On Writing & Publishing by Robin D. Owens

Personal notes on writing techniques, writing a novel, my writing career and threading your way through publishing a book.

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Wednesday, November 30, 2005


Today is the last day at the day job. Not my choice. I haven’t told many people online, though I’ve known for over a month. I am a contract worker and knew this day would come, but I’ve been here 6 years. But it’s a big corporation and near the end of the year and cutbacks are looming for the regular staff, too.

I have been coping with fear and depression. Coping.

I’ve been dithering about what to do. I don’t usually dither (I'm a "J" in the Meyers-Briggs (sp?) profile). I would LOVE some time off to write (and when I was in deadline crunch I prayed for that and look what happened ;) ) I’m at the end of my contracts with both Berkley and Luna – so I have to work up new proposals…two for Berkley, I think, and the last 3 of the Summoning series for Luna. I must revise my paranormal romance series so it can go out again – that’s 3 books...

So if I didn’t go back to work, it would be a good time to write. Yes, money is an issue. I hadn’t planned on the well-paying dayjob disappearing so fast. I HAVE told my agency that I’m available. They looked at my resume and saw it was "ancient" so I have to do that, too. I'm pretty sure I moved it over to the new computer 2 years ago.

Of course, there’s always the lottery….

May all outer life worries vanish for you as you write today.


Blogger sex scenes at starbucks said...

aww, I'm sorry.

I'm seeing a new character for you, though:

With job worries, a bad economy and a war on terrorists looming in the background (ok, and some psychic ability and lots of cool cats), the last thing [insert name here] needs is a man in her life...

I say write your little heart out while you can! A day job will come along.

9:19 PM  
Blogger Holly said...

Sending good thoughts and warm energies your way, Robin!

9:43 PM  
Anonymous Danica said...

Robin, hugs! With all your newfound free time, if you ever want to do coffee of tea, give me a jingle.

11:33 PM  
Blogger Robin D Owens said...

Thanks all. Still coping...


8:17 AM  
Blogger CE Murphy said...

Eee! Wow! Eee! No wonder you've been sort of an aura of tumultuousness to your emotions lately!

Here's a grain of hope for you, though: one year ago yesterday was my last day at a day job I'd intended to keep for another year, due to financial considerations.

One year later on, I'm a full-time writer with four books under contract and a new home in Ireland.

May your next year be equally successful. :)

9:42 AM  
Blogger moonhart said...

We love you, Robin dear.



11:33 AM  
Blogger Robin D Owens said...

Well, thanks. Tumultuousness? I think it's deadline and family...oh, yeah, and getting laid off...

Thanks, all


9:27 PM  
Anonymous Crystal said...

How freakin' scary. Y'know, since you like to offer advice on writing and publishing, maybe you could be an editor or something along those lines. Eharlequin.com offers a critique service. Since they publish you, maybe they'd give you a job as a critiquer. I'm sure tons of people ask you to look over their stuff and give advice. May as well make a buck off of it. 'Course, that'd just drive you deeper into the obsession that is writing, but what's wrong with that? :D The link for the service is: http://www.eharlequin.com/cms/learntowrite/ltwSection.jhtml?itcType=critiqued and it's something to check out, anyway. In any case, I hope you find a new job right quick. *hugs*

12:43 AM  
Anonymous JillB said...

Warm fuzzies & positive vibes are winging your way Robin!


8:28 AM  
Blogger Jeri said...

Best of luck, Robin. I'm sure it will all work out for the best, and I don't mean that in a pat way. Sometimes we need big upheavals to take our lives in a new, positive direction.

8:42 AM  
Blogger Robin D Owens said...

Thanks Crystal, Jill and Jeri. All excellent advice.

9:14 AM  

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