Tip of the Day: when you start to feel too old, hang around people half your age. Not only great research, but sometimes makes you feel young again!
Last night I met some of my new neighbors, and they asked the ever popular “what do you do?” question. My answer then was, “I’m currently unemployed.” But in my head I’m choosing to think of myself as a “full-time writer.”
Since I’m not technically making any money off my employment, I don’t really like to tell people I’m a writer. Even though the amount of effort put into making a book definitely feels like work. Sometimes really hard work.
So why don’t we always feel like sharing that with people?
In my case, I don’t want to have people follow up with questions like, “what have you published?” or then in a few months come back and ask, “so do you have any books out yet?” Because the general public doesn’t really understand the publishing business and how challenging it can be to break-in. And sometimes it takes months to make any progress, so chances are you are probably working on the same book you were a few months ago. Not really anything exciting to report or have to explain.
So for now, I will be a secret full-time writer.
Except now all you know my secret. Shhh…don’t tell.
Only problem is my office currently looks like this:
So my first official duties at my new job are to clean this mess up.
--Emily, Miss Querylicious