Nancy: Third Time’s the Charm…I Hope!

One of the things we talk about a lot here on the blog is how to balance a writing life with the rest of life. The rest of life includes family obligations, major life events, and – as is the case for several of us – the dreaded day job. I think I’ve mentioned a time or two (or a hundred) that my day job is very intense and deadline-driven. It’s also a high-stakes profession, with peoples’ jobs and livelihoods and companies’ multi-million (or even billion) dollar deals on the line. Gee, I wonder why I have insomnia?

Another truth about my day job, though, is that it’s not so dreaded. At least, it didn’t used to be. It was, in fact, my dream job when I started working in the field (business proposals for US government contractors) as a writer. After some years of experience and training, I moved into managing the proposals, and found the perfect fit for my skillset, work style (did I mention the word intensity?), and career goals. Continue reading

Justine: The Shift from Hobby to Career

woman with six armsThis past Tuesday evening, I had the pleasure of attending a meeting held by my local RWA chapter, Desert Rose. The main event of the evening was a Q&A with five published authors. The topic? How to make a living as a writer. For me, it was very pertinent. Over the last few months, I’ve been trying to figure out how to make the psychological adjustment, both for myself and within my family, of being a stay-at-home mom (SAHM) second and a writer first. Continue reading