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I don’t think that the moon is ever that big.

I’m setting up this page about 12 hours earlier than usual, because I have a full day Thursday…and Friday, for that matter. I think it’s safe to start letting you guys in on some of what’s going on with me right now.

About two months ago, I got a bug up my ass that it was time to pursue my writing career more aggressively again. I’d all but given up, I have to tell you guys. #Squirrel and I are in our 40s and I was starting to think that maybe it wasn’t going to happen. So I accepted promotion at my restaurant job and went into management. I have to tell you guys, I was KILLING it as a restaurant manager. The things I was doing in my store were impacting things all over the company. My first full year as a manager, we won Cafe of the Year, and I was a pretty big part of that.

Then something changed. I’m going to play coy about what, because some of my staff reads the comic, but all of a sudden, I realized that this job wasn’t the path to security I’d been looking for when I took it. All of my efforts, all of my KILLING it, wasn’t getting me what I wanted. If I’m going to struggle like mad…well Hell, I might as well struggle doing something that I love.

So I wrote a nice query email and sent it out to a bunch of management companies and agencies that represent writers in Hollywood…and I got signed.

Now I’ve got a meeting with a VP of Series Animation at a major studio. I’m developing pilot ideas with an eye toward getting into live-action genre TV. I’m also developing a pitch with an established mainstream artist on an established mainstream character for one of the Big Two, because my new manager has connections over there. And there will always be Hunter Black, at least until our story is fully told.

I’ve never felt so confident about what I’m doing when it comes to my writing career. The next two days will answer a lot of questions about what I’m going to be working on for the next few months. I have a plan, and I feel more beholden to my wife and my business partner and my future as an artist than I do to some restaurant.

This is a good place for me to be…and there’s a better one just up the road.

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  • motorfirebox

    Dude. Congrats, man. Go kill it.

    • Justin Peniston

      Thanks! The studio meeting seemed to go extremely well…we’ll see if that translates into actual paying work. Certainly, Will and I were discussing strategies for the next step less than half an hour after the meeting.

      There is much to do to make this work, and I’m looking forward to it!

  • ONail

    Best of luck, guys, keep it turning! 🙂

  • Chris Ames

    Viel Glück! You’ll do well, both of you!

  • Storel

    The moon isn’t ever that big on our world… But who’s to say Hunter’s world doesn’t have a bigger moon than ours, or one that’s a little closer to the planet than ours… or both?

    Granted, their world must have some HELLACIOUS tides… unless their moon is a lot less dense than ours for some reason? Hmm…

    Conga-rats on getting your writing career moving again! Don’t you just hate it when you realize you’ve been going in the wrong direction?

    • Justin Peniston

      Better to realize and hate it than never to realize it…or at least, that’s what I tell myself when I’m beating myself over the head with one of my tiny little work paychecks!