Two Passions

Confession: Cosmopolitan is a guilty pleasure of mine. Well, technically it’s my boyfriend’s guilty pleasure, but I humor him and read it whenever he buys an issue for me (which he also reads). The editorial for the July 2011 issue discusses how Editor-in-Chief Kate White balances the full-time job of running Cosmo while pursuing a career as a mystery/thriller writer.

This question, posed just as I was about to attend my second residency at SHU, could not have been more timely. My goal in life is to be a professional writer. Most of you know by now that my undergrad was in studio art, so drawing, painting and photography are integral parts of my life as well. Most of you also know that I was a DJ for a long time, still run a podcast, and write my own music. I also love wasting time noodling around on the Internet, shopping, playing video games, and indulging my OCD by finding something to clean every morning. Not to mention the 6-years-and-counting relationship with my boyfriend that I’d like to maintain!

Kate writes, “So how do you pursue two passions? For starters, you have to throw a few things overboard. Make a list of what you can let go of.” This is the part with which I have been struggling for a while now. I know I can’t give up art, and I’ve already cut back on video games, but given the fact that I also have to work a day job while pursuing my MFA full-time, something else clearly has to go–at least for now.

White continues, “You also have to choose your moment….Even if you can’t run with your secret passion now, you can lay the foundation.” Having been involved with music in one way or another for the past 11 years, it’s the thing I may be most comfortable in letting go of for the next couple of years. I’ve gone several years without DJing or writing music before, and the stakes are a lot higher now than they were in my 20s.

For those of you who have had to balance writing with another passion–or even with a plain old day job–what are the things you let go of, and do you ever regret it?

Published by Jennifer Loring

Jennifer Loring’s short fiction has appeared in the anthologies Tales from the Lake vols. 1 and 4, Nightscript IV, Dim Shores Presents Volume 2, and the Bram Stoker Award-nominated Not All Monsters and Arterial Bloom, among many others. She holds an MFA in Writing Popular Fiction with a concentration in horror fiction and is currently working toward a PhD in Interdisciplinary Studies - Humanities & Culture, focusing on queer possibility in fairy tales. Jenn lives in Philadelphia, PA, where she and her husband are owned by a turtle and two basset hounds.

3 thoughts on “Two Passions

  1. Maddening, isn't it? We all give up tons of stuff, of course, but for me, just as important is avoiding new stuff. I'd love to try Facebook and Twitter, they sing so sweetly, but I fear they're the sirens on the rocks, as far as time is concerned.


  2. Great seeing you, too! I look forward to our upcoming RiG class. :)I've put a limit on myself as far as Facebook and Twitter–I can check them when I get up in the morning, and then not again until just before I leave for work. It seems to be working out well so far. Definitely took some self-discipline, though!


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