Is December the 21st going to be the end of the world as we know it? The Mayans are thought to have predicted it. Supposedly, Nostradamus foretold of a great tragedy somewhere around this time. People are flocking (no pun intended) to churches hoping to hedge their bets in case 'it' is the Rapture as described in the Bible. My own church has tripled in membership.
I have no idea, of course. But with all the hoopla in the media---2012 (the movie), Revolution (the TV show), documentaries on the History channel and so forth---it made me stop and take stock of my life. Just in case there is some truth to the prediction, I did not want to spend the rest of the time I have left doing the humdrum job I have had for the last twelve years and trying to fit a little writing into the spare time I have had between that boring job and taking care of my terminally ill father.
So, I quit. For the next year or so (if I make it through alive), I will be living off of my 401k, taking care of my parents and doing what I really love to do best...write.
Yes, I have jumped out of the frying pan and hopefully not right into the fire. It has been very scary, but very freeing at the same time. I am not completely looney. I have an offer to come back to that humdrum job within a year at the same pay and benefits if I happen to fall flat on my face. And, I have a novel coming out soon published by Oak Tree Press called Spooky Tells. It is my first book to be published without me having to pay for the pleasure.
My biggest handicap is that I am a novice at everything about being a writer except the writing itself. This is my first blog. I don't know how to tweet and I have just in the last few months built myself a face book page. I am trying to design myself a web page but I am failing miserably at the moment. If you were to pull up TanisRush.net you would likely laugh. But I guarantee that it will be done right as soon as I can find someone around here (Northwest Georgia) to fix it for me!
So, now you know a little something about the newbie at OTP. Any and all tips are welcome. And, of course, if you want to buy Spooky Tells when it comes out, that would be very welcome as well.