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    Fear is a only a barrier max929's Avatar
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    Greetings and Apparently I suck

    At everything I have tried to do professionally. I just can't stop my mind from examining everything that I see out of balance around me. I have made myself unemployable because I can't keep my mouth shut to corporate about stupid policies. After graduating cum laude w/a degree in Criminal Justice, I couldn't stomach my field after discovering that it wasn't about reform like we were told, it was a business model based on exploitation...have money and a good lawyer, do whatever you want...don't, well than sign this piece of paper and we'll limit your sentence.

    It isn't that I'm incompetent, I just can't be part of something I don't believe in. FF to present day, my wife in all her wisdom has asked me to stop chasing shadows and rope the unicorn, i.e. pursue the one career that seems like a natural fit for me...writing. However, I wasn't really sure where to start and then I came across the Absolute Write Water Cooler.

    I hope I haven't bored or alienated to many of you fellow journeyman/women on this board, but this is who I am and it has taken me 32 years to discover what I just summarized in two paragraphs. The power of the pen (or key board) is truly amazing. TY all for taking a minute to read my story and I hope to learn as much as I can from each of you.

    Regards

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    Hi Max! Welcome to the cooler!

    Keep your chin up. There's a lot of us still working towards what we want from life. Exploring your options is the only way to do that, and trust me when I say, there's plenty of us who failed once (or a hundred) times before we found something we're good at that we love.

    You're going to love it here. This is a great community that values honest opinion and is very supportive.

    Good luck!

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    Hello. to the Water Cooler!
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    Welcome! And don't worry - it's never too late to find your perfect career. Many of the writers here at AW started their writing careers after they spent years doing something else (myself included).
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    Hi, Max. Welcome to aye-dub. Roll up your sleeves and gird your loins. (Not necessarily in that order. . . wait, maybe it is. . .)

    Weird day. I'll shut up now.
    From EFFIN' ALBERT:
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    “Thanks. Um, I been thinking, Mr. Knowles.” I hate saying his name, plus my heart’s ready to jump right out my chest.
    “About what?”
    “You sure you’re marrying my mom?”
    “Pretty sure, unless she gets fat or dumber or something.”
    Jerk.
    “Why?” he says.
    “Well, I been thinking—”
    “Sit down, Mike.” Now Jerkface is smiling just a little, like he’s waiting for me to say something stupid. Like he knows I’m about to.
    Maybe I am.

    /my little blog is on temporary hiatus/

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    Welcome Max. I hope this change of direction is good for you.

    They say change is as good as a holiday. Enjoy!

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    Welcome. You don't suck. I think a lot of people know exactly how it feels to become disillusioned with a field.

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    Welcome and btw, you really don't suck!

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    Hi Max!

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    Welcome. Greetings. Dig in. Congratulations on graduating.

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    Quote Originally Posted by rwm4768 View Post
    Welcome. You don't suck. I think a lot of people know exactly how it feels to become disillusioned with a field.
    Isn't that the truth?
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    TY all for the warm welcome, I have already taken a quick tour and this forum is an encyclopedia of literary knowledge, like a Costco for the journalistic impulse. I have already found information ranging from approaching an agent to proper grammar. I will continue making the rounds.

    From a personal perceptive, it is so reassuring to be surrounded by those who have traveled similar paths and fallen off similar ladders to arrive where they always should have been.

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    Hi Max, and welcome to AW

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    Wow, Max.

    I'm new on the board and was going to read through some of the intros before posting mine.

    Sounds like your trip's been running parallel to mine.

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