Am I crazy … or not? – Part 2

White Lillies – in acrylic on a 3ft x 2ft box canvas. Oct ‘2012

On the subject of questions – what possible connection am I going to use between my painting of white lillies and this post?

The lillies were real flowers, so by painting them I’ve given them a new lease of life, albeit on a canvas.  It took a few weeks but I completed it at the weekend.  It was also at the weekend that I completed my time in Retail Management.  The connection to the subject of this post is therefore not so much the flowers themselves as much as the painting.  It’s about continuation, but with a bit of a change to circumstances.

With effect from Monday, 8th October I started work in the local branch of Ryman, but as a Sales Assistant.  I’ve no doubt I’ll occasionally be asked to do more, which I don’t mind, but my new part-time position will be for three days per week.  It will provide me with a little financial support and keep me in touch with reality.

Part 1 of this subject suggested there was more than one factor that had motivated me to make the move and reduction in hours.  In the first place I wanted more time to write and explore my capabilities.  There was also the small matter of travelling for an average of three hours each day – and that’s when the trains were running  and on time.

Apart from those things, which may seem trivial to some, I’m only five years away from retirement.  I don’t want to look back in five years and wish I’d taken the step earlier.  One important factor, which I mentioned previously is that I have the support of my wife.

My debut novel, ‘Ten Days’ is almost ready for publication as an e-book and I have plans to compile another book using a selection of my poetry.  I have a second novel underway and I know it will feel better having the luxury of time to pursue my objectives.  With regard to the second novel, I feel I’ve learned so much from the first one.

When it comes right down to it I feel I’ve done my bit in the world of work over two separate careers.  While I can, I owe it to myself to grasp the opportunity to do what I want to do.  If I work hard enough at it, my success will be measured in the entertainment I provide to my readership.

Got to go now, I’ve got some writing to get on with … oh yes, and a new lifestyle.

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2 comments on “Am I crazy … or not? – Part 2

  1. I think it’s great that you’re doing this. Nobody else will take your writing seriously if you don’t. I can’t imagine anybody gets to the end of their life and thinks, ‘I wish I’d worked more’.

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