(Please forgive my mini-post… I am in New York for the Webby Awards, at a silly hotel with somewhat spotty internet access.)
Well, this is a very appropriate time for me to write my “school’s out” post, because I’ve just completed work on my last Animal Planet Dog Championships show. That’s right, after five years of producing and writing the dog show, it’s all done. (There’s still the big National Championship in December, but no more “regular season” shows.)
This means that, for the time being, I’m (EEP!) a full-time writer.
Exciting, yes! But also totally scary. Because now I have no excuse not to write on a full-time basis. With a day job gumming up the works, you get to feel virtuous for fitting in a couple of hours a day (and if you’re VERY good, you eat at your desk and write through lunch). But now… I have nowhere to hide!
When I first got out of college and started what would become a series of jobs–some good, some not-so-good, but all very educational–I never dreamed that there would be a day when I’d be able to just call myself a writer. My job title on the dog show–“writer/producer”–was close, and a total thrill unto itself, but now I don’t have “producer” to fall back on.
…What do I do? I’m a writer.
Wow, that’s a little surreal! But I’m willing to give it a try.
I think my biggest challenges are going to be time management and attention span management. So if anyone has any tips on those topics, I would just love to read about them in the comments.
PS – Last Friday, I got to meet my sister Debutante Meredith Cole in person! Here we are at Zampa in NYC’s (very trendy, silly-hotel-containing) Meatpacking District.