I have decided to take early retirement. I leave in less than four years instead of nine. I have also decided to take my writing more seriously. I want to work to make myself a professional writer.
I am going to see if I can find an agent. I am working on the sequel to my book. I may work on the third book once I finish the second and the tweak the first and then try to get them published.
I returned to writing seriously back five to seven years ago. I was horrible when I started. I think I am better today, then I was back then (I am not saying there is no room for improvement, but I know I am better than I was back then).
I wrote a lot when I was younger, but my English teachers never really encouraged my writing. I don’t blame them, I never really showed interest, but then again, I never showed interest in high school at all, so that makes sense.
A lot of what I wrote was dark (it was a difficult and depressing period). Unfortunately, or fortunately, depending on how one looks at it, I have lost it all, which I guess is a good thing in this case. I never want to get back to that dark space again.
Anyway, one cannot change the past, and I eventually resumed writing. I even took some courses. One of the best courses was an English grammar refresher. If you are going to take up writing, this is highly recommended. Now, I understand what all the red marks on my papers in school mean LOL.
The plan is on. I still wish to learn French, but I will have to work it around my goal of getting published. No time like the present to restart, and no time to waste either.
—Robert Confiant 10 May 2018