Lately in lockdown I have been busy. I requested rights reversion to my two published novels and got a recommendation for a graphic artist for new covers. I’ve been slogging through the novels jotting down backstory and world-building notes so I can finish the third novel in the trilogy, and I took a canned course on publishing through Amazon Kindle Direct. While waiting for an answer from the publisher (they haven’t gotten any more efficient since I first got published), I formatted my books for uploading.
This week the publisher said they were sending a letter with my rights reversion, and the graphic designer got back to me.
My regular teaching job had not told me whether or not I was coming back for the fall term and so I was industriously chasing down leads. This week, I heard back from a job I was applying to, and I was scheduled for a Zoom interview on Monday.
I thought about it a bit, though, and realized my decision was already made.
A few years ago my financial advisor told me I couldn’t afford to retire. Since then I’ve been working part time for less than a fifth of what I was making and we have been doing just fine–and all that without taking any money out of my 401(k).
Also, my partner and I are both at high risk for COVID-19 (respiratory problems), and my university adjunct teaching job involves working in public schools supervising college students and thus exposing myself to every infectious disease you can get. In addition, though I love working with young people, I have a grandchild now and all my nurturing needs are being met.
Meanwhile, in addition to the third novel, I have in draft two novels in another series, a stand-alone novel, and an anthology of short stories. And I have proved to myself by repeatedly winning NaNoWriMo that I can crank out novels on a moment’s notice.
So I don’t need to make money, it’s dangerous for me to do my day job, the world is going crazy, I’m getting older, and it’s about time I got back to writing before I get too old.
See? Decision made. I dropped a line to the people who were going to interview me and told them I had accepted another opportunity.
It’s not the first time I’ve stepped into space and trusted. It won’t be the last.