The Day Job

I love my day job. I do. It's only taken me 17 years to get to this point. BUT for the past couple of weeks, the day job has been in the way.

I want to write. I NEED to write. But I have this new thing - I need quiet to get my head around things. Once I get going, you can drop a bomb and I wouldn't hear it, but to get started...and with two men who play guitar living in my house, peace is a rare commodity.

I did take a day off week before last and worked a bit on the dream book, but now with the changes my agent wants on this book, I need another. I envy those who don't have to worry about the commute, the schedule, the brain drain (How can teaching third grade be more exhausting than teaching fifth?)

I know, I'm lucky I love my job. I was talking to another writer who drives double and a half times what I drive every day. She's taken to recording her story on a tape recorder each way, then she goes home and types it in. At least that works against boredom AND brain drain.

I could sure use Spring Break right now. I know, I know, it's only a month away....

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Peggy said...

I feel for you on the job interfering in writing. So know how that felt.

Re quite space, one thing I thought heavily of because I'm always being interrupted is moving my office into a corner of the garage. It's big and heated and has a lock!!

Gina Black said...

I'm totally with you on this one. I have a great day job and it totally pays the bills but it drains me of my creative energy--in fact most energy. Between that and the fierce commute through traffic, I'm exhausted in the evenings. The weekends are full of things I have to do for the family, or whatever, and my writing time has been precious.

However, today I'm off work. So I'm planning to get some good writing in!

Rachel Vincent said...

I used to teach ninth grade, and had a forty minute commute each way. It sucked (but then, I wasn't happy teaching), and I never got any writing done. In fact, I hadn't even started writing yet then. I couldn't have. I brought home essays to grade, or tests to make out, or material to read.

I admire you ladies who have full time jobs in addition to your families and writing. I don't know how you do it. But I admire it.

Toni Anderson said...

Ugh! Well I'm at home, but poor DS is home from daycare with a fever--so my 2 half days a week just shrank to one possible half day! I sympathise on the frustration!!! Just focus on spring break!!

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Stacy Dawn said...

I do know I'm lucky to be a SAHM. I don't get as much done as I thought back in my innocent days but to be able just to stop everything and get a notepage worth of stuff down is a blessing I know.

Shesawriter said...

Weird thing is, my muse starts making noise when I don't have a lot of time. Then when I have the time, she gets lockjaw. Go figure.


Anonymous said...

I feel your pain. Teaching really does drain your creativity at times. Hang in there! Spring Break is coming. :)

MJFredrick said...

Tanya, I think that's exactly it. My muse KNOWS I don't have the time so she's spouting ideas all over the place. If I can just make it to Saturday before my head explodes....

I had the dh make me a quiet corner with the old iMac, but I never go out there - I hate to be away from everything, isn't that sad? I guess I shouldn't complain then.

Gina, on top of the draining job, you have the draining contest - Janice didn't write anything last year during the contest because it consumed so much of her energy.

Rachel, I never bring home work. That's my one rule. I'll stay late or better yet, go early. But 3rd grade is much easier than 9th!

Toni, I hope your ds is better!

Stacy, I know when I'm on holiday I never get as much done as I think I'm going to - the day fills up somehow. My dream schedule would be: clean in the morning, nap in the afternoon, family time then writing time after ten. That's what I try to do in the summer.


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