It was a little over four years ago when The Sis and I had a conversation.
We were living in Los Angeles, and I had been struggling for nearly a year to find a job. No exaggeration, I sent out over 250 resumés and only received three responses in return.
I was miserable. And while writing should’ve given me some solace, I was too concerned about finding paying work, so every time I was on the computer, I felt guilty if I wasn’t doing that.
I barely wrote a word that year. One of the main reasons for moving to LA – for me to become a professional writer – and I was failing, spectacularly.
It was then The Sis and I had “the talk”.
She was making good money at her job, and she had already been supporting us, so instead of continuing on in such a futile manner, the definition of insanity, I should change tactics and do what I was meant to – write.
It took a little time to become accustomed to the idea that I was being given free reign to follow my dreams, but I realized that I probably wouldn’t have another opportunity like that again, and so Rachael C Marek was born.
I wanted to create a pseudonym, but I still wanted it to be me. My name really is Rachael (Hi!), and the C is the beginning of one of my middle names, but the Marek, well, that’s thanks to a character I identified with in a book. It seemed appropriate.
The above reminder popped up last week and it gave me reason to pause. Had it really been four years since that pivotal moment?! It made me wonder what I had accomplished in all that time. I have some writing to show for it. I still have big dreams. I still have stories to rewrite, even more to tell…and although I may still be some distance from fulfilling my goal of being a professional writer, I’m in a better place overall and I think that a big part of that started when The Sis encouraged me to become Rachael C Marek.
She deserves a BIG Thank You for years of support of every variety.
And then there’s all of you. You’ve been welcoming and encouraging, and although I’ve never met you, and maybe never will, we’ve been a part of each other’s journeys, the ups and the downs, and such a community is important to the lowly/lonely writer, so thanks.