It’s that time of year again, time to start back at my day job.
For me, it’s a love/hate kind of thing.
I love the kids I work with, but I hate giving up my writing, thinking, walking, just existing time.
It’s kind of like being immersed in a daydream, and having someone snap you back to reality.
The reality is that I’ve got to work. But the dream is that one day I will be able to just write.
That sounds good, doesn’t it? But the thing is, we don’t ever get to just write, do we?
There’s the researching and the brainstorming. There’s the outlining and creating. There’s seeing the problems you have in a manuscript, and figuring out how to make it work anyway. And that’s just the writing part.
What about the rest? There’s marketing. There’s making connections with readers. There are appearances to plan and workshops to write.
But the key for me is time management. Because how do I make it all work? It's a challenge, for sure. But then as an author it's all part of what we get to do. It's a privilege to write for kids. It's a pleasure to meet with them. It's the reason we do this writing thing to begin with. To have an opportunity to reach as many people as we possibly can and to have an impact on their lives.
So while I'm setting my clock for 5:30 AM and trying to work in bits and pieces of an artist's life around my day job demands, I still dream of a day when I'll get to create full time. Or at least Netflix binge, walk, market, plan and then write full time. Life. Is. Full. Especially when you're an author, and I don't want to miss a thing.