I saw my name as a byline for the first time today.
I submitted three tiny pieces to AssociatedContent.com a couple of days ago just to see how the process works. While it is exciting to have my own words there for the world to see, it is also a little disconcerting. Strange that I would feel this way when my dream has always been to see my name in print. It is like the scraped-surface feeling I get when I send off a job application and resume – raw, vulnerable, exposed.
But at the same time, I am supposed to be promoting myself so I can begin to make money at this writing game. Just like that resume and cover letter, it is about strutting your stuff without being pompous or arrogant – just honest and healthily ambitious. Reaching out for what you need for your own well-being.
For the past two weeks I have been reaching out so far I’m hanging off the edge off my comfort zone. I applied for three jobs, none of which I really wanted but felt I needed to help our family through this coming heating season. Out went those soul-exposing letters and resume. One rejection (OK, I’ve never actually been an executive assistant), one “you’ll be hearing from us soon,” and one complete blow-off (the utter lack of professional etiquette on that one has me composing passive-aggressive emails in my sleep.)
Yes, I’ve been home for four years but I haven’t stopped “working” during that entire time. I drew enough people’s precious pets and big-eyed babies to pay for one Christmas, taught a journal-writing workshop (and am about to get certified to do another), written 6 chapters of a children’s book, completed a literature course, laid out newsletters and theatre programs…
Hey, wait a minute… I don’t need a damn job!
I think Fear sent those resumes out, but something else started a blog, submitted three stories, revised a full-length article, and sent a query letter to a “real” magazine all in a matter of 48 hours.
I don’t know how the heating will be paid this winter but I’m exposing myself to all the possibilities.