This picture sums up a lot about me, except my office is often a lot messier, because I paint, sculpt from clay, sketch, draw, build cardboard spaceship models and who knows what else. My husband once said: “You live in a fantasy world, and it’s a happy place.” Could not agree more.
I used to be much older then, I’m younger then that now. – Bob Dylan
I became a professional early in life. At age 17 I started working as a clerk in a small prosecution office. I became ‘old and wise’ early, talking the talk, walking the walk of small-time legal bureaucrats. While doing that day job, within about 7 years, I earned a Bachelor’s in Economics and a Master’s in Law. I moved on to different professional jobs, thinking I was done with education. However, shortly I applied for a competitive scholarship in the U.S. and, to my own huge surprise, I won it. This brought me to the United States (ways away from my home country!), where I breezed through the Master’s in Public Administration.
I obtained my third professional degree at age 27. Too fast, too soon, too furious. I did not realize that these supersonic speeds took a toll on me. Periodically I escaped to Michaels and Lowes as if those were the holy dwelling places of magic. Everything there excited me: builder’s tools, oil paints, knitting yarn, anything that could be crafted and molded, painted and created, was there for me to explore. I used to paint before, but it seems that the Appalachian Mountains uncovered a spring well of inspiration in me.
Fast forward about 2-3 years, and I am writing science fiction on a fairly regular basis while taking my professional career in new directions. 2015 was a great year for me professionally. I was commissioned three manuals on gender and diversity for public service employees in Moldova and Afghanistan. I wrote content, illustrated the manuals, delivered follow-up training. With all of that going on, I managed to write drafts of my 2 Sci Fi novels: “Dark Matter Rises” and “The Day I Died“, two parts in the 5-book series that popped up in my head one morning, all of it altogether, like some divine info dump, and the only thing I have to do now is to make it a fun read. I am planning to share parts (or even all of it) on this web site sometime soon.
Looking back, I suspect that I always was a writer: when being a lawyer, a grad student, a public service employer, and now an independent gender and law consultant. The difference is that ‘I used to be much older then; I’m younger then that now‘. (Thank you, Bob, It’s a great line!)