February 28, 2002

Meanwhile, my good friend Brennen is the webmaster for Murmur‘s website, and tonight we agreed that, as payment for his services, every month or so I’ll send him something interesting from Amazon. February’s payment is volume 1 of Macross Plus, which I think he’ll enjoy.

Oh, and if you get a chance, watch Office Space. It’s one of the funniest movies I’ve seen in years. There’s a lot of swearing, unfortunately.

I’ve always wanted to be a writer. I’ve dreamed of writing a great SF/F novel or a bunch of short stories. I’ve wanted to go to book signings and conventions.

Some of this is undoubtedly hubris; I wanted to be a writer so I could be a famous writer. But, hey, I’ve got a good idea of what the writing life would entail, and I’m willing to give it a shot.

Now that I don’t have a 9–5 job, I have lots of free time. God hasn’t put any good job offers in my lap, and while I plan to continue searching for another job, I have an opportunity to give writing a shot. Plus, though I honestly cope pretty well with the daily cubicle routine, I don’t exactly love it, either.

So, I’ve decided that tomorrow, I’m going to put up or shut up. I’m going to be a writer tomorrow, as best I can. I’m going to start writing a short story, and I’m going to work on my AtheOS article. I’ll try to work on Murmur, too. From 9 to 5.

Can I do it? I’ll see how well I do tomorrow (and no, I won’t necessarily call myself a failure if I only manage this partway).

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