I’m not one to ‘quit the day job’, I think.

January 23, 2014

I’ve been thinking a bit lately about that sort of choice, the notion of leaving the safety net of a nine to five gig behind and having more time to devote to your creative dreams. With the new year, lots of fellow writers are trying to spend more time drafting, revising, and submitting, and talking about their choices and trade-offs with the other things they’re spending time on in their lives.

It’s even come up on the TV show, ‘The Big Bang Theory.’ Starting with the January 2nd episode, Penny (Kaley Cuoco,) went through some high highs and rapid lows in her quest for success on the small screen, and ended up deciding to give up waitressing at the Cheesecake Factory so as to put more time and effort into looking for gigs and taking acting classes. (Which freaked Leonard out, because he couldn’t identify with taking such a big risk himself.)

I think that on the whole, staying with the full-time day job is the right choice for myself. I’m blessed to have an opportunity to get a good, steady paycheck doing something I love, with people who don’t generally drive me too crazy, and there’s a lot to be said for the value of peace of mind. But who knows, maybe someday I’ll find myself out of a job and pouring my heart into writing all day every day will be the right thing to do!

One more reason to save a little money in the rainy-day fund I guess. What about you? Have you made the big choice one way or another, or taken a third path like some of my good friends here in Hamilton?

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It’s Thankful Thursday!

June 6, 2013

I came across this little weekly blogfest recently, run by Just the Stuff Ya Know, and felt I had to join in. So, what am I thankful for this week?

I’m thankful for the great opportunities I have in my life and my writing, like going away to Odyssey in… 3 days, actually more like 2 and a half now.

I’m thankful for a job where I’m treated well and get paid doing things that I enjoy.

I’m thankful for the rain, even though I’m not a big fan of singing in it, and for the sunny days when they come back again.

I’m thankful for air conditioning when it gets too hot, not that I’ve needed them this week.

I’m thankful for my family, and I know that I’ll miss them this summer.

I’m thankful for all the amazing books available on audible.com; I spent a little while this evening trying to pick some new ones for the trip, and ended up with eight novels in my shopping cart checkout! 😉

I’m thankful for bacon! I haven’t been having much bacon lately with my diet, but I did pick up a pack a while back and froze most of it, and then realized that I needed to use it up before I left town. So I made a bacon tomato sauce last weekend, and I’ve been enjoying that with my pasta. It’s almost done, though there’s one helping that I can take into the office for lunch.

Let’s see… I’m grateful for smartphone GPS apps even when they don’t quite work perfectly, and for old-fashioned print maps that come free from the nice people at CAA.

I’m thankful for all the music that I love, and for tools that let me write my own ways to organize it all.

What are you thankful for today?


Snow day in Ontario

February 8, 2013

When the weather gets snowy, my instincts are to hole up somewhere warm – work from home, venture out when it’s blown over

But today, despite all the warnings of the big winter storm, I brushed Ghost down and drove carefully into the office. We had a really big team deadline today, the sort of thing where communication is important, so I thought it would help if I was on-site. Ironically enough, the point man on the team wasn’t able to make it in, because the roads in his area weren’t plowed all morning, but its a good thing that I was in the office because I could help him work from home and find the memos he left on his desk.

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Now I’m sitting in a train on my way to Toronto.

20130208-175827.jpg There’s a Buffy / Angel fans meetup at Cafe Mirage in the Yonge Shepard center, and that’s always a blast. I love their pizza, and I’ve been saving room for it all day. It’ll be good to see the fan crew too, even if most of them were at the shindig after Warm Bodies last week.


Job

April 12, 2011

J is for…

Like a lot of other writers, I spend a lot of time at my day job – eight to four, five days a week. Week in and week out, I guess it’s the second thing that occupies most of my time, after sleeping – and not as much fun. But in general I have a good job, and I’m starting to value it more after listening to other writers talk about ‘Day Jobs for Creative Professionals’ at Ad Astra this past weekend.

I work as a web application developer. That is, I help to make websites that work as computer programs, instead of static displays of unchanging information, (and most websites are interactive programs on some level nowadays,) specifically to help companies with field technicians keep track of what’s going on in their business.

I’m not going to get too much into the technical details of my job today, but instead to focus on what it’s like in a more personal way. I work with a small team from day to day: six of us, including management, the development team, systems administration, and sales – and all of those areas overlap somewhat.

I’m never really sure what’s going to be filling up my days at work, as priorities change, but I think I’m a bit more comfortable with that than being stuck on a long and involved project for months at a time, and website programming is a creative challenge in a very different way than writing is, which means that each can help recharge my batteries for the other. The lead developer has been in that spot for less than a year at this point, (he was one of the programming team before,) and he’s been pushing us to do our projects in different ways recently, which means learning new skills, and often arguing about the best way of accomplishing a particular task, which is another way of keeping the mind sharp.

So, what’s your day job like?


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