Anyway, in one of her anecdotes, she talked about spending her class time in high school writing, rather than listening to her teachers. I relate. When I was seventeen, I was having the hardest time in the world with algebra. I was always a math whiz until high school. For some reason, algebra and geometry escaped me. My junior year, right after winter break, I returned to school only to have my algebra 2 teacher tell me that no matter how hard I could work, I wouldn't pass the rest of the term.
She's the teacher. She knew everything, right? For the rest of the year, I sat in the back of her class, writing stories. The following year, with a new teacher, I got an A all year. Figure that one out.
The following year, I had a free period, and rather than do the smart thing and TAKE said free period, I chose to take "Senior Survival." Biggest waste of time in the entire world. I mean, sure. Some people would probably do well in a class like that, which explained how to find a job, do your taxes, write a resume. I'd been working steadily since I was fifteen, my dad worked at H&R Block during tax season and I'd practiced resume writing for kicks. Our last assignment of the year was to interview someone that did a job you wanted when you "grew up." Seeing as how I didn't know any novelists/screenwriters, and no one from the newspaper got back to me for an interview, I wrote a paper on what I wanted to be and how I figured I could get there. I even outlined why I didn't get an interview. Guess whose teacher got pissy? Apparently, you'll never get a job if you don't interview someone in a menial position on how they get through the day.
When you live in a podunk town where writers tend to be journalists who don't return emails, you do whatever you can, and it was time to put the desire to be a writer to good use. I invented someone.
What I'm basically saying here is not to let anyone tell you what you can or can't do. I knew I wanted to be either a writer or actress and I have always known that anything less would not make me happy. My adult life has further cemented that fact. It's taken a bit of time, but I've decided that I will be a professional, freelance writer, with my book(s) and potential articles or whatever as my sole source of income in five years or less.
On that note, I have a surprise. I've decided to show my book cover, designed by my former Stephens College classmate, Lindsay Shoemaker. Solidarity, Stephens Sister! (You can visit Lindsay's website at http://www.lindsay-a-shoemaker.com/)
Meet Riley Pembroke (Sugar) and Stella Gainsbourg (Spy)
Stepsisters and Best Friends