Sunday, December 7, 2008
The Times They Are A Changing!
"May you live in interesting times."
This is, I believe, an ancient Chinese curse. Our times are certainly interesting, but have we been cursed? Are we in a recession, or on the brink of another Great Depression? Not being politically or financially savvy, I wouldn't know, but hearing about upheavals in every industry, including our own publishing business, is unsettling at best.
My plan in becoming a writer was to earn a living doing something I enjoyed. Not to get rich overnight, but to earn enough to be able to retire from nursing. Well, obviously, that's not gonna happen, at least not anytime soon. Fortunately, along with a lousy economy, there's a projected nursing shortage—which is nothing new. Seems like there's always a shortage of nurses—nurses who want to work as nurses, anyway—so I doubt that I'll be finding myself unemployed. However, I've given nursing more than thirty years of my life to date, and I'm ready for something different.
Writing may be less stressful on my aching feet, but it's stressful in other ways—until I'm actually writing, that is. I love writing. I love making up characters who make me laugh or cry or fall in love with them. Now that I've come this far, I can't see that I'll ever stop writing, whether I ever publish anything again or not. I had a readership among the hospital gang, some of whom have said they sort of miss reading my books as thick stacks of paper in Amazon boxes. I could go back to that with no problem. I might not make any money that way, but I'd still be writing.
Many writers are talking about what our place will be in this economy, and most agree that there will always be writers who write and people who want to read what they have written. Will it be in electronic format or paperback? Or will it be a manuscript in a box? I don't know the answer to that, but I do know that when the dust finally settles, I'll still be writing.
LOL!!! And you all thought I only posted pictures of hunks!