Twice in one week?

Wednesday, 21 December 2011

Well, here I am again.  Are you surprised? I am.
I’ve decided to try blogging regularly again. It’s Wednesday and looking at the schedule I originally set for this blog, I should be writing about writing.  I’m not going to claim that I won’t slip up from time to time—let’s face it, life with a full time job, a four year old, and one on the way is anything but easy—but I’ll go on record saying I’m going to try my hardest to stick to my originally planned schedule:

Monday Mominess- posts about parenting, pregnancy (might as well throw that in now) and cute/crazy things Hurricane Hunter does
Wednesday Writing- writing tips, thoughts on writing as a career and updates on my WIPs
Friday Fun- book reviews, fun stuff, recipes and all sorts of other fun stuff

Right. So Wednesday Writing. Well, I already told you that I haven’t written in ages, but I’ve made a pact with myself to change my ways. It’s less a goal than a necessity really. I realized that after reading a very cool blog post by author, Susan Meier. Susan used to teach a workshop on setting goals and now she is offering these lessons on her blog. The Introduction, posted on December 12, 2011, struck a major chord with me.
In it Susan says
In other words… We will find a way to reach any goal with a compelling “reason” behind it.’
(Please read the rest of the post and the series of lessons at http://susanmeier.blogspot.com/2011/12/its-monday-morningdo-you-know-where.html )
This may be the key for me. You see, I admit it—I’m lazy. I’m certainly not proud of it, but it’s true. All this time I’ve been making goals, but they were really more like wishes. I’ve wanted to write for Harlequin since I was about fourteen. In fact, I’ve wanted to be a writer since I was six! But I never really needed to be a writer. I’ve always had a way to make a decent living. That is about to change.
Unfortunately, or maybe fortunately for my writing, I have discovered that after paying for gas to get to and from the hospital and childcare for two, if I work five days a week, I’ll be lucky to bring home £267 per month. That’s right—PER MONTH! If I cut back to 2 ½ days I’ll fall into a lower tax bracket and may be looking at £289 per month.
Gas currently costs me about £240 per month. That’s $376—can you believe it? And I drive a Honda Civic, not a Suburban! And while I could take a job in my town instead of driving into the city, the fact of the matter is I’d never make the salary I do now. I work as a research tissue technician for a major cancer hospital. There’s no equivalent, well, pretty much anywhere. So I’d have to take a job which would pay significantly less and I’d still have to pay childcare. I’d be in the same boat.
Here’s the real kicker-- I love my job. I don’t want to give it up, but I just cannot figure out how to pay £500+ of bills with less than £300. My only option is to find some ‘work-from-home’ jobs. I have written freelance web content in the past, so writing is on my list. I also have done a bit of editing and proofreading, so I’m looking down those avenues as well.
I’d love to say I’m going to focus all of my efforts on writing romance and magical realism, but let’s be honest. Even if (or when) I do get published, I probably still won’t make enough to make ends meet. That is not to say that I won’t put every available minute into my WIPs, but I need a more reliable paycheck, too.
I’ve already started looking into freelancing and I am laying some groundwork now, before the baby is born. I start maternity leave late in April and plan to take advantage of the time I have off work to write. I mean it’s not like I’ll be getting any sleep with a new baby in the house. I’ve been there before, but last time I was too overwhelmed to write—last time I had no idea what I was doing! At least this time I’ll know more and be a little more prepared. The plan is to have some work in place or at least a foundation and a little more experience when I return to work in January 2013. I’ll keep you posted.
P. S. Just in time to snuggle in front of a fire with a mug of cocoa—check out Susan Meier’s heartwarming Christmas tale:
Available on Amazon.com at: 

4 comments

  1. Sounds like you've got a good plan. It's hard fitting in all the parts of life. THere really needs to be a few magical hours per day for us writers! :)

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  2. Thanks, Jemi.

    I really have to find a way to make enough to survive and I do hate the time I miss spending with my little one. Right now I'm working full-time, coaching, finishing up a degree (only 3 classes to go), and trying to find time to write-- all the while making as much time as possible for Hunter. It just seems that there isn't enough time in the day for me. I know it will only be more of a challenge once Scarlett is born.

    I have cut my coaching from 3 nights a week to one, and am planning to knock 2 classes out of the way now so that there is only one to worry about. I also plan to go part time at work. Now if I can make my writing take the place of what was the other half of my job, I could still do the things I love but free up a lot of time.

    It's the dream, only now I have a reason it needs to become reality. :)

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