Connor Rickett, Writer
Writing is what I do, but it wasn’t always how I planned to make a living. I had big plans to be a scientist, and I guess I succeeded–I got the degrees, I got into grad school, I worked in a few labs . . . but more and more I realized I didn’t want to do that forever. I wanted to write.
So I did something reckless and stupid, and it pretty much worked out for me because life is pretty alright sometimes.
It’s not an easy road, mind you. As I’ve covered elsewhere, the decision to leave grad school and pursue a writing career cost me a lot of money. The hours I’ve put into keeping a small business rolling through recessions and other challenges are, well, more hours than I’ve put into everything else combined, except maaaaybe sleep these past five years.
I wouldn’t trade it for the world. Successes don’t come easy, or quickly, in life, at least not the ones that count, but they have come nonetheless. I ghostwrote a book. I count the Arizona Department of Education among my clients. I’ve traveled to forty-five states, five countries, and me so many interesting people along the way.
I’ve also gotten pretty gosh darned good at this business of stacking words and saying things with them. It turns out if you pour your heart and soul into something, and add a dash of luck, things work out.
One of these days you’ll see my name on bookstore shelves–end-cap display, hardcover–but for now you can buy my services and put them to use for you. Or, if you’re a writer, you can learn all the things I’ve learned the hard way, but the easy way (reading) and for a helluva price (free [for now]).
Now, the smart business thing to do would be to act like I’m rolling in cash. I’m not. I do alright, and I’m doing alrighter all the time, but the fact of the matter is life puts the squeeze on me now and then. Then again, the average income for Millennials in Arizona is a bit over $20K, and combined with the fact that at least 50% of businesses fail in the first five years, I feel pretty good most days.
I’ve recently relocated from Central Phoenix to the much less urban Ahwatukee area, and I’m loving it. The outdoors is my refuge and wandering around outside is my all-time favorite hobby. I’ve even got another blog about that.