This past week I learned of folks who
had sudden and rather unexpected changes occur in their professional lives.
In one there was a long time small
press that announced they will soon be closing their doors. I know a few
authors who are affected by this and while we haven’t discussed it I can only
imagine the scrambling that is going on in their minds. (I know how much I love my publisher and the state I would be in.) Many
of these authors already have their books in print, some have books that were
due to be released.
While rights will eventually be
returned to the individual authors (as per contract terms), these authors who
felt secure in their accomplishments will now have to find other publishers or
consider self-publishing options; hopefully they will pursue getting their
books back out there as soon as they can, it would be a shame to deny their
readers the chance to enjoy those captivating stories.
The other instance involves a health
care provider that (for a variety of reasons) suddenly closed their doors
leaving their employees UN-employed with less than 90-minutes notice. These
employees have various home and financial situations, many are responsible as
the breadwinners for their families. People are in shock and as the business
week begins are preparing to flood the marketplace looking for new work.
Being an essential service, one
positive is that other companies will need new hires to fill newly created positions to
replace this company; hopefully many employees will not have to go too long
without salaries. Unfortunately many seasoned workers will be starting at the
bottom of the new companies (if hired), they will have lost all seniority and will
have to wait for new benefits to take effect as well. For so many it is a
The huge number of people
affected by the demise of both companies will force (combined) hundreds of
people to demonstrate to themselves, the people who depend on them, and the
rest of us about resilience, determination and survival. I’m sure that there
are some who would prefer to hide and pretend it’s all just a bad dream, and
some who might even allow themselves to wallow; I am sure the majority will
look to get their lives back on track as soon as possible.
Nothing in life is ever truly easy. I
wish everyone new and better opportunities, success, and ease of mind.
So much to say and so little room to write - Grew up in the Bronx, NYC and went to school at JHS80, HS of Art & Design, and Fordham U. Lincoln Ctr campus. I always had an overactive imagination and parents who encouraged creativity and individuality. I am married to a terrific guy and we raised two extraordinary kids. My sister and I are real close. And I've always tried to give back to my community.
Oh, by the way, I like to write.