Saturday, February 19, 2011

Don't Quit Your Day Job

Mark this on your calendar: Feb. 19, 2011.

It's the day I became (or am becoming) a full-time fiction writer. Well, also an editor, gardener, and occasional non-fiction writer. Plus maybe other things for money. But it's cool to say, very pompously, "A-hem, I am a full-time fiction writer." Back when I was a writer, I never told people I was a writer. Now I'm a writer and I feel pretty much the same, except I wear clothes with holes in them and don't have to comb my hair.

Anyway, when they unroll the crumbling scrolls in 2049 and look back at the myth that was Scott Nicholson, this will be the birth date. I expect to fail spectacularly, but it also feels so completely natural, as if all my life has pointed and led to this, that resistance is futile. Success, come and take me. I no longer fight you, and I'm no longer afraid one way or another.

Help me celebrate by spreading the word about my fantasy collection FLOWERS,  99 cents at Amazon and BN.com.

Well, coincidentally, I babble some at Midnyte Review. 

15 comments:

Jacqueline Howett said...

Yes, the fear ridden days of youth have passed. So roll on success.

JaxPop said...

"I expect to fail spectacularly"

Keep raising the bar, Scott. The only limits we have are those we saddle ourselves with

author Scott Nicholson said...

Thanks, Jacqueline and Dave. It's a rather unlimited era.

Scott

Sheri said...

That's great - congrats!

Debbi Mack said...

Scott,

When I decided to write fiction full-time, I had no idea how much opportunity I'd have to make money in ebooks. Needless to say, I look back on what I wrote in this column about my decision with a new perspective: http://www.debbimack.com/jan10.html

S.G.Royle said...

Funny - the title of your post, was the name of my blog when I started. You're ahead of the pack Scott and charging hard.

Nicholas La Salla said...

Congrats! Who knew this e-book thing could really take off like it has? You're one of the guys at the front, trailblazin' the way through the crazy jungle of the Amazon and turning it into Kindle.

OK...that was cheesy. It's gettin' late... haha.

Take care man!

- Nick

Brenda said...

Well, although I had absolutely nothing to do with this amazing event, this is still a happy moment for me. I knew this would happen for you, but just didn't see it happening this way. Plus, I didn't think that you combed your hair before, but at least now, you don't have to feel bad about that. As you can see, I possess no cheesiness barometer like Nick does, so could carry on like this forever. This is a HUGE moment, Scott, so you deserve a HUGE congratulations!!!

Charlie Pulsipher said...

I'm in the process of quitting my job to start a refinishing biz and write. Scares me to death, but at the same time I am excited beyond measure. Someday I hope to make this same declaration and just write. Good luck!
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author Scott Nicholson said...

thanks, Sheri, Debbi (everyone, go buy LEAST WANTED today and help Debbi get in Top 100), SG, Nicholas, Brenda,m Charlie, yes, it is a bit like stepping out on air and expecting God to build a bridge in front before the foot lands.

It seems scary but so inevitable that it's not even worth reflecting on whether it was the "right move" or not. It's just the way the path turned, and now on to the next!

Scott

Stephen T. Harper said...

Cheers, Scott. Your "birthday" was hard won, well deserved, and it has been tweeted.

Vicki said...

About time! :)

Congratulations, Scott. That's fantastic news.

Neal Hock said...

Awesome, Scott! Now I expect you to churn out a book every two weeks. Okay, I'll settle for a novella every two weeks. :-P

-Neal

Rabid Fox said...

Very cool, Scott. Now it's self-loathing when you piss and moan about the boss.

Monster A Go-Go said...

"Plus maybe other things for money."

How's the hustling coming? Being a male gigolo/prostitute on the side is quite shocking--but as an entreprenuer, you've got to branch out and make the big bucks where you can. I hear the ladies at the convalescent home on the hill really enjoy your stud services. Zowie! You GO!

And then there is your goat pimping duties...

Oh, and the writing thing...

Congratulations (a day late and a dollar short, as usual).

CHEERS!