You know what’s fun? Interviewing people. The interview process is a whole different beast from this side of things. I got dressed up fancy-nice today (by which I mean I wore a non-spit up-stained shirt) and sat in on three interviews, trying to find my replacement.
I had fun, because those three people had to like me. I’m not terribly articulate, and often think of too many words at the same time and trip over them, but the three people we interviewed were not allowed to think I was a blundering weirdo. Because I was doing the interviews. Mwa ha ha ha!
We met some nice people, found a really awesome person who we think will totally bring it, and I’m counting the whole thing as a win. My co-workers are taking us out to dinner on Friday night to say goodbye to me, and I have faith I’m leaving them in good hands.
As for my new career, however…Well, it’s entirely in my hands now. I’m reading my new book, 2010 Novel & Short Story Writer’s Market, and taking notes like crazy. I kinda feel like I’m cramming for a degree in creative writing, but I’m learning a lot so that’s good.
Things like character arcs (I’ve never had one of those), 3 act structures (black moment ha-what?!), and literary agents (I need one). I’m taking the whole getting published thing as seriously as I can, and that means researching and learning. This can only help, so long as I don’t allow myself to get intimidated.
To be honest, the whole prospect of entering short story contests (a great way to get your name out there. Winning gives you credibility and makes publishers and agents more likely to look at you) or attending conferences is a bit daunting. But, the best thing to do to get started is to take a step. Then another, then another.
So that’s what I’ll be doing. High-stepping my way to…Something.
In NaNoWriMo news, I’m up to 37,278 words. My plot’s holding steady under the deluge, though I’ll definitely have to go back and fix some stuff at the beginning. My hope is that I’ll finish it and then not hate it when I re-visit it in a few weeks. Revision is hard enough, but it’s even harder when you absolutely hate everything you’ve written!
And with that, I leave you with an entirely unsatisfying ending. Because I wrote over 2,500 words today and I’m fresh out of really satisfying anythings.