One year ago, today, I walked away from my day job for the last time. It was a steady job, with career opportunities, had I wanted them. I was employed by the Norwegian government, which is about as secure an employer as they come. Every month I had steady payments coming into my bank account, and a good pension waiting for me for when that day comes. Some people probably still think I´m crazy to take such a chance, to stand alone with no security net, nothing to catch me if I fall. If I don´t sell books, I cannot put food on the table or pay my bills. Simple and brutal.
And yet, I´ve never looked back. I decided it was time to follow the dream. To spend my time creating something of lasting value, instead of chasing the clock every day, spending hours stuck in traffic, having to do whatever I was told to do (which often made absolutely no sense), while the years went by without my noticing. I was confident that I had made the right decision a year ago, and I still am today.
Some people may not think writing is work, and in a way they´re right; it doesn´t feel like work. Yet there are always a million things that need to be done. I wish I was able to meet every deadline, to write twice as much in a day, to answer every email, but even though I try, I sometimes fall short. I´m not just a writer anymore; I´m also running a small business. None of this come easy. If it was easy, everyone would be doing it. Still, I have no regrets, and I look forward to every day. I guess that´s about as good as it gets.
Anyhow, I just wanted to mention this. I guess today will be like any other Friday (it has been, so far), no big plans for the weekend, other than going to watch my son play soccer on Sunday. No cake or celebration. I still have that bottle of champagne I got when I published my second book. That was 2013, and it´s still unopened…
But I figure if I made it through my first year as a full time fiction writer, I´ll make it through my second year as well. Wish me luck!
I also wanted to mention that Legacy, the third and final installment of the Rift Saga is now live and available in ebook and paperback on every major retailer. You can find the links right here.
And then, back to the computer to write the next one.
By the way, did I mention I love this job? 🙂