A New Look and a New Mission

My website has a brand-new look and I am on a mission to make my dream of writing full-time come true.

For years, I’ve clung to every reason you can think of to not chase my dream:

I can’t afford it.

I’m not good enough.

I don’t deserve it.

For the past six months or so though, there’s been a revolution of sorts going on inside me.

First came a certain sense of disillusionment with my current job, a job that offers some degree of security and one I happen to like very much. I just couldn’t picture myself doing that job for the rest of my working years. I just couldn’t.

There was something else that I really wanted to do and it was high time I sat down and figured out how to go about doing this thing I really wanted to do.

After spending some time thinking it over, I finally realized that nothing was going to change unless I changed. I had to be the one to make some major changes to set myself on the path to accomplishing my goal.

I changed university majors from Communication to Creative Writing and English with a concentration in Fiction. I went so far as to change universities.

The next couple of years will undoubtedly be quite tough. Writing will have to be a part-time job, while I build up some cred and start selling stories. I figure, I’ll need to write at least 1700 words daily just to stay on task. That’s not as easy as it sounds. It’ll take a hell of a lot of determination and persistence but I’m confident that I have that in spades.

This is one heck of a serious and epic undertaking. I’m excited and scared to take this plunge but there is a part of me that’s incredibly calm and confident about it all. For the first time in my life, I feel like I’m on exactly the path I’m meant to be on.


  1. Kenny Harrison

    May 6, 2017 at 3:43 am

    Make your dream come true, Tonya. Live your dream that is meant for you. Congratulations! 🙂

    1. Tonya R. Moore

      May 6, 2017 at 5:58 pm

      Thanks Kenny! It’s a brave new world but I”m a little scared. Still, I’m more excited and determined than scared so I think that tilts things in my favor quite a bit. 🙂

  2. Helen Cherry

    May 6, 2017 at 2:13 pm

    Wow! Once you are on the path you are meant to be, you will be the free & creative lady we all know you are!

    1. Tonya R. Moore

      May 6, 2017 at 5:57 pm

      Thanks Helen! I’ll miss MCSO for sure and I hope you know that I appreciate you as one of the people who have always given me words of encouragement. I hope you’re enjoying the little vacay! 😀

  3. Kathleen Harrison

    May 6, 2017 at 2:14 pm

    Tonya, you have captured the self dialogue that holds us back so well and have given me hope.

    1. Tonya R. Moore

      May 6, 2017 at 5:56 pm

      Hi Kathleen, thanks for stopping. I”m glad someone else who read this could relate. Sometimes, those inner voices can be very difficult to counter or drown out but when it’s time for a major change, it’s just time.

  4. claytonbye

    May 6, 2017 at 4:30 pm

    I know you will achieve your dream. You are a fantastic writer!

    1. Tonya R. Moore

      May 6, 2017 at 5:54 pm

      Thanks Clayton, both for the lovely compliment and for being one of those individuals whose efforts and dedication to the craft have helped me along to the point of making this decision.

  5. macdibble

    May 7, 2017 at 2:23 am

    Yay! What I think, from reading your short stories over the last few years, is you’ve always been on this path, winding your way along it, but now you’re at a point where you’re realising your voice is important, and it’s time to take yourself seriously. Bringing talent and drive together will make you unstoppable! 💖

    1. Tonya R. Moore

      May 7, 2017 at 6:11 am

      Thanks for the vote of confidence, Bren!

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