To the east side! Of the country, that is.
That's right, folks. I'm moving to New York City. Gotham. The Big Apple. The city that never sleeps. In just five short months, I'll be leaving the humdrum life of small town Wisconsin to chase after my lifelong dream of living in a big city. The big city. It's been official for a little over a week, so most of you probably already know. But since this blog is supposed to be about my journey into publishing, whichever route I happen to take, I figured it was important to document this life changing decision of mine.
You know when you were a kid, and you told people you wanted to be a vet because you spent your days bandaiding your stuffed animals? Yeah, that wasn't me. For as long as I can remember, I dreamed of leaving the Midwest. I love my family, and I love my friends, but the state of Wisconsin and I just don't get along. Publishing doesn't exist here, for one thing, but even before I knew that's what I wanted to do, I felt out of place. I liked big cities full of lots of people. I like noise. Mountains and rolling hills just don't do it for me; give me a sidewalk and some skyscrapers and I'm good to go. Living in D.C. gave me a taste of what it would be like to live somewhere bigger, somewhere better. Public transportation? Yes, please! (Though I will admit, I don't much like the idea of handing my car over to my siblings.) Businessmen and women everywhere? Why not? 9-5 (but more like 24 hour) jobs? Give me!
As soon as I decided I wanted to go into publishing, I knew I'd eventually wind up in New York. It was kind of a given, really. I just wasn't sure it would happen so soon. But I had a long chat with my parents about this, and they're on board. For a while they tried to pretend like I just thought I was moving. "Oh, Sam, you're so cute. Where do you plan to get all this money from?" Which, granted, is still a question I'm asking myself, but it isn't going to stop me. For the first time in my life, I've made a real, true, Grown Up Decision. To do the things I want to do in life, I need to relocate. So I am.
I am doing it.
Let the countdown begin!