I’ve had a number of different jobs throughout my life but there has never been one as difficult as being a writer. I’m not exaggerating when I say that I work at least 100 hours a week. Seriously the only breaks that I take are when I go to the gym for half an hour or when I’m at my part-time-get-me-out-of-the-house-so-I’m-not-a-recluse job. Some people would argue that this isn’t healthy but welcome to a writer’s life. It’s long hours of work coupled with even longer hours of waiting. I truly believe that writing is a calling where you either are a writer or you’re not because no sane person would choose this career. Hell there have been many times when I myself have questioned if I’m making the right decision to pursue this dream and if I shouldn’t just get a comfy 9 to 5 job with health benefits, vacation time and a 401K.
Then something brilliant happens.
Your work is published.
“Steaming into a Victorian Future” is the textbook used in the University of Maryland Alternate History course.
And my work is referenced in it.
I’m referenced in it.
I did not even know that “Alternate History” was a legit course but apparently it’s more popular than I thought, in fact it’s a course in universities all over the world. Guess which textbook is the new “go to” book used for all of those course.
The dumb broad who has always been recognized for her chest rather than any so-called talent…
…who was encouraged to marry rather than pursue a career…
…who didn’t even go to college herself…
…is being read in universities all over the world.
Let’s party, peeps.
Thank you so much for believing in me.