4 months, 1 week, 1 day...
That's how long it will be before I take early retirement from the day job and write full-time!
I'm excited and scared at the same time. The day job has been getting increasingly stressful over the last few years, not only leaving me with less energy to write when I'm home but making me dread going in every morning. Still, it's a steady paycheck and one I could collect for quite a few more years.
I've spent the last several years paying off the extra bills and building up my back list. I have a nineteen releases out now, one in the schedule (Silken Canvas - Dec 25th!!),a submitted partial, a manuscript my editor requested that I'm working on now, first drafts of novellas waiting to be worked on, and pages of single story and series ideas just waiting to be written.
So I'm taking a leap of faith. We can pay the bills without my writing income, but if we want to travel and go to conferences and add on that garage we've always wanted, it'll be up to me to take advantage of less stress and more time, and write all the stories taking up space in my head and on my hard drive.
I can't wait!
So has anyone else ditched the day job to write full time? Any tips on time management? Any pitfalls I should be looking out for as I celebrate my last Labor Day weekend at the day job?
Plaything - Paolo's Playhouse #4
Silken Canvas - Dec 25th