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LifeThis ever-evolving blog is about to go through yet-another change. I started the posting schedule mostly to see if I could maintain it. I want to put regular content up here that isn't always about Inception.
On the one hand, I got some different content up. On the other, I haven't had time to write Inception.
In the middle of May I walked away from a salary job as an auditor and expediter in a machine shop. I was good at it, but the environment there was toxic. Beyond the usual office politics, I was the only woman on the shop floor an a select few of my coworkers never let me forget that. When the general manager dismissed my concerns I knew I had to leave.
Boyfriend and I moved down south in May. He picked up a part time job at a bike shop, but I've been running on savings since I quit. I had enough to go for a few months and this was a very rare opportunity to jump whole-hardheartedly into a new field. The kind of work I've wanted to do since I graduated.
Editing.It took some persistence, but I now have regular work with Bottom Drawer Publishing and some doors are opening with SilverTree as well. I'm excited to see where they lead me.
I am also a freelance marketer, working with Rooster and Pig Publishing to get the word out about their new books. My mother just hired me to get her website whipped into shape and I'm pretty sure she's press ganged her neighbor into hiring me for the same. My dad contacted a friend of his who owns a restaurant. He needs a marketer.
Somehow, with zero life-experience and absolutely no training what-so-ever, I've managed to add marketing to my resume. It's interesting. It's different. There are some creative demands.
But it's not editing.
Demands on my TimeSince the move I've also been polishing En Memoriam. I also plan to re-launch Baited, give Blood In The Water a proper launch, and after that get my groove on with a paranormal anthology. I want to get an x-mas story out in December.
Today I started school again. I'm only taking two classes: Design and Composition on Mon/Wed and Ceramics Tues/Thurs. Going back to school is awesome and weird. I have a lot more confidence about my ability to perform in a class setting and far more experience getting shit done on a deadline. D&C is going to be an intense class. Ceramics should be easy.
I still want to write Inception. I love Alex and Lance. All the crazy in Ferguson has thrown into sharp relief how necessary black stories are in the world. I'm proud to add to that collection even in my very small way. September 1st, Inception will start back up on this blog.
Two editing jobs, four marketing clients, two books to write, one serial, four books to launch, two classes to take.
Looking ForwardMy life is totally unhinged. There's enough work for three of me. I need to carve out time in my schedule to just relax. Watch Supernatural and breathe. I need more than an hour at the end of the night. Last Monday/Tuesday I had a freakout from driving myself so relentlessly. For two days I couldn't focus, couldn't work, didn't much want to eat. I put myself on a much-reduced schedule. En Memoriam's launch was pushed out.
I feel much better now, I'm peppy and driven again. I want to dive back in, but I'm not going to ignore that warning. I'm limiting the times that I work (and that includes school) and sprinkling the day with gardening sessions. I'm making space for reading, Supernatural, art, and writing, tasks that are not related to the business of publishing.
I don't know what this blog will turn into. Inception will post on Mondays, but I doubt I'll ever have a regular column like a normal blog. I've never been a normal kind of person.
I hope you'll come along with me on this crazy, unpredictable, twisting road. I'm on a path that I'm enjoying and its taking me to creative corners I've never visited before. I have an art project list as long as my to-read list, with more coming in each day.