Wednesday, February 18, 2009

Wishing On a Star

Actually, I can save a wish. I’m living out one of my fantasies this week. No, not that one. The other one, the one where I get to have no day job and be a writer full time. It’s a week of vacation with no obligations or commitments or plans, except for the plan I had to really enjoy the time to be a full-time writer.

My plan was to get up around nine, answer correspondence while eating breakfast, do twenty minutes of writing, go to the gym, come home and write for a few hours, take a nap, play some video games or watch something, and then write until two.

So let’s see how I’m doing.

Answering correspondence: Errr, I’m going to have to get back to you on that. I’ve taken care of the important things, but the things I’ve been putting off are still…well, off.

Trips to gym: 0

Word count: 87 (less about 40 words crossed out in notebook)

Naps in excess of two hours: 3 (Is it a nap or going to bed if you go to bed at 5 AM and get up at 8 AM?)

Times I have been victorious at Age of Mythology: 8

On the plus side, my office is the cleanest it’s been since we bought the house.

And to compare that with a week of regular life?

I answer my correspondence during lunch, because all the interesting, time-wasting websites are blocked and it’s really hard to eat yogurt while I write, even longhand.

I go to yoga class and the gym at least two or three times a week.

My average word count for a week is between 5 and 10K.

Now that isn’t to say I haven’t been writing. I’ve been doing a lot of thinking about my new book. The glorious thing about being a writer is we can honestly say we’re working when we’re playing solitaire, staring out the window, or best of all, sleeping. (Though the times when that story I dreamed actually makes sense when I wake up are rare, it still happens). But yeah, I’m not proud of my accomplishments this week.

I keep learning the same lesson: the busier I am, the more I get done. There’s no time to put it off when it has to be done now. When time stretches out on vacation, there’s always tomorrow.

I don’t hate my day job. It keeps me in touch with the world, and it’s rarely boring. But in wishing on that star…could I maybe make enough writing to go part time so that I could get up at nine everyday? I’ll get lots done, I promise.

For those of you more interested in my fiction than my pontificating, pop over to my live journal for an excerpt and information about my next release.


Tory Temple said...

LOLOLOLOL. This sounds JUST like me on vacation. I always have grand thoughts of getting in at least 1.5K a day on the novel, usually before lunch. Then after lunch is when I plan to do my laundry or vacuum the floors.

What really happens is I watch a lot of daytime TV and talk too long on IM. *sigh*

Unknown said...

Heh. That's why they call it a vacation! You know writing is as much work as a day job. Sometimes, you need a vacation from it, too.

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