The world is constantly changing…and so are we. May 31, 2011 marked a big day in my life; it was my last day as an air traffic controller for the FAA. RETIREMENT! Twenty-six and half years in one place doing the same thing everyday—mostly.
I’ve hung up my headset and picked up the pen. As a good friend reminded me, “it’s not really retirement, it’s career transition.” So far, I‘ve found the transition easy. During the last two or three years of said career, I spent my weekends and most of my spare time doing what I love, writing. Now, Monday through Friday, I still have a job—editing and revising my second manuscript, preparing a synopsis, and formulating a pitch. All with a July 7 deadline.
So, for me, change has been good. I don’t miss the job…but I do miss the people, their professionalism, and dedication to making the skies a safer place. I spent half of my life working there. I saw them come and go. Some saw me come and go as well.
Time to move forward, from one life to another. As the final touches go on the second Jake Pendleton manuscript, the third story is in the plotting stage, taking notes as I go along. A separate story, a stand-alone, is in the gelling stage…and may push its way ahead of the third Jake Pendleton story.
Retirement is getting busier and busier. Everyday, I watch something else get tacked onto my calendar, so keeping checking my events page; it’s always in flux. My big upcoming event is ThrillerFest in New York City the first week of July. I’m attending CraftFest, pitching my new manuscript at AgentFest (an event with nearly 60 agents and publishers interested in thriller authors), and sitting on a panel at ThrillerFest itself. It will be an exciting, fun-filled week surrounded by some of the most interesting people in the world.
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OK. Over and Out!