Tuesday … What Can I Say About Tuesday?

I woke up this morning and thought, “Crap, it’s Tuesday. I post on Tuesdays. What to post today?”

So I’m going to wax personal for a bit… but FIRST! I want to share all about YA Highway’s Third Annual Winter Giveaway!

Seriously, this is beyond amazing. ARCs, Preorders, Hardbacks, CRITIQUES. Yessirree, you want to enter this one.

I mean! No, you don’t! Because that means my chances go down! Drat!

Okay, okay, go enter. You know you want to. *brow waggle*

Anyhow! Time for the personal stuff.

So! The Mister and I had a serious financial conversation last night. In which we talked budget. And the fact that Kris is not bringing any money in right now.

Which is fine! We are fine! And I would not have been able to do nearly as well this semester/on my thesis if I hadn’t quit my job. The Mister understands. The Mister is patient.

But! I hate not having a job, and now that school is almost up (!!!!), I need a job.

Enter existential crisis. I have some ideas kicking around (in my belly, like a baby), but I can’t really do anything about them beyond research until I get back from my residency in January. Because, in the next several weeks, I’ll be home a total of like 5 days. No kidding. So, not really time for sending out resumes.

But I came to a realization last night. One I’ve never really had… and you may already be at this stage, so you may think I’m silly (why would you ever think THAT??), but it was a first for me.

It’s time for me to focus on my writing (read: my novels) like it’s my job. Because I want to be published. I want to be a cool, professional Writer with a capital W. And now that I’m done with school, I can focus more on that endeavor.

Suddenly, it went from a Someday Dream, to a Present Day Reality.

Yikes!

So I’m scared. And I’m excited. And nervous. And giddy, but that just might be the caffeine talking. (Stop talking caffeine! You’re a chemical! You shouldn’t be talking!)

(At least, I think caffeine is a chemical.)

(I digress.)

What about you? Where are you on the publishing spectrum?

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10 thoughts on “Tuesday … What Can I Say About Tuesday?

  1. Miss Cole says:

    I’ve found myself ever so slightly unemployed at the moment and I’ve forced myself into a daily writing routine. I’m feeling so positive about 2012 that I just know I’ve got to do everything in my power to make it my year :)

    Best of luck to you!

  2. Colin says:

    You’re in an enviable position, Kris, since you don’t have to work to sustain your family. Your Mister is taking care of the bills, so you really can focus on writing as your job. Perhaps this is the time to look for paying opportunities that will enhance your career/resume/query? Perhaps submit short stories to magazines and see if they’ll publish them, or enter competitions–little ways that you can show the publishing world you are here and people like your stuff. I think if I was in your shoes, that’s what I’d do. And probably should be doing more.

  3. Kristin Laughtin says:

    Hey, if you two can afford to do it right now, I say go for it! If nothing else, you could set a personal deadline and say, “If after X amount of time, I’m not published/have an agent/whatever milestone you want to use, I will look for a day job while I pursue my writing.” We had Dean Koontz as our GoH at the literary festival I staff a few days ago, and he said early in his career, he and his wife agreed that he would work on his writing for five years while she brought home the bacon. After five years, he was so successful that she was working for him. That could be you! :D

    (Uhh, my short story writing could use a kick in the pants, too. At least I’m actually into a novel again.)

    • Kris Atkins says:

      That’s a good idea! And I am incredibly fortunate because a) we can afford it and b) like Colin pointed out, I don’t have to bring in the bacon (anymore… I’ve done my time), so I have more opportunity to play. Which is probably not very fair to the Mister, but he still manages to play plenty (umm, he owns 4 bikes). Also, he’s an accountant, and thus will always have greater earning potential than I do. Sooo … this makes sense in my mind, not sure if it does to anyone else.

      Time to shower! ^_^

  4. crystalschubert says:

    I’m in a similar situation. The Husband is able to support us now, and after I tried out grad school for a bit we decided that I would spend some time trying to make writing a real career.

    However, I’m a bit like you in that I hate not having a job. It makes me feel unproductive. I sometimes get a lot of anxiety about not bringing any money into the house and I feel like I have to make up for it by cleaning and cooking, etc, which takes away from my writing time. The Husband just thinks I’m nutso.

    So, don’t be like me! Enjoy your non-working time and write, write, write. I hope it works out for you–good luck!

  5. Alison Miller says:

    I was reluctant to share about YA Highway’s giveaway too! So many awesome prizes!

    And I’m right there with you. I have a year and a half left on the job and I can’t wait for some full days of writing!

  6. Stephanie Allen (@stephandrea_) says:

    I’m on the “oh crap, I have no more excuses to hide behind!” end of the spectrum.

    I’m still working on getting myself into a routine, though. I’ve been so used to not having a routine, that I’ve still sort of been sitting around, watching The Daily Show and playing Words with Friends all day in my parents’ living room. In my pajamas. (Post-grad life is so glamorous.)

    But yes! I’m sort of terrified at the thought of people reading things I’ve put so much of myself into! And excited to finally finish this thing! And stuff.

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