I didn’t start out as a Runaway Serfer. I originally wanted to change careers.
I was working as Executive Administrative Manager at a biotech company and hated it (hint: they are vivisectionists!). I had originally wanted to write, and abandoned it for personal reasons, and since I still wanted to write, I quit my job one summer day to ease back into writing, re-enroll in graduate school, teach elementary education as my new profession, and create a few writing websites on the side. (I’m a multi-tasker!)
Six weeks later: 9/11/2001.
In the years while I obtained my teaching credential and earned my MFA, the world – and both my planned professions – changed.
- Elementary education changed from wanting to educate to wanting to test children. (Might as well have stayed with the vivisectionists!)
- The internet morphed into social media, meaning simple websites were not so simple anymore and weren’t the only formats a writer needed.
- Graduate school turned out to be a lot more interesting than I had imagined (when I left it was a place to get a degree to impress agents and publishers).
- And September 11 really did change everything, and not in a good way
I re-emerged into a society that didn’t want to employ someone my age, then didn’t want to employ anybody, really.
So now I’m learning how to be a Runaway Serfer (a Serf without a Master).