Friday, July 14, 2006

A New Direction

Dont' worry, I'm not going over to Romance writing or anything that bizarre. But, as I think I mentioned previoiusly, I've changed day jobs. I'm one of those adventerous types who left the supposedly safe walls of a huge corporation (Ford) and jumped into the world of small business. I've been with Hensley Mfg. for a week now. The thing about a new job, it's like selling off everything you own and starting over. Things as simple as sending a fax have to be re-learned. Where are the paperclips? How many scoops of coffee. And, with a small company, there's no one to take care a lot of those details for you.

But I love it.

It's not writing novels for a living, but it gives me a little professional freedom. What I do really matters, that's something that I could never say in the big company. And, now that I have a later start, I can write in the morning undisturbed before coming in. I'm on chapter 4 of "Murder on the Side," the first in my River Bend Mysteries Series. Good buddy Robin asked if it was ABA or CBA. I hate that question. It means I have to make crucial dicisions. Not that I'd fill it vulgarity either way, but CBA looks for certain things that ABA doesn't care about. I like the thought of ABA because I picture myself as a Jan Karon sort, who could reach millions of people who'd never step foot into a Christian bookstore. On the other hand, do non-Christians really read her books, either? I'll have to ask Jan when we do lunch.

Anyway, I was told by many smart people--just write. So I'm just writing.

By the way, I have been reading alot lately as well. I stopped my little reviews unless something really stands out. I've even been reading a little non-fiction as well. More on that later.

12 comments:

Robin Cynclair said...

But getting the story down IS the most important to start. Then you fine tune it.

Glad to hear you're enjoying your new job...it's always nice to feel needed and that what you're doing is important.

ABA vs CBA...ah, the debate will never end. I submit to both...who am I to say where God wants my work?

Keep trucking on, my friend....you're doing so well! :)

Now, about chapter 3 and 4. . .???

Heather Diane Tipton said...

Hey I hear your new thing rocks. You better keep it up or you know the wicked witch... er I mean your lovely CP Robin will be after you. :-p

Thanks for the comment on my blog... sheesh, you must have a lot of free time on your hands if you made it to my blog. LOL!

Robin Cynclair said...

Wicked witch? How dare you! Ron LOVES having me as a cp, dontcha, Ron? lol

Heather Diane Tipton said...

LOL I love having you (Robin) as a CP too but that doesn't mean you're sugar and spice and all things nice. :-p

Robin Cynclair said...
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Robin Cynclair said...

Well, I'd rather be honest than sugar and spice and all that other poetic jazz! :D

Ron Estrada said...

Hey! This ain't a discussion board! But it looks like I have a lot of comments that way. And Heather, I do pop into your blog from time to time. I have this wonderful new schedule, though, that gives me plenty of time to keep in touch. You obviously didn't quit, btw, you're here.

Robin Cynclair said...

Which is really kinda cool, Ron...having such a neat job where you CAN do some writing stuff.

Heather Diane Tipton said...

grrr no I didn't quit. My two day "I'm quitting" thing is over, I guess.

I dunno... I think it could be fun to make your blog a message board...

And having more free time to do more writing stuff is awesome.

:-)Ronie said...

A Jan Karon...but you won't look as good in the dress, Ron. :-D I'm glad you're digging your new job. Really makes a difference in the totality of life. And your new mystery is really good. I think, at this point, your story could go ABA or CBA. I was telling Brian on the way back from California that my spiritual threads are never over-the-top...maybe that means they'll sell in ABA?? Who knows? ABA seems to be rather fond of inspirational fiction right now.

Dineen A. Miller said...

Congrats on the new job. So glad you're writing again!!!

Camy Tang said...

Congrats on the new job! And the extra writing time!

Yeah, just write. Write write write write write. Something I should be doing. Doh!
Camy