Nine years ago–gosh, has it been that long? Nine years ago, when Husband retired, took off his watch, and said, “I’m done,” we agreed that I would work until I got to age…well, a certain number. We’d worked endlessly on a retirement budget, figured every dime, and knew exactly what we’d need to maintain the lifestyle to which we’d become accustomed. Back then, it felt a long way off and I was sure that by the time I got to that number, I’d be ready to stop editing.
Well, that certain number now looms large on the horizon and I’m not at all sure I’m ready to hang up my editor hat. First of all, I really love editing. It makes me happy to be able to earn money doing something I enjoy doing. And our financial situation has changed with the HFrEF diagnosis.
Not that we didn’t plan health situations into our budget all those years ago, we did for sure. But nine years ago, medications weren’t so incredibly pricey and this… a health issue that couldn’t be ignored or dealt with by some means other than expensive medications just didn’t occur to us. But here we are, eh? Book royalties are lovely, but they won’t pay the freight on our portion of the 4-drug protocol–the editing gigs can handle it, mostly.
So, still, I persist, doing something I thought I’d be letting go of this year, and you know what? I’m not at all sad about that. I think I would be more sad if I gave up editing because the work does bring me great joy and satisfaction. I love helping authors make their books the very best that they can be. I love being the person who can make a manuscript go from good to great. One day, I will retire, but I think slowing down will happen first–one day, but for now Editor Nan is in the house… and so is Author Nan. And they’re both having the time of their lives!
Let’s talk–are you retired? Are you close? Either way, how are you feeling about that monumental life change?
Gratitude for this week: Husband can still do things like replacing a water heater. Been gorgeous weather here at the lake. I’m getting all my steps, plus some, in every day. My little rosebush, Katie Rose, is starting to bloom delicate yellow miniature roses. I’ve got work.
Stay safe, stay well, be kind, smile at someone this week, and most of all, mes amies, stay ever grateful!
PS: NEWS!! Meet Me in River’s Edge, Book 2 in the Weaver Sisters trilogy is available for pre-order now! Click the link above or click on the book cover to find your favorite retailer, and order. It will appear on your e-reader on August 17! YAY!!