So far, my self-publishing journey has been giddy, nerve-racking and exhiliarating. As the launch of my novel approaches, the highs and lows are stacking up. This blog post could not have landed in my inbox at a better time. An inspirational commencement address by Neil Gaiman that rejuvinated the positive vibes one needs to pursue the dream of a creative life. Thanks for the great post, Hannah.

Hannah Karena Jones

My May 2011 commencement address was so bad, so completely depressing rather than inspiring, that it’s the only Bloomsburg speech in the past three years that isn’t posted on YouTube.

Officially, Eduardo Ochoa, the assistant secretary for postsecondary education, “discussed how Bloomsburg University has prepared students to be active and engaged participants in the global economy of the twenty-first century.”

In reality, the speech was about how, considering the economy, we would have to retrain for new career paths at least five times before retirement. Either because there weren’t enough jobs available for whatever major we were currently graduating with that day (are you getting the warm fuzzies yet?), or to get a better position, or simply because the industry we started out working in would go extinct. He talked about how we would be forced to professionally reinvent ourselves several times to stay employed; we’d have to go back…

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  1. hannahkarena said,

    May 23, 2012 at 9:17 am

    You’re welcome! And thank you NEIL!

  2. P. Taylor said,

    May 23, 2012 at 12:13 pm

    Good advice. Start writing to become a better writer. Thanks

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