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This week marks a small milestone in my working life: Five years ago, I left my full-time freelancing/adjuncting practice, which had itself followed a period in which I combined an academic appointment with freelancing and adjuncting. Five years ago, I returned to a desk job in an away-from-home office, Mondays through Fridays, 9 to 5.
In other words, five years ago this week, I became what I sometimes append to my tweets: a #writerwithadayjob.
And I’ve been really lucky. I landed in an environment where I work with smart, generous people, and I tend to agree with the policies and philosophies of the organization’s leadership. As I know from previous experiences, it’s not at all nice when you aren’t in that kind of congenial environment.
But as a writer with a day job, I’m also grateful for some aspects of my job that have particularly enriched and improved the quality of my writing life. Here are five of them. (more…)
One year ago today, Quiet Americans made its official debut.
(And 71 years ago today, my paternal grandparents–the major inspiration behind the collection–married in New York.)
I can’t say enough “thank-yous” to acknowledge sufficiently all of you who have helped make this past year so special.
But I can announce the winners of our Anniversary Giveaway!
(Drum roll, please!) (more…)
Over on the information-packed, multi-author Beyond the Margins blog, Randy Susan Meyers has begun a series of “What do Do Before Your Book Debuts” posts. The first post outlines some beginning steps; the second focuses on author websites and blogging; and in due course we’ll be reading about “Publicists, Marketing, Launch Parties, MANNERS! and more.” I’ll be following along and trying to learn what I might have done more effectively before my story collection, Quiet Americans, was published.
Meantime, here’s wishing you all an extra-wonderful New Year’s weekend. See you back here in 2012!
Please tune in tomorrow, when I’ll share the story behind my first commissioned short story, “Fidelis,” which is currently airing on NPR.