I blog about inspiration both here and over at Book View Cafe. Feel free to comment either here or over there!

This week, I’m afraid, is again going to be about a different type of inspiration.

However, this week was also very different.

I hadn’t planned it this way. It was my choice.

This week turned out to be the last week I worked my day job.


Let me explain.

I went on sabbatical for the day job for three months, visiting New Zealand and New Orleans, as well as writing a bunch.

I went back to the day job, assuming that I would adjust eventually.

By the end of the first week, I was not adjusting. Period. My fiancee had to talk me off the ledge more than once.

By the end of the second week, I was in hell.

At the start of the third week, I gave one week’s notice. I had only been back at work for two weeks. Better to not get deeply entangled by leaving quickly.

So Friday was my last day.

I have now officially changed careers. I am a full-time, professional fiction writer.

Another way to look at it – For the last few years I’ve had four jobs: Fiction writer, publisher, inn keeper, and day job. I’ve finally dropped one of them!

This does not mean I’ll have more time. What I learned while on sabbatical was that while I wrote more, I also ended up doing more. I suspect this is going to be my life for a while – reading, writing, publishing, and working. Then working some more. Then working a bit more. Maybe taking a break, then working even more.

I’m so excited about my change of careers. And nervous. And overjoyed. And anxious.

I have no regrets about my decision, though. It was the right choice.

In general, I work at being practical and responsible, not a flighty artist.

This time, the artist won. I had to go. I couldn’t stay.


So how does this tie into inspiration? Once I made the decision to go, boy did I get focused. I wrote, worked day job, did publishing stuff.

Despite this being an emotional roller coaster, I’m writing. I have deadlines, beta readers who are expecting the next novel. Short stories to submit to anthologies. So much to do!

Monday morning starts “the new normal.” I’ll get up at 7 AM, walk at least a mile to wake myself up, then write. Eat breakfast, then write some more. Take a break, then write some more.

I can’t tell you how excited I am about this next phase of my life. How inspired I feel. The sky’s the limit – and the only person who can hold me back is myself.

So what big change have you faced recently? Has it inspired you to do more?