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March 2017



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I think I need to figure out how to be able to afford to quit my day job, because I'm noticing, overall, that since I started this very early schedule, my ability to write clean and interesting prose, maintain a storyline, and keep myself interested in my own storytelling has gone into a downward spiral like you wouldn't believe.

'Course, I'm reasonably certain that the fact that my day job involves writing to deadlines too might have something to do with it. But I think exhaustion is the primary culprit. I'm just too tired and stupid to write well, a lot of the time.

The bad news is, we need the money. And I do like the structure it gives my day, and the fact that I don't just roll out of bed in my pajamas and shuffle to the keyboard, stepping over dogs, is kind of nice. (I roll out of bed and drag clothes on before shuffling out the door, stepping over dogs. I actually get up so early that the animals don't bother to get up to see me off.)

On the other hand, if I didn't need the car to go to work in the morning, I also wouldn't have to do the horrifying get-up-go-to-work-come-home-write-have-to-go-get-the-boy-as-soon-as-I-start-hit-my-stride thing, because he would have the car. And that's more writing time there, too.


It is a quandry. Because I would like to be out of debt before I do anything drastic, and the last five years have been a financial disaster area (layoffs, economic grief, you name it).

But I also need to be smart enough to write books I've already sold, and maybe some to sell in the future. Now don't I?

Obviously I need to sell the movie rights to something. Heeere, Hollywood. Heeeeerrrrrreeee, Hollywood..... *cluck cluck cluck*


Can you telecommute/work from home? Maybe cut back to part time? OR take a mini-sabbatical to work on the draft of your book? I have some writer friends who work longer hours and only do 4 days a week.

I know EXACTLY how you feel when it comes to Day Job versus the Writing. And I write for the day job as well (content editor and writer for online computer courses). So I feel your pain and look forward to copying whatever solution you come up with!!! ;)
1) No, unfortunately.
2) I technically am part time (30-35 hours a week) and fighting my boss' efforts to schedule me more heavily
3) A sabbatical does not address the money issue. If I'm doing that, I might as well quit.

But those are all fine ideas....

I suspect embracing poverty even more heavily than I now do may turn out to be the most attractive solution. *g*
I've gotten in the habit of quitting jobs every year or so since the new century started. It's fun.
I should say that the work situation is better than it was, because for some time I was working ~60 hour weeks, and no writing got done at all. But I didn't have a book under contract, then.....

Balance! Balance!

Whooooooo.... *goes flailing into darkness*
Eeesh. I'm not envying you. I'm seriously considering Bohemianism as a lifestyle, myself.

Grab a caftan and come along. Bring the kid. *g*
you know, pasta plus peanut butter converts pretty easily to pad thai.

pass the lime.
Oh yeah. Hearing that choir in my backbrain...

I just took a full-time but of limited duration writing job, because I find that I need the office interaction to keep my brain functioning (and the money doesn't hurt, no, nor does being able to add "science writer" to my resume). But I'm aware that it's going to hurt my productivity... (and l'agent is aware as well, oh dear me yes...)
Yeah, exactly.

And to be truthful (as I'm sure you of all people know) there's the added issue of the emotional aspect. That weekly paycheck, however paltry, is a security blanket... and it does help me save some of my writing income. Squirrel squirrel... especially when money *has* been so tight, that's nice.

And, you know, it's reliable. Unlike writing income. (Looks under the front mat for a D&A check--"not there yet!")

Walking away feels like a big, big leap of faith. So I imagine I'll probably stay until I'm ready to leave Las Vegas, and just maybe not look for another day job wherever I end up.

After all, as I tell myself, I have supported myself quite nicely doing contract work before, and I can certainly do it again if the money gets tight.


Thank you *g*
I gotta say I'm impressed as hell that you are able to do it at all. When I get a freelance project, it gets all my time and creative energy (time and energy that the toddler doesn't demand, that is) and I find I have nothing left for fiction. Bravo.

I know I'm not helping your problem. But I just wanted to tell you I'm impressed.
No, you are helping. Because I just have to keep reminding myself that I'm doing not all that badly, all things considered.


I'm curious as to whether LV is really expensive in terms of cost of living. I'd love to quit my day job or work part time and do art or writing in my free time....but... NYC doesn't really let you do that easily. Not unless you have a trust fund somewhere and live in a hole in the wall with a communal bathroom and kitchen and no living room. Hmmm...I'm such an amenities whore. Plus I've got that whole, recent college grad with tons of student loans and credit card debt problem. Hehe!

I totally feel your pain though. My current job is more hours, but it's also got more people with interests in books and literature and suchlike. I'm torn between enjoying the people and longing to be home, painting and writing and dreaming.
Heh. Look at it this way. If you wish to write full-time, may I suggest New Hampshire? I also wouldn't recommend anywhere in California. You will notice large congregations of writers in the Minneapolis area, for example, and around Toronto and in the Midwest (Ohio, Michigan), and in places like upstate New York and more rural areas of New England. I mean, it's not as if the job keeps you someplace--

I understand there's a bunch in Texas, too, but I can't imagine wanting to live there. Give me snow! Snow, I tell you!

Vegas is pretty expensive (about as expensive as Connecticut--food is high here, because it's trucked it). My current goal is to get out of here and to Michigan or New England by the end of 2005.

Can't happen too soon. Man.
My current goal is to get out of here and to Michigan or New England by the end of 2005.

You are welcome to us our place as a crash pad along the way to a New England destination.

And any particular place in Michigan? I've got lots of family in the UP. Not that I get to see them all that much.
My current goal is to get out of here and to Michigan or New England by the end of 2005.

Can I just say that I'm biased toward the latter? *grin*



Some of the same quandary here - I like my various jobs, and I like feeling needed (which can be a nice counterpoint to the writing, which I do because I need it more than the other way around) - but they all want more of me. As does the house, as does the church. . . And more and more I find myself wanting to focus on doing a few things well rather than many things half-assedly, but . . .yeah. Still figuring out the minimum safety-net yardage necessary for my own leaps of faith. ;-)

Re: yep

Still figuring out the minimum safety-net yardage necessary for my own leaps of faith. *snicker*

OH, that's so pricelessly perfect. Oh, yes.
Get the boy a moped.

He can zip in an out of traffic, like a minnow amongst sharks!



The cost of living in the midwest is low compared to the coasts, that's a benefit. There is a slowly growing cadre of mid-West sf/f authors based in Michigan (Ann Arbor), and Ohio (Cleveland and Columbus) and I wouldn't mind seeing that grow :-)
How does the boy get to work, and can he get himself home the same way?

Northwest Ohio's got a low cost of living. And snow. And rye flour.


Southeast/west Ohio's nice too, except for the cicadas at the moment. (Although we only have one cicada at home. One! Bwahaha!!)

But the eternal dilemma of the day job is one I've visited time and time again. 80% of the time I can deal with the discrepency (I'm working as an Accountant at the moment) between my real job and my day job, but sometimes it does get irritating.

I don't think I would pursue a day job that involves writing. I could edit, I think, but even then it would be something creative. Having a nice boring accounting job that doesn't take much brainwork and pays quite well, considering I have no college education.

However, I do see a time where the writing obligations will force me to take a part time job just to keep up. It won't be soon, but that time *is* coming. (Although my debt is almost gone and I don't have any kids, so there are two points in my favor.)

Jen St. Clair (since Livejournal wouldn't let me log in.)