leap of faith

I’m about to take a HUGE risk.

Like, massive.

As in – I have no room for failure.

I’m going to write my book.

And my blog.

And try to make a living doing both.

I think the most frustrating part is that no one really believes *writing* is an acceptable, career changing move.

Neither is acting.  Or singing.  Or stand up comedians.

But people do it.

And become successful.

And you don’t see anyone shaking their head, then.  No, instead, they’re asking for an autograph.

So who’s laughing, then?

I suppose if you happen to see a disheveled, tall, dark haired woman about a year from now outside of Atlanta with a cardboard sign reading, “he left me for responsibility.  need food.” …you’ll know my plan imploded.

But, it won’t.

I’m too stubborn to fail.

18 Responses to “leap of faith”

  1. 1 Alex James July 17, 2009 at 3:15 pm

    I *just* got here; I haven’t read any of your blog so far apart from this post. That said: good for you. Seriously. In a lot of ways I’m in the same boat. When I told certain family members I was taking my English degree and basically wiping my ass with it by becoming a freelance writer/musician, I took a LOT of flak. People don’t understand what drives us to do the things we do, especially when they have to do with art, because it’s not a “safe” industry to enter. That you’re doing it despite the odds being kind of stacked against you is a testament to your commitment to your writing. It’s impressive and it’s inspiring. Thanks to this, I am now going to go read your archive.

    • 2 Jessica July 17, 2009 at 3:58 pm

      Thank you for stopping by… and for actually reading. I’ve decided some people DON’T read…they just say things that make entirely no sense….

      And, as an aside – I have no idea why I couldn’t pick something like “doctor” as my profession…probably because of the whole blood thing…but writing is the only thing that makes me feel alive. It is all I think about…and all I TRULY want to do. I’d be bored as a doctor. I just know it.

      I’m happy I could be inspirational.

  2. 3 Breeza July 17, 2009 at 8:45 pm

    Go for it! You have to follow your dreams and screw everyone who tells you not to do it.

    • 4 Jessica July 18, 2009 at 6:23 am

      bolognaballl, Breeza and Franzi –

      Thank You for your motivational words – I’ll have to look back on them – frequently – when I’m having writiers block and have nothing left to throw at the wall.

      Franzi – as for the genre, there are two…I haven’t quite decided yet, as they are COMPLETE OPPOSITES of each other….I may end up doing both. 🙂

  3. 5 lifestartsnow July 18, 2009 at 4:26 am

    go for it! if this is where your heart is at then you will succeed!

    what genre are you thinking about?


  4. 6 bolognaball July 18, 2009 at 5:46 am

    congratulations and good luck! BTW responsibility is overrated

  5. 7 kkktookmybabyaway July 18, 2009 at 9:48 am

    Don’t want to pee in your punchbowl, but can’t you do this and keep your current (or another job) — at least for the start of your quest?

    I’m always the buzzkill of any group, which is why I’m usually by myself. Go for it and all that, but as long as there’s a plan in place. I’m sure there is…

    • 8 Jessica July 18, 2009 at 10:37 am

      I could…. but that wouldn’t be any fun… how can one possibly write a book without living on coffee and cheap, vending machine food?

      Actually, I’ve been making money on the side freelancing – steady pay – so that’s where the MY side of the income will come from while I do the book-and-blog writing part. So, at least there’s a small plan.

  6. 9 kkktookmybabyaway July 18, 2009 at 10:29 pm

    That’s a much better plan than my mom had when she dropped everything and went to seminary school. Good luck. When do you plan on leaving your current job?

  7. 10 GinaBina July 19, 2009 at 3:15 pm

    You go girl! Follow your dream. . . life’s too short not to do what you love and to be HAPPY! Can I have your old job? JK

  8. 11 Coco July 21, 2009 at 1:16 pm

    Oh pish. It absolutely is a career. One that the world will always, always need, whether other people like to admit that or not.
    I have an English degree, and like the commenter above, was told that if I chose not to be a teacher, I would basically be spending all that time and money on some very expensive toilet paper.
    Not the case. Yeah, my daytime “writing” job might be a newsletter and promotions, but I’m working towards other things, and it’s what makes me happy.
    I do read your blog, but only comment every so often (I’m usually at work, and the internet here is SO SLOW…laziness, is what it is) but I can tell that you are an amazing writer…something that is not as common or easy as it might seem.
    Also, please, please don’t give up if you have to search hard for a publisher that “fits.” That is, in my opinion, the hardest part.

    • 12 Jessica July 21, 2009 at 4:34 pm

      I am worried about the publisher part…funny…the actual WRITING of the book is peanuts compared to finding a publisher. I don’t know if that is a good or bad thing to not be concerned about writing…but it is where my brain went…

      And thank you. I appreciate not only that you read – but that you, the one with an English degree, believes I can write! It only takes one, right? 🙂

  9. 13 moodyboo July 21, 2009 at 5:59 pm

    I love your writing. Simple. I wanted to become a writer once but my imagination hops from one thought to another without giving me time to breathe. It’s such a chaos in there. If I ever go for it I’d take an English course at a degree level first because English is actually my third language.

    You go for it. You have the knack. Good luck.

  10. 14 Shannon July 24, 2009 at 3:21 pm

    Please forgive the fact I’m behind on your blog. Disney World and all:) Not that my opinion is much but GO YOU! I won’t laugh but I will applaud and if you become very famous I may even stalk. If it doesn’t work out then my advice is stick to a safe corner and contact all blog friends and I’m sure someone will pick ya up. Don’t think I’m not scared to death that I could basically wipe my ass with my Business degree because I’m going to model and take some kids pictures. Sometimes a leap of faith is the best bet!

  11. 16 ckmarler August 13, 2009 at 4:06 pm

    Congrats! That’s scary but so incredibly worth it.

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