Funny thing happened about six months ago. I was so tired of writing novels, dealing with publishers, and the whole mess, I decided I needed a change. I decided to pursue a career that was my life's dream: I signed up for a two-year Associates Degree in web and design technology. So far I've learned how to paint portraits, how to draw using a POV, how to use Photoshop and Dreamweaver on a semi-professional basis, how to program a web site, and there's more to come. I've received 5 A's and 2 B's in my courses and I'm happy. However, not happy enough because suddenly, and without warning, the writing bug in me stirred to new heights.
It was as if someone shot me in the head with a bullet ,and I recovered at some point, because I became aware of the unfinished novels I failed to complete. I also became aware of the unedited novels I had no time for. It was as though the 'writer' in me rose up to take precedence in my life. Now I find myself juggling homework along with working on novels.
My point is: You can never give up on writing. For me, writing was an escape; a place I ran to when things in my life became overwhelming. I was in charge in my novels. I decided what roles my characters would play, and how they'd play--good vs evil. This was the only time I had control. After trying and failing to use my academic programs as a diversion, I realized it wasn't working, at least not for me. While writing I was involved in the mysteries that complicated my characters' lives. It was complete escape, better than a shrink. I found answers in writing that I couldn't find by just being alone and thinking.
So here I am with a heavy study schedule, trying to juggle enough time for writing. Once the passion strikes, it never leaves no matter how hard you try. Even writing blogs is a carryover from the past. I worked for many years as an investigative reporter and won awards for my articles. I even had my own column. Writing blogs takes me back to my newspaper years.
Some old timers have used the expression 'Ink in Your Blood', and I guess they're right. At least for me the expression is right on the money.