And that got me thinking. I'm a Chow advocate--anyone who's friends with me on Facebook knows this. My daughter is a pit bull advocate. We both believe in responsible, knowledgeable pet ownership--and now I'm in a position to act on it.
I officially have no day job – my last day was Friday. It was a wake-up call for everyone involved to reassess what they really wanted to do with the rest of their lives. One of my coworkers got a job with another insurance company’s call center and when he was asked if he was excited he shrugged and said, “It’s a job.” I turned to my best friend and said, “I never want to have to say those words again—EVER.”
You have to follow your passions. I decided, since I have to cash in my 401K to live now, retirement is a bad joke. And if I’m going to be working when I’m ninety, I darn well will be doing something that I LOVE this time around! And that means getting back into critters. I have a rusty vet tech degree. I just got a confirmation email yesterday from the Marathon County Humane Society that volunteer orientation is Thursday 7/18/13 from 5-7 PM. Yes, it’s unpaid—but it’s critter experience, a name on a resume and foot in the door. I’ll volunteer until my severance runs out, work part time (I’m aiming for PetsMart or Petco) and collect unemployment after that, and WRITE. Ultimately I’d like to be a receptionist at a vet clinic, but the market’s pretty glutted right now, with Globe University cranking out new graduates every six months. One vet tech I know is working at Lens Crafters!
Life is all about versatility and change—making choices and adapting. These are qualities you can channel in your writing. Have your characters roll with the punches, adapt to new situations, meet challenges head-on. “Close-a-door-and-open-a-window” philosophy. Don’t make them afraid to ask for help, work as a team. There’s a lot of ourselves in our characters—they’re the brave, funny, sexy bits of US. People read our books to escape their own everyday lives—give them something to look forward to, maybe inspire them to make a leap of faith for themselves.