Becoming a full-time author is a lot of people’s dream, but I don’t think this was part of the plan.
Unfortunately, on St. Patty’s Day and during the CoronaVirus outbreak, my job let me go. I have no hard feelings, I have many reasons to see this as a blessing, but while this has opened up a lot of opportunity for writing, finding a new job ASAP is a must now.
Currently I’m making lists of goals, and getting back to work on a short story this morning as well, but not going to lie, it feels a little overwhelming, and maybe I’m just suffering from the emotional whiplash, but I’m trying to fight the mental urge to mull over getting fired. Mulling, sulking, any of that is essentially a waste of time, I know this, Dune reinforces it with it’s infamous quote “Fear is the mind killer, it is the little death that brings total obliteration”. Mulling, sulking, forcing yourself to wallow in the misery of the unknown is just self-sabotage bred out of fear.
So, instead, my goal is to use all of this free time to finish my copy-editing certification and begin posting this short story I’m working on. I’ll post episodic chunks every few days, first one will go up today. I’m still working on my full sized novels, but I want to start putting content out without worrying about how much is going to change once it’s published. Short stories will be easier in that regard.
Please stay safe everyone during this outbreak, if you’re able to stay home and if you aren’t, make sure to keep yourself healthy. Drink water, take some vitamins, get enough sleep, eat as well as you can, and be a hermit (as much as you can).