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Big Life Decisions

After years of writing at night and working a full-time job during the day, I've decided to take the leap...I'm leaving my day job in August to write full time. In truth, this was not an easy decision to make. I have a great job (I work for Nickelodeon - how cool is that?), make good money, and get to go to a green and orange office everyday. Also, I like the little bowls of candy that just *appear* in office environments.

But after writing KISS IT last summer, while maintaining a full-time job and three kids at home, I realized I just couldn't continue to juggle and hold-tight to even an ounce of sanity. As I was writing the first half of my next teen novel last fall, I set a little goal for myself. If I could sell that book for X dollars, I would leave my job. Well, guess what? I sold it for a good amount in February, and I immediately decided I would quit my job the very next day. I had met my X dollar goal! But once I had a dish of celebratory ice cream and started thinking rationally and talked to my agent, lots of other stuff started cluttering my mental space. My grad school loans and car loans and vacations all started winking at me!

That's when I realized I could keep my job and write my book (I've done the novel-and-job dance six times before) and have ALL THAT MONEY for FUN STUFF!! So that's what I did. I mean, my book isn't due until October 1, I have heaps of time since it's summer now, and how bad can it be?

It can be bad.

Now that I'm done with my writing vacation and I'm back into deadline-ville, I remember how hard it is to dedicate meaningful time to my kids, succeed in a corporate job, and write a good book all in the space of 24-hours-a-day. So I'm leaving the safety of a paycheck and moving my little bowls of office-candy to my attic writing space to become a full-time author and full-time mom of three. It's just a little shifteroo in how my day shakes out, since really, I'll still have a big job that I need to juggle with writing: I can't afford a nanny on a writer's salary, so I'm now responsible for 2-year-old twins and a 4-year old in the non-preschool hours. Oy.

I'm still in the day job until August, but then I'll be blogging more about the challenges and joys of this decision. I may go crazy, but that's probably good material for the book I'm writing right now...

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May. 27th, 2010 02:04 pm (UTC)
I'll be looking forward to hearing more about your adventures as a full-time writer (with 3 kids at home, eek!). And seriously, CONGRATULATIONS on taking that leap!
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