JESSICA THERRIEN

From Imagination To Publication

Friday, June 1, 2012

Live.Laugh.Love...Stay At Home Author

After 4 years of working at a water district in San Diego, and numerous random careers prior, life is pointing me in a new direction...and I'm not complaining. After the end of the month I will officially be a stay at home author, watching over and caring for my "book babies" (as there are no real babies yet to care for...but soon maybe).

For those of you wondering if I up and quit my day job to be a full-time writer, no, I didn't. Budget cuts meant the low men (or women) on the totem pole got laid off this year. I was one of them.

Any other time I might be sad or worried about the future, but sometimes things happen for a reason. Life or God or the universe says, "hey, you're not supposed to be doing what you're doing...let me help you." So I'm finding myself excited about being a stay at home author. It really is the perfect timing. My first "book baby" Oppression has already been born, and the next is on the way. With foreign rights deals in the works and a promising YA series ahead of me, I feel like it's exactly what is supposed to happen. In fact, I needed it to happen. I was so busy trying to fit in work, life, writing, cleaning, cooking, reading, blogging, etc., I was starting to think I'd lose it pretty soon.

So...I'm gearing up for the ride. It should be a fun adventure. Here we go!

What things have happened for a reason in your life lately? Any crazy adventures that turned out to have the perfect outcome?

19 comments:

  1. Glad you're looking at it as a blessing!

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    1. It is! It's like it was meant to be...

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  2. I know the way it's happening isn't ideal, but I'm a little jealous that you can stay home. Break a pencil (instead of a leg)!

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    1. Thanks! I'm kind of nervous about all the free time. I'm pretty sure I'm not going to know what to do with myself.

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  3. What a wonderful way to look at such a devestating event. Getting laid off is no fun. That's awesome that you think like that!

    And I have to admit, I'm a little jealous you get to stay home. It's my dream to one day be financially secure enough to do so!

    Best of luck to you!

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    1. Thanks Vicki :) It's important to always see the positive in things, right?

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  4. It sounds like it will be for the best though! Much more time to write more incredible books!

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  5. I started pursuing the writing dream after I lost my job. I can't say it's worked out, but that's life. The odds just aren't in my favor. ;)

    Enjoy the extra breathing room!

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  6. This is fantastic Jessica!!!!! You are such a talented writer and this will give you the opportunity to share so much more of your work with avid readers. What a gift for everyone!

    -S

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  7. I know it isn't the ideal way, but wow, I'm excited for you! What a wonderful opportunity for you. Good luck! :)

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  8. Totally know what you mean about worrying that you might "lose it" with all of the juggling. Congratulations on the opportunity and wishing you the very best of luck, Jessica.

    -Jimmy

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    1. Yeah...life is work :) But it's all good stuff.

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  9. That seems like excellent timing to me ;-) Well done on being so positive about this turn of events :)
    xx

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