Oceanside Pier at Sunset
On Monday I go back to work. The first time in over a year. It will be nice to get back into the workforce, part of the employed ranks. No more working for myself trying to make ends meet. It sounds so wonderful and I am thankful to be able to work again. All that said, I am a little saddened by the fact that I will be losing time spent with the little one. My writing time will be more than cut in half. Then there is that Monday jaunt to the coast to see the ocean. The little one likes that, and I like it. Yes, I’ll even miss that long drive over the Ortega Highway.
In a few months, I’ll move back down to San Diego and life will go back to what it was, minus a few things. Though I can’t help but wonder, what if? And, no I can’t be pragmatic about it, I’m going to miss these things. I will just have to find another way to keep them in my life, the hours with the little one, the writing, and especially those day trips to the ocean.
Photo by Wolf Scott, Oceanside Pier at Sunset, Oceanside, CA
After 609 days of the longest and most costly vacation, called unemployment, I have ever had, I have finally secured a job within my field. I start working again on Monday, February 27, 2012. To say that I am happy is a colossal understatement. I am so excited I’m surprised I haven’t fallen over in absolute shock. There were days when I was ready to just walk out into the ether and disappear in the darkness but I held in there and kept chipping away at the job boards, sending out countless resumes and applying for thousands of jobs.
During my unemployment, I rediscovered my writings and set forth on a new journey, writing and working to complete a novel. While I have written most of my life, I have never completed a novel, short stories and other writing endeavors yes, but never a novel. I have met some incredible people along the way too, people that share my enthusiasm and help support my goals of completing my work in progress. I am thankful to have them in my live and the generosity they have so freely given to help me reach my goals.
Its been a long road to get here but I can see the rest stop up ahead and a new town to settle down in. No, every care in the world hasn’t disappeared, but I do feel at ease now. Tomorrow will be a better day and each day that follows will bring me closer to my goals.
So, I will unfortunately have less time to write now, but I will not stop. I will not give up on this dream…
Photo by Wolf Scott, Into Infinity, Death Valley, CA
This week, I have my daughter only a few days, so to keep up with my writing and my other endeavors, and actually spend time with her, I have to burn the midnight oil after she goes to sleep. It seems a daunting task at times, but we do what we must.
I write for three blogs, my novel CARMA, and other short stories. Also, I am working on the plot for another novel with another writer on a collaboration that has yet to be determined. So to say I am busy seems an understatement…Actually, I am only sometimes busy. I find that I spend a great deal of time staring at the screen instead of writing. It is the curse of death for a writer but we all run into it every now and again.
It is with this blog I will be writing to fill in the gaps when I’m staring, to keep my mind flowing when I am spiraling out of focus. I’m sure there will be lots of nonsense, on the rare occasion something meaningful, but mostly my ramblings about whatever pops up in my wandering thoughts.
Photo by Wolf Scott, Scotty’s Castle, Death Valley, California
Its Sunday. No one is around and I have the day to myself. Its time to rock the words and get some writing done. I’ve not spent enough time with the pen lately (actually the keyboard) and I’m falling behind on that.
Its just a matter of focus. What I want? What I need to do to get through the middle part.
So on to it!
Logo artwork by Daren Bader, 2005.
Tonight I’m working on CARMA, my latest work in progress which you can read a teaser on my God of Nothing Blog. I’m trying for 1500 words per week but have been failing at that the last few weeks, so need to ramp things up and get busy. Also, will try to keep things updated on this blog. I spend too much time on all my other blogs and this one gets neglected.
So check out CARMA, and let me know what you think!
Photograph by Kev Stanton, entitled “White”