Here it is, folks: the second to last column I'll be writing for beijingkids. My last one, as yet unwritten, is scheduled to go to print in the July/August issue.
It begs the question: What's next? I quit my job at the Embassy, and I'm not sure whether there will be another job waiting for me in Amman. A steady paycheck is certainly nicer than the fits-and-spurts pay I make from selling articles. And yet - I still get a thrill when I see my name in print.
I got an email during my last week of work at the Embassy, from an editor I've worked with in the past. She was looking for a 2000-word article on a very specific topic. Trouble was, she needed it in 48 hours. Did I have something already written that could suit? Truth is, I didn't. But I wanted that assignment. So I spent the next few waking hours drafting. When I finished, I'd churned out 1995 words, and I sent it off. No time to sit and brood over it, which is my normal technique. No, I sent it the very next day, and I heard back today - they bought it! So all of that typing paid off.
I like writing. But I like real paychecks too. What to do, what to do?
Anyway, enjoy the article. I have an opening sentence ready to go for my last column, but I haven't thought past that yet. I'm not quite sure how to say goodbye. One more thing to add to the list.