Success is Just a Story (Until It Happens to You)

I’ll try to keep the anticipation brief: I have finally secured a job. Not just a “make ends meet in the meantime” kind of job, but an actual real live big girl job. Despite my calm and cool text-persona, I am, in fact, a giddy wreck.

Moving to a new city with nothing to my name but a laptop and an over-priced graduate degree seemed fairly bohemian at first, like the beginning of a Kerouac novel. However, the story shuffled more at a Hemingway pace, where it seemed that the protagonist was doomed to die alone in the rain. With Dickensian misery trailing just steps ahead, the Dan Brown twist ending couldn’t have come at a better time.

I am now at a point where I’m going to gaining critical work experience and being able to feed myself. If that’s not a post-modern fairytale ending, I don’t know what is.


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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