I’m writing this from the Muskego Public Library as I have a bunch of editing work I need to finish before I’m allowed to play tonight, but I wanted to take a minute to reflect on how crazy this last year has been for me.
Last November when I was here, I had just began the interview process with Carina, but had not yet been hired on, I was only a month into my new job at the university (a job that would turn out to be a horrible, horrible mistake) and I was desperately stuck on the ending of MURDER BOY and didn’t really see anyway that book would ever be finished.
Fast forward a year later, and the first book I edited for Carina is now available (check it out here), I built up enough of a freelance business that I was able to go full-time as a freelancer and leave that mistake of a job behind on good terms, and at lunch last year I was able to get away to an Arby’s with a composition notebook and cheap ballpoint pen and finally come up with a great ending for that damn book. This year I brought Becky with me and she’s experienced the same sort of whirlwind career bounty as well. She went from having a bunch of certifications and nowhere to use them to now working with two gyms as a teacher and personal trainer. I’m still fat, but that’s not for her lack of trying.
I say all of this not to brag (well, not ONLY to brag) but to point out how quickly life can change and that what may seem awful now could turn around and be great and, conversely, what may seem great could go tits up at any moment. It’s like they say in sports, you can predict all you want who will win the game, but you never really know until you play.