"Loose Change"

It's time for the year-in-review column. Yes, I know I already did one in January. But this column marks a full year of writing these installments, so I thought I'd revisit where I was last August (well, end of July really) and where I am now.

First of all, the girl I fell in "love" with in Chicago turned out not to be the one I'd wind up in love with. But only a couple short months after, Suzanne and I began dating, and I've been deliriously happy ever since. When I'm not at work, that is.

That's something that hasn't changed. I hate my job, some days more than ever. I know I should get out of it and find something else, but I can't afford to be unemployed and job searching isn't the easiest thing in the world. I'm still looking, and hoping, but my most fervent hope is that rather than finding a new job, my dream job will open up for me and I'll be able to quit.

What dream job is that? Writing full-time. I started writing more frequently with the advent of this column, and since then I've taken on even more. I've got a script (with no art as of yet) that should come out next year, provided my artist comes through for me. I've got two ongoing fanfiction stories that have twice-monthly (on average) installments, and I've got a couple leads for future writing projects. I'm about to relaunch my comics review site as www.snapjudgments.com, complete with advertising, so maybe my "hobby" of reviewing can turn into a part-time career as well.

As a result of this new focus on writing and new confidence in my abilities, I'm really looking forward to the San Diego Comicon, for which I embark in a little over a week. Not only will I be hanging out with friends and pros I know from online, I might be making some headway into the industry. But that's not the main reason I'm going. It's still an entertainment venture, not a business one, so I hope to see some of you there.

So there you have it. Not as much change as last year, really. In fact, life's been relatively stable for a while now. Which is nice. Maybe next year you all won't be subjected to another "year in review" column. I'll just start with, "well, you know" and segue into something else.

Randy W. Lander

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