Good Times (Gonna Come)

I have been incredibly out of touch with the world (and by the world I mean the internet). The reason for it is rather obvious, as I have officially moved to Denver! I’m so excited for this new opportunity to memorize new streets and breathe in different air.

Now that the ground is somewhat solid beneath my feet, my muse has made a sudden reappearance in my life after an extended leave period. She had a very nice sabbatical but she’s finally ready to work. I have done more writing in these past few days than I have in months. I have also sent out seven more query letters (by the way, it’s difficult to type when your fingers are crossed). I am hopeful that I will actually be able to get things done, at least as a writer.

As an adult, that’s a whole different story.

I am still unemployed, though I’m in the interview process for a potential employer that’s looking in my favor. I would be a residential counselor, helping the mentally ill through the stabilization process and assist them for future community reintegration. I would finally get the hands on experience I so desperately need! I’m hopeful that this will pave the way for future success as well as training (an MSW seems likely at some point) but right now I want to make sure I can eat.

Starving artist is great in theory, not nearly so great in practice. Here’s hoping that I can have my cake and eat the shit out of it too.


Published by Ren Martinez

Ren is a thirty-something Lost Boy whose personal aesthetic is “suspected of witchcraft by local villagers.” She subscribes to cheerful nihilism, the destruction of the patriarchy, and the belief that glitter makes everything better. She is a Richmond-based writer and performer who has fiction and non-fiction work found in a variety of publications, such as The Mary Sue, RVA Magazine, The Quotable, and Nostrovia Press. She is currently the fiction editor and a regular contributor at Quail Bell Magazine. She is also the co-host of the podcast, This F***ing Guy! Find out more at or read her dumbass tweets on Twitter @itsrenmartinez

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