a juggle that I'm unable to maintain.
I will keep you posted on developments as they come. All I'm asking for is understanding, patience, and to know I'm not abandoning you, my readers. I am where I am today because of you. And for that, I am especially grateful. Thank you. Good luck to your endeavors!
Where do you find balance in your every day life? What books are you looking forward to this month? Any movies I should see?
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