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Happy New Year! Hope you had a wonderful holiday season. We certainly did. We really, really, really needed that break! Heather was all like, “Wake me up when 2016 is over…”
And Robin was like, “Yeah, 2016 beat me up pretty bad… but I’m still standing!”
Politics aside, 2016 was for me (Heather) a year of constantly questioning my career path and exploring my options. I began on a high note, with a new freelance gig writing an educational game, a part-time job as a freshly certified gymnastics coach, and a hopeful grant application (for tips on applying to grants, check out this post). But a few months in things were looking bad — the educational game didn’t pan out, coaching gymnastics was hella stressful and required a lot of out-of-gym work I’m not paid for, and I didn’t get the grant. But just as I was resigned to wallow in a pit of despair, an old TV friend asked me to write some episodes for his new show, Opie’s Home, and I returned to work on LongStory, but this time promoted to Story Editor! Alas, it’s inevitable in the freelance world that all good gigs come to an end (that is the nature of contract work), and by fall I was again wondering how I’d to pay the bills while also having time to work on my novel.
Enter CAREER BRAINSTORMING. What was my next move? Get back into TV writing? Start a copywriting business? Or go back to school?
What was I going to do in 2017?!
I met with friends and colleagues to discuss those options. The first two are doable, but don’t leave time for me to work on the novel right now. The third option (school) is the opposite of making money, but the best idea for finally getting a darn book finished! And the novel is still my priority.
So while WriteOnSisters was on a blogging break, I decided on my path for 2017… I’m going back to school! I’m applying for a post-grad Creative Writing program with a good track record of successful published authors. As for money, this month I start a part-time job writing another awesome video game.
I’m looking forward to learning a lot this year, from school and from writing video games, and I’ll be sure to pass the knowledge on to you guys now that the WriteOnSisters are back to blogging every week. With that…
And if there’s anything you want to know or want us to blog about, tell us in the Comments!
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If we were having coffee, I’d have you over to my house so I could chat and clean at the same time. I have to get ready for our biannual Grilled Cheese Party!
This is also a birthday party since my boyfriend and I are both May babies. Birthdays are a great excuse to see friends, though I’m sad that I need excuses, but that’s my own doing. I’m so obsessed with finishing a book that I’ve become uncharacteristically antisocial. To that end, I plan to steer all party conversations towards what everyone else is up to… or cheese. I don’t want to talk about me. Hopefully by the next party I’ll have some novel news to share.
If we were having coffee I would tell you that I’ve started a new gig writing a dating/adventure game called LongStory. This is my first gaming script and I’m learning all about story variables and branches. Once a friend asked me how I kept everything straight that happened in my novel, and I shrugged and said it wasn’t hard. However, a game where the player gets to choose between multiple options that affect the direction and outcome of the story, all of which have to be written separately but also intersect, that is a challenge! And I’m really enjoying it!
If we were having coffee I’d also tell you that blogger and writer Melissa Barker-Simpson challenged me and Robin to some freestyle writing. This, I admit, is not something I’ve ever done. I am a plotter through and through. However it sounds like a fun challenge – write for 5, 10 or 15 minutes without stopping or editing. Melissa gave us a topic, but I have not looked at it yet because that’s part of the challenge – you can’t think about what you’re going to write before you write it.
I was going to do this challenge today during coffee, but alas, I’ve run out of time. Plus I need to go buy butter. Grilled Cheese parties require a lot of butter! But in the near future, Robin and I will surprise you all with a post featuring our freestyle writing! Stay tuned!
And with that, I must bid adieu. Unless of course you’re staying for grilled cheese. 🙂
If We Were Having Coffee is a blog hop inspired and run by the lovely and talented Diana at Part Time Monster. Please drop by her place for coffee. You can also see what other bloggers are up to by checking out the hashtag #WeekendCoffeeShare on Twitter.
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