On a personal note, today’s post is a confirmation that I am moving from tiny little Johnstown, PA to the wonderful city of Pittsburgh! Yes Steel City is going to be my new home. I’ll be living only 30 minutes from Carlow University where I am getting my M.F.A. in fiction writing.
As excited as I am to move away from home and spread my wings, I must take this post to a serious place. The idea that a writer/artist should struggle and live in a dump until they get their big break is a constant picture in every creative mind. It is difficult to expect anything else from a society who thrives on a constant income to support a person/family.
Although I love to work and know the important of making money, I wish I had a magic money tree to clear my mind of earthly troubles. But that is a dream for another time. Now that I am moving to Pittsburgh and have rent/utilities to pay I have to suit up and get to work. It’s comforting to know that in the midst of inner conflict for all writers, we are versatile. We are quick to learn and adjust our lives to the next paying job and a new story idea.
In addition to an update on my life, this is a tribute to writers and artists everywhere. Our struggle isn’t just with trying to find the perfect word or the perfect note. It’s finding a place in the corporate world and still honing our craft to show the world what we have to offer.