By my reckoning, we are 23 days from the Apex 10th Anniversary event at Joseph-Beth Booksellers in Lexington, KY. This day also marks the release date for my new book For Exposure: The Life and Times of a Small Press Publisher.

Each day I hope to write a countdown post until we reach the big date. Each post will relate to Apex Publications and/or For Exposure. This is the third one!

Today marks my last day at the day job. I am now floating in the void, looking to make a living off my creative talents. It’s a surreal feeling. It’s also bittersweet, as I leave behind a handful of good friends that I’ll no longer see five days a week.

I’ll miss the relationships but not the work. Sadly, software development has bored me for years.

I’m tired of fighting with poorly designed reporting tools. I’m done fussing over the placement of a text label. I’m finished deciphering requirement documents written by people who have no clue what they really want.

I’m burned out.

I’ve given 20+ years of my working years to coding. It is time to move on.

As they discussed punitive actions as though I wasn’t sitting right there, I considered my life. That exact moment was playing out exactly as it should based on the parameters I had set for myself for the last 30 years. I would sit there meekly, accept whatever punishment deemed appropriate, and continue to being a nobody to all the superiors in my life.

No, that would not do, I thought. I would change the script of my life.

–For Exposure: The Life and Times of a Small Press Publisher, Chapter 1

Ten years later, I am changing the script of my life again.

On June 20th, we celebrate my 10 years of being a genre publisher. Event page is here. Event info is below.

Joseph-Beth Booksellers
Lexington, KY
5:00 pm

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