By Kristin Owens
Twenty years in university administration, a marriage, and successive military moves, necessitated a new way of using my brain. So, I selected an easier career, one that I could make a ton of cash, work normal hours, while being completely validated – writing. Ha! Hello daily rejections, a learning curve so steep my nose bleeds and the eternal mystery of commas. I couldn’t have picked a more challenging field.
In my first year as a professional writer - which I define as a fortunate soul who gets paid to write – my goal was to publish three articles. By December 31, 2016, I had 40 articles and personal essays published and made about $1,500. My hair cost more.