I just had an unlikely but wonderful run-in with someone who I have known as a screen name for a couple of years, at a place where I had never expected to meet someone else with such similar career aspirations and habits. It was like a nice kick to the head — “Hello! Self-publishers are everywhere now! Some of them are even *gasp* remarkably like you!”
Also, that friend with whom I had the self-publishing convo with last year? Her boyfriend is self-publishing now. Wonder how those dinner table career talks are going.
Sometimes it takes distance to achieve perspective, and sometimes it takes really, really wanting someone you like and respect to see you succeed that finally pushes you to move. That is what is happening to me. I need to move forward and not live life in fear.
The best-laid plans can go to waste. Worlds can collide and crumble. Change still arrives, stumbling at times but prodding us forward. I will not fall. I will land on my feet.