In Which I Retire.

Thirty-nine might be a bit young to retire, but I kind of did that yesterday.

After much debating with my wonderful DH, I sold off my preschool and retired from real-life work.  Okay, I’ll still advocate for divorcing families and kids when the need arises, but for the most part, I’m now a full-time writer.

And to that end, I sat in my newly dusted office with my mug of hazelnut coffee and my net book for most of the day.  I got two chapters written on my WIP and all of my critiques completed for my crit partners.  I also coerced convinced a writer friend to beta for me and already got her amazing and helpful feedback. 

My YA is thisclose to getting sent off to Agent Awesome.  And my chapter book WIP is thisclose to being a complete first draft. 

Retirement couldn’t be better…well, not until DH retires, that is.  That is when we’ll tour the world on his golf cart while I pen amazing novels. 

Anybody else have retirement dreams?  Anyone living them?


10 responses to “In Which I Retire.

  1. To a degree, you’re living my dream. Though I suspect I will be better off – as a person and as a writer – if I continue to be forced into some sort of job. They tend to make me unhappy and I write some of my best work while I’m unhappy. Sigh.

    • Oh, Victoria.

      You are so sweet! And as odd as this sounds, I hope you continue the unhappiness of your job so it gives you a good outlet for your writing!

      Even negative mojo works.

  2. Congratulations on the move. Now you should be able to get some significant writing done. I’m retired, but I’m raising my two-year-old grandson, so I’m not very retired, but it’s better than working.
    Good luck.

    • Richard,

      It sounds more like you’re tired than retired. Kudos to you for taking on such a big responsibility. Your grandsom will thank you for that someday. I wish you luck as you carve out tiny pieces of writiing time from your busy life.


  3. Congratulations!! I wouldn’t even call it retirement; I’d call it starting a new career. I’ve gone from full-time to three days a week which is still too much. I plan to fully “retire” and write full time as soon as I can. The heatlh insurance things is all that holds me back. Good luck on all your writing and finding an agent. I know I don’t have to tell you how brutal that can be!

    • Yvonne,

      Fortunately–if this is the right word–I’ve never had medical insurance through my job. It’s always come to our family through my husband’s employment. This made the retirement/career switch decision a lot easier.

      At least you’ve freed up two more days for your writing pleasure. They should help some and get you in a nice groove for when you can finally write full time.


  4. I second Yvonne – congrats on the new career. So proud of you!

    • I don’t know if proud is the right word. I’m sad, as the decision was definitely bitter-sweet.

      I thought teaching preschool would help my creativity. Instead, it sucked it all away. I didn’t pen a single new word in the last year because all my energy and imagination went into my curriculum. I loved it. The kids loved it. We had rockin’ fun days. But I just couldn’t do both well and still be a good mom and wife.

      Not enough time in the day and not enough me to go around. Although, we have already seen that this was the right decision.

      I hear you’re taking on the world right now. Hope that is going well for you and your fam! Miss you all.

  5. Congrats. Want to beta MOMR? LOL

    • Kay,

      I would love to. I just took on another beta project, so will be tied up for a bit. However, I’m seriously considering doing a beta read a month in addition to my critique groups. I love seeing everything come together as a whole. While I gain valuable insight by doing both betas and monthly swaps, my selfishness enjoys seeing a project through from start to finish.

      You’re on my list for my next opening.

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