Monday, November 8, 2010

Part Five: My Journey to Publication

I told you last Monday that after years of writing and with only winning a few contests, I decided to go back to school. And that decision sent me down an unexpected path on my journey to publication.

I loved college! I attended the University of Utah. Being among all that energy and knowledge was fantastic. The only thing I really hated: the tests. 

Oh my stars! I'd study for an entire week before an exam. I did all right, but it was a challenge. Not only was I going to school, but I was working part-time as well. There were days I wondered why I was getting up at five in the morning so I could get a couple of classes in before work. Was I crazy? Probably, but I was also driven. I'd always felt as though I'd missed out not going to college. I attended year round for three years. As I neared graduation, I decided to apply for an internship at Continuum, the university's magazine. There was a great deal of competition for the job. I was totally shocked when I got it.

But taking the internship meant I had to leave my part-time job that I'd had for many years. I loved my friends at work. Leaving them was very hard, but we still get together every Christmas to catch up with each other.

My internship was a privilege. I met some fantastic people and learned what goes on in the magazine world. They even published one of my articles, which was a real kick. As I neared the end of my internship, I started looking for a full-time job, hoping to use my writing skills. I applied for a technical writing position at a curriculum publishing company that made educational computer games, lessons, and books. 

I was totally surprised when the boss called and offered me the job. I worked with computer programmers, graphic artists, and writers. Of course, I wanted to get in on writing the books. Not only was I able to write nine children books, but for a while I was  in charge of the math and science books for first and second grade students. 

I'd probably still be working there. Thank heavens fate stepped in and reminded me what I really wanted to do . . . write fiction.


  1. It's funny how things come along when we least expect them sometimes. Thanks for sharing this, always nice to hear about someone else's journey!

  2. That is so interesting! I'm actually in school now. I will graduate this year. I'm so excited.

  3. Jayne,
    I never expected my journey to have so many twists and turns. Thanks for stopping by. :)

  4. Carolyn,
    So you know exactly what I went through. Good on your for going to college! It's tough, but worth it. :)

  5. Wow. I never knew you had such a varied background with writing! I'm looking forward to seeing how fate steps in. =]

  6. Wow, that is so interesting! I hope you're going to tell us more, and not just leave it there.

    Oh ... thanks for stopping by my blog and commenting on "Giblets Roasting on an Open Fire." Glad you enjoyed it!

  7. Thanks for sharing this with us, Kathi. I love hearing how others made it. It gives me hope as I walk my own journey.

  8. Laura,

    I'll give you a hint. Fate is very tricky and sometimes something bad turns into something good.

  9. Cindy,
    I promise not to leave you hanging.

    And your blog, I was impressed by you story and the picture of that turkey. ;)

  10. Shannon,
    You're so kind. Thanks for stopping by.

  11. I'm impressed that you were able to stick it out. School is a challenge, but a good one - and it brought you new opportunities. Congratulations!
    I'm feeling proud that I finished my associates last spring. If I gather enough courage (and money) I may do the next two years. :)

  12. Michelle,
    It was tough. But earning my degree was so worth it.

    Congrats on earning your Associate Degree!

    Thanks for stopping by. :)

  13. I have enjoyed following your journey. It takes courage to make life changes, and is wonderful when they work out for the best. :)

  14. Glynis,
    So true! You have to roll with the flow, though sometimes it can become pretty tough to do. ;)



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