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I'm a Writer

The days of unemployment have come to an end.

Last week I was overwhelmed by all the interesting and insightful comments I received in response to my

In fact, I have been overwhelmed every week by the incredible support you have given my column. I have shared with you all my secrets, all my flaws, all my fears, all my heart.

And, in return, I have received that same honesty from you. So, it gives me great pleasure to tell you some really wonderful news.

I got a job. Starting today, as you read my column, I will be sitting in the writers room on the hit show Two and a Half Men.

I could not be more thrilled. You have walked with me through this seemingly never-ending journey of unemployment. You have lifted my spirits, given me hope, made me laugh and listened to my stories.

You have helped me in more ways than you know. Strangers. Friends. Family. Even enemies... thank you.

The greatest moment in all of this was when I told my daughter I got the job. She looked at me, beaming with joy, wrapped her arms around me and said,

"I never stopped believing in you, Mommy. Even when you stopped believing in yourself. I told you you're a writer."

To celebrate my good news I decided to treat myself to a new outfit to wear to work.

I bought it at Macy's.

justin forbes June 27, 2011 at 01:29 PM
YEAH!!!!! Good for you, Susan. I must confess, I have never once watched the show, but that will soon come to an end. Thank you for your bravery and honesty in sharing so much of your self these many weeks. Most people dont know what it means to have your life overlap your art...and I think you of all people can say that you do. Congratulations. Big Hug.
Aaron June 27, 2011 at 03:21 PM
It was a tough second act, but I like where your story is heading. Congrats, Susan!
Gina June 27, 2011 at 03:31 PM
Congratulations! Who would have thought that Charlie Sheen's exit would open up new opportunities for women other than the obvious one's we've come to know. I, too, will be watching the show knowing that there's a savvy woman in the writers room.
Paul June 27, 2011 at 04:08 PM
As I like to say... "One call CAN change it all!" Your story has inspired and today brought a tear to my eye for its comparisons to our house.
Brent Seltzer June 27, 2011 at 04:58 PM
I am thrilled for you. You've so openly shared your heart with your neighbors, now you'll be able to bring that sense of candor and intimacy with a larger audience. Fascinating how a show and a writer, both deserving of a second chance…are sharing it.
Brent Seltzer June 27, 2011 at 05:00 PM
I am thrilled for you. You've so openly shared your heart with your neighbors, now you'll be able to bring that sense of candor and intimacy with a larger audience. Fascinating how a show and a writer, both deserving of a second chance…are sharing it.
Mike Szymanski June 27, 2011 at 09:03 PM
People have been privately emailing me and haven't asked the question online, but are concerned "DOES THAT MEAN SHE'S LEAVING US?" No, no, fear not, fair readers, STUDIO CITY MOM will remain in our Monday columns page, and Susan will still be writing about her daily life.... but just FYI, I am discouraging her about writing too much about her new job...we don't want her to be quickly unemployed again :)
Cathy Flynn June 27, 2011 at 10:25 PM
Congratulations Susan!!! I'm sure your new blood will make "Two and a Half Men" a new kind of funny. And I'm doubly thrilled that you'll be keeping your column. I can't wait to hear about your new experiences.
Linda Rubin June 27, 2011 at 10:32 PM
Good for you, Susan!!! Yay!!!!
Susan McMartin June 28, 2011 at 12:02 AM
thank you all so much! and, yes, i will be continuing my column but I will not be writing another word about my new job. like mike said, i want to STAY EMPLOYED!
Patrick Hasson June 28, 2011 at 12:53 AM
Congrats, Susan! Hope to be in your shoes one day soon. Knock 'em dead.
Don Helverson June 28, 2011 at 08:00 AM
Susan, it's a huge relief, a deep sigh, a sense of something making sense in very painful, troubling, and confusing times. It will probably make your writing, your ideas, and your humanity more conscious, having gone through the same pain that a huge percentage of America is going through now. Thank God you're onto new problems, though. That's when we know we've made progress—we get new stuff to deal with. Here's to new stuff (and how admirably you handled the old stuff for what seemed like forever)!
Susan McMartin June 28, 2011 at 01:07 PM
everyone's comments and emails have been so touching! thank you!!
Carole Cain June 28, 2011 at 05:54 PM
Dear Susan, This is fantastic news...I am thrilled for you and your daughter...I miss both of you already...You are where you belong...You beautiful, funny, smart, talented, loving mommy...This show with be a huge hit...Finally, you can eat, buy gas, pay your bills and be thankful you are not working at Macy's ...Just shopping there...We (Caroline) will celebrate this summer...I hope...Congratulations...Let the Comedy Begin...Love, Carole
Howard Ruben June 28, 2011 at 06:25 PM
I must admit that I read your first column today, so I am not well versed in your weekly posts. But, I was moved by your obvious emotions in being able to announce your new job. I think it was the part where your daughter gave you a hug and said she never stopped believing in you. You absolutely cannot place a dollar value on that! Good for you - congratulations and best of luck. Very inspiring.
Carol McGovney June 28, 2011 at 11:43 PM
Bravo Susan, couldn't happen to a more talented and guess what...the best thing is you never stopped writing....thank you for writing SC Patch...xoxo Caro
Carol McGovney June 28, 2011 at 11:44 PM
ooop Carol
Marcia Rodd June 29, 2011 at 05:44 AM
Susan, I"m thrilled!! Congratulations! And think of all the great gossip you can entertain us with. Good for you! Love, Marcia
Susan McMartin June 29, 2011 at 01:01 PM
thanks, marcia -- but no gossip. no way. i am completely grateful for having this job and wanted to share this news with my readers, but if people think for one minute that i am going to write about it or gossip or share stories then you will be very disappointed. you won't find that here. sorry.
Susan McMartin June 29, 2011 at 01:01 PM
thank you, carol!
Susan McMartin June 29, 2011 at 01:01 PM
thank you, howard! your comment is so wonderful!
Susan McMartin June 29, 2011 at 01:02 PM
carole, thank you! we miss you and love you dearly! xo
Mary Stachyra Lopez July 01, 2011 at 07:52 PM
I had to laugh after reading your Macy's story, which reminded me of a similar experience I had right after I finished college. I applied to do clerical work through a temp agency. The man who interviewed me said that I wasn't qualified and that I could apply again in six months. Talk about demoralizing!

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