I am an artist by my very nature. When I was growing up and any adults ever asked me what I wanted to be, I always said “a writer.” If I was going to school, working some go-nowhere job, my brain was always elsewhere, in the worlds I was creating in my head and on paper. My mom sent me an application for a scholarship to the local community college, that involved writing an essay. I wrote the essay as a challenge to myself, and ended up winning a full 2 year scholarship to the school. I didn’t know what I wanted to study, because I still just wanted to write, but I signed up for HVAC classes. I had done some research and found that HVAC techs can finish school in less than 2 years. Since they are very much in demand right now, even a rookie HVAC tech can start off making really good money. For me, that’s what it was all about, making the money to support my writing habit, and HVAC seemed like a straight line to what I wanted. I am not here to tell you that learning the ins and outs of heating and cooling systems is an easy thing to do, it is in fact quite complex. But it does not take 4 years, and just like I was told, I found a job with an HVAC contractor within a week of getting my certification. Now I work 9 to 5, monday through friday with air conditioners, and spend the rest of my time writing.