Listening to: Band of Brothers Soundtrack
Reading: The Name of the Rose
Watching: Agent Carter
Playing: AC: Syndicate
Eating: Nothing at the moment- I'm being good!
Well, folks, it's been a long haul. (It usually is, between journal posts.) In the interim between now and the last time I put anything personal on this site, several things have happened.
Firstly, I discovered that my job was Hell. It's truly amazing, how a single person in a position of power can raise your stress levels so high as to give you panic attacks, when you have never had them, before, in your life. Seriously.
Secondly, I quit my old job, gave them the proverbial finger, and started working at my current job. I now work as a secretary at an interpretation/translation/instruction agency, and I absolutely LOVE it. It's so rewarding, to be able to do a job, interact with people, and know that you're valued. Huge self-esteem boost, too, because I'm constantly reminded that I am, in fact, an intelligent human being who actually completed a rigorous College career. I get to speak in Spanish to people nearly daily, and French and Italian, as well. Recently, I took an afternoon to familiarize myself with the bare-bones basics of Romanian, and now I am able to read it, to the extent that I can garner the basic gist of an article. I also have begun teaching myself Russian, and have nearly memorized the Cyrillic alphabet.
The biggest change, however, has come in the form of a renewed interest in the original novel that I have been writing, and rewriting, since 2012 or so. (Funny, I can't actually remember when it was that I began writing it. Sometime after 2011.)
So, now we come to my Great Debate: Should I begin putting the initial chapters up, to see what sort of reaction I garner, or should I keep it to myself, to prevent it being stolen?
I mean, I haven't personally had anything stolen (that I know of), but I've seen it happen. This is my baby, my brain-child, my own, my preeeeeeeeeeeeciousssssssss. If it were to be stolen, or the concept to be hijacked before I could publish, that would be the end of my writing career as I know it. I don't often have original ideas that I think could be good, or worthwhile. There's a reason why I haven't made a career out of writing professionally. I'm too much of a perfectionist. It's a hobby and a passion, but I would never be able to keep a deadline.
So, that poses the question: Should I risk it, and see what people think? or should I play it safe, and keep stumbling blindly along? What do you think?
(I made a poll, too. Yay, me!)
This is the Mage, signing off at oh-dark-stupid. Sweet dreams!