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Monday, August 08, 2005

Clarifying my super-quitter attitude

Anonymous Friend defended and clarified her comment after I published my recent post called, "Having a choice won't muffle my voice." She wrote:
I've followed your blog for a while now, and I've seen you descend from the high you reached in April and May, after your first freelance publication, to today's "Money Losing Venture", "Bliss to Piss", "Disillusioned, discouraged, discontinued", and "Uber Quitter".

So, when I saw "We Are Underemployed", which was in fact an edited version of something you wrote back in January, the symbolism was just too strong to ignore. It seemed as if you felt you were back at square one: searching for options that don't exist, as if your successes of the past 6 months were non-existent.
I appreciate all the support to continue down the freelancing road. I fully intent to keep writing--whether it's for freelance magazines, working on my novel, or just here, I haven't totally decided.

One thing I know for sure, and that is I won't be writing for that particular regional magazine again. I fully intend to sell my piece to an alternate publication. I don't know where that will be, but I'm going to sell that piece if it's the last freelance thing I do. I'm very determined to do that. Maybe I want to publish it out of spite. And then perhaps if I find a nice home for it, I'll feel encouraged to start on that process again.

Yes, I know I sounded harsh to just quit everything. But hey, some days are like that and I'm not apologizing for having some downer days. I think that is part of the normal (at least for me) cycle of life. I still have lots (and lots) to say and do in this life and I'm not going to give up.

I just haven't found my stride yet.


  1. And you WILL. Take the time you need to figure it out.

    As you know, I'm one of the *back in the corporate world* moms--and it does suck (anon. friend pointed this out). There are parts of it that make it nice (sometimes) but mostly--you are doing someone elses job. You are making someone else look good. And you are hurling stones at some goal you haven't set.

    So, when the time is right--you go get them. Write your ass off--and make us proud! :-)

  2. Anonymous8:38 PM

    I am very happy to hear that "reports of your career's demise are greatly exaggerated" (to paraphrase another great freelancer!)

    Keep on plugging and good things will happen.

    And now, having consumed way too much of your comment space over the past few days, I will fade back into the woodwork. :)

    "Anonymous Friend"

  3. Hey Suzanne, your honesty about all this is important. I just blogged about the "we" debate between you and half-changed world, over at

    And go Bethany--what we need are more mothers willing to say, hey, we want to work and the workplace doesn't really work for any of us.