Here we are — The holiday season is well underway, and 2011 has officially begun to come to an end. This year has gone by faster than any I can remember, and I am more excited than ever to look back on all that has happened, and look ahead at 2012.
This week, I settled into an astounding sense of accomplishment and excitement. A question in my interview with WSUM on Wednesday made me acutely aware of the basic truth: I am making a living as a writer. And, a conversation with one client this week reiterated the freedom that I have as a freelance writer — to travel, to take on the kind of work I want, to work the hours that I want to work. I realized that I finally have a clear path for life that makes sense. I have real career goals for next year, writing goals, and I think I can achieve them. That’s a new idea to me.
Stefan quit his day job this week. So, now this is all we have — writing and comedy. And it looks like we’re going to be alright. Six months into California, this is far more than we had hoped to achieve. But, we’ll take it.
NaNoWriMo came to an end on Wednesday, and here I sit with maybe a third of a novel — a generous calculation. It’s not a project I’ve given up on, but it was definitely the one that I had to let slide this month as half a dozen others filled my time. I have to also assess the benefits of putting time into a novel, as my interest in creative nonfiction grows. Although I love the characters and the story that I’ve laid out for The Mailee Stories, I don’t know that being a novelist is a reasonable part of the career path that I see ahead of me.
Thursday and Friday, we went over to Sonora, Ca with comedian Sam Demaris for a show at Black Oak Casino. Despite most of the town dealing with perennial power outages due to high winds, they pulled off a pretty good show. If you get a chance to see Sam live, I recommend it; the man is a great entertainer, and a phenomenal storyteller.
In case you couldn’t catch my interview live on Wednesday, you can download the podcast of Fundamental Pete’s Ass-Jammery free on iTunes — check out my radio debut, plus listen to some intriguing debates of Free Will vs. Determinism! You can Like “This Artists’ Life” on Facebook to keep up-to-date on future stops on the book tour ;-)
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