All this week I’ve been working diligently on revising my MMF ménage. I even came up with a new title that I like, thanks to a few other great writers that were willing to chat up ideas with me. It’s now titled Reunion Makes Three. I’ve been thrilled this week, because the revisions have been going well—way better then they usually do. I planned to submit it by the end of the month, but since my revisions have gone so well I think I’ll get it out this weekend at the latest. I’m a little nervous about this one, since its written very directed for this submission request, but I’m hoping they’ll love it and make it a part of their family.
This week I’ve also been dealing with a hard decision at the day job. It’s interesting that, oppose to three years ago, now my writing factors into my decisions. When a new opportunity arose at work, it was on my list of reason why to not take the job. The limit of time to my writing. Three years ago I would have jumped at the job, I would have thrown myself into it with gusto, but now I’m not so enthusiastic. Don’t get me wrong, there have been a lot more changes in three years than just the start of my writing career, including how I’m being treated at my day job and how I feel about the company in general, but those are different elements.
I’ve dreamed of being a writer my entire life, and I’m not willing to jeopardize the success I’ve had so far and the momentum I’ve started for just any old job.
It reminded me of a blog post my Joely Sue Burkhart wrote one time, about protecting your work. She says one of the jobs of writers is to protect their work, whatever that means for them. For some people it means not reading reviews (I’ve heard a lot of people say this, that they can’t read their own reviews because they’ll upset them for weeks), for Joely it was not reading certain blogs. Well, it appears for me, protecting my work means not taking job opportunities that will take all my time from writing.
It’s one of the things that truly bothers me about how companies are structured now. We’ve cut so many jobs at my company that everyone is
working 50 to 60 hour weeks. There’s no other option.
I don’t know how long I’ll be able to maintain this stance against over bearing jobs, and pay my bills. But for the time being I’ve decided to protect my work and pass on this opportunity. Because the opportunity to write, and live out my lifelong ambition, is far more important to me than some job.