I used to be a bank teller for Sovran Bank in Virginia in the late 80s. Sovran Bank eventually became Bank of America.
Most of my traditional jobs (before I quit in 1997 to freelance FT) were in the banking, government, mortgage, and consumer credit industries.
Until I built up my freelance business, I also worked part-time jobs, including one as administrative support for Meadowlake Behavioral Health Services, an extension of Bass Baptist Hospital. I helped schedule the nurses, among other duties.
Meadowlake was a psychiatric inpatient facility. I was required to have keys with me at all times, and every single door had to be locked and unlocked each and every time you went into another wing or area.
Before I became a professional writer, I'd already lived an interesting life. I'd seen a lot of things. Some weird, some mundane, but always interesting. That type of stuff comes in handy when you're building plots or developing characters.
I don't want to hear WHY something can't be done or WHY an idea won't work, etc. Find a solution – somehow. If you can't get through an obstacle, go around it, over it, beneath it, or forge a different path that might take you on a detour but will ultimately lead you to your goals.
Throughout my life, I've had people tell me why this, that, or the other won't work. I was told I wouldn't make it as a freelancer for more than a year or two, mainly because few freelancers last past that time. I just celebrated 20 years of being a full-time freelancer. It's not been an easy road, but I wouldn't trade it for anything. It's FREEDOM for me. I DO NOT miss working in a cubicle, surrounded by office politics and corporate bullshit. Nope, that scene isn't for me.
Second, I was told Sun Signs for Writers probably wouldn't sell to a publisher because it was a hybrid book, and one combining subjects that hadn't been done before. Glad I didn't listen, because I sold it to the FIRST publisher I pitched it to – Writer's Digest Books, an imprint of F + W Media, Inc.. I secured a nice advance for a first-time author and then snagged the agent I wanted, too.
I could give numerous other examples, but you get the gist of what I'm saying. It may take me a long time – years or even decades – to reach goals that I have set for myself; however, I'm tenacious and determined to soldier on despite naysayers or critics. I simply DO NOT CARE what they think.
So, I leave you with this: when you make a decision or set a goal, you'll usually have a bunch of naysayers or critics who will tell you WHY you shouldn't do it, HOW it cannot be done, or WHY it would be easier for you to give up and go back to being an obedient lemming. Don't listen to that bullshit. Smile, nod, and do whatever you wanted to do in the first place (like Robert Downey, Jr., claims he does).
It's your life. You hold the cards. Play them any way you damn well please! After all, (eventual) success is the best revenge, isn't it?
Last night I dreamed another random name. This time it was Anthony Furnacetti. The name was spelled out on a movie marquee for a theater that was showing a special version of The Exorcist.
Apparently, this version of the movie was a big deal because Anthony Furnacetti (whoever the hell that was) appeared in a certain scene, so people were clamoring to watch that version of the movie.
Weird, huh? My imagination ran wild last night as I was sleeping.
Part of me wonders if I'm dreaming up character names for future books I should write. Hmm....
Also: in case you're wondering, I always Google the names I read or hear in my dreams to see what results come up (if any).
Several years ago at Wordpress, I launched The Writer's Dominatrix, a saucy, tongue-in-cheek blog that offers advice, tips, and snark for writers. Given the response, I decided to get its own domain. Jaunt on over and pay http://www.writersdominatrix.com a visit. Wanna be a guest blogger? Visit the Contact page there and hit me up.