The Insecure Writers Support Group consists of people who post things about their writing lives on the first Wednesday of every month, and also about conga lines on a Wednesday of the month if it happens to fall on February 29th of a leap year (2020 is a leap year, but the 29th, alas, will be on a Saturday, which is when the Insecure Whittlers Support Group meets; in 2024 it falls on a Thursday, which is when the Insecure Winners Support Group meets; in 2028 it falls on a Tuesday, which is when the Insecure Worriers Support Group meets and generally discusses their concerns about life, the universe and everything; in 2032 it falls on a Sunday, which is when the Insecure Winkers Support Group meets; in 2036 it falls on a Friday, which is when the Insecure Wallabies Support Group meets; but good news, 2040, it falls on a Wednesday! so in exactly twenty-four years we'll all be talking about conga lines!).
So, now that I've driven you mad with gibberish, let's state the question of the month:
In terms of your writing career, where do you see yourself five years from now, and what's your plan to get there?
I would very, very much like to have finally established myself as a paid writer of fiction. It would've been a long time coming, ever since I foolishly waited until I was just about graduating from college in 2003 and asking my poetry professor if he had any idea how that sort of thing worked. Thirteen years after that I can sort of see how stupid that was. Stephen King used to submit material all the time when he was still in high school. Clearly I was already well behind the curve when I started out.
But I've been trying to correct my errors ever since. Still not vigorously, but I keep trying. Currently I'm waiting to hear about the results of a couple contests. You never know where those will take you. I'm also waiting to hear back from a comic book publisher who could potentially hire me as an editor. I can think of a few well-known comic book writers who started out as editors. The funny thing is, I would actually be happy just to be an editor. It's a vastly underrated and highly important function in the publishing process. A bad editor will make things worse. A good editor will make things better. A bad editor will make your life miserable. A good editor will make your life a sheer delight (probably; that and not having to read gibberish like what I wrote at the start of this).
Also, an aspiring comic book artist just asked me permission to draw a script I posted online. So maybe the future has weirder ways forward than I can conceive at any given moment.
So more of this sort of thing, and maybe hoping that the self-publishing route will eventually turn a corner. Who knows, really? But that's the idea, that whatever I'm doing now will at least contribute to where I'll be in five years, in a positive sense.