Friday, March 2, 2012

That'll Learn Ya

 A writer never has a vacation. For a writer, life consists of either writing or thinking about writing.
-Eugene Ionesco

As many of you know, a few months ago I quit my full-time soul-sucking paying job to be a full time writer.  Some people are now under the assumption that I no longer work.  To those people, allow me to learn you something.

1. Just because I don't get paid, doesn't mean I don't work.

2. Just because I work from home, doesn't mean I don't work.

3. Just because I haven't brushed my teeth or showered today, doesn't mean I don't work.

4. Just because I spend my entire day in my pajamas, doesn't mean I don't work.

5. Just because my work day starts at 3 p.m. and ends at 6 a.m. doesn't mean I don't work.

6. Just because my time is flexible, doesn't mean I have time to waste.

7. Just because I watch a child play, eavesdrop on a conversation, stare out a window, listen to music, feel the rush of wind on my face, does not mean I am not working.

8. Just because I don't have a boss breathing down my neck, doesn't mean I don't have deadlines.

9. Just because I love what I do, doesn't mean I don't work!

Didja learn something?  Good.  Now I won't have to punch you in the face the next time I see you.

P.S. How many blogs do you follow? I wanna know! Take my poll on the sidebar.

Word of the Day
solecism: a breach of good manners or etiquette  


  1. there seems to be a lot of anger in your work. . .

  2. I just got learn'd...I'll back away slowly now ;)

    (but seriously, as a SAHM, who may or may not..okay may, still be in her pj's and may or may not be letting her children jump on the forbidden bed so she can steal a few moments to, work; I do hear ya. besides, kids are so smart these days right? they practically raise themselves.)

  3. Amen. This sounds like something I've been bashing my brains out trying to tell my family that they just don't understand. I gave up a while ago and let them think what they will. If they think I sit at home and watch TV all day then so be it. It doesn't make it right but I'm done trying to shove the truth down their mouths.

  4. does this working girl have time for sushi lunch one day next week (or would that be an late breakfast?)

  5. I'm currently subscribed to 211 blogs. @_@ It's starting to get overwhelming!

    I once read something written by someone who sorted all the blogs they followed into 7 folders, and checked ONLY one folder each day of the week. I might have to do that sometime soon... ack!

  6. I am very close to 100 blogs. I try to get caught up in the morning, in the afternoon and then again before I go to bed. Occasionally, there are over 50 to read AND I try to actually read them, not just skim through. It takes a while.

  7. Wow! You quit your job? What do you do with all of your free time and don't you miss working? ;-)

  8. Also, I read a ton of blogs, but I *usually* read via google reader in my iPad and I can go through them pretty fast that way. And I have to really love any that make me click over to read the rest :-)

  9. I love it when you say you won't punch me in the face. But, if I'm honest...I love it when anyone says they won't punch me in the face. So, it's a good thing I loved the rest of this too.

  10. When did it become a rule that you can only legitimately be working if you're not having a good time? Or if you're dressed?

  11. Good for you on the job-quitting. I thought about starting a blog called "Writing in my Bathrobe".

    I need to follow more. Right now, about 20. Retired six months ago after working and nursing sick parents, and am still coming up-to-speed.

  12. Congrats on having the courage to quite your job and write. I wish I was there. I get up every day and go to my office and fantasize all day about having a non-office job. Great post! I follow a ton of blogs but have about 30 bookmarked that I visit regularly. That's probably too many.

  13. I love your blog, your sense of humor and your courage. Quitting my day job to write sounds terrifying and tantalizing, too. Maybe if you would put my blog on your sidebar over there in the company of Allison and Galit and those other wonderful bloggers, I'd have a shot! :-) (Not too proud to grovel, no.)

  14. That was all very inspiring! Just because I don't ever get paid SNIFF or get BONUSES or TIPS doesn't mean that I don't...oh wait, I did nothing today. Ah well.

  15. I want to write full time. I'm jealous of you. And trust me, I know just because you write doesn't mean you don't work. I KNOW. I don't sleep because I'm too scared to quit my job to write, so I write when I should be sleeping. This is not healthy. Please send me courage. Please send it NOW. Where's the poll thingy for the blog following question? Never mind, I see it. See what not sleeping does to me? (P.S. Don't get on the road between the hours of 7 and 8 am or 3 and 6 pm. I can't guarantee I'm not sleep driving.)

  16. This is great! I love it! I need to Learn Ya to a lot of people....or just randomly punch people. I'm thinking randomly punching people in the face would make me feel much much better.

  17. This is such a timely read for me. Since moving to New York, I've been sporadically employed by a temporary agency, allowing me a ton more writing and blog time. I have never enjoyed writing more, as I don't feel rushed to spit out stories and stuff anymore. However, it's become so much more like a job. Somedays I spend writing all day, and other days I spend outside soaking in inspiration. I feel guilty at the end of both days- like I'm not providing anything concrete. I like writing so much that it feels like nobody would look at it like a job. On the days I go try new food or stare at the Hudson, I feel like I've relaxed too much. This writing business is complicated. Trust me, I totally know how hard you are working. Keep on. You are far too great a talent not to.

  18. I love this so much!!!
    Good for you for speaking up and for following your passion!

  19. I could've written this too! Please don't tell that sometimes I don't brush my hair though.

  20. Yes! And just because Heather comes over with tequila and limes doesn't mean you aren't working.

    Just kidding - it is good that you said this. Very true. And writers are working when they are just sitting and thinking too.

    I want to be a stay at home work at home writer SO BAD. How can I make this happen? I know it would be work but I think I would love it so much. HELP ME HEATHER.

    Also that is two posts in a row (this one and today's) when there is face-punching. Don't you feel that if we could just punch everyone in the face at least once and wear pajamas the world would be a happier place?

  21. I always try to remind people that perception is reality and just because "you" THINK you know what I"m doing you really have no efing idea.

    Also, I have no idea how many I follow... I'll tweet ya

  22. Oh My GOD! I wish people would get this through their heads!

    People (and by people I mean family) have a tendency to refer to my music and blogging careers as hobbies and tell me that I need to get a "job." I usually respond to them with four-letter words.

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