Like most authors, I work a day job.
It’s not terrible, but it’s not always fun. I’m an accounting clerk/scanner for a large food service company (ie restaurant chain). In the course of a day, I work with accounting and office types (is there any other kind?). They sometimes lack creativity. I mean, not dissing anyone here, but they really don't get anything not associated with numbers. I call them my “work mates” after all, I am with them more than my little hubby. I do a ton of things for them, and with them, and if I am lucky, on some days, the time passes quickly. Ahem. Mostly, it doesn’t. Mostly I wanna be writing and sunning myself on a tropical isle. Oh, if only.
Anyway, most writers run into this situation (work life versus home i.e. writing life), and it’s something to consider, especially if you want to go this thing whole-hog. You know, if you are working on a writing “career”. Heck, quitting the day job, you know what I mean.
You will either be so good at what you do, or so weighed with commitments that you don’t know how you will ever manage to keep working to make that paycheck. Because it ain’t all about the writing sometimes. There is the promo stuff, too. Websites, blogs, and social sites will eat your time away, too. Who can afford to quit a good paying job to write full-time? Where is the benefit package?
But my day job is killing my writing time. That’s it, folks. Bare bottom line. I used to be able to sneak in writing time at work, but that has been killed since forever ago. Scanning docs requires both hands. I actually have written entire short stories at work in the past and now wonder if I ever will be that free again. Dadgumit, if other people can look at the ‘net or play games, I can at least write, right?
I do not know if there is a way out of my certain conundrum but I hope so. I hope maybe I have enough friends and fans to buy books and get me that dream of staying at home one day. Who knows? It could happen!
So, this is my “do ya feel me?” post of the week. I know I am not alone. In fact, all my buds here at MB4 have jobs, too.
Until we all say “I quit” – I hope you have a good one. Keep writing folks!