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14 July 2010


This weekend, my husband and I will celebrate our 28th wedding anniversary. After more than 29 years together, he still manages to surprise and delight me and make me giggle. Our marriage still feels fresh.

Not so for everything in my life. I've been a science and medical writer and editor since 1986, first on staff and later—since 1990—as a freelancer. It was a great career for many years, but in the past few years it has grown stale, and the writing I turned in to my clients began to show it. I didn't realize what was wrong for a long time, but at last I realized it was time for something new.

Time to jump off a cliff again, as I did twenty years ago when I went freelance.

I have retired from medical writing. One small copyediting client remains in my stable. Otherwise, I am a fiction writer now. Not completely full time, because my health problems are a part-time job in themselves, but as full time as I can be at anything.

I'm thrilled, sad, nervous, eager, reluctant, and several other contradictory emotions all rolled together. This is a leap of faith for my husband, too, and I'm pleased he's willing to go on this adventure with me. The only ones completely without reservations are the lizards in my yard (notice the one at left, grinning), who expect my procrastination will lead to more mealworms for them.

I'll chronicle my journey and share my ups and downs with you here on "For Love of Words" as I close the door on the first half of my life and enter the second. In the words of Robert Browning, "Grow old along with me! The best is yet to be, The last of life, for which the first was made . . . ."


Coming next week: Choosing where to submit stories

Coming 28 July: an interview with Kathryne Kennedy, author of several fantasy romances


Charles Gramlich said...

Good luck. I know you have the talent. Now lets hope some luck will come your way as well.

Shauna Roberts said...

Thanks for your good wishes, CHARLES. Our yard has many rabbits and consequently many rabbit's feet. That should help with the luck.

ninthmuse (roz m) said...

Wow, this is a big step! I've an idea of how much the medical writing was taking out of you, and I'm proud of you for being brave enough to know when to say, ENOUGH! :)

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Shauna Roberts said...

Thanks for your support, ROZ.

KAnderson said...

I've never known you not to be great at anything you've put your mind to. Happy Anniversary!

EGauvin said...

Wow! Happy anniversary, and best of luck for the leap!

Sphinx Ink said...

Kudos to you for taking the big chance. It takes courage to leave behind the known world for the unknown (or partly-unknown) frontier. I wish you good fortune and success!

Lana Gramlich said...

Congratulations & Happy Anniversary! Ironically, today's the 7th anniversary of moving in with Charles, myself. (He refuses to believe it's been that long, but I've kept track.)

Shauna Roberts said...

Thanks for still believing in me, KEN, after all these years.

EDWARD, thanks.This is one of the things Clarion gave me the courage to do.

SPHINX INK, I'm always glad to hear from you and to have your encouragement.

Congratulations to you, too, LANA. You and Charles seem so well suited, and I'm glad you found each other.

Steve Malley said...


Shauna said...

Beautiful Shauna,

How wonderful--28 years! Happy Anniversary my friend. I adore hearing that there is such a spark between you, the flame is still there. Since you are a Calif. gal now, you may happily join the smaller group of non-divorced couples. ;)


I admire you, have great faith that anything you choose to do will be the right project at the right time, and believe you did an amazing move forward in life; that takes guts my namesake, yet we know (being the elder ages we are,) that listening to that gut feeling is smart, we can finally trust ourselves, and know that we believe in our deepest heart of hearts, that the feeling of needing to make a complete change is no longer something to be ignored as I know we both have overlooked that feeling in younger years- only to regret it later.

So there IS something to this aging thing, no? :D

Gentle Hugs---<3

Shauna Roberts said...

STEVE, I sure hope it will be fantastic! ;-)

OTHER SHAUNA, thank you for your encouraging and supportive post. I don't know why people are so loath to get older. Every age seems to have its benefits, and my 50s have been great years so far.

Amber said...

WOW Shauna, that sounds like such an adventure to start a new career path! I am excited to read about your journey. I will check back more often.

Happy Belated Anniversary to you and Dave!

Shauna Roberts said...

Thanks, AMBER! Hope you are doing well.